"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's about as cliché as football coach clichés gets. Apparently Steve Spurrier doesn't ascribe to that particular platitude, seeing as he stepped down as head coach of the 2-4 University of South Carolina Gamecocks at a press conference on Tuesday. At 70 years old, who can really blame him?
Apparently not the media.
The media loves S. Spurrier. Any other coach the narrative would be "he quits on his team half way thru the season b/c they're 2-4!"
Speaking with Dan Patrick on Wednesday morning, Spurrier explained why he was packing up his whistle (do coaches still use those?) in the middle of his 10th season in Columbia.
"If I stayed until the end and we go 4-8, 5-7 or what have you -- then we're all fired," Spurrier said. "This way a new coach maybe can come in there and bring some new spirit, new life and do better than I can, really."
Sounds like the move was more of a hat tip to his coaching staff, who get the chance to jockey for new positions within the program, as opposed to staying hitched to Spurrier (who clearly knew his firing with imminent). That actually sounds like slightly more noble than just running from a shitty football team.
He also said he plans to appear on College Gameday at Michigan this Saturday.
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