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UCF Extends Johnny Dawkins

It would be hard to do much better than Johnny D.

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NCAA Basketball: Wichita State at Central Florida
Mar 1, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights head coach Johnny Dawkins motivates his team against the Wichita State Shockers during the second half at CFE Federal Credit Union Arena.
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Congratulations to former Duke assistant and legend Johnny Dawkins who has been given an extension by Central Florida.

UCF has committed to Dawkins through the 2023-24 season.

So far he’s 43-25 at UCF and, counting Stanford, 199-140 overall.

He’ll have the biggest player in college back next year, Tacko Fall, as well as his own son Aubrey, who transferred from Michigan, and some other solid talents as well. Expectations are high, as they should be.

Aside from doing a solid job, Dawkins is a genuinely good man. When Stanford fired him it was more like a rejection letter from a Japanese publishing house than an actual firing. Here’s what A.D. Bernard Muir said at the time:

“This decision was not easy and it was a very difficult discussion for both Johnny and me, but like everything else during his tenure at Stanford, he handled it with class, respect and the utmost concern for his student-athletes. There are so many great things that Johnny was able to accomplish on The Farm, including improving the graduation rate, achieving an Academic Progress Rate of 1000, an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and two NIT championships. The student-athletes Johnny coached during his tenure at Stanford represented the University with class and humility.”

Their feelings may have changed after Dawkins filed suit for breach of contract, but why split hairs?

He’s been loved and respected everywhere he’s been. There are reasons for that.

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