Muschamp gets raise from Florida

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAUFlorida coach Will Muschamp argues a call with a referee during the first half of the Sugar Bowl in January at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Advocate file photo by ADAM LAUFlorida coach Will Muschamp argues a call with a referee during the first half of the Sugar Bowl in January at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has given coach Will Muschamp a raise after an 11-win season.

School president Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp’s salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.

Muschamp will now make $2.928 million annually through the 2017 season, ranking behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.47 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.8 million), South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.3 million), Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million).

“Dr. Machen and I believe very strongly in Coach Muschamp and his leadership, and we felt it was appropriate to adjust his salary to be more in line with his market value,” Foley said in a statement.

The Gators are 18-8 in two years under Muschamp.

Alabama

SOURCE SAYS TIDE FROZE STAFFER’S CONTRACT: A person familiar with the situation said Alabama penalized director of football operations Joe Pannunzio for his role in the Miami scandal while a member of the Hurricanes’ staff.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the university did not release the name. Alabama released 31 secondary violations Thursday for the year ending June 30.

Alabama said the staffer received no raise or contract extension for one year and wasn’t allowed to communicate with recruits for 90 days.

Pannunzio is not named in the notice of allegations the NCAA brought against Miami. Alabama said its staffer “provided impermissible benefits to a prospect and his family and introduced prospect to a booster while at another institution.”

That booster was Nevin Shapiro, the central figure in the Miami scandal.

USC

HADEN SAYS KIFFIN NOT ON HOT SEAT: In Los Angeles, Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden said Lane Kiffin is not on the “hot seat” heading into his fourth as the Trojans’ football coach.

USC released a video of Haden’s comments on Thursday night, the day before Pac-12 football media days in California.

“I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year,” Haden said. “Here is my answer and will be my answer whenever I’m asked. He is not.”

He said he is “behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent.”

USC is coming off a 7-6 season that started with the Trojans ranked No. 1 and ended with five losses in six games.

The team is still dealing with scholarship limitations from NCAA sanctions handed down soon after Kiffin was hired in 2010.

Oklahoma

OU PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES STOOPS’ EXTENSION: In Norman, Okla., University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the university plans to extend the contract of head football coach Bob Stoops through the 2020 season.

Boren announced Thursday that he will recommend that the OU Board of Regents take formal action at its September meeting.

In a statement, Boren praised the 14-year head coach for the progress of the football program, saying he “revived one of the great college football traditions.”

Stoops has guided the Sooners to 14 consecutive bowl appearances and amassed a 149-37 record since he was named head coach in 1999. He won a BCS National Championship in 2000.

Stoops received a contract extension two years ago to keep him as Oklahoma’s head coach through 2018 and pay him $34.5 million over seven years.

Montana

SCHOOL PENALIZED OVER BOOSTER PERKS: In Helena, Mont., an NCAA investigation found the University of Montana and former coach Robin Pflugrad failed to monitor the football program, allowing boosters to provide benefits to players that included bail money and free legal representation for two athletes.

Other player perks provided by boosters included free meals, clothing, lodging and transportation.

The penalties announced Friday include a three-year probation period, the loss of four scholarships for the next three seasons and vacating five wins, including two playoff victories.

The NCAA said ineligible student-athletes took part in those games. Those athletes received help with their legal problems that was not allowed under NCAA rules.

Pflugrad is now an assistant at Weber State. He is suspended from coaching during the first game of the 2013 season and faces recruiting restrictions.