One of the most controversial coaches in all of college football has to be Steve Spurrier. Fans either really like him or really hate him. There’s very little gray area when it comes to how college football fans view the future Hall of Famer.
If you ask a South Carolina Gamecocks player about Spurrier, they have nothing but great things to say. He brought the team from the bottom of the SEC to competing with top teams every year. Spurrier, often referred to as “The Old Ball Coach” by fans, has led the Gamecocks to three straight top-10 finishes, three straight 11-win seasons, the longest home winning streak in the country and five straight victories over their rival Clemson.
The only thing missing on his resume while coaching the Gamecocks is a SEC title. The Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators have owned the eastern division of the SEC in recent memory. If Spurrier can win the SEC, like he did several times while coaching the Gators, he would be viewed as a savior in the eyes of Gamecocks fans. It would all but write his ticket to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Spurrier might want to hurry up if he wants to win the SEC as the coach at South Carolina. Although he says he still has plenty of years left of coaching, he is getting to the point in his career where he should retire.
When Spurrier does decide to resign, since he doesn’t like using the term “retire,” he will leave a long legacy. Not only will fans remember all the games he won as a coach, but they will also remember the way he carried himself off the field. Many people find him hard to handle because he says and does whatever he wants, whether it be during a press conference or an interview with a reporter.
Yet, there are those who have the utmost respect for him, no matter what he says.
Let’s just say fans of college football have a love/hate relationship with the longtime coach. There is one thing though: no matter how you feel about Spurrier, he has been and always will be a winner.