Steve Spurrier tells Georgia’s top QB prospect he is nowhere near retirement


Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told Georgia’s top quarterback prospect he is “nowhere near retiring” from the Gamecocks.

Flowery Branch quarterback Connor Shaw spent around 30 minutes with Spurrier during South Carolina’s Junior Day on Saturday. One of the first things they talked about was Spurrier’s future with the Gamecocks.

“I always hear these rumors, just like everybody else, that Coach Spurrier is going to retire in two years, so I asked him about it,” Shaw said. “He [Spurrier] told me  ’I'm definitely staying until we accomplish more things at South Carolina … [and] I’m nowhere near retiring.’”

Shaw, the younger brother of Georgia Tech quarterback Jaybo Shaw, is one of the state’s top 2010 prospects and has early offers from South Carolina, Tech, Stanford, West Virginia and Wake Forest.

With Spurrier, rumors about his impending retirement are constantly used against South Carolina on the recruiting trail. Even one of Spurrier’s former assistants, David Reaves, was accused of saying it to prospects after taking a job with Tennessee two months ago. However, Reaves later denied it, according to the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier.

Connor Shaw didn’t ask Spurrier the loaded question to be nosey. Shaw said South Carolina has a slight lead over Georgia Tech as his frontrunner, and he wanted assurances the man he considers his “childhood idol” will be around if he signs with the Gamecocks.

“That [Saturday] was the first time I really had the chance to sit down and talk with Coach Spurrier … it was a like a dream come true,” Shaw said. “Growing up, [Spurrier] was my idol when he was coaching at Florida. It’s still hard for me to believe that I have the opportunity to play for him.”

Spurrier pulled the prized prospect into his office and, during a lengthy conversation, let him take a peak at his Heisman trophy and many championship rings. Spurrier also let Shaw know that the admiration was mutual.

“South Carolina is bringing in a little more of shotgun offense with a zone read, and [Spurrier] said that I would pretty much be a perfect fit for that system. He said that I was the guy they wanted, and that was pretty cool hearing that from … one of college football’s greatest coaches.”

Shaw said he called his brother at Georgia Tech about the Spurrier experience. “Jaybo thought it was cool that I got some one-on-one time to talk with a legend.”

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February 23rd, 2009
8:27 am

one never knows for sure what the ole ball coach will do,but i can understand why the young man might be interested, since georgia is loaded at qb and tech plays that weird offense.
there is no doubt, spurrier can coach and he does have the ideal job where he is not under any pressure!


February 23rd, 2009
7:42 am

Connor, remember the antics of Spurrier last year. He is not allowed to go to Tucker High School or Spartanburg (SC) High School. He has proved that his word is no good. Also do you want to play at a school that has all new assistant coaches? It does make you wonder why they all left Spurrier. Do you suppose that he has made remarks to them in private about how long he will be at Looserville? How many assistants have left UGA? Read between the lines…Spurrier WILL NOT BE AT USUCK AFTER THIS YEARS 6 AND 6 RECORD. Remember Spurrier’s famous remark after his QB threw an interception; “It was not your fault. It was my fault. I thought that you could make that pass.”

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February 23rd, 2009
7:14 am

He’s got players now and he will get Garcia (or someone) playing QB effectively. He will also land Marcus Lattimore. Book that.

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February 23rd, 2009
5:06 am

Why play for Spurrier who has done nothing since he left FL? Has he developed a big time QB while at USC? Going to USC is kinda like entering the witness relocation program.


February 23rd, 2009
3:42 am

Nowhere near retiring huh? Famous last words. When Carolina goes 4-8 this year, there will be a press conference called and Spurrier will say “its time to move on”. Book it.


February 23rd, 2009
2:07 am

because he doesn’t want to play on Jaybo’s team, and UGA’s got leadership issues……


February 23rd, 2009
1:33 am

why in the world would you want to play for that jerk?

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