Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Inability to Say 'Never' Makes Spurrier Target

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Inability to Say 'Never' Makes Spurrier Target

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Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist

GAINESVILLE -- You know the theory. Steve Spurrier will never leave. He knows he has a good gig at the University of Florida. He loves college football. He doesn't want a job that could ruin his golf handicap.

But does he have a price?

That apparently is what Daniel Snyder wants to find out.

Spurrier already has told the Redskins' owner no thanks once, reportedly rejecting a $12.5 million offer last December. But now, with the Redskins acting as the laugh track for the 2001 season, the buzz in Washington is that Snyder is preparing to fire Marty Schottenheimer after the season and make another run at Spurrier -- a $25 million run.

The Washington Times, citing NFL sources, reported that Snyder might throw that kind of money at Spurrier.

So would it matter? Would Spurrier, who is making $2.1 million a year at UF, listen to someone offering to more than double his salary? Even if that someone makes George Steinbrenner seem like a low-key, hands-off boss?

Spurrier brushed aside such talk yesterday, insisting he only is worried about beating Georgia.

"Oh, I've listened to a few NFL teams in years past," he said. "It's just the same every year. It's very, very unlikely -- very unlikely that that would occur. I'm just trying to keep the job I got right now. That's my biggest concern right now."

For those of you keeping score at home, he used "very" three times and "unlikely" twice. And "never" never.

You can look at this sliver of an opening, which always seems to be there, in two ways. Maybe Spurrier likes how this story line reminds the Gators faithful of what they have. Or maybe Spurrier just doesn't want to pull a Butch Davis someday.

Davis kept insisting he had no interest in leaving the University of Miami. …

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