GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida football coach Dan Mullen received a three-year contract extension worth an additional $1.5 million annually following a disappointing season that closed with a three-game losing streak and included several public relations missteps and NCAA sanctions.

The Gators released Mullen’s contract Tuesday in response to a public records request. He signed the amendment in early May. Mullen, 49, will make $7.6 million in 2021, up from $6.07 million last year. He now ranks third in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference in average salary, behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and LSU’s Ed Orgeron.

“Dan has done a tremendous job in his three seasons at Florida, and we are fortunate to have someone with his obvious talents and head coaching experience leading our football program,” Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside him to support his vision for Gators football and our student-athletes for many years.”

The Gators are 29-9 since Mullen replaced Jim McElwain after the 2017 season. Mullen has made Florida a championship contender annually, although last year’s quest was far from smooth.

Mullen was chided for comments about wanting to “pack the Swamp” following a loss to Texas A&M and cram 90,000 fans into Florida Field during a public health crisis.

The SEC reprimanded and fined him $25,000 after league officials decided he did more to inflame than extinguish a tense situation against Missouri that led to a halftime brawl on Halloween night. Mullen wore a Darth Vader costume to his postgame news conference, essentially welcoming the villain role.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Florida State men’s golf team had its run at the NCAA Division 1 national championships come to an end Tuesday morning with a loss to Pepperdine in the quarterfinals in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Among those playing for the Seminioles was Cole Anderson, a two-time Maine Amateur champion and three-time Maine high school state champion. Anderson lost his match, 2 and 1, as Pepperdine won three of the five matches and tied another to advance.

Pepperdine beat Oklahoma State in the semifinals and will meet Oklahoma in the title match.


KENT STATE: Kent State signed men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff to a contract extension through the 2025-26 season. The 47-year-old Senderoff is the winningest coach in Golden Flashes history. He’s gone 196-129 in 10 seasons, including 99-77 in the Mid-American Conference. Kent State has finished .500 or better in each of Senderoff’s seasons.

The Golden Flashes made the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Senderoff took over the program in 2011 after serving the three previous seasons as associate head coach. He’s also been an assistant at Indiana, Towson, Yale and Fordham. Kent State went 15-8 last season, including 12-6 in the MAC.

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