With South Carolina’s season officially over, former head coach Steve Spurrier decided to pen a letter for The State on why it was time for him to call it quits in October.
From the letter:
In the last few years when asked how much longer I plan to coach, I have said often that if our team is going in the wrong direction I need to resign and allow someone else to take over as head coach here. After six games, we were 2-4 with two blow-outs by Georgia and LSU. We were behind at halftime against UCF (a team that went 0-12 this year). We were definitely going in the wrong direction. I felt that I was doing a lousy job as head coach and a change would help our team become more competitive.
This has been a sticking point for a lot of people, as some did not like that Spurrier resigned in the middle of the season. However, Spurrier goes on to explain that there was nothing to gain for himself by staying on at the school. He didn’t want a farewell tour, he thought his replacement — Shawn Elliott — would do a better job than he was doing at the moment, and he knew the school would not fire him; Spurrier mentions that he waived his buyout clause, allowing the school to save about $3 million.
The one thing that Spurrier will likely regret is that Elliott is probably done with the Gamecocks. The letter mentions that Spurrier hoped Elliott would get the job for the long haul, but it appears South Carolina is still interviewing as many outside candidates as possible.
Spurrier was 86-49 in his career at South Carolina, which includes three straight 11-win seasons from 2011 to 2013. While the Gamecocks have cooled off in the past two years, Spurrier definitely raised the bar of what is to be expected at South Carolina, and the next head coach will have some pressure to live up to those standards.
[h/t The State]