Steve Spurrier called an impromptu press conference this summer to rip his age critics.
The 70-year-old South Carolina coach’s message during the presser was clear: His age has nothing to do with the Gamecocks’ performance on the field. In fact, Spurrier said he’ll coach for another “five to six years.”
On Monday, legendary Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer was asked what he thought about Spurrier coaching at 70.
“Age has nothing to do with anything,” Switzer told SECCountry.com. “His age has nothing to do with him getting his ass beat a couple of days ago (by Kentucky).”
Switzer, 77, was a guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta Touchdown Club. He is one of three coaches (Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll) to win a national championship and a Super Bowl. At nearly 80 years old, Switzer still thinks he can patrol the sidelines, even though he hasn’t coached since 1997.
“Hell yeah, I can still coach,” Switzer said. “I can recruit players and evaluate talent, still. If I had a good product like I did at Oklahoma, I can still recruit and coach with no problem. The only thing that may change is I may use a golf cart more to get around now.”
So if Spurrier is looking for empathy for the Kentucky loss, he won’t get much from Switzer.