Play-Calling Head Coaches in College Football: A Dying Breed?

This month, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier announced that he would be calling all of the Gamecocks’ offensive plays in 2010, something not widely done among his fellow NCAA head coaches.

The past two seasons, “the Head Ball Coach” (don’t call him “old”), had delegated some of the play-calling authority to other members of his staff, most notably his son.

The move created controversy among South Carolina fans, who felt that the elder Spurrier was abandoning something that made him one of the SEC’s more legendary coaches.