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STEVE SPURRIER
ANDY STAPLES
August 17, 2012
ON DOING THINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME—AND GOING TO 11
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August 17, 2012

Steve Spurrier

ON DOING THINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME—AND GOING TO 11

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SI: A few years ago you said you might coach for five more years. At this point, how many more years do you think you'll coach?

SS: I said three or four the other day. I'm coming down one or two. But we've recruited well. And I've got a super bunch of assistant coaches. They can go out and recruit kids, get them committed and signed. I don't have to beat the bushes like some younger coaches have to.

SI: YOU'VE SAID FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOULD GET A STIPEND IN ADDITION TO THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS. WHY?

SS: US COACHES ARE MAKING MILLIONS. BUT THE PLAYERS GET THE SAME SCHOLARSHIP THEY GOT 25 YEARS AGO. THEY DESERVE A SMALL PIECE OF THE ENORMOUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PIE.

SI: How did it feel to set a school record with 11 wins last season?

SS: We always set our goals to win eight, then nine, then 10. We didn't even have 11 on the books. That was unheard of.

SI: How is coaching at South Carolina different than at a traditional SEC power?

SS: One reason I love being at South Carolina is that we have opportunities to achieve things for the first time. Some people would rather be at a place where you can win it all every year. Schools like Alabama, LSU and Florida. Once something has already been accomplished, it's neat to do it again, but it's not the first time ever. I look forward to doing some more first-time-ever things at South Carolina.

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