When Steve Spurrier wrecked Florida’s chances of going to the SEC Championship Game back in 2005, it looked like a real heated rivalry might be brewing between Spurrier, the former UF coach, and Urban Meyer, the current UF coach.
But it’s never really materialized.
Meyer said Wednesday that he and Spurrier have become friends over the past five years.
“We’re fairly good friends now, him and his wife and my wife and myself, we’re good friends and I actually lean on him quite a bit about the University of Florida when we get together,” Meyer said. “He is Florida. He was a Heisman Trophy winner here and there’s never been any attempt whatsoever to change that all over this place.
“He’s a Hall of Fame coach and a Hall of Fame player, and he’s a good guy, so there’s no issues whatsoever. He’s the reason I came here. I had such admiration for the way his team played and that’s no secret. Now he’s on the opposite sideline and other than that one hour of football a year we get along great and try to beat each other.”
Meyer hasn’t lost to Spurrier since that 2005 game. Since Jarvis Moss’ blocked field goal on the final play made Florida a winner in 2006, Meyer and the Gators have pretty much had their way with the Gamecocks.
Of course, don’t give up on a Meyer-Spurrier rivalry just yet. Saturday night’s game is for the SEC East title, so the loser probably won’t take it too well — even if the two coaches are friends now.