Amid constant rumors and speculation about how long he would keep coaching, Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated is reporting that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is now finally set to retire.
Evans says that sources have told him Spurrier will hand in his playbook for good.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) October 13, 2015
While Spurrier has not done well the last couple of seasons (the Gamecocks are just 2-4 this season and winless in the SEC), he is still one of college football’s most respected and renowned coaches in the history of the game.
He has amassed a record of 228-89-2 in the college ranks with stints at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. Spurrier also had a very unsuccessful stint in the NFL, lasting just two years with Washington Redskins from 2002-2003 and registering a 12-20 record there.
To know Spurrier is to know he was not made for the NFL, as was at home coaching in the SEC. Outside of his tremendous accomplishments on the field, he was also one of the more clever, humorous and entertaining coaches to watch.
Spurrier is also a former Heisman Trophy winner while he was a player as at Florida in the 1960’s. He would also go on to lead his alma mater to a National Championship in 1996 as the coach of the Gators.