Steve Spurrier will return for his 11th season as South Carolina’s coach in 2015, he told The State on Monday.
“I’m in. I’m in,” Spurrier said. “We had some down times and some of this, that and the other, but we’ve got a lot of good players on the way.”
The Gamecocks just completed a 6-6 regular season and are waiting to learn their bowl destination. Spurrier is 83-45 in 10 seasons with the Gamecocks. Speculation about his future has increased since he told The State on Nov. 4 than “the plan” was to return but then avoided being more specific about the subject.
On Monday, he was ready to make a more firm commitment.
“I’m good to go,” he said. “I just made about 21 recruiting calls. This is a good situation and I think we can turn it around quickly, I hope so.”
As of now, Spurrier also believes he will coach at least through the 2016 season.
“Give me two or three more,” he said. “I used to say four or five, now I’m down to two or three. I mean, I could get in a car wreck, but I’m definitely planning on being back.”
Spurrier also doesn’t plan at the moment to fire any of his assistant coaches, he told The State, although he said there could be a staff reorganization in the coming months.
“All our coaches are out recruiting. All of coaches are under contract,” he said. “Some of them may get a job somewhere else, you never know, and we’ll go from there. We are probably pretty flexible right now a little bit on the staff, but I believe that almost all of our guys will be back.”
That coaching shuffle could come after the bowl game or even after the recruiting period ends in February, Spurrier said.
“There are several openings around,” he said. “We are trying to do the best we can right now to keep working with this team we’ve got for one more ball game and see if we can’t compete at a higher level than we did the last time out. That’s our immediate plan right there.”