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

cock and fire

February 24th, 2009
10:10 am

spurrier is 1-3 vs each of clemson, uga and u/f and 2-2 vs u/t while at usc

but 4 of the 6 losses to uga and clemtech were decided in the last minute of the game and could have gone either way

not a moral victory but the writing is on the wall: usc is more competitive under spurrier than they’ve ever been and gaining ground on the faltering “powers” of the sec

florida will take a step back w/out harvin this year and will really be simply above avg. when tebow ascends to the heavens after 09


February 24th, 2009
8:54 am

yeah, didn’t he tell another recruit that it was no problem for him to wear #2 (which was retired)….how’s that one working out?

DawgBone 2

February 24th, 2009
3:34 am

Marcus Lattimore has secretly committed to Georgia. He did it last summer, real early like AJ Green.


February 24th, 2009
12:01 am

There sure are a lot of worried people responding to this one thread.
SOS still has the power to scare people.To see the new facilities
he is responsible for and the recruiting hanging around the top ten
every year is kind of scary.People use to say he could not recruit,
I guess he has made them find something else to say about him.


February 23rd, 2009
9:03 pm

South Carolina is loaded and under the radar for 2009. Let’s keep it that way!


February 23rd, 2009
8:15 pm

The ‘Ole Ball Coach will lead the Gamecocks to the SEC title this year and next year they will be NCAA champs. Mark my words.

Go Cocks!


February 23rd, 2009
7:16 pm

He’ll never quit until he wins at least one SEC championship. His competitive nature won’t allow him to. The fans won’t run him out of town, because, quite frankly, they never had more success than under him. They are still working out some major kinks, but they are not far away from finally breaking through.


February 23rd, 2009
7:14 pm

Spurrier has a better record at SC against the SEC Eastern Division than Georgia or Tennessee the last two years and is 2-2 against both…Leg humpers and Orange Prison Suit Guys: Your time cometh and that time is now!


February 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

Finally, a fair and balance SC article on the AJC website!


February 23rd, 2009
7:01 pm

Wow, the georgia and ut fans running off at the mouth… If either of the teams recall ut lost last year to USC, Georgia just got by and lost the year before at home so if we are so slack of a team what does that say for yall. SOS can still out coach either of your coaches.