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The University of South Carolina announced in a news release Thursday raises and one-year contract extensions for football coach Steve Spurrier and his nine assistants.

Under the new deal, Spurrier will get $4 million annually.

The university board of trustees approved a $700,000 raise and the extension Thursday. The deal ties Spurrier to the school through 2018. If the 68-year-old coach decides to retire, the trustees voted for a contract clause that would make Spurrier a special assistant to university President Harris Pastides and athletic director Ray Tanner.

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"With three-straight top 10 finishes, South Carolina is as good as any program in the country," Tanner said in the news release. "The contract raises and extensions for Coach Spurrier and his staff are a reflection of that success and are well-deserved."

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward's contract has been extended through the 2016 season, according to the release. All other assistants -- Deke Adams, Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, G.A. Mangus, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands and Steve Spurrier Jr. -- have had their contacts extended through the 2015 season, according to the release.

According to a study by USA TODAY, Spurrier's compensation for 2013 totaled $3,322,500.

USA TODAY listed the 2013 2013 compensation for other members of Spurrier's staff as follows: Ward, $655,050; Spurrier Jr. and Elliott, $359,650; Robinson, $330,050; Botkin, $230,050; Adams, $225,000; Sands, $220,050; Brown, $185,050, and Mangus, $180,050.

Contributing: The Greenville News and The Associated Press.

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