Does Spurrier have one more big run left in him?

Hoover,  Ala.— I don’t really believe the next sentence even though I know it to be entirely accurate: Just a few months ago Steve Spurrier turned 65 years old.

How is that even possible?

He doesn’t look 65. Thanks to a pretty rugged exercise regimen, he’s fitter than most men half his age.  He doesn’t sound 65. Shoot, when Spurrier is 95 he won’t SOUND 65.

Example: Somebody asked Spurrier if players got into trouble a lot more than they used to or was the media just reporting on it more?

“I think (player arrests) are common now because players are getting arrested for everything that in the old days they did not get arrested for. I can sort of remember back in our day, if you were out and something happened they would say: Can you get home? We’ll drive you home. They did not go into the tank that night. But nowadays, as we all know, you go straight to jail if you’ve broke the law. There’s no room for error. Times are a little different than they were 25, 30 years ago.”

It was vintage Spurrier and explains why, after all this time, he is still a favorite at SEC Media Days.

Now does he get off as many zingers as he used to at Florida? Nope.

 “I don’t think I’ve won enough games lately to have any outlandish quotes,” said Spurrier, who is 35-28 (18-22 SEC) in his first five seasons at South Carolina. “If you win a bunch of games, it’s pretty easy to give all the answers up here.”

 But the man still wins. He has taken the Gamecocks to bowl games four out of five seasons. The fact is that in the 100-plus year football history of the school, no other coach has won 35 games in a consecutive five-year period.

He may have been a little less bombastic than the old Spurrier on Thursday but he was, as always, painfully candid: He is far from satisfied where the South Carolina program is as he heads into year six.

“We hope to be a team that can compete for the SEC (championship) year in and year out,” he said. “That’s what you hope to be. We haven’t gotten there yet.”

But there is a sense that if Spurrier is going to finally make a breakthrough at South Carolina, the next two years represent that window of opportunity. Spurrier knows that it is going to be very difficult to out recruit Georgia, Florida and Tennessee on a consistent basis.

“The glamour schools are going to recruit all the top guys,” said Spurrier. “But what you got to hope and believe is that your (top) 40, 45 players can play with their 40 or 45 that are going to play that day. Then you got to hope and believe you can out-play them or make a play and eliminate mistakes, this, that and the other.”

Spurrier has been able to get some of those top drawer recruits in his last couple of classes. In the 2009 class wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and cornerback Stephon Gilmore could play for anybody. In this class everybody in the world wanted running back Marcus Lattimore. Defensive end Kelcy Quarles was a Parade All-American.

“We’ve got excellent players,” Spurrier said. “I think we’ve got the best group of athletes since we’ve been there. I know they have the best attitudes. Their work habits and so forth have been excellent. Now we need to get past seven wins. We need to win big at South Carolina.”

But the facts are that Spurrier was 5-3 in the SEC his first season at South Carolina, beating both Tennessee and Florida. He was 4-4 in 2008 and 3-5 the other three seasons. The Gamecocks have played in one New Year’s Day Bowl (Outback) with a 7-5 team, losing to Iowa.

And one has to wonder how much longer Spurrier, a man who enjoys winning but simply despises losing, wants to do this without winning big. He admits he had a gap in recruiting a few years ago but that the last three classes have been much better. He also had to weed out some bad attitudes in the program.

So he’s turned recruiting around, found his star defensive coordinator in Ellis Johnson, and will once more completely take over the play calling duties in practice and in the games this season. Spurrier talks like a man convinced he still has one good coaching run left in him.

“I’m always asked: How much longer are you going to coach? I always have the same answer:  Four or five years,” Spurrier said.  “I said that when I was 50. Four or five years.

“As we know, those years go fast. I’m pumped up about our team. I like our team.”

Consider where Spurrier now stands in the history of SEC football. His six SEC championships (his 1990 Florida team, he will remind you, finished first since the SEC but was not given the championship due to NCAA violations of the previous staff) are tied with Vince Dooley of Georgia and John Vaught of Ole for second on the all-time list. Paul W. Bryant won 14 championships, 1 at Kentucky and 13 at Alabama. Nobody is going to catch him.

But there still are some important goals left. With his second SEC victory this season, Spurrier will have 107 conference wins in his career. He will pass Dooley and Vaught on the all-time list and trail only Bryant, who won 159 SEC games.

He has 177 career wins in college football. Would he stick around long enough to win 23 games (probably four years) to reach the magic 200? Spurrier is already in the College Football Hall of Fame as a player. Getting to 200, with six SEC titles, one ACC championship (at Duke no less) and one national championship would probably put him into the Hall as a coach as well. There are only three other men who have done that: Bowden Wyatt, Bobby Dodd, and Amos “Alonzo” Stagg.

But you get the sense that Spurrier would give up all of those incredible numbers for a chance to win another conference championship. That is where his focus has always been. Win the SEC championship and everything else will take care of itself.

If Spurrier is going to make a run this season, there is little doubt that it will have to begin on Sept. 11 when South Carolina hosts Georgia in Columbia. I can’t tell you how huge that game is for both programs.

Spurrier wouldn’t bite on the importance of the Georgia game. He wanted to talk about the Sept. 2 opener with Southern Mississippi on a Thursday night.

The Head Ball Coach may have been a little subdued compared to previous years. But you just get the sense that he is not done—that there is still something left in the tank. I think we’ll find out on Sept. 11.

