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As UMBC basketball enters momentous offseason, contract talks with Ryan Odom begin

As UMBC basketball enters momentous offseason, contract talks with Ryan Odom begin

UMBC has begun preliminary discussions with men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom about a contract extension, athletic director Tim Hall said Monday, a move that could secure the near-term future of the architect of the Retrievers’ turnaround and the NCAA tournament’s greatest upset.

In a phone interview with The Baltimore Sun on Monday afternoon, Hall characterized the talks with Odom as “ongoing” and “fluid.” But he said top officials at the university, including President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, have voiced their support for retaining Odom, even as his coaching star rises.

In just two years at the Catonsville school, the 43-year-old has won 46...

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