Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Oct 2015

Spurrier Announces Retirement

One of the biggest coaching names in college football is calling it quits.

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier will announce his retirement effective immediately, according to most major news sources. A Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and a first-round NFL draft pick in 1967, Spurrier started his college head coaching career by going 20-13-1 at Duke in the late 1980s. He returned to his alma mater in 1990, going 122-27-1 in 12 seasons at Florida, winning six bowl games and a national championship. He then tried his hand in the NFL, but went 12-20 with the Washington Snyders. He then returned to the college ranks at South Carolina, where he was in the middle of his 11th season. He went 86-49 with the Gamecocks, winning five bowl games.

Spurrier retires 13th among college coaches in wins, eighth in bowl games, and seventh in bowl wins.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 13 Oct 2015

7 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2015, 1:53am by RobotBoy


by Parmenides :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:58am

Great coach but the recruiting had fallen off. I think he probably said, "I'm going to retire soon and there is no way to turn around this team right now. Screw it, let someone else do it."

by duh :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:21am

Could be ... or perhaps he was allowed to retire out of courtesy.

by RickD :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 12:57pm

Top-caliber coaches aren't exactly knocking at the door to coach S. Carolina. That's not exactly a top-tier job. And Spurrier's been the best coach in the history of the program. I don't think he was in danger of being fired.

by Parmenides :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 1:16pm

Its much better than it used to be. Spurrier got the the boosters to open their check books to upgrade the facilities by a huge amount early on. The fact that he showed it is possible to recruit in SC, Georgia, and NC from SC gives another coach the possibility of doing the same. Is it SoCal? No. Is it Alabama? No. But it certainty isn't Mountain West.

by TomKelso :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:51am

So both USC's are open within a day of each other.

by PaddyPat :: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 1:04pm

I will always remember the preseason game between the Skins and Pats when Belichick did a little... game planning. Spurrier was certainly a personality.

by RobotBoy :: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 1:53am

That was in 2002, yes? The game which led Spurrier to reconsider his notion of Wuerffel as starter. Also the year the pats just missed the playoffs. Belichick only had a couple of his drafts at that point and the talent wasn't there (after the not-so-good drafts of the Carrol years which included first draft picks of Damien Woody, Robert Edwards, Tebucky Jones, Andy Katzenmoyer and Chris Canty). Good teams had figured out how reliant the Pats were on fooling them with changing schemes and realized they could overmatch the Pats by ignoring the trickery and relying on the talent gap.