A decade ago, South Carolina hired a former Florida coach in Steve Spurrier, who wound up becoming the university’s all-time winningest coach.
Yet again, South Carolina went in the direction of another former Gators coach in Will Muschamp to take over the program, and Spurrier told The State’s Josh Kendall he approved of the move.
“I think Will and his staff will do very well,” Spurrier said. “He’s a well-respected defensive coach. For whatever reason down at Florida, the offense never quite got going, but I’m sure he learned a lot and he’s ready to go.”
Over the past 24 hours, Muschamp has begun to assemble his own staff at South Carolina. Only one member of the Gamecocks’ previous staff, Shawn Elliott, was retained.
That left Spurrier’s son, Steve Spurrier, Jr., as one of the casualties, and the Head Ball Coach understands it’s something that comes with coaching.
“That’s part of the profession that we all know about when we get it,” Spurrier said. “If you stay somewhere a long time, you’re fortunate. … Obviously, I wish several of our assistants were kept, but he’s got the right to pick whoever he wants. We have some outstanding coaches who are available now. Most of those guys were there all through the 11-2 years, so hopefully they will land somewhere soon.”
During Muschamp’s introductory press conference Monday, he said he had yet to reach out to Spurrier despite the Head Ball Coach leaving Muschamp a message. Muschamp said he planned to return Spurrier’s phone call and take the the former Gamecocks coach’s advice.
Spurrier was 2-1 at South Carolina when coaching against Muschamp’s Florida teams.