Gamecocks give Odom extension through 2009-10

Updated: January 8, 2007, 4:05 PM ET
Associated Press

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 $50,000.

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 night.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press