Steve Spurrier banner comes down at South Carolina
The Steve Spurrier era at South Carolina is officially over.
An 85-foot high banner featuring Spurrier that hung outside Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina was removed on Wednesday as the program searches for a new head coach. Two workers began the process and were able to bring down the banner:
The banner is now being peeled from the stadium @WLTX pic.twitter.com/S0JQDFp4J2
— Ralph Cooper (@RalphCoopWLTX) December 2, 2015
Update: Steve Spurrier banner is down. End of an era for the #Gamecocks. pic.twitter.com/P5wGXkhHpb
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) December 2, 2015
The banner coming down symbolizes the end of a successful era in South Carolina football and the beginning of a new one.
The banner first went up following the 2013 season, a year in which the Gamecocks enjoyed their third consecutive 11-2 season and finished with the highest ranking in school history at No. 4 in the polls. Spurrier took over the program prior to the 2005 season and never had a losing year until stepping down midseason at 2-4 this year.
Spurrier goes down as the best coach in South Carolina history. His three straight 11-2 seasons that culminated in top-10 rankings were the best years the Gamecocks ever enjoyed. Now the program will look to see if they can find a coach who can achieve his levels of success, not to mention deliver as many awesome quotes as he did.