Steve Spurrier has already been to the Fountain of Coaching Youth, and he’ll turn 69 in April. Teams have used Spurrier’s age factor in the past to negatively recruit against South Carolina, but with three straight 11-win seasons, and the fact that he looks like he coach for 20 more years, that talk has died down.
Spurrier spoke to the AJC about coaching as he ages, via AJC.
“That’s just other coaches guessing,” Spurrier said. “I will tell you what is neat. You look around at college basketball now, and there’s Jimmy Boeheim, who is almost 70 years old. He has got the only undefeated team in the country. Larry Brown is at SMU. He’s 73, and I think they’re a top 10 team. Mike Krzyzewski is in his upper 60s and so forth. Coaches don’t get fired for being older coaches. They get fired for not winning. That’s why there’s not a bunch of old coaches out there because, along the way, almost everybody gets fired. That’s just the way it is.
“Physically and hopefully mentally, I’m the same as I was 20 years ago. I can still call the plays and all of that. I probably do more as a head coach than 90-percent of the guys out there, as far as game day and calling the plays. There are not many head coaches who call the plays anymore. So really, age is just a number.
“It all comes down if you are winning and losing, if you’re recruiting well, and if your program is on the upbeat and it’s positive. That’s what we all shoot for and obviously it’s not that easy to do.
“But the age of a coach really has nothing to do with it.”
I’m sure countless teams negatively recruit against the Gamecocks’ program (and every other program), but Spurrier made sure he pointed out that one Big Ten school did indeed negatively recruit against South Carolina this recruiting cycle.
“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways.”
It could only be one of two Carolina signees: CB Chris Lammons or DE Blake McClain. South Carolina was battling Wisconsin for Lammons, while the Gamecocks flipped McClain from Nebraska.
Never change, Coach Spurrier.
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