Steve Spurrier would absolutely hate coaching in college football now
The former coach weighed in on the new NCAA recruiting rules
Some things have always been abundantly clear about Steve Spurrier. He knows who he is, what he likes, and maybe more importantly, what he doesn't like. He doesn't spend an extra minute concerning himself with the things he doesn't like, and he never liked working long hours year round. In Spurrier's mind, more didn't mean better.
Spurrier would hate coaching college football today under the new NCAA recruiting proposals. Earlier this month, the DI Council to the recruiting landscape. Among them were an early signing period in December and an additional official visitation period between April and June of a prospect's junior year.
The consequences of the new direction vary among individual recruits and programs. An early signing period could hurt Stanford, for example, because of the school's stricter admission requirements that oftentimes force a waiting game for acceptance. It could also be beneficial to players and programs wishing to lock up a commitment early.
All in all, though, it means more work around the clock. That's not Spurrier's game.
"I sort of liked an offseason. There is no offseason now," Spurrier recently told ESPN. "It's year around, and guys go, go, go, but a lot of guys like that. They don't go to the beach. They don't play golf. They don't travel. They don't do other things in life. I think it helped me last 30 years as a head coach because I did have an offseason."
That Spurrier implies younger coaches will burn out quicker in this new age of college football coaching is interesting. Then again, no one knows about burnout quite like Spurrier. This is a coach who resigned from South Carolina in the middle of the 2015 season -- and that was after giving retirement a serious once over at the end of the 2014 season.
The reactions to Spurrier's resignation were mixed, to say the least. Some called him a quitter, which is technically true, while others believed he earned the right to walk away on his terms if he felt he wasn't doing the best job he could, which also has merit. Somewhere in the middle was the truth, which was that Spurrier was straight-up done with it all. And when Spurrier is done, he's done. That's just who he is.
But regardless of how anyone felt about Spurrier's resignation, if we're to look at the evolving landscape of college football, it's clear he got out just in time.
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