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We just stepped on his face with a hobnail boot.

Nit pick and grumble all you like about defensive shortcomings, special teams brain farts, Bobo’s playcalling… whatever.  This season is rapidly shaping up as my favorite under Richt, if for no reason other than this one.

It’s killing him; it really is.

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“Man that was a stressful, draining day in Orlando.”

It was hot and humid last Saturday in Orlando.  Working the sidelines in the sun for several hours can take a lot out of a guy.  There’s a cure for that, though.

The catch is that you probably shouldn’t go on television shortly after feeling more like a man in that way.

That being said, you’ve got to admire the “aw, screw it” attitude behind this response.

Questions about Spurrier’s on-air manner during the broadcast have been raised on local and national websites.

Asked if that was due to fatigue, Spurrier said, “I guess so.”

When asked if he was impaired in any way, he said, “I hope not.”

When asked if he had been drinking after the game, Spurrier replied, “Whether or not I have a few beers after every game for the past 29 years I don’t think I need to get into all that. Most coaches that I know we probably do have a few beers after ballgames after building up all week and so forth…”

Maybe Spurdog ought to get Brent Musburger to work The Steve Spurrier Show.  A little knowing empathy never hurts.

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Spurrier’s Schadenfreude

This makes me so sad.

Maybe next year, Steve-o.

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”But our defense has played well, except for some of the big plays.”

Bet you thought that’s a quote from one of Georgia’s coaches.  It’s not.  It’s from the OBC, who’s putting on a new visor this week (h/t Smart Football).

South Carolina’s head ball coach will be the ol’ secondary coach this week at practice.

Steve Spurrier said Sunday he’ll work with defensive backs to prepare for Kentucky this Saturday. The banged-up Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) squandered nearly all of an 18-point lead and escaped UCF with a 28-25 victory Saturday.

Spurrier said he’ll help make sure No. 13 South Carolina’s safeties and cornerbacks keep the ball in front of them and don’t allow the big plays they did against the Knights. UCF rallied back on Blake Bortles’ 73-yard touchdown pass to Rannell Hall and a 79-yard throw to Breshad Perriman that led to Hall’s 7-yard scoring catch.

Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy winner as Florida’s quarterback in 1966, says he’ll teach the players how to break on a passer’s throws…

[Insert Willie Martinez snark here.]

Seriously, that’s a remarkable comment to make publicly there.  But it also goes to show how widespread defensive issues are across the SEC this season.

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It all depends on your point of view.

About the uptick in offense in the SEC so far, Steve Spurrier says po-tay-to (“The more you look at it the more you see that the offenses are difficult to stop. They really are…”) and Nick Saban (“who suggested the SEC might lack the same number of ‘dominant defensive players’ as in the recent past”) says po-tah-to.

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Monday morning buffet

A few odds and ends for your sampling pleasure…

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Spurrier’s problem with the media

… is evidently that he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

Spurrier being Spurrier, he discussed Finebaum for a few minutes and slipped in a nice jab at rival coaches.

“Oh, I do his show maybe twice a year,” he told me. “I don’t do a lot of them. We get a lot of requests all the time. Some head coaches they enjoy doing that and they feel like it’s positive publicity for their school and their team. I don’t like to do them all the time — I’m still coaching. When you’re trying to call the offense and run the plays you’ve got a lot on your mind. Most of the head coaches, that’s what they do, they talk to the media. They don’t coach anything so that’s what they do. They talk. I try to still coach.”

PAWWWLLL, I’m just wondering how thin the OBC’s schtick is wearing with his peers.  I’ll hang up and listen.

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Freedom, bitchez!

What’s the difference between a newspaper publisher and a college football head coach?  You can shame the publisher.

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Spurrier thinks Vanderbilt’s dumbing it down.

He’s not exactly pulling any punches here.

For years and years, Vanderbilt didn’t have the talent to compete — much less beat — other SEC teams. Nicknamed the Harvard of the South, the university has long prided itself on stringent academic requirements.

On Tuesday, Spurrier wondered if that had begun to change.

“I don’t know all the academic requirements they have there at Vanderbilt, but if you’re going to play in the SEC you’ve got to recruit very closely to the standards everybody else has,” Spurrier said. “I would think they’ve relaxed them a little bit, but I don’t know exactly.”

“They want to play,” Spurrier said. “They want to play football, and they want to be competitive, and to do that you almost have to have the requirements pretty close to the other schools. Pretty close.”

It’s interesting that Spurrier doesn’t mind giving James Franklin some obvious bulletin board material for this week’s game.  At least he didn’t bring up the suspensions from the rape charges.

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“It was a journalism restraining order.”

Saban’s probably calling Steve Spurrier tonight to find out how to pull this off.

In 2011, University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier refused to talk to reporters while Ron Morris of The State — McClatchy’s paper in Columbia, SC — was in the room. The coach complained that the sports columnist was a “negative guy.”

Spurrier did the same thing a year later. “I don’t need any questions today,” he told reporterslast Sept. 22, then left. The coach, according to one sports site, quickly exited because he was feared Morris was planting questions with other reporters after being told by his own paper that he should keep quiet.

The 68-year-old football coach won’t have a repeat performance this year, though, because The State has told Morris he can no longer write about University of South Carolina Gamecocks football…

… Morris declined to talk to me, but others familiar with the situation — including former University of South Carolina and State staffers — described how The State’s publisher, Henry Haitz III, made his veteran columnist agree in writing that he would never again write about Gamecocks football or talk about the USC program on TV and radio shows.

The State hasn’t quit covering Gamecock football.  Quite the contrary – the paper has hired a real pro to fill in.

In late August, The State added longtime Gamecocks football reporter and self-described superfan Glenn Snyder to its sports pages. (He’s a contract writer, not a staffer. Snyder previously reported for a publication that’s sent to USC sports booster-club members.)

“I’ve now seen 343 South Carolina [football] games in a row,” the 67-year-old Snyder told me. “I love the University of South Carolina. I love Steve Spurrier. …Coach Spurrier and I have become friends.” (He noted that Spurrier often drops his name during press conferences.)

Spurrier told me that he helped “Superfan” Snyder get his job at The State.

“I did call The State newspaper and put in a good word for him, and they hired him,” the coach said.

Morris may be an ass, but, man, that’s embarrassing all the way around.

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