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Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer signs contract extension

JOSEPH GOODMAN
jgoodman@MiamiHerald.com

GAINESVILLE — University of Florida coach Urban Meyer has won two national championships in three years. On Monday, he cashed in on the success. Meyer signed a six-year contract extension for $4 million per year.

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“Coach Meyer has certainly proven to be one of the top college football coaches in the country and should be compensated as such,” UF athletics director Jeremy Foley said. “We are proud he is our coach and we appreciate all that he has done for the Gators.”

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This is Meyer’s second contract extension since arriving in Gainesville in 2005. He signed a six-year contract extension in 2007 for $3.2 million per year. Meyer’s new contract makes him one of the most highly paid college football coaches in the country along with Southern California coach Pete Carroll ($4.4 million), Alabama coach Nick Saban ($4 million) and Les Miles ($3.75 million).

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“I continue to be very thankful and appreciative for everything the University of Florida and the athletic program has done for me and my family,” Meyer said. “Dr. [Bernie] Machen, Jeremy Foley and the community make this a special place and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

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One of the most interesting aspects of Meyer’s new contract, according to UF associate athletic director Steve McClain, is language that indicates Meyer will donate $1 million to the University of Florida’s Florida Opportunity Scholars Program for the life of the contract. The program

provides financial assistance to first-generation, financially disadvantaged students.

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“I believe that Urban Meyer is the best at what he does,” UF president Bernie Machen said. “He demands excellence of his players on the field and the classroom. Not only did the University of Florida win a national championship in January, but all 13 seniors earned degrees and the 2008 football team tied an SEC league record with 37 players named to the SEC academic honor roll.”

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The Florida Gators won the BCS National Championship in 2008 and return 17 starters from that team, including senior quarterback Tim Tebow and senior linebacker Brandon Spikes. UF will likely be ranked No.1 to begin the season. Fall practice begins on Aug.6.

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Well-deserved.

Absolutely well deserved. I'm surprised they didn't up the ante past Charlie Weis ($4.2 mill per season). I think he's certainly done a better job than Weis has done at ND.

NICE

Congraulations to the most deserving of all the coaches.

After the 09 Championship, he'll do an extension for 4.5 million a year.

The rich keep getting richer. It's good to be a Gator.

The rich keep getting richer. It's good to be a Gator.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:26 PM

I'm not sure if the faculty agrees with you...

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Urban rolled 66million in football revenues into UF last year. He's a BARGAIN.

Ricky, he's not higher paid than Weiss or Carroll because ND & USC are private universities.

Ahhhh....makes sense. Thanks, Adam, for clearing that up.

Adam is Gator Clauses in-house Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe.

Dude is always on point.

Awesome for Urban. Nice touch with the Scholarship donation. Looks to be burnishing his legacy at UF.

Outrageous !! With the state of economy and cuts on UF school programs it's a disgrace. UF should put priorities (funds) on learning not a football program.

Just to put an end to the misinformation...

[Foley said in June he planned to work on a new contract for Meyer and acknowledged the "sensitivity" of giving the coach a hefty raise during an economic downturn. The university recently announced $42 million in budget cuts and layoffs of nine faculty members and 49 staff employees.

***But the state-funded school doesn't pay Meyer's salary. The University Athletic Association, a separate entity that funds the school's athletic department, does.***]

Straight from the Associated Press.

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

As far as posting nonsense a dozen or more times goes, why do you keep posting this garbage on our site? What is wrong with you dude?


What 2 things do FSU, GaTech, VaTech and Oklahoma all in common:

On campus stadium and a scrimmage against dah U.


Football at UM is over in 2012 !!!

Posted by: OhhhANDfour | August 03, 2009 at 01:24 PM

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

As far as posting nonsense a dozen or more times goes, here's another one! Nice work "14"! Is 14 relative to your age?


5 mil per year????? U are on crack.

Only a dumb cane honk would call an on campus stadium an eyesore.

They are hallowed beautiful places U rent-to-not-own F'in CHUMP.

Enjoy the BUS RIDE to home games U clueless moron.

By the way U dumb cane honk, it's called Florida Gator Championship Field now. We have a richer legacy there than U do. We actually fill the place too U has-beens.

Posted by: Tap your shoes together three times U dumb stooges | August 03, 2009 at 02:08 PM

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

An oldie but not so goody!

Sniff, Sniff....what is that stench ??

Ohhh - that's the rotting corpse that used to be Hurricane Football !!! LMAO !!!

It's over.

Posted by: OhhhANDfour | August 03, 2009 at 02:13 PM

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

Thanks for breakdown "14"! You should work on Wall Street!


Um doesn't sellout Shiite U dumb cane honk.

U didn't "get paid" squat U F'in clown. 5 million is a PROJECTION moron.

Posted by: LandshRk is a shiiitdump when it comes to actuallly watching the game. | August 03, 2009 at 03:17 PM

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

"14", it's dinner time! Put down your little Army guy's and come wash up for dinner! Isn't 14 a little old for Army guy's?


Did U stop by and chat with the concierge after the FSU game dumbazz?

Love the Kohler toilets.

Enjoy the 14$ chicken sandwich U clueless moron.

Posted by: project your stadium income AFTER you put the video of tumbleweeds in the parking lot on Youtube | August 03, 2009 at 03:21 PM

No faculty likes coaches salaries, its not a UF problem. The UAA doesn't pay their salary anyway so NOBODY cares. But certainly you will post that nonsense at least a dozen more times.

Posted by: 14-0ToPasadenaWeGo | August 03, 2009 at 02:53 PM

NOBODY with a brain cares, the rest of the state is in an uproar!


Great job at posting a less than half full stadium you delusional cane honk. U probably spend a lot of time at Disney World too....Green.
U like fantasy. Solid attendance numbers at the fish house are pure fantasy.


Posted by: get the three park pass U delusional honk | August 03, 2009 at 05:00 PM

Cat got your tongue "14"? You are without a doubt the biggest loser on the www, as well as a disgrace to your school.

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