Don't call Spurrier old

Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is looking to coach another three or four years.

The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.

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Shortly after he left Florida following the 2001 season, Steve Spurrier went from being the Head Ball Coach to the Ol' Ball Coach. How did that happen?

"I got to the (Washington) Redskins and somehow or another it happened," Spurrier said. "I guess I was just another old ball coach, like I'm another old salesman. It sort of stuck up there. Boy, the Head Ball Coach, I liked that better. But it doesn't really matter. I don't really think much about it."

So, feel free to call Spurrier the Head Ball Coach or the Ol' Ball Coach.

But don't call him the Old Ball Coach.

Spurrier recently turned 65, but he may be in the best physical shape of his life. Mentally, he's as sharp as ever — and he's fired up about trying to get South Carolina over the hump this season. Spurrier always ran and worked out during his 12 years at Florida. But he's really taken his workout regimen to a new level in recent years. The result: He feels great and he's eager to coach for another three or four years.

"Age has nothing to do with how you perform," he said. "Life is all about your health and your fitness. I'm sort of proud that I've lasted this long and have not gotten fired. One of my goals is to be a coach that never got fired. I'm hoping in three or four years I'll be able to hang it up on my own."

Back in the late 1990s, when Bobby Bowden started coaching less and less at Florida State, Spurrier used to say he didn't want to stay in coaching too long and become just a figurehead at a program.

At 65, Spurrier is coaching (and running his program) as much as he ever did.

"I never thought I'd coach at 60 when I was 40 or 50 years old," he said. "But it gets here quickly. All of a sudden it's here and you feel as good as you did 15 or 20 years ago. I still hope to put together a (South Carolina) team that will win one (an SEC title)."

Spurrier credits his long run in coaching to his workout habits.

"I've been working out for 30 years," he said. "I enjoy doing it. I try to recommend it to everybody, but a lot of people don't listen very well."

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