Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Despite the annual rumors to the contrary, Steve Spurrier still doesn't appear to going anywhere anytime soon as South Carolina's head coach.
The Gamecocks announced Tuesday that Spurrier has been awarded a two-year contract extension by the university Board of Trustees, extending his contract through the end of the 2015 season.
“I appreciate the administration agreeing that the head coach should have four years remaining on his contract to show the recruits and fans that he plans to be here,” Spurrier said in a statement released by the program. “Our football program is headed in the right direction. We’ve had some success and have had some good things happen here, but winning the SEC is one goal we have not yet reached. We hope and believe we can do that in the next four years.”
After the Gamecocks' previous two campaigns, the move was a total no-brainer from the administrative perspective. Spurrier is already the first coach in school history to post back-to-back nine-win seasons, the first to win an SEC East divisional title, and with a win in this year's Capital One Bowl against Nebraska, the first to ever win 11 games in a season. Considering that after just seven seasons Spurrier is already responsible for six of the 16 bowl appearances in Carolina's 119-year history, anything other than a full contractual commitment to the Ol' Ball Coach would be a baffling move on the part of the Trustees.
The question, as always, is whether Spurrier will still be in charge the end of that contract; at 66 years old and with half his life now spent coaching football, retirement rumors are going to continue dogging Spurrier until such time as he finally makes working on his golf game his permanent day job. But Spurrier has stated every ... single ... time he's been asked that any serious retirement consideration is years away, and we suspect that his equally oft-repeated reference to the Gamecocks' first SEC title is a sign that he feels that title is the key to legitimizing his Columbia tenure as a full compliment to his Gainesville one.
If that title materializes before the four years are up, Spurrier may at last walk away. If not? Don't be surprised if we're writing this exact same post two years from now.