Coach Steve Spurrier retiring from South Carolina

Steve Spurrier will become the first 70-year-old head football coach in SEC history tonight when South Carolina takes on North Carolina in Charlotte.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has told his players that he is retiring, effective immediately.

The 70-year-old coach informed players of his decision Monday night, said a person close to the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because South Carolina has not publicly announced Spurrier's decision.

South Carolina has not named an interim coach but likely would announce someone to finish out the season by Wednesday, the person said.

The Gamecocks are 2-4 and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in Spurrier's 23 seasons coaching in the league at Florida and South Carolina.

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Spurrier, in the middle of his 11th season at South Carolina, did not return messages from the AP seeking comment.