- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Steve Spurrier’s resignation as coach of the Washington Redskins surprised plenty of people around the organization and the NFL. Turns out even the Ball Coach himself was surprised at “his” decision.

For a brief period yesterday afternoon, Spurrier denied the fact he was resigning, even though the Redskins already issued a release breaking the news.

Here’s how the day played out: Spurrier called Dan Snyder yesterday morning, informed the owner he was resigning and said newly hired agent Jimmy Sexton would work out the details with him. While Spurrier was playing golf in Florida, Sexton was on the phone in Memphis, Tenn., finalizing the deal with team officials at Redskin Park.

The news became official shortly before 1p.m., when the Redskins issued a release entitled “Spurrier resigns as Washington Redskins coach.” But before Sexton could reach Spurrier to tell him it was a done deal, the Ball Coach was contacted by a reporter seeking comment on his resignation.

Spurrier, not realizing his job status had become official, denied the whole thing. Back at Redskin Park, director of football operations Jamie Speronis raced into the press workroom and told reporters Spurrier had not resigned.

Within a few minutes, Sexton finally got through to Spurrier and informed him the details were finalized. The Ball Coach then had to take back his earlier denial, blaming the whole thing on “miscommunication.”

Spurrier’s back-and-forth waffling on the subject probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. After all, this is the same man who insisted all along he would be back for a third season in Washington.

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