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November 14, 2012

Spurrier 1 victory South Carolina coaching record

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The school's lack of football success still motivates him Spurrier.

"We're in the South and the tradition was not all that great, was not all that super. Nowhere to go but up. I like those situations," Spurrier said. "A whole bunch of firsts we can achieve at South Carolina."

With a win Saturday, Spurrier will reach 64 wins in 101 games and eight seasons. It took Enright 15 years and 140 games to record that many wins.

Ray Perkins played for Bryant the same time Spurrier was quarterback at Florida and later succeeded Bryant when he retired at Alabama. He said comparing the two coaches misses the point because football is so much different these days.

"I know there is nobody like coach Bryant," said Perkins, who is coaching Jones County Junior College in Mississippi. "I don't think anybody's like coach Spurrier."

Bryant and Spurrier never met as head coaches.

Spurrier took over at Duke in 1987, nearly five years after Bryant's death. But they did meet once when Bryant was coach and Spurrier a player. Alabama beat Florida 17-14 in Tuscaloosa in 1964.

"I got my teeth knocked out in that game. That's what I remember," Spurrier said, recounting how a Crimson Tide defender caught him right under the chin back when players didn't wear mouthpieces. "Spit it out and kept on playing. I left a tooth on the field there at Denny-Bryant."

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