Spurrier should take lesson from Richt on handling criticism

For two coaches of top ranked programs, Steve Spurrier and Mark Richt seem at opposite ends in terms of perspective and dealings with media. (Phil Skinner/AJC)

For two coaches of top-ranked programs, Steve Spurrier and Mark Richt seem to reside at opposite ends in perspective and their respective dealings with the media. (Phil Skinner/AJC)

Over the past few seasons, Mark Richt has had no shortage of reasons to put his fist through a wall, terrorize secretaries and assistant coaches or erupt in a news conference, as if Athens’ own little Mt. Vesuvius.

He has suspended players for poor academics, poor driving habits and poor choice of herbal supplements (in or outside of brownies). Several prize recruits have been excommunicated for assorted acts of dumbness. His job security has come into question. He works in a conference where five other schools have won BCS titles. And, on a lesser note, his athletic director was fired for drunk driving.

But notice something about Mark Richt? He seldom seems stressed. He isn’t storming out of news conferences when he sees a columnist he doesn’t like (really?), or blathering on the radio about making progress in trying to get a guy fired (fantasy).

As Richt said Tuesday, “I don’t think I’m totally Teflon, but there’s not much anybody can say that can get me bent out of shape.”

Richt lives in one universe.

Steve Spurrier holds his breath in the other.

It’s an interesting contrast of coaches this week. Georgia plays South Carolina. Both are 5-0 and top 10 teams. But Richt clearly is enjoying the moment – and he can be seen this week in a series of humorous ESPN commercials – while Spurrier is acting like a whining, petulant second-grader, carrying on a battle with local sports columnist Ron Morris, whom he’s convinced is out to get him.

Richt chuckled Tuesday when asked about Spurrier, saying, “I heard about him leaving the news conference,” but he generally refrained from comment.

But Richt will tell you that he has changed. Few college coaches have had more reasons to be stressed, but he seldom shows it. (He and I had a minor flare up several years back that was blown out of proportion — geez, I really hate the media — but it was cleared up that same day.)

“I know that most criticism is pointed toward the coach, not necessarily the person,” he said. “If I’ve ever felt something became more of a personal attack, there have been times when I’ve talked to people privately. Or if a guy beats up on a player more than I think he should, I’ll get sensitive about that once in a while. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s still momentary light affliction, like Apostle Paul talks about. It doesn’t last.

“I know when my wife had cervical cancer, if that doesn’t put life in perspective, what does? There are just things bigger than whether I’m the head coach at Georgia, or whether anybody thinks I’m smart or not smart, or a good coach or a bad coach. I know I’ve got a job to do, and I want to know that the process I go through in that job is one I can live with when I go to sleep at night.”

Richt and Spurrier both have their moral compasses. Spurrier’s just spins a little more.

He lost supporters with his constant enabling of former quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was “suspended” five times, yet somehow never managed to miss a game (until the university finally dismissed him). Spurrier was indignant when asked about the perception that he was soft on issues pertaining to alcohol. He told The State: “There is something that they can always pick at you about. … If the president and A.D. say, ‘Man, you are too soft on that,’ then they will get another coach here,” he told The State.)

His recent radio vent lost other supporters.

Spurrier’s objective, of course, is to unify his fan base and cultivate the us-against-the-world mentality. It’s not uncommon. His power and ego ran unchecked at Florida because he was winning SEC titles and seldom was criticized.

But when somebody’s constant response to any criticism becomes, “I’ll just [retire and] and go to the beach,” it’s clear he has lost all perspective.

Richt has been through the wringer of a 6-7 season, a 7-9 record in the SEC over two years and last season’s 0-2 start.

“I’m enjoying coaching more now — but, I mean, we’re winning a lot more,” he said.

Of criticism, he said: “When somebody critiques me, I try to filter the information, regardless of whether I think the person is mean-spirited or sweet-spirited, because the guy might be right. I may not give him credit from a pride standpoint, but sometimes there’s validity to it.”

It seems like a healthier perspective than threatening to quit or get somebody fired.

