(WVLT) - Despite saying he was not interested in the vacant Alabama head coach job earlier this week, reports surfaced Wednesday night that the Ol' Ball coach, Steve Spurrier, would be the next in line to try and turn the Tide around in T-town.
Folks, you know how this stuff swirls around. From TV stations in Alabama and South Carolina to Internet chat rooms everywhere, the reports were so specific that an agreement was even outlined which would pay the coach nearly 30-million dollars over seven years. There were even reports that Coach Spurrier had met with his players Wednesday night to tell them he was leaving.
Well, I spoke with Bob Shields, the sports director at the CBS affiliate (WLTX) in Columbia, South Carolina. He told me his contacts said there was no such meeting between Spurrier and his team.
Bob says these reports, while not substantiated, were tough to ignore and leave out of his broadcast.
I also spoke with Kenny Hawkins, the sports director at the CBS affiliate (WJHL) in the Tri-Cities, where Steve Spurrier grew up and played his high school ball at Johnson City Science Hill. Kenny says he spoke with Graham Spurrier, Steve's brother. Graham says Steve also told him he is not interested in the 'Bama job. Graham says Steve told him he's on the cusp of something special at South Carolina after beating Clemson this year and nearly defeating Florida. Kenny also asked Graham if Steve would even listen to Alabama. His reply, Steve will listen to anybody. Graham Spurrier also says his brother is not interested in the Miami job.
So will the Ol' Ball coach trade in his Augusta National membership for Dreamland Ribs? Only time will tell.
by Rick Russo
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