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  1. Kangaroo

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3174476body {background-color:#fff;}window.onload = Print;function Print() {window.print();}Spurrier reportedly agrees to coach Gamecocks

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    Steve Spurrier has agreed to take over as football coach at South Carolina if Lou Holtz retires at the end of the season, The Tennessean of Nashville reported in Thursday's editions.


    An announcement regarding Spurrier, who won a national championship at Florida, is expected next week, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous source close to the situation.

    South Carolina spokesman Kerry Tharp denied the report. He said the 67-year-old Holtz still needs to decide whether to return for a seventh season with the Gamecocks.

    "Let's let him make that assessment," Tharp told The Associated Press. "I can't comment on what people are speculating. I'd just as soon leave it at that."

    Several times this season Holtz has said he felt tired and worn out. He's also mentioned that Spurrier would be a good choice to succeed him.

    This week, as the Gamecocks (6-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) prepared for Saturday's game with Clemson, Holtz addressed reports that South Carolina contacted Spurrier.

    "I've talked to Steve," Holtz said. "I don't want to go in that direction, but I have talked to him. We talked about how you cure a slice, his son, etc. Steve's a good friend of mine, as I said. All I want to talk about is Clemson, Clemson, Clemson. That's all. That's the only thing on my mind."

    There was much speculation that Spurrier would return to Florida next season, following the recent firing of Ron Zook. But Spurrier pulled his name out of the running, saying coaching 12 years at one school was probably enough.

    Spurrier and Holtz are friends. Spurrier helped Holtz's wife, Beth, obtain an appointment with Florida's NCAA faculty advisor Dr. Nicholas Cassisi for treatment for her throat cancer. When Beth Holtz was in the university's surgical center for several weeks, Spurrier's wife, Jerri, checked on her several times to see what she needed.

    "He didn't have to do any of that," Holtz said in 1999. "He's got a million other things on his mind. I was out of coaching."

    Spurrier, 59, went 20-13-1 in three seasons at Duke before taking over at Florida, his alma mater, in 1990. The Gators won six Southeastern Conference championships and the 1996 national title under Spurrier. He posted 122 victories over 12 seasons, tormented opponents with his offensive flair and witty one-liners, and left town with the best winning percentage in league history.

    Spurrier abruptly left after the 2001 season, taking over the Washington Redskins. Spurrier resigned after two seasons with a 12-20 record.

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  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Report: Spurrier agrees in principle to coach South Carolina

    November 18, 2004
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier has agreed to take over as football coach at South Carolina if Lou Holtz retires at the end of the season, The Tennessean of Nashville reported in Thursday's editions.

    An announcement regarding Spurrier, who won a national championship at Florida, is expected next week, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous source close to the situation.

    South Carolina spokesman Kerry Tharp denied the report. He said the 67-year-old Holtz still needs to decide whether to return for a seventh season with the Gamecocks.
  3. Roughneck

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    Those South Carolina-Florida matchups are about to get a wee bit more interesting.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I would say so... any hints as to who the Gators will hire?

    If it's Meyer... he is a good one... but I had heard earlier that it was all but a done deal he would coach at U of Washington...
  5. Roughneck

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    Not sure where you heard that but Gatorbait and a couple of other site have basically confirmed that it will be Meyer in Gainesville as soon as the Utes season is done.
  6. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    He will make them a good team...

    I had heard that on ESPN Gameday a couple of weeks ago...

    Seattle or Gainesville... tough choice...
  7. Gatorgirl

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    It's tough to see the legend go to South Carolina, BUT if rumors are correct, "URBAN legend" (Meyer) is coming to Gainesville. I'll take Urban Meyer any ol' day to beat the 'Cocks! :eek:
  8. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    South Carolina becomes one of my most hated teams should Spurrier take the reigns...

    That shortened mascot version of the South Carolina Gamecocks fits Spurrier perfectly... ;)

    Florida is getting the better end of this deal... Meyer is a fantastic coach...
  9. Hostile

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    Holtz retiring; Spurrier seems set to take over
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    Lou Holtz will retire as coach at South Carolina after the season, The Associated Press learned Thursday night, apparently paving the way for Steve Spurrier to replace him.

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    Holtz told his team before Thursday's practice that he was retiring, according to a source close to the program who spoke on condition of anonymity. All season, the 67-year-old Holtz said he was worn out and tired, and even said Spurrier would be a good choice to succeed him.
    The Tennessean of Nashville reported Thursday that Spurrier had agreed to take over at South Carolina, if and when Holtz stepped down.

