- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that it has approved a two-year contact extension for coach Steve Spurrier.
The extension will keep Spurrier with the Gamecocks through the 2015 season.
Spurrier's salary remains unchanged -- he is scheduled to make $2.88 million in 2012 and $2.95 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015. His initial contract at South Carolina in 2005 was worth $1.25 million per season. He received a $1 million salary bump a year ago for leading the Gamecocks to the SEC title game.
"I appreciate the administration agreeing that the head coach should have four years remaining on his contract to show the recruits and fans that he plans to be here," Spurrier said in a release through the school. "Our football program is headed in the right direction. We've had some success and have had some good things happen here, but winning the SEC is one goal we have not yet reached. We hope and believe we can do that in the next four years."
A year after guiding South Carolina to its first SEC championship game, Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a 10-2 record in 2011, including winning six games in Southeastern Conference play. It was only the second time in school history that South Carolina won 10 games in a season.
The Gamecocks can break their single-season record by winning their 11th game in the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska on Jan. 2.
Despite the dismissal of former starting quarterback Stephen Garcia in early October and the season-ending injury to star running back Marcus Lattimore in Week 7, South Carolina swept through the SEC Eastern Division and recorded nine wins or more in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Spurrier is 54-35 in seven seasons at South Carolina, ranking him second on the school's all-time wins list behind Rex Enright (64). The Capital One Bowl will be the school's sixth bowl appearance under Spurrier.
Spurrier, who began his tenure at South Carolina prior to the 2005 season, originally signed a seven-year contract that ran through the 2011 season. It was extended for one year in 2006 and was extended again for a year in 2009. His contract also was amended in April 2011, as the final three years of it were revised, increasing his guaranteed salary.
"The accomplishments that have transpired under coach Spurrier's leadership are exemplary," athletic director Eric Hyman said. "He is committed to getting the best out of our student-athletes, both on the football field and in the classroom. He is well-deserving of this extension and we look forward to having him lead our program for several years to come."
Edward Aschoff is a SEC blogger for ESPN.com. ESPN.com SEC blogger Chris Low contributed to this report.
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