- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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It sounds like Steve Spurrier will be at South Carolina for a little while longer.
On Monday, the university's board of trustees unanimously approved a two-year contract extension that will keep Spurrier at South Carolina through the 2017 season. There was no salary increase, but Spurrier is scheduled to again earn $3.3 million in 2013.
“We have had another tremendous year on the football field, winning 10 games for the second-straight year and for just the third time in school history,” athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement through the school. “Over the last two days, we have been rewarded accordingly. First, we were selected to play a traditional football power like Michigan in the Outback Bowl, then Coach Spurrier agreed to this two-year contract extension. Our student-athletes are not only having tremendous success on the field, but also in the classroom. Coach Spurrier continues to take our program to heights never before reached at South Carolina, as is well-deserving of this contract extension.”
Last year, Spurrier was given two additional years on the contract after the football season and saw a pay raise of $475,000 to hs current salary in February.
Spurrier has certainly earned all the extensions he's received. Since taking over at South Carolina, he's made the Gamecocks more relevant and more competitive than ever. He took South Carolina to its first SEC championship game in 2010 and watched as the Gamecocks won 11 games in the regular season for the first time ever in 2011.
From 2010-11, Spurrier's Gamecocks went 4-0 against SEC Eastern Division rivals Florida and Georgia and an impressive 9-1 against the East as a whole. South Carolina beat Georgia for the third consecutive time in 2012. Over the last three years, Spurrier is 11-1 against rivals Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
He has led the Gamecocks to consecutive double-digit-win seasons, which is also a first for South Carolina. And he did that while losing his best player in running back Marcus Lattimore at the halfway point of both seasons. He also became the school's all-time wins leader with his 65th when the Gamecocks defeated Clemson 27-17 on Nov. 24. He joined Paul “Bear” Bryant as the only coaches to own the school record for wins at two SEC institutions.
That win over Clemson was the fourth straight by Spurrier, matching the school's longest winning streak over the Tigers.
South Carolina has won 21 games over the past two seasons, 30 games over three seasons and 37 games over four seasons, all school records.
“I appreciate the confidence the Board, the President and the Athletics Director have shown by extending my contract,” Spurrier said in the school's release. “We have achieved a lot of goals but have not yet won the SEC Championship. Hopefully, we can do that within the next couple of years.”
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