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Steve Spurrier Q&A

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000

Q : How will you use the open date this week?

SPURRIER: We will probably only practice two or three days and let the players off on the weekend like we usually do. Hopefully we'll be fresh and ready to go next week. We're not going to get ready for the Georgia Bulldogs this week. I believe you can get ready too early.

Q : What are the advantages to a head coach calling his own offensive plays?

SPURRIER: Well, you don't have to worry about the head coach chewing you out when you call a bad one. I would guess an offensive coordinator feels, "I better follow the plan and not call something the head ball coach wouldn't like." You have a lot of freedom to call whatever you want when you want.

Q : How has former UF defensive coordinator Bob Stoops been able to turn things around in his second season as coach at Oklahoma?

SPURRIER: He has instilled an attitude that there are no excuses. We've got ballplayers, we've got fans, we've got a stadium. There are no excuses why we cannot be successful and play for championships. He didn't say, "We're going to win in four or five years," never used the words rebuilding and young team.

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