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Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Age / DOB:  (70) / 4/20/1945

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was complimentary when asked about retiring South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
Swinney and Spurrier traded barbs over the years, but all is forgotten now that the Ol' Ball Coach has stepped aside as coach of the Gamecocks. "He's been consistent his whole career as far as who he is," Swinney said. "He's always just been himself, and he's a winner." The pair's relationship "never (got) to a point where I didn’t have respect for (Spurrier) or vice versa," Swinney said. Oct 13 - 5:34 PM
Source: The State

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has been declared immediately eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame.

If he gets in -- cough, he will, cough -- Spurrier will be a member of the 2017 class and the fourth person inducted as a player/coach. Spurrier went 228–89–2 as a college coach, including 86–49 at South Carolina. He went 122–27–1 as Florida's coach.
Oct 13 - 5:02 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney reports that Alabama DC Kirby Smart has been interested in the South Carolina coaching job for "years."

It will be a national search to replace head coach Steve Spurrier, with Smart almost assuredly getting serious consideration. Smart has never been a head coach, a factor which will work against him in a conference which just say Will Muschamp fail spectacularly with a similar resume. Haney also lists Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, SMU HC Chad Morris, Houston HC Tom Herman, Memphis HC Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech associate head coach Shane Beamer as other possible candidates.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 4:17 PM

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is retiring from coach, according to Thayer Evans of SI.

The people at Football Scoop added that Spurrier is retiring effective immediately and the school will name an interim head coach Tuesday. Obviously Spurrier did not bring a national title to South Carolina, but he finished in the top 10 multiple times at a school that never previously ended a season that highly ranked. As of now, the Gamecocks are 2-4 on the year with all four losses coming against SEC foes.
Oct 12 - 9:24 PM

South Carolina will reportedly play their upcoming home tilt with Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Due to flooding, South Carolina was forced to play a scheduled home showdown with LSU in Death Valley on Saturday. They likely won't have to rejigger the game site against Vanderbilt this coming weekend. According to The State, this weekend's home match-up with the Commodores will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium as regularly scheduled.
Source: The State
Oct 12 - 3:17 PM

Saturday's game between South Carolina and LSU has been relocated to Baton Rouge because of flooding.

"We made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region's recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll," University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides said in a statement. "In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge." This move is highly unfortunate to any chance shot the Gamecocks had to upset the Tigers, but it was necessary. Many roads around Columbia have been washed away by the flooding and South Carolina as a state has incurred 14 flood-related deaths. "Moving the game is best. The governor, our president, law enforcement, they all think this is the right thing to do. We're just not ready for a ballgame Saturday afternoon," HC Steve Spurrier said.
Source: ESPN
Oct 7 - 3:41 PM

Saturday's game between South Carolina and LSU may be moved from Williams-Brice Stadium because of flooding.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said he is not "100 percent sure" the Gamecocks will be able to host the game. Tanner has been in contact with the SEC going through several scenarios, including moving the game to LSU. "There are a lot of concerns and a lot of things to consider," Tanner said. The Gamecocks were not able to practice outside on Monday because of the storm.
Source: ESPN
Oct 6 - 6:09 PM

247Sports reports that South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier told 2017 four-star quarterback recruit Jake Fromm he would "stay at South Carolina six more years" if Fromm committed to the Gamecocks.

Very interesting timing on this news, as Spurrier told reporters last week that "a few recruits chose to believe" reports that his career was on its "descent." The 70-year-old Spurrier boasts a 226-85-2 career record.
Jul 26 - 3:46 PM

In addition to having a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier has a "three [smoking] pots and you’re finished" rule.

"The first positive test for an athlete results in counseling, increased testing and a notification of parents or guardians," explained The State in Columbia. "The second positive test leads to all three of those measures and suspension from 25 percent of athletics competition. The third positive test leads to dismissal." Drug policies vary from school to school. Some have argued the SEC should adopt conference-wide standards.
Jul 22 - 9:04 PM

NFL Media ranks South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier as the No. 14 best coach in college football.

Spurrier boasts a 226-85-2 career record. "It's pretty impressive that the former Heisman Trophy winner is the all-time winningest coach at two different SEC schools, and he has consistently kept the Gamecocks in the SEC East title race," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Few are as good at dialing up a big play just when it's needed, and the 'Ol' Ball Coach' remains one of the funniest coaches in the game to boot." Spurrier announced last December that he would be back for at least one more season. "This is a good situation, and I think we can turn it around quickly. I hope so," he said at the time.
Jun 4 - 1:02 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said he'll return as coach next season.

"I’m in. I’m in," Spurrier said. "We had some down times and some of this, that and the other, but we’ve got a lot of good players on the way." The Gamecocks finished 6-6. Spurrier has gone 83-45 in 10 seasons with USC. "I’m good to go," he said. "I just made about 21 recruiting calls. This is a good situation, and I think we can turn it around quickly. I hope so."
Source: The State
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 12:41:00 AM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said "We all expect to be back next season, and we’ll go from there."

The low-rolling whispers about the Ol' Ball Coach potentially stepping down rose to a consistent chatter after Spurrier walked out of a press conference without taking questions following the team's loss to Kentucky."I know it’s normal any time a coach has done it as long as I have, and when his team’s not doing very well, that there’s going to always be that speculation," Spurrier later told ESPN. "I’m just trying to stay out of all that conversation right now. That’s why I’m sticking to my only real comment about it, and that is that we all expect to be back." His team is 2-5 in the SEC and ranked 107th in the nation in terms of points allowed.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 05:03:00 PM

South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier said that he planned on remaining at head coach in 2015.

"The plan is to definitely be back here and so forth," said Spurrier. This is the most that Spurrier would say about his expectations for 2015. South Carolina has been one of the biggest disappointments in the college game this season, as they began the season with title hopes and have floundered to a 4-5 record. The team is last in the SEC defensively. "I was telling our coaching staff, 'I think Taylor Swift’s got a song called ‘Shake it Off,’" Spurrier said. "That’s what we’re trying to do, shake it off and get ready for the Florida Gators next week." It is, indeed, a dark season if Spurrier is reaching to Taylor Swift for inspiration.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 05:48:00 PM

NFL scouts are not surprised South Carolina is struggling, as they "were miffed at the lack of urgency and intensity during the Gamecocks' preseason workouts," reports

"The lethargy has permeated their play on game days," noted the site's team of draft experts. "While Steve Spurrier made a concerted effort to toughen up practices following the team's blowout loss to Texas A&M, the general consensus from NFL scouts is that Gamecocks are playing catch up after lounging in a country club atmosphere under the Ol' Ball Coach." Those analysts added: "This is certainly not news to NFL executives familiar with Spurrier and his practices during his time with the Washington Redskins. He didn't put his players through the grinder on the practice field; his desire to keep banker's hours prevented him from gaining a significant edge in the film room." Despite the criticism, doesn't think Spurrier's "practices are negatively impacting [his players'] chances of playing at the next level."
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 09:41:00 PM

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took a jab at Alabama coach Nick Saban's record.

"How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He's won two," Spurrier said. "He's won three nationals, but he's only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don't know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could." Spurrier is almost as famous for throwing brush-back pitches at fellow coaches as he is for winning games. It's good to know that old age isn't mellowing the Old Ball Coach, who is closing in on 70. Alabama and South Carolina makes for a sexy SEC Championship Game in December, and Saban should relish the opportunity to feed Spurrier's rhetoric back to him.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 09:23:00 PM