It's official—Steve Spurrier is still a Gator. Sure, he is "officially" the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, but don't ever doubt that Coach Spurrier will always bleed orange and blue.
Friday morning, Spurrier approached the podium at the SEC Media Day press conference to discuss the upcoming Gamecock season. First, he had to address a serious faux paus. He proceeded to explain how he committed the cardinal sin of not voting Tim Tebow to first-team All-SEC.
"It's my fault," he said several times as I listened to him live on ESPN.
I felt that he was truly sorry. It was as if he was begging forgiveness to the Gator Nation and doing his best to prevent being excommunicated by Pope Urban for slighting his disciple, Timmy Tebow.
He also went on to say that Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel are the best QBs in Gator history. He left himself out of the equation, which admittingly he has done before.
Spurrier's love for the University of Florida has never been doubted, and you know it eats him alive that President Machen actually demanded that he interview for the head coach position when Jeremy Foley launched Coach Zook out of office in 2004.
How the mighty have fallen. The swagger and arrogance of Coach Spurrier was always entertaining when he coached Florida, but now he seems a shadow of his past self. The Ol' Ball Coach just can't seem to get a break.
Some director in South Carolina's Athletic Department pencil-whipped the ballot, and without carefully going over it, Coach Spurrier simply signed off on it and had to explain his mistake. He wasn't apologizing to the SEC or the NCAA mind you, he was apologizing to the University of Florida.
This may be Coach Spurrier's last season at South Carolina, and if so, he'll make his way back to the Sunshine State full-time and live a life of golf and leisure. I always thought it would be great if he one day became the Athletic Director at Florida, but I don't see Jeremy Foley leaving any time soon.
Coach Spurrier, the Gator Nation forgives you. Trust me, Pope Urban respects you, and even though he is making quite a name for himself at Florida, he knows that you put the Gators on the map.
More importantly, Tim Tebow forgives you, too. I'm sure he accepts your explanation, and I doubt you have anything to worry about in November when you play Florida. Now, if you were Lane Kiffin....