This is the season of Spurrier’s discontent.

You probably heard about the OBC’s brief presser after the overtime loss to Tennessee, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s something to behold.

Give him credit – he doesn’t spare himself from criticism.

I know he fully intends to coach again next season.  But you wonder how long he can put up with mediocrity.  Hell, just for the ‘Cocks to become bowl eligible this year, they’ll either have to beat Florida or Clemson, neither of which is exactly a given at this point.

It’s going to be interesting watching him this offseason.

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27 responses to “This is the season of Spurrier’s discontent.

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    The maxim We just couldn’t hold the lead… didn’t sound like the OBC was talking about himself to me. I’ve heard it before when he spoke about the 3-4. I believe I have a similar t-shirt in my closet. Mine says 3rd and Grantham. We were treated to some 3rd and Bobo last Saturday although my son strongly disagrees. He sees it as 3rd and Richt. It will be odd to lose to Spurrier if he ends up non bowl eligible. That football sure bounces funny. I know we all love to hate Steve but as Bluto has posted here before. “SEC is a poorer place without him.” We need to go out on a winning note against the Evil Genius.

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  2. I agree with you that he fully intends to coach next season. Will be interesting to see if he shakes up the staff at all – he’s thrown Ward under the bus A LOT this year. That entire 54 second speech can be distilled down to “My offense did their part but Ward’s defense didn’t”. He does make one reference to himself not maximizing the talent or whatever, but SEVERAL times he references not being able to hold a lead, which to me is a very thinly veiled shot at Ward. Maybe he’s trying to get Ward to leave so he doesn’t have to fire him.

    But you’re right, if he comes back and they struggle to be bowl eligible again next year, it will be real interesting to see how much of that he can stomach. Count me as one of the ones who will be sad though when he hangs up his visor for good.

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  3. PatinDC

    It looks like he misses Ellis Johnson.

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    • SpaceStation

      Spurrier’s decline mirrors that of Richt in the late 2000s / early 2010s. Like Richt, Spurrier is an offensive coach. Spurrier lost a stellar DC in Ellis Johnson (like Richt lost BVG), the he then watched as his team slowly crumbled as the Defense melted over the course of several years under inferior defensive coaching.

      I knew it was over for the USCe defense last year vs UGA when the defensive coaches were fighting on the sideline. Not good. Clean house OBC, it is the only chance you have!!!

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      • SpaceStation

        Oh and both Spurrier and Richt promoted their DC from within. And I believe Spurrier commited the ultimate sin, Co-defensive coordinators

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  4. Normaltown Mike

    The country boy from Johnson City Tennessee takes losing to the Vols personally.

    Love him or hate him, he puts himself out there.

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  5. I won’t miss him because I’ll never forgive him for 1995. Bryant, Dooley, Jordan, Neyland, etc. would have never done what he did that day. He’s a source for a good quote and an offensive genius, but that’s about the extent of my use for him.

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  6. Comin' Down The Track

    Well, after losing to his two favorite teams in the same season, I think that the least we could do for him is go ahead and win the SEC.

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  7. BulldogBen

    I know lots of writers (Tony Barnhart) and, ahem, bloggers love his antics and love him just being “the Ole Balll Coach but why don’t more people call him out on this shit? He’s the head coach of a big time college football team. How does his AD let him get away with pulling these stunts?

    Give Richt credit, he stays and faces the firing squad.

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  8. Bright Idea

    Spurrier spent all offseason bragging about 11 wins for 3 years and forgot to get his coaches and team ready for 2014. His greatest interest is playcalling and he’s likely tired of the rest of it. He certainly will have a new DC next year though he may keep Ward on staff if he thinks firing him will upset some players.

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  9. Will Trane

    Changes are coming on the defense at USC. Coaches and via recruits. Plus he needs a QB. Would not be good to throw Spurrier to the side over this season. After all that defense shut the Dawgs down. Why? Well, because Bobo does not have the guts to call plays that are would work. Nope let’s fake a run to Gurley to the short side of the field. And by the way, [and this is the vogue term at Butts MEHRE, Carolina can not set the edge on the opposite side]. That is right run to the short side of the field, hell the boundary is a freaking edge on that hash mark…extra player.
    Dawgs have depth at O line for first time in a long time. 5. Keep that number in mind. UK would see a lot of power from a extra lineman on the LOS so Chubb can get into more gaps and cut, plant that foot and roll. Plus run some of those QBs in the backfield with Mason.

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    • Huh? They shut us down? We scored 35, missed 2 FGs, and had a TD called back by a missed call.

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      • Macallanlover

        Doesn’t fit the narrative, but it is funny to see how truly limited the scope of a negatron is. You can bet Steve has been burning up the phone lines since September looking for a new DC, it will not take him long to pull the trigger.

        As with Florida, our defense couldn’t disengage from the blocks at SC or it would have been a runaway win for us. That is very concerning for the AU game because it showed up again in JAX and you know it wasn’t missed by Pruitt in Columbia. Talent or technique?

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        • or holding? I really could not tell on the LOS but their receivers would latch on for two counts and than let go but they were holding.

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          • Macallanlover

            I saw a lot of that too but really don’t know how you determine what crew will call that, and which ones won’t. I also don’t know how often we get away with that same call. Holding has always been a source of arguments among fans everywhere. I know that we had a terrible time getting off blocks at SC and FU, maybe it was holding, maybe it was their ability to stay on blocks longer. My experience is anything after two counts usually involves holding by the blocker.

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  10. ClydeBoogie

    Ward has done well in the Atlanta area recruiting for the gamecookies. I say get rid of his butt, so a new coach has to go in there and start over.

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  11. Spike

    Great coach. No doubt about it. But, in my opinion, a classless, bush league, unsportsmanlike miserable human being. I’ll be glad when he’s gone. If that makes me a bad person, well the so be it.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Stunned he didn’t throw in a comment at the end…”at least we beat Georgia.”

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  13. ColoradoDawg

    Maybe I’m still sick from our performance on Saturday, but wouldn’t it feel nice to ever hear Richt somewhere near that disgusted when his team lays an egg? Granted Richt has more class in his pinkie than Spurrier does in his entire body, but nothing about Richt’s comments make me believe he’s angry and upset enough to rip the a*holes required to fix this team. None of us would be surprised if we come out flat and lost to Kentucky this weekend, too. Then Auburn.

    Mediocrity and complacency … it’s what we got because nobody over there will rage against it.

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    • 69Dawg

      +100 At least the all the coaches and players and fans know when Steve is pissed. Coach Richt just makes vague excuses and moves on. At least CJP didn’t pussy foot around “That was a good old fashion Butt whipping.” Richt would never say it even if he believed it, wouldn’t be prudent.

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  14. Could the Curse of the Old Ball Coach be like Curse of the Bambino?

    Is the only way to truly exorcise our demons at Georgia be to hire Coach Spurrier?

    Just throwing it out there to give you all something fun to think about. 🙂

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    • AusDawg85

      I’d hire him, schedule a game in the most remote outpost in Alaska, then fire him on the Tarmac as we’re leaving….and take his UGA issued coat with me.

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  15. What a great clip. Another vintage Spurrier moment. And that was after “finding a way to lose” a CLOSE game.

    What would he be like, what would that presser be like, were he the head coach at Georgia Saturday, after that total beatdown and embarrassment? IDK exactly, but have a good idea.

    One thing we can be absolutely sure of: There would have been no excuses.
    ~~~

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