The sea of revenue flowing into power conferences, and the SEC in specific, continues to also head into the pockets of it’s prominent coaches. On Friday, the University of Florida made official their second new contract for football boss, Jim McElwain and also, announced a new deal for hoops coach Mike White.
Here are the specifics on the latest new deals from the Gators official website:
— Chris Harry (@GatorsChris) June 16, 2017
And yes, it is correct that McElwain has already been given a new contract after each of his first two seasons in Gainesville, despite not winning an SEC Title or putting the Gators into national title consideration. Florida was 9-3 in the regular season a year ago before losing to Alabama in the SEC Title game, also for the second straight season. The Gators did stomp Iowa in the Outback Bowl for a 10-4 finish to the season.
Speaking of Alabama, we previously wrote this off season about McElwain’s former boss, Nick Saban, and his new mammoth (and well deserved) contract and raise. And, wrote about the Gators coach having the same agent, Jimmy Sexton and how he is one of the top power brokers of coaches and their deals in the SEC.
The Gators have a new AD, in Scott Stricklin, and you have to wonder, if he is now of the mindset that Florida will have to do things like win the conference title, play in the College Football Playoffs or win it all before yet another new contract will be entertained.
Certainly, continuing to reward a coach who now has gotten two new deals without having done any of those things will be good leverage on his part.