Spurrier makes another bid for attention

"Look at me!" (Associated Press)

"Look at me!" (Associated Press)

It’s obvious why Steve Spurrier wants to change the way division champions are determined in the SEC: Last year his team won all its games against teams from the East but lost a couple to the West, which allowed Georgia, which lost to South Carolina but beat all its Western opponents, to take the Eastern division.

Generally, South Carolina under Spurrier fares better against its Eastern Division brethren than it does against teams from the SEC West. So Spurrier only wants to count games against the East in determining the division winner.

For some strange reason, LSU’s Les Miles supports that view, saying, “I’m for the Western Division deciding the Western Division champion and the Eastern Division deciding the Eastern Division champion.” Apparently it comes down to the fact that Miles doesn’t like the fact that LSU plays Florida every year while Alabama plays Tennessee. Or something like that. It’s hard to tell with the Hat.

Georgia’s Mark Richt thinks Spurrier’s plan is self-serving and silly, though he’s too much of a gentleman to come right out and say that. He’s pointed out that as the world turns, so does the SEC schedule, and what favors Spurrier and South Carolina this season might not work in their favor in the future. But just tell him the rules up front, Richt says, and he’ll play by them — the implication being that Spurrier should shut up and do the same.

Other SEC coaches, including Florida’s Will Muschamp, are against Spurrier’s plan. As Muschamp says, “An SEC game should count as an SEC game.”

Alabama’s Nick Saban puts it more forthrightly. “You’re going to sort of minimize the importance of cross-divisional games if you say they don’t’ count toward the championship,” Saban said. “Then we’re really not the SEC. Then we’re just an East and a West, so why would we play the games?”

It makes for interesting discussion, but, of course, Spurrier’s plan isn’t likely to come to fruition as long as SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has this point of view: “It’s hard for me to think about a conference game that doesn’t count.”

What this really amounts to is Spurrier’s annual bid to make himself the center of discussion at the conference confab. Last year, it was his stood-no-chance plan for coaches to pay players out of their own pockets. This year, it’s his problem with the way the division champ is determined. (Funny, he never had a problem with the same system during all those years he was at Florida.)

Next year, assuming he hasn’t retired by then, it’ll no doubt be something else.

The bottom line is that Spurrier is like a 5-year-old, constantly crying out for attention. “Look at me! Look at what I’m doing!”

It’s kind of pathetic, really.

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182 comments Add your comment

bdawg

May 30th, 2012
10:58 am

bdawg

May 30th, 2012
11:00 am

And I think it’s an awful idea.

Ssidawg

May 30th, 2012
11:08 am

Spurrier wins this week’s “Just Shut Up”‘ Award.

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some sense

May 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Unfortunately Coach Spurrier “owns” UGA right now, just as hed did at Florida. Under these circumstances any reply Dawg fans make is playing right into his hands.

UGA Insider

May 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Under Spurriers plan there would no need to play any SEC East vs West games. In unrelated news USCe reached out to South Carolina State to see if they could schedule an extra game each year.

The chickens are pathetic as usual.

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 30th, 2012
11:24 am

The bottom line is that Spurrier is like a 5-year-old, constantly crying out for attention. “Look at me! Look at what I’m doing!”

It’s kind of pathetic, really.

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Better than a Ga Dogs fan crying about what Richt is NOT doing.

Get ready for three-in-a-row in October.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 30th, 2012
11:24 am

Spurrier can say whatever he wants, he owns this program. Someone used the term pathetic, look at the UGA scheduled for 2012, as compared to Alabama….now were are talking pathetic.

ClinchPanther

May 30th, 2012
11:25 am

You hit the nail on the head. He isn’t getting the attention that he craves so he tries to get it any way he can. Even his one liners are not funny any longer, he has to wait so long for it not to apply to him when he says it, it just makes him look the fool.

GTBob

May 30th, 2012
11:26 am

Who really cares? The SEC east representative in the SEC title game is just one last exhibition game for the West champion before they play in the title game. Without Tim Tebow, the east is pretty much useless. If the 4 team playoff doesn’t have conference champions then the SEC championship won’t have any relevance anyways.

Newman

May 30th, 2012
11:28 am

The Evil Genius strikes again!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 30th, 2012
11:30 am

Everyone can sit here and get excited about D1-A college football, but until a 16 team playoff system is implemented, this is not a sport, but a popularity contest. These conference commissioners, including Slive of the SEC are just protecting their turf, and don’t want their apple cart turned upside down.

The BCS sucks, it’s broken and is a total ripoff to college football fans across this nation.

