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
1:33 am

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


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
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
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.

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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
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.”


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!

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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?


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.”

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.


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!


February 23rd, 2009
9:50 am

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


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!


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.


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.

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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.


February 23rd, 2009
11:32 am

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

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
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!


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
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
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
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
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
5:39 pm

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


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.


February 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

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


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
7:16 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
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
9:03 pm

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


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.

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
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?

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
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!

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
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!

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February 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

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


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.

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 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.

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
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.

Chucklin' N Paradise

February 26th, 2009
9:55 am

Sounds like a lot of whistlin’ past the graveyard from a lot of folks.
You’re all looking up at the Gators and hoping. Our entire 2 deep on defense returns. You know the one that held the Vols to 6 pts., the dawgs to 10 pts and the Cocks to 6 points.
Hell, even the mighty 60 points a game Sooners only managed 14. Some of y’all might be hoping just to score period.
Enjoy the back seat fellas. The SEC beatdown starts with Goatboy and the Whiffins this Sept. in the Swamp and will end with a 3rd NC in 4 years. Y’all have a nice day now.


February 27th, 2009
4:01 pm

If Spurrier is going to stay until SC wins an SEC championship he better live to be 200 years old. Nobody seems to want to go to Columbia. If anyone can do more with less talent, it’s Spurrier. They just can’t get over the hump.

Bulldawg Billy

March 1st, 2009
9:51 am

Spurrier crowed alot at UF and was able to back it up with superior instate fla. recruiting.Ol’big mouth has only managed to be average at best when the talent pool playing field is level.


March 26th, 2009
5:49 pm