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Spurrier Goes To Slive Over Perceived ESPN-Bama Love Affair

Steve Spurrier is jealous.  Jealous of the way he believes ESPN has been fawning all over Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show, South Carolina’s coach said that he went to SEC commissioner Mike Slive to complain about ESPN’s kind treatment of Bama.

Last year, ESPN did an all-access program behind the scenes of Nick Saban’s football program.  Think that kind of thing doesn’t help with recruiting?  The network also ran an ad last December that featured Alabama fans saying “Roll Tide” repeatedly.





To be fair, ESPN has run a number of ads involving “crazy” fans of various schools and teams.  And the network is producing an all-access series at Oklahoma this year.

But that didn’t stop the Ol’ Ball Coach from turning to Slive:



“I said, ‘How much did Alabama pay those guys to do that?’  He said, ‘Oh, they didn’t have to pay them anything.’  I said, ‘Well, what happened to Go Gators or Rocky Top or Go Gamecocks?’  I didn’t think that was all that fair.”


Is it fair?  Probably not.  But networks can’t be expected to provide 100% equal coverage of all 120 FBS schools.  That’s just not going to happen.

 


9 comments
SEC Can
SEC Can

Spurrier sure didn't complain about ESPN gobbling when he was in Gainesville.

Roger
Roger

Just listen to talk radio throughout the day Steve. Alabama has by far the most unemployed rednecks calling the radio shows every five minutes. Heck, in the state of Alabama they had to practically give away the Auburn National Championship gear this year. When Bammer won it all the year before they couldn't keep the trailer parks clothed with Tider merchandise. Every toothless Bama Bubba in the state of Alabama had his Crimson Tide shirt and trailer decked out. That's just the way it goes when you get a bunch of toothless necks driving the market. Of course ESPN was going to capitalize. You literally can't listen to a college football talk show on local and even national radio without having some Bama Bubba call in and compare Nick Saban to Bear Bryant every other call. It's so stupid that it makes talk radio. Just ask ESPN, Sirius, XM, Fox, etc. Especially ask Paul Finebaum. Bammers have made him millions. Why else would a Tennessee grad worship Alabubba football. It's all about the money. I would personally be embarrassed to be a Bama fan after hearing 95 percent of those idiots.

adam
adam

Spurrier has more SEC titles and the same number of NC as Satan. Spurrier is right on. ESPN other than the games they air SUCKS!

Interested Observer
Interested Observer

Just to correct you, Saban has 2 NCs to Spurrier's 1.

Plus, it's Bama. They are a national program with a national fanbase. Of course they're going to get more attention. And there's nothing Spurrier can do about it. Complaining to the Commissioner isn't going to help him.

Bama gets tv ratings and SC doesn't. Bama was in 4 of the top 10 games with the highest tv ratings, including THE highest rated regular season game.
Yes, SC was in 2 of them...but that was by virtue of who they were playing (Bama & AU) and not b/c SC is a ratings powerhouse.

Popular teams get more attention. That's life. Deal with it.

Bill
Bill

Spurrier has a legitimate gripe with ESPN. Ever since they won it all in 2009 the network has been all over Bama. From the way they kept talking about them I could have sworn that Bama was the best team in 2010 even with 3 losses. And so far this year they've been on that bandwagon again even though Bama has the same predicament as every other team in the SEC with no consistency at quarterback and losing all their stars.

FYI
FYI

Steve, win a few SEC titiles and a few Championship games, let Marcus L. or Alshon J. win the Heisman and then you will get the same treatment, until then suck it up. I'm not a Bama fan by the way....

Glenn
Glenn

Go Lamecocks? If you had a Rolls Royce would you be braggign about you Yougo?

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