Dial this clip up to the 1:30 mark and listen to Kirby’s great response to Saban’s and Spurrier’s suggestion that Georgia is the best coaching job in the SEC.
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Georgia will always be on the mind of one Steven Orr Spurrier.
What are the best jobs in the SEC? Steve Spurrier says it’s Georgia and LSU.
On Finebaum, Spurrier said, “Of course, Nick Saban has made Alabama the best right now, but as far as recruiting advantages, LSU doesn’t have much competition in their state, and Georgia pretty much should own their state there. “
“Pretty much should own their state”, eh? That’s a subtle change in tune from what he once lobbed in Ray Goff’s direction.
Spurrier could recruit, but he could also coach. He felt Goff and his staff at Georgia, on the other hand, only proved themselves adept at the former. So after Spurrier and the Gators whupped the Bulldogs 45–13 in 1991, he asked the following hypothetical question.
“Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
I guess Georgia doesn’t recruit like it did in Goff’s day.
UPDATE: I’m not the only one.
… And naming Georgia as the SEC East’s top job isn’t a controversial statement either.
But it’s also a hint-hint, nudge-nudge at his dominance of the hated Bulldogs as a head coach. Spurrier went an astounding 11-1 against Georgia during his dozen years at Florida (the Gators were 2-10 against UGA in the 12 years prior to Spurrier’s arrival) and 5-6 against the Dawgs at South Carolina (the ‘Cocks had beaten Georgia 13 times in 57 tries before the HBC got to Columbia).
If Georgia is the best job in the SEC East, it makes his six SEC championships and eight SEC East titles won while working at jobs worse than that one look all the more impressive. For the record, Georgia has won two SEC titles and five SEC East crowns over that same span.
An overly cynical view of Spurrier’s honest and entirely reasonable assessment? Perhaps. But I doubt it.
The Neyland Award, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club, has been awarded since 1967 to honor the stadium’s namesake. Spurrier will participate in several events over the weekend as part of the festivities. He played in a benefit golf tournament on Friday morning that also included former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb, who’s from nearby Alcoa, Tennessee.
Spurrier said the players he was partnered with in the golf tournament, all Tennessee fans, were quizzing him about some of his legendary barbs.
“They were asking me about all those things I said, the Citrus Bowl jokes and Free Shoes U. stuff,” Spurrier said. “I told them I always thought the best one didn’t have anything to do with Tennessee or FSU. It’s the one I said about preferring to play Georgia the second week of the season because you could always count on them having two or three good players suspended every year. Everybody said, ‘Did you really say that?’ and I said, ‘Yes, because it’s true.’ ”
I like to think I’m better than taking cheap shots… but, nah. You know what else is true? 52-20.
Enjoy your retirement, asshole.
… happy talk.
It sounds like Spurdog is cured, though.
- Another day, another athletic department in trouble with the Feds for something gender-based.
- If anyone at Tennessee had a sense of humor, they’d let Fulmer present this award.
- Jacob Eason, third-teamer.
- Evidently we’re now at a point when Jim Harbaugh’s had enough “feuds” on Twitter that they can be ranked.
- That probably explains why I’ve become jaded about stories like this.
- I guess this stands as the highlight of Dylan Thompson’s career.
- You a parent who’s worried about football and brain injury? Well, Bruce Arians has some advice for you: “people who say ‘I won’t let my son play it’ are fools.” I guess that ends that discussion.
- John Theus played through a rough season, physically speaking, last year.
- And here’s a PSA (i.e., I have no financial interest in this) for those of you looking to find accommodations in Athens for G-Day. Rent Like a Champion is a site that bills itself as a sort of “Airbnb, but with a primary focus on college football games”. G-Day listings are here. (BTW, if anyone uses the site, please report back here on your experience.)
Dial the clip here up to the 1:10 mark and listen to Finebaum ask Spurrier if he was surprised that Mark Richt was fired.
So there’s this:
“I’m not shocked at a lot of things that happen,” Spurrier said in an interview. “Georgia has been very good. But maybe not as great as their fans think they should be. Nine, 10 wins almost every year. I think they want that 11, 12, 13 now. So it’s one of those jobs where the expectations are higher than at most schools. So I could sort understand it.”
Ummmm… maybe he does a little, at that. Good luck, Kirby.