Steve Spurrier Retirement: Head Ball Coach Decides to Call It Quits Six Games Into Season

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Legendary college football coach Steve Spurrier has announced that he is retiring. And not at the end of the season, or in a few weeks. Right now. Six games into the 2015 season.

Spurrier informed his players, coaches, and South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner of his decision on Monday night. Gamecocks offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliot will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Spurrier’s weekly news conference is still scheduled for Tuesday at noon.

Spurrier retires with an all-time record of 228-89-2 over 25 and a half seasons with Duke, Florida, and South Carolina. That includes nine 10-win seasons and a consensus national championship at Florida, and three straight 11-win seasons and top 10 finishes at South Carolina from 2011-13.

Unfortunately, the Head Ball Coach™ is going out on a sour note. The Gamecocks went 7-6 in 2014, with a 3-5 record in the SEC. After that, folks started to wonder whether it was time for Spurrier to retire, and he insisted rather vehemently that he still had gas in the tank. However, the Gamecocks are off to a 2-6 start in 2015, which includes four consecutive SEC losses. So apparently Spurrier has decided his critics were right after all.

Of course, even though he’s not going out on top, Spurrier still leaves behind one hell of a legacy. At the very least we’ll all miss his post-game press conferences and amazing one-liners.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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