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Spurrier Jabs Richt, Saban… Proving That He’s Winning Again

Steve Spurrier is an ass.

Whether he’s a laugh-riot smart ass or a loose-lipped jackass depends, of course, on whether or not he’s coaching your favorite team.  The same South Carolina fans who love him now — and will rage against this site “for hatin’ him” — once despised his same barbs n’ bully routine when he was at Florida.

One thing about Carolina’s coach is that his level of assdom directly corellates with his team’s win total.  At the 2010 SEC Media Days, for example, Spurrier was lower than the proverbial snake’s belly.  The Cocks were coming off a 7-6 campaign and had lost 20-7 to UConn in a miserable Papajohns.com Bowl performance.  With the SEC media on hand, the coach failed to crack wise.  He had no insults for rival schools or coaches.  Frankly he seemed down, like a man on the verge of tossing in the towel if his team didn’t perform in 2010.

Ah, but his team did perform in 2010.  The Gamecocks whipped Georgia, Florida and Tennessee in the same season for the first time.  They won their first-ever SEC division title.  By Media Days 2011 Spurrier was feeling good enough to poke a little fun.  Asked about Mike Slive’s idea — which has now become a reality — that schools award multi-year scholarships to players, Spurrier was the only coach willing to shoot down the proposal with both guns blazing.  “No, that’s a terrible idea, Commissioner,” he said to big laughs.

The coach himself has even admitted during his mediocre and quiet years in Columbia — while he was building up his program — that he didn’t have much to talk about with his team losing.  In other words, once USC got good enough, then he’d feel like taking shots at others again.

In many ways Spurrier — who we don’t hate, by the way, and who we’ve said has done an A-1 job at Carolina — is still like a teenager.  He gets mad and pouty when he loses.  He gets brash and braggadocious when he wins.

And he’s winning again.

In an interview with ESPN.com’s Chris Low posted yesterday afternoon, the Ol’ Ball Coach let fly with some gibes:

* On not playing Georgia early in the season this year:  “I don’t know.  I sort of always like playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”

(Mark Richt, being the class act he is, simply responded: “How ’bout that; I think that that’s funny.  That sounds like Steve.”  Richt could have easily said, “That’s because we don’t give guys five and six chances that way he did with Stephen Garcia.”)

* On Nick Saban and his success at Alabama:  “He’s got a nice little gig going, a little bit like (John) Calipari.  He tells guys, ‘Hey, three years from now, you’re going to be a first-round pick and go.’  If he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won there at Alabama.”

(Spurrier did go one to say that he believes Saban is the best coach in conference.  “You are whatever your record is,” he said.)

Funny little tweaks to be taken with a grain of salt?  Then you must be a Gamecock fan who’s in love with your coach now that’s he’s delivering wins.

Smart aleck remarks that make you hope Spurrier takes it on the chin this fall?  Then you must be a fan of one of the other 13 SEC institutions.

As for this writer, I enjoy Spurrier on the rise.  When he’s losing it’s sad to watch.  But when he’s winning big — for two years in a row — he gets a little too mean-spirited.  Somewhere in between is just about right.  Like Media Days 2011.

Judging from his comments to ESPN this week, some of Spurrier’s Media Days 2012 quotes could be downright nasty.

 


16 comments
Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

I used to think Spurrier was a genius he constantly made the fans hate him and no one paid attention to his players. He did the trash talking and his players played. Now he's at it again. USC is no where near as talented as his Gator teams were. He used to trash talk you and run up the score now he just talks. He has lost to every SEC team since becoming SC head coach and was humbled for a while now he's poking fun at other programs again. I admit I loved it when Vandy finally beat him and he threw his visor and headset, but I don't think he's being as mean spirited this time around.

