During retirement conference Holtz apparently references Spurrier as next USC coach - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

During retirement conference Holtz apparently references Spurrier as next USC coach

(Columbia) Nov. 22, 2004 - Tuesday USC is holding a news conference to announce their new head coach at 1:00pm. WIS will carry the conference live, as will wistv.com. USC is expected to name former Florida Gators and Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier as his replacement.

An official announcement from the school on Spurrier could come as early as Tuesday.

At the news conference Monday morning Holtz said he expects to be replaced by a well-known, proven winner with whom he plays golf, which appeared to be a reference to Spurrier.

On Saturday Spurrier was honored at Duke University for an Atlantic Coach Conference Championship team he coached there. He told WIS News 10 that any announcement about the future coach of USC had to come from Columbia first.

Reports say the former University of Florida Gators and Washington Redskins coach has agreed in principle to become South Carolina's next coach if and when Holtz retires.

The web site of the Nashville daily paper, the Tennessean, reports Spurrier is headed back to the Southeastern Conference and quotes "a source close to the situation." A story on ESPN.com says the network has confirmed the paper's story of an offer in principle to Spurrier to become USC's next coach.

The Washington Post reports Spurrier agreed to a deal worth reportedly between $1.5 million and $2 million on Wednesday after a meeting with school officials with his agent.

The Tennessean says Spurrier will be announced as Carolina's head coach next week after this Saturday's game at Clemson.

USC Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Kerry Tharp on Thursday morning remains tight-lipped about the Nashville report, "I don't know. I haven't been involved in these types of situations and I, really the only thing that I'm going to tell you is that the report out of Tennessee today is incorrect."

The Washington Post says Holtz and Spurrier became especially close after Spurrier helped Beth Holtz gain admission to a Florida hospital for cancer treatment five-years-ago.

The Washington Post says the president of Augusta National Golf Club, Hootie Johnson, a former USC fullback, is also involved in negotiations with Spurrier, himself an avid golfer. Holtz is a member of Augusta National, which each spring hosts the Masters.

Spurrier, 59, won a national title and six SEC championships in 12 seasons at Florida. Holtz, 67, has led the Gamecocks to a 6-5 record in this, his sixth season.

posted 11:52am by Chris Rees

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