USC football coaches, Tanner pick up raises
COLUMBIA -- A little more than a month after concluding the most successful football season in school history, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and his staff were handsomely rewarded at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting.
Spurrier's guaranteed total compensation was increased to $3.3 million, making him the eighth-highest paid coach in college football, according to a USA Today database. Spurrier made $2 million in 2009 and 2010, then was given a raise by the board last April. He made $2.828 million in 2011 and was scheduled to make $2.88 million in 2012 and $2.95 million in 2013.
Spurrier's 2011 pay ranked him No. 11 in the nation, according to USA Today, whose database includes 110 of 120 of the Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Not included are two private schools, Notre Dame and Southern California, which spend large amounts of money on football.
In December, Spurrier received a two-year extension through the end of the 2015 season. The Gamecocks went 11-2 in 2011, setting a new school record for wins in a season. In 2010, they went 9-5 and played in the Southeastern Conference championship game, making this the best two-year stretch in the program's history.
"The program, I think everybody would tell you, is headed in the right direction," said athletic director Eric Hyman.
Spurrier hired four new assistants after last season and promoted defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward to defensive coordinator, as the replacement for Ellis Johnson, who left to become Southern Mississippi's head coach. Johnson made $706,000 in 2011, while Ward earned $280,000. Ward will now make $550,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013.
The four new assistants and all but one of the five returning assistants will now work under two-year contracts -- another new development. Hyman said Spurrier asked for the multi-year deals for his assistants.
Among the new coaches, Kirk Botkin (linebackers) will make $185,000 this season and $200,000 next, Grady Brown (secondary) will make $150,000 and $170,000, Joe Robinson will make $280,000 and $300,000, and Everette Sands will make $185,000 and $200,000.
Among the returning coaches other than Ward, Shawn Elliott (offensive line), Brad Lawing (defensive line) and Steve Spurrier Jr. (wide receivers and recruiting coordinator) will all make $300,000 in 2012 and $315,000 in 2013. Elliott made $185,000 in 2011, Lawing $250,000 and Spurrier Jr. $225,000.
"It's a marketplace issue," Hyman said of increasing the assistant coaches' salaries.
In the 2010-11 reporting year, USC football accounted for $45.4 million of the athletic department's $83.7 million in revenue, according to data the school provided last June to the U.S. Department of Education. After expenses, football cleared a profit of $22.9 million.
The only football assistant who didn't receive a raise Friday was quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, whose pay will remain at $175,000. After Mangus was arrested last summer for urinating on a Greenville street and charged with nuisance conduct, Hyman deemed him ineligible for a raise for a year. Mangus can't get a raise for the 2013 season because of his role in the football program's NCAA violations, part of USC's self- imposed punishments.
Also Friday, the Board of Trustees recognized the success of USC's second-highest profile program by boosting baseball coach Ray Tanner's salary by $140,000 to $650,000. Tanner, who has won the past two national championships, received a one-year extension through the 2016 season. After the first national title, his pay was boosted from $400,195 to $510,000.
"He's obviously compensated (as) one of the tops in the country, and rightfully so," Hyman said. "Look at the program. Look what they've achieved."