Show me the money!
Two years ago, Spurrier's nine assistants earned a combined $1.326 million, according to contracts. Very nice raise, I say. However, South Carolina will not pay as much as Tennessee under new coach Lane Kiffin, whose staff will make a combined $3.3 million. That's believed to be the highest amount in the Southeastern Conference.
- Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will earn the most of Spurrier's six new hires at $275,000 a year.
- Right behind is Eric Wolford, the running game coordinator and offensive line coach, who will earn $250,000.
- First-year quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus will earn $140,000. Tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Johnson "Jeep" Hunter will earn $140,000 and running backs coach Jay Graham $110,000.
- Fitzgerald will earn $128,000.
- Tops of the staff remains assistant head coach Ellis Johnson, who heads up the Gamecock defense. Last fall, university trustees approved an improved financial package that brings him $350,000 a season. Johnson has said he will keep control of the defense, but surrendered the title so the Gamecocks could attract Ward from Arkansas after last season.
- Among South Carolina's returning staff, defensive line coach Brad Lawing will earn $200,000, same as receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. The head coach's son is the only assistant who has remained on his father's staff through Spurrier's first four seasons with the Gamecocks. Spurrier, Jr. was given added play-calling duties last season.
- Shane Beamer, the son of Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, will earn $165,000 as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.