Spurrier Squashes Miami Rumor

South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier was rumored late Saturday night and into Sunday morning to be the top candidate for the potential coaching vacancy at the University of Miami, but Spurrier addressed the situation in his Sunday teleconference and squashed any rumors about him potentially leaving South Carolina.

"That's just a rumor that I guess somebody started. I don't know why they started it. I guess in a way it's flattering that they would throw my name with one of the top football programs for the last twenty-five years or so down there, but I came to South Carolina to win an SEC Championship," said Spurrier. The Ball Coach continued by saying, "The experts, Lee Corso and all those guys, said you can't win here, you can't win a championship. We haven't proved we could yet, but we're in the process of (having) a really outstanding recruiting class this year. With a few more players and a little help here and there, we believe that it's a doable goal to win the SEC. We're going to make that our goal starting next year and hopefully every year I'm here to win an SEC Championship. That‘s never been done, and that‘s the exciting and challenging part of coaching here at South Carolina."

Spurrier acknowledged that some have questioned his decision to coach at Carolina, but he insisted that the challenge of coaching the Gamecocks is what makes this an enjoyable opportunity. "This is the challenge and the opportunity that I really look forward to. Some people said, ‘Coach, could you have waited a year or two, and maybe got a school that had more players at the time or a school that had a richer tradition of football?' I said that wasn't what I was looking for. I knew we would take our lumps a little bit the first couple of years or so, trying to build our team up, but this is a wonderful place, wonderful fans, and that's the goal to win an SEC Championship at South Carolina. It's not going to be easy, but it wouldn't be fun if it was easy."

When the egg-on-face media that initially started the rumor kept needling Spurrier about the Miami job, he replied, "I‘m not a candidate for any job. Just leave it at that. I‘m South Carolina‘s coach, and we‘ve got our goals in place. Obviously this week our goal is to do everything we can to beat Clemson, a team that we‘ve not beaten very much at all over the years, so that‘s the only thing I need to worry about this week."

Spurrier finished by reaffirming his plans to stay at South Carolina for the long haul, as he said, "This is the school I wanted to coach at, and I'm not leaving unless I get run off… This is where I plan to be hopefully for the next five, seven, eight years or whatever."

Spurrier has led the Gamecocks to a 13-10 record in his first two seasons at South Carolina, and assuming the Gamecocks, who became bowl eligible after Saturday's 52-7 win over Middle Tennessee State, are invited to a bowl this season, he will be the first South Carolina coach to take the Gamecocks to a bowl game in his first two seasons on the job. The Gamecocks will now turn their attention to the annual, season ending clash with in-state rival Clemson next weekend.

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