The phone rang and when I picked it up I could almost hear the grins of Steve Spurrier wafting over the AT&T airwaves when I said:
“So you’re a Head Ball Coach again! Congratulations. I’m so happy for you.”
Steve Spurrier is happy too.
“It’s ideal for me. Perfect,” Spurrier said on “CBS Saturday Morning” where he was about to catch a flight home from New Home No. 2 in Orlando to New Home No. 1 in Gainesville. “But most of my friends said the same thing – they’re all happy for me. Short season, over by April. Staying in Florida and living six months in Orlando around friends and family.”
Spurrier went on to explain that he missed coaching and for the first time revealed the real truth why he left South Carolina.
“I didn’t leave South Carolina and coaching because I was 70,” Spurrier said. “It was because I had put together a sorry team with a sorry bunch of coaches, including me, and I couldn’t do anything to change it. And it was my fault. So it was time to get out.”
Remember, Spurrier never said he wasn’t going to coach again when he signed on to become Ambassador/Consultant at Florida. In fact he said he would love to coach again if the right thing came along.
The Alliance of American Football turned out to be exactly the right thing for him.
“Even Jerri’s fired up,” he said of his wife.
Don’t think for a minute that the HBC is gliding into a rocking chair and taking a paycheck.
“We’ve got to go compete and win a championship,” he said, not even knowing yet what teams he would be playing. “People want you to say that. I don’t think fans come to the ball part to drink beer and giggle.”
The new Alliance of American Football has its first coach and first team in its first city for 2019 – without knowing who it’s competing again.
I told him about the Tweet I had just sent – “Coaches gotta coach, singers gotta sing and writers gotta write.”
“THAT,” he said, “is exactly right!”
Steve Spurrier is back in the game. Mackie’s back in town.
The world order of football is once again properly aligned.
(Hear Steve Spurrier on @The Buddy Martin Show next week. And check out the Buddy and @Bradyack Show live from @World of Beer Gainesville-Tioga Wednesday night April 11 #Pack the Swamp #Pack the Pub)
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