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Spurrier receives raise to $4 million, one-year extension

USC Board of Trustees vote via conference call on a raise for coach Steve Spurrier USC Board of Trustees vote via conference call on a raise for coach Steve Spurrier
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Coming off the Gamecocks' highest post-season ranking in school history and third straight 11-win season, University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has received a $700k raise and a one-year contract extension.

The University's Board of Trustees voted on the raise and extension Thursday morning.

Spurrier, 68, is signed with the university through the 2018 season. The Head Ball Coach has also been guaranteed a position as a special assistant to the president and the athletics director when he retires.

"Our sustained success has put our football program on a level that few others in the country have accomplished," said Athletics Director Ray Tanner in a statement. "We are coming off our third-consecutive 11-win season, which represents the greatest era of success in Carolina football history. In addition, our student-athletes are achieving at the highest level – on the field, in the classroom and in the community. With three-straight Top-10 finishes, South Carolina is as good as any program in the country. The contract raises and extensions for Coach Spurrier and his staff are a reflection of that success and are well-deserved."

The contract also guarantees Spurrier $550,000 in bonuses if the Gamecocks win the national championship.

Spurrier's assistant coaches also received raises and one-year extensions.

The Head Ball Coach was unable to attend the meeting due to an NCAA conference in San Diego, but he was quoted in the university's news release.

"My staff and I thoroughly enjoy coaching under the direction of President Pastides and Athletics Director Tanner," said Spurrier. "We appreciate the attitude of our Board of Trustees in keeping our salaries competitive with the rest of the SEC. We all hope to coach here many more years and we still have some goals that have not been accomplished yet."

Spurrier was given a two-year contract extension by the Board of Trustees in December 2012 that extended his deal with the university through the 2017 season. He earned $3.3 million in 2013.

The Gamecocks finished their season with a record of 11-2 and were ranked 4th in both major postseason polls. USC was ranked 8th in the 2012 postseason poll and 9th in 2011.

Spurrier is the Gamecocks' winningest coach in team history.

Tanner said when he talked with Spurrier Wednesday, the Head Ball Coach indicated he wanted to stay a Gamecock for a long time.

"I hope he coaches, as I was chatting with him, he said, 'many, many years.' He used 'many' two times yesterday. Many, many years.  That's all good with me."

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