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- Jay Rome wants to have fun this season, instead of “It’s always been about going out and trying not to hurt myself anymore.”
- I got excited seeing the word “wheel” used in the context of Georgia’s offense, but it turns out all Seth meant was that Schottenheimer is tweaking the terminology of the play calls, not the system itself.
- Dennis Dodd insists that football is a money loser at most schools, but those schools still want football.
- Steve Spurrier is going to call the plays again this season. Why did he ever stop? “It wasn’t going very well … You make a bad call and say, ‘Awe, dumbass. Why’d I do that? Maybe someone else can do it better.’”
- Spurrier’s calling the plays, but he doesn’t know to whom yet.
- SI.com’s Zac Ellis drops in on Athens to let us know how Georgia’s offense is progressing so far.
- Corch wants you to know you’ve got nothing to worry about in the player injury department: “The game is safer now. I can give you 28 years of experience. The game is safer now than it’s ever been.”
- Nothing says school pride like having your mugshot taken in a logo’d t-shirt: “Parole Tide!!!”
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.
Spurrier’s contempt for Tennessee, on display:
He’s never beaten Butch Jones… like that matters, I guess. LOL.
There’s always something to spoon onto your plate.
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It sounds like Steve Spurrier has settled on the “age ain’t nothin’ but a number” approach to deal with negativity on the recruiting trail.
Spurrier isn’t oblivious to the fact that his age is also being used against him in recruiting and that his statement back in December that he might be on the “two- to three-year plan” scared off some recruits.
“That’s how we lost a few this year, people telling recruits that, ‘Coach has about had it or you never know who’s going to be your coach,’ if you go to South Carolina,” Spurrier said. “My response is that the vice president [Joe Biden] is older than me. Heck, Hillary Clinton. … We’re about two years apart from each other [in age], and she’s thinking about running for president. What I have to do is quit telling myself my age number. In life, if a person looks old and acts old and talks old, then he’s probably old.
“Sometimes, you just have to forget the number on your age and physically and mentally see where you’re at, and that sort of determines your ability to function. I know I’ve got a lot left in me to keep coaching.”
Maybe he’ll stump for her on the campaign trail. Although, being in South Carolina, it might have been more discrete for Spurrier to compare his age to Reagan’s when he ran for president.
This is true.
Ah, but if only someone had spent just a little more…
If South Carolina went 1-11, Spurrier would still be wise-assing it, as long as the one win was over Georgia.
I wonder what the quip will be when he hears about Georgia hiring “Young Schotty”.