USC Gamecocks Football

Spurrier holds spot in top 10 of best coaches list

From staff reports

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier File photo

Steve Spurrier has dropped a few spots but remains in the top 10 of The Sporting News’ annual overall coach rankings.

The South Carolina head coach is now No. 9 in the rankings, down seven spots from No. 2 in last year’s installment of the list. The No. 2 mark was on the heels of three-straight 11-2 seasons by the Gamecocks.

Said the publication in this year’s release: “There's no denying South Carolina’s slip in 2014, and not just in wins and losses. The Gamecocks lost four games by a combined 18 points, and the ability to close out games can’t be all traced to a defense that slipped in 2015. Spurrier’s challenge in 2015: make South Carolina hungry for more again.”

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is No. 1, a spot held the last year years by Nick Saban of Alabama. Saban is now No. 2 on the list.

Spurrier remains No. 2 among The Sporting News’ SEC coaches list behind Saban.

Spurrier is entering his 11th season as the Gamecocks’ coach. His 84 wins at USC are a school record. USC is 49-17 over the last five seasons, including 7-6 last year.

See the full list from The Sporting News here.