As has been the case for much of his nearly-40-year coaching career, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, now 70, remains one of college football's most quotable figures.
Spurrier addressed media at SEC Media Days Tuesday and came ready as always. Along with serious topics that included players' off-field problems and the removal of the confederate flag in South Carolina, Spurrier fielded questions about retirement, cracked jokes about the media and, of course, South Carolina's 7-6 record last season. With the Gamecocks looking to bounce back, the Head Ball Coach offered a little bit of perspective, taking blame for the team's defensive struggles (to help, South Carolina added longtime NFL assistant Jon Hoke as one of its defensive coordinators this off-season) but also offering context while throwing a little bit of shade around the conference.
Sorry, Tennessee and Arkansas.
Spurrier: “We were 7-6. Same as Tennessee, same as Arkansas. I think they’re sorta celebratin’ big seasons last year."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
Steve Spurrier: "There are people in Knoxville and Fayetteville still doing cartwheels over going 7-6."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 14, 2015
As for the media:
Spurrier at the podium. “I figured a bunch of you guys would’ve retired by now. Just kidding."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
Spurrier asked how he’s kept his sanity for 26 years as head coach. “Same way you sportswriters do it, I think."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
Some general wisdom:
Spurrier: "I know the critics are out there. That’s why they’re called critics. They criticize every chance they get."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
Spurrier riffed on his potentially intriguing plans for quarterback usage:
Spurrier says he could play two QBs. "You can win with two. Nothin’ in the rule book that says you have to have one."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
And he doesn't appear interested in retirement. Guess that means we'll keep hearing from him.
The 70-year-old Spurrier on retirement talk. “Age really doesn’t mean a lot. Number on your years isn’t what’s important."— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2015
Steve Spurrier: "People ask, 'Why are you still coaching?' I forgot to get fired and I'm not going to cheat."— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) July 14, 2015
Steve Spurrier: "There are two people running for president who are within a year of me. ... I'm not planning on quitting."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 14, 2015
For the record, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are 67 and 69, respectively.
- Jeremy Woo