Like his boss was, South Carolina associate head basketball coach Matt Figger was rewarded for a standout season.
Figger, the Gamecocks’ recruiting coordinator throughout the Frank Martin era and associate head coach for the last three seasons, had his salary raised on Friday by the USC Board of Trustees. Figger will be paid $262,500 in the one-year deal, which was retroactively started in March.
Martin agreed to a four-year extension after last season’s 25-9 record.
“Matt has been with me from day one at Kansas State, and he is as ready as anyone can be to take on head coaching duties. I’m excited for what he brings to our program every single day, and he’ll remain responsible for the same things that he has done up to this point,” Martin said in a statement upon Figger’s promotion to associate head coach. “I just want everyone to understand and know -- players, and everyone who is around us -- that Matt is ready to take on the challenge of being a head coach.”
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Figger took the associate head job once Brad Underwood left for the head job at Stephen F. Austin (Underwood has since taken the head job at Oklahoma State). “Figgs,” a native of Jenkins, Ky., who graduated from Eastern Kentucky, was an assistant for 10 years in junior college before stints at South Alabama, Arkansas and K-State.
Staff writer Avery Wilks contributed to this story.
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