By Jeff Schultz

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372 comments Add your comment

DP

October 2nd, 2012
9:38 pm

Jeff, I just came across this in the weekly ratings column at SI.com by Andy Staples, who I think is one of the best college football writers anywhere. As I’m sure you’re aware he played for Spurrier at Florida.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/andy_staples/10/02/college-football-power-rankings-week-5/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a0

“As for Spurrier vs. Ron Morris of The State, both guys are wrong. Morris has repeatedly gone negative at times when there was little negative to be found, and his comparison on a radio show of Spurrier’s two-day refusal to take questions from the media to the Penn State situation crossed the line. Spurrier, meanwhile, said enduring harsh — and often unfair — criticism isn’t part of the job. Spurrier has been a head coach in the SEC for 19 years. Of course it’s part of the job. It’s part of the reason there are so many zeros at the end of each check. As for punishing the rest of the media because he’s mad at Morris, that’s silly. You make the entire team run wind sprints when someone screws up because peer pressure can build discipline within a team. But reporters and columnists are all on different teams. Punishing everyone because you’re mad at one guy sours your relationship with everyone. Even scarier is the thought that a newspaper might cave to the demands of a football coach. Spurrier is well within his rights to complain, but it’s bad business to start firing people because a powerful person disagrees with critical coverage. Football doesn’t matter in the grand scheme, but what happens when it’s the mayor or the governor making the demands? Does the paper cave then, too?”

I agree with the issue of a newspaper caving to pressure, but Staples characterizes Morris as going negative when there was nothing to go negative about. A recent column I read by Morris giving his side of the story never even mentioned the Ellington story. If you had been publicly accused by a high profile coach of making up a story, would you not respond to that?

And I don’t have an issue with Morris saying he doesn’t think Shaw should have played against UAB. I do have an issue with his insinuation that Spurrier is more concerned about winning that about the health of one of his players. Spurrier knew they didn’t need Shaw to beat UAB and had Shaw not been cleared by the team doctor and told Spurrier he was ready to play, there’s no way he would have played him. And as Staples notes, Morris referencing the Penn State situation was completely out of line. At least Morris later acknowledged that and apologized, which is apparently more than he did on the Ellington story.

Ole Big Dawg

October 2nd, 2012
9:45 pm

Yep so why build no statue……mindless redneck jibberish..

Football Mom

October 2nd, 2012
9:48 pm

I’m neither a Gamecock nor a Dawg, but I would not want my sons to play for Spurrier. I’d be thrilled to have them play for a coach like Mark Richt or Dabo Swinney. College lasts for 4 to 5 years, but the lessons they learn as young men last a lifetime. I would prefer my boys be led by men of character, not egotistical maniacs. You don’t have to be a complete jack ass to be a good coach. Let him take his ball and go to the beach. South Carolina can find and hire someone else. He’s not the only winning coach available.

kingdaddy

October 2nd, 2012
9:58 pm

This says it all: Lil stevie suspended Steven Garcia 5 times, BUT HE NEVER MISSED A GAME, LOL…What a joke and a dispised human being who will grab one of his own players by the facemask, (BTW a 15 yard penalty) and embarrass him in front of 80,000/90,000 fans and National TV. What a jerk. He is a terrible role model. Too bad the University of SC cares more about winning a game, than they do the kids in their charge. Bunch of sell-outs…

Smake Doc

October 2nd, 2012
9:58 pm

How many N.C.’s has the CEO won????

Anyone???

Bueller Bueller Bueller

NONE!!!!!!!!!!

kingdaddy

October 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm

What is the difference between a bucket of crap and a Gamecocks fan? The bucket…

jalex48

October 2nd, 2012
10:25 pm

I took the time today to go to the South Carolina’s football site and listen to Coach Spurrior interview with the media and then to Georgia’s site and listened to Coach Richt interview with the media. Trying not to be bias I wanted to see what what was being said about the coaches view of the other team for this up-coming game.

I was expecting both coaches to compliment the play of the opposing team but still maintaining how bad they wanted to win? I was struct by how Coach Richt spoke of South Carolina and how they have played.. It was very positive and complimentary.

When Coach Spurrier was asked about Georgia and it’s defense, he “smirked” and basically dismissed any conversation of Georgia . He basically spoke of how his team played poorely against Kentucky in the first half of their game , but regained it’s composure and subsequently defeated Kentucky.

I found his discussion of the game between his team and Kentucky reasonable and appropriate. I just couldn’t get out of my mind why no discussion of Georgia?

