With all the head coach shuffling today in college football, here is one name that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere for the foreseeable future. The South Carolina Gamecocks have announced that they have given Steve Spurrier a two-year contract extension through 2017. On Monday the university’s board of trustees unanimously approved the deal and there is no salary increase scheduled. Spurrier will continue to earn $3.3M in 2013.
Spurrier is the school’s all-time leader in wins and has led the Gamecocks to back-to-back seasons with double digit victories for the first time in school history. South Carolina went 6-2 in conference play in 2012 and the Gamecocks finished the campaign ranked at number eleven in the nation. They are scheduled to play the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1st and if South Carolina can pull off a victory, then Spurrier would set another school record with his third bowl win.
Spurrier has had great success at South Carolina, but still has a few other goals he would like to accomplish. The Gamecocks have not won a conference championship with Spurrier at the helm, but having him around for the next five years should help to bolster recruiting.
The Gamecocks looked to possibly even have national title hopes this year after getting off to a 6-0 start. However, a close loss to the LSU Tigers followed by a bad defeat at the hands of the Florida Gators ended any hopes of a title run. Losses to two teams ranked in the top ten are nothing to be ashamed of, but there is still work to be done at South Carolina.
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