It's the end of the road for South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. At a press conference on Tuesday, Spurrier announced his immediate retirement from the program.
Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans broke the story first, while Gamecock Central's Chris Clark and Wes Mitchell have confirmed the story as well, stating that Spurrier told the team Monday evening. Josh Kendall from The State is reporting that the retirement - resignation, as Spurrier announced at his final press conference - is immediate.
Spurrier put together three straight 11-win seasons from 2011-2013. However, that dropped to seven in 2014. At 70 years old, he is certainly not getting any younger, with many people feeling that his retirement from the program would come sooner rather than later.
Spurrier became head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2005 after a successful stint at Florida and a less successful stint with the Washington Redskins. At Florida, he went 122-27-1, winning a national championship in 1996. In 10-plus seasons at South Carolina, he is currently 86-49. He has never had a losing season while at the helm of the program.
Before taking the job at Florida, Spurrier spent three seasons at Duke, where he went 20-13-1.