Former coach Steve Spurrier to serve as South Carolina ambassador

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Spurrier has a new role at South Carolina: special assistant to president Harris Pastides and athletic director Ray Tanner.

Spurrier resigned as football coach in October. He had a contract clause that allowed him to assume such a role, if he wanted. Tanner said Spurrier recently accepted the position and has met with donors and boosters at a few basketball games this season.

Spurrier and his wife, Jerri, were on hand Monday night, when the second-ranked Gamecocks hosted No. 1 Connecticut in women's hoops.

Spurrier spent 10-plus years in charge of the football program and is the winningest coach in school history. He stepped away mid-season this past fall -- "I fired myself," Spurrier said -- when the Gamecocks struggled.

Will Muschamp took over as coach in December.