What Steve Spurrier misses about coaching – and what he doesn't miss – Charlotte Observer (blog)
Steve Spurrier is 71 now and out of coaching, but he is certainly not out of things to say.
Here is a snapshot of the former Head Ball Coach’s current life. On Friday afternoon, Spurrier spoke to Charlotte’s Touchdown Club. Then, in his new role as ambassador/consultant for the University of Florida, he was scheduled to fly to Arkansas to hobnob with some Gator boosters and “hang out with the team some,” as he said.
Spurrier then planned to attend the Florida-Arkansas game in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. And on Monday, he has another speaking engagement back in Florida – although one that’s not as high-profile.
“We have a livestock survey team at University of Florida,” Spurrier said. “I did not know of it until the other day. The coach of the livestock survey team has asked me to talk to them. That’s part of my duties. So I’m talking to them Monday.”
I certainly miss that part — the play-calling, working with those guys and so forth. But we all have an expiration date. Steve Spurrier
The winningest coach ever at both Florida and the University of South Carolina as well as an ACC champion at Duke, Spurrier was a visor-slinging, Fun ‘n’ Gun scoring phenomenon as a coach for decades. But he resigned abruptly about a year ago, in the middle of the season, just after the Gamecocks fell to 2-4 and 0-4 in the SEC. He said at the time he was basically firing himself.
While Spurrier certainly doesn’t miss the recruiting part of college football, he does miss what it feels like when you’re down by three but driving in the fourth quarter and it’s time to come up with the right “ball play,” as Spurrier always liked to call them.
“I certainly miss