It costs a lot to employ a college football staff, and South Carolina is competing in the highest-spending league in the land.
The Gamecocks football staff was paid $3,952,400 for the 2016 season according the USA Today’s annual coaching salaries database. That number ranks 16th nationally and ninth in the SEC.
Clemson’s staff earned $5,390,417, second-highest in the country.
Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson came in 30th nationally among individual coaches at $750,000, with Kurt Roper’s $700,000 at 34th.
The totals are slightly down from last year, when USC’s total of $3,995,600 ranked 10th in the country and sixth in the SEC. That did include an extra assistant because of Shawn Elliott’s promotion to interim head coach.
Gamecocks staff salaries
Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson: $750,000
Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper: $700,000
Defensive line coach and AHC for defense Lance Thompson: $500,000
Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott: $500,000
Wide receivers coach and offensive co-coordinator Bryan McClendon: $450,000
Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler $350,000
Running backs coach Bobby Bentley: $300,000
Outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson $200,000
Tight ends coach Pat Washington $200,000
SEC Coaching Staff Salaries
What assistants make at SEC schools:
LSU: $5.47 million
Auburn: $5.34 million
Alabama: $5.23 million
Georgia: $4.81 million
Texas A&M: $4.42 million
Florida: $3.73 million
Missouri: $3.63 million
Tennessee: $3.54 million
Arkansas: $3.53 million
Mississippi State: $3.29 million
Ole Miss: $3.09 million
Kentucky: $3.00 million