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Steve Spurrier: A Sad Coda To A Great Career

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This is perhaps one of the saddest things you'll read about the legendary coach and player.

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Lately, Steve Spurrier has made noises about possibly coming back to coach once more.

If his latest comments are any indication, he'll be on the golf course for the rest of his life. There comes a time, an expiration date in his words, when you realize you just can't do it anymore. And, Spurrier reached that point and just doesn't have that faith in himself any longer.

What a sad coda to a career that was marked by supreme confidence and well-earned cockiness, all backed up by performance.

Steve Spurrier explains the moment he realized he needed to step down

“We were 1-2, Central Florida was coming into Williams-Brice Stadium, and I thought for sure we were going to get it going,” Spurrier said. “We’re behind at halftime. Central Florida went 0-12, as you know. I get in at halftime, look in the mirror at myself and said, ‘I don’t think I can coach anymore. I’m not doing a very good job. Surely, we’re better than this.’

“We did come back to win that game, and that Sunday, I called our AD and said, ‘Listen, I don’t think I’ve got it anymore. Another coach might be better running our team, a younger coach with more energy and passion.’”

We can debate whether he quit on his team or failed them (an opinion I don't express, by the way.) But, the end of Spurrier the coach will always be a black mark on his sizable contributions and achievements.