The 2013 college football season kicks off on Thursday and the main event on night one is an ACC/SEC battle between Carolina del Norte and and Carolina del Sur. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier is looking forward to the matchup as he has some history with the Tar Heels dating back to his 1980s tenure at Duke:
“I’m a Dukie. I’m a Gator, a Dukie, and now I’m a Gamecock. For us Dukies, back then that was our big game. I doubt if it was for North Carolina because we did not beat them that much, but when I was there we were fortunate enough to actually beat them more than they beat us.
It was always a fund game when that occurred. But, yeah, it is a little special when you are coaching against a team like that, just like coaching against Georgia. The Gators and Georgia were teams that didn’t like each other very much. That’s a special game, too, so anytime you coach against a team that was a little special wherever you coached at, it remains a special game.”
Spurrier actually went 3-0 against North Carolina in 1987, 1988 and 1989. The Ol’ Ball Coach also knocked off UNC as South Carolina’s coach in 2007.