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South Carolina has a Successor in Place for Steve Spurrier

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South Carolina head coach, Steve Spurrier is one of the game’s best coaches of all-time, but despite signing a two-year extension prior to the Outback Bowl that runs through the 2017 season, I wonder how much longer the “old ball coach” will be hanging around the sidelines.

Spurrier turns 68 a week after the Gamecocks spring game on April 13, and while he certainly doesn’t look or act like your typical senior citizen, I have my doubts that Spurrier will be coaching into his 70s.

Would I love to see that as a fan of NCAA football and one that covers the SEC? You’re darn right I want him to be the head coach in Columbia as long as his health permits.

During his tenure at South Carolina, which enters its ninth season this year, Spurrier brought the first SEC east title to the school, defeated the Gators at Florida and led the team to its first win over a No. 1 ranked team when they defeated Alabama in 2010.

As if that wasn’t nice enough, he is also the first coach in program history to win double-digit games in consecutive seasons, the first to win three straight bowl games, and is the program’s all-time wins leader with 66 – he broke the record with his fourth consecutive win over in-state rival Clemson.

I’m not pushing Spurrier into retirement where he no doubt would spend his days on the golf course, but the time is coming soon and the school will need to replace the best coach the program has even seen.

One name that could be the successor to Spurrier when that time does come is co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, Shawn Elliott who turned down a job with Alabama to return to South Carolina for his fourth season as an assistant under Spurrier.

But for the time being, I’ll be enjoying the Spurrier era, and looking forward to his next press conference where he has never failed to entertain.

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