Steve Spurrier is an alliterative name that has long been associated with another alliteration: win-win. Most seasons when Spurrier coached your football program, that’s what you got. Spurrier announced his abrupt retirement from coaching just four games into an uncharacteristically winless 2015 season with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Spurrier is 70 and retires as the winningest coach in both South Carolina and Florida Gators history. Nick Saban, head coach at Alabama and college football sage, told ESPN about the retirement, “I hate it for Steve and I hate it for college football.” Some other football lifers expressed similar regret and praise.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier is a living legend in college football. It was an honor to play for a Heisman trophy winner, but a true innovator of the game
— Jesse James Palmer (@JessePalmerABC) October 13, 2015
Mane I hate to hear about Coach Spurrier retiring. It was an honor to play for him. #SECLegend
— Darian Stewart (@darianstewart26) October 13, 2015