Gearing up giving his best shot…
UPDATE: He’s rolling now.
Hey, look y’all! Spurrier gonna Spurrier.
“We’ll try to play our best against Georgia in Athens,” Spurrier, still hoarse from the previous night, said on a teleconference call. “They look awfully strong, as usual. But I think our guys will look forward to playing the game.”
For some of you, I know Saturday is shaping up as a no-win situation for the Dawgs. Lose or pull out an ugly one, and it’ll be another week of no-excuse-for-shoddy-play shrieking. Win comfortably and it’ll be, “so what did you expect?”
Me? Any win over Spurrier is a good one. As long as I get rewarded with one sideline look of despair, I’ll be happy.
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.
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?
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.
“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.