Steve Spurrier winning at football, life

Spurrier's legacy on the field and behind a microphone is one thing. But Jerri said she sees a side others don't get to.

A few years ago at the SEC spring meetings, he proposed that coaches contribute money out of their own pockets to help players get a piece of the ever-expanding pie in college football. He even warned his fellow coaches that he was going to tell the "media boys" who agreed to sign his proposal and who didn't.

"He gives more money to more things than he would ever admit to," Jerri said. "Nobody knows what he does, as far as that goes, because he won't tell anybody. He doesn't want anybody to take pictures and make a big deal out of it because that's not why he does it. He does it because it's important to him and because he can."

And it's his balance, and passion for things like golf that keep him from obsessing over football, even when it comes to his own legendary résumé.

DiMarco, whose nephew, Patrick DiMarco, played for Spurrier at South Carolina, recalled a story when he came to Columbia to watch a game with his son Cristian.

Spurrier invited the family to his office afterward, and when they arrived, Spurrier was in there tinkering with a new putter.

"Yep, DiMarc, I think I've found something here with this club," Spurrier said, eager to talk shop with the golf pro.

But DiMarco had his eyes on something else -- pointing out Spurrier's Heisman Trophy sitting in the corner to his son. But Spurrier rushed over to intervene.

"Don't look at that. This is the one you need to look at," said a beaming Spurrier, holding a plaque commemorating him making a hole-in-one.

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DiMarco, who still talks to Spurrier regularly, is convinced that Spurrier isn't close to walking away from football. Even Jerri says she can't fathom what their lives would be like if her husband wasn't coaching.

"I hope we never have to face that. I don't know. I guess I'll get a job," she said.

Is that a hint that he might coach long enough to make a run at Bryant's record of 159 SEC wins, which is perhaps the Holy Grail when it comes to SEC records?

Two years ago, Spurrier was adamant that he would have stayed at Florida had he wanted to pursue a bunch of records.

But now, with 128 SEC wins in his pocket and the Gamecocks recruiting as well as they ever have, it doesn't seem quite as far-fetched that he could catch the Bear. Spurrier would need to average just more than six SEC wins a year for five more years to reach it. He won at least six conference games in all 12 seasons at Florida, and in each of the past three years at South Carolina.

While breaking records has never defined Spurrier, he's a numbers guy. He can recite scores, statistics -- really just about anything -- from games that were played decades ago.

Pressed further about staying around long enough to make a run at Bryant's record, Spurrier grabbed a pen and started scribbling on a sheet of paper.

"Ah, I don't know," he said, his head cocked and a sheepish smile emerging. "One thing that's neat is that when I became second to him [passing John Vaught and getting to 107 SEC wins in 2010], we beat Alabama."

If we know anything about Spurrier, it's that he won't hang on longer than he should. He'll know when it's time to hand it off to somebody else. Nobody will need to drop any hints.

"My job's not nearly as stressful as a lot of people think head-coaching jobs are, so for now, we'll just keep on keeping on," Spurrier said.

How could anybody ever argue with the blueprint ... or the results?

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