Okay, I admit the first thing I do when I see a Spurrier story is check for Georgia snark. This interview with Paul Myerberg doesn’t contain any (although he extends his “doing cartwheels” remark over going 7-6 to Arkansas), but there is this gem:
Q: As you get older, do you find the offseason to be easier or harder than it’s been in the past? You have more fun in the offseason than you used to?
A: This one will be a bit more intense. We think we’ve got to get our team playing faster, more physical. Spring practice may be a little bit more … sense of urgency, that’s what the newspaper wrote. Maybe a bit more sense of urgency than maybe last year. We were No. 4 in the country, the highest ranking in school history, coming off our third straight 11-win season. The SEC media guys picked us to win the East (Division) and yet when they picked the preseason all-conference team we had one defensive player make the third-team all-defense. We had a couple on offense make second-team, I think.
So we didn’t have a lot of star players but for some reason, everybody just assumed we were going to win six or so conference games and 10 or 11 regular games. But it didn’t work out that way.
“Everybody just assumed”, eh? I wonder how that got out there.