And then Steve Spurrier became the Rodney Dangerfield of college football coaching.
Introduced as an honorary captain in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama, the crowd showed the legendary coach no respect.
Amid a storm of boo’s, Steve Spurrier made his way to midfield and could nothing to hide the look of embarrassment on his face.
His “southern-boy smooth” wouldn’t disappear for too long, though.
Despite the rude reception, he still managed a cool wink in the direction of somebody on the field.
The reception is both surprising and completely expected. Spurrier coached at rival South Carolina for a number of years and enjoyed a great deal of success against the Clemson Tigers, beating them seven times. However, you don’t really expect a crowd to start to collectively “boo” one of the pregame ceremony honorees.
Spurrier, now a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, probably won’t lose any sleep over this, he’s been booed plenty. College Football rivalries run deep; it’s all part of the pageantry.