After opening with a minor gaffe, Steve Spurrier again owned the SEC’s annual Media Days on Tuesday.
Spurrier, who will be entering his eighth year at South Carolina, is a media favorite in the league due to his wit and willingness to jab an opponent or two or three. He made a misstep, though, on the first day of the event.
“You guys have been here 30, 40 years, some of you,” Spurrier said. “They don’t fire media people, we found that out.”
It was poor timing on Spurrier’s part given the climate of the media environment and the fact that more than 300 media members lost their job in this state alone this month after downsizing at many of the state’s largest newspapers. Still, the adoring crowd quickly forgave him, and it’s because of comments like these:
Asked about the Gamecocks’ schedule in regard to Arkansas, Spurrier said: “You think I make the schedule? If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU, and we’d be playing Ole Miss.”
Asked about his perceived impatience with quarterbacks, he said: “Patience? I don’t have patience? You know what I’ve been through the last four years?”
Later Spurrier was asked specifically if he gave Stephen Garcia too many chances. “I gave him more than anybody I’ve ever coached, put it that way,” he said.
Asked about former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s hole-in-one this summer, he said, “I called her right after that and said, ‘You got more attention for a hole in one than anybody in history.’ That headline was all around the country.”
On his team’s depth at running back, Spurrier said: “We’ve got a little kid named Shon Carson nobody knows about yet. He’s a little scooter bug who can go.”