After some time I came to believe the character of both coaches were on display and that Coach Richt displayed respect and consideration toward South Carolina and it’s players. Coach Spurrier showed his disdain for Georgia, it’s player and most of all it’s coach! it was a slap in the face of Georgia, it’s players, it’s coaches.

I hope Georgia will earn his respect this weekend!

Ghost

October 2nd, 2012
10:30 pm

Spurriers record at SC, Only at traditional-less SC would he be considered their best coach ever.
5-6 losses 5 years iun a row gets you fired everywhere but Vandy.

2011 11 2
2010 9 5
2009 7 6
2008 7 6
2007 6 6
2006 8 5
2005, Alabama had to vacate a win due to a textbook scandal, but opponents records are unchanged.
2005 7 5

heeldawg

October 2nd, 2012
10:35 pm

Okay, in summation:

1. Spurrier is a great coach. He’s also a petulant baby, and will do anything to win a ball game. If you told him he’ d beat Georgia this weekend if he’d dig up his mother’s body and eat it, he’d do it in a heartbeat.

2. Richt is a good coach–but an even better man. Anyone who accuses him of being soft on discipline either does not know him or does not understand the situation in Athens. Unlike Spurrier (or Urban Meyer, or Les Miles, or Gene Chizik), Richt does not hesitate to suspend a player for actual game time or dismiss a player from the program when there is a violation of team rules. Has he won a national title yet? No. Will he at some point? Perhaps so, or perhaps not. But will there ever be a Joe Paterno-type situation at U.Ga. on Richt’s watch? Absolutely not. Where your priorities are determines your position on this sort of issue. If you believe in a win-at-all-costs philosophy where the rules are there to be bent to the breaking point, if you believe that winning football games is more important than teaching young men to be responsible adults and good citizens, if you believe that sweeping things under the rug is better than airing them out, then Richt is not your guy.

dbc

October 2nd, 2012
10:39 pm

It’s really very simple. Spurrier is an immature, insecure, hypocrite, Richt is not.

jocrazy

October 2nd, 2012
10:47 pm

its all about ga.beating his ass his senior yr.

Dawg Whisperer

October 2nd, 2012
10:51 pm

Wet Willie…keep on smiling

October 2nd, 2012
7:29 pm
The Old Ball Coach has beat the living crap of UGA for years and he owns you! Put Richt at USCe and see what he record would be! You UGA fans talk a great game but you don’t play at that level. One trophy in 75 years but to listen to you one would think you invented football. 1980 is all you got. Get of Steve’s azz.
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…And Richt owns Saban… keep smiling.

Dawg Whisperer

October 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

Wet Willie…keep on smiling

October 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm
Cdpridge…typical redneck UGA fan….1980 and that will never change. Steve owns you.
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There is an old saying, “it takes one to know one.” Keep smiling.

saywhat?

October 2nd, 2012
10:57 pm

As bad as cock fans want a national title, I still can’t believe they can justify Spurrier’s attempts to stifle a journalist, hack or not, who criticizes him. Has any other coach ever done that? Shut up and do your job, and let the journalists do theirs. You want to head to the beach? I’ll even buy you a metal detector.

Dawg Whisperer

October 2nd, 2012
10:58 pm

Wet Willie…keep on smiling

October 2nd, 2012
9:09 pm
Oh there is standards for newspaper writer’s no doubt however anyone meets them.
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And what are your standards… more negativity and insults? Keep smiling.

Thomas Brown

October 2nd, 2012
10:59 pm

_________________________
“HEALTHIER PERSPECTIVE”
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Are we judging a head football coach on a “healthier perspective” in life situations, or what is better as a football coach, Jeff ?

Today, in the Tuesday Media Day Interview, Mark Richt said the kids live to dream to play in games like this, in response to his possible Game # 17 against a team making the Top 10. The head football coach, whose record stands at 3 Wins in 16 games over 12 years, is just # 8 of just SEC teams vs teams who made Top 10 in the Mark Richt era.

“It’s fun. It’s exciting, Mark Richt replied to the reporter saying that Mark Richt has played in a lot of these games through the years. “It’s nice,” Mark Richt went on to say “to be in the middle of the college football world with all eyes on us. You can’t focus on it; but it’s definitely a good place to be.”

