COLUMBIA -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier was expected to receive a raise and a contract extension at Friday's meeting of the university's board.
The raise came. The extension did not.
That, athletic director Eric Hyman said, was strictly the Ball Coach's decision and not any sort of message on the board's behalf.
"We asked Steve what he wanted," Hyman said, "and this is what he wanted."
Spurrier's contract still runs through the 2013 season, but he is now set to make a guaranteed $2.8 million in 2011, $2.88 million in 2012 and $2.95 million in 2013. The board unanimously approved the amendments.
Spurrier made $2 million in 2010, the season in which USC won nine games and appeared in the SEC title game for the first time since the school joined the league.
The raise brings Spurrier into the same ballpark as other SEC coaches, including those such as Gene Chizik, Derek Dooley and Will Muschamp who recently joined the league -- some of which are young or first-time head coaches.
Spurrier turns 66 on April 20, and the lack of extension does at least raise eyebrows regarding his future in coaching.
"It would not have been a problem one way or the other," Hyman said of the extension. "This is what he asked. We just tried to meet his expectations."
He later added: "Don't read too much into this."
Spurrier has characteristically said he would like to stay another "three or four years," though that window seems to stay open because of his good health and vigor for the job. Hyman did not speculate about Spurrier's timetable for retirement, but he did not indicate that the deal was any sort of symbol in that regard.
"He's got a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm," Hyman said. "I think he's been reinvigorated, but there's no telling."
A variety of performance bonuses were tweaked for Spurrier, including the reduction of the bonus for lower-tier bowl appearances after Jan. 1.
Spurrier is 44-33 in six seasons at USC, and the Gamecocks are considered the early favorites to repeat as SEC East champs.
Hyman said the assistants' salaries will be adjusted, too. He did not have that contract information available Friday afternoon.
In addition, the board unanimously approved a three-year extension for women's basketball coach Dawn Staley's contract, through the 2016 season.
Staley is 42-48 in three seasons at USC, and her team went 18-15 this past season, reaching the second round of the women's NIT. The 8-8 conference record was the best mark for the program since 2002, despite the fact that the program had two major defections, the transfers of Kelsey Bone and Kayla Brewer.
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