The search continues for Steve Spurrier’s successor after South Carolina’s 3-9 season wrapped over the weekend.
As the university prepares to name its next coach, its former coach detailed his decision to resign in a letter to The State.
Spurrier resigned six games into his 10th season with the Gamecocks. The team was 2-4 and coming off its second blowout loss of the season to LSU, which dropped it to 0-4 in SEC play for the first time under the Head Ball Coach.
“We were definitely going in the wrong direction. I felt that I was doing a lousy job as head coach and a change would help our team become more competitive,” Spurrier wrote.
“I told our team after I resigned that they needed new leadership, new enthusiasm and a new plan. By stepping aside, this allowed Shawn Elliott the opportunity to change our direction, change our attitude, and hopefully, he could be named head coach after the season.”
Elliott finished the season 1-5, with South Carolina dropping its final five games to close out the season.
Clearly, the team did not rebound after Spurrier resigned. However, the former South Carolina coach felt it was still the right timing for his decision in order to give his team a chance for a mid-season turnaround.
“I felt that if I had done this, I would have been a distraction throughout the remainder of the season about my last game everywhere I went. I did not want a ‘Spurrier Farewell Tour,’” Spurrier wrote.
“Our university was not going to fire me, so I thought it was best for our team that I basically fire myself by resigning. The players have enjoyed playing for Coach Elliott and again the media has said the team has performed better after I resigned.”