BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Danny White and Head Football Coach Jeff Quinn have agreed in principle to a contract extension. This new five-year agreement will keep Quinn with the Bulls through the 2017 season.
"Jeff and his staff have poured their hearts and souls into building this program, and we are both excited and optimistic about our future under their leadership," White said. "To be sure, we feel that the foundation is in place to have a breakout season in 2013."
The Bulls have rallied in November, winning three straight games as they head into their final contest against Bowling Green on Friday. Buffalo has shown vast improvements on both sides of the ball this season. Since moving to the FBS ranks in 1999, the 2012 Bulls are the first UB team to both rush and pass for over 2,000 yards in a single season. Defensively, the Bulls have registered 34 sacks, seven more than the previous FBS-era record of 27 set in 2002.
Even more impressive is the fact that UB has been able to do this while suffering significant injuries on both offense and defense. All-MAC running back and Doak Walker candidate Branden Oliver has missed five games with various injuries. UB has still rushed for an FBS-era record 2,091 yards this season.
"I'm extremely confident in Jeff's ability to recruit and develop these young men to be champions both on the field and in life," White said. "He espouses great integrity, character and core values that are directly in line with our institution. UB Athletics may have more potential than any other department in America. To make it a reality, we need to build sustained success in football, year in and year out, and I believe that Coach Quinn and his staff are leading us there."
Buffalo will return 17 starters next season, including every quarterback, running back and wide receiver. In addition, the Bulls will return nine of their top 11 tacklers from this season.