- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thanks to some extraordinary typing chops by Jack Nicholson and a little direction from Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King, an up-and-coming typewriter delivered one of the eeriest, yet memorable movie lines of all time.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
If you haven't seen "The Shining," then you're really missing out. And if you don't live by that slogan, then get outside and smell the roses, friends. There's a whole big world out there ready for us to see. There's more to life than bills and the office, and one SEC coach knows that all too well.
Steve Spurrier loves his job. He loves wincing under his visor, and he loves being drenched in the occasional Gatorade bath. He loves teaching, and he loves coaching. He's one of those coaches who can charm just about everyone he meets and works with.
The chance to play more at some pretty nice courses was something that peaked his interest when he returned to the college ranks and decided to coach at South Carolina. It's something that's as much a part of him as football. It's a release and a passion, and it's also a way to step away from the game and recharge with a birdie or two.
Even while spending most of his coaching career in college football's toughest conference, he's always made room for golf, his therapy, in the offseason. He might not be playing as much as he used to, but Spurrier is still making time for some course work before he gets back to grinding away in his football life.
Here's a little of what he said after a round last week in North Carolina:
“I have read stories that people who last a long time have outside interests. I can’t grind on football 11 months a year maybe the way some of these coaches do. They can grind now. I mean, they will go 6:30 a.m. to 7:30, 8:00 at night in the offseason. Did you know that? I don’t know what they do. They say they are working.”
Spurrier doesn't need to do that. He's entering his 10th season with the Gamecocks holding a 77-39 record. In the past four seasons, South Carolina is tied for ninth nationally with 42 wins, including winning 11 games in three straight seasons. No one else in the SEC East can say that, and 42 is just four behind Alabama (46), which ranks second. Spurrier was also the first coach to lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back, double-digit-win seasons.
Maybe, he should be playing more golf.
Would he hit the 12-win mark or have an SEC title at South Carolina with less time away from the film room during the offseason? Would he have a national championship with the Gamecocks with more time going over the playbook during the summer?
Who knows, but that's not how Spurrier wants to operate. When it's time for his focus to be on the pigskin, his brain will be nothing but football. When it's time to catch some rays, get out of a bunker and swing a few clubs, he'll do that without any hint of guilt.
It's a great trait for a coach who isn't as young as he used to be. He knows how to perfectly balance his life with his work life.
We've seen coaches burn out. We've seen passion for the game slip away. We've seen stress devour guys. That isn't happening to Spurrier.
Fun in moderation, and this is Spurrier's moderation. This job doesn't have to be 24/7, 365 in order for you to be successful, and Spurrier has more than proved that.