Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: Just A Fun Steve Spurrier Story

kkfoster@thestate.com

Anyone care to guess Steve Spurrier’s favorite games as an athlete?

If you attended the Columbia Touchdown Club’s first meeting of the year Wednesday, you already know because Spurrier opened his 20-minute speech to the crowd with the story of how a team from Chapin-Newberry won the American Legion World Series.

"Brought back some memories," Spurrier said.

Spurrier’s two favorite games as a player, and there is a long list of choices for a guy who was a standout high school athlete, a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida and an NFL quarterback, are from his high school baseball days. Spurrier pitched in both games, beating a rival high school for the regional title (which led to an eventual state title) as a junior and winning the state title game on the mound his senior year.

"As a player, that was the only two times I won it all. You couldn’t win anymore," Spurrier said. "As a player and a competitor, that’s a thrill when you couldn’t get any above what you’ve done."

The story has little or nothing to do with the Gamecocks’ 2015 football season, but it’s another inside look at what drives the team’s head coach.

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