Steve Spurrier delivered the three most successful football seasons in University of South Carolina history. Leading the charge on the field was Connor Shaw.
The marriage seemed appropriate considering Shaw grew up a fan of Spurrier when he was coaching the Florida Gators.
He often made it known, however, it was Spurrier he was the fan of, not the Gators.
The Gamecocks posted a 33-6 record and were undefeated in Williams-Brice Stadium during Shaw’s tenure.
Although USC has struggled and Spurrier resigned since Shaw’s exit, the quarterback now playing for the Cleveland Browns and living in Greenville still believes in Spurrier.
“I think he did what he thought was best, what someone had to do in that position,” Shaw said of Spurrier’s resignation. “I don’t hold it against him either way.
“I believe in everything he has done at South Carolina.”
Shaw, participating in a youth camp Saturday in Irmo, said he has not spoken to Spurrier recently but isn’t sure how his former boss is dealing with the retirement.
“He’s such a guy that wants to be a part of everything and he loves football,” Shaw said of Spurrier. “I’m not so sure if he enjoys it or not. I haven’t had that conversation.
“I’m sure he’s on the golf course a lot. But he’s kind of fidgety. I’m sure he misses being out on the field and being a part of the players' lives.”
When his playing career is over, Shaw hopes to follow in both his father and Spurrier’s footsteps in coaching.