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Steve Spurrier retirement: Reaction from across the country

Steve Spurrier watches from the sideline during a 1999 game against Western Michigan.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (1999)

Steve Spurrier watches from the sideline during a 1999 game against Western Michigan.



Reaction continues to pour in after Monday's surprising announcement that coach Steve Spurrier is retiring.

That news is expected to become official at noon when Spurrier, the former Gators' Heisman Trophy winner and legendary football coach, addresses reporters at the University of South Carolina.

Some notable reactions:

Current Florida coach Jim McElwain, via Twitter: "Thank you, Coach Spurrier, for paving the way and showing us all what greatness truly is. #GoGators #HBC"

South Carolina freshman and former Nature Coast Tech offensive lineman Christian Pellage, via Twitter: "What a crazy day... I am blessed to say I was coached by a legend. Best of luck to you Coach Spurrier. Stay cocky!"

ESPN reporter Chris  Low: "Steve Spurrier's most enduring legacy will be that he changed college football, in particular the SEC, with his Fun 'n' Gun offense and the way he pitched the ball around the ballpark. But boy, did he make it fun, too."

Former Florida State quarterback and current ESPN analyst Danny Kanell, via Twitter: "This is a sad day for college football. Steve Spurrier was one of my favorites to play against and cover. Wish him all the best!"

USA Today: "In a world of cookie-cutter, cliché-spouting peers and colleagues, Spurrier...always had time for a jab. Tennessee was always on Spurrier's radar. So was Georgia. Florida State. Clemson. Rivals circled around Spurrier like planets, but make no mistake: Spurrier was always the center of the universe."

Oklahoma coach (and former UF assistant) Bob Stoops, via Twitter: "31years as the HBC - an icon, a HOF career, & great mentor-one of the best ever to coach! Congrats @SC_HBC on your retirement! #Winner"

Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis: "... I teared up a little bit when I read the news. Because I can't imagine the SEC without Steve Spurrier. If you aren't my age and you didn't grow up in the South watching Steve Spurrier hiking up and down the sideline with the Florida Gator fun and gun offense roaring around behind him, you probably won't understand what he meant to all of us, but if you're like me then you know exactly what I'm writing about. And exactly how I feel tonight. Steve Spurrier was different, man."

Finally, read this first-person tribute by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples - a former UF walk-on.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 11:58am]


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