South Carolina adds Wright as TE coach, gives staff raises

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has added one-time Alabama director of player personnel Jody Wright as its tight ends coach.

The board of trustees approved a two-year deal for Wright, who’ll make $350,000 this season and $400,000 in 2023.

Wright most recently coached in the NFL with the New York Giants. His last stint in college came was 2018 at UAB, where he served as run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Before that, Wright spent three season on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.

The trustees also approved contract extensions and raises for five current members of Shane Beamer’s on-field staff, and strength coach Luke Day.

Defensive coordinator Clayton White received a raise of $200,000 to $1.1 million under the new deal. He was extended through the 2024 season.

Special teams coordinator Pete Lembo’s contract also had a year added to his deal through the 2024 season. He got a raise of $15,000 to $465,000 a year.

Running backs coach Mario Hardesty, receivers coach Justin Stepp and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey each had their contracts extended through 2023.

Hardesty will receive a raise of $50,000 to $350,000 a year. Stepp will earn $475,000 next season, an increase of $15,000 over his previous deal, and $525,000 in 2023.

Lindsey will make $375,000 a year, an increase of $25,000 over his old contract.

Day got an additional year through 2023 and will make $425,000, a raise of $25,000.

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