Steve Spurrier was on his game Friday at SEC Media Days. He looked and sounded energetic. It was much different than the drained Spurrier who was in Birmingham for the Regionâ€™s golf event earlier this summer. When Spurrier was on the Finebaum radio show during the golf tournament, he sounded exhausted. To my ears, the architect of the Fun & Gun was anything but ready for another football season.
SixFive straight losses will do that to you.
The game has changed. It isnâ€™t seat-of-the-pants winging it anymore. The offense is more complex than when Spurrier arrived to coach the Gators in 1990.
â€œI think at Florida the first few years, I didn’t even have a play sheet over there half the time,â€ Spurrier said. â€œ You remember those days, coach didn’t even have a play sheet. I’d signal in myself half the stuff.
â€œBut nowadays, guys are going in motion, shifts and all that, which you have to do.â€
Is there less Fun in the Gun?
There is more paperwork than ever. I donâ€™t think the Olâ€™ Ball Coach likes paperwork.
He is handing off the duty of putting the plays on paper, and armbands to his son, Steve Jr.
This has created confusion. Who is coordinating this offense? Who will be calling the plays?
Spurrier has alternatively led us to believe heâ€™ll call the plays or, his son will call the plays.
At SEC Media Days he provided the latest formulation.
â€œSo it will be a team effort,â€ Spurrier said. â€œYet one guy’s got to do it. He’ll get ’em in there to start with. If there’s a time for me next, I want this one the next play, da, da, da. If it goes bad, I did it. If it goes pretty good, he did it. That will be the way it will go.â€
That clears it up.
But is this a sign Spurrier is edging closer to the exit?
Spurrier openly talks about the ticking clock. He knows if South Carolina will ascend the mountaintop, it must make the move soon.
â€œWe need to win the division somewhere along the way,â€ Spurrier said. â€œThat’s the next step we need to take, or else, if that doesn’t happen in about five years, then probably somebody else needs to try to do it because we got a lot of good players. That’s what coaching’s all about. If one guy doesn’t get it done in seven, eight years, something like that, give that next guy a chance.â€
But Spurrier said the challenge is fun.
How much fun?
Gene Stallings said, the â€œfun is in the winning.â€
A 6-6 record last season couldnâ€™t have been much fun for Steve Spurrier. Can he tolerate another such record?