look at Coach Spurrier's comments after the gamecocks practice on Saturday (August 11) on gogamecocks.com and he states that he can have a beer after practice and then drive home - then he thinks about it and kinda trails off - and says something to the effect of well I think I am allowed to do that and then he goes on to state if the athletic director wants to handle it more strictly than maybe they need to find them a new football coach ....
Steve Spurrier recently joked that he liked playing Georgia early in the season because the Bulldogs always seem to have a number of players suspended at that point (and they will again this season, too). Considering that wisecrack, the Ol’ Ballcoach should probably expect some backlash from the weak brand of discipline he decided to display this weekend.
Less than a week after being arrested in North Carolina for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol — not a DUI — backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy is back on the Gamecock team. Talk about a whirlwind suspension.
But here’s the odd part. Coming off numerous alcohol-related incidents and suspensions and finally a university-forced dismissal of ex-quarterback Stephen Garcia, you’d think Spurrier would want to nip such behavior in the Bud(weiser) with his redshirt freshman, McEvoy. Instead, the coach was pretty flippant regarding the whole deal:
“Tanner’s back. He’s been approved to come back to the team. Do you know what he got arrested for? He told me… I think South Carolina doesn’t have that law. North Carolina has that law (about underage people not being allowed to drink any alcohol at all before driving). He got arrested for it, and he’ll pay his fine. You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage? How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage? Buy anyway, go talk to coach Tanner (athletic director Ray Tanner) about that, if we’re going to suspend him, OK? I’m not going to suspend him for that, all right? But I don’t if he’s going to play anyway.”
Are college kids going to drink? Yep. Should McEvoy be flogged or pilloried for his transgression? Nope. But should a coach who’s promised parents he’ll take care of their sons — that’s the typical recruiting line from all coaches — be tossing out a “boys will be boys” defense that some players could take to mean he’s all for sudsing it up? Also very much nope.
What might Garcia think of all this? He was suspended five times before being dismissed from his team and the majority of those suspensions were tied to alcohol. Now McEvoy has an alcohol-related arrest and Spurrier laughs it off. What message does that send?
Also, does Spurrier’s comment — “I think South Carolina doesn’t have that law” — mean that he’ll now only punish players based on their actions within the jurisdiction of Palmetto State law enforcement officers? That might get a little tricky at some point.
Just to make this clear — ’cause we know a few Gamecock fans will twist what we’ve written to fit their own agenda — McEvoy doesn’t deserve to be hanged and Spurrier couldn’t prevent college-age kids from drinking if he tried. But taking the nonchalant approach is not the right way to go on this thing. A one-game suspension for a kid fighting to be Connor Shaw’s backup would not be over the top in the least. And it might send the message that a Carolina football player can expect their to be some consequences to bad actions.
Until Spurrier is ready to put his money where his ever-flapping mouth is, it might be best if he pipe down about the discipline being meted out at Georgia or any other SEC schools.
(Preemptive strike to the “you hate Spurrier” buffoon brigade that will assuredly chime in on this one: