University of South Carolina president and Gamecocks' coaches take pay cuts
Leadership at the University of South Carolina, including the athletic department's three highest-paid coaches, are taking voluntary 10% pay cuts, the school announced Tuesday.
University president Bob Caslen, head football coach Will Muschamp, head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley, head men's basketball coach Frank Martin and athletics director Ray Tanner are among those with reduced pay.
The reductions will last for the 2020-21 fiscal year, the university said, and will save the school $1.2 million.
The school also announced that university officials are developing possible furlough plans after the state General Assembly and Gov. Henry McMaster approved a measure earlier this month to allow public colleges to furlough employees.
Clemson University has announced some cost-saving measures, such as freezing hiring, stalling some capital projects and reducing travel. Joe Galbraith, a spokesperson for Clemson, said officials have no plans to furlough employees, cut pay or implement other cost-saving measures at this time.
The university's announcement comes a day after Furman University announced it was cutting its baseball and men's lacrosse programs and also reducing senior leadership pay as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on university budgets.
In a released statement, the University of South Carolina estimated the pandemic could cost the school up to $40 million through August and will likely have a bigger impact on the 2020-21 budget, which starts July 1.
Other cost savings included in the university's announcement: delaying capital construction projects, deferring non-critical maintenance, filling only critical positions, eliminating university-funded travel, postponing faculty merit raises and eliminating employee overtime.
Staff writer Zoe Nicholson contributed to this story.
Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at email@example.com and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.