Steve Spurrier (again) rode to ESPN on Florida's plane (Photo)

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Nick Bromberg
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Most coaches wouldn't dream of using the plane of a division rival. But it's no big deal for Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier, a former Florida coach and Heisman-winning quarterback at the school, rode with Florida coach Jim McElwain to an ESPN appearance Tuesday on the Gators' plane.

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The plane-sharing isn't new, so the most striking thing about this photo may be the minimalistic sock look that McElwain is rocking. He's either gone with the no-shows or no socks at all.

And he told ESPN he enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Spurrier at length.

"[Florida officials] asked was there any problem doing this, and I said, 'Hell, I drive by the guy's statue every day," new Florida coach Jim McElwain said. "He won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship at Florida. You know what, we'll do anything for him.

"Any opportunity I get to just visit with the guy is invaluable. In fact, I wish the guy would quit coaching, so I could get him in and really pick his brain."

Spurrier left the Gators after the 2001 season to coach the Washington Redskins. He was considered a candidate to return to the Gators after his tenure in Washington ended after two seasons but instead was hired by South Carolina before the 2005 season.

The rides from Florida were Spurrier's idea too. He formed a friendship with former Florida coach Will Muschamp over the plane rides, which started when he called Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley about hitching a ride.

"We got to be friends three or four years ago when ESPN started that car wash," Spurrier said last year. "The commissioner (Mike Slive) told us to get up there the best way you can.

"I knew Florida had a big jet and they flew right over Columbia on the way to Bristol, Connecticut. I called Jeremy Foley and said, 'How about dropping down, picking me up and dropping me off.' He said, 'OK' "

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