Coach Beamer is not the only one to get a raise, plus new offensive line coach named
Jan. 06, 2023

Shane Beamer isn’t the only person getting a pay raise. The South Carolina board of trustees approved a new deal for the Gamecocks’ head football coach on Friday that will pay him $6.125 million in 2023 with escalators of $250,000 through the 2027 season making him the highest-paid coach in school history. Will Muschamp, who was previously the highest-paid football coach at USC, made $4.4 million in the final year of his tenure in 2020 and promotion from within along with other Assistants getting a pay hike.

The South Carolina board of trustees approved amendments for five Gamecocks assistant coaches on Friday. Coaches Clayton White (defensive coordinator), Torrian Gray (defensive backs), Jimmy Lindsey (defensive line), Sterling Lucas (defensive ends), and Montario Hardesty (running backs) all received raises and extensions on their existing deals.

The South Carolina board of trustees approved Teasley’s contract on Friday, which will pay him $410,000 annually over the course of the two-year deal. Adkins was previously among the higher-paid coaches on the Gamecocks’ staff, with an annual salary of $550,000 and a handful of built-in incentives.

Teasley just wrapped up his second season in Columbia following spells at Delaware State, Temple, Tennessee Tech, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, and North Carolina Central. He also spent two years working for the Baltimore Ravens. Special teams coordinator Pete Lembo previously received a raise this season. Lembo’s new deal approved by the board of trustees in December included a one-year extension and a $260,000 bump in annual salary to $725,000. Lembo’s past deal, which was approved in February, paid him $465,000 annually through December 2024 a $15,000 pay raise from the initial contract he signed when hired leading into the 2021 season.

White, who was made the lone million-dollar earner on the staff outside Shane Beamer last year, saw his pay bumped from $1.1 million to $1.2 million and a one-year extension through Dec. 31, 2025. Gray was entering the final year of a three-year deal with built-in escalators that raised his pay from $350,000 in his first year on staff in 2021 to $500,000 this year. His new contract will be a two-year deal that pays $675,000 in Year 1 and $700,000 in Year 2, making him the highest-paid non-coordinator on the staff.

The former Virginia Tech defensive back had been rumored to be a candidate for the cornerback opening at Florida State but appears likely to stay at South Carolina. Lindsey and Lucas each received six-figure raises from their past deals, along with one-year extensions. Lindsey’s pay was bumped up from $375,000 to $475,000, while Lucas’ pay was upped from $350,000 to $475,000. Hardesty’s pay was upped from $350,000 to $400,000 annually under the terms of his previous extension that was approved last offseason.


Clayton White (DC) — $1.2 million
Dowell Loggains (OC) — $1 million
Pete Lembo (ST) — $725,000
Torrian Gray (DBs) — $675,000
Justin Stepp (WRs) — $525,000
Jimmy Lindsey (DL) — $475,000
Sterling Lucas (DEs/OLBs) — $475,000
Montario Hardesty (RBs) — $400,000
Jody Wright (TEs) — $400,000