PETER K: For a Game, Spurrier Will Oppose His Gators
By Peter Kerasotis // October 20, 2012
PETER K IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: October 18, 2012
The New York Times
By PETER KERASOTIS
Will Muschamp’s youth was wrapped in orange and blue. He would routinely make the short trek from his home to Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, dreaming of playing football for his hometown Gators. Even after walking on at Georgia and playing his college football there, he always kept a keen eye on his first love.
During the 1990s, when Muschamp was a player and later a young coach, he saw Florida turn into what he and many loyal Gators fans long felt the program could become: a national power. From 1990 to 2001, the Gators won 122 games, 6 Southeastern Conference titles and a national championship while producing a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Danny Wuerffel.
All of that success came under Steve Spurrier, a legend as a Heisman-winning quarterback and a title-capturing coach at Florida, whose bronze statue Muschamp passes each day on his way to work as the Gators’ current coach. And it is Spurrier who will lead No. 7 South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) to Florida (6-0, 5-0) on Saturday to face Muschamp and the team he has helped climb back to a No. 2 ranking.