South Carolina Head Ball coach Steve Spurrier told both his players and coaches that he is retiring immediately. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been named interim coach. A news conference will be held today at noon.
Spurrier, who is 70-years old, is in his 11th season coaching the Gamecocks. Spurrier has built South Carolina into a consistent winner but his last two seasons have suffered winning only seven games last season. He was guaranteed no better than .500 this season.
Players, coaches and the media took to Twitter to react to the news.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) October 13, 2015
Coach Spurrier has impacted & influenced more of us in this business than he will ever know. He will be missed and will always be the "HBC"
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier's success at Florida is astounding. For one, he won more SEC titles in 12 seasons (six) than he had home losses (five).
— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier is one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Simple as that.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2015
Thanks @SC_HBC Spurrier for all you've done for college football…and for me. Your impact on me changed the trajectory of my life.
— Danny Wuerffel (@DannyWuerffel) October 13, 2015
Coach Spurrier did more for me, my family, our university, and the game of football than we will ever know. Forever indebted. #HBC
— Spencer Lanning (@LanningSpencer) October 13, 2015
Spurrier is the reason I became a fan of college football. The game won't be the same without him. Thank you, Coach. pic.twitter.com/SXu6PI6851
— Justin King (@JustinKing) October 13, 2015