Happy Wednesday, South Carolina fans. It has been a tumultuous 24 hours in Columbia, S.C., to say the least. Following Steve Spurrier’s resignation, Shawn Elliott was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Here are four things to know today:
- Steve Spurrier: “I’ll just be the former Head Ball Coach.” The Head Ball Coach is hanging it up, but said he’ll remain a part of the Gamecocks football program.
- Interim coach Shawn Elliott: South Carolina is going “to come out swinging”. Elliott will be a college head coach for the first time Saturday against Vanderbilt.
- Who could replace Steve Spurrier at South Carolina? Will Elliott prove himself over the final six games, or could athletic director Ray Tanner look for a bigger name this offseason?
- Alabama’s Kirby Smart oddsmaker favorite to be next South Carolina coach. Oh, speaking of bigger names. Smart is one a handful of major assistants that could be in the mix for the coaching position.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee writes where South Carolina’s coaching opening ranks among the other coaching vacancies. Spoiler alert: this USC doesn’t top the list.
- The Charlotte Observer’s Tom Sorensen writes that Spurrier gave South Carolina fans reason to believe in the Gamecocks. That goes without saying, as the Gamecocks’ best years came with Spurrier patrolling the sidelines.
- The Detroit Free Press’ Joe Rexrode reports Michigan State coach Mike Dantonio dodged the question of whether he’d have interest in coaching at South Carolina. Dantonio played college football at South Carolina, but wouldn’t acknowledge the possibility during his Tuesday press conference.
Best stories around the SEC
- Tennessee DL Shy Tuttle out for season. (Welp, and here comes ‘Bama)
- LSU tailback Leonard Fournette on latest Sports Illustrated cover. (Heisman Trophy jinx?)
- Florida quarterback Treon Harris tweets in support of Will Grier. (They say competition breeds … friendship?)
“I’ll just be the former Head Ball Coach now.” – Steve Spurrier. pic.twitter.com/JeE10NiVUI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 13, 2015