Ex-Florida QB Jesse Palmer critical of Steve Spurrier for quitting
Former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer does not respect the way Steve Spurrier chose to leave South Carolina.
Palmer, who played for Spurrier’s Gators for four seasons from 1997-2000, was critical of his former coach this week when asked about Spurrier’s unexpected resignation.
Jesse Palmer appropriately critical of Spurrier quitting: "I don't think you can do that when you're asking your team not to quit on you."
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) October 16, 2015
It’s surprising to hear that coming from someone who had a lot of success under Spurrier, but Palmer certainly isn’t the only person who feels that way.
Spurrier turned 70 earlier this year, so everyone knew he wasn’t going to coach much longer. However, it is uncommon to see such a high-profile coach walk out on his team in the middle of the season. Spurrier basically said he is leaving South Carolina because the team is better off without him, but there are plenty of people who think he just didn’t want to weather the storm after starting off the season 2-4.
Spurrier’s decision to retire is disappointing for all of us, especially when you look over our list of his best quotes. The players he recruited must feel even worse about it.