Muschamp signs 5-year, $16 million deal with Gamecocks

Will Muschamp’s deal with South Carolina is for five years and will pay him $16 million, according to Josh Kendall of The State.

“I am very excited about the future of this football program under his leadership,” athletics director Ray Tanner said. “I think he’s going to be here for a long, long time.”

Muschamp will earn $3 million in his first year on the job and his deal also contains an “annual escalator” of $100,000. There are also various winning-related incentives not limited to an SEC title or national championship.
Though Muschamp is an excellent defensive mind whose style could mesh perfectly with the SEC, let’s not forget that his time as head coach of Florida wasn’t exactly memorable. Despite developing great prospects like Dante Fowler and Vernon Hargreaves, Muschamp’s inability to get the offense rolling is what ultimately ran out of town. In four seasons in Gainesville, Muschamp was 28-21 (17-15 SEC) and drew the ire of fans after stepping in to succeed Urban Meyer, who won multiple championships with the team.
The good news is that Muschamp enters a Gamecocks program that did not perform well at all in 2015, so he should start with a relatively clean slate and not have high expectations right out of the starting gate. Thus, though his deal seems like a lot of money, it isn’t that bad considering the circumstances.

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