Steve Superior

May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

The Bulldogs had no business playing in the SECCG and embarrassing themselves like that.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 30th, 2012
11:33 am

What does it really matter anyway, other than Florida, nothing of importance resides in the SEC East. Alabama, LSU and Arkansas as of lately are the only ones making any noise. If Alabama and/or LSU were in the Big 12, everyone would be talking about the Big 12 vs. the SEC.

Go with a 16 team playoff system, 11 conference champions and 5 at large determined by computer and/or writes and coaches poll. This would provide a true champion.

As I said before, go ahead and waste your time and money on D1-A football, with no playoff system, it is not a sport.

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Meanwhile, Spurrier just swooped into Stephenson High School and plucked another stud for the 2013 class.

DawgNole

May 30th, 2012
11:35 am

Steve Superior
May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

The Bulldogs had no business playing in the SECCG and embarrassing themselves like that.
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Kinda like USCe did the year before vs. Auburn.

Eddie

May 30th, 2012
11:35 am

Interesting and I think uncharacteristic for Spurrier … In essence, he is saying that he can’t beat the West teams and therefore, can’t win the SEC. It’s not only too hard, it’s not doable. So, he would like to make things a bit easier on his team.

Well, welcome to the big leagues. I thought you liked playing in the toughest conference in the land. Every damn team is tough and can end a teams dreams. Man up. Tell your team to man up. Really sad state of affairs trying to lower the bar.

UGA Insider

May 30th, 2012
11:41 am

All USCe had to do was beat a bad Auburn team at home and they couldn’t do it. A few weeks later UGA had the same pressure and trounced AU 45-7. The chickens could NOT take care of business as usual. Please remember, they are the lovable losers of the SEC…. Remember the season they started 5-0 then lost their next 7. That was a classic USCe season for sure.

swimdawg68

May 30th, 2012
11:52 am

Hey Steve Spurrier (probably just a SC fan), I guess SC didn’t embarrass themselves the previous year in that game against Auburn. Great showing!! Auburn won 56 to 17. SC has been and always will be generally not on the level with UGA, FLA, and TENN. in the east. Recently they have been competetive but in years past not so. They will have a good team this year, but so will UGA. I look for UGA to win in the fall and not give the game away like last year.

Aaron Murray

May 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Bill, the only thing wrong with your article is that it is REALLY pathetic. Thanks for pointing out that old age has not wised the little brat out of Spurrier.

DawginLex

May 30th, 2012
11:56 am

To coach Spurrier:

It’s real simple son.

From the time you played Georgia last year, you played common opponents of Georgia except for Arkansas.

You lost to Arkansas

If that was your only other loss, because of beating Georgia head to head, you still win the East.

Then, because of your silly loyalty to a drunk QB who should have been kicked off the team earlier, you lost to AUBURN AT HOME. We beat auburn 45-7 and could have scored 70 on them.

YOU LOST TO AUBURN

That is not our fault

That is not the SEC’s fault

It is your fault

Man up and quit whining

Sam

May 30th, 2012
11:58 am

There was a time when SEC teams played one another and the game did not count in the SEC standings.

Gman 84

May 30th, 2012
11:58 am

Just amazing that all of a sudden USCjr’s perceived scheduling inequity is justification for essentially breaking the conference apart. They have a couple of decent years and think they need to remake the conference in their own image. If they don’t like SEC rules, they could always go back to being an independent. They’d miss us a hell of a lot more than we’d miss them.

Good god, it’s not like USC was undefeated. if they’d won their games or if they even beat an average Auburn team AT HOME they wouldn’t say a word about this. It’s not like Auburn going undefeated and being voted out of the MNC-they had a legit beef.

Would be funny if the SEC adopted this misguided proposal and a few years from now the scheduling tables were turned and USCjr screwed themselves.

Guess we have to forgive USCjr, they are so new to being relevant that they really don’t understand how things work. It is gratifying to know that they still can’t sleep at night 6 months after losing out on the bid to the SECCG.

swimdawg68

May 30th, 2012
11:59 am

Hey GTBob, when was the last time the winner of the ACC Championship game played for the National Championship? Talk about no relevance, GT has none and will have none as long as you continue to run that high school offense and put a weak defense on the field. You can only play Duke once a season.

AJ

May 30th, 2012
12:03 pm

Sam, there was a time when players didn’t wear helmets

Steve Superior

May 30th, 2012
12:05 pm

Remember, Auburn had a tight end for a quarterback. Didn’t Auburn lose to Clemson in addition to UGa? Didn’t West Virginia just score another TD against Clemson?

