South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has almost half a million more reasons to stay with the Gamecocks.
The university's board of trustees Saturday approved a reworked contract that increases Spurrier's yearly salary to $1.75 million, up from his current package of about $1.25 million. The first coach to lead South Carolina to a bowl in his first two seasons also had his contract extended through the 2012 season.
Spurrier said he hoped the new deal would end speculation that he would be anywhere other than South Carolina next season and beyond.
Miami and Alabama had been rumored to be interested in having Spurrier take over.