Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber and assistant coach Jerrance Howard received pay raises and contract extensions during a board of trustees meeting Thursday in Chicago.

Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber and assistant coach Jerrance Howard received pay raises and contract extensions during a board of trustees meeting Thursday in Chicago.

Weber, who is 152-57 in six seasons as Illini coach, received a $500,000 pay raise to $1.5 million. It’s the fourth extension since he was hired in 2003. Howard, a valuable recruiter, earned a $60,000 raise to $180,000. Howard also gets a $50,000 signing bonus and a one-time payment of $75,000 if he completes the terms of the contract.

Weber's total compensation package is worth $1.25 million retroactive to May 1 and increases to $1.5 million on Jan. 15, 2010, in a contract that runs through April 30, 2015. Weber's previous contract paid him $1 million per year through April 2012.

"I can't say enough how happy I am to be here at the University of Illinois and to receive a contract with long-term security,'' Weber said in a prepared statement. "We are all excited about the potential and future of this program.''

Howard has turned down overtures from Memphis and Kentucky, and Illinois rewarded his loyalty with a raise and a contract that runs through the 2013 season.

"It's a blessing for me and my family,'' Howard said.

Meanwhile, Illinois forward Mike Davis, who will begin his junior year in August, is one of 15 players invited to attend a 9-day training camp for the United States team that will compete in the World University Games.

Coach Bo Ryan will trim the roster to 12 before the team departs for the games, set for July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Davis started all 34 games last season, averaging 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while also leading the Big Ten with nine double-doubles.

Also invited to the training camp were Penn State's Talor Battle, Clemson's Trevor Booker, Iowa State's Craig Brackins, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler, Kansas' Sherron Collins, Villanova's Corey Fisher, Marquette's Lazar Hayward, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson, Washington's Quincy Poindexter, North Carolina's Deon Thompson, Ohio State's Evan Turner and Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado.

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