Steve Spurrier: Top 5 Best Insults Ranked
I am so fired up for Florida vs. Tennessee this weekend. To help build some for the game this Saturday, I figured I would pay tribute to the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier. You see, they just don’t make them like they used to.
Spurrier went 14-10 during his coaching career against Tennessee during his stops at Duke, Florida, and South Carolina. However, it always felt like it always came at the times that mattered most. I’m old enough to remember a time when people legitimately thought Peyton Manning sucked because he couldn’t beat Florida. I swear that’s real and actually happened. I remember. Manning never beat the Gators during his college career.
Spurrier was ruthless during those times and I’m afraid we will never get real quotes like this from a coach again. They’re too Charmin ultra soft now. I’m still waiting for Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban to fight.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the five best insults by Steve Spurrier.
Honorable Mention: “I saw a story saying Jim Haslett comes in at 4:30 every morning. That’s not doing him much good.”
I’m listing this one in here but this burn was more of an NFL dig but it’s still an unreal quote. The real football fans remember Jim Haslett. The only real victims were the fans that had to root for his defense.
5: “I don’t know. I sort of always like playing [Georgia] that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
Spurrier said this in 2012 when South Carolina was getting ready to play Georgia. Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree, and Sanders Commings were all in line to face suspensions. Sick burn! Georgia also wasn’t steam rolling people like they are today back then, so there’s that.
4: – “You can have good ballplayers and still not win football games — all you LSU fans know about that.”
Spurrier said this in 2017 poking fun at LSU. So these quotes came at the tail end of the Les Miles era and the early start of the Ed Orgeron era. Tough times for LSU. It really is embarrassing if you can’t win at LSU though. It’s a state that has an endless supply of recruiting talent. LSU should never be down outside of maybe in year one of any coaches tenure.
3: – “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.”
What a classic. Free Shoes University was in reference to the $5,900 Foot Locker shopping spree before NIL was a thing. This kind of thing won’t happen anymore but it’s still an all-time quote.
2: “You can’t spell Citrus without the U-T.”
What a quote. Nothing like burying a team and laughing at them for clinching another Citrus Bowl appearance. That’s what it was like for Florida bodying Tennessee what seemed like every year.
Fun fact, Spurrier did coach in the Citrus bowl twice in a three year span once upon a time.
1: “I know why Peyton came back for his senior year. He wanted to be a three-time star of the Citrus Bowl.”
It will never be topped. Especially with the way Peyton’s career unfolded after. UT was coming off back-to-back Citrus Bowl victories. Peyton returned for another season and lost one game. To the Florida Gators. Better yet, the year Peyton left, the Vols ended up winning the title with Tee Martin. That actually happened.