Bennett on UVa: "This is Where I Want to Be"

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

Tony Bennett and the Virginia men's basketball team are getting back to work this offseason, with summer practices just getting underway. Earlier this month, Bennett signed a new 7-year contract that will pay him $1.924 million per year.

"This is such a wonderful place, and it's exciting to see what's happening with our men's program," Bennett said on Tuesday. "It's a positive for both sides. It helps in recruiting, helps with the longevity of the program."

Bennett says he is thinking about the UVa program in the long-term, despite the fact that his name was floated around for a number of other college and NBA jobs in the offseason.

"I love the college game, I love the game," Bennett said. "I know this is where I want to be. Can you always say 100% I'll be here for the rest of my life? I mean hopefully they'll want me here and hopefully I'll be here. I love what we're doing here, we still have work to do. This is what I'm about, it's why I chose this and I'm just fortunate to be here."

In 2013-14, Bennett was named the ACC Coach of the Year and guided the Cavaliers to conference regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in school history. UVa also earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995.

"In this profession when things go well, there will always be other opportunities around the corner. I think knowing what you want, knowing what you can do is important. Virginia has everything for me."

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