Gamecock assistants receive raises



Six South Carolina assistant football coaches earned raises after the team's fourth winning season in five years.

The university released figures detailing salaries for head coach Steve Spurrier's nine assistants, which showed the school will pay $2.15 million in salaries. That's an increase of $320,000 over what the assistants made in 2009.

Ellis Johnson, South Carolina's assistant head coach for defense, got the biggest boost, with his compensation doubling to $700,000. It includes a base salary of $200,000, a supplement of $150,000 and $350,000 in TV and radio funds. Johnson also received a two-year contract extension through 2013.

Others who saw their salaries increase were running backs coach Jay Graham, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator Shane Beamer , quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, defensive line coach Brad Lawing and tight ends coach Jeep Hunter.

Graham will make $142,500 this year, up from $110,000 in 2009. Beamer got a boost from $165,000 to $180,000. Mangus earned a raise of $10,000 to $150,000. Lawing's compensation increased from $200,000 to $210,000. Hunter will make $2,500 more next season for a salary of $142,500.

The only staffers not to receive raises are receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. at $200,000 and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, who earns $275,000.

First-year offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will make $150,000, which is less than the $250,000 South Carolina paid his predecessor, Eric Wolford.



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