USC Board approves coaches’ contracts, deal with Under Armour

COLUMBIA — Travaris Robinson’s role as defensive coordinator at South Carolina also makes him the highest-paid of the Gamecocks’ new assistant football coaches.

The USC Board of Trustees on Friday approved the contracts of 10 of Will Muschamp’s assistants, as well as a new 10-year, $71.5-million agreement with Under Armour. The contracts of Robinson and co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper are for three years each, while the contract of assistant head coach for defense Lance Thompson is for two years, and those of the other assistants are for one year.

Robinson, also defensive backs coach, will be the highest paid, with $400,000 in base salary and $750,000 in total compensation. Roper, also quarterbacks coach, will make $400,000 in base salary and $700,000 in total compensation.

Thompson and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, the lone holdover from the staff of former head coach Steve Spurrier, will each make $350,000 in base salary and $500,000 in total compensation. Co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Bryan McClendon will make $350,000 in salary and $450,000 in total compensation.

Strength coach Jeff Dillman will make $400,000 in base salary, tight ends coach Coleman Hutzler $350,000, running backs coach Bobby Bentley $300,000 and tight ends coach Pat Washington and outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson $200,000 each. None of them will receive outside compensation.

The total pool for the nine on-field assistants is $500,000 less than last season under Spurrier. Muschamp’s annual salary of $3 million is also the lowest among head coaches at the SEC’s 13 public universities, and less than the $4 million Spurrier made in his final season with the Gamecocks.

Assistants can earn incentives such as $50,000 for winning the SEC championship, $300,000 for reaching a New Year’s Six bowl game, $20,000 for reaching a lower-level bowl game, and $40,000 for reaching the College Football Playoff.

The new deal with apparel supplier Under Armour includes a $2 million signing bonus, a baseball rights fee worth $50,000 annually, annual university rights fees totaling $24.5 million, and an annual product allowance totaling $44.5 million. It’s the second-most-lucrative deal in the SEC and seventh-most in the NCAA, according to the board.

Athletic director Ray Tanner said the new deal with Under Armour was about a year in the making, and USC did not consider moving to another supplier. “This was an opportunity that I felt Under Armour wanted to move with, we wanted to move with as well,” Tanner said, “and we got to a very comfortable place with this new contract.”