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.”

54 comments Add your comment


February 23rd, 2009
5:39 pm

What did Coach Quitter say just before quitting on the Skins?


February 23rd, 2009
5:14 pm

All of you Dawg fans should first learn to spell (it is spelled, D O G, btw), and then you might want to stop celebrating your national championship before the first game is played. Say what you will about USC, but we’re well aware that our teams have been historically mediocre. Yet somehow, every year we play UGA, our mediocre team plays well enough to beat you.


February 23rd, 2009
5:03 pm

The University of South Carolina where mediocrity is the rule and moral victories are counted as wins. GO COOTS!


February 23rd, 2009
4:31 pm

Spurrier no longer scares anyone in Athens. His best days are history. 1-3 against Richt and counting. They might not score on UGA at all this year.


You can’t treat people the way he does and continue to get away with it !!!!!!


February 23rd, 2009
4:23 pm

If Spurrier is waiting to accomplish something at SC he will be at SC longer than Paterno has been at Penn State.


February 23rd, 2009
1:17 pm

Sounds like WVU would probably be the best fit for this kid. They run version of the spread w/more passing. With Pat White gone, he may even have a chance to play as a freshman.


February 23rd, 2009
1:15 pm

If you knew the kid like i did you would know that he is a big time competitor and loves to prove ppl wrong! He sees an oppurtunity where he might be able to change things around. And for GT fans, Connor is a spread QB not a triple-option QB. His highschool runs the triple but it is out of the shotgun. Connor is a smart kid, he knows what he is doing and knows that coaches will tell him anything to get him interested but it seems like to me, he is taking in his recruiting process and if he likes USC then hope all for the best!

SEC fan

February 23rd, 2009
12:03 pm

The kid (understandably) ask Spurrier the wrong question. He should have asked what the chances were of the old coach getting fired in the next 2 years. Spurrier simply cannot leave QBs alone and he just cannot develop QBs. From what I know of Ga. Tech., they might be good for the kid as long as he doesn’t want to pass the ball. Why would he want to compete with his brother at GT anyway?


February 23rd, 2009
11:32 am

Kid could major in ego. SC is as good as they will ever be.


February 23rd, 2009
11:11 am

Yeah, the vols will beat somebody this year. I didn’t know this was the funny papers. As for UGA, they inspire no fear in USC, even when they squeak by like this past season’s game.