Florida gives McElwain $750,000 raise after winning SEC East

Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches his team against Michigan during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Michigan won 41-7. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is giving coach Jim McElwain a $750,000-a-year raise after winning the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division in his first season.

The Gators announced Friday they have agreed to bump McElwain from $3.5 million to $4.25 million annually, making him the highest-paid coach in the division. McElwain remains under contract through the 2020 season.

He is now the sixth-highest paid in the SEC, behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7 million annually), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5 million), Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze ($4.7 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($4.39 million) and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn ($4.35 million).

The Gators went 10-4 in McElwain’s first season, winning the East for the first time since 2009.

Florida lost its final three games, though, falling to Florida State in the regular-season finale, to Alabama in the SEC title game and to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. McElwain’s offense scored a combined 24 points in those games.

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