Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp

South Carolina’s Board of Trustees has approved the hire of Mike Bobo to be the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach.

Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp and running backs’ coach Thomas Brown had their contracts amended. 

“I appreciate the Board of Trustees giving their support to the contract of new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and the changes to the contracts of Coach Muschamp and Coach Brown. I believe strongly in the program that Coach Muschamp is building here. The addition of Coach Bobo, along with our current staff, will help us reach the goals that all Gamecock fans would like to achieve,” South Carolina AD Ray Tanner said in a statement.  

“I’m excited to bring Mike on board,” Muschamp said. “He is a proven and respected play-caller and quarterbacks’ coach, who I have faced many times over the years. Over the last 13 years, his offenses have averaged over 31 points and 424 yards per game while converting over 43 percent on third down. He also has a long relationship with both (running backs coach) Thomas Brown and (wide receivers’ coach) Bryan McClendon, so it will be a smooth transition for our offensive staff.”

Bobo was given a two-year contract worth $2.4 million. 

Bobo, a Georgia graduate and former Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, stepped down after five seasons as Colorado State’s head coach this past Wednesday.

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Bobo, 45, took the Rams to three straight bowl games. He spent all but one of his previous 16 years as an assistant at Georgia, and eight as offensive coordinator. That one season, in 2000, he was the quarterbacks’ coach for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

At Georgia, Bobo and the Bulldogs won 135 games, including five SEC East titles and two SEC championships.

Bobo replaces Bryan McClendon, who remains on staff as receivers’ coach.

Mike Bobo contract details

Contract: 2-year term beginning Dec. 10, 2019 and ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Total annual guaranteed compensation: $1.2 million (Base salary: $500,000. Outside compensation: $700,000.)

Incentives: SEC Championships (coach may earn the greater of the following: $25,000 if the football team with the SEC Eastern Division or $50,000 if the football team wins the SEC Championship. [Note: Coach must be employed by the University on the dare of the SEC Championship football game and be present and coach the football team during the SEC Championship football game in order to be eligible to earn the $50,000 incentive-based supplemental compensation.]

Postseason bowl/playoff games: Coach may earn the greater of the following: $20,000 if the football team plays in a non-Big 6 bowl game, or $30,000 if the football team plays in a Big-6 bowl game, or $40,000 if the football team plays in an NCAA College Football Playoff game, or $50,000 if the football team plays and wins an NCAA College Football Playoff game, or $65,000 if the football team wins the NCAA National Championship.

Automatic extension periods: If the University informs Coach, at any time after the final regular season game in 2021, that his contract will not be extended or renewed at the expiration of the contract (i.e., Dec. 31, 2021), then the term of the contract will automatically be extended until Feb. 28, 2022, or the date Employee accepts other employment, which occurs first (“Automatic Extension Period”); provided however, it is understood and agreed that the Automatic Extension Period is not applicable in the event Employee is terminated by the University, at any time, with or without cause, pursuant the applicable contract provisions.

Will Muschamp contract details

2019 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $3.3 mil)

2020 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $3.5 mil)

2021 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $3.7 mil)

2022 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $3.9 mil)

2023 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $4.1 mil)

2024 — $1.1 million base + $3.3 million outside comp (previously: $4.3 mil)

Thomas Brown contract details

Contract: Extension. Contract now runs: June 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

Salary: $500,000.