Reports: Spurrier calling it quits, effective immediately

spurrierlsuSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring, effective immediately, and an interim head coach will be named Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. The athletic department has called a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated reported Monday that the 70-year-old Spurrier informed his team of his decision Monday, and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus is expected to be named the interim head coach, a source told The State.

Spurrier is in his 11th season with the Gamecocks after returning to college football following a stint as a head coach in the NFL. He built South Carolina into a national power, and the Gamecocks had three consecutive 11-win seasons from 2011 to 2013.

However, South Carolina won just seven games last year and it is 2-4 this season, including 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Spurrier is in danger of having his first losing season since 1987.

Spurrier won the 1996 national championship and six SEC championships during his 12-year stint at Florida. He left Florida to coach the Washington Redskins but went 12-20 in two seasons before taking the job at South Carolina.

Spurrier was an outstanding college quarterback, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1966 while at Florida. He played nine seasons in the NFL.

Spurrier made a name for himself as a head coach when he turned around the program at Duke. After going 5-6 in Spurrier’s first year, the Blue Devils went 7-3-1 in his second season and 8-4 in his third season in 1989.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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