COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gamecock football's all-time winningest coach stepped down in October after ten and a half seasons on the Carolina sideline.
Steve Spurrier told WIS he knew his time was up as the coach.
On October 13th, The Head Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier officially announced his resignation as coach of the Gamecocks. Spurrier had led USC since November of 2004. His last game was a 45 to 24 loss to LSU.
The day after that disappointing showing, Spurrier knew it was time for him to step aside.
"Back in 2004, I think I was probably the best coach for this job 11 years ago, but I'm not today, I'm not today. And that's the cycle of coaching. Sometimes you run your course, you've had your run, and its ready to pass it to the next guy. And that's where I am right here today," Spurrier said.
Even though Spurrier's last season with the Gamecocks was a losing one, he leaves as Carolina's winningest coach in program history with an 86 and 49 record. He led the team to its first and only SEC Eastern Division Title and five bowl victories. Before he arrived, USC had won only three bowl games.
"Steve, what would you say is your biggest accomplishment here at USC?" Sports Director Rick Henry asked the coach.
"That's a good question Rick. I need more of those. Yeah, I can rattle off a lot of firsts that we achieved here. The president talked about a few of them. I really think the one that I personally really like was the 18 straight home wins. 18 straight at home was a school record that was pretty special. And our fans had so much to do with that. So I would say that's my favorite."
Spurrier made Carolina a relevant program nationally. Earlier this month, Will Muschamp was named as the new head coach for the Gamecocks football team.