Steve Spurrier has spent the better part of the last two decades as an enemy of the Tennessee Volunteers, but he will be one of the program’s honored guests in a few weeks.
The Knoxville Quarterback Club will present Spurrier with the Robert Neyland Award, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. He will be recognized on the weekend of The Volunteers’ annual Orange and White Spring Game.
The Neyland Award, named after Tennessee’s all-time winningest coach Robert Neyland, has been in existence since 1967. Previous winners include other successful coaches such as Paul “Bear” Bryant, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, Bo Schembechler, Eddie Robinson, Tom Osborne and Phillip Fulmer.
Spurrier retired as South Carolina coach after four games last season, and now serves in an ambassador role with the program.
He left with the second-most wins in SEC history (131), which trails only Bryant’s record of 159. Spurrier went 14-10 against Tennessee during his coaching career.