Now that Steve Spurrier is retired from coaching, he has plenty of time on his hands. But in the event college football ever established a commissioner, is that a job Spurrier would consider taking?
“Probably not,” Spurrier said on Wednesday and then explained, “That sounds like a lot of work — traveling around the country and trying to keep up with Ole Miss and whoever else is under investigation right now.”
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Spurrier’s joking reference to Ole Miss is in regards to the controversy surrounding former Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil — whose Instagram account recently displayed a series of text messages between Tunsil and an Ole Miss staffer that Ole Miss has confirmed to be real that appear to reveal Tunsil asking for payment to cover expenses for his mother.
The statement by Spurrier was made shortly before he teed off in the Regions Traditions celebrity pro-am golf tournament in Birmingham, Ala. — an event in which Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was also participating. Freeze had declined comment on the Tunsil situation earlier in the day.
The idea of a college football commissioner was originally suggested by Alabama coach Nick Saban during an interview on “The Paul Finebaum Show,” and while Spurrier isn’t up for the job himself, he sees the position potentially having a positive impact on the sport.
“That might be something that would be good for college football to have one guy with some common sense make decisions,” he said.