Steve Spurrier resigning, not retiring

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Steve Spurrier announced that he was resigning as the head football coach of the University of South Carolina on Tuesday.

“It’s time for me to move on and time for USC to start rebuilding,” Spurrier said.

The news of Spurrier’s possible retirement was first reported Monday night by

The ball coach informed the team Monday night.

Spurrier said they deserved to know first.

According to a team source, Spurrier was emotional when he made the announcement that shocked players.

Spurrier told the team this season has been very stressful.

During the noon press conference Spurrier said, “I think the team needs to hear a new voice from another coach.”

Former offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was named interim football coach.

“It was a dream of mine as a kid in Camden to do this,” Elliott said. “We’re going to fight our tales off. I would like to be the coach at the University of South Carolina for years to come.”

Travelle Wharton has been named interim offensive line coach.

Gamecocks quarterback Connor Mitch tweeted Monday night, “Man it’s been a crazy day.”

USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner said a search firm will be involved as they move forward with hiring a head football coach.

“I want someone that has roots to fit who we are,” he said.

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