Spurrier Will Stay a Gamecock

Steve Spurrier ain't coming to Alabama. He told his team that Thursday afternoon in a meeting, several outlets including the publisher of the South Carolina sister site of BamaMag.com, said Thursday.

The meeting was a regularly scheduled team meeting where Spurrier once again reassured his team he wasn't going anywhere.

Spurrier was tracked to an airport in St. Augustine, Florida and back to Columbia, South Carolina Thursday morning, but he wasn't there to meet with anyone representing the University of Alabama in its search for a head coach.

An employee of an aircraft ground support and fuel provider in St. Augustine said a plane registered to South Carolina was there, and that she had been told Spurrier was on board by the flight crew. The plane supposed to be carrying Alabama representatives was there on a matter unrelated to the coaching search, the plane's pilot told BamaMag.com, and had no one representing UA aboard.

With Spurrier out of the mix, most of the speculation will now turn to West Virginia Head Coach Rich Rodriguez. The Mountaineers (9-2) play Rutgers (10-1) Saturday night in Morgantown, West Virginia, in a game that will be televised by ESPN beginning at 7:45 Eastern.

Statements by Rodriguez when asked about the Alabama job have been noncommittal in terms of showing or denying interest in the job.

Some media outlets still include Nick Saban of the Miami Dolphins as a top candidate for the Alabama job, even after he flatly denied any interest in a story from the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.

"I'm not interested in any other circumstances or situations anyplace else," he told the paper. "When I was in college it was always about coming to the pros. This is the challenge I wanted. I had a good college job. Why would I have left that if I was going to be interested in other college jobs?"

"I took this as a challenge," he said. "We certainly haven't seen this through and gotten where we want to go and finished the job here, so why would I be interested in something else?"

Saban also chided the University of Alabama for firing Mike Shula.

"Mike Shula is a good guy. He's a friend," Saban said. "I think he has done a good job there and should have been given an opportunity to stay there."


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