Florida won’t be playing in this year’s BCS championship, but the Gators, at 11-1, have college football’s best resume. Normally, a coach might receive an extension following a year like the one Will Muschamp had, but in this case Muschamp already received his extension — in August.
Per the Gainseville Sun, UF President Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley decided three months ago to extend Muschamp’s contract through the 2017 season.
“It’s easy to do it when you’re 11-1, but we did it back in August because we liked the direction the program was heading,” Foley told Pat Dooley of the Sun. “We wanted to convey to Will how much confidence we had in what he was doing.”
That one-year extension is on top of the one Muschamp received in February of this year to take him through 2016. The terms of Muschamp’s contract remain the same. He’ll receive $2.7 million annually plus incentives such as $100,000 for beating Florida State and going to a BCS bowl game (the Gators appear Sugar Bowl bound).
Muschamp is now 18-7 in two years at UF. The Gators haven’t always looked pretty winning this season, but there’s no arguing the number of quality wins Florida has under its belt. If a four-team playoff was implemented this year, there wouldn’t be any question that Muschamp’s team would be among the four selected.