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Former Gators and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier shocked the college football world on Tuesday when he announced his sudden retirement. That news caught the attention of former Nole and Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who was asked about it on Wednesday following practice.

“Man I have so much respect for coach Spurrier, whatever he decides to do, I’m not going to say nothing,” Winston said on Wednesday from One Buc Place. “Let’s just start with his accolades on the field. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, and then he coached a Heisman winning quarterback. That alone speaks for his whole resumé. Not even mentioning his is the winningest coach for Florida and South Carolina. How do you know this Jameis? I like Steve Spurrier.

“I think I have met him one time, but I just love football and he is a great football legend.”

Winston and former Gators Louis Murphy and Major Wright, go back and forth often in the locker room, talking about their respective former schools, but Winston, who loves the history of football, clearly respects the legacy of Spurrier despite the fact he used to wear the orange and blue.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Winston sure is a class act. Unfortunately, my feeling about the “ole ball coach,” are somewhat the opposite. St. Pete Times columnist wrote a good piece on Spurrier today that I agreed with. Went into the NFL and arrogantly said NFL head coaches worked to long and he knew better. POW, BAM, WHAP, the Redskis were horrible for the two years he was there. Of course things haven’t changed much for the team either. So arrogant he almost got his QB killed when he played the Bucs by refusing to put a back in to block or a TE to… Read more »

The Anomaly
The Anomaly
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

The guy is a legend. AN all-time great. You know that he walked away from MILLIONS in the NFL because he felt he didn’t earn it. Love him or hate him…Stephen Orr Spurrier is one of the greatest coaches of all-time. You were lucky enough be alive while he coached.

Runole
Runole
Reply to  The Anomaly
5 years ago

Poor loser and winner and at UF Wash and USC when the going got tough he Quit…

Never won at Doak. Perhaps that is the reason he always insulted and berated both Bowden and FSU.

Kind of fits my definition of a classless person that can dish it out but can’t take it.

Yes he was a successful coach but one of the greatest all-time Pulease!

There was only one time I think Spurrier was actually not his normal self and that was with the Tampa Bay Bandits. He didn’t display his normal boorish behavior at that time.

The Anomaly
The Anomaly
Reply to  Runole
5 years ago

Spurdog is second behind only Bear in SEC wins.

If that’s not elite…not sure what is. Seven SEC titles. Not elite? Sure. The winningest coach at two universities? Not elite? Sure.

Hate em all you want but the guy is one of the greatest ever.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Spurrier was funny…..but no John McKay. As long as things were going well for his teams he was fine, but as soon as things went south, he would fling his visor and pout. A good couch; just not an elite one. Seems odd timing to “resign” in the middle of the season.

blackehart
blackehart
5 years ago

I didn’t care for his attitude as coach of UF, but he did turn that program into a powerhouse. The Gators were a joke before he got there. And South Carolina, while it never reached the same heights, was another nobody team before him.

And don’t forget he was briefly the Bucs’ QB, though at the tail end of his minor NFL career. I’ll always think of him as the coach of the Bandits, though. They were the ONLY good thing around back then, and it’s no coincidence that the Bucs changed to their colors afterward.

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