Gamecocks give Odom extension through 2009-10

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom received a
two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Gamecocks
through the 2009-10 season.

The university approved a deal Monday that extends Odom at his
base salary of $170,242 a year.

Odom makes about $700,000 a year including television, radio and
other compensation.

The agreement also lowers buyout amounts for Odom and the
university in the final year of the extension.

The school would have to pay $250,000 per year remaining on the
contract except for the final season, when the figure drops to

The same terms apply to Odom should he terminate the contract
for another NCAA head coaching job. If Odom leaves for another
reason, he wouldn't owe the school anything.

Odom has won the past two NIT championships with South Carolina.
The Gamecocks (10-3) fell to No. 6 Kansas, 70-54, on Sunday. They
open Southeastern Conference play against Georgia on Wednesday