Get ready for talking season.
That was the M.O. under former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier over the past quarter-century, but that part of the college football is now behind us … we think.
The Head Ball Coach retired his visor earlier this week, so ESPN took a few minutes to play a tribute video to Spurrier — not just for what he accomplished on the field, but more so for what he did to make a difference at the podium.
They labeled Spurrier “a master irritator” with no shortage of zingers, and the latter may be true.
“Someone said ‘why are you still coaching?’” Spurrier recalled in the video. “Well, I said, ‘I forgot to get fired.’”
SEC football will surely miss Spurrier, perhaps as much for his antics as for his coaching.
Spurrier was the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner. He amassed 228 wins and a national championship at Florida, and only Bear Bryant has more wins in the SEC.
But perhaps no one will ever outdo the Head Ball Coach when it comes to interviews.
Chris Low reflects on the career and legacy of Steve Spurrier, who was one of college football’s preeminent innovators and irritators.