Ed Cooley's deal biggest in school history
The details won't all come out until Tuesday, but I've confirmed Ed Cooley's six-year deal at Fairfield is done.
According to a source close to the program, the two sides had agreed in principal to a deal a little more than a month ago, just after Cooley interviewed for positions at Seton Hall and Boston College. He was a finalist for the Boston College job, along with Steve Donahue (who eventually got the job) and Northeastern coach Bill Coen.
The finalization of the deal was first reported by Chris Elsberry of the Connecticut Post.
The exact financial outlay isn't clear, but the deal is the richest a Fairfield coach has signed. A second source with knowledge of the deal said it's easily big enough to prevent Cooley from ever considering leaving for another mid-major program, and that it may be rich enough to prevent the coach from leaving for anything other than a bix-six conference job.