South Carolina remains committed to locking in its leadership.
The USC Board of Trustees voted to give athletic director Ray Tanner a two-year contract extension and a $50,000 per year raise on Friday. Tanner is now at USC until July 2019 and will make $725,000 per year.
Tanner, who is approaching his second anniversary in the AD chair, just finished presiding over a year where 14 of USC’s 19 teams participated in the postseason. The Gamecocks’ most high-profile squad, the football team, finished ranked fourth in the country and two teams (women’s basketball, equestrian) won SEC championships. The equestrian team finished national runner-up.
USC introduced sand volleyball to its athletic program this season as well.
Tanner presented the 2014-15 proposed athletic 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 (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."
During his contract, 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.
- Andrew Shain contributed to this report