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San Diego State coach Steve Fisher says he will return next season

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher has a 751-495 record in 24 seasons as a head coach.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) San Diego State coach Steve Fisher has a 751-495 record in 24 seasons as a head coach. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

San Diego State men's basketball coach Steve Fisher says he will return next season for the final year of his contract.

Fisher, 68, has been with the Aztecs for the past 15 years and led the team to a 29-4 record this season. The Aztecs are the No. 4 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament and play New Mexico State on Thursday.

"I’ve always wanted to go at least to the end of my contract,” Fisher said, via UT-San Diego. “(Wife) Angie and I talked about it, and she was a bit ambivalent – that it would be nice not to have the pressure of the job. But she knows that I want to come back, that I like doing it, that I like coming to practice, and she said, ‘I’m all for it.’

“If she had said, ‘I don’t want you to come back,’ I wouldn’t have come back.”

Fisher's contract calls for him to be paid a base salary $926,000 for the 2014-15 season, plus bonuses.  The contract also says that longtime assistant Brian Dutcher is the “head coach in waiting.”

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