UF assistants get raises, extensions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida struggled on the field in 2011, but that wasn’t enough to keep the school from rewarding several assistant coaches.

Despite narrowly avoiding the program’s first losing season in more than 30 years, the University of Florida gave raises to two assistant football coaches, added a signing and retention bonus to another, and extended the contracts of two others. The school released the contracts on Monday.

The biggest raise went to linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin, who got a two-year extension and saw his salary increase $75,000 to $340,000 annually. Durkin signed one-year deal for $265,000 when he agreed to join coach Will Muschamp’s staff last season.

Running backs coach Brian White, who signed a one-year deal for $240,000 when he joined Muschamp’s staff last season, received a one-year extension and will make $290,000 in 2012.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn signed a one-year extension through the 2013 season. He did not receive a raise (he’ll make $510,000 this season) but he was paid an $80,000 signing bonus and also will receive an additional $80,000 retention bonus on or around Jan. 31, 2014, if he is still a member of the staff.

In addition, UF gave one-year extensions through the 2012 season but no raises to tight ends coach Derek Lewis and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Lewis will make $190,000 and Robinson will make $230,000.

Defensive line coach Bryant Young was not given an extension or a raise. He signed a two-year deal through the 2012 season that pays him $230,000.

Florida went 7-6 in 2011, the program’s worst record since 1987 (6-6). The Gators’ victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl kept the program from its first losing season since 1979 (0-10-1).

In January, Florida picked up the one-year option on Muschamp’s five-year contract. That extends the deal he signed when he was hired in December 2010 to replace Urban Meyer through the 2016 season. He is paid $2,750,400 annually.