Orlando Early is getting more money to come to USC, while Cypheus Bunton is getting less to make room for him.
Early, who was hired last week as the Gamecock men's basketball team's newest assistant coach, will earn $150,000 next season, according to figures released Tuesday by USC. He earned $135,000, plus incentives, last year as the coach at Louisiana-Monroe, according to the Monroe News-Star.
Bunton, who moved into a player development role, is set to earn $65,000. He earned $120,000 as the top-paid assistant on Darrin Horn's staff last season.
The salaries of the two other assistants will remain unchanged, according to the school. Mike Boynton is earning $110,000, and Neill Berry is earning $100,000.
The salaries of assistant coaches in the SEC vary:
- Kentucky pays all three of its assistants at least $175,000, with two earning more than $200,000.
- On the other end, Mississippi State pays its top assistant, Robert Kirby, $121,085, while the other two earn $107,717 and 69,010, respectively
- Alabama's top assistant, Dan Hipsher, earns $175,000. His peers earn $150,000 and $90,000, respectively
At Clemson, Ron Bradley earned $158,000 last season as the top assistant. He has joined the DePaul staff of former Tigers coach Oliver Purnell.
Bunton's role essentially will be that of a fourth assistant, a role many high-profile programs are creating. The NCAA limits basketball staffs to three full-time assistant coaches, plus additional staff.
Last year, USC had a director of basketball operations, L.J. Hepp, who earned $45,000.