COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Steve Spurrier spent most of his segment of Wednesday's SEC teleconference deflecting questions about just how big this weekend's game against Florida is.
In response to the question "how big would it be if you win this game?" Spurrier responded that he hopes he's never dumb enough to answer a "what if" question about a game.
When someone told Spurrier that Stephen Garcia called this weekend's game the biggest in USC's history, the head ball coach quickly pointed out that he didn't agree with his quarterback's assessment.
"No, that's not true," Spurrier said. "Please don't listen to Stephen when he talks all the time. He's speaking sometimes for Stephen."
Spurrier also dismissed talk about his Florida coaching days, saying they were hashed over six years ago when he took the Gamecocks job.
Then a few minutes later, he enthusiastically recalled almost every play from his Gators win in 2000 over the Gamecocks. That was the only other time South Carolina had a chance to go to the Southeastern Conference title game.
Spurrier has repeatedly talked about his determination to turn South Carolina's long mediocre program around. He can get the Gamecocks to their first SEC title game with a win Saturday over Florida.
But part of him will always stay at The Swamp where his name is in the ring of honor and the 1966 Heisman Trophy he won sits in a museum by the stadium.