Bottom line is the laughable losers of the SEC wear red and black.

Columbus Dawg

May 30th, 2012
12:16 pm

Looks like there are already at least two blithering idiots on the blog, this clown that calls himself Mike Bobo and some interceptions?, and GTBob. I think the interception clown is a Saban crotch worshiper, and this Bob guy, well.

To all haters, I want to see your cowardly behinds on this blog sucking up to everything Dawg after the University of Georgia Football Team achieves it’s goals in 2012. I realize that most of the idiots that post on this blog are two things, not old enough to have developed a working brain, and most don’t know crap about college football, and have never played football at any level. Okay, that’s three things.

As far as the playoff thing goes, I agree that if they are set on four teams, then Conference Champs only in the hunt for the title game. Alabama should not have been in the title game last season, any more than Georgia in 2007. I have been a Dawg all my life, and have supported the SEC teams in their bowl games most of the time, except Florida and Auburn occasionally, but there are other conferences and teams that deserve a shot as well. It seems that everything in America has become self serving, no matter what it is. Damn shame.

Aaron Murray

May 30th, 2012
12:16 pm

Dana Holgerson has a freaky skullett.

SSIgator

May 30th, 2012
12:17 pm

“Georgia’s Mark Richt thinks Spurrier’s plan is self-serving and silly, though he’s too much of a gentleman to come right out and say that.”

Would that be the same Mark “I can win games – Just not big games” Richt that was singing a similar song after the 2007 regular season? Maybe he is a gentleman, but he sure is a hypocrite. Oh well, maybe 1980 will come back around again one day.

Aaron Murray

May 30th, 2012
12:17 pm

Seriously, it’s like clown hair.

GTBob

May 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

Hey GTBob, when was the last time the winner of the ACC Championship game played for the National Championship?

I have never denied that the ACC is horrible and should consider moving to Division 3. Unfortunately the SEC east is pretty much just as bad. There really should be a new split in college football where the nationally relevant teams can play each other without worrying about useless teams getting in the way. Nobody cares about watching UGA or South Carolina lose their conference championship game by 30+ points.

Aaron Murray

May 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

He should name his offense the “Skullett-T winged DERP spread”….seriously, weird.

Aaron Murray

May 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

I would kill it in the Skullett Spread….

Pitbull

May 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

Since Steve nicknamed the UF stadium the Swamp, why hasn’t he nicknamed the SC stadium the Chickencoop?

Then all of Crybaby Steve’s comments could be Chickenpoop from the Chickencoop.

It even rhymes. They could write a new fight song.

evil empire

May 30th, 2012
12:24 pm

good to see the blog bully dawginlex is awake…Man up and quit whining…might want to follow your own advise…

What the.....

May 30th, 2012
12:26 pm

It wasn’t that long ago that the SEC west looked like the SEC east of today. UT will be back-too much money and power to stay down forever. UF will be back-sooner than most realize. Mizzou will be as good if not better than A&M. Arky will return to the pack. UA and LSU will be strong for the forseeable future. A few years back though UA and LSU struggled while UF was the class of the conference. The balance of power between the 2 divisions didn’t seem to be a national crisis then. What has changed?

Get Real

May 30th, 2012
12:28 pm

Lose to Auburn…pay for Auburn. The rest of the world doesn’t owe you a solution to make up for your annual choke jobs

SSIgator

May 30th, 2012
12:30 pm

evil empire -

“good to see the blog bully dawginlex is awake…Man up and quit whining…might want to follow your own advise…”

Sadly, Nancy can’t “man up”, but she can be very witchy sometimes. Poor darlin’

GTBoob

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Hi, I’m GTBob’s imaginary friend with benefits. Lock your doors because here’s the latest on the Internet on one of Tech’s most distinguished alumni!

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In December 2006 Houston was arrested in Florida for possession of over 20 grams of Marijuana. He began a year-and-one-month prison sentence in June 2007 and was released in May 2008.

Since September 2009, Reuben Houston has been on the run from U.S. Marshalls when he brought a gun to the home of a family whose child had gotten into some sort of a fight with Houston’s daughter.He is now on the run from the U.S. Marshals.
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Houston is wanted for making terrorist threats and aggravated assault with a weapon.
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Anyone with information can call the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force at 770-508-2500.

