College Football

Muschamp gets $250,000 raise as Florida coach

July 27, 2013 

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Florida Coach Will Muschamp's new salary of $2.928 million ranks seventh among Southeastern Conference football coaches. Alabama's Nick Saban makes the most at $5.47 million a year.

JOHN RAOUX — ASSOCIATED PRESS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has given Coach Will Muschamp a raise after an 11-win season.

School president Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp's salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.

Muschamp will now make $2.928 million annually through the 2017 season, ranking 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).

Foley says in a statement: "Dr. 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."

The Gators are 18-8 in two years under Muschamp.

AD: Kiffin not on hot seat

LOS ANGELES — Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden says Lane Kiffin is not on the "hot seat" heading into his fourth as the Trojans' football coach.

USC released a video of Haden's comments on Thursday night, the day before Pac-12 football media days in California.

Haden says "I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year. Here is my answer and will be my answer whenever I'm asked. He is not."

He says he is "behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent."

USC is coming off a 7-6 season that started with the Trojans ranked No. 1 and ended with five losses in six games.

The team is still dealing with scholarship limitations from NCAA sanctions handed down soon after Kiffin was hired in 2010.

Stoops to get extension

NORMAN, Okla. — University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the university plans to extend the contract of head football coach Bob Stoops through the 2020 season.

Boren announced Thursday that he will recommend that the OU Board of Regents take formal action at its September meeting.

In a statement, Boren praised the 14-year head coach for the progress of the football program, saying he "revived one of the great college football traditions."

Stoops received a contract extension two years ago to keep him as Oklahoma's head coach through 2018 and pay him $34.5 million over seven years.

Montana provided perks

HELENA, Mont. — The University of Montana and former coach Robin Pflugrad failed to monitor the football program, allowing boosters to provide benefits to players, including bail money and free legal representation for two players, the NCAA said Friday in releasing the results of a yearlong investigation.

Other player perks provided by boosters included free meals, clothing, lodging and transportation, the NCAA found.

The penalties, many self-imposed by the school, include a three-year probationary period, the loss of four scholarships in each of the next three seasons and vacating five wins in which ineligible players participated after receiving help with their legal problems that is not allowed under NCAA rules.

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