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Spurrier insists Saturday's game is not about him



There will be a lot of storylines for the Florida-South Carolina game this week.

The Gamecocks are trying to earn their first SEC East title. South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia will return to his home state of Florida to try and make history for the Gamecocks.

Florida is trying to sweep the SEC East for the third straight season and 11th time since divisional play began in 1992.

And South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will return to his alma mater and the school he led to a national championship during his 12-year tenure to try and derail the Gators' season.

And while the Spurrier angle will be the topic of a lot of conversation this  week, the coach was adamant on Sunday that this game is not about Steve Spurrier.

"This is about South Carolina trying to do something, not me personally,'' Spurrier said. "We want to be competitive, and it is sort of neat that we are in this position. I told somebody the other day if we could play Florida for the division every year that would suit me fine, and hopefully we can win a few of them.''

Spurrier pointed out the success of some of South Carolina's other athletic programs, including its national championship baseball team and the women's soccer team, which will play Florida Sunday night for the SEC Tournament championship. He wants the football program to eventually be in that conversation.

"The athletic program here has made some strides,'' Spurrier said. . . "So if we are at the top of the division playing them (Florida) for the championship each year that means that we're doing a lot better than in the past around here.''

[Last modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 5:26pm]


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