Florida's Todd Golden signs a 2-year extension worth $4.1M annually a day before team's NCAA opener

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Florida coach Todd Golden signed a two-year contract extension Thursday that bumps his average salary to $4.1 million annually.

The Gators released Golden's contract a day before they play Colorado in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.

Golden will make $3.6 million in 2024-25 — a $600,000 raise from this season — and gets a $200,000 bump each year after. The new deal runs through the 2029-30 season.

Golden's previous salary ranked 12th out of 14 coaches in the Southeastern Conference.

The Gators (24-11) are a No. 7 seed in the NCAA field. Golden is 40-28 in two seasons in Gainesville and got Florida back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.

Golden is 97-64 overall in five seasons, including three at San Francisco.

Under his direction, Florida has its highest-scoring team in program history and ranks sixth nationally. The Gators sold out six home games this season, an indication of how the fans feel about Golden and his up-tempo style of basketball.

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