COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Steve Spurrier has received a one-year contract extension and a raise that will pay the coach $4 million annually.
The university board of trustees approved a $700,000 raise and the extension Thursday. The deal ties Spurrier to the school through 2018. If the 68-year-old coach decides to retire, the trustees voted for a contract clause that would make Spurrier a special assistant to university President Harris Pastides and athletic director Ray Tanner.
With the raise, Spurrier becomes one of the top 10 highest-paid college football coaches in the country.
Spurrier's nine assistant coaches also received raises that put their combined compensation at $3.3 million, up from the $2.7 the group earned this past season.
All assistants were given new two-year contract agreements except for defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, who received a three-year deal. Also earning a raise was quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, whose salary was frozen for a year after his arrest for urinating in public. Mangus' salary increased $100,000 to $275,000.
Ward will be the highest-paid assistant at $750,000, a $100,000 raise. The biggest boost came for offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, who saw his compensation rise from $305,000 to $430,000 next fall.
Spurrier thanked Pastides, Tanner and the board for the new contracts and raises.
"We all hope to coach here many more years and we still have some goals that have not been accomplished yet," he said.
Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a third-straight 11-2 season. Before he arrived in 2004, South Carolina had only one 10-win season in history.
"It was a fun year. I tell you what, our players found a way to win all these games," Spurrier said. "We didn't clobber a lot of people. These guys know how to play in the fourth quarter."
Tanner said he talked with Spurrier about the new deals shortly after South Carolina's 31-17 victory over Clemson on Nov. 30 — the Gamecocks' record-setting fifth straight over their rivals.