Steve Spurrier officially will become a “media boy” Tuesday when he begins a regular appearance on Sirius XM College Sports Nation.
“One thing I’ve learned is when you’re a media boy, talking season is year round,” said Spurrier, the winningest head coach in the history of both South Carolina and Florida football.
Spurrier will appear three times a week on the station – from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Thursday. He will join the regular hosts of those time slots – including former UCLA coach Rick Nueheisel and former Alabama quarterback Greg McIlroy -- rather than having his own show.
“I thought that might be a fun thing to do to hang around with the media boys,” Spurrier said. “This is just a little something to do for three hours a week. I have three hours a week. Other than that I am trying to be a good ambassador.”
Spurrier, who was 86-49 in 10-and-half seasons as the Gamecocks head coach, now lives in Gainesville, Fla., and serves as an ambassador for the University of Florida athletic program. He was known throughout his coaching career for barbs aimed at other programs, but he told The State on Monday that fans shouldn’t expect much of that during his Sirius appearances.
“I’ll try to sort of inform sports fans, hopefully maybe what the coach is thinking and going through,” he said. “I’m not going to criticize any other coaches, that’s for sure. Sometimes they read into the wrong way.”
Spurrier will have another new job this fall in addition to the radio gig. Through Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance, he will present a four-hour lecture series titled “Winners and Losers.” The course will be based on the teachings of former journalist Sydney Harris, who Spurrier first came to learn about while an assistant coach at Duke when Blue Devils head coach Red Wilson passed out a sheet highlighting Harris’ beliefs.
Spurrier preached many of the tenants to his players throughout his career.
“Hopefully the students here can learn something form it because I know I did,” he said. “I’ve not met anyone in life yet who wants to be a loser in life. We know some losers, but they didn’t plan on it, I don’t think.”