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19 Nov 2006

Spurrier Could Be Next Miami Head Coach

This one is strictly a rumor at this point, but CSTV s reporting that Steve Spurrier will likely leave South Carolina to take the Miami (Fla.) job following the season. Miami would certainly be a far better platform than South Carolina for Spurrier to get back involved in the national-title race, but this move would still come as a major surprise.

Posted by: Russell Levine on 19 Nov 2006

20 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2006, 9:22am by Dean

Comments

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by navin (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 1:48pm

Yeah, I saw this headline on ESPN. Big bummer for SC fans, the program was really heading in the right direction. I don't know who SC would go after if they lost Spurrier.

UNC really screwed things up by nabbing Butch Davis.

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by Kalyan (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 2:47pm

This move makes no or little sense. Granted, Nick Saban & his team has not been under-performing this year, but this is just the second year of the coach and it is too early to move away from his philosophy.

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by RecoveringPackerFan (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 2:48pm

If this happens, I want to be there when they tell Bowden.

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by RecoveringPackerFan (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 2:48pm

2: University of Miami, not the Dolphins.

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by BC Eagle (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 2:49pm

on behalf of BC fans everywhere...

GULP.

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by DNL (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 3:01pm

Kaylan -- University of Miami, not the Dolphins.

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by ChrisFromNJ (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 3:12pm

I for one would welcome this news. It means that Schiano's probably staying at Rutgers.

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by OMO (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 3:44pm

Chris,

The odds of Schiano staying at Rutgers next year are the same of me making the PGA Tour.

Zero.

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by SJM (not verified) :: Sun, 11/19/2006 - 11:41pm

Hey, maybe Schiano could complete the circle by coaching at SC! OK, so that will never happen.

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by Michael David Smith :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 12:35am

I don't think Spurrier will go to Miami. I think South Carolina is where he wants to be because it's a place where winning is possible but not assumed. He doesn't want to go to Miami, where if he goes 9-3 everyone will say he had a bad year.

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by Andy (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 1:05am

#10: Guys like Spurrier don't like to be comfortable. Guys like Spurrier like the challenge of a big-name job. He's so arrogant, he thinks everything he touches will turn to gold.

As a fan of the Hurricanes, I really wanted Butch to come back. But Spurrier would be a great consolation prize!

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by joe (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 1:53am

this is a swift kick to the nuts for Florida.

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by JonL (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 11:09am

Also, doesn't S.C. have the most golf per square mile in the country or something? A man's gotta have priorities.

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by Dean (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 12:38pm

As a Miami alumnus, I'm glad to see that Spurrier has shot this down. Granted he's lied to the press before, but there's no way I want that guy anywhere near our program.

There aren't a lot of good candidates for the job, but one guy that I do NOT want is Spurrier.

Dan Hawkins up at Boise State is under contract through 2009, but has an $850,000 buyout clause. He's probably tops on my short list of guys to go after. Bob Bratkowski (Bengals offensive coordinator) should get a look, and maybe the guy from TCU.

ANYONE BUT SPURRIER!

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by Kevin11 (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 1:47pm

Dan Hawkins left Boise for Colorado a year ago.

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by Dean (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 1:56pm

RE#15: D'oh!

That short list keeps getting shorter.

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by Justanothersteve (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 2:34pm

#13 - Not to mention it's only about an hour's drive to Augusta for the Masters.

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by Dean (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 3:23pm

RE#8 - Schiano will stay at Rutgers. Bet the farm on it. He's a Jersey guy who for whatever warped reason, has always considered turning Rutgers around to be his dream job. Also, the school just gave him a parcel of land next to the stadium for him to build his dream house. That's not a guy who's going anywhere any time soon. I'd love to see him return to Miami, but it's simply not gonna happen.

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by Canes need offense (not verified) :: Mon, 11/20/2006 - 7:20pm

RE: #14

As a hurricanes season ticket holder, I've watched them play live. And I can't make this any more clear. It is 100% the offensive schemes and coaching that made us lose those opening games, and the tragedies the rest. The hurricanes throw an average of 3 passes that aren't to either of the sidelines, everything else is either a run or pass to the sideline. The coaches, save for Randy Shannon, have not a creative bone in their body. An offensive master mind like Steve Spurrier could take this team, these exact same players, to a national championship game, defintely a BCS bowl game and ACC championship with teams like Wake dominating the ACC. If Troy can score 21 on FSU, and we know they don't have more talent then Miami, I have to say its the schemes. Now Spurrier may not be the only answer, but he's definitely a good one. If we can get him that is...

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by Dean (not verified) :: Tue, 11/21/2006 - 9:22am

" but he’s definitely a good one."

No. He's not.

For the record, I think the offense is where the problem is manefested most obviously on the field, and I do support hiring an offensive minded coach. But Spurrier is not offensive, he's offensive.