Texas Tech’s McGuire gets new 6-year deal after solid debut

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire has a new six-year contract with a raise after leading the Red Raiders to their first winning Big 12 record since 2009 in his debut.

The $26.6 million, six-year deal announced Wednesday has annual $100,000 increases that peak at $4.6 million in the final season in 2028. That doesn’t include performance bonuses.

The contract was revealed the day Texas Tech played Mississippi in the Texas Bowl. It’s worth roughly $1 million more than the deal McGuire signed a year ago.

The Red Raiders went 7-5 in the regular season and 5-4 in the Big 12, their first winning mark since going 5-3 in 2009, their final season under the late Mike Leach. McGuire, a first-time college head coach, is the fourth Texas Tech coach since Leach.

The first Texas Tech coach to beat Texas and Oklahoma in the same season, McGuire and the Red Raiders finished the regular season with three consecutive victories for the first time since 1995.

“I firmly believe our best days are still ahead with coach McGuire at the helm of our football program,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “It was evident throughout this football season that he and his staff are building a culture that will benefit this program for years to come.”

A lifelong Texan who won three Texas high school championships and spent the previous five seasons as an assistant at Baylor, McGuire replaced Matt Wells, who was fired in the middle of his third season last year.

“We firmly believe the success our team has experienced this season is the standard for what is yet to come,” McGuire said.

Clemson gives raises, contract extensions to staff


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s board of trustees approved raises for special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive tackles coach Nick Eason.

Reed and Eason also received one-year extensions keeping them tied to the Tigers through Jan. 31, 2026.

Reed, who’s been with the Tigers since 2013, had his yearly salary increased $50,000 to $800,000. Eason, the former Clemson standout defensive lineman, joined the staff this past season. He also had his compensation upped by $50,000 to $800,000.

Seven other assistants were given one-year extensions by the trustees’ compensation committee, but without a raise in salary.

Co-defensive coordinators Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn had their contracts extended through Jan. 31, 2026.

Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall, tight ends coach Kyle Richardson, offensive line coach Thomas Austin, running backs coach C.J. Spiller and wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham all got one-year extensions through Jan. 31, 2025.

New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley last month received a three-year contract at $1.75 million per season.

Clemson will pay its 10 on-field assistants $7.475 million this season, an increase of $925,000 from the total for 2022.

The Tigers went 11-3 last season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

South Carolina’s Beamer suspends three freshmen from program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said freshmen Monteque Rhames II, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw were suspended from the football program.

There was no reason given for the suspensions in the school’s statement Friday. Online records showed Rhames, 18, was booked last night and was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.

“Our student-athletes know what is expected of them,” Beamer said. “They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”

None of the three have played for the Gamecocks.

Rose is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Miami who enrolled in January 2022 and redshirted this season. Rhames and Upshaw were part of South Carolina’s latest recruiting class and enrolled last month.

Rhames is a 6-5, 235-pound defensive lineman from Sumter and Upshaw is a 6-2, 193-pound safety from Perry, Florida.