On Steve Spurrier's Immediate Retirement

For months - and probably years - I've speculated that it was time for now former South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier to retire. That probably makes me a bad person, but frankly everyone has a shelf life. Without a doubt Spurrier has been one of my favorite and most entertaining coaches. I'd be lying if I said I remembered his time at Florida and like most fans rarely remember he won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.

Most of us in the younger generation of college football, Spurrier is known for his time at South Carolina, but let's not ignore the fact that he spent a lot of time at Duke, Florida and in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. A few weeks ago, Bird and I were talking about the Head Ball Coach and in all his years of in college football we discovered he'd only had one losing record - his first year at Duke in 1987. His record that year was 5-6.

When Seth (@SMerenbloom) dropped the news of Spurrier's retirement in our super-secret Slack group I can't say I was surprised. In fact, Bird (@Autull) and I both thought either this or next season would be his final year, but he'd find a way to avoid the pomp and circumstance of a farewell tour. Frankly, I didn't expect him to walk into Ran Tanner's office and drop his resignation on his way out the door like an expense report. Say what you want about Spurrier, he does what he want and does it in his own way - results be damned.

Thoughts from around the world of college football:

Dan Wetzel - Yahoo! Sports:


Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage/FOX Sports:

But to our generation of SEC fans he'll always be something more, an icon, a mythic figure from our childhoods who came to personify the game that so many of us grew to love, the fast talking smart aleck Southerner with a droll wit, the man who always had a play guaranteed to get you a first down no matter the down and distance, and the guy who always had an insult at the ready. The only thing faster than Spurrier's wit was his trigger on his quarterbacks. This was a guy so cocky that he switched quarterbacks on every play for an entire game.

Dan Wetzel and Pat Forde on the Wetzel to Forde Podcast:

Will Shelton of Rocky Top Talk:

Some younger fans today don't know what it's like to be up 30-14 in The Swamp and lose 62-37, then finish the year 11-1, then welcome the Gators back to Knoxville with the Vols ranked second in the nation...and fall behind 35-0 in the second quarter. It is still the only time I've left a game before halftime.

Mark Rogers of Last Word on Sports:

Steve Spurrier announced as head football coach for the University of South Carolina:


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