Steve Spurrier has built two major college football programs from, basically, the ground up.
When he arrived at Florida in 1990, the Gators had never won an SEC or national championship. When he left in 2001, Florida had six conference championships and a national title.
When he arrived at South Carolina in 2005, the Gamecocks’ football history was below average, at best, having never won a conference championship with only three career bowl victories. Now, South Carolina’s an annual top 15 team.
Spurrier, speaking at SEC Media Days Tuesday morning, spoke about the differences in building those programs, highlighting the importance of boosters.
Spurrier said South Carolina only had one booster donating over $1 million when he arrived. Now it’s up to 12 or 13.
— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) July 15, 2014
Spurrier: Big donors “are sort of like” team owners. Clarifies: “Best part, they don’t tell us what to do. … They’re owners from a distance”
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 15, 2014
Spurrier telling us how a booster gave him a ride on the guy’s “jet plane.”
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 15, 2014
Random Spurrier quote from SEC Media Days: “He took me to the Bahamas on his jet airplane.”
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 15, 2014
If you were a college football booster, wouldn’t Spurrier be the most entertaining coach to take on trips? The South Carolina coach plus a tropical setting has to equal an incredible time.