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133 comments Add your comment

TheTaxJacket

July 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

*** NESBITT FOR HEISMEN ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

GeoffDawg

July 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

He’s gone from evil to eccentric in his older USC years. Just not the same ole Darth Visor.

Geoff

July 23rd, 2010
8:30 am

I couldn’t help but get the feeling the ole man is done. Didn’t see any fire behind those old eyes.

Chi Town eating at Crumpy Burgers

July 23rd, 2010
8:35 am

Where is Nachos?

How2fish

July 23rd, 2010
8:36 am

Who is Nesbitt??

david

July 23rd, 2010
8:39 am

The only reason Spurrier came back is to get a member of Augusta.

you have a man crush

July 23rd, 2010
8:40 am

tony, for the last 7 years, you and all your media buddies have been singing the same ole song about spurrier and south carolina…every year, typically around media day, EVERYONE picks USC to be the darkhorse in the east. Nobody did that when Lou Holtz was there….hmm……

USC is the graveyard of football coaches. You can’t recruit there….sorry, but it’s the truth.
Great fans, but Columbia is an armpit and this time of year, it is hotter than hades. I heard a rumor that people from columbia go to the equator to cool off during the summer time.

Looloo

July 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

You guys kiddin’ me? The old guy wants to win as bad as ever. He’s too smart to be running his mouth at this point. And if he doesn’t get too many injuries, the east better look out for him. Come on, leg humpers, start dissin’ him…..BEFORE the game !

Mobile DAWG

July 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

Who is Nesbitt?? Sounds like a pesty insect to me!!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 23rd, 2010
8:48 am

I think a Nesbitt is a cookie made by those little elves isn’t it?

Beast from the East

July 23rd, 2010
8:50 am

To all you Dawgs that are dissin’ the Ole Ball Coach,
His South Carolina teams play UF tougher than your Richt coached Georgia teams. That is a FACT. And with recruiting classes ranked MUCH, MUCH lower. So based on the logic you guys are putting forth, who needs to hang it up? Thought so! Give the man his just due. He’s earned it.

Whoa Nellie

July 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

The Ol’ Ball Coach is just old. Looks like the SC curse has infected another great coach. It is almost like a fly-trap. It looks soooo inticing- the school, facilities, fan base, but then you enter and slow death occurs.

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

Too funny…The TAXJACKET guy obviously has a slow schedule this time of the year with his job as Assistant Manager of the local H&R Block. Good spirit though, getting to work before 9AM, out of tax season, on a FRIDAY! Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

But I do have one question? I understand the (45-42..hahaha) posts LAST year. I guess I can, maybe, kiiiinda, a little bit, in a desperate kind of way, get them THIS year.

But what’s it gonna be next year? At that point do you have to start adding the date in there to remind yourself WHAT you’re posting about? You know (45-42 {2008}..hahaha)? Just wondering…

Whoa Nellie

July 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

TB-What is the latest with the South Beach PartyGate?? At this point several teams could unwillingly be on the NEW NCAA version of the South Beach Diet..And these are not the kind of pounds coaches want to be losing.

Mikey in SAV

July 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

SOS?
My Mama always told me if I couldn’t say something nice about someone to not say anything.

GeoffDawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

Nesbitt? Isn’t he that guy? You know who I mean – the guy with the shirt?

Worm

July 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Ga.-carolina on the 11th will define each team’s season!..

Boogers are Salty

July 23rd, 2010
9:08 am

If Nesbitt wins the heisman… it will be because all other NCAA college football athletes were suspended due to agent/player infractions.

Wes

July 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

Tony,

I was wondering if you’ve read this article:
http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/jason-whitlock-expose-ncaa-not-reggie-bush-072210
I thought it was over the top. It still had some interesting concepts.

Your thoughts?

JB

July 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

This is one Dawg fan who is keeping a close eye on that Second game in Columbia…..I think we’ll be fine on Offense. Murray won’t be asked to do any heavy lifting early in the year, he’ll have a great supporting cast, but the Defense is anybody’s guess……….I think we will be better coached, better prepared, but we just won’t know until we see. Lot’s of folks around the SEC think this may be Spurrier’s best team since he’s been there, and he’s laying low…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

1) Spurrier doenst run his mouth because he doesnt have the damn talent to back his mouth up. HELLO! This aint UF circa 1996.

2)He plays UF tough b/c he coaches harder that when probably more than any other week. Do you not think that outsdie of Clemson is the single most important game to him on the schedule? HELLO!

3) USC plays UGA so tough b/c of the amount of talent the state produces. Every year USC will sign 3-5 players out of the state that the “State” school has perceptionally “overlooked”. The “diamond in the rough” caliber players are more than motivated when the two schools get together. There respect teammates feed off of this, thus the game always playing so hotly contested.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

Coffee = typo’s

Whoa Nellie

July 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Mr. College Football-At this point the only “Run” left in the Ole’ Ball Coach may be in his pantyhose. Coach definitely does not have the same fire in his belly that seems to stoke the great ones these days..sad..Wrong job..Timing just didn’t work out-He could have been at LSU, Tennessee, Alabama or Auburn..Wonder which ball coach we would be seeing. I would bet it would have been a circa mid-90’s version-witty, sarcastic and motivated version.

dawgdammit

July 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

nachos is in the toilet…where else would you look for that little sht?

