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Steve Spurrier prefers game with East Carolina over lesser Power Five program

Steve Spurrier has always been known as a maverick, so it’s no surprise that he has a different view of some of the Power Five propositions.

The Power Five conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — will vote to give themselves more autonomy under the NCAA, and one topic has to do with non-conference scheduling. In 2016, SEC teams will have to play one non-conference game against a Power Five program. Spurrier doesn’t think that’s ideal.

Steve Spurrier South Carolina“Well I like the other conferences, too. Heck, those guys deserve the chance to go play just like the big conferences,” Spurrier said at a news conference Sunday. “The SEC – we’ve got some down the line teams just like every conference has down the line teams. The big five conferences all playing each other, I don’t think that makes a lot of sense really. Playing East Carolina is a lot tougher game than maybe picking up one of those bottom Big Ten teams. Plus the fans around here, we’d rather see a team from close by.”

South Carolina plays East Carolina in their second game of the upcoming season, which likely explains why he mentioned them. The Pirates are entering the AAC and went 10-3 last season, which makes them a tougher team than the lower-ranked programs from the power conferences. And while the regional matchup may be attractive to fans, I guarantee the fans would get more excited about a game with a program that is traditionally tougher.

In addition to making his point about not limiting the scheduling to Power Five programs, Spurrier wants scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance for players. He cited a $25 mailbox fee students have to pay as the type of additional expense he wants covered. He also wants the families of each player on the team to get $200 per game to help their expenses as they relate to attending games.

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Steve Spurrier takes shot at Dabo Swinney over ‘different planets’ comment

Dabo-Swinney-Steve-SpurrierSteve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney probably do not like each other. The two coaches have never openly admitted that they dislike one another, but all the signs are there. At ACC media days on Monday, Swinney joked that he and Spurrier are “from different planets” when asked about their relationship.

“He’s from Pluto and I’m from Mars,” the Clemson coach joked.

Of course, Spurrier couldn’t let that one slide. When asked on Tuesday about Swinney’s quote, the 69-year-old had to point out how Swinney called Pluto a planet.

For those of you who don’t follow science (or know how to use Google), Pluto was known as the ninth planet before 2006 but is now classified as a dwarf planet. So while Swinney was correct in that Pluto is still a planet of some sort, Spurrier succeeded in making him look bad.

The Ole Ball Coach was also asked about Swinney rubbing it in his face last year that Clemson is the only team from South Carolina to win a BCS bowl game.

The South Carolina-Clemson rivalry is as good as it has ever been. The success of the two programs in recent years is the main reason for that, but the constant exchanging of jabs between Spurrier and Swinney is what really keeps us entertained.

Steve Spurrier claims he has never lost a round of golf to a player

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaWhen Steve Spurrier isn’t coaching football, he likes to get out on the golf course. They say the Ole Ball Coach has gotten pretty good at hitting the little white ball around over the years. In fact, Spurrier is such a good golfer that he has supposedly never been beaten by one of his players in over 30 years of coaching.

As ESPN.com’s David M. Hale revealed in a recent feature about college football coaches who have a love for the links, Spurrier only gives players one shot to challenge his undefeated record. The last player to give the 69-year-old a scare was former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop is a very good golfer himself, and Spurrier knew that when he challenged him. That’s why Spurrier intentionally set the match for right after spring practices ended. While the OBC had already gotten out to play a few rounds, Succop had no time in his busy schedule to practice.

“You have to pick your sports when you play someone who’s a lot better than you,” Spurrier admitted.

Succop shot a 79 and still lost to Spurrier, who shot a 77 on what he described as one of his best days. And like every loser before him, Succop never got a shot at revenge.

“All of them say, ‘Coach, when are we going to play again?’” Spurrier added. “And I say, ‘No, no, you had your chance.’”

If that’s not classic Ole Ball Coach, I don’t know what is.

H/T College Football Talk

Steve Spurrier: Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic was ‘OK’

Jadeveon ClowneyIf there has been one knock on Jadeveon Clowney and his NFL prospects, it is his work ethic. The South Carolina defensive end has openly admitted that he has not always given 100% in practice, and there were questions about his conditioning early on last season. Steve Spurrier has not done much to put Clowney’s critics at ease.

Spurrier, who was blatantly irritated back in October when Clowney sat out against Kentucky, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that Clowney’s work ethic is “OK.”

“He was OK,” Spurrier said, via Jeff Reynolds of CBSSports.com. “It wasn’t like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good, they’re not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he’s got something no one else has.”

That isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement from the Ole Ball Coach, and it will likely put Clowney under an even stronger microscope at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Spurrier’s point seemed to be that Clowney has rare talent but does not always display a sense of urgency.

Clowney was once a consensus top-three pick in the NFL Draft, but that talk has since cooled. No one would be shocked if he went very early, but there’s no question the effort questions have had a negative impact on Clowney’s stock.

Dabo Swinney fires back at Steve Spurrier with zinger

Dabo SwinneyClemson coach Dabo Swinney will not back down from Steve Spurrier, and he obviously enjoys the intrastate competition with his South Carolina rival.

After winning the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s, Spurrier, unsolicited, boasted that beating Clemson several years in a row was nice. He obviously was playing to his fans with the line, and his Gamecock supporters loved it.

Well Swinney must have heard about Spurrier’s shot at the Tigers, because he came out with a liner of his own after Clemson beat Ohio State 40-35 to win the Orange Bowl on Friday.

“We’re the first team from the state of South Carolina to win a BCS game,” Swinney said in the postgame ceremony.

Great line from Swinney. And we have to give him a ton of credit — not just for the great line — but for doing a great job with the Clemson program. He may have lost five games in a row to South Carolina, but achieving three straight double-digit win seasons at Clemson is a heck of an accomplishment.

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Steve Spurrier jabs Clemson after winning Capital One Bowl (Video)

Steve Spurrier micNobody rocks the mic quite like Steve Spurrier. And very few are as good at trash talking.

After winning the Capital One Bowl for the second time, Spurrier grabbed the microphone in the postgame ceremony and said a few words. Spurrier thanked the South Carolina fans who made the trip to Orlando, and then he got in his shot at Clemson.

“These two Capital One bowls in a row are pretty nice, but that state championship ain’t bad either!” Spurrier declared, much to the delight of the Gamecocks fans.

Man, Spurrier is the best.

And think about what a great job he’s done at South Carolina. He’s now gone 11-2 three seasons in a row. 11-2. Three years in a row. At South Carolina. In the SEC. He’s made the Gamecocks the class of the SEC East.

Spurrier can talk all the trash he wants if he’s going to keep winning like that.

H/T College Spun

Steve Spurrier wears Barry Alvarez name tag

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We have no idea what Steve Spurrier was up to in advance of the Capital One Bowl this week, but Wisconsin fans shouldn’t like it. South Carolina and Wisconsin are set to square off on New Year’s Day, and Badgers fans need to be worrying about the Gamecocks head coach posing as their athletic director.

For whatever reason, Spurrier was photographed this week wearing a “Barry Alvarez” name tag. Alvarez happens to be Wisconsin’s athletic director, so there’s no telling what type of classic Ole Ball Coach scheme is at work here. The good news is he was wearing a shirt, which is never a given with Spurrier.

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