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Steve Spurrier talks back surgery, ‘flukish play’ that helped Gators past USC

Former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier attempts to catch a pass in the end zone during the Garnet and Black spring game at Williams-Brice Stadium on March 31, 2018, in Columbia, SC.
Former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier attempts to catch a pass in the end zone during the Garnet and Black spring game at Williams-Brice Stadium on March 31, 2018, in Columbia, SC. gmcintyre@thestate.com

Former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is still hospitalized following Tuesday back surgery but is hoping to head home Saturday.

“I’m just sitting in here watching TV and walking around the halls,” Spurrier told The State on Friday. “Hopefully, I’ll get out tomorrow morning.”

The surgery, which was to repair a disc issue that was causing nerve damage and making it difficult for Spurrier to walk normally, was a success, he said.

“I’m doing pretty well I think,” he said. “I had some discs that were sort of jammed up and the nerves were being pinched. He went in and cleaned me up. It’s just a matter of time I should be walking around like a youngster.”

Spurrier’s surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hoh, a neurosurgeon in Gainesville, Fla.

“He’s one of the best in the country, maybe one of the best in the world,” Spurrier said.

Spurrier believes he’ll be fully ready to begin his coaching duties with the Orlando Apollos of the American Alliance of Football, when the team begins practices in December, he said

“Everyone said, ‘Coach you need to have something done,’” Spurrier said. “I said, ‘You’re exactly right. I can’t live the rest of my life going like I’ve been going.’”

Spurrier, who is now a consultant for Florida’s athletics program, attended the Gators 35-31 win over the Gamecocks last week at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

“That was an interesting game last week,” he said. “When that flukish play happened and four guys hit and Florida caught it for a first down, from that point on, it was all Florida. It changed the whole momentum of the game. Sometimes you get a play like that, and it’s amazing and it was amazing because it was all Gators after that.”

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