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 25th, 2009
5:07 pm

GAWJA fans are hilarious. Asking about SOS QB’s that progress into the next level. Just remember Heisman hopefuls Quincy Carter (5 int’s vs USC to start that campaign) and Crap Stafford, who will be a monster bust with no leadership., Shockley, Greene. Monster NFL talent there.

Jimmy Sessions

February 25th, 2009
1:36 pm

If the boy is smart,he will not go to Gamecock country.Spurrier will not be able to win at USC because he does not know how to instill character and discipline in his players.


February 25th, 2009
10:25 am

Thanks, Dawg fans, for picaresque comedy. Very witty if you are only posing as inarticulate fools. Keep up the good comments.

Your daddy

February 25th, 2009
3:02 am

LMAO. I see a bunch of scared people posting. UT fans your record last year? Thanks now STFU.Your score against USC?Thanks STFU

We are about to sign the top 3 players in SC for 2010 …Lattimore,Quarles,Cann. killed it in state last year! Tons of young talent.More talent than has EVER worn a Gamecock UNI…..WE ARE COMING FOR YOU


February 24th, 2009
3:29 pm

georgia should be ashamed, having all the athletes they have and getting the crap beat out of them by florida, alabama, ga tech etc . they are rated preseason no 1 and end up out of the top 10 with top 10 recruiting classes every year. a crock. hey, they have lost to tennessee 2 out of the last 3 years.


February 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

No qb prospects? How about Danny Warful (sp?) who won a heisman trophy under Spurrier…

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February 24th, 2009
2:16 pm

South Carolina is a program that is on the rise. Spurrier is steadily bringing in’s just a matter of getting all of the pieces into place and bam!

sam wingate

February 24th, 2009
11:48 am

georgia has 8 or 9 straight top ten recruiting class in a row and struggle to beat us every year with our mediocre talent. explain that to everyone. sounds like you are being out coached.


February 24th, 2009
11:05 am

Connor you obviously know that there are lots of people that make some really dumb comments on message boards. South Carolina is rising and will be a major player in the SEC for many years to come, whether UGA and UT fans like it ot not. This past year has strengthened SOS’ resolve and he has made the necessary changes to get fresh blood on his coaching staff. The facilities are really on the rise and talent continues to flow in.

Let the naysayers say what they will, but South Carolina will have the final word!