USC athletics

Ray Tanner to receive a two-year contract extension and raise.

dcloninger@thestate.comJune 20, 2014 

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Athletics Director Ray Tanner surveys the field before practice at Carolina Stadium prior to their season-opening double header February 14, 2014.

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South Carolina remains committed to locking in its leadership.

The USC Board of Trustees voted to give athletics director Ray Tanner a two-year contract extension and a $50,000 per year raise on Friday. Tanner’s deal run until July 2019 and will make $725,000 per year.

Tanner’s promotion from USC’s baseball coach two years ago came with a slight raise in base pay. His $675,000 athletics directors’ salary was $25,000 more than what he made in the dugout. Tanner’s predecessor in the AD’s office, Eric Hyman, earned $500,000 before leaving for SEC rival Texas A&M.

Tanner, who is approaching his second anniversary in the AD chair, finished presiding over a year where 14 of USC’s 19 teams participated in the postseason. The Gamecocks’ most high-profile squad – football – finished fourth in the country, and two teams (women’s basketball, equestrian) won SEC championships. The equestrian team finished national runner-up.

In addition, USC introduced sand volleyball to its athletics programs.

Tanner presented the 2014-15 proposed athletics budget a week ago, and USC is expected to generate $94 million in revenue next year. The department is expected to make a profit for another year.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support, faith and confidence from (USC president Harris) Pastides and the board of trustees,” Tanner said. “I had the greatest job in all of college baseball for many, many years. Now, I have the greatest job as the director of athletics across this country. I’m very humbled.”

Tanner said he would like to see more improvement to Williams-Brice Stadium, including adding premium seating and bringing the coaches’ offices and meeting rooms, now across the stadium from each other, closer together. He also wants to improve basketball practice facilities.

Andy Shain contributed to this report

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