COLUMBIA, S.C. – Steve Spurrier will be at his old high school in Johnson City, Tenn., on Friday night. But before he made his way there, the former South Carolina coach made a stop at a familiar location at a familiar time.
The former South Carolina coach was at the Wild Wing Café in Columbia and joined coach Will Muschamp on the air for part of the weekly “Carolina Calls” radio show Thursday night.
“Just an opportunity to get on the radio and say thanks to the University of South Carolina,” Spurrier said.
Spurrier, who coached South Carolina from 2005 until the middle of 2015, mentioned being fortunate to be hired by former athletic director Mike McGee. Spurrier also noted the oddity of winning his first game at USC at age 60 before turning his attention to Muschamp.
“I think Will has got an excellent chance to be the winningest coach,” Spurrier said. “Gotta give him 11 years. Average 8 (wins) a year for 11 years. I only had to hit 65. I figure if we could go about 8 a year – and we were going about 7 a year until we signed Marcus Lattimore then after Lattimore we signed (Jadeveon) Clowney and the rest of them and Connor Shaw. …
“Will and his guys, they are in the process of doing that. They are getting some top guys and doing a heck of a job.”
Spurrier accepted a job at Florida as an ambassador and consultant to the athletic department in July.
But last week, Spurrier was in Oklahoma to watch the Sooners play Ohio State as his son, Steve Jr., has an off-field role with OU. He still found time to watch the Gamecocks from afar.
“The TV shot they showed, it was a full house. It was packed. It was a tremendous crowd,” Spurrier said. “It was excellent for recruiting and television. Gamecock fans, they love football. This was South Carolina-East Carolina. It wasn’t Ohio State-Oklahoma. Will and his guys are doing a super job. Big-time football is right here.”
Spurrier’s alma mater, Science Hill High School, is naming its football field after him Friday night. He also will have a book signing while in his hometown.
“We were No. 1 on Amazon for a while. We are No. 2 or No. 3 now,” Spurrier said. “It’s a little more work than I thought it was going to be. If you want to tell your story, tell it. Then you don’t have to say I never did this that or the other. I’m glad I got it out there.”