Hefty raises for two winning coaches

ashain@thestate.comFebruary 10, 2012 

  • PAYDAY FOR USC COACHES 2012 USC football coaches’ salaries: Coach, duties;2012 salary;2011 salary Steve Spurrier, head coach;$3.3 million;$2.55 million Lorenzo Ward, defensive coordinator;$550,000;$280,000 Shawn Elliott, offensive line/running game;$300,000;$185,000 Brad Lawing, defensive line;$300,000;$250,000 Steve Spurrier Jr., wide receivers/recruiting;$300,000;$225,000 *Joe Robinson, special teams/tight ends;$280,000;$185,000 *Kirk Botkin, linebackers/spurs;$185,000;N/A *Everette Sands, running backs;$185,000;$175,000 G.A. Mangus, quarterbacks;$175,000;$175,000 *Grady Brown, secondary/special teams;$150,000;$170,000 *-New coach (2011 pay was for their predecessors) BIG ASSISTANCE USC’s combined football assistant salaries since Steve Spurrier became head coach: 2012 - $2.43 million 2011 - $2.35 million 2010 - $2.15 million 2009 - $1.83 million 2008 - $1.56 million 2007 - $1.33 million 2006 - $1.24 million 2005 - $1.24 million SOURCE: Published reports MONEY BALL COACH Head football coach Steve Spurrier’s guaranteed pay since coming to USC: 2012-2015 - $3.3 million* 2011 - $2.55 million 2010 - $1.75 million 2009 - $1.75 million 2008 - $1.75 million 2007 - $1.75 million 2006 - $1.25 million 2005 - $1.25 million *-Spurrier was scheduled to receive $2.88 million in 2012 and $2.95 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before his raise was approved Friday.

The USC Board of Trustees applauded Friday after watching a video of the Gamecocks’ recent athletics triumphs, including a Gatorade shower football coach Steve Spurrier received after a big win last season.

The trustees then showered Spurrier and two-time national champion baseball coach Ray Tanner with pay raises.

Spurrier, who led the Gamecocks to their first-ever 11-win campaign last season, will earn $3.3 million a year for the next four years – up $750,000 from his pay last year. Combined with another raise he received 10 months ago after South Carolina won its first SEC Eastern Division title, Spurrier’s salary has nearly doubled from $1.75 million since 2009.

He also will receive $250,000 in deferred compensation this year. Spurrier received a $1 million longevity bonus at the beginning of this year that was part of a 2007 contract extension. He has new bonuses that will pay $200,000 for winning 11 games and $300,000 for winning 12.

With the raise, Spurrier will become one of the nation’s top 10 highest-paid coaches based on 2011 salaries compiled by USA Today. The 66-year-old coach, who needs 10 more victories to become USC’s all-time winningest coach, had his contract extended by two years through 2015 in December.

“You look at what South Carolina has achieved,” USC athletics director Eric Hyman said. “Coach Spurrier is very reasonable and very fair. And the program, certainly everyone will tell you, is headed in the right direction.”

South Carolina’s second consecutive NCAA baseball championship earned Tanner, 53, a second pay hike in as many years. The board approved a $140,000 annual raise to $650,000 on Friday. He also received a one-year extension through 2016.

Tanner’s pay has risen 60 percent since 2009. Tanner received a $100,000 raise and two-year extension after winning his first title in 2010. He has won 70 percent of his games in 15 seasons at South Carolina, with his teams making 13 NCAA tournaments and five College World Series appearances.

Tanner also was named a special community relations adviser to USC president Harris Pastides.

“He’s already an ambassador for the university and he came to me and asked if there are other ways he can serve,” Pastides said. “He’ll continue to speak on behalf of the university to neighborhood and civic groups, and, down the road, maybe working on bringing more partners to the university.”

The football assistant coaching staff – reshuffled in the wake of the departure of assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson and three other coaches – will receive as a group nearly $100,000 more than last season to earn $2.43 million. Assistants made $1.24 million in Spurrier’s first season at South Carolina in 2005.

Johnson’s replacement, Lorenzo Ward, will get $550,000 a year – up from the $280,000 he made last season as USC’s defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach. Johnson earned $700,000 before becoming head coach at Southern Miss.

Three other coaches will receive raises to make $300,000 each – offensive line coach/running game coordinator Shawn Elliott; defensive line coach Brad Lawing; and wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. Elliott got the biggest pay boost from last year at $115,000.

Two new assistants will receive higher salaries than their predecessors – special teams coordinator Joe Robinson, up $95,000 to $280,000 – and running backs coach Everette Sands, up $10,000 to $185,000. New linebackers coach Kirk Botkin will earn $185,000, while secondary coach Grady Brown will make $150,000.

The assistants received two-year contracts at Spurrier’s request, and they will get raises of $15,000 to $25,000 in 2013.

Hyman said the salary boosts were made possible, in part, by a new, more lucrative agreement with apparel maker Under Armor and higher fees from multimedia right holder IMG College. Five assistants will have their pay supplemented by rights fees, up from two last season.

“These salaries are not out of line with our competition, and we reward outstanding productivity,” Pastides said.

USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus currently is not eligible for raises or bonuses as part of his punishment for a nuisance conduct charge in Greenville last summer. He is paid $175,000 a year.

Meanwhile, some of Hyman’s contract terms were tweaked six months after he received a $75,000 raise from South Carolina to $497,000 a year in the wake of other schools’ interest luring him from Columbia. If Hyman leaves, he no longer has to pay $325,000 for each year remaining on his contract, and, if he is fired without cause, the school must offer him a teaching position through June 2015.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Hyman said.

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