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Another SEC Shakeup: Spurrier to Retire?

For the Win | USA Today

For the Win | USA Today

For the Win | USA Today

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.

UPDATE

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

23 Comments for Another SEC Shakeup: Spurrier to Retire?



  1. UKinIN
    9:43 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Any bets that Spurrier’s opening statement from the press conference is “Well, didn’t have any plans to retire … then we lost to Kentucky.”



  2. Echo1
    9:47 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Whatever enemies he has, I’m sure it’s well deserved. The man is a smug jerk. He’s the Bobby Knight of college football. Well, maybe not that bad, but still a jerk.



  3. UKinIN
    9:49 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    And Sarkisian got fired today. Bad day for “USC” coaches.



  4. John
    9:51 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Agreed Echo. Who cares? Spurrier’s no friend of Kentucky football.



  5. leon singleton
    9:51 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Kifin to South Carolina.



  6. Ruth Clough
    9:55 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    He is a cry baby hope he is out of the sport for good



  7. BNClay
    9:59 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Ok something smells fishy about him retiring mid season like this. Eithers he’s got some serious health issue that he doesn’t want to disclose, or there is some scandle he is trying to keep under wraps for SC by retiring.



  8. BigBlueSkyDog
    10:01 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Kinda Petrino-ish to bail on your team in mid-season when things aren’t going well. Bear Bryant was dying of heart failure yet still made sure that he coached the last game of his retirement year.



    • Rixter
      11:00 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

      Speaking of which, let the “Petrino to South Carolina’ rumors begin!



  9. gocats
    10:06 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    It’s the ole quit or be fired



  10. dan
    10:08 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    polite way to fire him in mid season “your fired or just resign”. start recuiting new players and find a head coach (preferably not from Lexington)



    • BigBlueSkyDog
      10:12 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

      Would be a lateral move at best. Stoops not going to leave for USC with all this momentum he’s built.



  11. AppData
    10:19 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Good riddance.



  12. Spurriers Visor
    10:20 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Why am I being hanged up?



  13. Han
    10:47 pm October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Wow. Thought he’d hang it up after the season but to just walk out part way through, there’s a lot going on to make that happen.

    This and the other USC just fired their coach for a drinking problem.

    My Cubs are close to making it back to the LCS, too. Lots of oddness in sports right now.



  14. Phil
    5:48 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Unwritten SEC law: consecutive losses to UK brings with it a mandatory retirement penalty.



    • Ha!
      1:11 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Pick a name and stay with it, fucc boi. 🙂

      You’re Tards are 2-3.

      #L1CWHORE



  15. Spectre
    6:24 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Can’t believe someone called Spurrier a cry baby. He is no worse than what is on our hardwood currently. Like him or not, Spurrier changed the landscape of SEC football when he was at Florida. It’s easy for many, who have never probably even played a down of football, to sit back and criticize the man for things. But ask yourself this. How many National Titles have you got? Where is your Heisman Trophy?



  16. Tej
    7:20 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    #15 hit it on the head. Steve Spurrier was a great coach who built Florida into a national champion and brought passing offenses to the SEC which was a run-oriented league. He made press conferences entertaining because he didn’t just engage in coach-speak. Good luck to him.



  17. BAdams
    7:50 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I understand wanting to retire, but during the season because it’s not going the way you planned? I dont like that all. And if I were his players and players families, I would let him know about it. Imagine Cal just being like, ehh I’m done and retiring after a few games.



  18. CatsBy80
    8:30 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    i know he was a jerk when it came to UK football, but I absolutely love(d) his press conferences. they always provided a good laugh. wish him the best of luck in his retirement.



  19. Lord Horivath
    8:52 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    During and after the loss to UK, there were mountains of vitriol being spilled on this man by the Gamecocks fandom. Apparently the Gamecocks feel they should be talking about 11 win seasons every year. I would say he was forced out or just got tired of the constant haranguing. Also, I’m always right.



  20. Rumor Mill
    10:25 am October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Bob Stoops potentially interested in the job. More to come.