SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Missouri State basketball coach Paul Lusk spoke to the media Friday for the first time since news broke that he and the University agreed to change his contract.
Before the change, if the Bears won the Valley tournament and qualified for the NCAA’s, Lusk would have the option at picking up five year extension worth roughly 1.8 million dollars.
Now even if the Bears win it all in St. Louis Missouri State can still fire Lusk and would only have to buy out one year’s salary, rather than five years.
Lusk agreed to this change in the middle of the teams five game losing streak. He says it’s not about the money.
“I got over myself a long, long time ago. It’s not about me. It’s never been about me. It’s not going to continue to be about me. If I were really focused and consumed with all that, it’s external stuff, it’s real life. If I was consumed with that would be really selfish on my part. People that know me know that’s not who I am. I’m not a selfish person. What I am consumed with is the team,” said Paul Lusk.