Clarification and update on FSU coach Leonard Hamilton's contract
This is a followup and clarification to a story that I wrote for Warchant on Saturday and was later picked up by other media outlets.
Late Saturday night, I reported that Florida State men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton had agreed "orally" to a new contract extension with the university after posting a 26-9 season and second-place finish in the ACC.
That report was based on a brief interview with FSU athletics director Stan Wilcox outside the Seminoles' locker room following their second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Xavier. Wilcox did not provide details of the extension and said it would be formalized in writing within the next month.
On Sunday, Wilcox contacted me and explained that this was not a new contract extension. He said he was referring to the one that FSU reached with Hamilton and announced in February of 2016, which runs through the end of the 2018-19 season.
According to Wilcox, that contract was never put in writing. So, when I asked if they were in talks regarding Hamilton's contract, he thought I was asking about the deal from last year. Since that extension was announced by the university 13 months ago, I understood Wilcox to mean that he was talking about a new deal on top of the old one.
Apparently, that was not the case.
I apologize to our readers for the miscommunication and for the role I played in the inaccurate report. Warchant places the highest premium on accuracy in our reporting, and we will use this as a reminder to be better in the future.
Warchant managing editor