Quarterbacks will be quarterbacks.

It’s a South Carolina tradition, y’all.

“Tanner’s back,” Spurrier said. “He’s been approved to come back to the team.”

So no game suspension?

“Do you know what he got arrested for?” Spurrier said. “He told me … I think South Carolina doesn’t have that law. North Carolina has that law (about underage people not being allowed to drink any alcohol at all before driving). He got arrested for it, and he’ll pay his fine. You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage? How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage? But anyway, go talk to coach Tanner (athletic director Ray Tanner) about that, if we’re going to suspend him, OK? I’m not going to suspend him for that, all right? But I don’t know if he’s going to play anyway.”

Hell, at this point, Spurrier ought to consider using this on the recruiting trail – “son, if you come to South Carolina, you can have a few beers now and then…”.  Kinda like making Mike’s Hard Lemonade out of lemons, so to speak.

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  1. simpl_matter

    Boy, wish we could do that. “I mean, he only had one bite of the brownie; if y’all never had a pot-brownie before let me tell you, it ain’t like you’re smokin’ crack.”

    • Go Dawgs!

      Branden Smith will be suiting up in Game 1 after not receiving any suspension after a marijuana arrest in the offseason. Apparently, the coaching staff and athletic department have determined that the circumstances surrounding his arrest don’t rise to the level of a suspension, they appear satisfied that the weed wasn’t his. That said, any Gamecock fan out there can feel justified ripping your comment to shreds right now.

      • Sanford222view

        It was the passenger’s pot and I believe it was reported that it was a single joint in a plastic bag. Branden also passed two drug tests (one from UGA and one from Courts) immediately after the charge/incident.

        • simpl_matter

          Exactly, I am making a funny regarding Rambo and proven consumption. Of course, BS would no doubt be suiting up for game 1 at USCe (and every other school in the SEC), it’s just shocking because it’s UGA clearing him to play.

      • gdawg

        He tested negative for marijuana

        • Go Dawgs!

          Hey, I’m on Georgia’s side on the whole thing. Just sayin’, it’s not the best time to be throwing stones at others when they can point out that it’s not exactly impossible to beat a weed test and most people out there will say the baggie’s not theirs when stopped by police. I never saw a published report that said the passenger had claimed it. If he had, that would certainly help.

  2. Sanford222view

    Right, Steve. Because it would make too much sense that if it is against the law to drink if you are under 21 that it would also be against the law to drive when you have consumed alcohol if you are under the legal drinking age.

    Jeebus.

  3. Stephen Garcia

    The difference between UGA and USCe is that when somebody does something they shouldn’t do at UGA they actually get disciplined. At South Carolina the head coach looks at the roster and decides if he needs the player first before deciding.

  4. timphd

    Richt would be crucified if he did this. The cry would be that he is “too lenient” and has “lost control” of the program. Damn.

  5. JN

    Funny story involving college football and beer. I saw this in an interview w/ Barry Switzer a few years back.

    Switzer and one of his assistants (while he was at Oklahoma) were on the way to visit one of the top recruits in the country. About the time they were going to pull into the family’s driveway Switzer told the assistant to keep driving and go down the alley first. The assistant asked why and Switzer said not to worry about it and just trust him. Once they found the right house from the alley, Switzer got out of the car and much to the assistants dismay took a peek into the garbage can and among other things saw some empty Pearl beer bottles.

    A few minutes later they sit down with the family and are about to start talking football, but before that the dad asks the coaches if they would like anything to drink…water, tea, a beer? Switzer replies, “I’d love a beer, but only if you’re a Pearl Man”. And that my friends, is thinking with your dipstick.

    • That’s just good business. A man who can think one or two moves ahead can be a good checkers player, a good chess player or a darn good head coach.

      As for Spurrier, the man has no shame. I’d laugh, but hell, the joke’s on Georgia if we don’t beat the sumb*tch this year. Stevie is mad, I mean absolutely livid, that we have the game moved to mid-season. He has always needed a good punch in the face and this is Grantham’s time to step up with a game plan to stomp SOS arse in the mud.

      That’s all.

      • ScoutDawg

        Right on man, exactly right. We need to bring it all full circle to I think ’66, or was it ’65, when we ruined Lil’ Stevie’s year.

