June 22, 2017
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Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain received a contract extension and raise from the university on Friday. USA TODAY Sports/ Logan Bowles

Florida Gators HC Jim McElwain Receives Contract Extension, Raise

The University of Florida rewarded head football coach Jim McElwain with a new six-year, $26.9 million contract that will keep him in Gainesville through the 2022 season, the school announced Friday.

McElwain’s new deal is essentially a one-year extension that includes a raise in his annual salary.

The university also announced an extension for head basketball coach Mike White.

“Both Coach Mac and Coach White have done a phenomenal job of leading our programs and we are looking forward to having them lead the Gators for years to come,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said, via the Gators’ team website. “As much as both have won games and provided a lot of great memories for our fans and stability for the programs they lead, they have both had a huge impact on the development and personal growth of the athletes they coach.”

Through his first two seasons in the Southeastern Conference, McElwain has amassed a 19-8 record and has led the Gators to back-to-back SEC East division titles.

McElwain’s new deal raises his base salary to $4.48 million per season and includes a significant bump in potential bonuses. The 55-year-old head coach was scheduled to make a maximum of $450,000 in bonuses in 2017, but he can now earn up to $825,000, which includes $400,000 if the Gators win a national championship.

Florida kicks off their 2017 season with a highly anticipated matchup against the Michigan Wolverines on Sept. 2.

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