Scott Spurrier – The “Head Ball Coach”
Even after years of coaching, the old drunk ball coach remains an ongoing source of one-liners and controversy. Recently he was caught on tape slurring each word during a coaches show.
Spurrier was in Florida as an ambassador and consultant when he recalled handling David Ibarguen’s audibles from the sidelines during a game a few years earlier.
Early Life and Education
Scott Spurrier was raised in a family that frequently moved, due to his father being a Presbyterian minister. As a youth he excelled in sports – winning state championships in football, basketball and baseball at Science Hill High School in Johnson City Tennessee.
Professional football was not his only outlet. After 10 seasons with San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL), he returned to his alma mater, the University of Florida, where he won six Southeastern Conference championships and led them to their inaugural national title win in 1996. Along the way he also collected six Heisman Trophies.
He began coaching as an assistant coach at Duke and University of Florida under his father, Bob Stoops, before spending two seasons under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma and one season under Mike Leach at Mississippi State before taking on his current position at South Carolina as Will Muschamp’s offensive analyst.
As the son of a legendary head baseball coach, Steve Spurrier Jr has not shied away from following in his father’s footsteps as a college and professional football coach with an exuding confidence he brings to each team he coaches.
Scott was always an avid sports enthusiast, winning state championships in basketball, baseball, and football while attending Science Hill High in Johnson City Tennessee. Later he attended the University of Florida to compete as quarterback.
As a freshman for Florida Gators, he took over as their starter and led them to a 7-3 record in 1973. Unfortunately, after an unfortunate performance against Los Angeles Rams he lost his starting job to third-stringer Joe Reed who would become their starter for 1974 and beyond.
Achievement and Honors
“Head Ball Coach” has earned widespread acclaim for transforming Florida and South Carolina programs quickly during his initial seasons at their helm, winning six Southeastern Conference championships and one national title while amassing an incredible 228-89-2 record over 26 years at both schools.
Spurrier hails from Johnson City, Tennessee, and was an all-state athlete at Science Hill High School where he excelled at several sports including football, basketball and baseball – an exceptional athlete that helped lead Science Hill High to consecutive state baseball championships!
Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath won the Heisman Trophy as a college quarterback before having an equally successful 10-year NFL career, receiving numerous honors including Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award and currently coaching South Carolina Gamecocks while writing his memoir.
Scott Spurrier’s son Scott is an undersized USC graduate assistant coach en route to becoming his own college football coach. Special Teams coach Ray Rychleski has taken an interest in him, including him in some coverage plans of the team this season.
Rare are coaches who are fortunate enough to find work they truly enjoy while winning big, with family nearby to share in their success. Scott admittedly took for granted his father’s success at Florida. Now, however, he recognizes that winning consistently takes time and energy and he vows to make the Gamecocks successful under his leadership.
Steve Spurrier has an estimated net worth of $25 Million due to his career in football coaching and other investments, as well as various awards he has received during his lifetime.
He married Jerri Starr from his college days in 1966 and together they have four children including Steve and Scott who reside with him in Gainesville Florida.
After his retirement from football, he transitioned into coaching several teams. First he took over the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL in 1978, before returning home and coaching several more Florida teams at $2 Million per year – either a huge giveaway or bargain depending on your point of view. Today he remains a big part of University of Florida campus life.