Steve Spurrier is such an avid golfer that some NFL types have questioned whether he's willing to leave the links and put in the long hours that pro football demands. Three days after his stunning departure from the head coaching job at Florida—presumably to take a comparable position in the NFL—Spurrier spoke about his passion.
SI Will the quality of the golf in the area be a factor in picking your next coaching job?
SS Not particularly. What I need is a team that has a pretty good defense, a team that needs another seven to 10 points.
SI Sounds like Tampa Bay.
SS I haven't seriously talked to anyone. Hopefully I will.
SI You're known as a real dimple-head. How many rounds do you play in a typical year?
SS As a college coach I would play from March through July, about 70 to 90 rounds. Now that my back's O.K. [he had surgery in June], I'm swinging at the ball a little bit better.
SI How low has your handicap dipped?
SS When I was coaching the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits, from 1983 to '85, I played year-round. My number was down to one or two then. I'm about a six now.
SI You're known for your, shall we say, enthusiastic sideline demeanor. Do you ever come unhinged on the golf course?