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Steve Spurrier not attending USC-Florida game

Former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he won’t attend any of the Gamecocks’ final three home games.
Former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he won’t attend any of the Gamecocks’ final three home games. gmelendez@thestate.com

Steve Spurrier has been to Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., since resigning as South Carolina’s head coach, but he won’t be at Williams-Brice Stadium this weekend or any weekend the rest of this season.

“I don’t think that’s my place,” Spurrier told The State on Monday.

The Gamecocks take on Florida at noon Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Spurrier is the winningest head coach at both schools.

“I’m not going to go to the game. I’m not going to go to any games,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think I should. I think I need to get out of the way and let the coaches here and players have a go at it. I certainly think we have, the Gamecocks have got a chance to win this one this week, but I’m not going to be around.”

University President Harris Pastides said in October when Spurrier resigned that he hoped to have the former coach on the field at Williams-Brice to be recognized during a game this year. Spurrier was 122-27-1 in 12 seasons as the Gators coach from 1990 through 2001. He left the Gamecocks on Oct. 13 after 10-and-a-half seasons in which he was 86-49. Both marks are the most wins by any coach at those schools.

Spurrier and wife Jerri attended the Nebraska-Michigan State game last weekend at the invitation of Cornhuskers athletics director Shawn Eichorst, who was a senior associate athletics director at South Carolina from 2004-2006. Nebraska won the game 39-38 on a touchdown with 17 seconds left.

“Boy, you talk about a happy bunch of Nebraska Cornhuskers. I am going to tell you, they were a happy bunch,” Spurrier said. “So many games go like that nowadays. Those kind of games hurt when you lose those.”

The Spurriers previously attended the Michigan-Michigan State game in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Spartans won that game on a last-play touchdown.

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