Steve Spurrier plans to be coaching South Carolina’s football team in the 2015 season, but that’s about all the Gamecocks’ all-time winningest coach wants to talk about the future at the moment.
“The plan is to definitely be back here and so forth,” he told The State on Tuesday. “Just say that’s the plan.”
Spurrier declined to discuss his future further or to predict what he might do with his coaching staff after the season. “You probably have some questions that I’m going to have a tough time answering,” he said. “If it’s got anything to do with coaches coming back next year, me coming back next year, I am just going to refrain from all of that. Let’s get through this season here and see where we are all at is probably the smartest thing for all of us to do right now.” South Carolina is 4-5 overall and 2-5 in the SEC after losing its fourth straight conference game to Tennessee last week. The Gamecocks are ranked last in the SEC in defense. “It hasn’t been as much fun as the last four years that’s for sure,” Spurrier said. The Gamecocks entered the season riding the momentum of three straight 11-win seasons and were ranked No. 9 in the country in the preseason. “Gosh amighty, I didn’t see all this coming,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think anybody did. The sad part is the games have been winnable but something has happened to us at the end. It is what it is. We have to regroup and keep fighting, try to get these guys positive and see if we can get a ball to bounce our way maybe late in a game or so forth. “I was telling our coaching staff, I think Taylor Swift’s got a song called ‘Shake it Off.’ Ugh. That’s what we’re trying to do, shake it off and get ready for the Florida Gators next week. That’s what we’re going to try to do, see if we can regroup and try to win a close game. You know we’ve had our share of close ones, though we’ve struggled on defense and so forth.”