Tanner seeking new deal

jperson@thestate.comJuly 9, 2010 

USC head coach Ray Tanner jokes with his coaching staff prior to game two of the 2010 College World Series finals between South Carolina and UCLA at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb, Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

GERRY MELENDEZ — The State

South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner has cashed in on the Gamecocks' first national championship with a series of bonuses from the school and the team's bat supplier.

Now Tanner wants a new contract.

Tanner, who is recruiting this week at a national wood-bat tournament in the Atlanta area, is expected to have his annual year-end meeting with USC athletics director Eric Hyman in the coming weeks.

Tanner, who has three years remaining on his current deal, hopes the meeting will include a discussion about a contract extension.

"I'm hoping that will be in the works," Tanner said Thursday in a phone interview. "I have one of the best jobs in the country. I'd like to keep it."

Like most college coaches, Tanner said it is beneficial for recruiting purposes to have at least four years on his contract to assure prospects he will be at the school their entire career.

Tanner's current deal with USC is worth $370,000 annually. He makes an additional $110,000 from Easton, the Gamecocks' bat supplier.

Asked about a possible raise, Tanner said: "I wouldn't be opposed to it."

Through a school spokesman, Hyman declined to comment on Tanner's contract, calling it a "personnel issue."

The Gamecocks' run through the College World Series was a financial windfall for Tanner, who received $130,000 in bonuses when USC knocked off UCLA in two games in last week's championship series in Omaha.

Tanner took home $90,000 from the school -- $10,000 bonuses for making the NCAA Tournament and advancing past the regional, Super Regional and making it to the CWS championship series, as well as $50,000 for the national title. Easton owes Tanner $40,000 in bonuses.

The 52-year-old Tanner receives $25,000 from USC if he is the consensus national coach of the year in voting by four organizations. To this point, Collegiate Baseball has honored him as the country's top coach.

The former N.C. State coach arrived at USC before the 1997 season after nine years at his alma mater. He has led the Gamecocks to the NCAA tournament 11 consecutive seasons, and taken them to the CWS four times.

Tanner joined USC track coach Curtis Frye as the only coaches in school history to win NCAA titles. The Gamecocks' women's track team captured the first crown at the 2002 Outdoor Championships.

Tanner received a raise and two-year extension in 2005 when Texas A&M was interested in him, and was given another raise and one-year extension in 2008.

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