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Muschamp earns substantial raise, extension


Head coach Will Muschamp was rewarded by South Carolina's administration with a new contract on Friday, granting a raise and extension to the man tasked with turning around the program.

Athletics director Ray Tanner had been actively working on a revised contract for Muschamp since November.

The new deal will be a six-year contract, paying Muschamp $4.2 million in the first year. Escalators are included that will bump Muschamp's pay in each successive year by $200,000.

Muschamp's original contract at USC was a five-year deal that paid him $3 million in the first year, with a $100,000 escalator each season thereafter.

The contract was officially approved on Friday morning by the Board of Trustees during a 10:00 a.m. teleconference meeting.

In his first two seasons, Muschamp's efforts have led to tangible results in Columbia. After taking over a program that won three games in 2015, the team won six in 2016 and nine in 2017. The latter campaign closed with a comeback win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1.

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