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Schottenheimer and Spurrier: what goes around, comes around.

Here’s a really nice piece from Matt Zemek about the incestuous nature of coaching in the SEC, seen primarily through the prism of Georgia’s offensive coordinator and his head coach at Florida.

I just hope we’re not referring to him as “Agent Schottenheimer” after the South Carolina game.

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Georgia always gets his best game.

You may be surprised to hear this, but according to Stephen Garcia, it’s not Georgia that gets Spurrier the most pumped.  It’s his alma mater.

You guys obviously knew going into this game you could give USC something it’s never had before. Did this affect y’all’s preparation levels at all?

SG: “Not really. Coach Spurrier would ALWAYS be more pumped up the Florida than any other game. He won’t ever tell you but we as a team knew that. We just worked on the gameplan and stuck to it.”

Damn.  I’m a little offended by that, to tell you the truth.  Where’s the hate?

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A Spurrier never forgets.

This is a pretty cool last detail to the story of Steve Spurrier recruiting – and botching said recruitment of – Robert Edwards to Florida.

Edwards had a horrific knee injury at the Pro Bowl after his rookie season in NFL. It sapped his breakaway speed, but he still spent some time in the NFL. When he was released by the Patriots, he met up with Spurrier again.

He had left Florida to coach in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.

“I went there to work out for them after the Patriots had released me,” Edwards said. “Coach Spurrier pulled me into the office and said he regretted the way he handled my recruiting when I came to Florida.”

“For him to remember that really impressed me,” Edwards said. “This was in 2001 when I was going to work out for teams. I graduated high school in 1993. It was almost 10 years from then and he remembered all that.”

Under those circumstances, I’d be impressed, too.

Spurrier has a reputation for not being the hardest working recruiter out there.  But this is evidence that he must have done something right.  If recruiting for the Gators was that easy, Jim McElwain would have more to show for it right now.

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When Finebaum smells blood…

it’s not pretty.

“To call someone from an Atlanta newspaper, that covers professional sports mainly and college sports secondarily, an enemy reeks of Richard Nixon in 1973.”

Longtime radio host and ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum was on The Dan Patrick Show revealing some of the biggest story lines from SEC Media Days the past week and a half, which in recent years during a slow month of July has resembled the type of fruitless gossip and inane drama you see during in the week leading up the Super Bowl.

Finebaum, who has long been heralded as one of the South’s most recognizable college football pundits, took exception to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s time at the podium, as the candid Ol’ Ball Coach known for his shrewd diction was bordering on frustrating this time around.

“I was embarrassed for him. He came off like a crazy uncle in the attic. There was no explanation, there was no reason.”

Coming off their worst season in four years, Spurrier has repeatedly alluded to his age during many press conferences. A ploy Finebaum says isn’t exactly helping.

“He really has made his age an issue, and guess what, he’s not as good a coach and he’s not at the same type of program that he used to be.”

At this point, I’m sure Spurrier would love to have a drop the mic-type of season – double digit wins and a trip to Atlanta, followed by telling everyone he’s unhappy with to kiss his wrinkled ass.  But wishing ain’t enough to make it so.  It’s gonna be an interesting year to follow Gamecock football, though.

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Will you still need me, will you still feed me… when I’m seventy-four?

I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

During an official visit with the Gamecocks on Friday, Class of 2017 quarterback Jake Fromm (Warner-Robins, Ga./Houston County) told TheBigSpur.com that Spurrier told him he would “stay at South Carolina six more years” if the talented signal caller committed to the Gamecocks.

The only thing left for him to tell recruits is that he plans to die on the sidelines during a game.

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Mark Bradley’s quote is killing South Carolina’s recruiting.

Er, not exactly.

The speculation is reasonable given that Spurrier, the best coach in Gamecock history, is 70 years old. It’s also entirely supported by a slip of the tongue that Spurrier had at the end of the 2014 season.

Give me two or three more (years). I used to say four or five, now I’m down to two or three. I mean, I could get in a car wreck, but I’m definitely planning on being back.

Two or three more seasons from that point would have Spurrier retiring after the 2016 or 2017 season. Which means that if true, Spurrier would be the coach for less than half of a current recruit’s career in Columbia.

Brandon Larrabee of Team Speed Kills put it well.

The truth is, no one — including Spurrier — likely knows how long it is that he’s going to coach. It’s not going to be a particularly long time, but the Head Ball Coach first said he would probably coach another four or five years, roughly four or five years ago. When he recently modified that answer to two to three years, it was bound to cause some anxiety with recruits. Spurrier created his own monster here — not the AJC or anyone else.

And that monster is looking pretty bleak right now, if you’re a Gamecock fan.

South Carolina’s recruiting class floundered down the stretch, finishing ninth in the SEC. That’s well behind division rivals Tennessee and Georgia, and about even with a Florida Gators program that was fresh off a coaching change.

This year, it is even worse. South Carolina would be last in SEC recruiting if not for the sinking ship that is Vanderbilt under Derek Mason. The Gamecocks have just two four-star recruits and eight total commitments. Only one of the eight is from the Palmetto state.

Compare that to where Georgia stands right now.  Ouch.

Spurrier’s a brilliant game planner, and he’s certainly had his way with Mark Richt of late.  But at some point, he won’t be smart enough to overcome a big enough talent gap.  Nobody, including Spurrier, is that sharp.

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“Some people never have enemies…”

Andy Staples makes the historical case for Steve Spurrier being a first-class dick.  Okay, a sensitive first-class dick.

Of course, we already knew that.

And Spurrier deserves every bit of crap he’ll get thrown his way for yesterday’s presser, if only for allowing Mark Bradley to play the “hey, what did I do?” card.

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