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Let the battle of wits begin.

Given Spurrier’s famously tolerant attitude towards the media, let’s just say I hope this has potential.

This could be the breakout hit the SEC Network’s hoping for.

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If Dabo didn’t exist, the OBC would have to invent him.

Jesus, Dabo, talk about throwing a hanging curve…

Spurrier doesn’t miss too many of those.

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You can lead a Gamecock recruit to water, but you can’t make him think.

Don’t you have the feeling the OBC is about to go on the warpath with SC’s admission’s office?  (If he already hasn’t, I mean.)

Eight members of South Carolina’s 21-man signing class have yet to enroll in school, and the Gamecocks are resigned to the fact that not all the remaining players will qualify, recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State on Wednesday.

Defensive ends Dante Sawyer and Kalan Ritchie have previously announced they will not meet qualifying requirements and attend junior college with the hope of re-signing with South Carolina. The USC options for defensive end signee Jhaustin Thomas appear to be done after he failed to qualify from his junior college.

Cornerbacks Wesley Green, Chris Lammons and Darin Smalls, fullback Joe Blue and defensive tackle Dexter Wideman still are trying to meet qualifying standards in time to join the Gamecocks in August.

Eight out of twenty-one… whoa.  Mark Richt has lost control over South Carolina’s academics?  Too soon?

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“There’s more to life than the SEC championship.”

My favorite part of this Spurrier Q&A is how he manages to reflect on going 6-2 in the SEC each of the last three seasons without winning the division and yet not mention Georgia.

That’s just the way it’s happened. To go 6-2 in the conference, which is the best record ever for South Carolina – and we did it three years in a row – how can you be upset? We are disappointed that we beat the division winner and they never lost again, but give them credit. Give the other guy credit. Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up 19 times in the majors. Of course, he won 18, but every time he finished runner-up, he shook the hand of the other guy and said, ‘Well done, you beat me.’ Missouri ran the table after we beat them. People kept asking me, I said, ‘If they win it all, I’ll call coach (Gary) Pinkel and congratulate him,’ and that’s exactly what I did.

Which is not to say he forgot about Georgia’s existence.

All you have to do is look around a little bit. Who would have thought Florida would go 4-8. Georgia didn’t finish in the Top 25.

So sayeth the best coach in South Carolina’s history.

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Judgment call from the back nine

The best thing about Spurrier’s “Nick, you shouldn’t work so hard” schtick isn’t the concern troll aspect.  It’s the zinger at the end.

“I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”

Nobody twists the knife like the OBC.

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Nice little program you got there, bro’.

Man, if there’s one thing worse than being mocked by Steve Spurrier…

… it’s being patronized.

 

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Monday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.  It’s the start of another work week.

  • It sounds like Junior’s gonna revolutionize Alabama’s offense.  Right.
  • I think people have taken Spurrier’s comment last week about Tennessee wanting to keep the rivalry game with Alabama out of context.  It’s not so much a shot at UT as it is wondering why the Vols wouldn’t want to have more of a scheduling mix with weaker programs in the West.
  • Five of the top ten spring game attendance marks came from SEC schools.
  • This had to suck:  Ralph Friedgen missed the Rutgers spring game while passing a kidney stone on Saturday.
  • Should Alabama host Georgia in 2016, the two teams would not be scheduled to play again in Tuscaloosa until 2028.
  • Speaking of the Great Scheduling Compromise, Nick Saban called it a week ago:  “I think there’s a little bit more support for staying with an eight-game schedule and everybody playing a ninth opponent that’s in the five major conferences.”
  • Now it’s the NFL that’s got a top official willing to consider a developmental league.
  • LSU beat writer sympathizes with Joe Alleva’s fairness whine, suggests moving “Alabama and Auburn to the SEC East and put newcomer Missouri in the West, where it geographically belongs (along with Vanderbilt or Kentucky)”.  Hey, if by “fair” you mean making life easier for LSU, that’s fair.
  • Quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, who ran Aaron Murray’s Pro Day and helped Griffin, Sam Bradford and Matt Stafford prepare for their drafts, thinks Murray most closely compares to Stafford:  “But Aaron can drive the ball, and he might even be more advanced than Matthew was because he’s had four years of great SEC football…”

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The only coach who could ever reach me

The OBC gets a little Old Testament on his players’ asses:

Toward the end of spring practice this year, sophomore receiver Pharoh Cooper looked back too early on a pass route, prompting Spurrier, the son of a Presbyterian minister, to pipe up, ‘Pharoh, you know what happens when you look back?’ ”

In the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Lot’s wife looked back on Sodom and became a pillar of salt.

“He does a really good job of relating to whoever you are,” Thompson said. “I’m a Christian, and any time he can relate a Bible story to something we’re doing, he’ll do it. He’ll call Kane Whitehurst ‘Abel’ sometimes, off-the-wall stuff, and you think he’s crazy.

“But you always listen.”

Between that and Dabo’s exercises of the spirit, it makes you wonder if any atheists play football in South Carolina.

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Monday morning buffet

As you might expect, there’s a little extra union-y seasoning in the chafing dishes this morning.

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Don’t let a good thing die.

Is it too much to hope that Steve Spurrier crashes a Finebaum interview with Nick Saban at SEC Media Days this year?

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