Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier mentioned two schools as the best coaching jobs in the SEC, and Alabama wasn’t one of them.
The Head Ball Coach told The Paul Finebaum Show that LSU and UGA are the best coaching jobs in the SEC for recruiting purposes.
“I think Georgia and LSU are basically the best two,” Spurrier said. “Of course Nick Saban has made Alabama the best right now. As far as the recruiting advantages, LSU doesn’t have much competition in their state and Georgia pretty much should own their state there.”
Spurrier somehow glossed over the defending national champions and arguably the best dynasty in recent history. In fact, it was a dynasty Spurrier helped create.
Spurrier admitted he was contacted by Alabama athletic director Mal Moore about its coaching vacancy in 2006. Spurrier declined and remained committed to rebuilding South Carolina, but he provided a pretty good recommendation.
“I really get a thrill, Paul, out of trying to do things that have never been done before,” Spurrier said. “So I told Mal Moore, I said, ‘Listen you don’t want me there, I’m not going to come there. But hang with Coach Saban.’ He’d already turned it down and said ‘I’m staying at Miami (Dolphins)…’ I said, ‘Go back to him. I think he’d rather be at Alabama than at Miami.’
“I told him to go back and get Nick Saban and he went back and got him.”
Spurrier said he had no regrets about passing up the Alabama job, but added that Saban’s success has created an intense amount of pressure on the program.
“Obviously what he has done there is wonderful,” Spurrier said. “I told him, I said, ‘You got another seven or eight years left in you at Alabama, unless you lose three games in one season.’ … They’ve got it going, but when you win like that all the time, the pressure to keep it up, it’s there.”
So be sure to give the HBC some credit for creating one of the greatest dynasties in the history of college sports.