Steve Spurrier has a certain way with words that has made The Head Ball Coach one of the best quotes in college football, heck in all of sports, and the Tennessee volunteers have long been the subject of some notorious Spurrier quotes as he always loved to chide his SEC east rival.
The most famous line is either saying you can’t spell the Citrus Bowl without “UT” or that Peyton Manning returned for his senior year because he wanted to be a four-time MVP of the bowl when he was the head coach with the Florida Gators.
However, Spurrier may have topped himself with this quote about the permanent rivalry between Tennessee and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Steve Spurrier on SEC permanent rivals: “Alabama and Tennessee like each other. I don’t know why Tennessee would keep liking them though.”
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) April 24, 2014
I honestly didn’t think there were any more ways Spurrier could tweak Tennessee, then he goes and does THAT
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 24, 2014
Certainly, the Vols have fallen on some hard times in recent years which has coincided with the renaissance of the Alabama program under Nick Saban, but I’m pretty sure Tennessee fans will be quick to remind Spurrier that the Vols knocked off his South Carolina Gamecocks 23-21 last year in Neyland Stadium in Butch Jones’ first season on Rocky Top.
Oh, and about the whole Citrus Bowl thing, South Carolina was in the Citrus Bowl last season.
Don’t ever change Spurrier and please don’t retire. Ever.