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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

SPURRIER REVISITED
Yesterday Steve Spurrier resigned as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Today comes the wider media reaction.

Just in my hometown paper, the St. Petersburg Times, you'll find five separate stories. This may seem like a lot for an out-of-town team, but it is Spurrier, a favorite son from his UF playing days, to his coaching stint with the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits, to his Gator coaching tenure. Notable coverage includes a gauging of reaction from a range of Gator fans, especially timely with so many of them in town to watch Florida take on Iowa in the Outback Bowl (then again, the Tampa Bay area has a good amount of resident Gators).

Of most interest to me is Gary Shelton's column, which makes several of the points and observations that I did. The main difference is where we were each coming from: Shelton expected Spurrier to be successful in the NFL, whereas I had little doubt he would flop.

Meanwhile, Steve Klein notes that the breaking news of the resignation allowed the Washington Post to shine in its online and offline coverage.