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Gators extend Muschamp’s contract

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After a year on the job in Gainesville, Will Muschamp has been rewarded with a little additional job security by his Florida bosses.

As first reported by Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, the Gators have given its head football coach a one-year contract extension.  The move means Muschamp is now signed through the 2016 season.

UF subsequently confirmed that the school had picked up an option year written into the coach’s contract.

“Coach Muschamp’s original contract was for five years with an option year,” UF wrote in a statement. “The UAA exercised that option year in January and he now has five years remaining on his current contract.”

The extension doesn’t come with a bump in an annual salary that averaged $2.75 million under the terms of his original five-year deal.

In his one season at UF since replacing Urban Meyer, Muschamp went 7-6.  That inaugural campaign was capped by a bowl win over Meyer’s new team, Ohio State.

Florida will begin its second spring practice under Muschamp March 14, concluding the 15 allotted sessions with its annual spring game April 7.

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9 Responses to “Gators extend Muschamp’s contract”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 24, 2012 5:32 PM

    Were they worried somebody was trying to steal Mushcamp from the?

  2. cbass59 says: Feb 24, 2012 5:47 PM


  3. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 24, 2012 5:56 PM

    There must be something more to this 7-6 is not acceptable at UF. Why extend a coach who hasn’t proven anything.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    So, basically the option year at the end of the original contract was moved up to last season and they decided to keep him. Coach Boom better do better than 7-6 soon or the fans will get restless regardless of the “new” contract.

  5. cuffhimbanano says: Feb 24, 2012 9:53 PM

    7-6 with a bowl win was a good job last season considering the roster and misfits.

  6. overratedgators says: Feb 25, 2012 11:24 AM

    “7-6 is not acceptable at UF”

    In the last 10 years, Florida ended five of them with less than nine wins. Three more were less than 10 wins. Gator fans had a couple of fluke years with Tebow and Meyer and convinced themselves they were something other than a middling football team in a weak SEC East.

    Not only is 7-6 acceptable at UF, it’s a return to normalcy.

  7. florida727 says: Feb 26, 2012 9:06 AM

    “overratedgators”, spoken like a true no-knowledge moron. Congratulations.

  8. lakesidegator says: Feb 27, 2012 10:24 AM

    Let me take a stab @ this: overratedgators is a Semihole fan. If so, then in light of their epic (but traditional) GAG against the Canes on Sunday, he is curled-up, fetal position, in a corner of his parents basement, sobbing and wondering why he didn’t go to the U of F, or wondering why he couldn’t even graduate from high school and on to college anywhere.

  9. gators56 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    This year will be more pivotal for Mushcamp. Last year old Urban Liar was still putting his fingerprints all over everything and then Weissssssss was eating everything instead of coaching. So now with Pease it will be interesting. the pieces are there, but we will see if they can coach UP their players. Last year’s offense was maybe the worst I have ever seen – besides the year before under A”Dazz”io.

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