Spurrier's new deal approaches $3 million

I reminded South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier a couple of years ago that his salary was somewhere around ninth among SEC head football coaches.

In vintage fashion, he quipped, "That's about right where I ought to be."

I remember thinking to myself how many other coaches would have responded that way.

But, then, that's just the Head Ball Coach.

He didn't push to get a big contract when he came to South Carolina in 2005 and was content with being in the bottom half of the league the past few years. But fresh off the Gamecocks' first-ever trip to the SEC championship game, Spurrier has been rewarded with a sweet raise going into the last three years of his contract. He will make $2.8 million next season, $2.875 million in 2012 and $2.95 million in 2013.

There wasn't an extension that went along with the raise, although I don't think that's a huge deal. Spurrier, who turns 66 next week, told me last month he felt like he had another three or four years in him.

With Spurrier's new raise, that means eight of the 12 SEC head coaches are now making $2.5 million or more per year.