Steve Spurrier was irritated Jadeveon Clowney sat out against Kentucky (Video)

Jadeveon-ClowneySouth Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney missed Saturday’s 35-28 win over Kentucky with a rib injury. Clowney did not practice on Thursday because his ribs were hurting, and he decided at the last second that he would be unable to go against the Wildcats. Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier seemed very frustrated by that.

After the win, Spurrier was asked about the status of Clowney’s injury.

“I would just say he told me he couldn’t play,” Spurrier told reporters, via ESPN.com. “That his ribs hurt, couldn’t run, and said ‘I can’t play.’ I said that’s fine, you don’t have to play and we’ll move on. And he may not be able to play next week, I don’t know. But we’re not going to worry about it, I can assure you that.”

Spurrier certainly didn’t sound like a coach who was being supportive of an injured player. The Ole Ball Coach stressed several times that it was Clowney’s choice to sit out.

“If he wants to play, we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to,” Spurrier added. “But if he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play. Simple as that.”

Spurrier added that the team was under the impression that Clowney was going to play but was informed the team “right before the game” that he wasn’t suiting up.

Clowney is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. At one point, people wondered if he should considering sitting out the 2013 season to protect himself from injury and wait it out until he was eligible for the NFL. Clowney scoffed at that notion, but Spurrier did little to help the junior prove he is not afraid of getting injured on Saturday.

Was Steve Spurrier drunk during a recent taping of his show? (Video)

Steve-SpurrierSouth 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.

H/T Deadspin

The State will allow Ron Morris to cover South Carolina football again

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaEarlier this week, we shared with you a surprising report about a South Carolina newspaper writer being banned from covering Gamecocks football. Ron Morris, who is a columnist for The State, has developed a poor relationship with Steve Spurrier over the years because of Morris’ tendency to criticize the South Carolina football team.

Spurrier once refused to answer questions at a press conference as long as Morris was in the room. The hatred the Ole Ball Coach has toward Morris grew from there, and eventually Morris was told to stay away from the Gamecocks. Mark Lett, executive editor of the State, sent an email to his colleagues on Thursday that essentially announced Morris is once again free to cover any topic he’d like. A copy of the email was obtained by JimRomenesko.com:

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South Carolina newspaper bans Ron Morris from covering Gamecocks football

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaA little over two years ago, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier went on one of his most epic rants to date when he refused to answer questions during his press conference as long as a certain reporter was in the room. That beat writer was The State’s Ron Morris, and apparently Spurrier no longer has to deal with him.

According to JimRomenesko.com, Morris has been banned from covering South Carolina football by his publisher. Several people who are familiar with the situation reportedly told Romenesko that Henry Haitz III, the publisher of The State, made Morris agree in writing that he would never write about Gamecocks football again or talk about it on television and radio shows. One of Morris’ former colleagues described it as a “journalism restraining order.”

“The publisher of the paper has removed Ron from any coverage of the football program, which down there is akin to the Washington Post not letting Dan Balz write about government,” an ex-colleague reportedly said. “Effectively, he’s being forced out at the behest of the football coach, with the publisher not standing up for him.”

In other words, Spurrier won. At the time of his tirade in 2011, the Ole Ball Coach said Morris was one of two reporters that he has ever had to completely dissociate himself from in 26 years of coaching. Morris had become known for writing columns that were critical of Spurrier’s decisions, and he pushed the 68-year-old over the edge when he wrote a piece accusing Spurrier of stealing a player from the school’s basketball program.

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Steve Spurrier coaches practice with no shirt and no shoes


South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is winning the college football offseason. Last month, we showed you what we thought would go down in history as the greatest photo ever of the Ol’ Ball Coach. The sunglasses and undone tie inside Arby’s was a phenomenal look, but Spurrer has completely outdone himself.

Spurrier, who has quickly established himself as the king of swag, decided to beat the heat in South Carolina recently the old fashioned why. No shoes, no shirt, no problem. A shirtless, brazen Spurrier even made his way into this video:

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Steve Spurrier tired of all the Jadeveon Clowney talk

Steve SpurrerIt didn’t take Steve Spurrier long to get into a grumpy mood.

The South Carolina Gamecocks head coach is already closing practice in response to the excess attention the football team has received. When the team opened practice on Friday, Spurrier said the first week of practice would be open to the media and fans. But there have been so many fans looking for autographs and taking videos and pictures that Spurrier decided to close things to the public, Josh Kendall of The State reports.

In particular, Spurrier seems perturbed with all the talk surrounding defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, who is considered the best player in the country. Spurrier had to yell at Clowney for being slowed by autograph seekers on his way to the practice field recently, and he’s tired of all the media focus being on Clowney instead of the team.

“You know, we have talked about Jadeveon for seven months after that hit,” Spurrier said on Sunday. “He and Johnny Football (Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel), they are the only two guys in America anybody has talked about it seems like — Jadeveon’s hit and Johnny’s adventures all over the country. I think Jadeveon is tired of everybody talking about him. He’s ready for team, and hopefully what our team can achieve this year. We all know he’s a super player, but it’s a team sport.”

“He’s tired of [the questions], and I think I am tired of it. We are just trying to get more into team stuff.”

While Spurrier is tired of all the Clowney hype, the team’s defensive coordinator, Lorenzo Ward, said he is not tired of the Clowney talk and that the lineman deserves the praise.

For his part, Clowney says no attention bothers him.

Spurrier may want to shift the focus away from Clowney and onto the entire team, but he should know the media is all about star players. He has the future No. 1 overall draft pick on his team. That comes with a territory.

Steve Spurrier bossed up at Arby’s after SEC Media Days


South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier finished up with his obligations at SEC Media Days on Thursday, undid his tie, and headed off to Arby’s. We know this because Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney posted a picture of Spurrier on Instagram that is one of the greatest anyone has ever taken of the Ol’ Ball Coach.

Spurrier sells his own wine, so we already knew he had swag. The fact that he’s wearing his sunglasses indoors simply removes any and all doubt. My experiences with “Seinfeld” have taught me to never eat at Arby’s, but damn does Spurrier make it look cool. After seeing this picture, I may have to try it for the first time in my life.

H/T Kegs ‘N Eggs