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

Steve Spurrier: Some Players Will Go Drink Beer All Summer

If nothing else, you have to admit Steve Spurrier is a realist. Although they would like to think they have control over their players at all times, college coaches can’t play parent throughout the entire calendar year. After South Carolina’s last session of spring drills on Thursday, Spurrier was asked what his players will need to do throughout the offseason to prepare for fall practices.

“When they come out in August they’re about where they were when we left them in spring ball,” he explained. “It’s an individual thing. Coaches can only give them a plan, then they’ve got to do it. We can’t coach them during the summer.

“We’ve tried to teach our players here’s what you need to do all summer,” he continued. “Some guys do it. Some go drink beer all summer.”

Naturally, the coach is talking about his players who are 21 and over.  College kids who are under the legal drinking age don’t drink — especially the athletes. We all know that.  Spurrier is also the coach once told us Stephen Garcia showed up to summer 7-on-7 drills wearing Crocs or sandals, so he knows players tend to become a little lax over the offseason.

On the other hand, it’s also possible Spurrier was throwing his team one last public kick in the ass before they break for the summer.  Maybe his message was “don’t drink beers all summer or show up to practice wearing sandals and we’ll stand a better shot at contending.”  We’ll never know.

Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel, Steve Spurrier Get Bronze Statues at Florida

Florida’s three Heisman Trophy winners were memorialized with bronze statues that were unveiled Saturday during the Gators’ spring game at The Swamp. The program’s three winners, Tim Tebow (2007), Danny Wuerffel (1996), and Steve Spurrier (1966) were all honored with life-sized statues that are on display outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Both Spurrier and Wuerffel’s statues show them throwing, while the statue of quarterback Tim Tebow shows him tucking his shoulder and running. He wasn’t bothered by the difference, saying they had to change it up for him.

Both Wuerffel and Tebow were in attendance for the ceremony which took place at halftime of the spring game, while Spurrier taped a message that was played for the fans.

Gator Zone has more details on the day as well as a video of the ceremony, and Gator Sports has a picture gallery. Here are a few pictures in the meantime.


Ol’ Ball Coach Unimpressed by Georgia

It’s one thing for a coach to tell pundits not to get excited about a hot start. But it’s a complete other when your way of doing so is to rip your opponent. That’s exactly what Steve Spurrier did following South Carolina’s win this weekend, stirring the pot as he’s done quite a bit this year:

It wasn’t like they were some big, powerful team,” Spurrier said on his television show Sunday. “They’ve actually lost five in a row to Eastern Division opponents. Kentucky and Vandy beat ‘em last year.”

Preach on, brother Spurrier. Talk about telling it like it is. Let me just say this much for Spurrier: good thing he gets Georgia at home next year — he’s going to need every advantage he can get.

(via Fark)

Steve Spurrier Gets Political with Confederate Flag

Apparently Steve Spurrier pays attention to the background scene of ESPN’s GameDay set because he felt it was ‘embarrassing’ that someone was waving a Confederate flag around in the background of the pregame show when the Gamecocks took on the Vols. Spurrier’s political statement didn’t stop there either:

“It would make us a more progressive, better state, I think, if the flag was removed. But I’m not going to go on any big campaign to have it removed. That’s not my position,” Spurrier said in an interview with The State. “But if anyone were to ask me, that would certainly be my position. And I think everyone in there, it was their position, too.”

Considering the South lost the Civil War only over a century ago, I’d say getting rid of the Confederate flag is probably the right thing to do. Even though South Carolina moved the Confederate flag from the top of the dome to the grounds recently, some of the politicians aren’t too cozy to the idea of getting rid of the flag entirely.

Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, who sponsored the bill that moved the flag from the dome to the grounds, said Spurrier’s timing was “100 percent wrong,” given the presidential campaigns coming through the state. Candidates have more important issues, Ford said. “He threw a monkey wrench in this campaign and I don’t like it,” Ford said. “It don’t look right. It don’t sound right. It don’t feel right.”

[Don] Gordon, a state officer with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said Spurrier’s call for the removal of the flag was “the moral equivalent of calling our ancestors ‘nappy-headed hos.’”

Wow, now that’s some serious business. There’s no question the Confederate flag means a lot to South Carolina but come on, to compare it to Imus’ remarks? Now I know why it’s hard to suggest the state pulls down the flag, there’s almost no room for negotiation when one applies that type of logic.