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Back up the Brinks truck, the head ball coach is here to stay.

It was announced on Tuesday morning that Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen has signed a three year contract extension to lead the team through 2027.

With the extension comes a generous raise worth up to $1.5 Million. The increase in cash flow pushes Mullen’s total salary to $7.6 Million which is third-most in the SEC behind LSU coach Ed Orgeron and Alabama’s Nick Saban. The contract is also the fifth highest in the nation.

Florida Athletic director Scott Stricklin explained the decision in a brief statement.

“Dan has done a tremendous job in his three seasons at Florida,” he praised, “and we are fortunate to have someone with his obvious talents and head coaching experience leading our football program.”

Stricklin continued, “I look forward to working alongside him to support his vision for Gators football and our student-athletes for many years.”

Coach Mullen has brought a new swagger to the Florida football team and has embraced the Gator Nation ever since his time as an offensive coordinator under former head coach Urban Meyer. Since taking over the headset, Mullen turned a piece of coal into a diamond by taking a 4-7 team from 2017 and pushed them to go 10-3 in the following season.

Mullen released a statement about extending his stay his Gainesville.

“We are very excited about the future of the Florida football program, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed on and off the field.”

In 2020, Dan Mullen and his team produced a 8-4 record and went on a trip to the SEC Championship where they lost an intense 52-46 against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The contract extension will be put to the test this season when the team takes on elite competition like the Crimson Tide rematch in week 3 and a road trip to Death Valley to face LSU on Oct. 16.

Editors note: It should be noted that men’s basketball head coach Mike White and women’s basketball head coach also received contract extensions with the University of Florida.

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