Richt gets big laugh out of Spurrier’s latest jab

Athens – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was in midseason form when he talked to ESPN’s Chris Low in a wide-ranging spring practice interview this week in Columbia.

The barbs were flying for the Gamecocks’ outspoken coach, and both Georgia and defending national Alabama were zinged in the process.

Asked about having to play the Bulldogs in October now rather than in the second game of the season under the previous schedule, Spurrier couldn’t resist taking a shot.

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

Informed of Spurrier’s remarks after Georgia’s practice Thursday evening, coach Mark Richt just laughed.

“How ’bout that; I think that that’s funny,” Richt said after a hardy chuckle. “That sounds like Steve.”

What makes it particularly funny is Spurrier has been so lax on discipline. His previous quarterback Stephen Garcia was suspended five times under Spurrier’s watch but, interestingly, never missed a game until he was kicked off the team in the middle of this past season.

Spurrier even had a shot for Alabama’s Nick Saban. Asked what he thought about the job the Crimson Tide’s coach has done in Tuscaloosa, Spurrier compared him to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.

“He’s got a nice little gig going, a little bit like Calipari,” Spurrier told Low. “He tells his guys, ‘Hey, three years from now you’re going to be a first-round pick and go.’ If he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won at Alabama.”

Key players out for G-Day

Several key players are expected to miss Saturday’s annual spring game at Sanford Stadium.

Richt on Thursday said two-way star Malcolm Mitchell and true freshman tailback Keith Marshall were definitely going to sit out with hamstring injuries. Starting strong safety Shawn Williams is also out with what he called a minor knee injury and freshman quarterback Faton Bauta will also miss with a similar injury. Redshirt freshman ffensive linemen Zach DeBell (ankle) and Xzavier Ward (knee) will also sit out.

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just a fan

April 13th, 2012
9:00 am

Garrison S.

April 13th, 2012
9:00 am

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!

AA rural

April 13th, 2012
9:00 am

PALM CITY DAWG

April 13th, 2012
9:02 am

Go Richt!!!!!!!!!!!

Dienlafin

April 13th, 2012
9:04 am

You gotta admit SOS is a classic.

Fridawg

April 13th, 2012
9:05 am

The Ol’ Ball Coach sure liven’s up this relatively lame part of the year. I’m looking forward to seeing G-Day, but with all the stars on the sidelines, it may not be as interesting as usual.

Fan in misery

April 13th, 2012
9:06 am

Sir Richt………missing over half of your D’backs for at least two games should make you mad/sad not laugh.

haha

April 13th, 2012
9:06 am

Fifth!! Spurrier says it like it is!

Taneyhill

April 13th, 2012
9:06 am

Spurrier speaks the truth! Bunch of guys are already lined up to miss games in 2012.

Wes Mantooth

April 13th, 2012
9:09 am

Spurrier is always good for a sound bite but not much else. South Carolina lacks the winning history and tradition of all the other SEC schools and he doesn’t have much else he can talk about. Columbia, SC is a dump and I guess he is just angry that he has to live there.

Promethius

April 13th, 2012
9:12 am

I love Spurrier. He pays about as much attention to PC as AU and Bama does to NCAA rules and regulations.

The Goat

April 13th, 2012
9:13 am

Spurrier may know how to take jabs but he’s not clean himself. He should know better than to start slinging mud after Garcia came and went (and came and went and came and went and came and went and came and went).

Wes Mantooth

April 13th, 2012
9:13 am

“he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won at Alabama.”

And as far as talking trash about Alabama, as the ole’ song says “you don’t pull on Superman’s cape”. Saban has won everywhere he has coached. Shows just how stupid Spurrier is.

bucket

April 13th, 2012
9:14 am

Spurrier obviously didn’t say anything that isn’t usually true, however, it’s the parts that he left off about his own program that is sad. For example, a couple of years ago when UGA and the NCAA had AJ Green sidelined for the USC game for selling his own property, yet Garcia and all the players caught up in the hotel scandal were on the field for South Carolina. Come to think of it, what ever happened with all that anyway? Mark Richt should start suspending players, but make sure they don’t miss games like Spurrier does.

