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Spurrier to Finebaum: I should have retired earlier

Former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier joined SEC radio host Paul Finebaum on Monday. Besides Spurrier doing some promo work for Gamecock athletics, the Head Ball Coach also shed some further light on his abrupt retirement this season, explaining that he should have retired sooner.

“We all have an expiration date, and I missed mine,” Spurrier said about the end of his coaching career. “Mine should have been after the Miami game. We had won four bowl games in a row, never had a losing season.”

The Miami game that Spurrier is referring to is the 2014 Independence Bow, which South Carolina won 24-21 to clinch a winning season at 7-6. The poor season came after three consecutive 11-win seasons, and while South Carolina looked to be on the way down, Spurrier thought that he could remedy the program.

“I just thought we had a team really, that, should have a winning season [in 2015],” Spurrier said. “But I was definitely wrong, it just didn’t work out.”

Spurrier would announced his retirement midway through the 2015 season when the Gamecocks were 2-4. Most people expected Spurrier to at least last through the end of the season, but he had clearly made up his mind about his head coaching career, and made the decision before Carolina’s game against Vanderbilt. Shawn Elliott would go on to act as the interim head coach, and the school would hire Will Muschamp away from Auburn at the end of the season.

Spurrier is currently acting as a special assistant to South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner.

[h/t CBS Sports

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Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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