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  7. ChicagoDawg

    Congratulantions to unctuous pant-load, Steve Spurrier for securing yet again the coveted “Least Self-Aware Man in the World” award.

    Anxiously awaits next comment on UGA suspensions.

  8. Skeptic Dawg

    As Dawg fans we can walk with our head held high in moral superiority, however, Richt just did the same thing by clearing Branden Smith. Make no mistake about, Smith’s issue is no different than Tanner’s. Richt has now entered the road of win at all costs. And good for him.

    • Gravidy

      Yeah…except for the whole “we’re 100% sure Tanner broke the law, but we’re not sure Smith broke the law” thing… Other than that, these situations are IDENTICAL.

    • Make no mistake about, Smith’s issue is no different than Tanner’s.

      Really? Please explain.

      • Skeptic Dawg

        Both were arrested. Smith was “ridin’ dirty” yet allegedly did not smoke up. Tanner did consume while underage, but was not arrested for a DUI. Both players were arrested for breaking the law. Yet both coaches deemed their violations were not worthy of a suspension. I think we all know why Richt gave Smith a pass. As for Spurrier, his actions come as no surprise.

        • 69Dawg

          If the facts don’t work just make sh*t up.Skeptic Dawg’s motto.

        • Smith, unlike Tanner, didn’t consume (passed two drug tests) and Georgia policy doesn’t require a suspension in the event of an arrest:

          A student-athlete who is observed in the act of drug or alcohol use, or is observed demonstrating the effects of drug or alcohol use, by a UGAA employee, university employee (e.g. resident hall staff) or law enforcement officer may be subject to drug testing and/or treated as a violation of the substance abuse policy.

          And, again, there was no actual use observed on Smith’s part. So I’m not seeing the equivalence here. YMMV, of course.

          • Skeptic Dawg

            I could be mistaken here, but is there not an automatic suspension for an arrest? I believe it is 1 game. Smith was arrested, no questions asked. I am stoked the kid will be playing. However, we know why Richt decided to give Smith a pass on this one. And it had nothing to do with passing a drug test.

            • No, there’s not. Read the quoted passage.

              • RandallPinkFloyd

                I wish Chuck Oliver would read this. He is ADAMANT that Richt ignored the letter of the law. He said this afternoon on the radio “Richt looked at and said: ‘Well, I don’t really care what the policy is, I’m good with it.’.” It was getting obnoxious after he repeated this ten times over.

            • Dawgfan Will

              Well, it’s obvious we needed him against the mighty Buffalo offense.

            • Joe Schmoe

              Well, there is that whole innocent until proven guilty thing and he wasn’t proven guilty. Mandatory suspensions for an arrest would be ridiculous given the overzealous nature of police in this country.

            • No, maybe for a conviction, but not an arrest, unless it’s a felony.

            • hailtogeorgia

              What, exactly, did it have to do with, skeptic? We needed him to beat Buffalo? Come on.

              Smith was arrested, no questions asked? Heaven forbid the coaches look at the facts, which stated that Smith tested negative for marijuana multiple times, or the fact that there was a passenger in the car, which very easily could mean that the marijuana belonged to him. On top of that, he was pulled over by a police officer in BFE Alabama, not too far from the Auburn campus. Is it that hard to believe that the police officer might’ve been SLIGHTLY overzealous, upon realizing who Branden Smith was?

        • Anon

          I must be the one person that doesn’t know why Richt gave Smith a pass. Sorry, I’m new to all this.

          Please enlighten me.

    • HobnailedBoots

      At what point do you change your handle from SkepticDawg to DipshitDawg?

  9. Doug

    Kinda puts Spurrier’s “Georgia always has a few players suspended when they play us early in the season” comment in a new light. At first I thought he was making fun of us for our players always getting into trouble; now I realize he was making fun of us for bothering to suspend them at all.

    • Cojones

      Yep. Where is the outcry from the sports writers? It appears they may be snickering with Spurrier. He is so far away from any type of discipline that I will bet money he will pay bigtime in the not-so-distant future. If you put all of their discipline and results together for comparison with other programs, I would think that their program appears is out of control. I think that it also shows that SS is almost in a panic stage to field his players and win. Age will do that to your last hurrah.

