The Gator 'Bate: Urban Meyer Deserves His $24 Million Contract

Jessica DAnalyst IAugust 4, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators celebrates with the National Championship trophy after therir 24-14 win against the Oklahoma Sooners during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

It's no surprise—after winning two national titles over a three-year span—that Florida Gators football coach Urban Meyer is getting a pay raise.

It's not an astronomical number; the six-year deal will pay Meyer $4 million annually. When you think about the amount of money that has been generated as a result of Meyer's immense success as skipper of UF's football squad through merchandise sales, season ticket sales, and recruiting, it's hard to feel that the contract is unfair.

Of course, this very contract makes Meyer the highest paid coach in SEC history. So what? If you're a fan of American sports, it's hard not to realize that coach and player salaries seem to be going no where but up.

He won't be the highest paid coach in the country. Both Pete Carroll (USC) and Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) are expected to make more per year than Meyer.

What does the contract do for Urban Meyer?

It extends his reign to 2014, which will give him ample opportunity to build an incredible dynasty in Gainesville. With such a solid recruiting camp at UF, and ample depth already in place (some position backups are said to be better than the more experienced starters), Meyer seems to be set to rack up wins.

The University of Florida has made it clear that they don't want Urban Meyer going anywhere. The future is now. Gator fans definitely won't be challenging this one.