LowerTheDrinkingAge

July 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Attitudes have changed. College kids today can no longer get away with the very same things that their parents and older generations got away with in college. And student/athletes suffer the greatest from this shift because, for some reason, we seem to hold them to the highest standard (because we’ve endowed them scholarships to perform for our pleasure). Zero Tolerance = Zero Common Sense. I seem to recall a discussion on this very subject not too long ago on this blog.

Chi Town Loser

July 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Hey Chi Town, roll over and take a look next to you. Nachos is the fat slob you were spooning with all morning.

Atlanta Jackets

July 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Nesbot the Robot, he’s the guy that just scored ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN on UGAy!!

Burn!

zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Nachos

July 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Chi town loser – that’s pretty funny….. go dawwwwgs right ???

7-5 redneck deal with it.

JB

July 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

I’ll say this about Tech……The country’s leading rushing team laying 39 yards of offense in the first half on Iowa in their bowl game was something to see….Whew……

Chi Town

July 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

Ha! Ha!

I own all u mutts. Can tell Im getting under that skin a little.

Just remember this……..

What’s that coming down the track?
The NCAA in Red and Black.
Ain’t nothing finer in the land,
than a drunk,fat,redneck,obnoxious Jawja fan(with red pants on)!

Go Dawgs, Sic ‘em! Woof Woof Woof!

Whoa Nellie

July 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

LowerThe DrinkingAge-You are correct..Things are no longer gently wept under the rug. In today’s society, these players/athletes need to realize that not only are they targeted by the coaches/schools for the talent on the field, they are also targeted by a slew of various and assundry folks off the field-including: wanna-be instant media hounds, opportunistic fans, other college students who’s goal is to provoke this athlete into situations, criminals and other crazy characters that our society is soo adept at producing these days.

Joey

July 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Spurrier used to drive me crazy with his winning, bragging, and rubbing UGA’s nose in it all. I still think he lacks some class.

The SOB knows how to win though. He never cheated, or sold his soul, in order to win it all, something a LOT of great college coaches had to resort to, in order to win it all – aw, alright I’ll name some names (remember I said cheated and/or sold their soul) – Barry Switzer, Danny Ford, Jackie Sherill, Lou Holtz, Bobby Bowden, Gene Stallings, Pete Carroll, et al.

Brian

July 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Can someone explain to me why everytime I read one of these blogs there is a Tech fan reminding us of a score that happened two seasons ago? Honestly that says a lot about a program that had a BCS team which lost to its biggest rival and still wants to talk about 2008. I doubt that bothers and UGA fans, but it sure makes the Tech ones look foolish.

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

Chi Town

I like the little rhyme. If you’d chill and cut a few words from the last line you’d have a neat little diddy. Then, see if you can add one more stanza as good as the edited first. Get back to us with the changes…

SecGuy

July 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

South Carolina will be improved relative to last year and will be more dangerous to anyone they play though it’s hard to pick them to win the division. They catch Georgia at a good time. Georgia’s new defense will not be as sound early in the season as it will be later. I can see them winning 9 games and with some breaks, possibly more.

1eyedJack

July 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

Ain’t gonna happen. Darth Visor and the Evil Empire finishes third in the east. Just not enough depth and they fade late in the season. Like always.

Mike

July 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

SC will win 8 or 9 games, and finish second in the east this year with wins over UGa, Tenn.

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

Brain-Please see the 9:01AM post to understand where their going with the 2008 score thing…

innocent bystander

July 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

When SS beat UT and Florida his first year at SC I thought oh no here we go.. VInce Dooley was the last UGA coach to beat them both in one year. Hard to believe Coach Dooley has been gone that long.

Chi Town

July 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

Thanks, GTDog!

I appreciate the feedback. Just hard to leave out the red pants part bc its so cool. I’ll continue to focus on this for the remainder of the day and follow back up with you before 5.

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

Chi Town-

Well, I think you can keep the red pants part in parenthesis, it’s not included in the rhyme. You just have too many words BEFORE the word “fan” in the lasr line…

PMC

July 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

Spurrier is a fantastic football coach. Does he have a run in him sure he does. The question is “Does he have a run in him at South Carolina”?

No I don’t think so, not without getting a quarterback who is capable of much more focus than the guys they have had.

They have terrific skill position players now, the other issue is that he can’t keep any of his best players in school long enough to really get the depth they need.

South Carolina just doesn’t have the numbers they need to sustain success. It’s not Spurrier’s fault. It’s Geography.

Mel Gibson's #1 fan

July 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

Hey GTDog – are you gay? Who else would take time out of their day to correct someone’s posts on a message board. Now run along nerd boy… your XBOX is waiting for you. P.S. 7-5 loser.

RomeDawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

No. His offense at Florida was based on his ability to “out athlete” everyone. That won’t happen at South Carolina. USC stands for U Suck Coach!

Evil Genius

July 23rd, 2010
10:07 am

————————–
Nesbitt for Heisman
————————–

GTDog

July 23rd, 2010
10:08 am

Hey MEL GIBSON’S #1 FAN! I’m sorry, but no, I’m not gay. And I don’t think Mel Gibson is either, is he? Man, a bad night for you all around. Better luck elsewhere…

5IML

July 23rd, 2010
10:17 am

S. Carolina is a coaching graveyard. But I do enjoy the Ol Ball Coach’s witty comments.

What’s the big deal with beating UT and Florida in the same year?

