Report: Steve Spurrier considering ambassador role at South Carolina
Steve Spurrier resigned from coaching back in October, but another position with South Carolina could be in his future.
Spurrier is considering taking an ambassador role with the university that would make him a special assistant to both school president Harris Pastides and athletic director Ray Tanner, according to The State’s Josh Kendall.
The position would begin once Spurrier’s official employment at South Carolina ends on Dec. 31 and would come with a lucrative $100,000 annual salary.
“I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with Dr. Pastides,” Spurrier said.
The fit makes sense, especially as South Carolina prepares to hire its next football coach this offseason.
Spurrier spent the last 10-plus years at the helm of the Gamecocks and is the program’s all-time winningest coach. He’s largely credited with putting South Carolina football back on the map.
South Carolina is continuing to pay Spurrier the money remaining in his contract, which was anywhere from $900,000 to more than $1.1 million, according to USA TODAY Sports.
Earlier this week, Pastides told USA TODAY Sports’ Steve Berkowitz that paying Spurrier what he’s owed on his current contract was the most financially sensible option the university had.
“There were alternate payment possibilities that could have cost the university more,” Pastides explained. “Without getting into detail, I think most people are thinking the alternative is zero. But there are alternate possibilities that could have been arrived at through negotiation with the coach that possibly could have been more.”