South Carolina coach Muschamp gets healthy raise, extension

In just two seasons, Will Muschamp has turned the South Carolina football program from a nine-game loser to a nine-game winner. Now he’s getting a few more years to see how much more winning he can do with the Gamecocks.

According to multiple reports, the university’s board of trustees on Friday approved a new contract for the coach, adding three years to the original deal to make it a six-year deal that keeps him employed through 2023.

According to The Associated Press, the total value of the contract is $28.2 million. A USA Today survey of salaries listed Muschamp’s 2017 base pay at $3.1 million, 11th out of 14 SEC coaches.

All of Muschamp’s assistants also received raises and extensions.

The Gamecocks’ nine wins in 2017 were the program’s most since three straight 11-win seasons from 2011-13. But it was only the seventh nine-win season in program history, and the first by a coach other than Steve Spurrier since 2001.

After a 3-2 start to the 2017 season, South Carolina lost only twice in the final eight games, and those were to a pair of teams ranked in the top 5 at the time — a 24-10 loss to No. 2 Georgia and 34-10 loss to No. 4 Clemson to end the regular season.

–Field Level Media

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