Florida Gators give raises, extensions to 2017 football assistant coaches

By Adam Silverstein
August 11, 2017
Florida Gators give raises, extensions to 2017 football assistant coaches
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Two weeks after Florida Gators released contract information for its promoted and new assistant coaches, the program has shared updated details for those assistants that remained with the program entering the 2017 season.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who was entering 2017 on the final year of his initial contract, received a three-year extension and $100,000 annual raise. He now makes $590,000 per year and has received two raises since joining the Gators.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been made whole now that his buyout from $300,000 Michigan has expired. After making $515,000 a year ago, Nussmeier was poised to receive a $25,000 raise to $540,000 in 2017. Florida has added to that figure and given him a one-year extension; it will will now pay Nussmeier $833,000 per year through the 2018 campaign.

Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Greg Nord, linebackers coach Tim Skipper (who moved from coaching running backs) and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon entered 2017 without new contracts but were each extended for two seasons through 2018 and provided with raises.

After increasing their coaching spending by $750,000 for assistants ahead of the 2016 season, Florida has mostly increased its expenditures by less than $50,000 for 2017 due in large part to hiring some younger coaches and promoting from within. UF is paying assistants nearly $1 million more than their counterparts three years ago.

Coaching staff’s 2017 salaries and notes ($10,000 Nike payment not included)

2017 Coach2016 Coach
Jim McElwain
Head coach
$4.5 million []
Jim McElwain
Head coach
$3.5 million
Randy Shannon
Defensive coordinator
$890,000*
Geoff Collins
Defensive coordinator
$890,000
Doug Nussmeier
Offensive coordinator
$833,000^
Doug Nussmeier
Offensive coordinator
$515,000
Chris Rumph
Defensive line
$590,000+
Chris Rumph
Defensive line
$490,000
Greg Nord
Special teams/TEs
$410,000
Greg Nord
Special teams/TEs
$390,000
Tim Skipper
Linebackers
$447,000~
Randy Shannon
Co-coordinator/LBs

$399,750
JaJuan Seider
Running backs
$335,000@
Tim Skipper
Running backs

$440,000
Brad Davis
Offensive line
$290,000&
Mike Summers
Offensive line
$488,500
Corey Bell
Secondary
$290,000#
Torrian Gray
Secondary
$325,000
Kerry Dixon
Wide receivers
$290,000-
Kerry Dixon
Wide receivers
$275,000

[] McElwain receives a $175,000 expense account, use of two cars, $253,200 in equipment, $40,000 in personal travel allowances (private jet), $32,400 in pension, $3,500 in apparel and a group of 12 season tickets to use as he pleases. He also gets $350,000 annually from Nike. The remainder of his annual salary comes from a $2.65 million annual activities agreement with the program. His base salary is $275,700.

Performance bonuses for McElwain could reach $875,000 (up from $450,000) in a single year. He can earn up to $100,000 for academic success (up from $4,000) as well as $100,000 for reaching the SEC Championship Game (up from $37,500) OR $200,000 for winning the SEC Championship (up from $75,000). Further into the postseason, McElwain can add $200,000 for a New Year’s Six bowl appearance (up from $100,000) OR $250,000 for advancing to the College Football Playoff (up from $150,000) OR $300,000 for playing in the CFP National Championship (up from $200,000) OR $400,000 for winning the national title (up from $250,000). He can also earn $75,000 for AP National Coach of the Year (up from $50,000) and $50,000 for SEC Coach of the Year (up from $25,000) awards as well as $100,000 if UF top-10 finishes in either the AP or USA Today postseason polls (up from $50,000).

Should McElwain be fired by the Gators before his contract comes to term, Florida would owe him $2.5 million per season, plus a prorated amount if he leaves in the middle of a campaign. The only mitigation would occur if he joined another SEC program. 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, 2018, he would owe the Gators $3 million ($1.5 million of which would go to Colorado State), 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.

* Shannon received a $400,000 raise as part of his promotion to defensive coordinator. He is now on a three-year, $2.67 million contract that expires following the 2019 season. Shannon can receive retention bonuses of $100,000 in March 2018 and $125,000 in March 2019.

^ Nussmeier is in the first year of a new three-year, year of a three-year, $2.5 million contract. He also received a $300,000 retention bonus ahead of the 2017 season.

+ Receiving a $100,000 annual raise, Rumph is now in the first of a three-year, $1.8 million contract. He picked up a $50,000 retention bonus entering the season and can earn $75,000 and $100,000, respectively, if remaining with the team over the next two campaigns.

` Nord begins a new two-year, $820,000 contract.

~ Skipper moved from running backs coach to linebackers coach in the offseason. He is now on a two-year, $892,000 contract.

@ Seider signed a two-year, $680,000 contract beginning in 2017. There is a $100,000 penalty for terminating his contract without cause before its conclusion.

& Davis signed a two-year, $605,000 contract beginning in 2017. There is a $100,000 penalty for terminating his contract without cause before its conclusion.

# Bell signed a two-year, $605,000 contract beginning in 2017. There is a $100,000 penalty for terminating his contract without cause before its conclusion.

– Dixon begins a two-year, $580,000 contract. He picked up $25,000 for remaining with Florida past expiration of his original contract and can pick up another $35,000 if he enters the 2018 season with the Gators.

Universal assistant notes and bonuses:

– All coaches receive a $1,500 academic incentive
– All coaches receive a $10,000 bonus from Florida’s contract with Nike
– All coaches receive use of a dealer car and other tangible incentives
– Play in the SEC Championship game: 10 percent increase
– Play in a bowl game: 1 additional month salary
– OR play in a New Year’s Day Bowl: 10 percent increase
– OR play in the College Football Playoff: 20 percent increase
– OR play in the College Football Playoff National Championship: 25 percent increase
– OR win the College Football Playoff National Championship: 30 percent increase

The information above was signed 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.

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