College football roundup: Florida's Muschamp gets a raise

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Florida coach Will Muschamp will get a $250,000 raise in each of the five years remaining on his contract, the school announced Friday.
The Gators were 11-2 in 2012, losing to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. They are 18-8 in two seasons under Muschamp.
With the raise, Muschamp will earn about $3 million per year. That ranks about in the middle of the pack for salaries among Southeastern Conference coaches, according to
Alabama's Nick Saban ($5.47 million annually) leads the SEC, and LSU's Les Miles, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, Georgia's Mark Richt, Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Texas A&M' s Kevin Sumlin all make between $3.1 and $3.8 million annually.

---The University of Montana was hit with NCAA sanctions for failing to monitor the football program under former coach Robin Pflugrad.
The findings of an NCAA investigation included improper booster benefits to players, bail money and free legal representation for two athletes, and complimentary meals, clothing, lodging and transportation.
The penalties, most of which were self-imposed by the university, were a three-year probation, the loss of four scholarships in each of the next three seasons and vacating five wins because ineligible athletes played in those games.
Pflugrad, who was fired in 2012 and currently serves as the offensive coordinator at Weber State, is suspended from coaching for the first game of the 2013 season.

---USC coach Lane Kiffin has the support of athletic director Pat Haden entering the 2013 football season.
On the eve of the Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles, Haden posted a video online Thursday expressing the hope that Kiffin will be at USC for years to come.
"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. I'm behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent. I have great confidence in him. He's a very hard-working, detail-oriented coach. He's a dynamic playcaller, in my estimation, and he's an exceptional recruiter. He knows USC and he knows what it takes to be successful here."
The Trojans finished with a lackluster 7-6 record last year after they were ranked No. 1 in the preseason.

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