Steve Spurrier trolls former SEC rival


CEO of the AAF, Charlie Ebersol, stops by the USA TODAY studio to discuss the start of the new football league.

Steve Spurrier still is trolling an old SEC rival. 

On Sunday, after his Orlando Apollos rallied for a 37-29 win over the San Antonio Commanders before a raucous crowd at the Alamodome, Spurrier compared the noise level to that of Neyland Stadium when the fans sing “Rocky Top,” the Tennessee Volunteers’ unofficial fight song.

“I think it was just as loud as ‘Rocky Top,’ to tell you the truth. And I know The Swamp is a little bit louder than here,” Spurrier said.

The “Head Ball Coach” famously is full of zingers, and he’s saved his best for the Vols. Perhaps his best dig at Tennessee is the “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T” comment when asked about the Vols’ failure to make the Sugar Bowl while Spurrier was coaching at Florida.

Last week, after a 40-6 rout of the Atlanta Legends in the AAF opener, Spurrier razzed the Washington Redskins, for whom he coached for two seasons (2002-03). 

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That Apollos victory was Spurrier’s sixth consecutive win in an opener with a new team.

“Even won with the Redskins,” Spurrier said. “That’s not easy to do.”

Here’s to hoping he makes trolling a regular thing during this inaugural Alliance of American Football season.

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Reineking on Twitter @jimreineking.


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