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July 30, 2013

Speed Read: It’s not about the money, money, money

Florida coach Will Muschamp received a nice $250,000 raise last Friday.

The response from some in the Gator Nation was unsurprisingly inane. 

Many bemoaned Muschamp’s place on the league’s compensation hierarchy, while others questioned why he justified a raise in the first place.

(***With an annual salary now around $3 million, Muschamp currently ranks as the seventh highest paid coach in the SEC***)

Here’s the skinny on why Muschamp got what he got, is where is and moving forward...

* The Gators are 18-8 in Muschamp’s first two seasons as a head coach. He’s tallied consecutive top-five recruiting classes, is a dedicated grinder and fresh off an 11-win campaign. Is he a great coach? That's a valid, debateable question. Asking if he's even a solid coach is downright silly. 

* The bump in pay was pennies compared to what would happen if the Gators won the SEC Championship and/or a BCS title. Also, the funds couldn’t have been used on academics. Totally different resources.

* Florida initially got its head coach on the relatively cheap (zero HC experience) and are simply rewarding a coach with a nod towards his market value.

* Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million) justifiably make more money than Muschamp. Richt is the SEC’s longest-tenured coach with two career league championships, while the Aggies and Razorbacks both paid premiums to poach coaches from their former schools.  

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Driskel sidelined with appendectomy surgery

Florida will open training camp on Friday (Aug. 2) without its junior signal caller.

Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel underwent surgery on Tuesday at UF Health Stands Hospital, the team announced.



UF coach Will Muschamp released a statement saying, “[Driskel’s] surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks.”

According to Muschamp, “[Driskel] had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly.”

While the emergency operation is a setback for UF’s incumbent starter, the timing could’ve been much worse.

Florida’s backup quarterback situation is uninspiring, at best, but Tyler Murphy, a redshirt junior, will likely see the majority of first-team reps in Driskel’s absence.

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