South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier let his employer have it Sunday, saying if the university doesn't change its admissions process, he will have no choice but to pack up and leave.
"As long as I’m the coach here, we’re going to take guys that qualify,” Spurrier said. “If not, then I have to go somewhere else because I can’t tell a young man, ‘You’re coming to school here,’ he qualifies, and not do that. And we did that this year.”
Spurrier let his feelings be known after recruits Michael Bowman and Arkee Smith were turned down by South Carolina's special admissions committee despite being NCAA-qualified.
“I’ve got to apologize to two young men that we recruited. They qualified. They signed with us in February. They were denied admission to our school,” Spurrier said. “Personally, I don’t think that’s the way you do business. I’m embarrassed that I and our coaches basically misled these young men into believing they were coming here.”
Spurrier spoke on the topic for 3.5 minutes, according to Joseph Person of the Columbia State, and the coach punctuated his points by jabbing his eyeglasses in the air.
University spokesman Russ McKinney said being NCAA-qualified does not guarantee an athlete admission.
“Our goal in the regular admissions process and any special admissions process is to try to be sure that every student admitted to the university can be successful and graduate,” McKinney said.