South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier will be getting a raise and contract extension this offseason, but the deal has not been finalized.
His new contract is “pretty much” done, Spurrier told The State on Thursday. Gamecocks assistant coaches also are in line for raises.
“We haven’t finalized the assistant coaches yet, so we’re in the process of doing that,” Spurrier said.
USC is coming off one of the best seasons in school history, finishing 9-5 and winning the SEC East for the first time.
“We’re just trying to have mine and the assistant coaches’ salaries somewhere in the middle of the SEC, which is where I think we should be,” Spurrier said. “We don’t need to be at the top, and we don’t need to be at the bottom.”
Spurrier did not discuss terms of his new deal. Athletics director Eric Hyman declined through a school spokesman to discuss any coaching contract before it has been approved by the board of trustees. The board meets today but it is not expected to finalize Spurrier’s new contract or those of assistant coaches.
Members of the board have held meetings to discuss Spurrier’s salary and make sure it stays in line with those of his SEC peers.
Spurrier’s $2 million annual salary is ninth in the SEC, according to a USA Today study released in December. Only Kentucky’s Joker Phillips, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin make less.
Spurrier’s contract has three years remaining and is expected to be extended by one or two seasons.
Miles Loadholt, chairman of the board of trustees, thinks that is fair.
“I think that he is deserving of an increase and a contract extension, and I think that coach Spurrier wants to be in middle of the SEC, and I think he is very deserving of that,” Loadholt said.
Spurrier, the second-winningest coach in SEC history, never has made much of a fuss about his salary, Loadholt said.
“I am very appreciative of his attitude,” Loadholt said. “I know at some point in time in the past he has shared some compensation with his assistant coaches.”
The Gamecocks’ nine assistant coaches made a combined $2.15 million in 2010, which was the eighth-highest total in the SEC. More than 30 percent of that went to defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who is one of the country’s highest-paid assistant coaches at $700,000 annually.
Assistant coaches’ salaries at other SEC schools have been on the rise. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator for the national champs, received a raise to $1.3 million, according to published reports. The total salary of Auburn’s assistants could reach almost $4 million.
Spurrier said the salaries for his assistants should be “ranked between six and seven (in the SEC). I think our university thinks that’s fair.”