Steve Spurrier is the all-time winningest coach at Florida and South Carolina, but the legendary coach isn’t interested in playing the role of fan Saturday.
When the No. 11 Gators and Gamecocks square off this weekend (noon, SEC Network), Spurrier, who abruptly resigned from South Carolina last month, won’t be in attendance.
“I don’t think that’s my place,” Spurrier said. “I’m not going to the game. I’m not going to go to any games. 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, the Gamecocks, have got a chance to win this one this week, but I’m not going to be around.”
Gators first-year coach Jim McElwain has gushingly praised Spurrier in the past, and he noted that the former Gators coach and Heisman Trophy winner has called him several times this season, including after UF’s 27-3 win over archrival Georgia.
“That means a lot,” McElwain said.