So much for those folks thinking he was retiring this season.
Steve Spurrier is doing things at South Carolina that no other coach has done. He took them to an SEC championship. He has kept South Carolina's Mr. Football in state for the past four years, and he has the 2011 team on the brink of an 11-win season for the first time in the school's 109 years of mostly mediocre football.
He's given the Gamecocks some of the top facilities in the country. He has taken way less money than the market value for a coach of his stature, instead allowing that money to be diverted elsewhere. The players love him, the fans love him and he loves being at South Carolina.
I expect the coach to be around for at least three more years, but if he continues to feel as good as he does, there is no reason to think he can't stay for longer.
The game has not passed him by—he still has the recruiting touch, and he has become synonymous with winning at South Carolina.
People may not want to admit it yet, but a 19-5 regular season record over the past two years along with the recruiting classes he continues to bring in show signs of a program that has turned a corner as opposed to a team that is just a flash in the pan.
South Carolina is a legitimate SEC team now. They havn't won a championship yet, but they are looked upon as an SEC program.
It's an amazing time to be a Gamecock fan.