Steve Spurrier discusses Florida-Mizzou halftime fight: 'None of us were very happy about it'
Steve Spurrier has settled into his role as an ambassador for the University of Florida’s athletic department over the past several years. The former Florida and South Carolina head coach, who led the Gators to a national championship in 1996, has to be mostly happy with the way things have gone in Gainesville, especially following a win against Missouri heading into the annual Cocktail Party game against Georgia.
Saturday’s game, though, took an ugly turn at halftime as both teams engaged in a midfield fight after a hit on Gators quarterback Kyle Trask. During a Tuesday appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show”, Spurrier spoke about how he and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin felt after watching the situation unfold.
“None of us were very happy about it,” he told Finebaum. “Those things don’t need to happen. It was an embarrassment for both universities.”
Three players were ejected from the game for their roles in the scuffle, while a total of 5 players were hit with a half-game suspension by the SEC on Monday. In addition, Gators coach Dan Mullen was fined $25,000.