With the news of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s immediate retirement, ESPN has mobilized reporters and programming to honor one of the most successful coaches in college football history. ESPN commentators have been sharing thoughts on Spurrier and Front Row is compiling these, and other tributes, throughout the day.
SportsCenter, ESPNU and SEC Network will cover the Spurrier retirement press conference live at Noon ET and dedicated programming will be telecast across networks as well. Rece Davis, Mark Schlabach and Chris Low are in Columbia for the presser.
SEC Network Analyst; Played QB under Coach Spurrier at Florida (1997-2000)
“Steve Spurrier is a living legend in college football. It was a sincere honor to not only play for a Heisman trophy winner, but a true innovator of the game. Steve Spurrier’s competitive drive, pursuit of excellence and obsession with winning was unsurpassed by any coach I had in college or pro. His accomplishments as a head coach at Duke, Florida and South Carolina speak for themselves. I wish him and his lovely wife Jerri a happy retirement.”
Steve Spurrier is one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Simple as that.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2015
— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor7) October 13, 2015
On behalf of college football fans everywhere, thank you @SC_HBC. You were truly one of a kind. Hit ‘em straight.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 13, 2015
No one brought the swag like Steve Spurrier to a team and a news conference. The HBC is a legend.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) October 13, 2015
One of fav HBC quotes. Reporter asked him about being offensive guru. He said “Guru?” You gonna use that? How about … offensive mastermind!"
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 13, 2015
Spurrier awakened a sleeping giant at Fla & turned it into a juggernaut. He led Gamecocks to greatest yrs. Wish the finish was more fitting
— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) October 13, 2015
Coach Spurrier will always be one of my favorites to interview! Good luck, you will be missed… pic.twitter.com/9a796sOEI1
— Shannon Spake (@SSpakeESPN) October 13, 2015
Played golf with Steve Spurrier when I was head coach at USF. Unbelievable experience. No filer. It was a blast. Good luck head ball coach!
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) October 13, 2015
Forget the Dos Equis guy; Spurrier is the most interesting dude to walk a football sideline. He never had a governor switch on his opinions.
— Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoEspn) October 13, 2015
“The Believer,” which airs tonight at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU
SEC Network Special Coverage Schedule for October 14: