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This is the most Steve Spurrier thing you’ll read this week

Steve Spurrier

From ESPN’s David Hale, who wrote a fantastic story on why golf is so important for some college football coaches: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier welcomes being challenged to a round of golf by one of his players, but he’s never lost.

Classic Spurrier:

The last to take his shot was kicker Ryan Succop, who played at South Carolina from 2005-08. Succop was good, and Spurrier knew it. The kickers are always the ones to worry about. So the coach made sure to set the odds in his favor, scheduling their match just as spring practice drew to a close. Spurrier had been out on the course enough to shake off the rust during the previous month, but the players rarely have enough time.

“You have to pick your spots when you play someone who’s a lot better than you,” Spurrier said.

Players only get one chance to beat the head ball coach. Succop had two triple-bogeys and shot two strokes worse than Spurrier, though he still shot a 79, which is still excellent.

There’s a lot more to Hale’s story than just the Spurrier anecdote — for a lot of these coaches, golf is an escape from the hectic nature of their jobs at the top of college football. Interesting stuff.

(Of course, Spurrier had another great quote this week, so it’s been a pretty good week for the HBC.)

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6 Responses to “This is the most Steve Spurrier thing you’ll read this week”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    I play in the golf low 70’s! If it gets any colder than that I don’t go.

  2. seminolez says: Jul 3, 2014 1:38 PM

    After he beat Succop, Spurrier made a quip about Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl

  3. deadeye says: Jul 3, 2014 5:28 PM

    You can’t spell Citrus without a “U” and a “T”.

  4. vols84 says: Jul 3, 2014 6:04 PM

    Can some one settle this? Back in the 90’s, did he refer to himself as the Old Ball Coach or Head Ball Coach? I seem to remember it being Old Ball Coach.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 3, 2014 7:27 PM

    Isn’t golf the reason his time with the Redskins went so bad? I remember him resigning while on the golf course.

  6. deadeye says: Jul 3, 2014 10:09 PM

    Can some one settle this? Back in the 90′s, did he refer to himself as the Old Ball Coach or Head Ball Coach? I seem to remember it being Old Ball Coach.

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    I do seem to recall that being true, but don’t know the exact quote. I know my UGA friends called him the “Evil Genius”.

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