Steve Spurrier says he was surprised when he heard the news Saturday that Urban Meyer was going to step down at Florida because of health concerns. Spurrier, like the rest of us, didn’t see Meyer walking away from coaching so suddenly.
AUDIO: Spurrier reacts to Meyer news
Spurrier thinks Meyer did the right thing by shifting course and opting for the leave of absence instead. Now he will have a chance to return to the Gators program. He compared the situation to Mike Krzyewski at Duke when Coach K stepped away from the Blue Devils basketball program to deal with lingering back issues before returning to the bench the next season. Spurier thinks Meyer will be back sooner rather than later.
Spurrier said he didn’t leave Florida because he was burnt out or concerned about his health. He simply wanted to try his hand in the NFL. When that didn’t work out he decided to return to the college game.
AUDIO: Spurrier says he didn’t leave UF beacuse of health or burnout
Spurrier has been at USC the same amount of time as Meyer has been at Florida. Plus Spurrier is over 20 years older than Meyer. So is Spurrier feeling some of the same things as Meyer? He says no.
AUDIO: Spurrier says he is feeling good and is happy at USC
Spurrier uses outlets outside of football, like golf, to recharge his batteries in the offseason and he maintains he is still happy and committed at USC. He continues to stress that he believes the team’s best years are right around the corner.