COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier has a new title. The former Head Ball Coach at South Carolina is now special assistant to the school’s president and athletic director.
Athletic director Ray Tanner confirmed the move Monday, prior to the women’s basketball game between No. 1 Connecticut and the second-ranked Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. Spurrier had mentioned the position during an appearance on SEC Network’s “The Paul Finebaum Show,” which broadcast live from the facility.
Spurrier had an option in his contract that allowed him to become an ambassador for the university upon his resignation. “He has exercised that option,” Tanner said. According to the Columbia newspaper, the post pays $100,000 annually.
“Coach Tanner, I’m sort of assistant to (him) and the president,” Spurrier told Finebaum. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m ready to promote South Carolina and especially our basketball teams.”
Spurrier said he would spend halftime of the game meeting with USC supporters in the suite area of Colonial Life Arena. “He’ll be here on a regular basis,” said Tanner, who added that he will occasionally consult with Spurrier on administrative or personnel matters.
Spurrier also lamented that he didn’t step down after the 2014 season, in which USC went 7-6 and won its fourth straight bowl game. He instead resigned in the middle of what became a 3-9 campaign, the Gamecocks’ worst in 16 years. Will Muschamp succeeded him as head coach.
“We all have an expiration date, and I missed mine. Mine should have been after the Miami game (in the Independence Bowl). We’d won four bowl games in a row, never had a losing season here, and gosh, I thought we had a team (coming back) that should have a winning season,” Spurrier told Finebaum.
“It just didn’t work out. So the circumstances of where I was, I thought I did the right thing. I didn’t think this team was listening very well to me. I wasn’t doing a very good job. So I kind of fired myself.”