I’m really torn here. Is Steve Spurrier an asshole when Georgia Tech is the butt of his mockery ($$)?
“So we’re playing Georgia Tech the next week, and we’re going up and down the field like we did against almost everybody and we threw the ball, stayed in four wides on the 1- and 2-yard line. They didn’t know what was going on. One time they didn’t even cover our wide receiver. I heard the public address announcer, ‘Steve Slayden has just tied the ACC record for touchdowns in a game with five,’ and there were seven minutes left.”
Spurrier went to Slayden on the sideline and told him he was going to get that record.
The following Monday, a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Duke athletics director Tom Butters.
“He said, ‘Mr. Butters, you’re a sportsman, you believe in fair play and treating people right. What do you think about your coach running up the score on Georgia Tech last week?’ (Butters) said, ‘Let me tell you how I feel about that. I have been the athletic director at Duke for 22 years now and this is the first time anyone has ever accused my football coach of running up the score and to tell you the truth, I sort of like it.’ That was a good one.”
(Why do I have the feeling Furman Bisher was the reporter? Ah, but I digress.)
I think I’m just relieved his favorite story doesn’t involve the Dawgs.
And back with a zinger.
It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
Ray Goff has a long memory ($$).
When Will Muschamp was hired to replace Steve Spurrier, it brought up two very different emotions for Ray Goff. He was happy his former player was getting another shot to be a head coach in the SEC, but the thought of Spurrier still doesn’t sit well with Goff.
“I was happy for him. He’s a good guy, good person. I’m talking about Will,” Goff said. “I’m not going to say much about Spurrier.”
If you can’t say anything good about someone…
It’s a virtual buffet, peeps, so don’t worry about exposure to the virus.
- The Pirate gets a commitment out of a four-star QB from Texas.
- Here’s the transcript from Smart’s conference call yesterday.
- The SEC cancelled its spring meeting in Destin.
- Athlon’s preseason top 25 list has Florida ahead of Georgia.
- Two Rivals pundits think Jamie Newman will be the real deal this season.
- “Using ESPN’s way-too-early preseason Top 25 as a guide, 247Sports national analysts Bud Elliott and Brad Crawford take a stab at which teams are overrated and underrated ahead of the 2020 season.” Elliott thinks Georgia’s number four ranking is right; Brad Crawford continues to pump the brakes.
- NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the association’s senior management are taking pay cuts. I wonder if that will comfort the athletic directors out there irritated about the significant drop in funds being paid out by the NCAA.
- Spurrier, on Finebaum, about spring practice: “Most all coaches would tell you that the staffs that have been there for 2, 3, 4 years or more that it’s not that big a deal not having spring football,” Spurrier said. “Maybe if you had competition at quarterback or some other positions, it would be important, but preseason, if you can get a month in before you play, I certainly think everyone would be capable of playing — maybe not quite their best, but pretty close to playing the best they can.
Steven Orr Spurrier, ladies and gentlemen ($$):
He was thinking a lot, particularly, about Atilla in 2015 when he walked away from South Carolina’s football team midway through the season…
“In my situation, I thought it was like that. In ‘Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun,’ it says, ‘When defeat is inevitable and there’s no way you can win, it’s better to retreat and come back and fight another day.’ Quitting to me has always meant in the middle of a game you have a chance to win and your players or coaches quit on it. That’s quitting. I felt like I was defeated. I needed to retreat, to get out, and maybe somebody (else) could provide a spark that I could not provide for that team. Maybe it was just such that nobody could have helped it much.”
Even as he’s baring his soul, he still can’t bring himself to mention getting waxed by Georgia as a cause for his despair. Gotta give the man credit for staying on message.
No, not this one. But I digress.
You knew Spurrier would have some snark for one on his former assistants taking a 2-10 team into Neyland Stadium and winning. And he doesn’t disappoint with this:
The “until” is a super nice touch, I think.
Sure, I could give you 500 words on Florida’s epic win last night over a team that doesn’t have a functioning offensive tackle, but instead, I’m gonna outsource the job to one Steven Orr Spurrier, who’s forgotten more football than I’ll ever know.
That came after Franks’ inexplicable late interception, but there were plenty of other moments worthy of that take.
Oh, and if you wanna get meta for a sec, here’s commentary on Spurrier’s commentary.
With bonus commentary on the commentary…
One day ’til college football, and counting.
Like with many media interviews with Spurrier, at some point during the conversation he talked about his feelings towards Georgia. The 74-year-old Spurrier started off his rhetoric in a modest and respectful tone, perhaps because Herschel was there:
“We couldn’t tell many jokes about Georgia because they were kicking our butts. They beat Florida 15 out of 20 times in the 70s and 80s. So we got a chance to turn it around in the 90s, and so forth.
“A lot of times, those stupid jokes I told – they were just meant for the Gators.”
Lame. I actually respect him less for backing off the bravado.