It’s been more than a week since the Head Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t maintained a presence with the football program.
In fact, Steve Spurrier has been around almost daily.
Interim coach Shawn Elliott said Spurrier has been around the team a lot since hanging up his visor, including Sunday after the Gamecocks earned their first SEC win of the season.
“He (Spurrier) rolled right through here on Sunday morning, popped his head in and said great win guys, keep moving forward,” Elliott said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.
“He talked about the game a little bit. I’ve seen Coach Spurrier probably every day.”
Spurrier’s decision to resign created a bit of turmoil in Columbia, S.C., and perhaps nobody had more on his plate last week than Elliott.
The interim coach was not only tasked with replacing a Hall of Famer, but trying to get South Carolina in the win column against an SEC opponent.
It wasn’t easy, admitted Elliott, who estimated he slept only one hour per night up until Friday night.
“I felt like a madman all week,” Elliott joked. “When I tried to lay my head down at night, a new question or concern popped up and I thought how was I going to do this or what was I going to do in this type of situation? I never got more than one hour of sleep.
“Finally, Friday evening before the game we went and saw a movie as a football team. I was so exhausted I could barely hold my eyes open. I did get a good night of sleep before the game, if you can imagine, because the little bit of rest I had I needed to have a lot of energy on Saturday, and it worked out.”