The early departure of Florida’s Will Grier for the remained of the season really turned the SEC upside down this morning. But, that’s nothing compared to the bomb Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans just dropped: the Head Ball Coach is hanging up his visor.
The “R” word has been hanging over Spurrier’s head for a while. Before the season began, he tried to silence the haters with an impromptu press conference, where he said:
“I got some enemies out there, I got some guys talking and writing and it’s all part of the game,” the coach said Wednesday. “Some of our enemies out there want to make you think, ‘Spurrier’s getting old, he can’t do it anymore.'”
Apparently his enemies were correct. After losing to the Cats in back-to-back seasons and failing to keep a quarterback healthy, the hole South Carolina has dug in the SEC is too deep to survive.
If Evans’ sources are correct, it is indeed a sad day in the SEC. Stay tuned for more.
ESPN “and multiple media reports” say that the retirement is effective immediately and South Carolina will name an interim coach tomorrow morning. Here’s to hoping that a TV career is in Spurrier’s future.