NFL is not for him, Spurrier says


Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 6:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 6:28 p.m.

Steve Spurrier ended any speculation Tuesday that he will be coaching the Miami Dolphins - or any other NFL team for that matter.

Spurrier, who last week withdrew his name from Florida's job search, told The Sun on Tuesday that the two years he spent coaching the Washington Redskins were the last he will spend in the professional league.

"I saw where (ESPN's) Dan Patrick had a deal where he wondered if Miami was Steve Spurrier's dream job," Spurrier said. "When did I ever tell anybody I wanted to coach Miami? I think I know that what is best for me is the college game.

"Even when I coached the Tampa Bay Bandits (of the USFL) it was like coaching a bunch of college kids. I guess it's what you grew up with you stick with. It's probably easier for assistants to move around."

When Dave Wannstedt resigned as coach of the Dolphins on Tuesday, the first name on everyone's lips was Spurrier's because of his ties in the state of Florida. He and Miami owner Wayne Huizenga know each other and rumors have been flying for the last four weeks about the possibility Spurrier could be the next Dolphins' coach, in part to erase the black mark that was Washington from his record.

Spurrier left Florida following the 2001 season to try his hand at the NFL, but the Redskins went 12-20 in his two seasons. Spurrier resigned following the 2003 season.

"I probably decided then that I was done with the NFL," he said. "It wasn't the lifestyle best for me. You don't have scout teams in the NFL. When I was at Florida, I worked with the quarterback every snap for two hours. It wasn't that way in the NFL."

And so Spurrier is back on the market for college teams exclusively, except for a Florida program where he built his reputation as one of the country's top college football coaches.

Asked if any college teams have approached him about coaching, Spurrier said, "I can't answer all that. I can't answer all your questions. In the next two or three weeks, once the season is over, we'll see what happens.

"I think I've made it clear now that if I go back into coaching, it'll be at a good state university, a college job. Hopefully it will be in the South. I'd rather not get up there in the North.

"There has to be an opportunity you gotta be asked."

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