Steve Spurrier is embarrassed by his high salary

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 04, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 4, 2012

On Monday, Steve Spurrier and South Carolina agreed to a contract extension though 2017.

The contract would keep Spurrier at South Carolina until he becomes 72. Does the Head Ball Coach think he will finish out the contract?

"Who knows?" Spurrier told The State. "A lot of people tell me, 'You'll be there five years. What else are you going to do?' I sort of stop and think, 'Heck, you may be right.' All I know is, when I was 55, I never thought I'd be coaching even in my 60s.

"Then you get to be 65. I don't see how retirement is all that much fun. I can't see that right now. So we'll keep pushing this thing, maybe we can win us an SEC (championship) the next two or three years."

Spurrier does not receive a raise as part of this extension. Through the contract, he would make about $3.3 million per year, which makes him one of the 10 highest-paid coaches in college football. The paper reports Spurrier told the university he did not need a raise.

"I'm already embarrassed by how much I make," Spurrier said. "I tell some people that and they say, 'You don't need to be embarrassed if you look around and see what some of those other coaches are making,' but I am. I don't need to make anymore. It's plenty."

Below is part of Spurrier's Outback Bowl press conference.





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