Steve Spurrier just can’t help himself. He can’t lay off obsessing about Georgia’s schedule.
The question was about the perceived advantage of the open date on South Carolina’s schedule before the Gamecocks’ Nov. 10 game against Arkansas. But South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier veered in a different direction with the answer.
“You think I make the schedule?” Spurrier said from the podium at SEC Media Days. “If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU, and we’d be playing Ole Miss.”
The schedule says otherwise, of course — South Carolina at LSU on Oct. 13 and Georgia vs. Ole Miss in Athens on Nov. 3.
Spurrier didn’t make more of the issue, quickly moving on by saying: “Not complaining about that other part I mentioned there.”
Yeah, sure. That would mark a change.
It’s real simple. The OBC ain’t coaching another twenty years. (He’s probably not coaching another five, if you want to get down to it.) He’s clearly elevated the Gamecock program from where it was before he got there. But he doesn’t have that conference championship ring he wants. And he’s watching his best players leave – Jeffery after last year, Lattimore after this year, Clowney after next year, most likely. He knows that window is closing.
That’s why the scheduling stuff is eating at him. He doesn’t have a twenty-year horizon to wait on for things to even out.
I don’t know if the schedule is going to be the deciding factor that gets Georgia back to the SECCG this year. I have my doubts it’s going to matter as much as many think it might. But if it turns out to be the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if it hurts Spurrier as much as Bill Stanfill did in 1966.