GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It was one team Steve Spurrier used to coach against another Saturday, as South Carolina and Florida played at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Spurrier, now an ambassador and consultant at Florida, was on hand, naturally. He was honored on the field with his 1990-91 teams, taking the microphone and addressing the crowd as many players he recruited to South Carolina stood less than 25 yards away.
Spurrier said after Florida’s 20-7 win that the day’s experience was no different than one he routinely had while coaching at South Carolina.
“It’s no different than when I coached at South Carolina and came back to Florida,” Spurrier said. “I work for Florida right now. South Carolina is my former team. I pull for Florida every game now. I pull for South Carolina every game but one. …
“The emotions of coaches don’t change. It’s whoever you are with at the time – that’s the team you are for.”
Spurrier resigned as the coach at South Carolina during the 2015 season, ending his 11-year tenure abruptly. He previously coached at Florida from 1990-2001, returning to his alma mater, where he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy.
He briefly held an ambassador role at South Carolina, but left to take the job at Florida and now is watching the Gamecocks from a distance.
“They’ve done very well,” Spurrier said. “They’re on the right track at quarterback and all that. They are doing very well.”