COLUMBIA, SC - Former USC head football coach Steve Spurrier was in Columbia Thursday night for a book signing at the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhills.
Spurrier's biography "Head Ball Coach, My Life In Football" has been out for a little more than a week and Spurrier says it is simply his life in words.
"This is my story," Spurrier said.
"A kid from East Tennessee, some of the sort of miraculous things that happened to me ... Lucky to maybe win the Heisman. made a field goal against a team and they voted before the season was over. We actually lost the last game. I wouldn't have won the Heisman if they voted like they do now. Somehow, I got 10 years in the NFL, didn't play a lot. Now, looking back I got out healthy and so forth."
Spurrier's Hall of Fame career includes leading his alma mater to the 1996 national championship and becoming the all-time wins leader at Florida and USC.
His memoir has allowed Spurrier to look back on his career which made him an icon in the sport.
"Guys that play 10 years (in the NFL) and win the Heisman, they don't become coaches," Spurrier said.
"But I have some good, fortunate breaks and it seems like the Man upstairs was looking out for me at times to just keep my coaching career alive and then it just took off from Duke University.
"That's where I learned whatever I learned at Duke".
Spurrier, who was recently hired as an ambassador and consultant for the Florida football program, says he still has a strong connection to the Gamecock program. He even stopped by the later stages of USC's Thursday morning practice to chat with new head coach Will Muschamp. Spurrier's son, Scott, was retained by Muschamp as an analyst.