McDawg

July 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

I’m glad we get these guys early particularly this year-they look to have another stout D

DAWG Colonel

July 23rd, 2010
10:23 am

Love him or hate him, Spurrier is a true football statesman. He probably gets the most out of the least since Bear Bryant.

Unfortunately, he is in the SEC East. He may have one or two miracle seasons left but it takes a lifetime to change cultures and SC just doesn’t have it. But, I salute him for doing something there that no one has ever done before.

I’ll be watching on Sept. 11th and I expect the Dawgs to win a close one but I won’t be to surprised if SC wins. I have learned that you can never underestimate Spurrier. He is a winner in every aspect.

wufskins

July 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

As long as Garcia is his QB, they will be no better than a 6 or 7 win team.

AltamahaDawg

July 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

Was that a Robot Role call?

Dumbo

July 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

Atlanta Jackets & Nachos….guess what, I’m the APD that’s having both of your cars towed from in front of that favorite Tech watering hole…Swinging Richards….hah!!!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

Spurrier will always be remembered in the SEC and his short stint in the NFL. But lets face it, his career is slowly fading and maybe has 2-3 years left. USC will never be able to top the SEC East with UGA, UF, & UT.

Miles

July 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

South Carolina, Cal, and Clemson are, every year, the teams that are going to surprise the nation, but inevitably they don’t. Hopefully, the Spurrier proves us wrong this year.

Bear

July 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

He can’t win big there. No one can.

Mike the Tiger

July 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

Crimes have gotten worse, coach: armed robbery, stomping an off-duty cop, hit and run, beating up girlfriends, and, of course, drunk driving with naked women.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

July 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Atlanta Jacket — The next “TOUCHDOWN” that “Nesbot the Robot” scores against “UGAy” will be his first…..he has NEVER entered the endzone against “UGAy”….ever…..go look at the box scores loser…..0 TDs for “Robot” in all three games

By the way, I think the last time I used “burn!” I was 10. Nice.

SOGADOG

July 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Bulldawgs beware. If Spurrier can find a productive running back South Carolina will be dangerous.

from a UGA man, class of 71 & 73

July 23rd, 2010
12:06 pm

I will say that for all of but maybe 4 or 5 games with Florida, over the last 20 years, UGA has gone into the game thinking that we were are going to get beat. Enough said. They are tough until Florida hits a big one, then they usually slide into the negative mentality tank.

I know that to compete at that high level is tough but UGA does sign plenty of quality players. The thing is that Dooley with inferior kids ( for the most part, having to do with overall team speed ) would go into that game with a quiet confidence. It accelerated with the many years. Dooley understood that game was THE GAME. Things change over the years.

I think that today’s UGA coaches look at the season ( privately ) and hope that “well, if we only lose one to them and they maybe lose two, we can still “back into the SEC EAST thing. That is my humble opinion adn i am sure the UGA coaoches would reject that from a competitive standpoint.

Facts are that UGA needs to win about 5 or 6 of the next 12-15 years to fright this ship. Hell, I am 61.

If UGA wins this year, that will make it about 4 or 5 wins over the last 11 or 12 years and that is not so bad, given Florida’s successes. Am I wrong? Who else vs Florida over that same period has a better record? Hmmmmmmmm?? Let’s get on with it and start a new trend. Urban will be in rehab again anyway and they might have some down years, where we could do some damage.
Dad was a Gator too. Damn.

Go Dogs

GTax

July 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

Yes Tony, the Head Ball Coach is going to do quite well this year.

Just watch. I am by no means a USCe fan at all but one doesn’t have to be a complete idiot to see that it’s only a matter of time before Spurrier makes his move.

I am feeling it this year and next year.

Go Jackets!

GT

July 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

Paul Johnston reminds me a lot of Spurrier. Always underestimated, always out there somewhere but never welcomed to the table. They are geniuses at what they do and remind the rest of us how little we know about the game of football especially these so call experts that make a living at it. The season starts and every guru will look at Georgia’s schedule and skip over South Carolina like they are Vanderbilt. The game is played early every year and is a nail biter until the last minute, Georgia usually squeaks out a win and the next week is playing someone the press likes and this escape is quickly forgotten, leaving South Carolina looking like Vanderbilt or an easy win one more season. I am guessing this is the year Spurrier gets those two or three yards he needs to win. The press must think so too because they are actually giving him some due respect and don’t want egg on their face.

Mel Gibson's #1 Fan

July 23rd, 2010
12:15 pm

I NEED A WOMAN !!!!!!!!!!!

GTDog = very witty for a UGAG fan

Gator88

July 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Spurrier is done. I am suprised he didn’t quit last year. I loved him when he was at UF but in retrospect leaving in 2002 was a blessing-after we got rid of Zook. Spurrier was IT when he entered the SEC in 90 at age 45 but the game, the level of coaching, the hours of coaching that are required have all passed him by. Is he above averague-sure. Is he top 20….not so sure. Go Gators…….

Spike

July 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Spurrier was a great coach in his day. But his day is gone, and he is washed up. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Hank

July 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Spurrier has proven to simply be a beneficiary of superiror talent at Florida.

He just can’t coach.

Always gets 7 wins a year at South Carolina.

If he could coach, he could win with 1 star players.

if you don't know Nesbitt...

July 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

then you don’t know Jack…..NESBITT FOR HESIMAN

secondguesser

July 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

GEEZZZ……………………Those beat downs sure left a mark on the leghumpers!!!! This guy won a championship at DUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And he can’t coach?!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You people are STUUUUUUUUUUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if you don't know Nesbitt...

