Steve Spurrier called a noon press conference at South Carolina today to announce his resignation from the Gamecocks football program. Do not call it his retirement.
“First of all I’m resigning, not retiring,” he told a packed house full of college football reporters. “Let’s get that straight.”
Though he’s likely done head coaching at the collegiate level, Spurrier hasn’t ruled out “some sort of coaching” again. He mentioned the possibility of helping out with a high school on down the road.
As for why he called it quits in the middle of the season, Spurrier doesn’t believe in waiting around. When an inevitable change is coming, make that change, not wait a week or two.
“We’ve slid, and it’s my fault, it’s my responsibility, so it’s time to get out of the way.”
Shawn Elliot, the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, will step in to take over Spurrier for the remainder of the season.
“I’m still going to be around town. I’ll just be the Former Head Ball Coach now.”
And in a very fitting end to his career, Steve Spurrier’s last words were about Kentucky:
Of course Steve Spurrier's last words were about Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/taAa8a7bfb
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) October 13, 2015
Love him or hate him, Kentucky football has been on a long ride with Spurrier over the years. It’s only appropriate that ride ends like this.