Posted: Friday February 24, 2012 4:45 PM

Florida extends Muschamp's contract through '16

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida has extended coach Will Muschamp's contract through 2016.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley picked up the one-year option in Muschamp's contract in January even though the Gators finished 7-6 in his first season.

The Sporting News first reported Muschamp's extension Friday.

Muschamp originally signed a five-year deal worth $13.75 million. The one-year extension doesn't include a salary increase.

Muschamp's first season was mostly forgettable. But his first full recruiting class was widely considered one of the best in the country, and considering Florida played 15 true freshmen last fall, many believe Muschamp is on the verge of getting the program back to national prominence.

The Gators begin spring practice March 14, with the focus on settling a quarterback competition between Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett.
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