SEC legend Steve Spurrier will be honored at a Florida game at least twice next season, but don’t expect the former South Carolina coach to return for a similar ceremony at Williams-Brice Stadium in the immediate future.
“We haven’t talked about it,” Spurrier told The State’s Josh Kendall. “I don’t know if this year is a good time. Let coach (Will) Muschamp and his guys take over and so forth. A year or two from now might be good.”
Muschamp is the first full-time South Carolina coach hired by the program since 2005, when Spurrier took over the Gamecocks. Spurrier, who has the most wins (89) in program history, stepped down in October last season after a 3-4 start.
Although it appears Spurrier is being careful to avoid stepping on Muschamp’s toes so close to his departure, he still serves in an ambassador role for the Gamecocks. But, according to Spurrier, his involvement with the team won’t go much further than that.
“I sort of check in with (university president Harris Pastides and athletics director Ray Tanner) a little bit and do whatever I can do,” Spurrier said. “I wear my Carolina visor all over the place, trying to spread some goodwill.”
Florida plans to honor Spurrier in its home opener to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his Heisman Trophy victory. He’ll be back again when the Gators honor the 1966 team in November.
Spurrier is still plotting his next move after retirement, but he reiterated that he is done coaching. He told The State that he may get into television or take a year off.
Whatever he decides, don’t pencil in the Head Ball Coach’s South Carolina honor ceremony on your calendar just yet.