South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to return next season
Steve Spurrier told The State that he will return for his 11th season as the head coach of South Carolina.
“I’m in. I’m in,” Spurrier said Monday. “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.”
After three straight seasons of 11 overall wins, six SEC wins and a bowl victory, the Gamecocks slumped to 6-6 this season after a 35-17 loss to in-state rival Clemson on Saturday. Spurrier has compiled a 83-45 record in his tenure with South Carolina.
Spurrier turns 70 next April and said he plans on being around on the sideline for the next couple of years. He said he has already made more than 20 recruiting calls and hopes to get the program back to its winning ways soon.
“Give me two or three more [seasons],” Spurrier said. “I used to say four or five, now I’m down to two or three. I mean, I could get in a car wreck, but I’m definitely planning on being back.”
Spurrier, who has a 225–85–2 record in 25 seasons, was asked about a possible staff turnover after the season and said he doesn’t plan on letting go any of his assistants.
“All our coaches are out recruiting. All of coaches are under contract,” Spurrier said. “Some of them may get a job somewhere else, you never know, and we’ll go from there. We are probably pretty flexible right now a little bit on the staff, but I believe that almost all of our guys will be back.”
South Carolina could receive a bowl bid later this month.
- Scooby Axson