Maybe in his older years, Steve Spurrier has become more humble with his attitude towards the Georgia Bulldogs? Or maybe not.
The legendary coach of the Florida Gators – and longtime nemesis of UGA – was a special guest at this week’s SEC Media Days. The “Head Ball Coach” appeared on ESPN’s SEC Network, along with Herschel Walker.
Like with many media interviews with Spurrier, at some point during the conversation he talked about his feelings towards Georgia. The 74-year-old Spurrier started off his rhetoric in a modest and respectful tone, perhaps because Herschel was there:
“We couldn’t tell many jokes about Georgia because they were kicking our butts. They beat Florida 15 out of 20 times in the 70s and 80s. So we got a chance to turn it around in the 90s, and so forth.
“A lot of times, those stupid jokes I told – they were just meant for the Gators.”
Of course, Spurrier couldn’t finish the discussion about Georgia without a taking some sort of verbal jab towards the Bulldogs. It’s in his DNA. He couldn’t resist – that’s just how he rolls. Here goes:
“(For) years down there, we always told the story ‘Why does the St. Johns River flow north? It’s because, you know, Georgia sucks.’”
The TV host remarked that he hadn’t heard that Georgia joke before, but Spurrier insisted that he had. “You’ve heard that one a thousand times.” As far as the context of Spurrier’s punchline, it must be an inside joke? (Perhaps one of our readers can offer insight?)
Quick history lesson
In case any UGA fans forgot about Spurrier (he hasn’t coached in the SEC since 2015), here are two of his most infamous jabs at Georgia:
- On UGA’s recruiting: “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
- On playing UGA early in the season: “I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
Nevertheless, Spurrier’s glory days at Florida seem to be ancient history, especially after UGA’s dominating performance against the Gators over the last two years.
Spurrier seems to be getting bored in retirement.
This weekend, he caught some grief for tweeting out a photo of a championship ring from the minor-league football team he coached last spring. The team – and the league – folded before the playoffs were held, but Spurrier claimed a championship anyways.