Instead of being excited and talking about having fun as a football coach, wouldn’t a “healthier perspective” on his possible 17th game like this Saturday, be that : “We’ve won 3 games out of 16 against teams who made the top 10 in my 12 years here now. Too often, we’ve come in to these contests too hyped-up, or looking to have fun while our top opponents have taken us to the cleaner like no other SEC team in my tenure here. It’s something we have to change about what we’ve been doing. If we win Saturday, and with all the games coming up for South Carolina against us, and Clemson and LSU, there is a probability that South Carolina rather than us, will end up outside the Top 10. Still in a season in which this really is the only game we’re going to play all regular season long against a team this good, I’d like to GATA. I think the players are tired of hearing me say that it’s no fun losing all these games, being # 8 in The SEC during my tenure against teams making the Top 10. That it’s not exciting to watch my players un-prepared with no discipline, and as much as I’d like to be their friends I tell them when they are recruits, I am focused on winning the football game, and fixing all these issues against all these lesser teams. Our players should play focused every week, even though all we’ve played is 5 unranked teams, not teams who make the Top 10 – or, even the Top 25 even. Surely, Florida has a tough road to hoe coming-up, too. Florida plays us, South Carolina, LSU and Florida State. What are their chances of making the Top 10 ? Non-existent. South Carolina, either. But, we have a chance. This is our best shot in my 12 years here. This is our ONLY GAME 2012 regular season, by stark contrast with both of their schedules.”

“I do not want the focus of the college football world to be on watching us and seeing what we do, but on our own players and my coaching staff, stepping-up and beating this 1 opponent. They’ve beat us twice in a row now, and Steve Spurrier can even-up his record at South Carolina against me at 4-4 since he took over there in 2005. He’s taken a lot of shots at me over these years since 2005. About how I recruit far better here in this state of Georgia than he does there in that state of South Carolina. And, yet here we are : Steve O. Spurrier can tie the record against my better talented teams all these years. Certainly, we’ve given the games away not being focused as a coaching staff and as a team.”

You laud him for it, when this is the very aspect of his performance as head football coach, that is instead his biggest criticism. I don’t care about getting along with him. We’re Top 10 College Football Program All-Time in WINS. We don’t go out and win only 3 games in 12 years against 16 teams making the Top 10. This is intolerable to be # 8 of just SEC teams in the Mark Richt era against teams who make the Top 10. Objectionable. Disgraceful. Appalling. Dreadful. Unforgiveable.

A “healthier perspective” as a football coach is to point out how poorly we’ve played winning but 3 games against teams who made the Top 10 in the Mark Richt era, good for # 8 in The SEC in his tenure here now. I don’t give a rat’s behind about how much fun the kids have, or how excited Mark Richt is either about playing teams who did last year make the Top 10. I want to beat them; that’s my focus. We don’t have the right mindset as a coaching staff for our top recruits in games against teams who make the Top 10. He needs to get mad. He needs to tell the players it is unacceptable to be excited about being the focus of the college football world this week, and go out there and GATA. It’s what missing with this football program # 8 in The SEC in the entire Mark Richt era against teams who make the Top 10. GATA.

LakeDawg

October 2nd, 2012
11:03 pm

Spurrier and Richt are two different personalities. They are who they are. Richt has cultivated personal discipline and Spurrier is a hodgepodge of neuroticism. Spurrier has his good points. He’s extremely honest and relative to others in the coaching profession, he runs a clean program. However, being neurotic, he wants complete control and was given that at UF, because of his success. He learned a bad lesson there. Now he’s trying to control the press in Columbia. He would make a good dictator, but he’s fighting a losing battle. The only state where a coach can control the media is Alabama.

Thomas Brown

October 2nd, 2012
11:14 pm

Isn’t that what Mark Richt is trying to do, here ?

