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Steve Spurrier has donated $1 million back to South Carolina

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There is no questioning just how much of an impact Steve Spurrier has had with the South Carolina football program. Now we have a better idea of the kind of impact he is having on the university as a whole.

Spurrier has donated a total of $1 million back to the university during his time with the school according to a report by The Post and Courier.

“I am very blessed and fortunate to be the head coach here at South Carolina and to be able to give back to our school,” Spurrier said. “Working under the direction of President Harris Pastides and Athletics Director Ray Tanner is simply the best.”

Spurrier is one of the highest paid coaches in the country. According to the database of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today, Spurrier was paid a base salary of $3.3 million in addition to bonuses that took him over $4 million. He is the 12th highest paid coach in the nation and the fifth highest paid coach in the SEC in 2013.

South Carolina has finished the past four seasons ranked in the top 25, with three top-ten finishes the past three years. The Gamecocks have played in a bowl game in all but one season since Spurrier succeeded Lou Holtz in 2005.

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  1. germanflats13a38 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:20 PM

    Is it just me, or has Spurrier been more appreciative of the opportunities he received at Duke and South Carolina, than the jobs he had at Florida and with the Redskins?

  2. floridacock says: Mar 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    @germanflats13a38 You are probably right. The lower expectations and the appreciative fan base has made the SC job, and probably Duke, better for the HBC. It is no secret the UF job / fans put so much pressure on him he left. He will always be a Gator though.

  3. classyjacklambert says: Mar 21, 2014 5:46 PM

    Love him or hate him, you have to admit it is amazing what he has done for that program.

  4. germanflats13a38 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:31 PM

    I think it is unfortunate if Spurrier and Florida have some incongruence. Florida should go to SC, ask him to come fix the program, and promise him whatever he wants. Build him his own golf course. Spurrier and Florida should go together like PB and the J.

  5. wolfman55h says: Mar 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    As an LSU grad, fan and season ticket holder, there’s no coach I’ve pulled against most or respected more. Every head coach at bigbtime programs should give back to their employer. Say what you want about the ‘the ball coach’ he’s a class act.

  6. onlyoneleft says: Mar 22, 2014 9:36 AM

    classyjacklambert says:
    Mar 21, 2014 5:46 PM
    Love him or hate him, you have to admit it is amazing what he has done for that program.

    There was nowhere for it to go but up.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Mar 22, 2014 9:50 AM

    That may be true but look how many people tried before and failed.

  8. gatorprof says: Mar 22, 2014 11:09 AM

    germanflats13a38 and floridacock,

    It is indeed sad. The UF fanbase is one of the most spoiled and poorly behaved fan bases in college football. They still pine for Spurrier but crapped all over him when he was here. As a transplant, I found this amazing.

    Steve was roundly criticized for not winning more titles despite the following over 12 seasons (from Wiki)…NOT listed but perhaps most important is that he ran a squeaky clean program during those 12 years and was competing against two instate powerhouses in The U and FSU. This also doesn’t mention the obvious that Spurrier won the FIRST SEC and National titles for the Gators and put the program on the map.

    *******
    Spurrier and his Gators accomplished a number of memorable feats during his twelve seasons in Gainesville (1990–2001), including:

    Won one national championship (1997), and played for another (1996).[3]

    Won six SEC championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000).[3]

    Named SEC Coach of the Year five times (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996).[3]

    First Heisman Trophy-winner to coach a Heisman Trophy-winner (Danny Wuerffel).[3]

    Won at least nine games in each of his twelve seasons, one of only three coaches in major college history to do so.[3]

    Averaged more than ten wins per season.[3]

    Ranked in the final top fifteen in each of his twelve seasons, including nine top-ten finishes, five final top-five rankings, and an average end-of-season ranking of 6.8.[3]

    Appeared among the top twenty-five teams in the weekly polls 202 of a possible 203 weeks, including each of his last 202 consecutive weeks. The Gators were ranked number one in the polls twenty-nine times, appeared among the top five team for 117 weeks, and among the nation’s top ten teams for 179 weeks.[3]

    Appeared in a bowl game in each of his last eleven seasons, one of only five schools to do so during the same time period.[3]

    Only coach in major college history to win as many as 120 games in his first twelve seasons at one school (an overall record of 122–27–1, with a winning percentage of .8167).[3]

    One of only two coaches in major college history to win ten or more games in six consecutive seasons (1993–1998).[3]

    Only college football team to score at least 500 points, including bowl games, for four consecutive years (1993–1996) since the NCAA began keeping statistics in 1937.[3]

    *******

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Spurrier#Florida_Gators

  9. onlyoneleft says: Mar 22, 2014 11:53 AM

    His giving is part of his arrangement with SC to to help him with his taxes. He does not care one way or the other as long as he benefits from it. Smart tactic on his part.Nothing altruistic about this.

  10. gatorprof says: Mar 22, 2014 4:17 PM

    Onlyoneleft,

    You aren’t making any sense with your statement.

    Steve now makes somewhere on order of 4M$ per year and started at 1.25 M$. He has given 1M$ over roughly a decade, so say that is 100k$ / year.

    Last year, the highest tax bracket for a family is > 450k$ and the rate is 39.6 %.

    In order to get a tax benefit, he would have to give enough to drop himself into a lower bracket. That isn’t happening. Yes, he is paying 100k$ and that means that he isn’t paying 39.6 k$ in taxes, but he is still paying 100k$ or he is “losing” 61.4k$.

    I am sure that you are similarly “altruistic” with your funds.

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