Spurrier’s deal is extended 2 years
South Carolina has extended coach Steve Spurrier’s contract through the 2015 season, the school said Tuesday.
The board of trustees approved the two-year extension.
Spurrier says he appreciates having four years remaining on his contract, which he says will help as he recruits athletes by letting them know he will be around for their collegiate career.
South Carolina is 10-2 this season, and could set a school record for wins with a victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 2.
• Colorado State introduced Jim McElwain as its new head coach Tuesday.
McElwain, Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since Jan. 30, 2008, becomes Colorado State’s 20th head coach.
McElwain replaces Steve Fairchild, who was fired Dec. 4 after going 16-33 in four seasons with the Rams, including three consecutive 3-9 finishes.
• Paul Haynes didn’t need much time to decide about leaving Ohio State to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator.
Following a phone call from Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino, a simple conversation with his family was all Haynes needed to affirm his desire to coach in the Southeastern Conference and reunite with Petrino, whom he coached alongside in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Elson moves up after firing 63
In Girona, Spain, former Augusta State golfer Jamie Elson shot 9-under-par 63 in the fourth round of the European Tour’s Final Qualifying Tournament.
Elson’s round came on the Catalunya Resort’s par 72 Stadium Course.
It moved him into a tie for 41st place with two rounds to go. The top 30 and ties earn their 2012 European Tour card.
Patrick Reed, another former Augusta State golfer, shot 73 on the par-70 Tour course at Catalunya.
Reed, who opened with 64 but then shot 80-75, is tied for 137th place.
Top honors won by the Warriors
Grovetown swept player and coach of the year honors on the All-Region/Area 3-AAA team.
Kristi Sammons was the player of the year and Amy Slagle was the coach of the year.
Grovetown setter Katie Hagins also made the six-player first team. Also on the first team were the Cross Creek duo of Jasmine Kilgor and Kristen Wall.
Rounding out the team were Richmond Academy’s Hollis Sherman, Burke County’s Brianna Delaigle and Westside’s Cameron Goodwin.
Lady Pacers are now ranked 16th
USC Aiken’s women’s basketball team moved up two spots, to 16th, in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
USC Aiken (7-1) plays host to Armstrong Atlantic State at 5:30 p.m. today.
• Two initiative campaigns begun Tuesday would let voters decide whether the University of North Dakota should keep its Fighting Sioux nickname in spite of penalties by the NCAA, which considers it offensive to American Indians.
One referendum would repeal the North Dakota Legislature’s decision last month to allow North Dakota to drop the contentious nickname, which its teams have used since 1930. The second would change the North Dakota Constitution to require the school to continue using the nickname.