Spurrier gets contract extension at South Carolina

Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier has been given a contract extension that links him to the Gamecocks through the 2018 season.

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees voted to approve Spurrier and his coaching staff for one-year extensions to their existing contracts, South Carolina announced Thursday. This adds to current agreements that were to run through 2017.

"Our sustained success has put our football program on a level that few others in the country have accomplished," said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "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 State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., said Spurrier, who made $3.3 million in 2013, sees a salary increase to $4 million a year.

Spurrier, 68, just completed his ninth season at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have gone to bowls eight of those years and wrapped up 2013 with a win in the Capitol One Bowl over Wisconsin. South Carolina was 11-2 on the season and finished fourth in the USA Today coaches' football poll.

Spurrier is 77-39 while at South Carolina and, including stints at Duke and Florida, has an overall collegiate coaching record of 219-79-2.

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