Florida Gators Give Jim McElwain Raise After One Season

    Jim McElwain is getting a raise from Florida after one season as the head coach of the Gators.

    March 25, 2016

    Jim McElwain is getting a raise from Florida after one season as the head coach of the Gators.

    Jim McElwain raised the Florida Gators up from a 7-5 record in Will Muschamp’s last season to a 10-4 finish and SEC Championship Game appearance in the 2015 season.

    Now, McElwain is getting a raise himself.

    Florida announced McElwain will earn an extra $750,000 per year which will increase his annual salary from $3.5 million to $4.25 million. McElwain’s raise went into effect on Feb. 1.

    The original deal he signed in 2014 was a six-year contract worth $21 million that runs through 2020.

    McElwain sees the pay increase as a sign the Gators have bought into the culture he and his staff is creating.

    “It’s great to know that our university and administration believe in the direction we are taking this program,” McElwain said. “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.”

    The raise does set an interesting bar for University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. Sure, McElwain produced a quality, double-digit win season, but what happens if he continues to churn out the same results? Surely the Gators can’t give him a $750K raise after every successful season.

    Then again, that’s just the nature of the college football coaching game. One great season is rewarded at a much higher rate than it likely should be.

    That isn’t to say McElwain doesn’t deserve the money. He was given a job to do, and he did it exceptionally well considering the state of the program before he took the job. Beyond that, the raise has as much to do with Florida reaching the SEC Championship Game as it does Foley sending a message that coaching instability – an angle used against the Gators on the recruiting trail – is a non-issue.

    Regardless, it’s an expensive tone to set for a head coach who has been on the job for only 15 months.

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