Steve Spurrier addressed his immediate and long-term future at South Carolina, saying he is not going anywhere - except back to the offensive huddle.
Spurrier indicated Tuesday he likely would resume calling most of the offensive plays - a responsibility he ceded to son Steve Spurrier Jr., the team's receivers coach, before the 2008 season.
The Gamecocks rank second in the SEC in pass offense and are eighth in total offense. But USC has scored 49 points total in its past four games and is 98th among 120 teams nationally in scoring at 21.3 points a game.
"I call most of the plays, and I may be the principle play-caller now with suggestions from the other coaches. That's about how we've been doing it," Spurrier said during his weekly news conference. "I still carry all the ball plays out there (on a play sheet). Some of you may say, 'Well, let somebody else call them, it's not working very well.' And some of you may say, 'Why don't you call them?' But it's all (dependent) on what's working or not."
Spurrier never mentioned his son's name during the nearly 30-minute session with reporters, who peppered him with questions about the direction of the offense and the program. Spurrier kept the mood light with a couple of his trademark one-liners.
Reminded of his comments that he considered walking away after the Gamecocks' 31-10 loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl, Spurrier said: "Who wouldn't have?"
But the 64-year-old Spurrier reiterated he plans to coach three to four more years. Spurrier, who makes $1.75 million a year, is signed through the end of the 2012 season, although he can retire without owing the school a buyout.
Spurrier would receive a $1 million longevity bonus if he remains at USC through the 2011 season.
"We'll see what happens. If we're going 6-6 or 7-5, someone else should certainly have the opportunity to (coach)," Spurrier said. "But we'll have some guys (recruits) come that I'm really looking forward to coaching. I'm looking forward to watching Alshon Jeffery, Stephon Gilmore. We've really got some good, young guys here that have a chance to have some big-time careers here."
Spurrier is 34-26 in five seasons at USC and has had the Gamecocks bowl eligible every year. But the former Florida coach has an 18-21 mark in the SEC and has not had a winning conference record since his first season, in 2005.
USC has dropped three of four games heading into Saturday's clash against No. 1 Florida, which blasted USC 56-6 last year in Gainesville to hand Spurrier the worst loss of his coaching or playing career.
"Watching that tape from last year, we really got clobbered," Spurrier said. "We want to be competitive, and we want to really give them a game here Saturday afternoon."
Even if Spurrier takes over the offense, it does not figure to look much different than the first 10 games. Unlike Lou and Skip Holtz, the Gamecocks' last father-son coaching tandem, the Spurriers share an offensive philosophy.
Plus, Spurrier said the offense has not been playing that poorly, pointing out the Gamecocks moved the ball better in losses at Tennessee and Arkansas than they did in wins against N.C. State and then-No. 4 Mississippi.
"It hasn't been all offense. The defense, we gave up 10 first downs (on third-down conversions) last week (at Arkansas)," Spurrier said. "So it's a team loss. It wasn't necessarily because we had a few bad plays called, which we did. That happens every game. That happens in games we win also."
Still, Spurrier expects to take a more active role during games and plans to huddle with the offense when players come to the sideline. Currently, Spurrier Jr. sends plays from the press box to quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, who signals them to quarterback Stephen Garcia.
Spurrier can interject with a call at any time, although players and others close to the program said Spurrier Jr. has called the majority of plays. Spurrier Jr. was not made available for interviews Monday.
"We've got actually a fairly good system in place. But I'll probably be a little more involved, as far as being responsible for all of them and getting suggestions from other guys," Spurrier said. "That's probably a little cleaner way to do it. But I can assure you that's not our problem."
Receiver Moe Brown, one of the team captains, had not heard about Spurrier taking over the play calling, but he supported the move.
"He's a great ball coach and he's a great play-caller. That's pretty much one of his legacies, being able to call plays and adjust to defenses," Brown said. "So it's definitely gonna help us, and if that's the case, I'm looking forward to it.