South Carolina's Steve Spurrier has some advice for his colleague at Clemson - if Tigers coach Tommy Bowden wants a raise, talk to his bosses like Spurrier did.Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice work Steve.
Spurrier was given a contract extension and a nearly $500,000 a year raise earlier this month after finishing 7-5 and going to the Liberty Bowl to play Houston.
Bowden quipped days later that "it's amazing how this thing works because I'm at a place where seven [wins] gets you fired. He's at a place where seven gets you a raise."
Spurrier responded, "If Tommy Bowden wants a raise, he can just ask his AD and president if he's as good a coach as Mark Richt, and me, and Fulmer and Tuberville and those other guys. That's the only reason I got a raise. They think I'm that good a coach."
Spurrier's increase brought his total package from $1.257 million to $1.75 million on a deal that will run through the 2012 season. Bowden, whose Tigers went 8-4 and are headed to the Music City Bowl, has four years left on a pact that pays him about $1.2 million.
"If [Bowden] wants a raise, he ought to go and say, 'Am I as good a coach as all them guys?'" Spurrier said. "And they'll probably say, 'Why sure you are.' 'Well, why don't you pay me like that?' And they'll probably pay him like that. Or else they'll say ... it could be the other answer, right?"
Spurrier chuckled and smiled at times as he answered questions about Bowden's remarks.
He says he doesn't worry about other coach's salaries. "They're printed in the paper. Everybody knows what everybody makes. Your bosses pay you whatever you think your value is," Spurrier said. "You guys ought to tell him he needs to go talk to his bosses, see what they think about him."