After their 41-0 victory against North Carolina in 1989, Duke coach Steve Spurrier and the Blue Devils posed for a picture in front of the scoreboard at Kenan Stadium. DUKE SPORTS INFORMATION
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on Sunday gave his pre-North Carolina game press conference. And, as you’d expect, Spurrier was asked what games against the Tar Heels mean to him. After all, you’d figure they’d mean something extra given he spent three seasons coaching at Duke.
And they do. Here’s a fun read from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer about how Spurrier still enjoys games against UNC.
And the highlights, from Spurrier:
“I’m a Dukie, also. I’m a Gator, a Dukie and now a Gamecock. Us Dukies, that was our big game. I doubt it was for North Carolina because Duke did not beat them that much. When I was there, we were fortunate enough to beat them more than they beat us.”
I guess you can say that, given Spurrier has never lost against the Tar Heels (4-0, including 3-0 at Duke).
Here’s Spurrier on whether it’s still special to coach against UNC:
“It’s a little special to coach against a team like that. Just like coaching here against Georgia. Anytime you coach against a team that was special wherever you coached at, that’s a special game.”
Ah, the ol' ball coach. Back in my days covering Florida State, Seminoles fans despised no man more than they did Spurrier. Even long after Spurrier had left Florida, that hate – too strong a word? Nah – still remained. On a smaller scale, there’s probably some of that for Spurrier in Chapel Hill, too.