July 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

then you don’t know Jack..Nesbitt for Heisman

Spike

July 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Nesbitt idiot.. if we agree Nesbitt for Heisman, as idiotic as that is, will you give it a rest?

Dawg H8R

July 23rd, 2010
12:48 pm

If MarkRicht could coach,he’d win with 1 star players.
For now,he gets by with 4 and 5 star players!

Noisewater,UT fell below USC years ago.That’s why
Fat Phil Fulmer got run off.USC is a top recruiting
class(or two) away from being at the top.Has Jawja
been using Larry Munson to play for them?

Kids go to USC to play for a Hall of Fame coach,to
actually be coached AND required to go to class.

Tony,I’m surprised to even read this on Spurrier
and USC.UGA and ALA must be closed today.

I remember you laughing at USC,on tv and radio.
Doesn’t that make it harder for USC and easier for
Jawja?

Miles

July 23rd, 2010
10:46 am
South Carolina, Cal, and Clemson are, every year, the teams that are going to surprise the nation, but inevitably they don’t. Hopefully, the Spurrier proves us wrong this year.

Unlike Jawja,those SCHOOLS recruit STUDENT-ATHLETES.Jawja recruits
dummies.Period.

Bill

July 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

I don’t think Spurrier is that nice of a guy but if you love college football then you gotta love Spurrier.

Tide Rising

July 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

I used to hate Spurrier with a passion back in the 90s when he was ruling the SEC. In the last several years I’ve found myself to be one of his biggest fans. I guess it started with his constant needling of phat phil. The guy always has a good quip, his game face demeanors are downright hilarious at times, how can you not like the guy? Unless you’re a dawg or vol fan of course.

Would like to see him win the east for once for Carolina and compete for the SEC. This may be his best and only chance to do it. The east was always kinda boring just being mostly a one horse race with Florida and sometimes a 2 or 3 team race. But it was never more than a 2-3 team race ever in any given year. Would be great if Carolina could put together a run and make it interesting for once.

Damon Good Dog Evans

July 23rd, 2010
1:44 pm

I love the smell of red panties in the morning

Dawg H8R

July 23rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Appreciate that Tide Rising.You’re not Tony Barnhart are you?
How about Chris Smelley?

mike mooney,joe hamilton,reuben houston,robert hall,8outof9,nerdsnerdsnerds

July 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Tech traditions-gotta love them

SEC FAN

July 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

No one in this league should ever underestimate the “old Ball Coach”, especially Richt and UGA. Spurrier ain’t dead yet, no matter how many of you say or think he is.

Tide Rising

July 23rd, 2010
2:13 pm

DawgH8R,

Chris Smelley? I heard he’s doing okay on our baseball team. I guess he just didn’t have what Spurrier needs in a qb and transferred back to Bama to be closer to his brother and play baseball which is probably what he should have done all along. Funny thing is that if he had stayed at Carolina and just concentrated on baseball he would have a national championship ring. Ironic huh?

You would have to be one tough and thick skinned kid to be a qb under Spurrier. I remember Spurrier used to yank a qb if he made just one errant pass or poor play. And of course he would have his usual scowl or throw the visor when that qb did screw up. Anyway, I’m hoping he gets it done this year except of course when we come calling. BTW, I have the Carolina game as the most likely game that we get upset in.

Dawg H8R

July 23rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Tide Rising,Columbia will be electric when you
guys come here. Try the BBQ at Bessingers,Hudson’s.
There are a few more,I’ll drop the names later. Tell Saban
to be ready,because I really think the toughest games
for us will be ALA and AUB.

I really thought Smelley was playing well 2 years ago,his
numbers were good.Maybe behind the scenes there was
something said to him,and he couldn’t handle it.I didn’t
want to see him go.

5IML

July 23rd, 2010
2:30 pm

H8R,

I was in Columbia a few years ago for the Troy game and had a great time. I know it will be even more electric for the BAMA game. Hopefully, we, BAMA fans, will feel like partying into the wee hours of the night that Saturday.

Tide Rising

July 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

DawgH8R,

I went to Columbia 3 years ago for the Thursday night game with AU which was ranked #1 at the time. My two best friends just happen to be Aubbies and one of them had tickets so we drove over, tailgated, saw the game. Had a great time and yes it was an electric atmosphere. Night games in the SEC always have that special feel. I’ll always remember it not just cause we had a great time but because its the only game I’ve ever seen where one team had the ball the entire quarter. Au got the ball in the 3rd qtr, scored, did an onsides and got it back. 2 long drives that consumed all of 15 minutes and SC never had the ball the entire qtr. Extremely unusual. Don’t know that I’ll ever see that again in my life. Was also a close game that went down to the wire 24-17 AU.

Dawg RR

July 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Spurrier doesn’t have the talent to ever win at USC—they may finish 2nd or 3rd in the east, but that’s it. They’ll get blown out by Georgia and Florida and lose 2 more games and end up in another minor bowl.

juice sourcer

July 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

Going to bowl games means nothing…everyone does…winning 35 in 5 years for the 1st time…well, they play a 12 game or 13 game schedule….South Carolina is and always will be one of the most pathetic college football programs even with the great Steve Spurrier.

juice sourcer

July 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Another thing…how do teams like TCU, Utah, Boise State develop big time national programs and SC can’t. One reason is that Columbia, SC sucks as a town…errr…city…Athens, Clemson, etc. are cool towns to go to school at or you can choose a great city like Atlanta or Miami…Columbia ain’t got nothing to offer a big time recruit…except getting beat more times than not. Loser school, horrible city…I was there on business the other day and I though I had gone to hell it was so hot….they do have a lot of wing joints and barbeque joints that may attract the great high school ball players though.

