The Gamecock football team entered last year’s football season with high hopes, but they quickly began to diminish after South Carolina’s week one loss to Texas A&M. At the end of the year speculation swirled about whether 69-year-old Steve Spurrier would return to Columbia for a tenth season.
While recently reflecting on the past season, Spurrier admitted that he did consider hanging it up, but insists that’s history and he’s ready to go.
“It was a disappointing season for all of us, some dark days,” Spurrier told ESPN.com. “But that’s history now and away we go.”
“When you do it as long as I have, and you lose games the way we did this year, you have those thoughts that maybe it’s time to let somebody else come in here and do this,” Spurrier said. “You wonder, ‘What am I doing?’ That’s only normal, but I think everybody knows now that I’ve still got four or five more years in me.
“I’ve always said that I won’t retire. I’ll resign, sort of like what (77-year-old) Dick LeBeau said the other day when he resigned from the Steelers. He said that he wasn’t retiring. I feel the same way. Retiring sounds too much like you’re going to quit and do nothing.”
I am personally glad Steve decided to stay. I’d hate to see such a great college coach go out like that.