Steve Spurrier refuses to choose between Florida and South Carolina
Depending on the perspective, this year’s Elite 8 is either incredible or miserable for Steve Spurrier.
As one of the most popular football coaches in the history of both Florida and South Carolina, Spurrier must feel like he’s being asked which of his two kids he loves more. In 12 seasons with the Gators, Spurrier had a 122-27-1 record, won a national championship in 1997 and claimed six SEC championships.
In 12 seasons as the Gators’ coach, Spurrier had a 122-27-1 record, won a national championship in 1997 and claimed six SEC championships. He also won a Heisman Trophy as Florida’s quarterback in 1966. At South Carolina, Spurrier compiled a record of 86-49 over 11 seasons. He led the Gamecocks to their first ever SEC East division title and three straight 11-win seasons.
He’s undoubtedly received plenty of inquiries about which of the two SEC East programs he’s actually rooting for, but the Head Ball Coach had the perfect deflection when former South Carolina star Pharoh Cooper broached the topic on Twitter.
Who you pulling for my man @SteveSpurrierUF !?
— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) March 25, 2017
SEC East all the way, PhAroh! https://t.co/iUo15TZfEL
— Coach Steve Spurrier (@SteveSpurrierUF) March 25, 2017
Instead of tipping his hand, Spurrier appears to be cheering for the division instead of a single team. Although, it’s probably a pretty safe assumption that Kentucky shouldn’t be lumped into that response.
The Gators and Gamecocks split their regular season matchups. South Carolina defeated Florida 57-53 the first time the two teams met earlier in the year, while the Gators earned revenge with an 81-66 victory in February.
No. 4 Florida and No. 7 South Carolina will square off in the Elite 8 on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. ET.