Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier discussed a variety of topics during his lengthy appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday afternoon, including what he thought was the mistreatment an old colleague, late Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
Paterno’s reputation was marred and he was eventually fired from Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The NCAA also stripped Paterno of 112 victories from 1998-2011, which have since been restored. Spurrier still isn’t happy with how one of the greatest coaches of all time was treated by the NCAA and many others.
“He was treated the most unfairly of any coach ever,” Spurrier said. He had nothing to do with that scandal, nothing at all. Amazingly, what they did to him was completely wrong. I hope they restore it.”
Paterno died at age 85 just two months after he was let go by the program. Spurrier hopes Paterno’s legacy will be revived in Happy Valley.
“I’ve heard they’re having talk about putting the statue (of him) back (outside Beaver Stadium) and they should do that. They really should.”