Former QB Makes Bold Claim About Steve Spurrier And Gambling

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Legendary football coach Steve Spurrier apparently always knew the spread.

During an interview on The Spurs Up Show, former Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia claimed QBs were always told the spread by Spurrier and there was even speculation at one point a QB purposely took a safety just to impact the outcome.

“We were always made aware of what the spread was,” Garcia explained when breaking down Spurrier’s knowledge of the spread ahead of any game.

“I remember talking to my buddy Cliff and he’s like, ‘Yeah, everybody thinks that coach Spurrier gambled on the game because there’s no reason he had to take that safety,'” he further explained.

For those of you who don’t know, claims about coaches knowing the spreads of events is far from rare. Anyone who has worked in college athletics or been connected to sports at the college level knows coaches are generally tuned in.

At the very least, there are assistants aware of what’s going on.

Stephen Garcia claims Steve Spurrier always knew the spread. (Gerry Melendez/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Now, that doesn’t mean anything nefarious is going on. It just means coaches are aware of how much the team is supposed to win by.

It’s way more common than the average fan might realize.

The legend of Spurrier grows.

Steve Spurrier was already one of the most legendary coaches in the history of college football, and this story only adds to status.

Spurrier compiled a 228-89 record, won a national title as a coach and won the Heisman as a player. He also apparently knew the spread at all times while on the sidelines.

Former South Carolina player claims Steve Spurrier always knew the spread. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m sure his boosters thanked him often if Garcia’s claim is true.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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