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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.

Video via College Spun

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.

Photo via Deadspin

Steve Spurrier humping an exercise ball is everything you’d expect and more

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Last month, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier got down and dirty with an exercise ball. This phenomenal event was captured on camera and preserved through social media, but somehow we are just laying eyes on it now. Better late than never, I suppose.

Spurrier was apparently going through his workout at a DoubleTree hotel before the Gamecocks’ game against Florida on Nov. 16. Is that a bandana he was rocking? You bet it is.

We have already seen the Ole Ball Coach overseeing practice with his shirt off this year, so we know he feels great about his body. Now, we no longer have to wonder why.

H/T Buzzfeed via Reddit

Steve Spurrier takes shot at Florida for not making bowl game

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaSouth Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was his usual self during his scheduled press conference on Thursday. By that, we mean he did everything he could to ruffle as many feathers as possible in a short amount of time. His most entertaining insult came at the expense of the Florida Gators.

As you know, Florida went 4-8 this season and was not invited to a bowl game. It was the first time the Gators finished with a losing record since 1979, and Spurrier was sure to remind the folks in Gainesville of that. It just so happens that Spurrier’s Gamecocks are playing Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando.

Classic Ole Ball Coach stuff right there. Spurrier also ripped on Jadeveon Clowney after the defensive end was cited for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, saying he didn’t know Clowney owned a car that could go that fast. Earlier this season, Spurrier took a shot at Tennessee for all the coaching changes they have had in recent years. The OBC may be 68 years old, but he’s still as much of a dick as ever.

H/T Adam Kramer

Steve Spurrier takes shot at Tennessee

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, probably the greatest 68-year-old trash talker in college football history, was up to his old tricks this week when discussing his team’s upcoming game against Tennessee. Spurrier has spent more than 20 years as a head coach in the SEC, so he has faced the Vols a ton. He found a way to eloquently express that on Thursday.

“This will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium,” Spurrier said, via The State’s Josh Kendall. ” I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”

For those of you who didn’t know, Neyland Stadium is the home of Tennessee football. Spurrier was calling attention to the fact that guys like Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley spent very little time with the Vols.

Saturday is indeed Spurrier’s 14th time coaching at Neyland Stadium. You have to wonder if his jab was directed at Kiffin, who coached only eight home games for Tennessee before leaving to take a job at USC. As College Football Talk pointed out, Dooley coached 22 games at Neyland during his three-year tenure at Tennessee.

It should be noted that Spurrier also praised the Vols during the same press conference and said they have enough talent to be a top-25 team. Similar to last year when he downplayed Nick Saban’s accomplishments, the Ole Ball Coach simply couldn’t help himself.