USC Committee Approves Raises for Steve Spurrier, Ray Tanner

7:45 PM, Feb 10, 2012   |    comments
Steve Spurrier (left), Ray Tanner (US PRESSWIRE)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WLTX) -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and baseball coach Ray Tanner appear to be getting hefty raises.

A committee of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees agreed Friday to increase Spurrier's pay to $3.3 million after his team set a school record with 11 wins last season. The committee also approved new contracts for Spurrier's eight assistants.

Tanner will get a $140,000 raise after winning a second national championship last year.

The full Board of Trustees must approve the contracts. The full board also met Friday.

"A key element of having a nationally-prominent program that competes for championships is having a top-notch coaching staff, and I think we have that in place at South Carolina," said Athletics Director Eric Hyman in a statement. "We are fully aware of what is taking place in the marketplace and have made some contract adjustments accordingly. Specifically with football, we are extremely pleased that our program has been very competitive and are supportive of Coach Spurrier's request to give his assistants multi-year contracts."

Spurrier earned $2 million in 2010, then received an $800,000 raise prior to the 2011 season after taking the Gamecocks to the previous year's Southeastern Conference championship game.

Tanner received a contract extension after his team won the 2010 College World Series.

The board also approved two-year contracts for football assistant coaches Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, Brad Lawing, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands, Steve Spurrier Jr., and Lorenzo Ward. In addition, the university says the board extended men's soccer coach Mark Berson through the 2015 season and approved softball coach Beverly Smith's contract, which also runs through the 2015 season.

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