Later there's a shout and a door banging open near gate 1, and Spurrier is bouncing onto the sidewalk. He has one last story, he says, breathing hard from the race down-Stairs. His shirttail is still flapping; cars hum past. Last year, he says, a Gator fan in Georgia faxed him, begging him to refrain from incendiary comments because it hurt recruiting. "I wrote him back saying it's not a big deal," Spurrier says. "The next day he called and said, 'Coach, please disregard what I wrote. I was listening to the wrong people. I was listening to people who are jealous of our success.' "
"I said, 'Well, I appreciate it, but if somebody doesn't like you....' " Spurrier pauses here, because maybe he's not getting his point across. He smiles, teeth shining in the dark. He tries one more story: "A Tennessee writer wrote an article up there a couple years ago saying, 'If Spurrier was coaching at Tennessee and we won the SEC, we'd love him...and Florida fans...Florida fans wouldn't like him very well at all.' "