Columbia

July 23rd, 2010
4:30 pm

You saw it here first:

South Carolina 31
Georgia 24

It will be glorious, stomping our hobnail boots in the dawgs’ face.

Sally M

July 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

SC will put a serious hurt on Georgia this year and knock them into 3rd place in the division!

Evan

July 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

If he had stayed at UF all this time, he would have come very close to surpassing bryant.

JP

July 23rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Dawgs you better hope Grantham finds someone that can slow down Alshon Jeffrey or it might be a long day in Columbia for your defense. I gurantee Spurrier will have this team fired up and ready on Sept 11th.

Spike

July 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

How come my posts are getting blocked?

UGA_Alum_93

July 23rd, 2010
5:36 pm

Chicken Curse will keep him from it. 110+ years of losing in Columbia and a washed up 60+ year old coach isn’t going to change that…just ask Lou Holtz.

Spurrier is SO overrated.

July 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

Since the SEC figured out his pass happy offense, he has declined. Look at the records. Most of his SEC championships came in the first half of his FL tenure. What the F has he done since at Wash or SC.

And the FL thing was a joke. 6-5 in bowls. Are you serious?

dawgone

July 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

UGA has had “best” recruits in country for past umpteen years but can’t do diddly squat on the field. Their redneck fans haven’t got anything better to do than piss their pants over what USC might do to them year after year. USC are current National Champs and UGA just another also ran. Quit your whimpering and whining, fire all your coaches, send all your players to jail where they belong and come back to reality. UGA is just what thr reporter from the Orlando Sentinel said; “the most overrated program in the country.” Sorry

P City

July 23rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Nope, Spurrier doesn’t have 1 year left. South Carolina is like the Browns in the NFL, Bill Billacheck coudn’t turn around a losing mentality. If Lou Holtz, master energizer, couldn’t ressurrect the program, then nobody can.

Spurrier just seems like a cynical, megative cry baby. Always whing about his team. It obviously isn’t effective, but he keeps on doing it.

dawgone

July 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

P City is an idiot. Lou Holz and USC had back to back wins in the Outback Bowl over Ohio State which, by the way, went on to win the National Championship the following year. What USC doesn’t have is a bunch of cheaters like OSU and other teams that regularly win big. USC has been winning over the past 10 years but hasn’t broken through to the top level. The reason this hasn’t happened is because Carolina’s recruit ranking has generally been around 25th or worse. You can’t recruit big until you win big and it’s a viscious cycle. This all boils down to high schoolers who want instant gratification and stardom. Holz and Spurrier have down the best that could be done with lesser recruits while almighty Georgia on the other hand has taken the best recruits year in and year out and then they suck on the field. Thats because you had an AD who was out drinking and driving like the rest of your sorry university. Face the facts you idiots. You are losers and always will be while USC is taking the next step. They are national champs in baseball. Where was terrific Georgia? Home watching on tv with a drink in hand most likely. Face it, your glory days are over and you are fiddling while Athens burns.

Dawgboy

July 23rd, 2010
8:20 pm

Yeah, he’s got another big run or two in him. Unfortunately for us. Don’t feel good about our game at all. They are going to be fired up and we will be there with our new QB and a defense that I think Spurrier is probably licking his chops over already only because the scheme is so new. Definitely got more life in the Ol’ Ball Coach.

Dawgdom

July 23rd, 2010
8:20 pm

I wish we would loose some of our fans. I am embarrassed by many who underestimate SSpurrier. Probably the under 30 crowd who run their mouths all the time.

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

July 23rd, 2010
8:47 pm

Spurrier is a great coach. If he were still at Florida he would have 3 National Championships. How many coaches actually leave their Alma Mater to coach at a rival University? This has to be a real embarrassment to the Florida Gators. It’s no wonder Gator Fans have so much animosity towards other teams in the SEC.

UGA_Alum_93

July 23rd, 2010
9:15 pm

Yeah right Dawggone we have done nothing in recent years. How ’bout 3 BCS Bowls in the 2000’s and #3 finish in 2002 and #2 finish in 2007. How ’bout South Cackalacki? In fact, your greatest year in your pathetic history was 1984 and even that year you didn’t finish in the top 10. How pathetic is that….NOT EVEN A TOP 10 FINISH IN YOUR HIIIISSSSSSTTTTTTOOOOORRRRRRYYYYYYY. Just give up South Carolina and keep polishing that 1969 ACC Championship trophy.

polskidawg

July 23rd, 2010
9:43 pm

“Does Spurrier have one more big run left in him?” – No.

At least, not at USC. He’s done remarkably well there, but with little in-state talent and little history of success, USC will likely never be a year-to-year contender.

UF, UA, AU, LSU, UT and UGA have no excuse for not being contenders every year.

dawgone

July 23rd, 2010
10:15 pm

UGA Alum 93 probably didn’t ever graduate from Dawgville that’s why you parade your moniker around like a big fat dawg turd around your redneck. The only big season UGA had was while you were still in diapers and I never said I was rooting for USC I was just stating facts about Spurrier and his team. And your big season as was pointed out by Mike Bianchi was all due to a fluke play.

