Showtime for Spurrier


South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier speaks during a news conference at Williams-Brice Stadium last Sunday.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
They were each recruited by Steve Spurrier. Many even spent a season at Florida as redshirt freshmen under Spurrier's direction.
But those days are distant memories for Florida's senior class. In fact, most of Florida's seniors expressed disinterest in watching Spurrier's nationally televised South Carolina debut tonight when the Gamecocks host Central Florida at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
"I don't know if I'll watch it," fifth-year senior center Mike Degory said this week. "We'll see. It depends what I'm doing."
Eating dinner. Doing homework. Hanging out with friends. Those options seem a bit more appealing for these Gators, who hold the final active link between Spurrier and Florida.
The Gators are scheduled to finish practice at approximately 6 p.m. tonight, and fifth-year senior right tackle Lance Butler said he won't be rushing to the television the way many Florida fans are expected to be.
"I'm not sure what I'm doing after practice," Butler said. "They're just another SEC team we'll be facing later this year. I wouldn't say I'm any more interested in them this year than any other."
But not all the Gators seniors will be staying away. In fact, some do plan on watching the game. Tonight is, after all, the official kick-off to the college football season. Senior receiver Dallas Baker said that is more intriguing than Spurrier himself.
"Every chance I get I'll watch a college football game whether it's Spurrier or not," Baker said.
Added fifth-year senior safety Jarvis Herring: "I'll watch it. It's the first college game that comes on."
Herring, though, was one of the few seniors who admitted he is interested to see if Spurrier's offense translates to his new team. "I want to see how the offense works up there," Herring said.
If there is one senior who should have a strong interest in Spurrier's South Carolina debut it is cornerback Vernell Brown. Brown closely followed Spurrier's Florida career while growing up in Gainesville.
"I'm definitely going to watch the South Carolina game," Brown said. "I'm more so looking forward to the kick off of college football. But I also want to see how Spurrier is going to do at South Carolina."
You can reach Brandon Zimmerman by calling 374-5051 or by e-mail at zimmerb@gvillesun.com.

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