“I hope Georgia wins, whatever the score is,” said the former Bulldogs coach, who will be watching the game on television. “The score doesn’t matter to me. I’ll watch it because it’s the next game Georgia plays, but no, it’s not a big deal to me one way or the other as far as Steve being there.”
He promises. Goff lost to the “Evil Genius” in his final six seasons in Athens, by an average score of 41-19, and seemingly became the butt of many Spurrier jokes.
Still, he insisted Wednesday, there’s no bad blood on his end.
“I didn’t have any animosity toward Steve, and I still don’t,” he said. “I never said anything bad about Steve. I don’t think you can go back and look at anything I said on the record that was derogatory.”
On the record might be the key phrase in that sentence. Goff once famously said at a Bulldog Club meeting that he’d like to have 30 minutes alone with Spurrier in a dark alley.
“I jokingly said, ‘I might not have beat him last year, but I might like to get him in a dark alley for 30 minutes. I think I could take him,’” Goff said this week. “That was a complete joke. It was said at a Bulldog Club meeting, and it was totally in jest."
“But I would say the same thing today, I still think I could take him.”
Goff has been to one Georgia game in Sanford Stadium in the last 10 years, but not because he’s got any problem with the school, he said.
“I don’t like crowds,” he said.
He and athletic director Damon Evans, who played for Goff, are members of the local Boys & Girls Club advisory board and are helping raise money to build several new sites in Athens.
People interested in donating to the cause can contact’s Goff’s office at (706) 354-0416.
“We’d love to take money because it’s all about kids,” he said.