Dawgdom

July 23rd, 2010
10:16 pm

polskidawg, he is loaded this year & we need to respect that and be concerned. Agree, year after year he won’t get the talent. He has it now, however.

Dawgdom

July 23rd, 2010
10:19 pm

Are you 12, dawgone? And, Bianchi is credible? Get lost. Past your bed time

GayGrayGeek

July 23rd, 2010
10:35 pm

Dawg H8R – We used to live on the east side of Columbia near Spring Valley H.S., and lovedLovedLOVED Little Pigs B-B-Q on Alpine Rd. at Percival. I heard they had a fire earlier this year – did they ever reopen? ‘Cause if they did, and you want some GOOOOOOOOOOOOD ‘cue, head over close to Ft. Jackson.

college football

July 23rd, 2010
11:42 pm

Tax Jacket your an yellow idiot, just like your school.

uuugh

July 24th, 2010
1:57 am

I love Steve Spurrier…he is good for College Football. He is good for the Sports Page. He is an outstanding offensive coach. I worry about SC when they get a good DC. Ellis Johnson might be the man…and as a UGA fan that sucks to think about!

I know that Spurrier will always put more effort into beating UGA than any other school. The two school’s proximity and the familiarity between players will keep the USC UGA game close forever. How in THE hell USC plays UF tougher than UGA is beyond me.

After watching Spurrier put up 50 on us in Athens…just because he could, I love to watch him lose. I love to watch him struggle. I love to watch him get angry.

None the less he is good for College Football.

Dawgonit

July 24th, 2010
4:21 am

We didn’t see Kenny Miles (GA. boy), Alshon Jeffrey (superstar in the making) or Lattimore last year. It will be totally different than the team that put 37 on us last year-better. Culliver, Auguste, Matthews, Abijoye and Robertson should keep Bobo up at night. They have Sapp and Robertson coming off of injuries to offset the loss of Norwood. Won’t be surprised to see USC win and win big. Lots of pent up frustration. Oh, and Lakatos was the beneficiary of 12 documented drops in the pizza bowl on that ice cold day. He won’t be so lucky in September.

That OL that has been so bad just has to be better. Hellsbells they are all seniors.

EgginDawg

July 24th, 2010
5:41 am

No matter what year it is S. Carolina fans claim “this is the year”. Call me whatever you want but until you actually do something, ANYTHING, then keep your mouth shut. SOS has proven he was a great coach. I haven’t seen ANYTHING since he got to Columbia that proves he is one now. Every year USuC pins all of the hopes and dreams on beating GA and almost every year they fail. We haven’t been great lately, but still good enough to beat Cackalaky. Is that something to really brag about?

j

July 24th, 2010
9:23 am

spurrier got the runs? :) doggammitt what’d he eat over there in south carolina?

I bet it was one of them fancy seafood restaurants.

spurrier is done. not enough horses.

Lame name goes here

July 24th, 2010
11:13 am

Hmmm so the”thug” Players are no different than players from before. Just get away with less. Who would have thunk it!?

Call IT

July 24th, 2010
3:05 pm

Most of you are MORONS as you would gladly have Spurrier as your head coach and yet all you want to do is bash the guy.

BTW, the guy backs up what he says. I would gladly have him coach my kid and have him as a head coach again at Florida! He is a true WINNER!

Enough Said!

messin with sasquatch

July 24th, 2010
4:55 pm

how can we change the subject to uga? hmmmm

Hey Joey

July 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

Joey says, “The SOB knows how to win though. He never cheated, or sold his soul, in order to win it all, something a LOT of great college coaches had to resort to, in order to win it all – aw, alright I’ll name some names (remember I said cheated and/or sold their soul) – Barry Switzer, Danny Ford, Jackie Sherill, Lou Holtz, Bobby Bowden, Gene Stallings, Pete Carroll, et al.”
Hey Joey…Vince Dooley!!!

Hey Joey

July 24th, 2010
6:28 pm

So glad you puppies got Richt, average coach at best, instead of Spurrier, great coach! It would be impossible to stand all the bragging and woofing about all your SEC and national championships he would’ve won for you in the same time frame.

Florida Dawg

July 25th, 2010
12:19 am

If Spurrier could recruit at South Carolina he would be in the hunt every year and would have already won an SEC Championship.
SC does not have the pull that he had at UF…for him, it’s the program.
If he where at UGA or Tenn, he would have already won an SEC Championship and most likely a National Championship. If he was at Vandy or let’s say, Miss State..he would be where he is today.
Sadly, he can beat UGA any year coaching at a school that is not on our level.
He has proven he can get it done.

Scaley Dog

July 25th, 2010
1:23 am

To paraphrase the Channel 2 News Team, “I hate you Steve Spurrier, but By God, I respect you.”

Lumpkin Street Larry

July 25th, 2010
8:47 am

May South Carolina should go into the minor leagues and join the ACC. But wait…do they play football?

Shadrach

July 25th, 2010
10:00 am

Wow, Tony. Waxing nostalgic? Does Carolina have any returning starters on the OL? Any replacements for the Brinkley’s? It just doesn’t look like he’s got a fully complemented team with depth and experience anywhere except the skill positions. That’s not a recipe for a successful season in college football.

POAD

July 25th, 2010
11:53 am

Steve has a lot of runs in him. Like to the john as he gets older and to the golf course. In football not so many.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

July 25th, 2010
2:12 pm

Nesbit for heisman

That says it all about the stupidity of Tech fans or should I say delusional Tech fans

Delbert D.

