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Steve Spurrier, right, meets then-Michigan head coach Brady Hoke after Spurrier's South Carolina team beat the Wolverines 33-28 in the 2013 Outback Bowl in Tampa.

What one former SEC coach thinks about Michigan-Florida game, two more football camps, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Michigan and Florida meet Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, in one of the premier national matchups that open the college football season.

It’s a game former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he never would want to schedule. Spurrier spoke in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday and told reporters, including Ryan Young of SEC Country, that while these kind of high-profile games are the norm these days, they weren’t something he would’ve been fond of playing.

“I think it can be detrimental, to tell you the truth,” Spurrier said. “I’m not sure when you’re in the SEC and you’ve got eight big conference games — plus Florida, we’ve got FSU — I don’t know that we need to schedule all those big guys.”

The game is being played at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Both Michigan and Florida will receive $6 million payouts, per previously released contracts. The winner will have an impressive gold star on its resumé. The loser will be in an early hole in terms of earning a playoff spot.

Spurrier used Florida State’s 45-34 win against Mississippi last season as an example of the negative effect.

“I saw [Ole Miss coach] Hugh Freeze [Monday] night at the golf tournament,” Spurrier said, “and I said, ‘You know, during the summer it sounded real neat and cool to want to play FSU in Orlando, Fla.,’ when realistically Ole Miss [has] got no business coming into Florida to play FSU down there.

“But there was a lot of money involved, and I guess it would be nice if you beat them.”

Two more camps

Looks like Michigan is adding a couple more football camps to its offseason schedule. One will be at Tulane in New Orleans and one at Florida Atlantic, according to 247Sports. Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is the head coach at FAU.

Tulane announced Michigan’s participation via Twitter.

Michigan is scheduled to host camps on June 3 and 10 for specialists, as well as June 16-17 and June 23-24. The Wolverines also have been announced as coaching participants at camps at Valdosta State in Georgia (June 4), Tennessee State (June 9), and UCLA (June 11).

Winning home finale

The No. 19-ranked Wolverines softball team beat Western Michigan, 8-0, Tuesday at Alumni Field for their sixth win in a row. Senior Lindsay Montemarano and sophomores Faith Canfield and Alex Sobczak hit home runs in the five-inning run-rule victory.

Michigan (38-10-1) travels to Rutgers this weekend for the final three games of the regular season. The Wolverines will host the Big Ten Tournament next weekend, May 11-13.

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