When Steve Spurrier closed his press conference Tuesday by thanking the attendees for “no tough questions,” every actual reporter in the room groaned to him or herself.
Our job is to ask tough questions or at least pointed questions when they are required. However, I didn’t go into Tuesday’s news conference expecting it to be a tough question day.
Spurrier already has addressed his future twice. Once last week with us and again on his Sunday teleconference with reporters. On Sunday, he referred back to what he told us and said he wasn’t going to say any more on the matter at the time. It didn’t seem very fruitful to bang our heads against that wall anymore this week.
As for the coaching staff questions, we’re kind of at the same standoff. Spurrier has said what he’s going to say during the season.
The rest of South Carolina’s questions in this lost season are basically unanswerable. Why can’t you tackle? Can the defense get any better? Why can’t the offense run out the clock in the fourth quarter? Those are all “tough questions” and they’ve all been asked again and again and again.
Now, if the Gamecocks lose a fifth straight SEC game this week (against Florida in Gainesville), we might be able to come up with some more tough questions for next Tuesday.
Around the SEC:
Georgia is happy to have Todd Gurley back, as you would imagine.
Mississippi State and Alabama have played 98 games. The Crimson Tide have won 76 of them, but they have never faced a Bulldogs club ranked No. 1 in the land. Needless to say, this is the biggest game in Mississippi State history.
Is it possible the SEC could get no teams in the first College Football Playoff? Auburn is out. "We had goals and dreams, and we didn't get it done," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "It's unfortunate. You have to be a big boy. You've got to man up, and you've got to be better for it. We've got a lot of champions. We've just got to improve. It's not going to affect us in a negative way the rest of the year."
Kenny Hill is back from suspension, but Kyle Allen will remain Texas A&M’s starting quarterback this week.