Steve Spurrier says he is neutral when it comes to the Iron Bowl due to his friendship with both Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban.
If Auburn or Alabama fans are wondering who Steve Spurrier roots for in the annual Iron Bowl game, they are going to be disappointed.
“I’m sorta neutral with those guys when they play each other,” Spurrier said during an interview at the Regions Tradition pro-am on Wednesday.
“Those guys” are Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who Spurrier considers both good friends.
“He [Malzahn] and I are good friends,” Spurrier said. “We play some golf together at the SEC meetings years back.”
Spurrier recently spoke at a high school clinic hosted by Saban in Tuscaloosa, and came away impressed with the facilities that the Crimson Tide have built.
“Yeah, it was the first time I’d been around their facility,” Spurrier said. “Saw all 16 of those national championships. It’s a tremendous history and tradition of Alabama football — best in the country.”
Spurrier also shot down the idea that there was ever a rift between himself and Saban.
“No, we always got along well,” Spurrier said.
This doesn’t sound like the same head ball coach fans grew to despise when his Gators were dominating the SEC and his press conferences were full of jabs at other schools, especially Tennessee – although he good in a good jab at Ole Miss and its recent turmoil on Wednesday.
Doesn’t Spurrier know that once you enter the borders of the Yellowhammer State, it is illegal not to pick sides? The once polarizing coach has become Steve “Switzerland” Spurrier all of a sudden.