LakeDawg

October 2nd, 2012
11:18 pm

Thomas Brown

As someone who has been very critical of Richt over the years, I have to say you are becoming tiresome. I’ve been critical of Richt, because I love UGA. However, he is our coach for this year and nothing can change that. Its one thing to constantly criticize Richt when they’re having a bad season, but when the harangue continues through a 5-0 start with possibly a special season unfolding tells me that your hate of Richt is more important to you than your love of UGA. You need to get a grip.

kingdaddy

October 2nd, 2012
11:20 pm

It’s a full-moon and Thomas Brown has escaped again. Get the nets boys…

kingdaddy

October 2nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Thomas
The guys in the “white suits” are going to find you again. You know you aren’t allowed on a computer anymore…

ballcoach

October 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

spurrier had a longstanding, bitter feud with a sportswriter in florida when he coached UF, Larry Guest at the orlando sentinel, over some criticism in his first year or two. Spurrier never forgot it and wouldn’t speak to him.

LakeDawg

October 2nd, 2012
11:29 pm

ballcoach

Good point. Spurrier never lets a grudge go. He still hates UGA. Can’t even bring himself to compliment them. Even though that is SOP for coaches to compliment the team they are going to play. Even when he seemingly does compliment them it is backhanded. He said the freshmen RB’s were impressive, but quickly followed that up with the comment that UT must not be very good tacklers. LOL

saywhat?

October 2nd, 2012
11:39 pm

Based on the comments, I guess the bottom line is that Spurrier has loads of talent, a giant ego, and no class. Does that sum it up?

Thomas Brown

October 2nd, 2012
11:41 pm

LakeDawg June 17th, 2012 12:25 am

“I do not have faith in Richt as a coach. I don’t think were destined to underachieve”

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You see ? That’s where I think we differ, LakeDawg. You state this year that you do not have faith in Mark Richt as a coach. Then, you offer up your obligatory contradictory you don’t think we’re destined to underachieve. The 2 sentences, back-to-back are dichotomous. I have plenty of faith in Mark Richt as a man. He’s great. I have complete confidence after 12 years of watching him play 16 games against teams who make the top 10 winning only 3 for the 8th worst in The SEC in the Mark Richt era to know that the man isn’t a football coach destined to do anything in his career against teams who make the top 10.

He doesn’t have the mindset of Steve Spurrier as football coach, and that is why Steve Spurrier, despite the kids not liking him nearly as much as they Love Mark Richt and therefore not having anywhere near the recruiting average ranking of # 20 for Steve Spurrier to # 8 for Mark Richt according to Scout.com since 2005 when Steve Spurrier took over at South Carolina, can even the record against Mark Richt at 4-4.

dbc

October 3rd, 2012
1:23 am

John

October 3rd, 2012
1:26 am

Bottom line-he is a whining baby. Had superior talent at Fla. Went to Redskins and blamed the “crash and burn” act on not having good players. Did the same thing early on at SC. Had the SEC east wrapped up last year, but lost to Auburn. Can he win championships with talent only equal to the competition ? I doubt it, and he will find somebody or something to blame when he doesn’t. Before long, he’ll be dumping on his players like he has done in the past. After all, it couldn’t be HIS fault !!!

USCGAMECOCKBOY

October 3rd, 2012
1:58 am

sad what a media person has to write to get attention. coach spurrier is str8 forward and doesn’t bite his tongue and that is what we love about him. ron has made some accusation that he deserved to be called out about. u don’t ever put our university or coach spurrier in the same sentence as penn state. that is a big noooooo noooo!!

he had issue with lou holtz and now it is coach spurrier. he didn’t say anything when we had our sorry ass basketball coach and team. he went after our former coach and now a.d. coach tanner. he is just hurting himself. keep putting his foot in his mouth and he will be removed from covering USC or will be looking for a new job.

coach spurrier still is the best and he is on u and the pups minds. lol

I LOVE COACH SPURRIER AND MY FIGHTING GAMECOCKS !!GOOO USC FIGHTING GAMECOCKS!!!

TW

October 3rd, 2012
2:23 am

Spurrier is not a great coach without the talent and he will never get the talent at USC. He is 2-4 in Bowl games and has not taken USC to a bowl every year he has coached there. He is 3-4 against UGA while at USC. In 2005, he went 7-5, in 2006 – 8-5, 2007 – 6-6, 2008- 7-6, 2009 7-6, 2009 – 9-5. And, he is only 4-3 against Clemson. He has never had an undefeated season and his mythical National Championship came in a rematch agaisnt FSU in the Bowl Coalition which did not include the Big 10 or the Pac 10. Worse yet, he whined and whined and whined about the officiating in the first Florida-FSU game in 1996 which he lost that the refs were intimidated and called late hit penalties on FSU that were clean. Finally, he was 12-20 as the Redskings Head Coach before he went running away with his tail between his legs.

