Spurrier: “I’m just not that important.”

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Steve Spurrier has walked back comments that has sent the University of South Carolina’s 2015 class recruiting efforts in a tailspin.Following Wednesday’s Independence Bowl practice he amended comments made the Monday following the Gamecocks loss to Clemson that he planned to coach for two to three years by extending that prediction.“You need to always go under the 4 or 5 rule,” said Spurrier. “I saw coach (Ray) Tanner here today and he said he’s going to recommend an extra year on my contract, even though I already have four more on it…I’m back on the 4 to 5 year plan. You always have to stay on the 4 to 5.”Since Spurrier said he planned to coach two to three more years at USC, six commitments in the 2015 class that was once ranked second best nationally, have decommitted.That seemed to come to a head Tuesday night when Charlotte defensive back Mark Fields, considered potentially USC’s top commitment, announced he would look to attend school elsewhere due to the uncertainty at Carolina.Spurrier began his comments by announcing the signing of Greenwood’s Marquavius Lewis, considered one of the top junior college defensive ends in the country.“The good news of the day is (Marquavius) Lewis the highest rated defensive lineman in junior college football, signed with us today,” said Spurrier. “He will be here Jan. 10th or 11th.“Quay didn’t listen to all the talk about coaches leaving or assistant coaches leaving. I think he came because of the University of South Carolina and wanting to play for his home state university.”Spurrier says he has a good group of assistant coaches, but added that if help was needed it would be addressed later.He is in his 10th season with the Gamecocks and is the school’s all-time winningest coach.He said he made the two to three year comment following the team’s disappointing loss (to Clemson). He talked about new luxury condominium housing players will live in at the school and the new indoor facility and practice fields.“I think the (recruits) are really more concerned about the assistant coaches than they are about me,” he said. “The bottom line is, I’m just not that important.”last_img

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