Spurrier gets extension from South Carolina

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Updated: 1/16 11:55 am

Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier will be sticking around Columbia just a little longer.

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees approved raises and one- year contract extensions for Spurrier and all nine of his assistant coaches on Thursday.

Spurrier's contract extension keeps him with the program through the 2018 season.

The Gamecocks finished the 2013 campaign with an 11-2 record and ranked fourth in both the media and coaches' polls, marking the highest postseason ranking in school history.

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

"Our sustained success has put our football program on a level that few others in the country have accomplished," said South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. "We are coming off our third-consecutive 11-win season, which represents the greatest era of success in Carolina football history. In addition, our student-athletes are achieving at the highest level -- on the field, in the classroom and in the community. With three-straight Top-10 finishes, South Carolina is as good as any program in the country. The contract raises and extensions for Coach Spurrier and his staff are a reflection of that success and are well-deserved."

Additionally, Spurrier had a clause added to his contract that upon his retirement as head football coach, he would be offered employment by the university as a special assistant to the president and the athletic director provided he maintains his residence in Columbia and either the current president or the current athletic director continue to be employed by the university in their same capacities.

With the exception of defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, all of the assistant coaches, including Deke Adams, Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, G.A. Mangus, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands and Steve Spurrier Jr., have had their contacts extended through the 2015 season. Coach Ward's three-year deal now extends through 2016.

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