Steve Spurrier on ESPN College GameDay: My tank was empty, resignation was “inevitable”
In his first-ever trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., Steve Spurrier made a guest appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay” Saturday morning.
Spurrier’s decision to resign may have blindsided some, but the Head Ball Coach indicated it was the right decision given the current state of the South Carolina football team.
“I’ve sort of planned for this day the last several years,” Spurrier said. “The team wasn’t doing very well. At 2-4, I really thought it was my fault. If things start going bad, the best thing is to move out, and I’m ready for life after coaching.
“There are two scenarios. You can announce I’m finished at the end of the year, but I don’t think you get accountability from your players. Going out now allows an interim head coach to come in there and Shawn Elliott brings fire, energy, passion to the team better than I could.”
“When you feel like your tank is empty in coaching,” he added, “it’s inevitable, so do it right then.”
Naturally, Spurrier was asked about life after coaching.
Spurrier maintained the same response he did Tuesday when answering that question during his final press conference, but showed a bit more openness to really joining the high school ranks or being a college assistant.
“I’ve always sort of joked [with] my younger kid Scotty that when he becomes a head coach, I’d come coach quarterbacks for him,” Spurrier said. “I talk to a lot of former coaches that enjoy being an assistant at a place now.”
Spurrier also deferred a question about his legacy and said he appreciated his former players reaching out to him over the week.
The Head Ball Coach also reflected on college football as a whole, indicating he believes the sport is constantly improving.
“For 25 years I’ve been advocating some kind of playoff,” Spurrier began. “I’ve advocated giving our student-athletes a little extra cash, and now they get about $4,000 a year. We’ve moved in the right direction. Preventing injuries is so important, and collisions to the head have been wiped out pretty good. The game has been moving in a positive direction.”