Will Muschamp and his SC staff receive extensions, raises


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills.

SC head football coach Will Muschamp has had his contract extended by three years, a deal now running through the 2023 season, according to David Cloninger of The Post and Courier. He has spent the past two years as a defensive analyst for the Gamecocks.

After serving as a defensive coach with coordinating stints aplenty, Muschamp earned his first head coaching gig with the Florida Gators in 2011. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp also added the NCAA-approved 10th assistant coach by promoting Kyle Krantz.

Muschamp got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1995.

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Muschamp would owe SC a $4 million buyout should he leave the Gamecocks next season, a figure that decreases to $3.5 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020. After one of the most decorated careers in SC high school football history, the Duncan, S.C., native burst onto the scene in 2010 when he rushed for 1,197 yards, leading the Gamecocks to their first SEC Eastern Division title and earning SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. He returned for his junior year and had some promising performances before he suffered an even more disastrous injury to his other knee. "As a standout high school player, he could have gone anywhere, but chose to stay home and play for his state's flagship university".

SC coach Will Muschamp received a six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season, the school announced Friday. He scampered for 1,197 yards and established a new school record with 17 touchdowns.

Lattimore was one of the most beloved players in USC history. The San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League draft, but he never played. He's now married to the former Miranda Bailey.