South Carolina Gamecocks: Steve Spurrier Entertains at SEC Media Days

By Tim Letcher

One of the highlights of each year’s SEC Media Days is when Steve Spurrier takes the stage. The head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks rarely fails to disappoint during his time in front of the cameras.

Over the years, Spurrier has been known to take shots at many opposing teams and coaches. He has never shied away from controversy, either. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Spurrier came to media days in Hoover and said that not only should college football have a playoff system, but that players should be paid. It now appears that both of those things will happen.

Spurrier doesn’t just make comments off the cuff. Many of his jabs are premeditated. For example, in his session on Tuesday, he took a question from one of his former South Carolina quarterbacks, Stephen Garcia, and asked if the bearded, long-haired Garcia was a member of the media or of Duck Dynasty.

When asked about the Palmetto State rivalry with the Clemson Tigers, Spurrier said that most Gamecocks fans would probably rather beat Clemson than win the SEC. However, Spurrier said, “Personally, I’d rather win the SEC. I don’t mind saying that. Personally, that’s the bigger trophy.”

Spurrier, who this year will become the only coach to ever coach for 10 years at two SEC schools, was also asked about college football history. Specifically, about the rivalry between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Texas Longhorns. Spurrier, never one to hold his tongue, said, “I think it’s a shame that Texas and Texas A&M don’t play each other, though. I don’t mind saying that. Two schools that have been playing for over a hundred years, just because one of them joins another conference, get mad at each other. ‘We’re not playing you anymore, we’re not playing you anymore.’ I think it is sad.”

Heading into the 2014 season, the Gamecocks seem to be the favorites to win the SEC Eastern Division. Quarterback Dylan Thompson will run the offense this season after backing up Connor Shaw the last three years. If things go well, Spurrier and his team could be playing for an SEC title in December. And that would give media members another chance to pry some gold out of the Ol’ Ball Coach.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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