South Carolina’s Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier is retiring effective immediately.

Spurrier addressed his players and coaches Monday night and informed them that the plan is for someone else to coach the team the rest of the season.

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Spurrier is the Gamecock’s all-time winningest coach.

His decision to retire comes after the Gamecocks’ fourth straight SEC loss. Spurrier is 70 years old this year. He was close to retiring last year when the Gamecocks finished 7-6 but he decided to return. But the Gamecocks have now lost 8 of their last 9 SEC games.

Spurrier boasts a 228-89-2 coaching record in 26 years and an 11-10 mark in 21 bowls.

He started his head coaching career in 1987 with Duke where he stayed three seasons and led the team to the No. 20 position in the Associated Press poll in 1989. He also won the ACC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

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Spurrier then went on to Florida from 1990-2001 and led the Gators to the 1996 Associated Press national championship with a 12-1 record and Sugar Bowl victory over arch rivals Florida State.

Florida was ranked in the Associated Press poll in every season Spurrier was there, and he won the SEC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1995 and 1996.

Spurrier also played quarterback for the Gators from 1964-1966 and took home the 1966 Heisman Trophy and SEC Player of the Year.

Spurrier stayed in the conference when he took the South Carolina job in 2005.

He also won the SEC Coach of Year as the leader of the Gamecocks in 2005 and 2010, and South Carolina has won a bowl game in each of the last four seasons under Spurrier.

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