Cael Sanderson (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Despite the hopes of a number of competing wrestling programs, Cael Sanderson isn't leaving Penn State anytime soon.
Sanderson and the university have agreed to a new, long-term contract to replace the agreement that had expired June 30, said Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago Tuesday.
Terms of the contract have not been made public. Penn State is obligated to release contract details of only four athletic department jobs: athletic director and the head coach of football, men's basketball and women's basketball, according to The Daily Collegian.
Despite concerns and speculation from some in the wrestling community about whether Sanderson would depart Happy Valley, Barbour said the coach's future at Penn State was never in doubt.
"What Cael and our wrestling program has done is absolutely spectacular, but there was never an issue," Barbour said Tuesday. "It was never a concern. It was a matter of getting to the right place."
Since arriving at Penn State from Iowa State in 2009, Cael Norman Sanderson, 38, has guided the Nittany Lions to new levels of success. In eight seasons, Sanderson has compiled a 112-14-2 overall record, with six Big Ten team conference crowns, six NCAA team titles, 16 individual national champs and 21 Big Ten champions.