South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring


The Ol' Ball Coach is stepping aside.

Steve Spurrier is stepping down as South Carolina's coach, effective immediately. Gamecocks co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been named the interim coach.

The 70-year-old Spurrier has been a coach in the SEC for 23 years, 12 at Florida and 11 at South Carolina. His Gamecocks are off to a disappointing 2-4 start, including Spurrier's first 0-4 start in SEC play. At a news conference announcing the resignation on Tuesday, Spurrier indicated that the decision was made because the team was heading in the wrong direction.

"If it starts going south, starts going bad, you can't keep a coach if it starts going bad. It's time for me to get out of the way," Spurrier said. "Somehow or another, we've slipped. It's my fault. I'm the head coach. It's time for me to get out of the way."

Elliott is in his sixth season at South Carolina after joining Spurrier's staff in 2010. He was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2012 after serving as running game coordinator prior to that.

Spurrier retires as the winningest coach at both Florida (122-27-1 and a national championship in 1996) and South Carolina (89-49).

Spurrier was the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner while playing quarterback for Florida. After being a first-round selection in the 1967 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Spurrier went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL. His NFL career ended with the infamous expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went 0-14 in 1976.

After assistant coaching stints at Florida, Georgia Tech and Duke, Spurrier got his first head coaching gig with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL. After the USFL folded, Spurrier was head coach at Duke for three seasons before landing at Florida, where he turned the Gators into a national powerhouse.

Spurrier left Florida to be head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2002. He spent just two seasons with the team -- compiling a record of 12-20 -- and returned to college coaching at South Carolina in 2005.

The high-water mark of Spurrier's 11 seasons at South Carolina was from 2011-13. The Gamecocks went 11-2 each season, led by quarterback Connor Shaw and top NFL draft picks like defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Marcus Lattimore.

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