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
5:08 am

Yeah, and his recruiting at South Carolina since 2005 has averaged # 20 according to Scout.com.

2013 # 13
2012 # 13
2011 # 12
2010 # 34
2009 # 13
2008 # 34
2007 # 7
2006 # 33
2005 # 20
Average Scout.com ranking # 20 all the years at South Carolina

Mark Richt by STARK CONTRAST :
2013 # 5
2012 # 14
2011 # 5
2010 # 21
2009 # 4
2008 # 5
2007 # 17
2006 # 4
2005 # 4
Average Scout.com ranking # 8 Richt while Spurrier at South Carolina

Yet, Spurrier can tie Mark Richt at 4-4 Saturday night.

How can this be ?

Buzz2011

October 3rd, 2012
5:32 am

Spurrier’s teams beat the Dawgs every year don’t they? I think Richt could learn from the old ball coach.

Buzz2011

October 3rd, 2012
5:35 am

Thomas Brown is a Jacket fan!!!

Douglas

October 3rd, 2012
5:46 am

Hey Tide Rising…It’s amazing how arrogant you Bama fans become once you start winning again. If it was not for Saban, where would Bama football be? It just seems a few years ago, Bama was irrelevant in football for quiet a while. Once Saban retires, what will you arrogant children do? Poison some more trees in Auburn? What arrogant hicks you are!

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
6:12 am

This game will boil down to who has the better quarterback head-to-head on the field of play, as it has every game between South Carolina and Georgia since Aaron Murray got here :

2011 :

Aaron Murray Interception and two Fumbles for 21 points handed to USCe Lost by 3.

TURNOVERS BY AARON MURRAY LOST THE GAME BY HIMSELF.

2010 :
9 of 14 on 3rd Down Conversions Stephen Garcia
3 of 11 on 3rd Down Conversions Aaron Murray

6-17, we scored all of 6 points

So, where are we 2012 ?

23 games 217 rush 893 yd 196 of 285 Pass 69 % Connor Shaw
32 games 195 rush 270 yd 536 of 875 Pass 61 % Aaron Murray

You want to see a Dual-Threat Quarterback ?

We talk about Mark Richt making the AP Poll Top 10 in 5 of his 12 seasons here, but only once has South Carolina made the Top 10 at # 9 last season, and they beat us.

Mark Richt vs Steve Spurrier when Spurrier Top 10 record 0-1.

Mark Richt cannot beat teams who make the Top 10, at # 8 of SEC teams in Mark Richt era in games against teams making the Top 10 at 3 Wins out of 16 games to-date.

USCe is not going to make the Top 10 in 2012. They play us, LSU and Clemson while we play ONLY THEM.

sc fan

October 3rd, 2012
6:20 am

you folks miss the point. this reporter is a reporter because he has NO athletic talents. he was left out in pick-em’ as a kid/ he left out important parts of the situation to fit his article. we are used to that in other political blogs these days. the inaccuracies are indicative of incompetence . the articles do not reference the proof of poor reporting by morris. morris is another nerd jealous sports writer. maybe spurrior said he was short ugly and could not throw a football years ago. truth hurts. i bet you could say the same thing about this nerd of a writer. sc is a poor football program historically but you guys miss the point of accepting poor quality work by this writer. he is another guy with no sports talent of other talent who wants to get even with “them”

Ronald Morris

October 3rd, 2012
6:20 am

Interesting – you forgot the part about Ron Morris comparing Spurrier to Joe Paterno on the radio. Fair and Balance would be nice. Oh I forgot – you’re another writer with an agenda.

Georgia Gamecock

October 3rd, 2012
6:28 am

All you tools that hammer away at the OBC is typical of a clueless Ga fan. If Ga had the OBC the last 8 years, how many SEC titles would you have won? So what if the OBC referenced packing it in and heading to the beach. He has earned it and the “power” that Schultz thinks he has is clearly in Schultz’s head not in the OBC’s.

