Steve Spurrier makes the season brighter for returning soldiers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Steve Spurrier makes the season brighter for returning soldiers

(Left to right: CW4 Ken Webb, CPT Antonio Reynolds, in the background is SGT Aaron Hurndon, Coach Spurrier, Hunter Webb, Hailey Webb. (Source: Christie Webb) Not pictured, but returning from deployment: CPT Brandon Martin and SFC Robert Theus) (Left to right: CW4 Ken Webb, CPT Antonio Reynolds, in the background is SGT Aaron Hurndon, Coach Spurrier, Hunter Webb, Hailey Webb. (Source: Christie Webb) Not pictured, but returning from deployment: CPT Brandon Martin and SFC Robert Theus)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier made the day of a few of South Carolina's bravest who were returning home from a recent deployment.

The Head Ball Coach posed for a picture with the soldiers and their family members on Wednesday at the Columbia Airport.

The soldiers had just returned from a 6-month deployment to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

It wasn't necessarily Spurrier's action of simply standing with the group for a picture that impressed Christie Webb the most.

"My husband and some of his fellow soldiers were on their return flight from their recent deployment," said Webb. "After being delayed for six days due to maintenance and weather issues they were almost home. While sitting in the Atlanta airport they saw a face that is easily recognized by any Gamecock fan, Steve Spurrier."

The group spoke with Spurrier and asked for a picture with him. Because the plane to Columbia was boarding, he said he might join them for a photo after they landed.

"Once they reached Columbia the soldiers were focused on their families that they had not seen in 6 months," said Webb. "After the reunion the families went to the baggage claim area to retrieve their luggage. While standing there Mr. Spurrier approached the families and asked who had the camera. The soldiers and their families were very excited about being able to meet and take a picture with Mr. Spurrier. It really made their day."

Webb says she's very impressed with the coach's actions and wants to say thanks. "I want to tell Mr. Spurrier thank you for taking the time out of his busy schedule to stop and acknowledge the soldiers!"

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

    Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 3:12 AM EST2017-11-22 08:12:08 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:05 PM EST2017-11-23 02:05:07 GMT

    Trump, who won election despite facing more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

    Trump, who won election despite facing more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

  • Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

    Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 6:02 PM EST2017-11-22 23:02:17 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:04 PM EST2017-11-23 02:04:56 GMT

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a far-ranging review of the FBI database containing information for use in background checks on prospective gun buyers.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a far-ranging review of the FBI database containing information for use in background checks on prospective gun buyers.

  • Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes

    Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:11 AM EST2017-11-22 07:11:49 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:04 PM EST2017-11-23 02:04:06 GMT

    On a cold, grey afternoon, a lone North Korean soldier races toward freedom, the shock of his comrades palpable as they realize he is defecting to the South and start sprinting after him.

    On a cold, grey afternoon, a lone North Korean soldier races toward freedom, the shock of his comrades palpable as they realize he is defecting to the South and start sprinting after him.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

    Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:41 PM EST2017-11-22 00:41:29 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-11-22 19:55:49 GMT
    Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.
    Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.
  • AP source: Florida meets with Chip Kelly about coaching job

    AP source: Florida meets with Chip Kelly about coaching job

    Monday, November 20 2017 12:40 AM EST2017-11-20 05:40:24 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 3:23 PM EST2017-11-20 20:23:49 GMT
    A person familiar with the situation says Florida has met with Chip Kelly about becoming the team's next football coach.
    A person familiar with the situation says Florida has met with Chip Kelly about becoming the team's next football coach.
  • Austin Cook wins at Sea Island to earn trip to Masters

    Austin Cook wins at Sea Island to earn trip to Masters

    Sunday, November 19 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-11-19 22:03:04 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 12:11 AM EST2017-11-20 05:11:30 GMT
    Tour rookie Austin Cook sails to 4-shot victory at RSM Classic, earns spot in Masters next year.
    Tour rookie Austin Cook sails to 4-shot victory at RSM Classic, earns spot in Masters next year.
Powered by Frankly