Spurrier to take over play-calling

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

With his offense struggling to score points, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that he would move back into the role as the "principal" play-caller for the Gamecocks.

Spurrier insisted that he'd already been heavily involved in the play-calling this season after delegating more of that responsibility to his son, Steve Spurrier Jr., heading into last season. But Spurrier made it clear Tuesday that he would be the main guy calling plays the rest of the season with input from his assistants.

"I'll probably be a little more involved, as far as being responsible for all of them and getting suggestions from other guys and so forth," Spurrier said. "That's probably a little cleaner way to do it, but I can assure you that's not our problem."

Spurrier said the Gamecocks have actually played better on offense the last two weeks in losses to Arkansas and Tennessee than they did earlier in the season when they beat North Carolina State and Ole Miss.

But the bottom line is that South Carolina hasn't been able to score points. The Gamecocks (6-4, 3-4) haven't scored more than 16 points in their last four SEC games and have No. 1 Florida coming to town this weekend.

And weighing heavily on everybody's mind in Columbia right now is trying to figure out a way to avoid a late-season fade for the third consecutive year.

Spurrier, 64, was insistent at his news conference Tuesday that he's not planning on retiring and wants to remain at South Carolina and see this thing through. He admitted back in August that he thought about walking away following the Gamecocks' 31-10 Outback Bowl loss to Iowa a year ago.

But he likes the young talent in the program and thinks the Gamecocks' best years are still ahead of them.

"We’ve got some guys that are really going to help us on the way," Spurrier said. "We’ve got a good coaching staff here. I hope and plan to go three or four more years, something like that, and see what happens. If we’re going 6-6 or 7-5 (three or four years from now), then certainly someone else should have a chance.

"We’ve got some guys coming in that I’m really looking forward to coaching. I’m really looking forward to watching Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore. We’ve got some good young guys here that have a chance to have big-time careers."