Most notable change of 2015: Spurrier, the ‘Head Ball Coach’ hangs ‘em up
Steve Spurrier—arguably the most accomplished athlete/coach in football history—hangs ‘em up, on October 13, 2015, in the middle of a disappointing season (2-4) for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The seventy-year-old ‘Head Ball Coach’ insisted that his resignation was entirely the result of a Gamecock program headed in the wrong direction, “south,” under his tenure this season—to the point he believed a major change was needed for the good of the program.
Spurrier accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Florida where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 as a QB and punter. He was a 1st round (3rd overall) pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1967 NFL Draft where he played until 1975, before ending his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.
Spurrrier was an assistant college QB coach and offensive coordinator for several years before landing his first head coaching gig with the Tampa Bay Bandits (’83 – ’85) of the newly formed United States Football League (USFL). His first college head coaching job came at Duke (’87 – ’89) which helped propel him to his most noteworthy stop at the University of Florida (’90 – ’01) where he lead the Gators to their first undisputed national championship in ’96.
In 2002, Spurrier took another stab at the pros, signing on as head coach for the Washington Redskins (’02-’03). Until this past season at South Carolina (’05 – ‘15), his tenure as the Redskins head coach, where his struggle to turn the franchise around became somewhat of a public spectacle, is the only other blemish on an otherwise exemplary football career.
In his 25 years as a head coach at major college programs, Spurrier compiled a .718 winning percentage and won 11 major bowl games and a national championship. He turned around the South Carolina football program, becoming its first coach to win 11 games in a season—doing it three times in a row from 2011 through 2013.
In addition to his prowess as an athlete, Spurrier’s football legacy will inevitability entail his invaluable contribution to the evolution of the passing attack through his use of innovative schemes and coaching techniques. He also remains the only Heisman Trophy winner to win a NCAA national championship as a head coach and to coach another Heisman trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel, Florida (1996).
Last Updated: January 20, 2016.
2015/2016 NCAA FBS College Football Head Coach Changes
Reason for change
|1.||Ball State||MAC||Pete Lembo||Resigned||Mike Neu (Saints QB Coach)|
|2.||Bowling Green||MAC||Dino Babers||Left for Syracuse||Mike Jinks ( AHC Texas Tech)|
|3.||BYU||Independent||Bronco Mendenall||Left for Virginia||Kalani Sitake (Oregon State DC)|
|4.||East Carolina||Anerican||Gene Chizik||Fired||Scottie Montgomery|
|5.||Georgia||SEC||Mark Richt||Fired||Kirby Smart|
|6.||Georgia Southern||Sun Belt||Willie Fritz||Left for Tulane||Tyson Summers (CSU DC)|
|7.||Hawaii||Mountain West||Norm Chow||Fired||Nick Rolovich (Nevada OC)|
|8.||Illinois||Big Ten||Tim Beckman||Fired||Bill Cubit|
|9.||Iowa State||Big 12||Paul Rhoads||Fired||Matt Campbell (Toledo HC)|
|10.||Louisiana-Monroe||Sun Belt||Todd Berry||Fired||Matt Viator|
|11.||Maryland||Big Ten||Randy Edsall||Fired||D.J. Durkin|
|12.||Memphis||American||Justin Fuente||Left for Virginia Tech||Mike Norvell|
|13.||Miami||ACC||Al Golden||Fired||Mark Richt|
|14.||Minnesota||Big Ten||Jerry Kill||Resigned||Tracy Claeys|
|15.||Missouri||Big 12||Gary Pinkel||Retired||Barry Odom|
|16.||North Texas||USA||Bill McCarney||Fired||Seth Littrell|
|17.||Rutgers||Big Ten||Kyle Flood||Fired||Chris Ash (Oho State DC)|
|18.||South Carolina||SEC||Steve Spurrier||Resigned||Will Muuschamp (Auburn DC)|
|19.||Syracuse||American||Scott Shaffer||Fired||Dino Babers (Bowling Green HC)|
|20.||Toledo||MAC||Matt Campbell||Left for Iowa State||Jason Candle|
|21.||Tulane||American||Curtis Johnson||Fired||Willie Fritz|
|22.||U. Central Florida||American||George O’Leary||Resigned||Scott Frost (Oregon OC)|
|23.||USC||PAC 12||Steve Sarkisian||Fired||Clay Helton|
|24.||U. Texas San Antonio||USA||Larry Coker||Fired||Frank Wilson (LSU assistant)|
|25.||Virginia||ACC||Mike London||Resigned||Bronco Mendenhall (BYU HC)|
|26.||Virginia Tech||ACC||Frank Beamer||Retired||Justin Fuent (Memphis HC)|