Twitter reacts to Spurrier’s departure: ‘You have changed USC forever’
Since his resignation this week as South Carolina’s head coach, Steve Spurrier has received plenty of well-wishes from the sporting world. Personal tales, tweets rooted in admiration, and all sorts of pleasantries were thrown Spurrier’s way.
Below is a sampling of tributes to the Head Ball Coach:
Although many know Jesse Palmer as a college football analyst (and a former "Bachelor"), he also was a quarterback under Spurrier at Florida from 1997-2000.
Steve Spurrier's competitive drive, pursuit of excellence and obsession with winning was unsurpassed by any coach I had in college or pro.
— Jesse James Palmer (@JessePalmerABC) October 13, 2015
Current Houston Texans defensive end Jadaveon Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He competed for his hometown team South Carolina under Spurrier’s guidance.
I'm proud to have played for one of college football's greatest coaches. Thank u for all u did for me + our program, Coach Spurrier #respect
— jadeveon clowney 7 (@clownejd) October 13, 2015
Both Perry Orth and Pharoh Cooper are current players for the Gamecocks. Cooper has arguably been Spurrier’s best player the past few years, and likely will go down as one of the best pass-catchers to ever play at the school.
I have nothing but respect for you ! You have changed USC Forever ! I will always be a GAMECOCK at heart! Much Love HBC! 🐔
— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) October 13, 2015
Orth was a walk-on quarterback with limited options. Spurrier ultimately brought him on board, and Orth has become an integral member of the squad.
When no one gave me a chance to play D1 football, Coach Spurrier did. I am forever honored and grateful to play for the one and only HBC!
— Perry Orth (@PerryOrth10) October 13, 2015
Current NFL analyst and former NFL player Cris Collinsworth played under Spurrier for one season in 1978. The quarterbacks’ coach at the time, Spurrier moved Collinsworth from quarterback to receiver. The rest is history, as Collinsworth became an All-Pro player on the professional level.
I'm so lucky to have had Steve Spurrier as my coach at Florida. He moved me from QB to WR and taught me the game. Thanks my friend.
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthNBC) October 13, 2015
The coaching fraternity in any sport is a special thing. Both Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze offered their praise for "The Ol’ Ball Coach."
Coach Spurrier has impacted & influenced more of us in this business than he will ever know. He will be missed and will always be the "HBC"
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) October 13, 2015
— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) October 13, 2015
Lastly, former quarterback Danny Wuerffel posted a heartfelt message for Spurrier. Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy under Spurrier at Florida, and also the 1996 national title.
— Danny Wuerffel (@DannyWuerffel) October 13, 2015