Florida Gators give Jim McElwain $750,000 raise for largest salary in SEC East
Florida Gators football coach Jim McElwain's successful first season has earned him a $750,000 raise, UF announced Friday morning.
The raise went into effect Feb. 1 and brings his annual compensation to $4.25 million. His deal runs through the 2020 season.
According to USA Today's coaching salary database, McElwain becomes the 11th highest paid coach in the country. His salary the fifth biggest in the SEC but tops in the SEC East. It remains the second largest figure in the state. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher makes $5.15 million annually, according to USA Today, and new Miami coach Mark Richt is believed to earn about $4 million.
"We recognized early in Coach Mac's tenure that he totally changed the vibe around football for The Gator Nation and in the building," athletic director Jeremy Foley said in UF's announcement. "Dr. (Kent) Fuchs and I first talked about this in mid-October -- we didn't want to make it about winning one game or advancing to the SEC Championship Game.
"We wanted to make a change because of the direction of the program and his leadership. From the moment he set foot on this campus, he has steadily put into place his blueprint for the football program. His efforts have been relentless. We are very grateful to have him and his family in Gainesville."
UF finished 10-4 and won the SEC East in McElwain's first season with the Gators.
"It's great to know that our university and administration believe in the direction we are taking this program,'' McElwain said in UF's announcement. "This sends a strong message about the things we are putting in place and the work of the entire organization. It sends a real message in recruiting that we have the support and confidence in our long-term vision."