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.
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.
Man, if there’s one thing worse than being mocked by Steve Spurrier…
… it’s being patronized.
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…”
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.
As you might expect, there’s a little extra union-y seasoning in the chafing dishes this morning.
- Not funny, Hutson: “A noodle arm like me, it’s takes quite a bit of effort for a kid from Florida that can run to get it out there,” Mason said. “I try to crow hop and throw it as far as I can so I don’t underthrow him because I’m going to hear it from (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo if I underthrow him. “
- Nick Saban’s buying another recruiter.
- Vanderbilt is keeping an eye on unionization.
- Spurrier, on his players coming to him with a list of union demands: “Well, the NFL has a players association. They did that to their coaches and their owners. The owners and coaches said, ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll do that.’ They want to play, they don’t want anything unrealistic.”
- The Sporting News gives its list of the ten greatest Georgia players of all time.
- Going to Congress about unionization? Two can play at that game.
- The Tennessee legislature considered a bill that would have required all of Tennessee’s Division I institutions to pay 1% of revenue from tickets, merchandise, and broadcast licensing to a Student Athletic Trust Fund run by the state. Shockingly, UT opposed the bill.
- Chase Stuart suggests it may be time for us to take QBR more seriously. (It would be easier for me if ESPN didn’t pimp it relentlessly.)
- You’ve got questions? CAPA’s got answers.
- Predictably, Kevin Scarbinsky thinks an Alabama-Auburn playoff rematch would blot out the sun.
Is it too much to hope that Steve Spurrier crashes a Finebaum interview with Nick Saban at SEC Media Days this year?