COLUMBIA – South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford's pay has been bumped as a reward for the work he's done as the Gamecocks' offensive line coach, according to GamecockCentral.com
During a Wednesday morning board of trustees teleconference, Wolford had his contract amended to include a raise to $700,000 per year. Wolford's previous contract, approved in January, paid him $600,000 per year and ran through Dec. 31, 2019.
The new deal serves as a two-year extension and will now run through December 2021 and was approved unanimously by the board.
Wolford has improved the play of his position group since his arrival last season, his second stint as the offensive line coach in Columbia.
The Gamecocks gave up 41 sacks in 2016, the year before Wolford's arrival, cutting that number to 29 in 2017 and 23 in 2018.
Meanwhile, head coach Will Muschamp announced that Thomas Brown has been hired as the running backs coach.
Bobby Bentley will transition from running backs coach to tight ends coach for the 2019 season.
“Thomas is an accomplished running backs coach who has done a great job at multiple spots, including Wisconsin, Georgia and Miami,” Muschamp said. “He’s an outstanding young football coach, having been a coordinator at Miami, and is an outstanding recruiter.
"We are excited to have him part of the Gamecock family.”
Brown has spent the past three seasons as the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach under head coach Mark Richt. This past season, the Canes rushed for 2,489 yards, an average of 5.2 yards per carry and 191.5 per game, while scoring 25 rushing touchdowns.
Brown spent the 2015 campaign on Richt’s staff at Georgia, where he coached the Bulldog running backs. During Brown’s stint in Athens, Georgia rushed for 2,513 yards (194.3 yards per game), including 1,076 yards by current New England Patriots' tailback Sony Michel.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Brown said. “I have great respect for Coach Muschamp – I’ve known him for a long time. Obviously, I’ve been around Coach (Bryan) McClendon. We played together at Georgia and worked together for a year at Georgia, and always talked about having the opportunity to get back on the same side together.
"This is a great place and I’m looking forward to it.”