Originally created 12/16/06

Spurrier's wife violates rules



COLUMBIA - It's one thing for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to read the riot act to an assistant coach for breaking NCAA rules.

It's a whole different matter when the offending person is your wife.

Spurrier said Friday that his wife, Jerri, unknowingly violated NCAA rules by sending handwritten notes to families of players who had signed with the Gamecocks.

"She's done it every year in the past. This year's it's a violation, I guess," Spurrier said.

The infraction, which the university classified as a "Level II" secondary violation, was among eight secondary violations the school reported that took place between July and December.

Two other incidents involved the football program, according to the school.

On July 27, an academic department improperly certified degree applicable hours to two student-athletes in football and men's basketball.

Then on Nov. 29, the school said a football assistant called a prospective athlete during June and July when such calls could not be made until Sept. 1.

The later violation was classified as "Level I," meaning it will go from the Southeastern Conference office to the NCAA enforcement staff for review.

- Spurrier has some advice for his colleague at Clemson - if Tigers coach Tommy Bowden wants a raise, talk to his bosses like Spurrier did.

Spurrier was given a contract extension and nearly a $500,000 a year raise earlier this month after finishing 7-5 and going to the Liberty Bowl to play Houston.

Bowden quipped days later that "it's amazing how this thing works because I'm at a place where seven (wins) gets you fired. He's at a place where seven gets you a raise."

Spurrier's increase brought his total package from $1.257 million to $1.75 million on a deal that will run through the 2012 season.

Bowden, whose Tigers went 8-4 and are headed to the Music City Bowl, has four years left on a pact that pays him about $1.2 million.

South Carolina's move to improve Spurrier's contract came after whispers of interest in the ball coach for openings at Miami and Alabama.