South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier made a decision many expected and more than a few UGA fans might enjoy: He will announce his retirement on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Through the years as the Head Ball Coach at Florida and South Carolina, Spurrier had plenty of memorable things to say about UGA.
Here are six Spurrier quotes that UGA fans will never forget:
“Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
Spurrier beat then-UGA coach Goff six seasons in a row during his time at Florida. Victories on the recruiting trail only matter so much.
“I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
Spurrier’s Gamecocks tended to face UGA in September, when the Bulldogs would almost always have a player suspended for a summer-related infraction. In 2012, the Head Ball Coach lamented the matchup being pushed back to October.
“Is Ray Goff still coaching there?”
Leading into the 1995 season, Spurrier was asked about extending the Gators’ winning streak against UGA. His response speaks for itself, and it wound up being Goff’s last year with the Bulldogs.
“We had a pretty good run over Georgia. Hopefully, it will be like that.”
As coach of the Washington Redskins in 2002, a reporter asked Spurrier if the Dallas Cowboys were the pro-football equivalent of Florida State. Spurrier went 11-1 against UGA as coach of the Gators.
“It wasn’t like they were some big, powerful team.They’ve actually lost five in a row to Eastern Division opponents. Kentucky and Vandy beat ’em last year.”
Spurrier and the Gamecocks beat then-No. 11 UGA, 16-12, in Sanford Stadium during the 2007 season. The Bulldogs, which began that season in the Top 25 despite, had suffered narrow losses to SEC East foes Kentucky and Vanderbilt in 2006.
“They totally dominated us. …They clobbered us. They’re a lot better than us. We’ve got to make some changes somewhere. We have to do something different.”
And yet, for all of the jabs that UGA and its fans took over the Head Ball Coach’s years of dominance, the Bulldogs had the last laugh, stomping the Gamecocks in a 52-20 victory earlier this season. This is how most UGA fans might prefer to remember Spurrier.