Steve Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 for his career with the Florida Gators. He played professionally in the NFL before embarking on a coaching career. He led the Duke Blue Devils to an ACC championship in 1989, a feat the school hasn’t repeated since. He won the national championship as the head coach of his alma mater in 1996.
Oh, and he was also the head coach of the Gamecocks and routinely exchanged zingers with Dabo Swinney until his retirement in 2014.
I know some Clemson fans could not bring themselves to ever like or respect Spurrier, but he has always been one of my favorite college football personalities. He feuded with Bobby Bowden years before Swinney came into his crosshairs.
Few college football people are less apologetic for having an opinion that others might not like than Spurrier, and honestly, any good committee that must be critical and make difficult decisions needs someone to challenge opinions.
The plain truth is that most people do their best work when they have a little bit of pressure on their shoulders. We don’t need a committee full of pot stirrers, but we do need that element.
And if you are a Clemson fan that still doesn't like Spurrier as one of my choices, just remember: it isn't Lou Holtz.
See, it could be worse.
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