Gators release updated contracts for 2016 coaches: Collins gets massive raise

By Adam Silverstein
July 25, 2016
Gators release updated contracts for 2016 coaches: Collins gets massive raise
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The Florida Gators made some tweaks to their coaching staff in 2016 after a complete overhaul last year. With the season set to kick off in just over a month, the program’s athletic department decided to release the salary information for head coach Jim McElwain and his assistants.

The information below was agreed upon by coaches at an earlier date and released to OnlyGators.com as part of a public records request made to the University of Florida’s University Athletic Association.

Most notable is the updated contract for defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who saw his salary upped to $890,000 from $590,000. He also added use of a dealer car while maintaining his $150,000 retention bonus for 2017 (he received $125,000 for staying in 2016). (Previously, Collins had a $6,000 stipend to pay for a car.)

Also quite generous is Florida shelling out $288,500 more per season to offensive line coach Mike Summers, who was previously making $200,000 per season on a two-year deal while being held over from Will Muschamp’s staff in 2015. Portions of Summers’s salary the last two years were paid as part of a USC buyout, which is why his figure appears to have jumped so much. Summers will now make $488,500 annually. He received a one-year contract extension along with a $38,959 extension signing bonus.

New secondary coach Torrian Gray received a two-year, $650,000 deal along with the use of a car.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph will make $490,000 in 2016 after earning a $65,000 raise to go along with his $10,000 planned contract increase. He was also extended through the 2017 season.

McElwain received two increases as adjustments to his contract. His annual retention bonus moved from $500,000 to $750,000 (he will receive it each January from 2017-21 as long as he remains with the team), while his Nike equipment contract went up from $203,200 to $253,200.

McElwain’s six-year contract, signed in 2015 and worth approximately $3.5 million annually when all monies are considered, includes a $265,000 base salary in 2016, slightly down from his pro-rated base of $307,000 last year.

After increasing their coaching spending by $1.1 million ($315,000 for assistants) from 2014 to 2015, Florida has upped its expenditures again in 2016. UF is paying out an additional $750,000 to assistants compared to a year ago, ($465,000 not including Summers’s increased salary) and is now paying assistants $1.1 million more than their counterparts two years ago.

Coaching staff’s 2016 salaries and notes ($10,000 Nike payment not included)

2016 Coach2015 Coach
Jim McElwain
Head coach
$3.5 million []
Jim McElwain
Head coach
$3.5 million
Geoff Collins
Defensive coordinator
$890,000*
Geoff Collins
Defensive coordinator
$590,000
Doug Nussmeier
Offensive coordinator
$515,000^
Doug Nussmeier
Offensive coordinator
$500,000
Chris Rumph
Defensive line
$490,000+
Chris Rumph
Defensive line
$415,000
Mike Summers
Offensive line
$488,500&
Mike Summers
Offensive line
$200,000
Randy Shannon
Co-coordinator/LBs
$399,750~
Randy Shannon
Co-coordinator/LBs
$400,000
Greg Nord
Special teams/TEs
$400,000`
Greg Nord
Special teams/TEs
$375,000
Torrian Gray
Secondary
$325,000#
Kirk Callahan
Secondary
$300,000
Tim Skipper
Running backs
$375,000=
Tim Skipper
Running backs
$350,000
Kerry Dixon
Wide receivers
$285,000-
Kerry Dixon
Wide receivers
$275,000

[] McElwain receives a $100,000 expense account, use of two cars, $40,000 in personal travel allowances (private jet), $3,500 in apparel and a group of 12 season tickets to use as he pleases. The remainder of his annual salary comes from a $2.2 million annual activities agreement with the program.

Bonuses for McElwain include $37,500 for an SEC Championship appearance, $75,000 for an SEC Championship victory, $37,500 for a bowl game appearance, $100,000 for an Access Bowl game appearance, $150,000 for a College Football Playoff Semifinal appearance, $200,000 for a CFP National Championship appearance and $250,000 for a CFP title game victory. Should McElwain be named AP National Coach of the Year ($50,000) or SEC Coach of the Year ($25,000) he would also add some money to his bank. Finally, he will receive a $50,000 bonus if Florida finishes in the top 10 of either the AP or USA Today postseason polls.

Should McElwain be fired by the Gators before his contract comes to term, Florida would owe him $2.25 million per season, plus a prorated amount if he leaves in the middle of a campaign. He also has a buyout attached to his contract should another team try to pluck him from the Gators.

If McElwain chooses to leave before Jan. 31, 2017, he would owe the Gators $3.2 million ($2 million of which would go to Colorado State), before Jan. 31, 2018 – $3 million ($1.5 million to CSU), before Jan. 31, 2019 – $2.5 million ($1 million to CSU), before Jan. 31, 2020 – $2 million ($500,000 to CSU), on or after Feb. 1 2020 – $1.5 million.

* Collins, who originally signed a three-year, $1.77 million deal ($590,000 annually), received a $300,000 raise to go along with a planned $125,000 retention bonus. He has a $150,000 retention bonus remaining for 2017.

^ Nussmeier is in the second year of a three-year, $1.545 million deal with a planned $15,000 increase for year two. He goes up to $540,000 in year three and can receive a $300,000 retention bonus ahead of the 2017 season.

+ Rumph received a $65,000 raise (in addition to his planned $10,000 increase) and additional year on what was formerly a two-year, $820,000 contract.

& Summers had his 2014 and 2015 salaries partially paid by USC due to a buyout that included mitigation from his former job (the amount above is what UF paid in 2015). Florida is paying $288,500 more out of pocket for him beginning in 2016.

~ Shannon signed a three-year, $1.195 million deal last season and received a $10,000 bump to bring his salary even with his 2015 total of $400,000. He will earn $415,000 in year three and is due a retention bonus of $125,000 in 2017 after receiving $100,000 for staying on this past offseason.

` Nord received a planned $25,000 raise as part of his two-year, $755,000 deal. He is entering the last year of his contract.

# Gray is the only new hire for 2016 and signed a two-year, $650,000 contract plus use of a dealer car.

= Skipper received a planned $25,000 raise as part of his two-year, $705,000 deal. He is entering the last year of his contract.

– Dixon received a planned $10,000 raise as part of his two-year, $540,000 deal. He is entering the last year of his contract.

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
– National Championship Game victory – 30 percent increase
– National Championship Game appearance – 25 percent increase
– Other championship-level 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
– If team graduates at 85 percent – $4,000 for head coach, $1,500 for assistants

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