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No Speculating: Spurrier Hits Morris With Both Barrels, Says He May “Head To The Beach”

On Saturday and Sunday, Steve Spurrier refused to take questions from the media covering his South Carolina football team.  On Monday, we suggested that Spurrier a) was feeling pretty good because he’s winning and that usually means he’ll do things other coaches won’t and b) was probably ticked at Columbia columnist Ron Morris — again — over a column he’d penned earlier in the week claiming that Steve Spurrier shouldn’t have played injured quarterback Connor Shaw against UAB.

On Wednesday, Morris responded with a column.  Yesterday, Spurrier refused to make peace and made it clear on WNKT-FM in Columbia that he and the South Carolina administration have had it up to here with Morris.

Our “speculation” on Monday that Spurrier was mad at Morris and feeling 10-feet-tall and bulletproof was met with a lot of angry words from a few Carolina fans.  Well, once again, this site was able to put two and two together long before any coach had to spell out matters word for word.  I’m sure the fact that we were correct will tick off a few people.  But they’ll get over it.  Mainly ’cause they’ll be cheering the comments their  head coach made during his weekly radio show:

 

“One of the local writers wrote another nasty article last week.  It was very negative and critical towards me.  It slandered my name and my integrity.  The guy is trying to tarnish and ruin my reputation as a coach.  That’s OK.  I don’t dislike this guy, I really don’t.  Because we all know who the guy is and that’s the kind of person he is…

I told my wife after the last article, ‘I’ve had it. I’ve had enough.  I’m not going to take it anymore.  I’ve had enough.’  Almost all of the Gamecocks say, ‘Coach, don’t pay any attention to him, he’s insignificant,’ which he is.  He is not an important person.  But they’re not having their name and reputation slandered.  So, I’m the one.  It’s not my mode of operation to not say anything about it.  So, this is my voice here.  He gets his voice in the newspaper, which he uses…

I think we need to make some changes. I think some positive changes are going to happen.  They have a little problem over there that we know about, but they’re working on it.  Our president and our athletic director, they’re all backing me in this.”

 

If Spurrier feels slandered, he has every right to use his own radio platform to say so.  As the coach states, Morris has his venue, Spurrier has his.  A winning coach versus the media?  You can guess who’s going to get the backing of the public on that one.

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Y’ever Notice That The Media And Those Who Hate The Media Play By Two Different Sets Of Rules?

For the past week, most of the folks in the mainstream media spent their time dismissing the talk of Florida State jumping to the Big 12.  That’s because folks who sign their names to their work — usually — try to actually speak to people in power or try to get real quotes to authenticate rumors they hear.

I know this first-hand because I spoke to two people inside the top levels of two ACC schools last week and they both told me all was well in their league.  The sources were off so we were off.  Ditto everybody else in the traditional media.  And though Dan Wetzel’s excellent column on ACC rage behind the scenes paints the picture as being obvious in hindsight, I don’t recall Wetzel writing any of this before Andy Haggard’s comments, either.  Perhaps a “we in the media” might’ve worked better in his column.

Now, on the other side of the fence you have the bloggers and Twitterers and messageboard posters.  Most are anonymous.  Most run with any rumor they hear.  Some are correct.  Most aren’t.

But here’s what’s interesting:

 

* Traditional media members get little credit when they get a story right (“It’s your job!), but they get eviscerated whenever there’s a mistake made or a “failed to see it in advance” type of issue.  Like the FSU story.

* The blogs and Twitter users and messageboarders pay no price whatsever for getting it wrong when they toss stuff against the wall to see what sticks, but when they hit on a story — or even just a portion of a story — they’re hailed as real, big-time newsbreakers.

 

We’re a website.  I hate the word “blog” because there are three writers on this site and still others provide outside, freelance type commentary as well.  But we’re closer to a blog than we are to the traditional media.  There aren’t 100 of us and we don’t have copy editors looking over our stuff (obbvyussly).  However, we try to carry ourselves like the traditional media because the three guy making up this site’s staff all have traditional media backgrounds.  So throwing out ideas to see what sticks or writing about “nip slips” isn’t tops on our agenda for gaining credibility.

Basically, we’ve got a foot in both camps.  So there’s no bitterness associated with the above observations.  We’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and enjoyed the rewards of both.  We’ve also been discredited as being too traditional and as being up-against-the-wall-stuff-tossers.

Trying to walk that line — hell, trying to find that line to walk — we just find it interesting that the two parties are held to two such totally different standards.

Then again, people in this day and age basically go to news sources that validate their own opinions anyway.  Whether it’s Fox News or MSNBC, many people view those right- and left-leaning networks as being “fair and balanced,” simply because they tell the listener/viewer what they want to hear.  Ditto NPR or Rush Limbaugh.

It’s the same with traditional media versus new media.  If you want buttoned-up facts, you turn to traditional sources and sometimes you’re going to be a day late.

If you want speculation and to hear what might happen next before anyone else hears it, you turn to folks who are more likely to run with a rumor without finding two corroborating sources first.  But you’ll have to live with a lot more false information.

To each his own.  As stated, we’re somewhere in the middle of those two groups.  Just trust us on this one — the two types of media are held to very different standards.

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