Gators release contracts for new 2013 coaches

By Adam Silverstein
March 1, 2013

In his third year at the helm of the Florida Gators, head coach Will Muschamp was forced to hire two new position coaches and find a new defensive coordinator as adjustments were made to the coaching staff following the 2012 season.

According to information released by Florida on Friday, new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had his pay bumped up to $490,000 per season.

It was also announced that wide receivers coach Joker Phillips signed a two-year contract at a rate of $265,000 per season and defensive line coach Brad Lawing jumped aboard with a three-year contract paying him $390,000 annually. Lawing also received a $50,000 signing bonus and will receive another $50,000 as a retention bonus if he remains with the team through the end of his contract and into 2016.

A look at the coaching staff’s 2013 salaries compared with their counterparts in 2012:
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* Muschamp received a one-year contract extension through 2017.
^ Pease is in the second year of a three-year contract signed in 2012.
~ Durkin received a $150,000 raise as he moved from special teams to defensive coordinator and agreed to a new two-year contract.
` Dillman is in the second year of a two-year contract signed in 2012.
– Florida signs most assistant coaches to one-year renewable contracts. Therefore, retained coaches are listed with their respective salaries from the 2012 season until the university releases new contract information in August.
– The Gators are spending $65,000 more in salary than the program did in 2012.

Universal contract notes and bonuses:
– All coaches receive a $10,000 bonus from Florida’s contract with Nike
– All coaches receive use of a car and other tangible incentives
– BCS National Championship Game appearance – up to 30 percent increase
– Other BCS bowl game appearance – 20 percent increase
– SEC Championship Game appearance – 10 percent increase
– Non-BCS bowl game – 10 percent increase
– Bowl game with less than $2 million payout – one month’s salary increase

The Florida Times Union and multiple other media outlets obtained the salary information referenced above via an open records request.

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