For an assistant coach, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has a lot of responsibilities.
The Gamecocks’ defense is Ward’s baby. Yes, his decisions are approved or vetoed by his boss, but Steve Spurrier gives Ward a lot of freedom and control on the defensive side. It’s one of the reasons Ward will be viewed as a fine head coaching candidate, sooner or later.
Ward’s role in South Carolina’s success is reflected in his salary. He is paid a salary of $655,050 annually, making him the 13th-highest paid assistant coach in college football, according to USA TODAY Sports. He’s the sixth-highest paid defensive coordinator in the SEC, behind Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($1.15 million), LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis ($1.11 million), Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham ($850,000), Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson ($800,000) and Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder ($708,000).
Ward’s salary is more than 39 head coaches in the FBS.
South Carolina’s assistant coaching staff is the 20th-highest paid in the country, according to USA TODAY Sports. It’s also the eighth-highest paid staff in the SEC.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is the nation’s highest-paid assistant coach, earning just more than $1.3 million annually. The Tigers have the third-highest paid assistant coaching staff in college football.