South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier breaks down film from the Gamecocks’ games every week on a program called “The Steve Spurrier Show.” It typically airs on SportSouth and is available for viewing on South Carolina’s athletics website. This week, however, the segment was removed from the website shortly after being posted and a rerun of a previous episode was shown on SportSouth in its place.
The scrapping of the show has led to speculation that the Ole Ball Coach was drunk when recapping his team’s win over UCF. As you can see from the video above, Spurrier seemed kind of groggy and was very blunt at one point, saying his team has “gotta quit that crap if we’re gonna be a good team this year.”
Spurrier later told The State that he requested the show be dumped because he thought he sounded too negative.
“I was way too negative afterwords,” he explained. “I don’t want to be so negative toward some of our players and coaches.”
When asked if he was cranky because he was tired, he simply said “I guess so.” He was then asked if he was impaired while filming.
“I hope not,” Spurrier replied. “Whether or not I have a few beers after every game for the past 29 years I don’t think I need to get into all that. Most coaches that I know we probably do have a few beers after ballgames after building up all week and so forth. But that was a draining day and I got too negative. I don’t like being that negative after a victory.”
If you ask me, that is hardly a convincing denial. We’re talking about a guy who wears his sunglasses inside restaurants and coaches practice shirtless and barefoot. He also sells his own wine, so it’d be surprising if Spurrier didn’t have a few drinks now and again. Next time he should probably save the sauce for after his show.