Retirement far from Steve Spurrier’s mind

Head Ball Coach hopes to stay ‘many more years’

jkendall@thestate.comJanuary 23, 2014 

Steve Spurrier

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Steve Spurrier’s got a good thing going, and he’s still not giving much thought to when it will end.

No matter how much he’s asked. Spurrier, who will begin his 10th season as South Carolina’s football coach in the fall, addressed how long he thinks he’ll stay in coaching again last week as his Gamecocks celebrated their third straight 11-2 season and a No. 4 final national ranking.

“We hope to keep doing this several more years, many more years,” he said. “I didn’t plan to still be coaching right now, but it’s been going pretty well. Obviously, I can remember everybody’s name. People tell me my memory is OK, and I can still call the plays. Why stop?”

Spurrier, who is one of the nation’s 10 highest paid coaches, gets along with the school’s administration and his coaching staff and doesn’t find himself working as many hours as many of his counterparts claim to work, he said.

“As you guys know, I don’t overwork. I am not going to be accused of outworking anybody by hours,” he said. “Hopefully, we outwork people when we are with our players. To me, that’s the time you do your best work. (Former Georgia Tech coach) Pepper Rodgers once said, ‘The woods is full of those coaches who told everybody how hard they worked.’ The bottom line is what your record is.”

South Carolina is 77-39 under Spurrier, including 33-6 in the past three seasons, and the coach remains in good health, he said.

“I am not trying to brag about being a workout guy, but that’s what I do,” he said. “I have to believe everything I read in the health magazines that those people that work out regularly and routinely have a chance to live healthier lives.”

The school earlier this month gave Spurrier a $700,000 annual raise, upping his annual compensation to $4 million, and extended his contract one year through the 2018 season.

“When you are successful and there is a lot of money in college football and they are still not giving it to the players, which I wish we would so I guess they give it to the coaches so …” Spurrier said.

Spurrier also will have a chance to keep getting paid by South Carolina as an “ambassador” following his retirement if he remains in the Midlands.

“That’s the plan to stay here, plans change a lot as life goes on,” he said.

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