July 25th, 2010
6:14 pm

I don’t buy the fade late in the season this year. They have some quality young guys in the 2-deep. They can win 5 of the last 7. Florida looks like a loss, and pick Arkansas or Clemson for the other.

hop

July 25th, 2010
6:30 pm

ole steve is a “has been” he has not won anything since he left florida,with total failures at washington and now with carolina.

he is just drawing a huge salary and his record at carolina is about the same as all other wanna bees that have tried their hand at usc.
this year will be no different, they might beat uga,but they will lose later on as the season progresses since they have little depth!

Delbert D.

July 25th, 2010
6:39 pm

Questions about returning players. Arkansas and South Carolina are #2 and #3 in the nation with 83.10% of lettermen returning.

Other schools of interest (contenders):
#10 UNC 78.00%
#16 Ga. Tech 77.10%
#51 Clemson 71.80%
#52 Miami 71.80%
#55 Auburn 71.40%
#63 FSU 70.50%
#90 Georgia 66.20%

Source: Phil Steele

Auburn Man

July 25th, 2010
6:44 pm

I cannot imagine spending as much time on Bama posts as these looser Tech boys do on UGA posts. I guess when they have nothing to look forward to they’re just frustrated. Kinda like they were in school, bunch a boys with no dates.

Delbert D.

July 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

That post was accidentally truncated (missed the 2nd column):

Questions about returning players. Arkansas and South Carolina are #2 and #3 in the nation with 83.10% of lettermen returning.

Other schools of interest (SEC-ACC contenders):
#10 UNC 78.00%
#16 Ga. Tech 77.10%
#51 Clemson 71.80%
#52 Miami 71.80%
#55 Auburn 71.40%
#59 LSU 70.80%
#63 FSU 70.50%
#90 Georgia 66.20%
#101 VaTech 63.90%
#105 Florida 63.60%
#109 Alabama 63.10%

Who was #1? Boise State 91.70%, 20 of 22 starters.
Source: Phil Steele

Delbert D.

July 25th, 2010
6:49 pm

Hmmm…this is a Spurrier/South Carolina post.

The rival feces-slinging baboon tribes migrate to any blog, no matter what the subject is.

Auburn Man

July 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

Well you are correct. However I see more Dogs than anyone else here, on an AJC article so…I do stand corrected but the my point is still valid.

RedandBlack

July 25th, 2010
7:01 pm

Ball coach reminds me of the old saying, “keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.” I like him over at SC but I sure don’t want him getting our recruits. Any kind of talent and he’ll ruin somebody’s day or even year.

Jesse James

July 25th, 2010
9:46 pm

I hope he stays in for a while longer. I love to beat him. He is good for college football and the job he did at Duke is one of the greatest college football stories there is.

Atlanta Gator

July 27th, 2010
12:14 pm

Spurrier is already a shoe-in for the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. The minimum requirements are 10 seasons and a .600 winning percentage. He’s got that covered and then some.

As we all know, Spurrier is already in the Hall for his exploits as a player. The double induction as a coach is merely gilding the lily anyway.

Ed

August 2nd, 2010
2:05 pm

RE: “USC plays UGA so tough b/c of the amount of talent the state produces. Every year USC will sign 3-5 players out of the state that the “State” school has perceptionally “overlooked”. The “diamond in the rough” caliber players are more than motivated when the two schools get together. There respect teammates feed off of this, thus the game always playing so hotly contested.”

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Those aren’t ‘diamond in the rough’ type players. That’s not the correct phrase to describe players who were overlooked. If they were diamonds, they wouldn’t have been overlooked, get it? Under-the-radar would’ve been more appropriate.

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Slamiejate

August 4th, 2010
8:44 pm

“The Head (Ol’) Ball Coach?”

Please, for goodness sake, stop using his self-assigned title. Call him Steve. As in Stevie wonder why he is still coaching.

Spurrier has not done a thing since the mid-1990s. He had a shot at the NC in 2001 and lost at home to UT. That’s right, he LOST his last SEC game AT HOME to UT when the NC was on the line. CYa Stevie.

He then quit, went to the NFL and revealed himself as the coach that he is…overrated.

He then was fired, yup fired, by the Skins and ended up at Carolina where he has produced exactly…. squat.

I have been telling you USC-G fans that the sooner you get rid of that bum the sooner you can move on. He will not produce for you. Never.

Slamiejate

August 4th, 2010
8:50 pm

I am not sure what the ratio below means. Does it mean their players are not ready to head to the NFL?

Experience (my fourth year here) does not equal talent. BSU, btw, could not stand a season in the SEC. Look at the depth chart and size. lol.

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That post was accidentally truncated (missed the 2nd column):

Questions about returning players. Arkansas and South Carolina are #2 and #3 in the nation with 83.10% of lettermen returning.

Other schools of interest (SEC-ACC contenders):
#10 UNC 78.00%
#16 Ga. Tech 77.10%
#51 Clemson 71.80%
#52 Miami 71.80%
#55 Auburn 71.40%
#59 LSU 70.80%
#63 FSU 70.50%
#90 Georgia 66.20%
#101 VaTech 63.90%
#105 Florida 63.60%
#109 Alabama 63.10%

Who was #1? Boise State 91.70%, 20 of 22 starters.
Source: Phil Steele