Steve Spurrier jokes that Neyland Stadium has been like second home

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, left, talks with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier before their game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (Richard Shiro/Associated Press)

Photo by Richard Shiro/Associated Press

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, left, talks with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier before their game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (Richard Shiro/Associated Press)

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier grew up in Johnson City and still has family in East Tennessee.

But he’s more familiar to Tennessee fans for being a longtime nemesis and, as he noted with dry humor this week, a regular presence at Neyland Stadium.

“Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. ... I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches,” Spurrier said Thursday.

Spurrier’s math may be a bit fuzzy. This will be his 13th trip to Neyland as a head coach. He also visited as an assistant with Duke in 1982 and with Georgia Tech in 1979.

In any case, Spurrier may have been using a bit of hyperbole, but not much.

Vols coach Butch Jones has five games at Neyland under his belt — four with UT and one as a visiting coach at Cincinnati.

Lane Kiffin, who spent one year as coach in 2009, had only eight games at Neyland before departing.

In between, Derek Dooley coached 21 games at Neyland, so Spurrier still has a way to go before catching him.

Here’s how Spurrier has fared as a coach in Knoxville:

Sept. 10, 1988: Duke, 31, UT 26.

Sept. 16, 1989: UT 28, Duke 6.

Oct. 13, 1990: UT 45, Florida 3.

Sept. 19, 1992: UT 31, Florida 14.

Sept. 17, 1994: Florida 31, UT 0.

Sept. 21, 1996: Florida 35, UT 29.

Sept. 19, 1998: UT 20, Florida 17 (OT).

Sept. 16, 2000: Florida 27, UT 23.

Oct. 29, 2005: South Carolina 16, UT 15.

Oct. 27, 2007: UT 27, South Carolina 24 (OT).

Oct. 31, 2009: UT 31, South Carolina 13.

Oct. 29, 2011: South Carolina 14, UT 3.

Get Copyright Permissions © 2013, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2013 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Topics

Comments » 12

murrayvol writes:

It sure would be nice to trigger an "early retirement conversation" for the OBC on Saturday. bwahahaha

bUTch__please writes:

Spurrier would never call Neyland his second home.

It's a dry stadium.

towmater writes:

“... I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches,” Spurrier said Thursday.

LMAO. You gotta love the guy.

murrayvol writes:

in response to towmater:

“... I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches,” Spurrier said Thursday.

LMAO. You gotta love the guy.

He's always had good writers.

OrangePride writes:

A lot of fans dislike Spurrier, but I like him. His ability to stick that needle in or make a glib crack adds color and flavor to the league and football. Most of all, I like beating him and watching him throw that visor around! Let's hope I see lots of that tomorrow! Welcome back, Ball Coach....BUT GO VOLS!!

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

in response to OrangePride:

A lot of fans dislike Spurrier, but I like him. His ability to stick that needle in or make a glib crack adds color and flavor to the league and football. Most of all, I like beating him and watching him throw that visor around! Let's hope I see lots of that tomorrow! Welcome back, Ball Coach....BUT GO VOLS!!

I am kinda in the same boat with you. He is colorful, a bit like Bobby Bowden use to be only with zingers, but I hope he does not hang around until he doesn't know the names of his players. On his coaches show in the later years...BB would refer to his players by their jersey numbers...no joke.

writer#358485 writes:

Spurrier has far less class than even most drunks. He always has been and apparently always will be totally devoid of any semblance of class.

dsbyrd#287440 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

Spurrier would never call Neyland his second home.

It's a dry stadium.

You obviously don't sit in my section.

VolFaninTexas writes:

He's still bitter that UT didn't recruit him out of high school OR when we needed a coach the last 5 years. He's not even .500 in his "2nd home." He's nothing but a retired school teacher burro (that is...a classless a**).

writer#358485 writes:

Amen VolFaninTexas! He's totally classless, but we'll be glad to have him back in Knoxville in two years so Butch Jones and the Vols can beat him again! And again and again.....!

cltvol writes:

great job vols,,sent the ole ball coach back down the road talken to himself

BigOrangeFreak writes:

Welcome home, Coach.

23-21

Priceless

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features