South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier retires
Legendary football coach Steve Spurrier has thrown in the visor. The 70-year-old Spurrier informed his team at South Carolina on Monday, per multiple media reports.
UPDATE No. 1: Figures from around the college football community reacted to this huge news.
UPDATE No. 2: South Carolina lost a commitment from a 4-star OLB.
UPDATE No. 3: Steve Spurrier’s former players reacted to the retirement news.
UPDATE No. 4: Current South Carolina commits weighed in on the Head Ball Coach’s retirement.
UPDATE No. 5: Current Gamecock players provided their reactions to the big news.
UPDATE No. 6: The mother of a current South Carolina linebacker gave her thoughts on Spurrier’s retirement, saying, “(Spurrier) is a legend”.
UPDATE No. 7: South Carolina confirmed that offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott will serve as South Carolina’s interim head coach.
UPDATE No. 8: South Carolina created an awesome tribute video for the Head Ball Coach.
Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida and legendary coach for the Florida Gators and at South Carolina, decided to retire after a 2-4 start for his Gamecocks.
Multiple reports have indicated that Spurrier informed the team he is retiring, but who will replace him is uncertain. ESPN’s Chris Low and The State’s David Cloninger both reported that offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliot will be named the interim head coach. FOXsports.com’s Alex Marvez also reported that news on Monday night.
Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966, was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986, won a national title as coach with Florida in 1996 and has won 228 games in 26 seasons as a college coach at Duke, Florida and South Carolina.
He is 86-49 at South Carolina since taking over in 2005, and welcomed three consecutive 11-win seasons from 2011-13.
Spurrier was a three-year starter for the Gators from 1964-66, throwing for 4,838 yards and 36 touchdowns in 30 games. He played for the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a 10-year pro career, appearing in 106 games and throwing for 6,878 yards, 40 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.
He was named the head coach at Duke in 1987 and went 20-13-1 in three seasons with the Blue Devils. Spurrier was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989 before accepting the job at Florida.
With the Gators, Spurrier became one of the great coaches in college football history. He won 122 games in 12 seasons, never winning fewer than nine in a season. He won six SEC titles and SEC Coach of the Year five times with the Gators.
Spurrier left Florida for the Washington Redskins, but lasted only two seasons in the NFL. He went 12-20 before being fired, taking a year off from coaching and returning to college with South Carolina in 2005.
He won SEC Coach of the Year two more times with the Gamecocks, in 2005 and 2010. South Carolina has won at least 10 games four times in the program’s history. Spurrier presided over three of them.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier informed his team tonight that he is retiring and that an interim coach will be named Tuesday, according to a source
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 13, 2015
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) October 13, 2015
USC trustee Eddie Floyd: "I'm shocked & I have a lot of sadness too, I think Coach Spurrier has done so much for us & showed us we can win."
— Andy Shain (@AndyShain) October 13, 2015