SEC Media Days is in Hoover, Ala. for the next three days and on Tuesday we got to to hear from our favorite Head Ball Coach. Everything from Davy Crockett and The Alamo, the USFL Bandits and everything in between was discussed. Here’s the best of the best from Spurrier on Tuesday.
On the importance of keeping big time donors happy:
“The big donors in college are similar to like an owner in the NFL because they put the money up. The best part of it, they don’t tell us what to do, though. They’re sort of the owners from a distance. They don’t tell you who to play, what plays to call, so forth.”
On the rivalry with Texas A&M and the Alamo Trophy the winner gets:
“I heard about it. Read about it. Didn’t know it’s official yet. I’m actually from Tennessee. I always was taught the hero of the Alamo was Davy Crockett, so this was a new one on me. It’s a good story, I’m sure Bonham did some good things. I always thought Davie Crockett was the hero of the Alamo, he and those 33 Tennessee guys that came in there and got killed, so forth (!!!!). So the trophy was a little surprising to me.”
Whether or not South Carolina fans would rather beat Clemson or win the SEC each year:
“What I’ve also learned at South Carolina, our fans realize there’s more to life than winning the SEC championship. They really do. We’re in a state with Clemson. Clemson used to pretty much own South Carolina in football, no question about it. We have a state championship trophy. If you ask our fans at South Carolina, I can assure you a majority would say, We would rather beat Clemson than win the SEC. That is how big it is to them, that one game. Personally I’d rather win the SEC. I don’t mind saying that. Personally that’s the bigger trophy.”
On players leaving school early for the NFL:
“Anytime one of them tells me he wants to go pro, I shake his hand, say, Good luck, I’m all for you. I think the days of a coach talking a kid into staying is not smart. He could get hurt his last year.”
Texas A&M-Texas Rivalry:
“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. So I don’t know. I think it is sad. Florida plays Florida State. We play Clemson. Georgia plays Georgia Tech. We’re in different conferences, but they are in‑state rivals. The fans want to see that, to me. They want to see you beat the guys next door, the neighbors.”
How important being a head coach with the USFL Bandits was for his career (And apparently USFL owners knew nothing about football):
“I’m pretty fortunate, very blessed still being a head coach, I guess. The USFL, it was a wonderful experience. The owner, John Massey, a wonderful guy. I mean, he didn’t know football, didn’t pretend to know football. He said, I’ll help you get whatever players you need and away we go.”
On former SC quarterback Stephen Garcia’s new long locks:
“One of our media guys asked about Stephen. I saw him on TV last night. He was interviewed by our local TV celebrity in Columbia there. He got his long hair back. I said it looked like he had joined Duck Dynasty instead of the media. They assured me he’s with the media now.”
Morgan Moriarty is a fourth year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty.