Steve Spurrier says no regrets about leaving Florida
It's been nine years since Steve Spurrier shocked the college football world by walking away from his head coaching job at Florida - a place where he won a Heisman Trophy as a player and led the program to a national championship.
Since then, he's had a failed stint as an NFL coach, and has is now heading into his sixth season as South Carolina's head coach.
Yet no matter how it eventually all turns out, Spurrier said he won't regret leaving Florida.
"No, no, no, I love Florida and always will,'' Spurrier said during Thursday's SEC media days when asked about any regrets. "But I'd been there 12 years. There's something about a 10-, 12- year stay. I really believe that. Some people don't. I think I'd been there 12 years. At the time I thought I wanted to coach in the NFL five or six years, then that would be about the end of it. It's sort of funny how you keep coaching, you feel about the same way as you did five or six years ago.''
At 65, Spurrier has now reached the age where he's often asked when he'll retire. He has the same answere he gave 15 years ago.
"I'm always asked, 'How much longer you going to coach'?" he said. "I always have the same answer: four or five years. I said that when I was 50, Four or five more years. As we know, those years go fast. If you're fortunate enough to be in good health, this, that, and the other, and your enthusiasm is still up for it, certainly you got a chance to continue on. I'm pumped up about this year. I like our team. I like our team. I don't know what's gonna happen. But we got a lot of players that you really like there at South Carolina.''