Spurrier: I'm not done yet


"A lot of stuff is going to happen in the next three or four weeks," Spurrier said from his home in northern Virgina. "Whatever happens happens. But I've never said I'm retired."

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Published: Friday, November 5, 2004 at 12:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 5, 2004 at 12:35 p.m.

In his first interview since withdrawing his name from the Florida coaching job search, Steve Spurrier made it clear Friday morning that he is not finished coaching.

Spurrier told The Sun that while he is finished coaching the Gators, he is keeping his options open.

"A lot of stuff is going to happen in the next three or four weeks," Spurrier said from his home in northern Virgina. "Whatever happens happens. But I've never said I'm retired."

On Thusday, the most successful football coach in Florida's football history released a statement through the UF athletic department announcing that he would no longer be considered a candidate for the job as head coach at Florida. He made the decision on Wednesday night and called longtime friend and UF historian Norm Carlson to craft a release.

Spurrier, who turns 60 next year, said Friday that age was not a factor.

"We have a president (of the United States) who is one year younger than me and a guy who wanted to be president one year older than me," he said. "I feel really good, working out six days a week."

On Friday, Spurrier was in an especially good mood because he received word from Panama City that his daughter Amy Moody gave birth to a baby girl.

"Yep, 15 minutes ago. All my girls are there," he said. "That's eight grandchildren - six boys and two girls."

Spurrier reiterated much of what he said in his statement, saying that he felt it was the right time to step aside and let Florida proceed with its process of finding a new football coach to replace Ron Zook.

"I just wanted to let them do their thing," Spurrier said. "If other coaches are interested in being the Gators coach, they should be able to do that. I didn't think the process was the big thing. They've got to do it their way.

"After 12 years there, let's let somebody else do it."

Spurrier admitted being interested in the job and expressed regret in not getting to coach at least two of the players on Florida's current team.

"Mike Degory and Ciatrick Fason - I would have liked to have coached both of those guys," he said. "I got to know both of them in the recruiting process and I really liked them. I would have liked to have coached them. Tell them that when you see them."

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