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November 14, 2012

Spurrier 1 victory South Carolina coaching record

— COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will likely match Paul "Bear" Bryant this weekend for most wins at two different Southeastern Conference schools.

A victory against Wofford on Saturday will tie Spurrier with Rex Enright for the most wins by a Gamecocks coach with 64. Spurrier remains the winningest coach in Florida history with 122 victories. Bryant holds the records for most wins at Alabama (232) and at Kentucky (60).

Bryant and Spurrier rank 1-2 in several categories in the SEC record book.

Spurrier is second with 122 SEC victories, 37 behind Bryant. His six SEC titles are eight behind Bryant.

"I haven't thought about that. I'll let you do all those kind things," Spurrier said of the comparison.

The two have more in common than simply bringing distinct headgear to the sidelines, whether it is Bryant's houndstooth hat or Spurrier's visor.

Their careers are mirror images in some ways.

Kentucky was Bryant's first long term head coaching job. He took a team with no football tradition and led them to their first bowl in 1947 and one of only two SEC titles the school has ever won when the Wildcats captured the crown in 1950. He took over Alabama in 1958, boosting a program that continues to be successful today.

Spurrier immediately built Florida into an SEC powerhouse and sustained their dominance for 12 years. The school has stayed mostly at the top since he left.

"I was lucky to be there at the right time and the right place," Spurrier said of his time at Florida. "That is what coaching is all about — get somewhere at the right time, at the right place with some good players."

Spurrier arrived at South Carolina before the 2005 season.

He promised when he was introduced to Gamecocks fans that he would take over the win record one day, but said Tuesday he just wanted to assure fans he would be in Columbia a long time. He hasn't achieved his main goal of leading South Carolina to its first SEC title, but he feels like the pieces are in place.

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