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Steve Spurrier gave two reporters $100 for answering a trivia question correctly

steve spurrierSouth Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier often utilizes the media for his best interests, so maybe he had something in mind when he decided to hand out cash to reporters who answered his trivia question correctly on Saturday.

The Ol’ Ball Coach was in attendance for Saturday’s South Carolina-Arkansas basketball game when he gathered reporters during halftime. He talked to them a little bit about some recruiting news before asking his trivia question.

“I came across a certain statistical trivia that I wanted to ask you guys today,” said Spurrier, via the Charleston Post and Courier. “How many teams in the BCS conferences have won 11 or more the last two years? I’ve got a bonus for you if anybody knows the answer.”

Two reporters correctly identified Alabama, Oregon, Stanford and South Carolina as the teams. Naturally, that was a perfect lead in for Spurrier to pat himself on the back.

“For South Carolina to be in the same neighborhood as Oregon, Stanford, Alabama … that’s sort of neat,” he said. “Somebody gave me that statistic today, so I thought you guys would want to know that. Next time, y’all do some of that work.”

Spurrier went on to answer reporters’ questions for the next several minutes before handing out the presumed bonuses. You can listen to the conversation here around the 1:00 mark via Sports Talk Radio Network.

The Post and Courier says Spurrier reached into his breast pocket inside his jacket, pulled out several white envelopes, and then handed one envelope to each of the two reporters who answered the question. There was a $100 bill inside each envelope.

The reporters who received the money have not been identified so we don’t know what they plan to do with it, but standard journalism practices would dictate that they return the cash.

Spurrier should know better than to try greasing the palms of reporters covering the program! Though, slipping them some cash is at least better than berating a reporter as he has done in the past.

H/T Deadspin

Steve Spurrier still trying to nudge Nick Saban back to NFL

steve spurrierSteve Spurrier is still doing his best to nudge Nick Saban back to the NFL. The South Carolina coach recognizes that his chances of winning the SEC championship are slim as long as Saban is coaching at Alabama. That’s why every chance he gets, Spurrier seems to try to push Saban back to the NFL, whether it’s by using mind games or other tactics.

On Friday, Spurrier continued his sneaky ways during an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

“I don’t know if he’ll take that Cleveland job or not, but I dunno, it’ll be interesting,” said Spurrier, who was referencing rumors that the Browns wanted to hire Saban. “He’s done almost all you can do in college football. Whether or not the challenge to win the Super Bowl hits him — only he knows.”

Patrick then asked Spurrier if he really thought Saban would consider the Browns job.

“Oh I wouldn’t advise him to do anything — he can make his own decisions. But if winning a Super Bowl is something he’d like to do before he hung up his coaching whistle, some job somewhere, he might go for it.”

Patrick recognized what Spurrier was doing and pointed it out, but Spurrier defended his thoughts by saying Saban has already won three championships in college.

“How many do you want to win before you go win a Super Bowl? … If winning a Super Bowl is something down the line on his bucket list, you couldn’t blame him … he’s already done everything you can in college football.”

If you doubt whether Spurrier had a purpose in mind with those comments, I present you this interview from April where Spurrier used similar tactics to try to get Saban to leave Bama.

At least Saban knows Spurrier’s game.

“I think it’s great, I love Steve. I’m always anxious to hear what he has to say — it’s always funny,” Saban said of Spurrier in August.

Saban recognizes what a great gig he has going at Alabama. Maybe one day he might decide to try the NFL again. I just don’t think that’s happening any time too soon.

You can listen to Spurrier’s comments below:

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Steve Spurrier thinks Georgia should have spiked the ball

Steve Spurrier loves to tweak opposing coaches whenever possible. In April, he said he liked playing Georgia early in the season because they were always guaranteed to have a few top players suspended. On Sunday, he seemed happy to point out another misstep by the Dawgs.

Spurrier, like many others, believes Georgia should have spiked the ball before running what ended up being their final play in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game.

“We all know that’s what he should have done,” Spurrier said on Sunday, via The Post and Courier. “Yeah, we all know that. They would have had two plays. But I don’t know. If they had hit a touchdown right there, it wouldn’t have mattered. But we all know you should do that (spike the ball).”

Richt defended the decision not to spike the ball.

“We had the play we wanted. We had a good play,” Richt said after the game Saturday. “The ball got tipped at the line of scrimmage and it fell in the arms of a guy in play. The ball was going to the back end of the end zone, either a catch or out of the end zone.”

