The average age of the 14 football coaches in the SEC is 50.2 and is dropping, so South Carolina and UCF are bucking the trend Saturday when they face off under the leadership of more coaches.
At 68 and 67 years old, respectively, Steve Spurrier and George O’Leary are two of the four oldest coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
“We really don't think about (age) too much,” Spurrier said. “I bet if you ask our team who the head coach was they may not know, and Central Florida may not know I'm the head coach up here.”
Spurrier and O’Leary have 41 years of collegiate head coaching experience combined.
“The first time I met him was back in the eighties and so forth,” Spurrier said. “He plays a little golf, so we met at some of those bowl function golf outings and social events in the offseason. Of course ,we coached against him my first game here. He's been there 10 or 11 years now, something like that. So yeah, I see him, I know him to say hello.”
Spurrier is the oldest coach in the SEC. In the nation, only Kansas State coach Bill Snyder (73) is older. Ohio coach Frank Solich also is 68, although a few months younger than Spurrier, and O’Leary is the fourth-oldest at 67.
... Steve Spurrier, South Carolina, 68
... Nick Saban, Alabama, 61
... Gary Pinkel, Missouri, 61
... Les Miles, LSU, 59
... Mark Richt, Georgia, 53
... Mike Stoops, Kentucky, 51
... Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M, 49
... Gus Malzahn, Auburn, 47
... Butch Jones, Tennessee, 45
... Bret Beilema, Arkanas, 43
... Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss, 43
... Will Muschamp, Florida, 42
... Dan Mullen, Mississippi State, 41
... James Franklin, Vanderbilt, 41