How Bryan McClendon is shaping South Carolina's offense
TAMPA, Fla. -- Not only will South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp be getting a raise when the season is complete, but the Gamecocks assistants all can expect more in their paychecks in 2018.
“We have had two or three meetings regarding his staff, which is of the utmost importance to (Muschamp),” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner told The State.
Tanner and South Carolina’s football team are in Tampa preparing for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Michigan in Raymond James Stadium. The Gamecocks finished Muschamp’s second season as head coach 8-4 overall. The school’s Board of Trustees has been discussing a contract extension and raise for Muschamp for more than a month, a source told The State. Muschamp is expected to receive a six-year deal worth between $3.4 million and $3.6 million annually. Muschamp currently makes $3.1 million annually.
“I will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees after the first of the year about his future,” Tanner said. “There is still some work to be done, hopefully, a lot of work in a short period of time.”
South Carolina paid Muschamp’s assistant coaches a total of $4 million in 2017, making it the 17th-highest paid staff in college football. Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson ($750,000 annually) is the highest-paid assistant on the staff. The second-highest, former offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was paid $700,000 annually before he was fired this month.
We’ve talked about his staff and how much (Muschamp) values his staff,” Tanner said. “He really believes in what his assistants mean to this program, as I do, and he wants to keep them together for as long as he can. That’s been his emphasis and I certainly am in total agreement with that. He thinks very highly of his assistants. If changes are made, it probably affects everybody.”
Wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, who will call plays during the Outback Bowl and may be named the full-time offensive coordinator after the game, made $500,000 last year. The remainder of the staff includes: defensive line coach Lance Thompson ($500,000), offensive line coach Eric Wolford ($500,000), special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler ($350,000), running backs coach Bobby Bentley, who is serving as quarterbacks coach for the bowl game ($300,000), linebackers coach Mike Peterson ($200,000) and tight ends coach Pat Washington ($200,000).