Promethius

April 13th, 2012
9:15 am

Wes, you are right about one thing. The stench of backwardness in the South does not begin to dissipate until you get into North Carolina. NC and Va are the New South’s greatest hope.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 13th, 2012
9:16 am

So SC pays that much for a comedian? Steve is padding that retirement account with one liners.

dawgfan

April 13th, 2012
9:16 am

The UGA comments are totally hypocritical. The Bama comments are just jealous sour grapes. But he’s “telling it like it is” so he’s a hero to the morons.

True story.

UGA

April 13th, 2012
9:16 am

I thought Saban won a national championship at LSU also? Maybe the ole ball coach is so old that he cannot remember.

Mal

April 13th, 2012
9:17 am

He is right. Bama has always won. Georgia has been middle of the road since 1980. LSU, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee have carried the SEC since then. Georgia fans are complete morons.

Dawg Haus

April 13th, 2012
9:18 am

Coach Richt should have asked Spurrier for a deal on a hotel room in Columbia!

chilidawg

April 13th, 2012
9:19 am

Why does the ‘Ole Ball Coach wear that visor? To cover the circumcision scars! He is good for the occasional laugh, though.

The Stinger

April 13th, 2012
9:19 am

Chip Towers has got his panties in a bunch this morning. He makes the Georgia fans feel 10 feet tall with his posts. Hey Chip, got get some Dip!

Fact Check

April 13th, 2012
9:19 am

“Saban has won everywhere he has coached…”

Really? How many B1G 10 titles did he win at Michigan State? I’ll hang up and listen.

gt4ever

April 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Yeah,,

If Saban were to come to GT and win…. That would seal him as the BEST coach in college football!

DawginLex

April 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Yeah Steve, let’s not talk about your drunk QB that clearly cost you the SEC East last year when you played him against Auburn knowing he had already screwed up again. Yet according to you he was “a good kid”.

I also think his comment can be interpreted to eman he is scared to play a full UGA roster. He told someone at Augusta National last year that he betteget UGA in 2011 because in 2012, they were going to be loaded.

Really?

April 13th, 2012
9:21 am

With a name like Mal I wouldn’t be calling anyone a moron.

Bobby Petrino

April 13th, 2012
9:21 am

Y’all looking for a QB coach? I’m available. I hear there are some hot blonde babes in Athens. This would work out great for me as I’m going to be single in the near future. I have mad texting skills to go with my play calling.

gt4ever

April 13th, 2012
9:22 am

DawginLex,

Surely you jest…. Alabama has NEVER been afraid to play UGA… I mean come on…

Mal

April 13th, 2012
9:22 am

I’m a moron! Book it!

Kramer

April 13th, 2012
9:22 am

Spuurier knows he is yesterday’s news when it comes to college coaches. These type of comments are made so he stays in the news and relevant in his mind. Nothing more and nothing less.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Mal

thanks for your opinion of UGA fans.

what school do you represent?

May we discuss the intellect of your team’s fanbase?

Bet you won’t answer.

Jimmy Crack

April 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Richt is right, it is funny. Spurrier’s track record is spottier than a dalmation plus SC has a “one free pass” drug policy. They both know this. All in fun.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Uh gt4ever, I hope you are kidding but just so you know, Steve spurrier coaches South Carolina, not Bama

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 13th, 2012
9:25 am

Ya gotta take the Spurrier comments with a grain of salt. Spurrier has famously had lines about essentially every SEC team. Also how much did Saban win at Miami, Wes?

UGA Insider

April 13th, 2012
9:26 am

The truth hurts and so will the UGA/USCe score this year.

UGA 35 USCe 17

Spike

April 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Saban didn’t win much with the Dolphins. Spurrier and the Redskins? Don’t even go there.

Can't believe I'm going to say this but...

April 13th, 2012
9:28 am

I’m a huge Dawg fan that at one point hated Spurrier but actually have grown to like him. His one liner about Uga missing 2 or 3 key guys in the second week of every season is very spot on regardless of whether he makes his guys sit or not. He’d be fun to play golf with.

gt4ever

April 13th, 2012
9:28 am

sorry, my bad….

"The Georgia Way"

April 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Richt can be creative with mid season suspensions too, like holding Crowell’s drug test until after the Florida game.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Spike-

It is not a debate on Spurrier. Your boy Wes Mantooth is quoted as saying Saban has won EVERYWHERE he has been. Simply pointing out facts not hyperbole. Try and keep up next time.

