The USC Board of Trustees will consider contract raises and extensions for baseball coach Ray Tanner and the football team’s assistant coaches at its meeting Friday.
They also will receive updates on a number of athletic projects – including moving the football outdoor practice field to the State Farmer’s Market site.
Tanner is coming off his second consecutive national championship. He received a $100,000 raise to $510,000 a year and two-year extension to 2015 after winning his first title in 2010. He has won 70 percent of his games in 15 seasons at USC and has been named National Coach of the Year three times, including the past two years.
The football team is coming off its first-ever 11-win season. Ellis Johnson, who was making $750,000 a year as the assistant head coach for defense, left to head up Southern Mississippi.
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His replacement, Lorenzo Ward, who was the second-highest paid assistant while earning $280,000 last season as defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach, will get a raise. Also expected to see pay hikes are recruiting coordinator/wide receiver coach Steve Spurrier Jr. and line coaches Shawn Elliott on offense and Brad Lawing on defense.
The school said in August that quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was not eligible for a raise for a year as part of his punishment for a nuisance conduct charge. The team added four new assistant coaches in the offseason.
The board of trustees also is expected to consider contract raises and extensions for soccer coach Mark Berson, who has spent 34 seasons at USC, and softball coach Beverly Smith, who led the Gamecocks to a 26-30 record in her first season – a 15-win improvement over the previous year.
Trustees will hear the latest on the new video board and proposed pedestrian apron at Williams-Brice Stadium as well as the 3,000-space landscaped gameday parking lot at the farmers market. The $30.5 million parking project and $6.5 million video board should be ready for the 2012 football season. No date has been set for creating a $4.4 million gated brick walkways around the stadium.
They also will get an update on the football practice field, which has to move from its current location at Bluff and National Guard roads.
USC leases the fields from the Army Corps of Engineers, which wants the three-acre site after the lease expires in 2017 to expand the S.C. National Guard headquarters, guard spokesman Col. Pete Brooks said. The corps is willing to discuss extending the lease to 2019, he said.
South Carolina plans to build a $3 million outdoor practice field across National Guard Road at the farmer’s market, according to a five-year development schedule to be shown trustees on Friday.
Trustees already approved $1.5 million for upgrades to the current practice field, but that money could be used to help pay for the new site, which is expected to go along side a proposed $14 million indoor practice facility.