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South Carolina's Steve Spurrier calls out negative recruiting by Big Ten school

(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Steve Spurrier and South Carolina have finished in the top 10 three straight times. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Steve Spurrier said he still runs into negative recruiting in many recruits' living rooms -- but not usually from SEC schools.

The South Carolina coach said that he had heard that plenty of teams were trying to convince recruits that he is on the cusp of retirement. The Gamecocks, however, have finished in the top 10 in each of the last three seasons, which has halted many of those negative sales pitches.

Yet in a Tuesday interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Spurrier said that schools in another conference are also doing plenty of negative recruiting.

“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with, ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything, but the player came with us anyways.”

No matter the efforts of other programs, Spurrier said that fans should expect him to remain on the sidelines for a while longer. After all, he's still as active as ever.

“Physically and hopefully mentally, I’m the same as I was 20 years ago. I can still call the plays and all of that. I probably do more as a head coach than 90 percent of the guys out there, as far as game day and calling the plays. There are not many head coaches who call the plays anymore. So really, age is just a number."

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