Throwback Thursday with Steve Spurrier: ‘I forgot to get fired’



South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier turned 70 years old this year. “The Head Ball Coach” is among the best college football coaches of all time, with a 226-85-2 record heading into the 2015 season, and a national title in 1996.

In addition, he may stand alone as the greatest quote machine in the sport. To honor the Head Ball Coach as his illustrious career winds down, the AJC will present a “Throwback Thursday” every week during football season in honor of his quotes, which – in addition to his coaching career – are also Hall of Fame material.

The quote:

“People ask, ‘Why are you still coaching?’ I forgot to get fired and I’m not going to cheat.” – 2015 SEC Media Day

The context of the quote:

There’s been questions as to when Spurrier will retire given his age.

The reaction to the quote:

A Twitter user thought it was the “greatest answer ever.”

The push back from the quote:

Much has been written about Spurrier retiring sooner than later, with the most notable opinion coming from our own Mark Bradley, who wrote a column about the subject from SEC Media Day.

Spurrier called a now-famous impromptu presser in which he epically ranted about Bradley’s column.

The end result of the quote:

Spurrier is about to embark on another season in his coaching career, which began in 1978 when he was a quarterback coach for the Florida Gators.

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