Louisiana Director of Athletics Scott Farmer saw the improvement being made on the court.

He saw the improvement made by student-athletes in the classroom.

He saw someone committed to build UL basketball the right way, with players who do the right thing.

Scott Farmer saw past 30-31.

It was announced yesterday that Men's Basketball Coach Bob Marlin has agreed to a new five year, $400,000 contract.  The contract has already been approved by the UL Board of Supervisors.

The Daily Advertiser first reported the story on its website Thursday afternoon.

Farmer and Marlin had a handshake agreement as far back as April on a deal, but many things, including the restructuring of football coach Mark Hudpeth's contract, delayed the finalization.

The Cajuns were in postseason play last year for the first time since 2005 after being invited to play in the collegeinsider.com tournament where they lost to Rice in the first round.

The contract also includes increased buyout terms for both sides.

Marlin's teams have accumulated a 2.5 or better GPA over the last three semesters, which accounts for three of the six highest GPAs since the University began tracking such things in 1982.

This year, playing with six freshman and only three scholarship players with any experience under Marlin, the Cajuns are 3-5, 1-1 in league play including an upset of Western Division co-favorite North Texas and a near upset of nationally ranked Michigan State.

Under Marlin, the Cajuns have the second best record in the Sun Belt over the last two seasons.