      When it comes to recruiting, I think that this hands a big one to UGA in sitting down with worried parents who are sending their son away for the first time. Many of the good players are recruited by their parents who want assurances that the coaches will continue the discipline they have instilled and want coaches . Those players, the silent toilers, comprise the majority that we never hear anything from except on the field.

      The Smith issue proves our sports people are disciplining the act instead of one’s proximity to the act. Good for them. No harm, no foul. Maybe the big booboo “Devil Weed” has gotten a face wash in the minds of some administrators as well.

    • ScoutDawg

      Exactly.

  10. Bobby Fenton

    Honestly, who gives a shit about this? I’m with Spurrier on this one.

    • ScoutDawg

      I don’t know about anyone else here, BUT I give a shit. AJ loses 4 but dem cocks live swank for 13 dollars a day, yet hardly get slapped on their cock-wrist. I GIVE A SHIT.

    • Joe Schmoe

      The point is that Spurrier is a pompous, hypocritical ass. I wouldn’t give two shits if the kid had some beers – he is a college student for christsake. However, Spurrier is the one who is constantly taking shots a UGA of discipline – we are just pointing out what non-sense that is.

  11. David H.

    One interesting thing is that Steve Spurrier has recorded a responsible-drinking PSA that gets played on the radio in South Carolina all the time. You can hear it on this site:
    http://www.scbwa.com/promotion.asp

  12. HVL Dawg

    And now Coach Tanner gets a chance to show what kind of man he is.

  13. Darrron Rovelll

    Spurrier – like most ego-maniac football coaches – cannot stand to be embarrassed by his school, the media, or the fans. Earlier this year he made a snarky comment about UGA player discipline that also was a cheap shot at his coaching colleague CMR. Rather than man up and apologize for it, while acknowledging that those who live in glass houses should not cast stones, he is deflecting his own shortcomings and now lecturing all of us about this is a stupid law which should not affect his ability to manage his football team as he sees fit.

  14. South FL Dawg

    I would agree IF it weren’t for the non-handling of Stephen Garcia and his drinking problem. If he needs the player to play that’s what it comes down to.

  15. paul

    Clearly, Richt has lost control of the South Carolina program. One of y’all can blame Bobo since I am not allowed to.

  16. Hogbody Spradlin

    Tanner McAvoy would definitely be suspended if he had done the same thing on a day not ending in y. That’s an unbreakeable rule, and Spurrier stands firm on it. You can look it up in South Carolina’s rule book

  17. Cosmic Dawg

    I can appreciate some parallels here. Tanner will pay a fine for his misdemeanor of being underage and driving after consuming, but are they hitting him for the same “crime” (underage consumption) twice with the silly driving while underage notintoxicated ticket?

    So Smith was at least guilty of possession of some sort, even if the possesion was a technicality with somebody else’s weed – but did not consume illegal substance.

    Tanner consumed legal substance that is not legal for him b/c of his age, only, but within the legal limit to drive, which is a kind of technicality in its own right. Y’all truly can’t see that these situations may be considered roughly parallel?

    Spurier is an ass, but it’s only hypocritical if you think he means all the bs about Georgia’s suspensions and discipline problems. I think he just enjoys talking smack and I don’t think he takes it very seriously himself.

    (And btw I think an adult should be allowed to snort roach powder if they want to…)

    • Cosmic Dawg

      ps – “Smith was at least guilty of possession of some sort” -that is, if I understood the incident correctly…again, does not change my opinion of his character either way, except perhaps that his teammates are counting on him…

      • hailtogeorgia

        Ultimately he was given pre-trial diversion, which basically means that as long as he keeps his nose clean, it’s not a conviction. Yes, he got tabbed with possession, but there’s no rule about being suspended for a drug arrest (to my knowledge)…the rule is about ingesting drugs/alcohol. The reason we seem to get a little confused is because those often go hand in hand.

        • Cosmic Dawg

          Yes, that is an important distinction aa far as the letter of the law and good to know. But I’m not even talking about the rules, per se….if a player got busted with cocaine but tested clean I am pretty sure CMR would sit him.

          I think both CMR and SOS both responded correctly to minor incidents….maybe should have sat those guys for a quarter or a half just for being a little dumb and to encourage other players to avoid similar circumstances where they might mess up on a grander scale.