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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wants flag removed

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Those who remember Steve Spurrier from his days at the University as Florida understand that Spurrier isn’t one to silence his own opinion.

Sometimes, that involves politics.

Spurrier, the coach at South Carolina, has come out in favor of the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state Capitol in Columbia. A day earlier, Spurrier’s supervisor, athletic director Ray Tanner, had come out in favor of the removal.

“The South Carolina football team, players and coaches strongly support Governor (Nikki) Haley’s decision to remever the flag from the Capitol,” Spurrier wrote on Twitter.

In 2007, Spurrier said “I realize I’m not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach, but if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Conferdate flag, I would see we need to get rid of it.”

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