UF rewards Muschamp with raise

Florida head football coach Will Muschamp speaks during day one of the 2013 SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

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Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

Florida football coach Will Muschamp is getting a raise.

The Florida athletic department confirmed Friday that Muschamp has received an annual increase of $250,000 per season on a contract that runs through 2017. That puts his annual salary at close to $3 million per season ($2.928 million to be exact).

“(Florida president) Dr. (Bernie) Machen and I believe very strongly in Coach Muschamp and his leadership and we felt it was appropriate to adjust his salary to be more in line with his market value,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.

Muschamp is 18-8 in two seasons at UF. Last season, Muschamp led the Gators to an 11-2 mark and its first BCS bowl appearance since 2009. The Gators lost to Louisville 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl, capping an otherwise successful season.

Muschamp's annual salary is now seventh highest in the Southeastern Conference behind Alabama's Nick Saban ($5.47 million), LSU's Les Miles ($3.8 million), South Carolina's Steve Spurrier ($3.3 million), Georgia's Mark Richt ($3.2 million), Arkansas' Bret Bielema ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million).

Recently-promoted Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin thinks Muschamp is worth every penny.

“Coach Muschamp is unbelievable,” Durkin said at the Marion County Gator Club Gathering on Thursday night. “He's a great guy to work for -- great friend, great teacher, great coach, great person.”

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