Florida gave Muschamp extension before season

Florida gave Muschamp extension before season
November 27, 2012, 11:27 am
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Florida head coach Will Muschamp celebrates in front of fans as he leaves the field after defeating Florida State 37-26 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 5 Florida didn't wait to give coach Will Muschamp a contract extension.

The Gators (11-1) gave him one before the season.

President Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley met in August and agreed to extend Muschamp's contract for a year, through 2017. The Gainesville Sun first reported the extension Tuesday.

Foley says in a statement that he and Machen ``believed in the leadership and direction of the football program this summer and we made a decision to extend coach Muschamp's contract an additional year this past August, prior to the start of the season.''

Financial terms remain the same, giving Muschamp another year at $2.7 million annually.

In January, after the Gators finished 7-6 in Muschamp's first season, Florida picked up a one-year option in the contract.