Spurrier Retires Effective Immediately
The Ole Ball Coach has decided to hang up the visor for good, or so it appears at age 70. He informed athletic director, Ray Tanner of his decision today and comes in the midst of losing four straight SEC games. The announcement of Spurriers retirement was first reported by SI.com and the head coach informed his players of his decision earlier today in a team meeting.
Spurrier who is the winningest coach in both Florida (122-27-1) and South Carolina’s (86-49) history had hinted at retirement last year after they were blown out by Texas A&M on opening night 52 to 28 in a game that the Aggies amassed over 600 yrds. of offense.
When Spurrier mentioned that he might retire within a couple of years at that time the Gamecocks were boasting a #5 ranked recruiting class and after enjoying three consecutive 11-2 seasons the Gamecocks dipped all the way to 7-6 last year and by the time National Signing Day rolled around in February South Carolina’s class had fallen all the way to 21st. This year the Gamecocks recruiting class has been no where near the top 5, in fact its not even close to last years #21 ranking, its pretty much like the energy, effort and fire just wasn’t there anymore.
He will be missed on the sidelines wearing Or throwing his trademark visor but it happens to the best eventually.
Spurrier took over at South Carolina in 2004 after then Gamecock head coach Lou Holtz announced his retirement in November and hinted then that Spurrier might take over. Now its come full circle and the Gamecocks say they will announce an Interim head coach on Tuesday.
This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:
As a longtime South Carolina fan I was very excited when Spurrier decided to take the head coaching position and I felt he would give us our best chance we had ever had to win not only the SEC but also a National Title, both of which never materialized.
Its sad to see him step down but I could tell that last season took a big toll on his competitive spirit and it also translated to the recruiting trail. For Spurrier to have a top ranked recruiting class fall apart right before his eyes at the same instant that his team did on the field was almost enough to convince him last year and My Sports Mind tells me going by the signs I’ve seen since last years disaster that he pretty much DID retire then and only until now was able to find the words.
I’m not sure who will ultimately be Spurrier’s replacement but back in 2004 when Lou Holtz spoke of Spurrier replacing him he stated that he felt he had gotten the Gamecocks up to a level that was as far as he could take them and that Spurrier would be the coach to get them to that next level and he was right, the sad thing is that as the ole ball coach steps down, I believe the Gamecocks are back to the level they were at in 2004 so as I said we have come FULL circle.
So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?