COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has extended football coach Steve Spurrier's contract through the 2015 season, the school said Tuesday.
The board of trustees approved the two-year extension.
Spurrier says he appreciates having four years remaining on his contract, which he says will help as he recruits athletes by letting them know he will be around for their collegiate career.
"Our football program is headed in the right direction," Spurrier said in a statement. "We've had some success and have had some good things happen here, but winning the SEC is one goal we have not yet reached. We hope and believe we can do that in the next four years."
South Carolina is 10-2 this season, and could set a school record for wins with a victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 2.
The 6-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference is the best since the school joined the league. This year's victory over Clemson was the third consecutive over the archrival Tigers, the first time South Carolina has accomplished that since 1970.
Spurrier is 54-35 in seven seasons, ranking second on the all-time wins list behind only Rex Enright, who had 64 victories.
"The accomplishments that have transpired under Coach Spurrier's leadership are exemplary," athletics director Eric Hyman said.
While there is no raise included in the extension, Spurrier received a significant raise when the board revised his contract in April.
Spurrier earns $2.8 million this year, rising to $2.9 million for the 2012 season and $3 million in 2013. None of those figures include incentives for accomplishments such as reaching a bowl game or winning a conference or national championship.
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