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Wednesday was one year from the day that Steve Spurrier decided to call it quits from South Carolina and effectively retire as the head ball coach. Now in his role as ambassador / consultant with the Florida Gators, Spurrier recently admitted that he is, well, bored.
“Oh, I’m a little bored,” Spurrier told The State. “Every now and then when you are watching games and watch everybody struggling on offense, it makes you think, ‘What the heck am I doing up here watching TV?'”
As has been obvious to those following Spurrier’s return to Florida, the Gators have certainly been using him much more as an ambassador and not so much as a consultant. Spurrier said that he does watch Florida “practice every now and then” and “make[s] some suggestions” on occasion but admitted that “their terminology and mine are completely different. We don’t even know what the other one is talking about half the time.”
Spurrier’s latest effort to help the Gators will come on Thursday when he will speak to the team ahead of its homecoming game against the Missouri Tigers, head coach Jim McElwain said on Wednesday.
“We had him talk to the team before. I’m looking forward to getting him in front [of the guys],” McElwain said. “He’s obviously out at practice a bunch and he’s around the guys. It’s fun to have him around. He’s getting to know them, getting to know the personalities a little bit, and that’s been really good.”
McElwain also said he hopes Spurrier can share some thoughts on what it means to play in front of fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on homecoming, especially with so many alumni in town for the weekend.
“[We will] have an opportunity to kind of give his perspective on the importance [of homecoming] as well as some former players that we’ll have [in town] on Friday,” McElwain said. “There’s something about it that you shouldn’t need that to go out and compete. I think that’s lost. … I want our guys to make sure that they understand the importance. I think that’s great for our fans, great for the town, obviously great for the university.”