Let's play a little matching game. Match these University of South Carolina coaching bios with the salary the coaches receive. * Coach A: Has led a team to back-to-back national championships. This coach's team has had very few off-the-field problems, and, in fact, has provided more positive publicity for USC than all the money in the athletic department budget could buy. This coach has a 689-296 record in 15 years as the Gamecock leader, taking his team to the NCAA Tournament in 13 of those seasons. * Coach B: This coach has won national titles at other schools but never at South Carolina. The coach is 44-33 all-time as the Gamecocks' head coach. He's never won the conference, and although the coach has coached USC in five postseason games, this coach has only won one. The coach's star player has been suspended five times during his career, and there's often as much talk about what's happening off the field as there is about what's happening on it. * Coach C: This coach has never won a national title anywhere. In fact, the coach has only taken a team to the NCAA Tournament in one of eight seasons as a head coach. That has never happened in this coach's three years at South Carolina, where the coach's teams have put up a 50-42 record. The last two years, this coach's squads have finished under .500, and players seem to be jumping ship at an alarming rate. * Coach D: This coach coached in six NCAA Tournaments prior to coming to Columbia but never took a team past the second round. In three years at South Carolina, this coach has failed to take a Gamecock team to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, this coach is below .500 in three years at USC, posting a 42-48 record. Now, here are the salaries. * Salary 1: $1.1 million per year * Salary 2: $675,000 per year * Salary 3: $2.55 million per year * Salary 4: $510,000 per year Take your time, and match them up. But you might be surprised. Salary 1, more than a million per year, goes to USC men's basketball coach Darrin Horn. After leading his first Gamecock team to a tie for first in the SEC East in the 2008-09 campaign, before a first-round loss in the NIT Tournament, Horn got a raise. Since that time, he's gone 6-10 and 5-11 in SEC play, and players are jumping off the Gamecock ship without life jackets. Salary 2, nearly $700,000 per year goes to women's basketball coach Dawn Staley. Sure, she came to Columbia with some hype, but she's only had one winning season with the Gamecocks and never finished any higher than fifth in the SEC. She's brought in some big recruits, but most of them haven't lasted very long. The third salary, the biggest number on the board, goes to USC football coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier's a big name and football's a big game. So I can understand dishing out a little extra cash to keep the visor on the USC sidelines. But has his performance warranted the pay? Is one Liberty Bowl win and six five and six loss seasons what Gamecock fans wanted when they brought the national championship-winning coach to Columbia? The final salary, the lowest on the board, goes to that coach that you will saw mentioned on every newspaper around the country Wednesday and whose face you will quickly see if you flip on ESPN even now. Ray Tanner just won his second straight national championship, and he did it despite having a rash of injuries, facing teams with higher-rated prospects and squads whose recruiting classes were ranked higher than those of the Gamecocks - excuses you might hear from other coaches around the country. Tanner will bring in more than $600,000 this year after bonuses for making the College World Series, winning the national title and a potential bonus if he's named national coach of the year, but he still won't match the total given to Staley, who's done none of those things. The publicity that Tanner has brought to the USC, and to the state of South Carolina, was desperately needed. I didn't hear one negative comment from the ESPN crew when discussing the Gamecocks throughout the entire College World Series, and that's a welcome change from the news we often hear about Mark Sanford, Alvin Green or Stephen Garcia. Tanner has done all anybody could ask of a coach and a great deal more, and his compensation should reflect those accomplishments. If the Gamecock baseball coach continues to make less money than the sub-.500 men's hoops coach or the over hyped women's basketball coach - who is drawing a little less than 3,000 fans per game, compared to almost 7,000 per baseball game at Carolina Stadium - Gamecock fans have no reason to cry if Tanner finds another gig and USC goes back to competing for only one championship - the NIT crown.