South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier turned 70 this year. The “Head Ball Coach” is among the best college football coaches of all time, but he also carries a reputation for being one of the greatest quotes in the history of the sport.
To honor him as his illustrious career perhaps draws to a close, SECCountry.com will present a classic Spurrier quote every week during the football season to give some of his most memorable remarks the attention they deserve.
In light of a sluggish 1-2 start to South Carolina’s season, Week 4 is a throwback to his NFL coaching days, graciously transcribed by Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog:
“Got a big crowd in here! OK, we wound up 5-11! Not very good! But there was some worse (than) us. I guess that’s one positive way to look at it, we weren’t the worst team in the league.”
In December 2003, Spurrier — then in his second year coaching the Washington Redskins — held an end-of-season press conference after guiding the team to a 5-11 record.
The immediate reaction:
One imagines that even the grizzled media veterans present at the presser couldn’t help but chuckle at Spurrier’s attempts to put a positive spin on a woeful season. The whole thing is chock-full of vintage Spurrier sound bites that will make you smile, including a tip of the visor to his kicker and punter, who had “exceptional years.”
The eventual fallout:
Spurrier would resign soon after and, following a year away from the game, signed a seven-year contract to coach South Carolina in 2005.
The lasting legacy:
Spurrier finished his unsuccessful stint in the NFL with a 12-20 record, a forgettable blemish on an otherwise Hall of Fame coaching career, but went on to preside over one of the most successful eras in the history of South Carolina football. The Redskins have only had three winning seasons in the meantime.
Years later, the “Head Ball Coach” would admit he is not shocked by the continued futility of Washington’s pro football team.
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