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Spurrier gets bonus for team’s work in classroom

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is among the coaches who are receiving bonuses based on their teams' academic performance.

Spurrier will receive a $100,000 bonus, according to a USA TODAY analysis of various employment contracts.

The USC football team’s latest four-year average Academic Performance Rate (APR) is 966 -- above the 950 his contract requires for him to receive his maximum APR bonus, according to the paper. He would have gotten $50,000 for an APR of 925 (the minimum that teams must reach to avoid risk of NCAA penalties) to 934. He would have gotten $75,000 for an APR of 935 to 949.

Spurrier's deal also says that in any year the team's APR is at least 925, he can recommend to the athletics director that his assistant coaches receive a total of $50,000 in bonuses, the paper reported.

Other examples from the USA Today survey: Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain will get $150,000, Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm is in line for $500, North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell gets $30,000 and Arizona women's gymnastics coach Bill Ryden earns $7,500. Alabama-Birmingham AD Brian Mackin qualified for $35,000 based on the scores of each of his school's teams.

On the other hand, LSU football coach Les Miles missed out on one of the three ways he can get a $200,000 academic bonus because his team's APR fell below 960 (it was 944, after four consecutive years of being at least 960). Miles still could get the bonus based on the team's graduation rate or GPA.

The APR measures the degree to which the athletes on a team are remaining eligible and staying in school. A perfect score is 1,000. Teams that fail to meet certain benchmarks risk penalties, including practice-time and scholarship reductions and ineligibility for postseason play.