Legendary football coach Steve Spurrier has thrown in the visor. The 70-year-old Spurrier informed his team at South Carolina on Monday night, per multiple media reports.
Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida and legendary coach for the Florida Gators and at South Carolina, decided to retire after a 2-4 start for his Gamecocks.
Multiple reports have indicated that Spurrier informed the team he is retiring. But who will replace him is uncertain. The State’s Josh Kendall reports that quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus is expected to become the interim coach on Tuesday, while FOXsports.com’s Alex Marvez tweets that offensive line coach Shawn Elliott is taking up the reins.
Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966, was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986, won a national title as coach with Florida in 1996 and has won 228 games in 26 seasons as a college coach at Duke, Florida and South Carolina.
He is 86-49 at South Carolina since taking over in 2005, and welcomed three consecutive 11-win seasons from 2011-13. South Carolina has won at least 10 games four times in the program’s history. Spurrier presided over three of them.
UPDATE No. 1: Figures from around the college football community reacted to this huge news.
UPDATE No. 2: South Carolina lost a commitment from a 4-star OLB.
UPDATE No. 3: Steve Spurrier’s former players reacted to the retirement news.
UPDATE No. 4: Current South Carolina commits weighed in on the Head Ball Coach’s retirement.
UPDATE No. 5: Current Gamecock players provided their reactions to the big news.
UPDATE No. 6: The mother of a current South Carolina linebacker gave her thoughts on Spurrier’s retirement, saying, “(Spurrier) is a legend”.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier informed his team tonight that he is retiring and that an interim coach will be named Tuesday, according to a source
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 13, 2015
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) October 13, 2015
USC trustee Eddie Floyd: "I'm shocked & I have a lot of sadness too, I think Coach Spurrier has done so much for us & showed us we can win."
— Andy Shain (@AndyShain) October 13, 2015