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Spurrier, who retired from South Carolina on Oct. 12 after it became clear his team was so fucking bad and was not going to get better, has become an icon in the Palmetto state. His personality and attitude were loved by the Gamecocks fanbase, who will now have to adjust to a different type of coach in Will Muschamp.
From The State:
Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier returned his final payment from the school, a check for more than $70,000, to the Gamecock Club in the form of a donation, a source told The State on Tuesday.
Spurrier resigned in midseason but was paid the rest of his annual salary — about $1 million, which came in large part from apparel supplier Under Armour and radio broadcaster IMG. A total of $225,000 came from public funds.
In a letter to Gamecocks fans that appeared on the front page of The State newspaper this past week, Spurrier wrote that “by resigning, I forfeited the buyout clause in my contract that saved our university three million dollars.”
Spurrier is genuinely a good guy. When I covered sports in the Carolinas, my favorite thing about the guy was how he hosted a coaches clinic for local media members — an extremely condescending way to teach the reporters the Xs and Os of football so they knew what they were talking about if they tried to criticize him.
South Carolina lost a great one, but hopefully his presence will not disappear. He is arguably the greatest college football personality we have today. I hope ESPN carves out some room for him to share his thoughts on the CFB landscape next season. That is a show I would love to watch..
[via The State]
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