There's no love lost between Tennessee and Spurrier.
During his Thursday press conference, Spurrier sounded off against his longtime SEC foe once again:
Spurrier: "Will be the 14th time I've coached in Neyland Stadium. ... I've coached there more than some of their head coaches."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 17, 2013
Although harsh and uncalled for, the comments have some truth behind them.
Since 2007, the Volunteers have had four different head coaches and another on an interim basis. That includes Lane Kiffin, who lasted just one year in Knoxville, three-year man Derek Dooley and current head coach Butch Jones—in his first season.
However, this is a tradition, if you will, that dates back to Spurrier’s days of roaming the sidelines in Gainesville with Florida back in the '90s.
In fact, there have been so many quips that the Volunteers probably have a bulletin board designated specifically for comments made by Spurrier.
Just last month, the nine-year Gamecocks coach made an effort to point out Tennessee’s shortcomings against the Gators in recent years:
Steve Spurrier on UF's 8-yr win streak over UT: "It hasn't been quite as big a game. When's the last time Tennessee won? '04? Been a while."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) September 18, 2013
And who could forget Spurrier’s gem after watching the Volunteers finish second behind his Florida squad in the SEC for several years? A streak that left Tennessee visiting the Citrus Bowl—the destination for the SEC’s No. 2 team—far more often than they would have liked.
His comment: “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”
But to his credit, Spurrier has certainly backed up his talk.
In 22 contests against the Volunteers, he’s 14-8. That includes victories in each of the last four meetings.
It just goes to show, you can take the man out of the Swamp, but you can’t take the Swamp out of the man.
Troll on, Spurrier. Troll on.