Rampdawg

May 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Steve Superior

May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

The Bulldogs had no business playing in the SECCG and embarrassing themselves like that.
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…and if you hadn’t embarrassed youself against Auburn at home you, well nevermind, you already know.

george

May 30th, 2012
12:33 pm

“what favors Spurrier and South Carolina this season might not work in their favor in the future.” HA HA HA HA HA this coming from the team that has the easeist schedule in sec history this year. Amazing just amazing. This is a pathetic article but I guess if my team got dominated by a coach for so long I would feel the way.

george

May 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

george

May 30th, 2012
12:36 pm

are you pups still hurt over spurriers best quote thus far. ” I always liked playing Georgia the second week of the season because you could always count on them having several players suspended.” HA HA HA HA HA the truth hurts.

Steve Superior

May 30th, 2012
12:39 pm

To all haters, I want to see your cowardly behinds on this blog sucking up to everything Dawg after the University of Georgia Football Team achieves it’s goals in 2012.

What are the goals? Near as I can tell, they are:

1. Reduce arrests
2. Pass drug tests
3. Beat Georgia Tech again
4. Win a bowl game, any bowl game

Does that sum it up? UGa really is the laughable losers of the SEC.

Dawg Tired

May 30th, 2012
12:46 pm

While Spurrier’s idea is obviously nonsensical, the really surprising part is the apparent inability of the ‘ole ball coach to see how this idea is not necessarily even in South Carolina’s best interests. After all, the last two years not withstanding, UGA beat’s South Carolina more often than not. Now I certainly understand why their fans can’t understand this, but I always thought Spurrier was a pretty smart guy.

Stephen

May 30th, 2012
12:47 pm

It can be wrapped up pretty simply – Spurrier is as Spurrier does. Classic Spurrier provides plenty of amunition why not to like the ol’ ball coach each year. It is evident that he is a forward thinker when it comes to constructing his team and recruiting, but when it comes to things outside of his control, he has a limited view and a lack of self control, hence the baby-rattle that we often see displayed on national TV. However, this seems all to easy to spot – Most coaches should get the premise on why teams should be balanced and play/count both sides in developing, in the end, a true SEC champion team – and as Richt said the schedule changes. Spurriers latest play seems a bit desperate. Kind of like when you are squeezing the lemon for the last bit of juice. It makes me believe that he can see the end of the road not too far off, and wants one last advantage before he hangs up the ol’ baby-rattle and retires.

bubba4dawgs

May 30th, 2012
12:49 pm

What is Spurrier smoking under that visor? I like Sabin, Richt, Muschamp and Slive’s opinion about why play a game that does not count! Heck, Spurrier, you already get the chance to pick non-conference games that don’t count. Just make sure you pick easy ones to make your record look better. Everyone else does! SEC should be total SEC, that’s what makes it the greatest conference in the country! Each team has to bring their total “A” game each week and this is what makes the SEC stronger than any other conference, besides having the best athletes found in the southeast! I’d just like to see commitments by players stick instead of coaches persuading players to flip-flop to their team. That boils down to non-ethical behavior and teaches the player involved that his word doesn’t matter. It kinda makes you feel that he will go on thru life with his word not meaning anything and it certainly reflects in a bad way toward the coach becoming the robber-baron. The best at this seems to be Nick Sabin! He should win the championship every year at this rate unless the other coaches can become better salesmen!

Pitbull

May 30th, 2012
1:00 pm

Steve Spurrier: just more chickenpoop from the chickencoop.

SC got to the SECCG once and got beat by Auburn like a red headed stepchild – and now Chicken fans all across the state of SC talk trash. Or rather, they cackle.

The SC Chickens will look more like Sitting Hens this year and perhaps that should be their new team name – the South Carolina Sitting Hens.

When they play Auburn or LSU, their kickoff cheer could be:

“I thought I saw a puddy tat.”

Steve Superior

May 30th, 2012
1:14 pm

Pitbull: just more bull from the trash pit.

UGa got to the SECCG once and got beat by LSU like a rented mule – and now puppy fans all across hell and half of Georgia talk trash. Or rather, they wimper.

The UGa puppies will look more like Whipped Curs this year and perhaps that should be their new team name – the Georgia Whipped Curs.

When they play Alabama or LSU, their kickoff cheer could be:

“Ooooooh Balls, lick ‘em, Aye! Aye! Aye! (or whatever crying sound a whipped cur makes)”

Marion

May 30th, 2012
1:15 pm

Seems I remember this before: 2007 season – UGA did not win their own conference so they should not be voted high enough to be in the championship picture; 2011 season – Alabama did not win their conference, but they still deserve to be the team to play for a championship. What would Spurrier say if the situation had been switched