Steve Spurrier on his final season at South Carolina: 'I deserve all the criticism they want to throw at me'
Without a doubt, Steve Spurrier will go down as one of the best coaches in the history of the Southeastern Conference. Be that as it may, some fans will never get over how he left South Carolina as the former Gamecock coach led the team to a disappointing 2-4 start before leaving midseason.
South Carolina actually won its first game without Spurrier but finished the season 3-9 after the leader of the program quit on the Gamecocks after six games.
During his appearance at the Midlands edition of South Carolina’s offseason Spurs Up Tour, Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia caught up with Spurrier to get his thoughts on his final season leading the Gamecocks. The way Spurrier sees it, he deserves all the blame he gets for the disastrous ending of his SEC coaching career and for letting the program slip so far in his final season.
“I deserve all the criticism they want to throw at me that last year, I should have let one or two coaches go because I brought some new ones in but I kept them – I did a lot of things bad,” Spurrier said. “Delegated too much to the offensive coaches… It was the worst attitude of ’bout any team I’ve ever had, and I’m the head coach, so I’m responsible.
“They can criticize me all they want, I’ve had enough praise to offset that.”
You can view a video of Spurrier sharing his response below:
Caught up with the HBC himself tonight in Columbia. Coming back to the midlands always reminds him of the way he left… says #Gamecock fans have every right to criticize him for that 2015 season, but "that team had the worst attitude of about any team I ever had." @abc_columbia pic.twitter.com/hMlyk728tw
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) April 25, 2019