    An announcement regarding Spurrier, who won a national championship at Florida, is expected next week, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous source close to the situation.

    South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee would not confirm or deny whether Holtz had decided to retire or Spurrier had been approached to replace him.

    Several calls to Spurrier's agent, Memphis-based Jimmy Sexton, were not returned.

    After practice Thursday evening, Holtz drove his golf cart from the practice field to the stadium to speak with a group of fans gathered to wish the team well before it leaves for Clemson on Friday. The coach thanked them for their support. "It's always meant a lot to me," he said.

    When asked if he had told his players, Holtz jumped in the cart and sped back to his office.

    Holtz is the eighth-winningest coach in Division I with 249 victories at six schools. He took each school - William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina - to bowls in his second season after inheriting losing teams.

    This week, as the Gamecocks (6-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) prepared for Saturday's game with Clemson, Holtz addressed reports that South Carolina contacted Spurrier.

    "I've talked to Steve," Holtz said. "I don't want to go in that direction, but I have talked to him. We talked about how you cure a slice, his son, etc. Steve's a good friend of mine, as I said. All I want to talk about is Clemson, Clemson, Clemson. That's all. That's the only thing on my mind."

    There was much speculation that Spurrier would return to Florida next season, following the recent firing of Ron Zook. But Spurrier pulled out of the running, saying 12 years at one school was probably enough.

    Next season, Florida is scheduled to play at South Carolina on Nov. 12.

    Spurrier and Holtz are friends. Spurrier helped Holtz's wife, Beth, obtain an appointment with Florida's NCAA faculty adviser Dr. Nicholas Cassisi for treatment for her throat cancer. When Beth Holtz was in the university's surgical center for several weeks, Spurrier's wife, Jerri, checked on her several times to see what she needed.

    "He didn't have to do any of that," Holtz said in 1999. "He's got a million other things on his mind. I was out of coaching."

    Spurrier, 59, went 20-13-1 in three seasons at Duke before taking over at Florida, his alma mater, in 1990. The Gators won six Southeastern Conference championships and the 1996 national title under Spurrier. He posted 122 victories over 12 seasons, tormented opponents with his offensive flair and witty one-liners, and left town with the best winning percentage in league history.

    Spurrier abruptly left after the 2001 season, taking over the Washington Redskins. Spurrier resigned after two seasons with a 12-20 record.

    South Carolina has qualified for a bowl game - the third in Holtz's six seasons. It was expected that Holtz would lead the Gamecocks in the postseason before stepping aside. A victory would be his third bowl win at South Carolina when no other coach in the school's 112 seasons of football had more than one.

    Holtz will leave far short of the goals he laid out in 1998 - he told about 5,000 fans at they deserved at least one SEC and one national title in their four years at South Carolina - but feels he's left the program in good enough shape for Spurrier to finish the job.

    Holtz said Monday the program was flush in young vibrant players like quarterback Syvelle Newton, receiver Troy Williamson and tailback Demetris Summers. In addition, Holtz said the players were disciplined, academically talented and committed to winning titles.

    That's not how it looked after Holtz left Notre Dame in 1996, then stunned college football by taking over 1-10 South Carolina. Holtz went 0-11 in his first year.

    But then he turned the program around, and the Gamecocks went on the best two-year run in their history, going 8-4 in 2000 and 9-3 in 2001 and beating Ohio State in the Outback Bowl after each season.

    It appeared the team was ready to challenge Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the SEC East. But South Carolina reached only five wins by October in 2002 and 2003.

    At the end of last season, Holtz fired four assistants who had been with him since the start at South Carolina and took offensive control away from his son, Skip.

    Holtz began weekly sessions with players in a yearlong project he called "changing the culture" at South Carolina. And while things haven't been perfect - there's a 43-29 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 30 and a 48-14 defeat at Florida a week ago - Holtz apparently felt comfortable enough to step down.
  10. TruBlueCowboy

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    Boy, the Gator fans here in central Florida are really upset by this hiring. A lot of them really thought Spurrier was coming back. I was listening the local sports talk radio station and the hosts were Gator grads and they spent a whole hour talking about how depressed they were that Spurrier wasn't coming back. LOL
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I understand their loyalty to Spurrier... but they will quickly fall in love with Meyer...

    He is one of the best coaches in the country...

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