Steve Spurrier's weekly show following the Gamecocks' 28-25 win over UCF last Saturday wasn't exactly his best effort. In fact, it seems that someone at the school noticed and took down the link to the video at the South Carolina athletics Web page. A replay has also been kept off the air. (For unknown reasons, IMG, which produces the show, reportedly told the SportSouth network to replace it with a rerun.) During The Steve Spurrier Show, Spurrier, who some have pointed out appears to be slurring his words, said, "The biggest thing we have to do is we have to coach better." He later said, "We gotta quit that crap if we're going to be a good team this year."
According to Josh Kendall of The State, Spurrier says that he requested the show's removal:
“I shouldn’t be so negative and I have to come back and say, ‘I shouldn’t have been so negative about our coaches and everything,’” Spurrier said.
I understand that most big-time coaches are contractually obligated to tape a weekly coaches show, either for broadcast on radio or television. But I've never seen a real benefit to the practice (aside from the monetary compensation for the coaches, of course). Fans call in and either fawn over a coach or spew message board-like vitriol (if their questions get past the screeners), to which a coach's best bet is to give a canned answer. Give an honest answer, sink to a fan's level or produce a gaffe, and it pops up all over the place on social media. In many cases, it seems like a lose-lose situation.