Thursday, April 19, 2018
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S.C. gives Spurrier 2-year extension

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Steve Spurrier received a two-year contract extension on Monday that will keep him at South Carolina through 2017.

The university's board of trustees unanimously approved the extension. 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.

The former Florida coach, 67, has led the Gamecocks to consecutive seasons of double-digit victories, a first for the program. No. 11 South Carolina finished 6-2 in the SEC for a second straight year. Spurrier became the school's all-time leader with his 65th win Nov. 24.

South Carolina faces No. 19 Michigan in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1. Should the Gamecocks win, it would give Spurrier his third bowl victory 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 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."

NATIONAL AWARDS: Kansas State's Collin Klein won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top upperclassman quarterback. Klein passed for 2,490 yards, ran for 890 and accounted for 37 touchdowns (22 rushing and 15 passing) for the No. 7 Wildcats. And fellow Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's senior linebacker, won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player and the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Te'o led the nation's top-ranked defense with 103 tackles and seven interceptions.

SEC HONORS: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was a unanimous choice for Associated Press SEC offensive player of the year after a dynamic debut season. The redshirt freshman passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed for 1,181 yards and an SEC-leading 19 TDs and guided the Aggies to a surprising 10-2 mark in their first SEC season.

ACADEMIC REPORT: A study of the 70 schools selected for bowl games this season showed teams maintained high recent academic progress, but the gap between African-American and white players persists. The annual report by UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport showed overall graduation success rate improvement from 68 to 69 percent for players at the bowl-bound schools.

MISSOURI: Offensive coordinator David Yost resigned, effective immediately. The university said Yost cited personal reasons.

NOTRE DAME: An anonymous alumnus donated enough money to cut the price of BCS championship game tickets to students from $300 to $150.

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