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How bad are things for Steve Spurrier? On Wednesday, the Redskins coach rated the lead item in a New York Post gossip column. Columnist Cindy Adams deemed Spurrier and the turmoil raging with his 3-5 team and its tempestuous owner, Daniel Snyder, more worthy of a headline than the likes of Madonna and Ben and J-Lo. Adams claimed Snyder made Yankees owner George Steinbrenner seem "reticent" in the wake of Sunday's 21-14 loss against the rival Cowboys. "Let us say the boss was not charmed with some of his coach's decisions," Adams wrote of Snyder. "Fact is, he's had it with the guy," adding that Snyder was "keenly trying to extricate himself" from the remaining three years on Spurrier's five-year, $25-million contract. So less than two years into scratching his NFL itch, Spurrier has become rumor-mill fodder. Among the dot.com and newspaper reports that have surfaced are that Spurrier had a shouting match with his offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, who urged Spurrier to change his scheme and tactics in an effort to preserve battered second-year quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Both denied it. Another report had Spurrier firing offensive line coach Kim Helton, then changing his mind. Both denied it. Another spoke of Spurrier threatening his players with their job security before the Dallas game. In Wednesday's Washington Times, a column criticizing Spurrier had the headline "Krusty, Homey, Bozo, Spurrier." Yes, the winningest coach in the University of Florida history _ the man who revolutionized the SEC _ is being portrayed as a clown.

_ ORLANDO SENTINEL

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