Football assistants receive raises

ashain@thestate.comFebruary 28, 2013 

South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward


— For back-to-back 11-win seasons, USC head coach Steve Spurrier’s supporting cast is getting pay raises.

Most Gamecock assistants will earn more this season, led by defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, who will receive $650,000 for the next three years, USC trustees approved Thursday. He will receive $100,000 more than the $550,000 he earned in his first season heading the defense.

Ward also can earn $10,000 to $20,000 in incentives for having a top-six defense in the SEC and $25,000 for the Gamecocks winning a division title and $50,000 for winning the SEC.

The other assistants received two-year deals with $15,000-$30,000 incentives for reaching bowls.

Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, wide receiver coach/recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and special teams/tight ends coach Joe Robinson all will receive $325,000 this year and $350,000 in 2014. Elliott and Spurrier Jr. made $300,000 last year. Robinson earned $280,000.

New defensive line coach Deke Adams and linebackers coach Kirk Botkin will receive $225,000 this year and $250,000 in 2014. Running backs coach Everette Sands will make $215,000 and $230,000 over the next two year. Sands and Botkin earned $185,000 last year. Adams’ predecessor Brad Lawing, who left for Florida, made $300,000.

Secondary coach Grady Brown will make $180,000 this year and $200,000 in 2014 -- up from $150,000 last year.

Quarterbacks coach G.A, Mangus is scheduled to not get a raise on his $175,000 for three straight years.

He did not get one last year after receiving a nuisance charge in 2011 after Greenville police found him urinating on a Greenville street. He will not receive a raise in the latest agreement as part of his punishment from a NCAA probe into a booster accused of giving recruits extra benefits.

As a group, Spurrier’s assistants pay will reach $2.65 million this year -- more than double since the coach came to Columbia since 2005.

Spurrier’s contract was extended for two years until 2017 in December, but he did not receive a raise and will earn $3 million this year.

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