Florida rewards Will Muschamp with $250,000 annual pay raise

Will Muschamp received a $250,000 annual raise from Florida for the Gators' success in 2012.
Will Muschamp received a $250,000 annual raise from Florida for the Gators' success in 2012. (USATSI)

Florida coach Will Muschamp will see a bump in his contract after leading the Gators to an 11-win season and Sugar Bowl appearance in 2012. On Friday, the school announced that Muschamp will get a $250,000 raise in each of the five years remaining on his current contract.

"Dr. [Bernie] Machen and I believe 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.

The raise will bring Muschamp right around the $3 million per season mark, which actually ranks near the middle of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama's Nick Saban ($5.47 million annually) leads the league while LSU's Les Miles, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, Georgia's Mark Richt, Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Texas A&M' s Kevin Sumlin make between $3.1 and $3.8 million annually.

Muschamp has helped lead the Gators to great success on the recruiting trail. Florida's 2013 signing class was ranked No. 3 nationally according to the 247Sports Composite Ranking -- a strong sequel to Muschamp's 2012 class, which ranked No. 4 in the 247Sports Composite Ranking.

Under Muschamp, the Gators are 10-6 in the SEC and 18-8 overall. He was named CBSSports.com's SEC Coach of the Year in 2012.

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