Just some thoughts:
THE OLD BALL COACH
I have always liked the Old Ball Coach. That's football coach Steve Spurrier.
I liked him for a lot of reasons.
One: I liked what his parents said to him when they realized he liked games and early on spent much of his time in some type of athletic competition. His father said: "If you are keeping score, you try your very best to win the game." His mother said: "Stevie just do the best you can."
Two: I liked how he always seem to know when it was best to "move-on." He always seemed to stay one step in front of those who might have had a decision about his job.
Three: I like the fact that he never used the word retire. He just said he was "stepping down." He never used the word quit. Personally I call that "changing directions." One should never retire...just change directions or maybe speeds.
Four: I liked the fact that it always appeared to me that whatever he was doing he took it seriously but he never took himself too seriously. In his last place of employment, head football coach at South Carolina, he realized that someone else could come along and also do the job he had been doing. Lot of folks have trouble realizing that. We all can be replaced and generally things continue on very smoothly.
Five: Yes, I even liked the fact and the way and the whys that he often threw his visor.
Spurrier was the kind of guy that when his team was playing I generally found time to watch. I cannot say that about many folks today. Personally I am going to miss the Old Ball Coach.
I think he loved the game, what he did for the right reasons and that is getting harder to recognize in college sports today. Maybe even in life. I like people who whatever they are doing they do it for the right reasons.
October 15, 2015