When Steve Spurrier was coaching, players didn’t typically sit out bowl games in order to prepare for the NFL draft. And some old-school head coaches may have an issue with this new development.
Not Spurrier. During an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Tuesday, the former Florida and South Carolina head coach shared that he’s fine with players missing bowl games if that’s what they want to do, and he explained how he would handle those situations.
“My opinion is, if they don’t want to play, that’s fine,” Spurrier said on the show. “They have the right not to play, and if they want to prepare for the NFL and make sure they don’t get hurt, they’ve got a right to do that. If they did, I would shake their hand and say, ‘That’s fine, we can’t bring you to the bowl game, we’re just going to bring everybody that’s on the team that’s still with us. So you’re no longer with us, and that’s OK.’ That’s the way I would’ve done it.”
Players sitting out bowl games wasn’t as much of an issue when @SteveSpurrierUF was coaching, here’s what he thinks of the trend now: pic.twitter.com/iLPeGoHGVQ
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 17, 2019
Spurrier pointed out that when he was the coach at South Carolina during the 2013 season, Jadeveon Clowney opted to play in the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin, despite the fact he was the projected No. 1 overall pick. Clowney then led the Gamecocks to a season-ending victory, before going on to be selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in 2014.
“I’m sure that memory is good for him the rest of his life,” Spurrier said.
Some players this year won’t do that, though. And that’s just all right with Spurrier.