Jealousy can be a cancer and it is obvious that so………. many are jealous of the OBC.

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
6:40 am

Well, the OBC must win this game, or his days at South Carolina will read :

NOTHINGNESS

ZinoDawg

October 3rd, 2012
6:48 am

USC Gamecocks – the Ego of Alabama and the trophy case of Vandy! !

How many SEC titles have the chickens won? ZERO!

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
6:48 am

Steve Spurrier cannot recruit at South Carolina. His average recruit is 3.04. Mark Richt’s average recruit is 3.67. Mark Richt averages # 8 and Steve Spurrier # 20 in recruiting rankings according to Scout.com comparing only the period 2005 through today. Mark Richt gets better talent than Steve Spurrier. All reporters will say about Steve Spurrier that he did well at Florida because in that state, he recruited better talent. But, at South Carolina, he does not have the type of depth on his roster that ALL of his competitors have. This game isn’t about UGA vs USCe. It’s 1 game of your schedule, which also includes Clemson, LSU and us. You’re the only game on our schedule. Florida, likewise, isn’t going to beat LSU, Florida State, us and South Carolina. You make it out like all that matters is who wins this game. You have no hope of making the Top 10 in 2012, and the only time you did is last season. Your schedule is too hard this season, which is what Steve Spurrier has been saying.

Integrity

October 3rd, 2012
6:49 am

I feel Spurrier has given the Dawgs plenty of motivation for Saturday’s game. They will be out to prove him wrong regarding his comments implying that UGA has scheduled its way into the SEC Championship game.

ZinoDawg

October 3rd, 2012
6:50 am

How many SEC titles have the Chickens won?

Ego of Alabama – trophy case of Vandy! LOL!

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
7:07 am

We play USCe only.

USCe plays Georgia, LSU and Clemson.

JB

October 3rd, 2012
7:22 am

Thomas, quit using the word “we”. Please.

JB

October 3rd, 2012
7:23 am

Sprurrier a lot like half the boobs in LA…………………………………..Fake

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
7:27 am

We’re not going to prove anything to Steve Spurrier by beating him Saturday night that by beating him we somehow then play them, LSU and Clemson instead of just them.

That’s a poor thought process, Integrity, that by beating them, we prove that Steve Spurrier was what ? Wrong that they play Clemson, LSU and us while we play only them ?

This is our only game of the season, and USCe cannot possibly make Top 10 team 2012 with their schedule.

If you think Steve Spurrier is wrong, why don’t you address the fact

# 76 for 12 opponents who are 18-21 won/lost record 2012 UGA
# 39 for 12 opponents who are 23-17 won/lost record 2012 USCe

Click Cumulative all regular seasons’ games 2012 :

http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/2012/Internet/toughest%20schedule/tough.html

Of course, that’s a big word for some of you.

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
7:29 am

JB July 2nd, 2012 10:02 am

“I agree Kingdaddy. Beating up on weak foe and losing to good teams ( not even great teams) is a pattern for the Dawgs the Last three years, And it’s not a lack of talent. You can read a lot of thing into Richt’s new contract, and I’m reading McGarity is not sold. Here’s more rope, and we;ll see.”
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Did you write this JB ?

Thomas Brown

October 3rd, 2012
7:33 am

kingdaddy July 2nd, 2012 9:56 am


JB
If UGA loses to S.C. this year but wins the rest of the scheduled games, then makes it to the SEC-CG and is not competitive, then I see a major shake-up in our staff by McGarrity. UGA has to beat someone ranked this year in my belief. I don’t think CMR & CMB get a free pass this year just for beating unranked teams. This team has the talent to win, but do they have the coaching? Its too late to do anything this year, but ride it out…”
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Amazing how you 2 would be front and center acting like what ?

PaulPaul

October 3rd, 2012
7:34 am

Thomas Brown
There are drugs that can help you. Staying on a blog writing dissertations that resemble “War and Peace” will not help. As a former health care professional I have seen too many people like you. I realize I am feeding your desire to be recognized but sometimes seeing your inane post just make us real fans want to regurgitate.

Reservoir Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
7:39 am

Mostly agree Jeff but the recent Morris article with the Spurrier Penn State/Sandusky analogy was way over the top. Can’t fault the head ball coach on that one.

Go Dawgs!