Mr. Gator

April 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Georgia fans look for anything to feel good about. They should’ve built a prison in Athens instead of a college. Laughing stock of the SEC after your debacle against Michigan State. I mean my goodness, it’s Michigan State! Alabama beat them by 6 touchdowns the year before and Saban took the foot off the pedal at halftime. I laugh everytime I hear you have the best quarterback in the league. He can throw a hook like Quincy Carter used to. How is Quincy doing these days. He was one of Georgia’s finest. Spurrier was off though, you guys will probably have 5 suspended for the opener. See you in Jacksonville, punks.

GT

April 13th, 2012
9:30 am

Spurrier says things the press should say and the press says thing Spurrier should say. They kind of fill a void for each other. The modern press is no more than a free PR circulated rag, that has copy written by the PR writers of a particular university. Spurrier is a honest breath of fresh air only because the press fails to get it done. I am surprised the way Georgia reschedules to a better schedule every year that falsifies the quality of the football being played in Athens that Spurrier is so quiet about it. I mean you take Alabama off your schedule, and you put South Carolina deeper into the season now that they have gotten not to be the patsy that was scheduled early. Complete control of you schedule at the expense of South Carolina, Spurrier is really being a gentleman in this skim of outrageous events.

As for Nick Saban, he better win, getting the money he is getting. That “nice little gig” could get him hung taking all that money and no results. If you want to talk about nice little gigs the one Richt has is the gig. He is right at a spot where he gets paid well and really doesn’t have to show results beyond beating 9 or 10 average teams. Saban had to beat LSU and Arkansas, and if he didn’t the rope party was forming.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2012
9:30 am

Enter your comments hereThe Georgia Way”

April 13th, 2012
9:29 am
Richt can be creative with mid season suspensions too, like holding Crowell’s drug test until after the Florida game.

*********************

You can continue to be an idiot and keep on arguing about following university policy at the advice of the UGA attorneys.

Fact Check

April 13th, 2012
9:31 am

“UGA 35 USCe17″

Happy Hour must be 9:00 AM down in Athens. I have read something about UGA being the #1 Party School…there was even a video on YouTube featuring HC Richt. “Party at the U-G-A” Hmmmmm

Red Clay Hound

April 13th, 2012
9:31 am

Don’t do it Mal. It’s a trap!

Keep Mike Bobo

April 13th, 2012
9:32 am

Hey dummies. Bobo put up 42 against South Carolina which had the #4 defense in the country last year, oh yea with 4 turnovers that he didnt call for. 30 points agains Michigan St who had the 3rd best defense in the country. again turnovers did us in. And lastly he would have put up 24 points in the first 4 posessions against the #2 Defense in the country if malcome and T. King would have been able to hold onto the ball. The numbers dont lie folks. And the runs on 3rd and ten up the middle, well those might just be because of poor field position and not wanting to give up a devastating turnover. Yaw who complain about Bobo dont know anything. He is a damn good coach and quite frankly im glad he doesnt listen or EVEN CARE about yaw losers. He’s getting his. I bet he sleeps so good a night with his hot wife and beautiful children. While yaw stay up crying about a bad turnover. It happens folks. Get over it. Ask the troops over seas right now how they feel about their OC at their favorite school. It probably isnt very important to them. Ask a mother, whose son is serving right now what she thinks about Mike Bobo. Just a hunch, i bet she doesnt care.

Plus, i bet he really enjoys going to work and making $300,000 something a year. Unlike you losers in a cubicle trying to break $38,000 hating every minute of your existence

gt4ever

April 13th, 2012
9:32 am

@dawginlex

I don’t think Spurrier is worried about playing UGA…. Spurrier’s record against UGA is pretty good, regardless of where he is coaching… Kinda like your record against us…

DawginLex

April 13th, 2012
9:32 am

gator

We look forward to Jacksonville with your team with no QB

2 in a row is coming

Double Secret Probation

April 13th, 2012
9:33 am

Saban didn’t fare too well in the NFL, but the again neither did the Ole Ball Coach. Sounds to me like maybe Spurrier is just a little envious he ended up at South Carolina while Saban got the better gig.

Spanky

April 13th, 2012
9:34 am

This was a funny comment from Spurrier, however, I’ve been saying this on the blogs and to my buddies: It was huuuuge to move that game to the middle of the schedule!! Bravo to the AD for doing that!! Now, let’s work on guys NOT being suspended for the first couple of games! LOL!! Go Dawgs!!