Winningest ball coach: Spurrier passes Enright

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 25, 2012 

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University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier walks the sidelines moments before Clemson scored their second touchdown against the Gamecocks at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.


— South Carolina’s defensive players have a surprise for Steve Spurrier during the Gamecocks’ bowl practices.

Several of the defensive players planned to give South Carolina’s eighth-year head coach a Gatorade bath on the sideline following his historic 65th win. That victory came here Saturday night in Memorial Stadium and against the Gamecocks’ biggest rival at that.

However, when the clock ran out on South Carolina’s 27-17 victory over Clemson, the South Carolina defense was on the field, and the plan was thwarted.

“We may have to do it in practice,” senior spur DeVonte Holloman said.

The win made Spurrier South Carolina’s all-time winningest coach, passing Rex Enright, who served two terms as the school’s head coach. Spurrier joined Bear Bryant as the only coach with the wins record at two Southeastern Conference schools. Spurrier also is the career wins leader at Florida, where he had 122 wins in 12 years.

“That’s sort of neat that it came against our in-state rival,” Spurrier said. “A couple of other so-called big numbers came against Georgia, No. 100 and No. 250 came against Georgia, so to have No. 65 come against Clemson, that makes it special. The (game) ball’s worth keeping, put it that way.”

Spurrier is 65-37 at South Carolina. (Bryant holds the wins records at Kentucky and Alabama.) Spurrier is 207-77-2 as a collegiate head coach.

Saturday’s game wrapped up South Carolina’s regular season. The Gamecocks (10-2) will play in a bowl game but won’t learn their postseason destination until next week.


Steve Spurrier passed Rex Enright as the winningest USC football coach with the Gamecocks’ victory against Clemson on Saturday night.

1. Steve Spurrier65
2. Rex Enright64
3. Jim Carlen45
4. Paul Dietzel42
5. Billy Laval39
Joe Morrison39
7. Lou Holtz33
8. Warren Giese28
9. Sol Metzger26
10. Sparky Woods24

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