A few hours ago we told you that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has an untamed tongue. It didn’t take long for him to prove that point once more.
Today both Southern Cal and South Carolina — the two USCs from either side of the country — held their Pro Day activities. Marcus Lattimore’s return to action was cheered at one. ESPN’s cameras were present at the other to provide live coverage of quarterback Matt Barkley’s workout. Apparently ESPN’s choice didn’t sit too well with Spurrier who reportedly said:
“I noticed both USCs had their pro timing day today. One of them finished #7 in the country, the other was not in the top 25, yet ESPN decided to go out to the one in California which did not finish in the Top 25 and televise their day live. It’s interesting that (ESPN) doesn’t come around here on signing day, they don’t come around here on pro timing day, and yet they us to play all these Thursday night games. Maybe we need to consider playing on that new network, FoxSports 1.”
Wow. There are a helluva lot of digs in that one quick comment. First, Spurrier smacks around the Trojans — and old buddy Lane Kiffin — over their disappointing finish last season. Then he goes into full attack mode against SEC television partner ESPN. The same ESPN that is expected to unite with the league on its brand new network.
While Spurrier may feel that the folks in Bristol don’t pay enough attention to his program, they certainly pay enough cash. ESPN pays Mike Slive’s league $150 million per year. That’s $2.25 billion over the course of a 15-year deal for the right to ask Carolina to move some games to Thursday.
Biting the hand that feeds? Hey, we told you Spurrier gets lippy when he’s winning.