One other thing Pruitt guessed wrong about last Saturday:
Several other defensive players, including Johnson, said the focus was on containing the outside, especially South Carolina’s screens. That was something the Gamecocks showed in the East Carolina game. But on Saturday, they switched to more pocket passes.
“We as a unit, we were focusing more on draws and screens instead of getting off the ball,” Georgia defensive end Sterling Bailey said. “It hurt us.”
Spurrier is one of the best in the biz – if not the best – at game planning. Sometimes all you can do is tip your cap, learn from the experience and move on.
Win, lose or draw, I don’t think Spurrier will be making jokes about Jeremy Pruitt’s competency in scheming against the read option the way he did about Grantham’s after the 2010 game.
But I really hope he’s not saying something snarky about this Saturday night. Because you know he’d like to.
Josh Kendall says Georgia is number two on the rival list for South Carolina, behind only Clemson.
The OBC qualifies that a little.
Says South Carolina’s traditional rivals are Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee, but adds: We don’t have a lot of rivals. We haven’t beaten anybody enough times for them to say you’re a rival.”
But not when you mean him personally. That one still burns as hard as ever.
Bill Stanfill says hi, Coach.
I’m sorry, but when you’ve got a coach whose signature move on the sidelines is tossing a visor in disgust saying that he and his staff have to coach up his team emotionally for a home game against a highly ranked rival, you’ve got a problem.
Spurrier knows two in-game emotions, smug and pissed. “Rah-rah” is alien territory.
Get you a plate and dig in.
Steve Spurrier’s immediate reaction to winning his 200th college game, joining a select group of SEC head coaches:
“Oh, I hadn’t really thought about that, I was hoping to get a win,” he said. “I was worried about going into the Georgia game 0-2.”
You were always on my mind.
Georgia will get his best shot.
This is kind of Urban Meyerish, with a twist:
Let’s hope he’s expressing a similar sentiment in a couple of weeks.