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Despite diifferent loyalties, Steve Spurrier says he'll always be a Gator



His tenure as a Gator football player was so successful he won the Heisman Trophy and has a statutute outside the stadiumin his honor.

His tenure as head coach at Florida included the school's first national championship.

But on Saturday, former Florida-turned South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrer will come into Gainesville deternined wth the intent of beating the Gators.

Even, so, he still considers himself a Gator.

"Florida is always going to be my school,'' Spurrier said. "I love Florida and my wife and my daughters and even Steve Jr. got a graduate degree from there.  Steve Jr. got a sports administration graduate degree there. He was a GA for four years, three years, and then actually I think worked a year there before he went with Bobby Stoops at Oklahoma. So we’re Gators, but we’re Gamecocks now. We’re Gamecocks now."

Spurrier doesn't consider himself having divided loyalties, just multiple ones.

"When my coaching days are over, I’ll be more of a Gator then,'' he said. "But I’m a Gamecock now, and this is our team. I certainly hope the Gators finish second in the East this year. That would be a good finish for them and hopefully we finish first, certainly. But they’re having a very good year. I like Will Muschamp and obviously Jeremy Foley and the guys down there, we’re still good friends. It’s, I think, healthy competition.''


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:53pm]


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