Florida rewards athletic director Scott Stricklin with three-year contract extension and pay rise

GAINESVILLE, Fla – Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has received a three-year contract extension that nearly doubled his salary and made him one of the highest paid directors in the powerful Southeast Conference.

He accepted the new agreement in April and signed it in July, according to a public record request the school returned on Monday.

Stricklin is now under contract until October 2027. His total compensation has increased from $ 1.151 million per year to $ 1.725 million. His base salary went from $ 545,900 to $ 1 million. He also received an annual bonus of $ 120,000 for his media obligations.

Stricklin’s compensation package includes a retention bonus of $ 250,000 paid annually, a longevity bonus of $ 110,000 paid annually and an annual expense account totaling $ 95,000. He receives an additional $ 62,000 in employee benefits each year.

The contract places Stricklin near the top of the AD pay scale in the SEC. Danny White of Tennessee tops the list with $ 1.8 million a year.

Stricklin has been the DA in Florida since November 2016 and has spearheaded sweeping change. Most notably, he lured longtime SEC caller Dan Mullen of Mississippi state to rejuvenate an outdated football program and then quickly replaced Mullen when he hit a plateau. Stricklin hired Billy Napier last month in hopes of taking the Gators to new heights.

Florida has also spent nearly $ 280 million over the past six years on capital improvements affecting academics, football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse, much of which Stricklin has played a key role in moving from concept to realization.

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed progress on Florida’s $ 85 million football facility, which is now expected to be completed next spring.

The Florida Sports Department recorded a shortfall of $ 54.5 million in fiscal year 2020-21 due to the pandemic, a significant financial loss the Gators were able to endure with an SEC supplement and a large reserve.

Stricklin avoided layoffs, time off, and pay cuts. The Gators have stopped pension payments for a year and eliminated bonuses for everyone on their payroll, including coaches.

Stricklin’s tenure has not been completely smooth. He granted Mullen a contract extension in June after a tumultuous season that included several public missteps and an NCAA recruiting violation that put the Gators on probation for the first time in 30 years.

He also granted female basketball coach Cam Newbauer a contract extension in March amid years of complaints and concerns about a toxic culture that included verbal abuse of players, assistants and staff. .

Given the end of the Mullen era, Stricklin’s tenure will be tied to Napier’s run and whether the coach can reverse a proud program that has gone astray. Last week, the Gators lost to Central Florida in a bowl game in Tampa, the program’s first-ever loss to the neighboring Knights.

Florida closed the season 6-7 and lost several key players in the college football transfer portal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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