South Carolina's Spurrier returns to Duke for Blue Devils' ACC title reunion
While Steve Spurrier may be more remembered as a college football coach for his time at Florida and now South Carolina, it was Durham, North Carolina where the ol' ball coach got his start. Spurrier accepted the Duke head coaching job in 1987 and would lead the Blue Devils to winning seasons in 1988 and 1989. In the latter season, Duke won its first ACC Championship since 1962. Spurrier would leave to coach Florida the following season.
Duke hasn't won another ACC Championship since, but members of the 1989 ACC title team will reunite in Durham this weekend. In true Spurrier fashioin, the ol' ball coach is still bitter about some of the misfortunes that befell Duke during his three-year stint as coach, but he remains fond of those years and how they shaped his coaching style.
"I tell everybody that whatever kind of coach I am, I learned it at Duke University, and I mean that sincerely," Spurrier said.
Below are clips from ESPN's recent documentary on Spurrier, titled "The Believer," that feature his time coaching Duke.