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      Gamecock coaches rewarded for strong 2013 season

      Coach Steve Spurrier recieves a $4 Million raise
      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees have approved raises and one-year contact extensions for head football coach Steve Spurrier and all nine of his assistant coaches.

      The raise boosting Spurrier's salary up to $4 Million a year and a new contract extension will keep the Head Ball coach in charge of the Gamecocks through 2018.

      Spurrier also had a clause added to his contract that once he retires, he would become a Special Assistant to the President and the Athletics Directors long as he remains in Columbia and the current President or Athletics Director continues to be employed

      "My staff and I thoroughly enjoy coaching under the direction of President Pastides and Athletics Director Tanner," said Coach Spurrier. "We appreciate the attitude of our Board of Trustees in keeping our salaries competitive with the rest of the SEC. We all hope to coach here many more years and we still have some goals that have not been accomplished yet.

      The Gamecocks finished the 2013 season with a 11-2 record and ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches?? polls.

      It marked the highest postseason ranking in school history. The Gamecocks posted three wins over teams that finished in the Top-10 (Missouri, Clemson and UCF), five wins over Top-25 squads (Missouri, Clemson, UCF, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt) and six wins over teams that won bowl games (Missouri, Clemson, UCF, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and North Carolina).

      The 2013 senior class posted the most wins (42) in a four-year period in school history. Finishing the season with a 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

      "We thank our fans for the outstanding support that we always receive," continued the Head Ball Coach. "A special thanks to all the fans that followed our team to Orlando for the big win over Wisconsin that enabled us to finish a school-record No. 4 in the nation."