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Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier has never been to Memorial Stadium for a game.

That will change Saturday night, thanks to his close relationship with Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

After the 70-year-old Spurrier stepped down as South Carolina's head coach Oct. 13, Eichorst immediately invited the ol' ball coach to Lincoln for a game.

Spurrier arrived Friday.

"He and Shawn had a great relationship when Shawn was at South Carolina (as senior associate A.D. from 2004-06)," said David Witty, NU senior associate A.D. "He's just basically here as Shawn's guest and for a chance to see Lincoln."

Considering Spurrier's extensive background in coaching -- he began in 1978 as Florida's quarterbacks coach -- it's kind of surprising he's never experienced a game day in Lincoln. He'll watch Nebraska play Michigan State from the athletic director's suite.

Spurrier, of course, led South Carolina to a 30-13 win against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl after the 2011 season. And then, of course, there was that little Fiesta Bowl game after the 1995 season, when Spurrier was head coach at Florida ...

Most would agree he is one of the good guys in the game. It's nice he gets a close-up look at Husker football.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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