Steve Spurrier gets extension from South Carolina

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who has led the Gamecocks to back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins for the first time, was given a two-year extension.



COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at South Carolina through 2017.

The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved the extension Monday. There was no salary increase in the deal. Spurrier is scheduled to again earn $3.3 million in 2013.

A year ago, trustees gave Spurrier two additional years on the contract after the football season, then voted him a raise of $475,000 this past February to his current salary.

Spurrier has led the Gamecocks to consecutive seasons with double-digit victories, a first in program history. No. 11 South Carolina finished 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference for a second consecutive year. Spurrier became the school’s all-time victories leader with his 65th win when the Gamecocks defeated Clemson on Nov. 24.

South Carolina (10-2) faces No. 19 Michigan (8-4) in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Should the Gamecocks win, it would give Spurrier his third bowl win at the school — also tops in the program.

University President Harris Pastides said South Carolina was “delighted in the success we’ve been having.”


AWARDS: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o won the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.

Georgia’s Jarvis Jones and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney were among the finalists.

• Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin won the Burlsworth Award, given to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

• Kansas State’s Collin Klein won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation’s top upperclassman quarterback.


NOTRE DAME: An anonymous alumnus has donated enough money to cut the price of BCS championship game tickets to Notre Dame students for the game between the top-ranked Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama in half, dropping the price from $300 to $150.


FLORIDA: It didn’t take Joker Phillips long to find another job.

The former Kentucky head coach is joining the Gators as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.


IDAHO: Announced that Paul Petrino will be its new head football coach. Petrino has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas.


VIRGINIA TECH: Two walk-on players have been suspended after being charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.

Blacksburg Police Lt. Steven Taylor says Joshua Trimble, 20, and Brian Rody, 19, were arrested Sunday after a small explosion near an apartment. Nobody was injured.

Virginia Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston says that under university policy, players facing felony charges are suspended until charges are resolved.