Spurrier ridicules talk of UM coaching interest

Published November 20, 2006

CORAL GABLES - Larry Coker's future as coach of the Hurricanes hasn't been announced yet, but speculation already has begun about a possible successor.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spent much of his Sunday teleconference denying Internet reports that he might wind up as Miami's coach.

A CSTV.com report said it was standing by its story that Spurrier will be Miami's next coach. ESPN.com reported that Spurrier was Miami's "most desired replacement" for Coker.

"This is a bad rumor that some of you guys are running with," Spurrier told reporters. "Can somebody just put something on the Internet and all you guys think it's true?"

When an ESPN.com reporter said he was told by someone at the school that Spurrier was Miami's choice, the former Gators coach and Heisman winner at UF said, "Who at Miami? The president? The AD? Or some guy sleeping under the bridge down there?"

UM athletic director Paul Dee said he hadn't made any direct or indirect contact with Spurrier.

Dee said he "promised" Coker that there would be no decision made on his future until the season concludes.

Miami can qualify for a bowl game if it beats No. 18 Boston College on Thursday night. But Coker's fate is expected to be announced soon after the game no matter the result.

Dee said that if Coker is dismissed, he's not excluding Spurrier from consideration, "but we haven't that determination yet."

Spurrier said it was "flattering" that his name is being connected to "one of the top football programs in the last 25 years or so," but added that he intended on remaining at South Carolina. Spurrier has five seasons left on a contract that reportedly pays him $1.3-million per year.

GOALS FOR BC: Boston College (9-2, 5-2 ACC) has big goals this week. The Eagles need to beat Miami to have any shot of representing the Atlantic Division in the ACC title game Dec. 2 against Georgia Tech.