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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[...] Michael Carvell of the AJC reports that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told a top Georiga prep quarterback he is nowhere close to retiring. [...]

rlinaug

February 23rd, 2009
10:01 am

So, Spurrier says, “’I’m definitely staying until we accomplish more things at South Carolina … [and] I’m nowhere near retiring.’” Perhaps that’s an admission that SC is nowhere near accomplishing more things.

VolMan

February 23rd, 2009
9:55 am

Retire? LOL! If he doesn’t start winning, south carolina fans will run him out of town. He’s been a bust up there so far. His old 1990s offense doesn’t work anymore. The Vols will beat USC easy this year.

Supes

February 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

Name one QB that Spurrier has developed into decent NFL prospect? The Bachelor? The guy who started for the Falcons? The underachieving Rex Grossman? Come on, still waiting!

GATORZONE

February 23rd, 2009
9:50 am

Bubba, the quote went… “It was my fault for recruiting you.”

gatorman770

February 23rd, 2009
9:50 am

Ugay fans get over it, Steve “The Evil Genius” consistantly owned you in every game except the one Coach Donner one (and what did you do…got rid of him because he wasn’t a alum suck-up). If Florida’s President hadn’t disrespected him with a request for a resume (look in the trophy case for Steve’s resume) he’d be back there, stiiiiile owning the dogs!

Go Gators!

thomas johnson

February 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

Yes, but how much longer can he go on having these poor seasons and losing to his only two rivals (UGA & Clemson) year after year. Steve is fun to watch but even the legends have to produce. http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Jazzbo

February 23rd, 2009
8:58 am

Hey, Bubba, I do believe your sphincter muscle must be working overtime at the thought of SC kicking your bulldog arses again. Most people would admit that UGA has better athletes but Spurrier apparently gets more out of the material he has. “Lighten up, Francis.”

BlueFootball

February 23rd, 2009
8:56 am

@ Sam, “Why play for Spurrier who has done nothing since he left FL? Has he developed a big time QB while at USC?”

What big time QB has Spurrier produced ANYWHERE?

[...] Michael Carvell of the AJC reports that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told a top Georiga prep quarterback he is nowhere close to retiring. [...]