Spurrier: Cocks Can’t Keep Up With James Bond

After South Carolina’s 21-3 win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier said, “I apologize to Gamecock fans for such a putrid offensive performance.

Still at a loss on Tuesday, the Ol’ Bawl Coach® seemed to attribute his choppy Gamecock offense as much to opponent espionage as lacking in block & tackle.

When commenting at his weekly press conference in Columbia on South Carolina Tight End Rory “Buster” Anderson, Spurrier volunteered, “we’re working at hiding [offensive play] signals from the other team, there’s all kinds of things we’re trying to get better at.

Spurrier was then asked, “Have you seen some indication that [opponents] are stealing your signs?


“Oh sure, yeah sure. We haven’t done a very good job hiding our signals. So we had two guys signaling them last week. And of course we had Buster [Anderson] looking at the wrong signal man a couple times. [laughter] .. Stuff can happen so you just have to keep working on it.”

Spurrier was then asked, “Do [opponents] actively try to steal signals every game? Is that something you all do? Is that common practice?


“Well if the other guy just stands right out there and shows you his signals, sure its helpful. you have to always worry about that. And maybe we’ve not worried about it as much as we should have.”

Even I know that when “the other guy just stands right out there and shows you his signals” it can mean only one thing.

Pulling. Guard.

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UF Statue Honor: Spurrier In South Carolina Gear

It was an historic moment today in Gainesville as the University of Florida unveiled statues of its three Heisman Trophy winners, Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier, at halftime of the Gators’ spring game.


Thanks to his South Carolina coaching duties, 1966 Heisman winner Spurrier was not able to attend the celebration, but the Ball Coach did thank the Gator Nation with a video message played on the Florida Field scoreboard.

While wearing South Carolina Gamecock gear.

As a respectful alumnus of the University of Georgia, I also took it upon myself to tape a message saluting the Gators’ grand occasion.

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Photo: Shirtless Spurrier Killin’ a Coors at Daytona

Ball coach drankin’ original Coors at Daytona Sunday:

Shirtless Steve Spurrier at Daytona drinking a Coors

(What 10 mos. of crushing brewcats will do)

Banquet beer’s always been the tits.

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Recruit: “I just let Saban, Spurrier go to voicemail”

Bruce Feldman of ESPN THE MAGAZINE has my highlight of this year’s interminable recruiting season, from the nation’s #1 prospect, South Carolina high school defensive end Jadeveon Clowney:

Nick Saban sent to voicemail by high school prospect

“At first, it’s a big thrill when coaches like Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier call. But by the middle of the year, that feeling wore off. Now I just let the calls go to voice mail.”

If you ever wondered why college coaches try the NFL, stop.

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Coach Meyer? Hello? … You’re Breaking Up, Urb

Florida Coach Urban Meyer Saturday night:

What? Don’t act like you’ve never seen an esophageal spasm before.

Wildcat Rips Own Fans After Win Over Gamecocks

Three weeks ago I reported on Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb encouraging his Twitter followers to boycott Red Lobster because a hostess there had lamented the football team’s lack of success to him while he waited for a table. (Really.)

Randall Cobb Rips Kentucky Fans On Twitter After South Carolina Win

Saturday Cobb and his teammates went a long way to exorcising that so-called fan attitude with an upset win over South Carolina at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Randall Cobb Tweets About Red Lobster Diss

But based on Cobb’s Tweets after the game, he apparently was focused on everything but the result on the field. Read more…

Chicago Cubs Of College Football Make Their Move

Fresh off a 31-6 loss to Alabama last week, Florida Gator lineman Carl Johnson’s ‘these Crimson Tides are not gods‘ comment may have come off as comical.

Alabama South Carolina Scoreboard

(Fifth of Jack dumped in Bojangle’s gallon jug will do that)

But Johnson wasn’t proved wrong Saturday in Columbia.

Nick Saban made my other sign quit

My first job after graduating from the Univ. of Georgia was covering South Carolina football and basketball for WVOC-AM in Columbia, South Carolina. Read more…

Steve Spurrier’s Birthday Suit At The Gym (NSFW)

Not at my workplace.

Steve Spurrier In His Birthday Suit (NSFW)

(Everybody wants to be a Southwest Baggage Handler these days)

Photo is from a piece by Travis Haney of the CHARLESTON (SC) POST & COURIER this week about how Spurrier, who turned 65 today, is still getting a lift in at the University of South Carolina weight room.

“When I was in my 40s, I never thought I’d coach into my 60s. But now, shoot, I feel better than I did when I was 45.”

In the story, we get waaay too much detail on the coach’s actual workout. Want to be like Steve on the treadmill?

The speed is set to 4 1/2 miles an hour, with a slight incline. It’s essentially as fast as you can walk without jogging.

Thankfully, Spurrier punches up the piece by doing the inevitable: Throwing his quarterback Stephen Garcia under the bus for no good reason.

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Ole Miss QB Is “Relieved” After Last Night’s Loss?

By now, you’re no doubt well aware that Ole Miss brought their #4 ranking into Columbia, South Carolina, and promptly crapped the bed in front of a nationwide audience. 16-10 against a team that had never beaten a top 5 team at home - ever - and thanks for playing kids, back to the line for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Jevan Snead gets wrecked
(”Glad we got this out of the way, right guys? Hello?”)

Prime suspect #1 for the felony charge of “aggravated playing like ass, resulting in conference loss”? That would be Jevan Snead, quarterback wunderkind who lit the SEC on fire last year and was generally considered the best quarterback in the SEC not named Tebow. His numbers from the night? 7-21, 107 yards, 1 TD, about 10 passes that should have been intercepted (none actually were). So let’s all join Snead in a great big “WHEW.” Wait, what?

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Speed Read: Overrated, Clap Clap, Clap Clap Clap

Because no battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. - William Faulker, “The Sound and the Fury”

That was written by Mississippi’s “greatest author,” who I also thought was kind of overrated. Which, it turns out, could easily apply on multiple levels to the Ole Miss football team. On a national stage and with a No. 4 ranking, the Rebels completely imploded, falling 16-10 at South Carolina last night. It may or may not be true that no battle is ever won, but for Ole Miss, this one was certainly lost.

Moe Brown of South Carolina

Mainly it was lost for two reasons: QB Jevan Snead had a miserable game, going 7 for 21 for 107 yards while being pressured by the Gamecocks’ defense all night. And Houston Nutt’s game plan reminded you of why he was barely a .500 coach with a backfield of Felix Jones and Darren McFadden at Arkansas. Nutt seemed unable to accept that the passing game just wasn’t working, and waited until the fourth quarter to turn to running back Dexter McLuster. He ran for 68 yards in the final quarter, but by then it was too little, too late. Read more…