Both South Carolina will be looking for new head coaches for 2016, as Steve Spurrier is set to retire and Steve Sarkisian was fired, respectively, on Monday.
The Spurrier news broke Monday night, and it should be noted that South Carolina has had no official announcement. Spurrier is scheduled to appear before the media on Tuesday, which is his normal weekly press conference during game week. ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports were all citing multiple sources that Spurrier had informed his team on Monday evening that he would retire immediately.
One South Carolina player, Connor Mitch, didn’t confirm the news. But he did confirm the enormity of the day.
Man it’s been a crazy day
— Connor Mitch (@Connor_Mitch3) October 13, 2015
If Spurrier follows through, he’ll leave the college game as a sure-fire Hall of Fame selection as a coach. I mean, I have a College Football Hall of Fame vote and I would certainly vote for him. His career record is 228-89-2 and his 86-49 record at South Carolina is the most wins of any Gamecocks coach all-time. The game will miss Coach Visor’s ingenuity, creativity and frankness.
Before the Spurrier news broke Sarkisian’s dismissal was the big news of the day. Just 24 hours ago he took an indefinite leave of absence to address personal issues, reportedly related to alcohol. According to ESPN.com one of USC’s players texted a reporter and told them that Sarkisian had “showed up lit to meetings again today.” The same ESPN report cited a source that told the network that some assistant coaches suspected Sarkisian was not sober when USC beat Arizona State on Sept. 26.
“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement.
Clay Helton will handle the Trojans in the interim.
This follows two firings on Sunday — UNT’s Dan McCarney and Maryland’s Randy Edsall. The McCarney firing came after UNT lost 66-7 to FCS program Portland State. Edsall’s firing had been rumored for nearly a week and came after a 2-4 start to the season. Edsall never quite fulfilled expectations, as he went 22-33 overall and never won more than seven games in a season. Mike Locksley will be the interim head coach.
So we’re up to five open coaching positions on the 2015 FBS Coaching Carousel.
2015 FBS COACHING CAROUSEL
|Illinois||Tim Beckman||Bill Cubit (interim)|
|Maryland||Randy Edsall||Mike Locksley (interim)|
|North Texas||Dan McCarney||Mike Canales and Chris Cosh (interim)|
|South Carolina||Steve Spurrier||Shawn Elliott (interim)|
|USC||Steve Sarkisian||Clay Helton (interim)|