Gamecocks’ indoor practice facility nears approval

Raises for assistant coaches expected to be OK’d on Thursday

jkendall@thestate.comFebruary 25, 2013 

South Carolina’s upcoming Board of Trustees meeting likely will be the busiest of Ray Tanner’s six months as Gamecocks athletics director.

“It’s a pretty big one,” Tanner said. “There are a lot of athletic projects on the line.”

The board is expected Thursday to give final university approval for the construction of an indoor football practice facility and two new outdoor football practice fields. While governmental hurdles still exist, coach Steve Spurrier expects construction to begin soon.

“Hopefully, we’re going to start building a couple of months, so it’ll be at least a year probably (before it’s complete),” Spurrier said.

The new indoor facility will help “a little” in recruiting, Spurrier said.

“It’s a pretty big deal because everybody’s got one,” Spurrier said. “Within two years, there is going to be more television money (from the SEC), so the money is there to get it built. So it should start happening pretty soon.”

The indoor facility and new outdoor fields will be built behind the Farmer’s Market site.

South Carolina’s board also is expected to approve raises for most of the school’s assistant football coaches. Spurrier said Monday the new deals, which include new two-year contracts, are complete. He described the pay increases as moderate.

South Carolina also may have one more collegiate sport by Friday. The school is considering adding women’s sand volleyball, and that is expected to be discussed Thursday during the meeting, which will be held at USC-Aiken. Tanner declined to discuss any specifics of the projects until after his discussions with the board.

“We’ll have plenty to talk about Thursday,” he said.

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