It might as well have been "Throwback Thursday" for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier at his Capital One Bowl news conference. The Gamecocks coach took jabs at former employers in Florida and the NFL's Washington Redskins, and a former rival in Florida State. It began without prompting as Spurrier addressed the following of South Carolina fans he expected to travel to Orlando for the game against Wisconsin.
Spurrier: "Somebody told me the Gators are staying home for the holidays, maybe we can get a bunch of Gators to come to our game." #HBCâ Capital One Bowl (@CapitalOneBowl) December 12, 2013
A former UF quarterback, Spurrier doesn't often take aim at the Gators. Florida failed to qualify for a bowl and suffered its first losing season in decades under third-year coach Will Muschamp. Then it was onto Florida State, Spurrier's bitter rival when he coached the Gators. Asked about defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's speeding ticket for traveling 110 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone, Spurrier had another zinger prepared.
Spurrier to Bianchi: "I didn't know Jadeveon's car that could go that fast. He doesn't have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive."â Heath Cline (@heathradio) December 12, 2013
And finally, it appears Spurrier couldn't help but revel a bit in the 2013 demise of the Washington Redskins, whom he coached unsuccessfully for two seasons (2002-03).
Spurrier clearly hasn't lost his top form when it comes to entertaining comments. And with the Gamecocks finishing 10-2, he hasn't lost his coaching form, either.
Stick around, Steve.
The SEC won't be the same when you're gone.
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