Former Florida quarterback and coach Steve Spurrier dominated the headlines on Friday morning with his decision to return to his alma mater as an ambassador and consultant for Florida athletics.
By Friday afternoon, the Head Ball Coach had already explained his decision to return, hinted at the idea that South Carolina wasn’t allowed him to do enough in his ambassador role there, and had even weighed in on the Gators quarterback competition for the fall.
But did he close the door to any more career opportunities during his teleconference with the media?
“I think I’ve been finished … I’m not sure exactly what happens 5, 10 years from now,” Spurrier said. “I certainly believe this could be my last… uh… not coaching gig… consulting gig, or whatever. Who knows? I hate to say this is the last of anything.”
That may leave some fans skeptical that Spurrier might be prone to meddling in Jim McElwain’s decisions, but the 71 year old tried to reassure folks that wouldn’t be the case.
“I can assure you, I’ll stay out of the coach’s way,” he said. “I’m not gonna be in coaches’ meetings or things like that, but maybe talk a little ball with Coach Mac, Coach Nuss (Doug Nussmeier).”
In fact, it was McElwain who pushed for Spurrier to return to Gainesville. It seems those two will get along just fine.
“I think Coach Mac and his guys did an excellent job,” Spurrier said. “Knowing Coach Mac, he wants more than just the Eastern division. So, they’re looking forward to growing this program to one of the best in the nation. They want this program to win SEC championships like we’ve done in the past.”
So if roaming the sidelines again is likely out of the question, what about television?
Ever since he made an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay shortly after his midseason resignation at South Carolina last fall, many have been pulling for Spurrier to try his hand at broadcasting.
And while many a retired coach has gone that route, Spurrier indicated that’s not for him.
“I don’t know if that’s something that’s natural to me: Being an expert or discussing how the games go,” he explained.
Spurrier did confirm that he had talks with the SEC Network, but things “never got real serious.”