Pat Dooley briefly lifts his head from Steve Spurrier’s lap to let us all in on what’s really behind the OBC’s division record only proposal.
… When Spurrier made his declaration about bringing his proposal up for discussion, people thought he was being goofy. He wasn’t being goofy. He was being Spurrier.
You have to understand this about him — no matter what it is he’s dealing with, he believes in fairness. You had better count all your strokes on the golf course, and he’ll let you know when it’s his serve in ping pong.
So when he sees something that isn’t fair, he’s going to speak out about it.
I bet Urban Meyer never played ping pong with Dooley. But I digress.
That is, to put it mildly, a complete load of swill. Steve Spurrier has coached in the SEC since it went to divisional play in 1992, with the exception of a completely forgettable run as the head coach of the Washington Redskins. That’s twenty years of coaching in environments where cross-divisional results counted. If that’s unfair and if fairness is all Spurrier is about, why has he kept silent about this gross injustice all these years? It’s not as if he’s ever had a problem running his mouth.
No, the real issue here isn’t fairness. It’s impatience. Spurrier’s nearing the end of his career. Every season is precious now. He believes he’s gotten South Carolina to the brink of something special but he doesn’t have a lot of time left to prove it. And impediments like the cross-divisional schedule are a frustration.
But them’s the breaks.
Spurrier’s been coaching long enough that he’s had his share of seasons when the schedule has broken in his favor. And that’s the thing to remember here – over time, that nonsense tends to even out. The problem is that in 2012, time isn’t on his side anymore.