Just in time for the start of the busy recruiting season, Florida has announced head coach Dan Mullen has been given a contract extension in Gainesville.

Mullen’s new deal will pay him an average of $7.57 million annually (up $1.5 million from his original contract) and results in the coach having a new six years deal with the Gators. The deal runs through the 2026 college football season.

The deal makes Mullen the SEC’s third-highest paid coach, behind only Nick Saban at Alabama and Ed Orgeron at LSU.

“We are very excited about the future of the Florida football program, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed on and off the field,” Mullen said in a released statement.

During his three seasons at Florida, Mullen has an overall record of 29-9 and is coming off an SEC East title. He’s 2-1 in bowl games during that time. His overall coaching record is 98-55 after coaching nine seasons in the SEC.

“Dan has done a tremendous job in his three seasons at Florida, and we are fortunate to have someone with his obvious talents and head coaching experience leading our football program,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “I look forward to working alongside him to support his vision for Gators football and our student-athletes for many years.”