There have been a lot of good firsts for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
He became the University of Florida's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1966. As the Gators' head coach, he helped guide them to their first SEC championship in 1991, and first national championship in 1996.
With South Carolina, he made the Gamecocks relevant nationally by guiding them to their first-ever SEC championship-game appearance in 2010. He's also overseen the Gamecocks' back-to-back 11-win seasons. Before that, South Carolina had won more than nine games in a season just once.
Spurrier will go down as one of the greatest college football coaches of all-time ... whenever he decides to call it a day. For now, that day seems far off, and while Spurrier is still kicking, he's having a lot of fun in the process.
Fellow SEC blogger Chris Low caught up with the Head Ball Coach, who talked about all the fun he's had at South Carolina. Here's a preview of Chris' piece:
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When you start rattling off those SEC football records most synonymous with being unbreakable, here's a good place to start: Bear Bryant's 159 SEC wins.
Of course, the guy who's second all time in SEC wins warrants his own spot atop the SEC football version of Mount Rushmore.
And he's still going strong.
Steve Spurrier enters the 2013 season with 122 SEC wins, and like Bryant, has built his SEC résumé at two different schools. Spurrier won 87 SEC games in 12 seasons at Florida, and has won 35 more league games in eight seasons at South Carolina. (Bryant coached at Kentucky and, of course, Alabama.)
Spurrier, who turned 68 in April, offered one of his patented huffs when asked recently if he might coach long enough to make a run at the Bear. "Heck no," Spurrier said. "If I was going to do that, I would have stayed at Florida … go after those records."