Continuing his theme of internal promotion, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp elevated offensive analyst Kyle Krantz to the team’s final assistant spot.
Per new NCAA rules, football programs can now have 10 on-field coaches. Earlier in the offseason, Muschamp indicated that he wanted more help with special teams. Enter Krantz, who will serve as a special teams assistant while also handling duties with nickelbacks and strong-side linebackers.
Currently in his second year with the Gamecocks, Krantz was on staff under Muschamp in his previous stops at Florida and Auburn, and was also a graduate assistant at Kentucky for two seasons. He was last in an on-field role in 2009-10 with his alma mater, Northern Colorado, where he coached linebackers.
South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner also disclosed extensions, raises, and other salary details for the staff. Muschamp now has a six-year deal in place that will pay him $4.2 million starting next season and reach $5.2 million by 2023, with incentives for the usual milestones like reaching and winning bowl games and the SEC Championship, coaching awards, etc. His buyout is $4 million until the end of 2018, $3.5M the next year, $3M in 2020, and $1M for the remaining two years on the deal.
If South Carolina wishes to terminate Muschamp without cause per his new contract, they will owe him 75% of his remaining guaranteed compensation left on his contract. A pretty big committment.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) January 12, 2018
Certainly a show of faith on Tanner’s part.
New offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon will make $650,000, while defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson was rewarded with a raise that brings his salary to $1.2 million. Very much deserved for T-Rob, and good to see in light of the potential interest he was drawing from other teams.