BieberHole69
BieberHole69

BamaCLT - I'm fearful of your college football intelligence, but you might have overlooked a few small accomplishments.  Spurrier won an ACC Championship at Duke, made Florida the power it is today, and made relevant a program with an overall losing record at SC.  Your friend, Wikipedia.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Yeah, yeah.  When he actually wins somewhere else, I'll listen to him.  He beat Alabama in 2010.  So what?  So did two other teams.  When he wins the SEC, I'll listen to his narcissistic remarks.  Until then, he should keep popping Osteo bi-flex and and shut up.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

For the young cats on this board who know not hip from hep, the long term beauty of the SEC is the coaches. In my lifetime I have seen entertaining coaches in pretty much all the sports the SEC competes in. Last season when the networks called LSU "must see TV" just to see what Les Miles would do next carries on a long tradition of colorful coaches patrolling the games. I for one believe the SEC is better for it! Love or hate Darth Visor, you can not deny he gets people to watch the games.

BieberHole69
BieberHole69

No other conference has storylines like the SEC.  

Ross W
Ross W

I love Spurrier. Mainly because he's still picking on Georgia like he did while he was Florida when I was growing up. I don't think we have to worry about him jabbing at UF but I would still think it's funny even if he did. It's refreshing to have someone that doesn't just spout out "coach speak" all the time and never show any personality.

whygee
whygee

Peep the Georgia fans getting defensive.  Humor, folks, learn about it.  Not everything's a malicious attack on the school you pull for.  Sometimes, funny is funny. 

allyugadawg
allyugadawg

The Gamecocks whipped Georiga? A three point win is a whipping? That's a stretch.

 

And little Stevie is right. Georgia usually does have suspended players when we meet up. We have the toughest discipline policy in the SEC and we punish players when they make mistakes, unlike South Carolina. Over the years we watched him suspend players for practices or for a selected cupcake game, but rarely ever against Georgia. But then, if it took my team 100+ years to have a 10-win season and their record against UGA was a laughably pathetic 15 wins in 63 tries, I suppose I might cheat to try to get a win more than once a decade as well....

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

You’ve got to admit that Spurrier is one of the most quick-witted Head Coaches to ever walk the sidelines but as a Georgia grad, this one makes me chuckle but doesn’t otherwise annoy or irritate me. When he was at Florida, year in and year out, he clearly ran a superior program so he always came across as a bad winner who loved to rub it in. At SC, specifically with regards to discipline issues, he’s got no room to talk so I have to take it ironically.

JaredHam
JaredHam

I love Spurrier now and when he was at Florida.  He is just funny.  Free Shoes U, Burned coloring books at Auburn, etc.  He is just a great guy for soundbites and always fires up both his own fan base and the ones he jabs at.  Granted it isn't mentioned here, but he does go on in his interview to compliment Saban and calls him the best coach, but that's beside the point.  I just want him to continue to coach somewhere in the SEC (preferably stick at SC for our sake) until he is 100 just so we can laugh at his quips. 

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

 @BieberHole69 Bieber, your name says it all.  Winning in the ACC is like being the prettiest girl at the county fair.  In addition, Florida is his past.  He's done nothing notable since.  The game has passed Spurrier, and either his coaching needs to catch u with his mouth, or he should quit while he's not completely irrelevant.  Your friend, everyone who watches SEC football.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Oh and, Spurrier:  Saban has won the BCS NC at TWO different SEC programs.  He should loosen his visor a notch or three.  It's cutting off the circulation and making him senile.

JaredHam
JaredHam

 @allyugadawg He was referring to the 2010 season which SC won 17-6 and it wasn't really close most of the game.  Last year no one could call that a whipping.  Both teams gave the other enough chances to win, SC just took the last opportunity given so they won. 

 

And no one can call SC's history illustrious.  Half of Spurrier's tenure has been trying to get the team even remotely competitive so he refers to his most recent years as that's what he views as an accurate portrayal of his team.  But he works within the outlined rules for suspensions USC has, UGA just has the most strict.  Spurrier does nothing in that regard that Saban or Miles doesn't do. 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

JaredHam...

 

Good catch.  Meant to post that as a parenthetical but zipped by it.  Now I've gone back and included it.

Thanks for reading,John 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

JaredHam and allugadawg...

 

Actually I was just using a word synonymous with "beat" since I was trying to describe three games in one sentence.  

 

Thanks to both of you for reading,

John

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