Former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was booed heavily as he took part in the coin toss festivities for the College Football Playoff national title game in Tampa on Monday night.
Smooth as ever, the Head Ball Coach simply shrugged his haters off with a wink and a smile. And while that moment was awesome, so was his verbal response in the days following.
Speaking with Buddy Martin for an article that was released on Wednesday, Spurrier acknowledged the Clemson fans who gave him such a rude welcoming. He told Martin just what to tell them in his story:
“Tell ’em I didn’t mind at all and it didn’t hurt my feelings one bit,” Spurrier said. “In fact, the louder the better. That was a loud one. As long as they’re loud!”
Then he laughed and said, “Some of them were the same fans who were lined up in the hotel lobby asking for a picture to be made with them.”
“If they’d have been kicking my butt up there every year those people would have been clapping,” he mused.
In 10 games against Clemson during his tenure at South Carolina, Spurrier recorded a 6-4 record against the Tigers. That included a five-game winning streak from 2009-13. To be fair, there may have been some Alabama fans involved in the booing as well, as Spurrier handed the Crimson Tide their fair share of losses as the Gators coach in the 1990s.
What have we learned from this? While he not be coaching any longer, the Head Ball Coach is still capable of delivering a classic Spurrier zing when the occasion calls for it.