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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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Steve Spurrier tweaks Nick Saban, Mark Richt

When he’s not ripping the press or fat smokers, Steve Spurrier enjoys spending his time tweaking opposing coaches. He is a master at it. In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Low, Spurrier managed to work in jabs at Georgia coach Mark Richt, and Alabama’s Nick Saban.

When asked for his thoughts on the South Carolina-Georgia game getting moved from the second week to the sixth week of the season, Spurrier gave a classic response.

“I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”

This of course is not the first time he’s slighted Georgia and, to be straight, the jab was well deserved.

He also tried undermining Nick Saban’s accomplishments at Alabama.

“He’s got a nice little gig going, a little bit like (John) Calipari. He tells guys, ‘Hey, three years from now, you’re going to be a first-round pick and go.’ 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.”

I would tell Spurrier to check Saban’s career records to see how he turned Michigan State and LSU into winners before Alabama, but I’m pretty sure Spurrier only said that to be an irritant. However, Spurrier did say he believes Saban is the best coach in the conference, so there’s that. Is Spurrier the best at getting under opposing coaches’ skin or what?

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Steve Spurrier Doesn’t Want Any Fat People or Smokers on His Coaching Staff

Either discrimination laws do not apply at the University of South Carolina, or Steve Spurrier may not find the assistant coaches he is looking for.  Anyone who wants to be a member of Spurrier’s staff is going to have to meet extremely specific criteria. Or they could easily just sue the University now after the way Spurrier was joking around on Wednesday. Have a look at these tweets that Gamecocks beat writer Josh Kendall sent out:

In addition, Kendall also said Spurrier would prefer married coaches over single ones. As Dr. Saturday pointed out, Spurrier has now put himself in a perfect position to be sued — whether he was joking or not.  Unless he hires the first fat, sloppy, unmarried cigarette-smoker he finds, candidates who are turned down have plenty of ammunition for a discrimination suit.  We’re happy he said it, however.  Why? Because it’s not our problem.

Steve Spurrier Rips Writer Ron Morris, Refuses to Talk While He’s in Press Room

Normally when a coach or player flips out on a reporter it happens during an interview.  Sometimes it’s a question that ignites an epic rant (see Calhoun, Jim). Other times it’s a writer’s article that prompts the excitement. Either way, the outburst normally comes mid-interview.  When it comes to Steve Spurrier, that isn’t always the case.

Spurrier has never been afraid to speak his mind. He decided to give a two-minute introduction before his scheduled press conference on Tuesday.  During said intro, Spurrier completely ripped The State writer, Ron Morris, who tends to write negative articles about South Carolina football. Spurrier was angry that Morris accused him of stealing Bruce Ellington from South Carolina’s basketball team in the spring, and he let the reporter hear about it. Check out this awesome Steve Spurrier rant video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

I don’t care if you’re the most arrogant writer in America, that speech would embarrass anyone.  If a large part of Morris’ paycheck comes from his coverage of the Gamecocks, he may want to seek work elsewhere.  Either that, or he should make friends with someone who takes good notes at press conferences.

Steve Spurrier Selling “Gamecock Garnet” Wine in South Carolina

Steve Spurrier has become the latest sports figure to bottle and sell his own beverage.  Like Jorge Posada’s Cinco Anillos Sangria, the drink Spurrier is offering is an alcoholic one.  The wine offering from Spurrier Vineyards, which is called “Gamecock Garnet,” is currently offered at more than 50 local retailers throughout Carolina and sells for around $15 per bottle.  Proceeds will benefit the Steve Spurrier Foundation as well as USC’s golf program.

According to Southern Wine and Spirits of South Carolina, the release of the wine is intended to celebrate South Carolina’s SEC Eastern division championship in 2010.  Since Spurrier believes that some of his players go off and drink beer during the offseason instead of staying in shape, perhaps he is offering them an alternative that can at least provide them with a source of antioxidants.

Chest bump to Darren Rovell on Twitter for the story.

Steve Spurrier Thinks ‘Roll Tide’ Commercials Gave Alabama an Advantage

Remember those “Roll Tide” commercials ESPN played all during the bowl season last year? They were a somewhat cute way of mocking the obsession Bama fans have with their football team. Of course that obsession is no longer humorous when you have crazy fans like Harvey Updyke, but the commercials were somewhat funny.

Apparently Steve Spurrier felt otherwise. The South Carolina coach complained to the SEC commissioner to say the commercials gave Bama an unfair advantage.

“I said, ‘How much did Alabama pay those guys to do that?’” Spurrier said, recalling his conversation with commissioner Mike Slive. “He said, ‘Oh, they didn’t have to pay them anything.’ I said, ‘Well, what happened to Go Gators or Rocky Top or Go Gamecocks?’ I didn’t think that was all that fair.”

He’s exactly right. That is extra exposure for Alabama that other schools in the conference don’t receive. The same way other Big 12 schools are complaining about the Texas Longhorns Network on ESPN potentially giving them an advantage, this is also unfair. The answer is not to have current programs or collegiate athletes featured in national commercials. That seems pretty easy to accomplish.

Thanks to Dr. Saturday for the story