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said the same thing. Both men agreed that the ball being tipped is what through things off. Spurrier and mostly everyone who saw the sequence disagrees with Georgia, though after watching the replay carefully, I see Richt and Murray’s point.

Steve Spurrier will let his players who are 21 vote in the presidential election

Election day is an important day that affects everyone across the United States, including collegiate athletes. Division-I athletes are typically used to a very structured routine that (ideally) involves going to class, working out and practicing, but on Tuesday those athletes that are 18 years old and older have an important responsibility — to help determine who will be the President of the United States for the next four years.

When asked if he is going to allow his players time to vote on Tuesday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier indicated he would allow a certain age bracket of players to do so.

“Our players that are 21?” Spurrier asked according to USA TODAY.

No, coach, that was vote — not go out and have a beer. For Spurrier’s sake, we’ll just assume he was either trying to be funny or simply wasn’t paying attention. The again, The Old Ball Coach has had to answer his fair share of questions regarding his players and alcohol in the past, so perhaps his mind is stuck on the drinking age track. Whatever the case, we hope for the sake of America he does indeed give his players who range fro ages 18-20 an opportunity to go to the polls.

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Steve Spurrier believes Alabama could beat some NFL teams

Here we go again. All throughout last year’s college basketball season, we had to hear about how Kentucky was such a great team that they could probably beat some of the NBA’s weakest teams. Now, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is raising a similar discussion with Alabama.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Spurrier said he believes Alabama could beat a few teams in the NFL.

“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said. “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”

According to several those oddsmakers, Spurrier couldn’t be more wrong. Our friend R.J. Bell of Pregame.com said the consensus among Vegas oddsmakers is that Alabama would be a 24-point underdog if it played the Jacksonville Jaguars (currently the NFL’s worst team) on a neutral field. To give you some perspective, the same oddsmakers said they would be a six-point favorite against Oregon, a 10-point favorite against Kansas State and a 13-point favorite against Notre Dame.

The leap between collegiate athletics to any professional sport is always a massive one, and Spurrier likely knows that and is simply trying playing mind games. Charles Barkley may have believed there were at least two NBA teams Kentucky could have beaten last year, but we tend to side with people like this NBA star in thinking there’s no way that would happen. The same is true of football.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Nick Saban sticks it to Steve Spurrier with response

Steve Spurrier, master disturber that he is, tweaked Nick Saban and a few other SEC coaches during an interview with ESPN’s Chris Low in April.

The South Carolina coach said of Saban, “if he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won there at Alabama.”

Of course, Spurrier also labeled Saban the best coach in the SEC in the same interview, so his jabs shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Saban finally had a chance to respond to Spurrier during an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show,” and boy, did he ever put Spurrier in check.

“Well, you know, he had the best job in the league for a long time, and he wasn’t making those kinds of statements when he was at Florida,” Saban said of Spurrier. “He’s done a great job at South Carolina.”

Saban was just warming up.

“LSU wasn’t winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn’t winning when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn’t winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don’t know.”

Game, set, match, Saban.

Surprisingly, the Alabama coach doesn’t mind the smack talk from the ‘Ol Ball Coach.

“I think it’s great, I love Steve. I’m always anxious to hear what he has to say — it’s always funny.”

Well of course he doesn’t mind it — Saban has an impeccable track record in the collegiate ranks, and he’s one of the few coaches who can stand up to Spurrier. I just hope the detailed response from Saban doesn’t deter Spurrier from his typical trash talk. College football wouldn’t be the same without it.

Steve Spurrier says he won’t suspend underage player for ‘having a beer’

South Carolina backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy returned to the team last Friday after serving a week-long suspension for a recent arrest. McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina on July 29 and charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21. Some feel as though a week of suspension from practice after a violation like that is too light a punishment, but Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier thinks those people are being ridiculous.

“You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage?” Spurrier ask reporters according to The Post and Courier. “How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?”

As Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday pointed out, the fact that most college players probably drink when they are under the age of 21 doesn’t mean the head football coach needs to endorse it. Not to mention, McEvoy drank and then got behind the wheel of a car. Whether he was intoxicated or not, that doesn’t seem like a great choice for a Division-I athlete who is on scholarship.

As we have learned through his entertaining exchanges with reporters and strict criteria for hiring assistant coaches, Spurrier is never one to bite his tongue rather than speak his mind. In this particular instance, he probably should have. Not only will his underage players who drink continue to drink, but they now probably feel like their coach will get them out of trouble if they get caught.

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