April 24th, 2014 10:27 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Ask Ron Zook, Gamecock Club, South Carolina, Steve Spurrier
Ten years ago, South Carolina took a chance on hiring a 59-year-old football coach. In an era when age is being looked upon more and more as a liability, the Gamecock brass bucked the “hire a young guy” trend. Of course, when that 59-year-old coach is Steve Spurrier, it makes that decision just a tad bit easier.
Now entering his 10th season in Columbia, Spurrier has had more high-end success — three 11-2 seasons in a row — than any of his USC predecessors. But Spurrier just turned 69 last Sunday. It must be time to start thinking about replacements, right?
Not if you ask Spurrier.
“Going into (Year) 10? I think it depends on if you want to go anywhere else — see, I don’t want to go anywhere else now. I could go between 10 and 15 (years) maybe. But if you want to go somewhere else, then you ought to go 10-12 then go somewhere else 10-12…
I had hoped to go 8-10 (years when I arrived at South Carolina), because I said one of my goals was to be the winningest coach — only 64 (wins) — had to get to 65. It looked like it was going to take about 12 years to do it, then all of a sudden we started winning 11. We started getting better player, and the facilities got better. The fans are super. It’s good football in our state.”
Good luck to the guy who follows Spurrier in Columbia. You never want to be the guy who follows the legend. Ask Ron Zook.
Spurrier is 77-39 in 116 games with South Carolina.
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