Cael Sanderson signs long-term contract with Penn State

Cael Sanderson (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

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.


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johnmac47 (1) about 4 and a half years ago
Beautiful - Penn State under his leadership will be champions for a long time, a long time!
cradleman (1) about 4 and a half years ago
So how much will Carl be underpaid in comparison to the men's and women's basketball coaches who, by the way havent won anything yet, nor will they in the near future.
cradleman (1) about 4 and a half years ago
Damned autocorrect. C A E L!!!!!!!!!!!!
Singlesd (1) about 4 and a half years ago
He won't be underpaid relative to revenue generated by the men's basketball team.

And well I have no proof, I'd be willing to bet he makes more than the women's basketball coach at Penn State.
ResiliteMarine (1) about 4 and a half years ago
@Singlesd, I wish that were true, about the salary. Miss Washington was making $700,000 and that is a few years ago. Big Ten TV gives men's and women's basketball and edge in earing revenue. More competitions too.
Palu1000 (1) about 4 and a half years ago
Well I hope Cael Sanderson can bring many trophy for the state gym :D He is well known as a hard working trainer and will make all the student achieve the impossible.
johnmac47 (1) about 4 and a half years ago
If anyone knows - what does a "long-term" contract mean. I read somewhere that it is to the end of 2017 - which doesn't sound like a long-term contract to me!
GoB1G (1) about 4 and a half years ago
Congratulations to Cael and his staff, and the Penn State fans. Most info I've seen indicates wrestling, in fact, loses money at Penn State. Perhaps if they scheduled 3 or 4 meets at Bryce instead of 1 or 2, that might change. It might be a scheduling challenge, but worth the effort.