COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the South Carolina sports world is recovering from the bombshell announcement that Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier would be retiring from the game effective immediately, the team is already getting ready to tap its offensive line coach to take over in the interim.
Shawn Elliott, who has been the offensive line coach since 2010, will take over for Spurrier in the interim until a new coach is named.
Sources around South Carolina confirmed Spurrier told the team last night that he was hanging up his visor for good after a 2-4 start this season.
"Certainly I didn't want it to come in this circumstance, but I'm thrilled to death to lead the University of South Carolina," Elliott said.
Elliott said he didn't think he'd be standing at the podium on Tuesday accepting a interim head coaching position, but he realizes it's time to win now.
"Our team is not in shambles as some might say," Elliott said.
The interim coach said his new regime will not be "business as usual" despite the fact that most of the staff remains intact.
"We're going to work our tails off tirelessly," Elliott said. "I can promise you that."
With the interim role, Elliott appears to have the opportunity to try out for the full-time gig. He insists that he didn't take the role just to throw in his hat six games from now.