SPURRIER NOT WELCOME SIGHT TO NORTH CAROLINA FANS: Steve Spurrier is certain to get a lot of waves from North Carolina fans when he brings his Gamecocks to Chapel Hill on Saturday. Of course, the Tar Heel faithful will likely be using just one finger:
WRAL in Raleigh remembers Spurrier’s last visit to Kenan Stadium - a 41-0 drubbing of the boys in Carolina blue back in 1989. But it wasn’t as general of the Florida Gators - he did the destruction with the Duke Blue Devils.
Yes, Duke. The same Duke that just stopped a 23-game losing streak.
Although the two schools have a bitter rivalry that’s more accustomed to the hardwood, Spurrier turned up the heat with some trick plays during the slaughter. The Ol’ Ball Coach was accused of running up the score, as the Dookies ran a double-reverse, a flanker pass, and a flea-flicker - all when the game was already out of reach.
Most notorious of all, Spurrier huddled his kids beneath the stadium scoreboard after the game to pose for pictures.
In fact, all three times Spurrier faced the Tar Heels during his Blue Devil tenure, he came out the victor.
And Spurrier was no buddy of then-NC coach Mack Brown, who Steve sarcastically called “Mr. Football”, in reference to “Brown’s willingness to focus on recruiting and public relations, rather than play-calling and strategy.”
We’re shocked that coach Brown would be accused of such a thing. (Just ask the Cal Golden Bears of 2004.)
But the OBC explained the ‘89 beatdown as revenge for a Duke-UNC matchup from a decade before. While an assistant on the Duke staff, Spurrier saw the tables turned, as the Heels were beating the Devils handily.
Late in the game of a 44-21 thrashing, Carolina kept their star tailback in the contest, so he could join his teammate in clinching a 1,000-yard season.
So, it should be a grand ol’ time down Tobacco Road when North and South meet. Just watch out for spitting.