Southern gives A.D. William Broussard a three-year contract extension

Southern University gave Athletic Director William Broussard a three-year contract extension Friday as the Jaguars near the finish line of an odyssey to regain good standing with the NCAA.

Broussard has led a months-long effort to rectify the Jaguars’ insufficient recording and reporting of student-athletes’ academic progress to the NCAA. The inadequacies predate Broussard’s tenure and led to an NCAA postseason ban for all of Southern’s athletic teams.

The Board of Supervisors voted Friday to entrust Broussard with the athletic program’s future for another three years as a pair of NCAA representatives prepare to visit the Southern campus Monday and Tuesday for an update on the university’s record keeping.

Broussard’s original two-year contract expired March 30, and Friday’s vote extended the terms of that deal through June 30 and implemented new terms from July 1 through June 30, 2017. The new terms include a raise in Broussard’s annual salary from $115,000 to $138,000.

The board’s academic committee voted 7-1 in favor of the extension, and the full board voted 15-1.

“I think it speaks to the confidence that the board has not just in me, but also in the staff that I have been fortunate enough to put together,” Broussard said. “We’re in a position to finally rectify this situation once and for all. We’re on the right track, and we can’t continue to put band-aids on the amputation and treat it just for the next evaluation cycle and not address the root causes.”

The NCAA postseason ban was instituted last year when “unusable data” was discovered by the NCAA during a routine audit of Southern’s documentation of student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates. Broussard and Chancellor James Llorens have been working with a 12-person task force to produce the proper data and implement new policies that will prevent such problems in the future.

“We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Broussard said.

The Jaguars hope to have a ruling from the NCAA on the school’s attempt to have the postseason ban lifted before the spring semester ends next month.

The ban cast a cloud on the winter and spring seasons. The men’s and women’s basketball teams won Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season titles before losing in the conference tournament. Neither would have been able to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament had it won the conference tourney.

Several Southern coaches have praised Broussard for his and his staff’s efforts to rectify the situation with the NCAA in a timely manner.