Following up on reports that surfaced Wednesday morning, South Carolina officially confirmed that head coach Steve Spurrier and his entire nine-man coaching staff are on the receiving end of amended contracts that includes both a extensions and raises.
Spurrier’s contract was extended by one year, meaning the Ol’ Ball Coach is now signed through the 2018 season. While the press release announcing the new deals did not detail the amount of a raise, it had been previously reported that Spurrier’s total pay would be bumped from $3.3 million to $4 million.
Spurrier recently completed his ninth season with the Gamecocks, finishing the season ranked as the No. 4 team in the country. That ranking served as the highest in the postseason in the program’s history.
Prior to Spurrier’s arrival in 2005, the Gamecocks had never won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons; 2013 marked the third straight season USC has won 11 games.
“Our sustained success has put our football program on a level that few others in the country have accomplished,” athletic director Ray Tanner said 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.”
Additionally, the release stated that “Coach Spurrier had a clause added to his contract that upon his retirement as head football coach, he would be offered employment by the University as a Special Assistant to the President and the Athletics Director provided he maintains his residence in Columbia and either the current President or the current Athletics Director continue to be employed by the University in their same capacities.”
“Ambassador Spurrier?” Yep, sign me up.
“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.
“We thank our fans for the outstanding support that we always receive. A special thanks to all the fans that followed our team to Orlando for the big win over Wisconsin that enabled us to finish a school-record No. 4 in the nation.”
As far as the assistants go, Deke Adams, Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, G.A. Mangus, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands and Steve Spurrier Jr. had their contacts extended through the 2015 season. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward‘s deal was extended through the 2016 season.
As was the case with Spurrier, the raises received by the assistants were not revealed.