Steve Spurrier became the head coach of Duke's football program in 1987. He led the Blue Devils for three seasons before taking the Florida job.
The Head Ball Coach was almost the head of a different SEC school, though. He recently revealed that two other SEC programs could've hired him before he took the Duke job, but passed.
Spurrier said on ESPN The Zone 105.9’s Out of Bounds with Bo Bounds today that both LSU and Mississippi State opted to not hire him.
Spurrier went into detail about what happened:
“Back in ’86, certainly I flew out [to Mississippi State],” Spurrier said. “The AD was [Charlie] Carr. I think he was only there a year or two. Charlie Carr from North Carolina. Then I flew out sorta in December, no students were on campus, it was during the Christmas break, I think. We had a little conversation and so forth. It didn’t work out, I think he mentioned to people that I didn’t really act like I wanted it and I probably didn’t go overboard with him but I was after it because I didn’t have a dang job, that’s for sure.
“So I also visited LSU a month or so, or a couple weeks after that and I didn’t get invited back to the second interview there. But I’m not a good interview. I’m not a good interview because I don’t talk real mean and tough, I don’t have a lot of big fancy words they like to hear. There’s a lot of athletic directors all they go by is the interview, they don’t look at the guy’s track record. To me, if I was hiring somebody, I gotta see his track record, I don’t need to hear him talk, you know what I mean?”
Spurrier probably would've been really fun at LSU. He's got a Les Miles-quirkiness that would've played well in Baton Rouge. Mississippi State surely would've benefited from his hire, too.