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Lance Leipold signs new contract at Buffalo

Lance Leipold has signed a new 5-year contract to remain at Buffalo, the program announced Friday.

The new deal wipes out his old contract and keeps him under wraps through the 2024 season. Financial terms were not disclosed; Leipold made $615,000 in 2019, which placed him fifth in the MAC and barely over half the $1.15 million salary of Toledo's Jason Candle.

"I'm very appreciative of Lance Leipold's unwavering commitment and dedication to building a championship caliber football program here at UB," Buffalo AD Mark Alnutt said. "This program has seen outstanding growth and success both on and off the field during his tenure. I'm excited to work with Lance and his staff as we continue this positive trajectory for many years to come."

Hired in 2015 after a 109-6 run with six Division III titles in eight years at Wisconsin-Whitewater, Leipold is 31-32 in five seasons running with the Bulls. The last two seasons have seen Buffalo go 18-9 (12-4 MAC) with a MAC East title in 2018 and the program's first bowl win -- a 31-9 romp over Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl -- last season.

Buffalo owns five 5-plus win seasons in 21 years of FBS participation; Leipold has produced four of them.

He was the MAC's Coach of the Year in 2018 and has produced 37 All-MAC players in his five seasons, including 12 in 2019 and MAC Offensive Player of the Year Tyree Jackson in 2018, the program's first such award.

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