(AP) - Steve Spurrier has 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 straight 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."
Athletic director Ray Tanner said Spurrier wasn't concerned about his financial package, but thought adding two more years would help with football recruiting.
Spurrier was grateful to the school's leaders for the contract extension.
"We have achieved a lot of goals, but we have not yet won the SEC championship," he said. "Hopefully, we can do that within the next couple of years."
The Gamecocks looked on track to contend for the league and national titles midway through this season. They were 6-0 and ranked third in the country after a dominating 35-7 win over Georgia.
But South Carolina dropped consecutive top-10 showdowns, losing at LSU (23-21) and Florida (44-11) to fall out of the championship chase.
Still, defeating rival Clemson for a fourth-straight season left a good taste in Spurrier's mouth. He and some players were honored Sunday at halftime of the Gamecocks' basketball game and Spurrier couldn't resist needling his state rival.
He explained to the crowd how his team had a difficult game with "that school from the Upstate."
"As all of you know, it was a very close game," Spurrier continued with a grin. "Went into the fourth quarter, our defense played very well, our kicker made his kicks and we were able to beat Wofford, 24-7."
Incentives in Spurrier's contract also remain the same as in the contract approved last February. In that deal, the school agreed to add the Outback Bowl to the list of other top-tier postseason games where Spurrier would earn $100,000 bonus for playing there.
Spurrier has already earned bonuses totaling $150,000 for 10 victories. He can get an additional $200,000 for an 11th win.
Tanner said Spurrier has elevated the football program in every way and "is well deserving of this contract extension."
The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks will square-off in the Outback Bowl on January 1st in Tampa, bowl officials announced today. It is a match-up of two nationally ranked teams from two of the most prestigious conferences in college football – the Big Ten and SEC. The Gamecocks are ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches poll while the Wolverines are ranked 22nd.
“We are thrilled to extend invitations to the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Mike Kerrigan. “These are two exciting teams featuring exceptional talent and should put on an exciting show on New Year’s Day. We look forward to hosting both teams and their fans and ensure them it will be a fabulous experience.”
The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.
For information on limited priority seating through a bowl membership package call the Outback Bowl office directly at (813) 874-BOWL or go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com for details.
Get To Know: The South Carolina Gamecocks. In 2012: The Gamecocks enter the Outback Bowl with a 10-2 record, only the third 10-win season in school history. They are ranked 10th in the BCS Rankings. SC ranks in the top four of the SEC in 12 statistical categories, including Total Defense, Red Zone Defense and Scoring Defense. They lead the SEC and rank 5th nationally in Sacks with 40. The senior class has won more games (37) than any in school history.
Welcome Back: This will be the fourth appearance by the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl where they are 2-1. South Carolina defeated Ohio State in the 2001 and again in 2002 on a field goal as time ran out, then lost to Iowa 31-14 in 2009.
Gamecock Tradition: This is 118th year of football at South Carolina, compiling an overall record of 564-545-44. Gamecocks have won major awards such as the Heisman Trophy (George Rogers, 1980) and had two SEC Coach of the Year titles.
Gamecocks in the Bowls: This is the 18th bowl appearance for the Gamecocks. They hold a 5-12 record in bowls. This is Steve Spurrier’s third appearance in a January bowl as coach of the Gamecocks.
Feature Players: The South Carolina defense is one of the best in the SEC and in the Top 15 in the nation in numerous categories. They are led by DE Jadeveon Clowney who is a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards notching 13 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss and 50 total tackles. DE Devin Taylor added 8 TFL and 3 sacks. LB Shaq Wilson leads the team with 77 tackles while FS DJ Swearinger added 70.
The Gamecock offense is directed by QB Connor Shaw has thrown for 1,732 yards and 15 TDs in just 10 games. A running threat as well, he has rushed for 339 yards and 3 TDs. WR Bruce Ellington is his favorite target with 38 receptions for 564 yards and 6 TDs while WR Ace Sanders has 36 catches for 439 yards and 7 TDs including 6 for 119 yards against Clemson. Backup QB Dylan Thompson started for an injured Shaw in the Clemson game completing 23-41 passes for 310 yards and 3 TDs.
After star RB Marcus Lattimore suffered a season ending injury late in the season much of the work load was shifted to TB Kenny Miles who has carried 99 times for 358 yards and 3 TDs. Mark Davis has 55 carries for 275 yards for a 5.3 yard per carry average.
Coach Spurrier: Steve Spurrier is in his eighth season at South Carolina where he is 65-37 and the winningest coach in Carolina history. He joins Bear Bryant as the only coaches to have the winningest records at two different SEC schools.
Over his coaching career he has won a national championship, seven SEC titles and won nearly three-fourths of his college games with a 207-77-2 record. He has been named SEC Coach of the Year seven times. Spurrier also coached professional football with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL from 1983-85, and the Washington Redskins from 2002-2003. As a college player he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.