Steve Spurrier continues to keep Alabama, Saban in the bullseye

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Georgia

You know it’s almost SEC Media Days when Steve Spurrier starts – or continues – ribbing another college football team.

It’s usually Georgia or Tennessee, but this year it’s Alabama. Regardless, Spurrier will always take the opportunity to throw a few funny jabs other team’s way.

Last week, Spurrier took a dig at Alabama and Nick Saban in an interview with The State, and he ribbed Saban on working smarter, not harder, while also saying that Saban may have underachieved at Alabama.

Well, he’s back at it again in a separate interview with The State with more interesting answers to questions. One way or another, he usually finds a way to circle back around to Alabama and Nick Saban.

Q: If I had told you in 1997, ‘There’s more to life than the SEC championship,’ would you have agreed? Would that have been good enough?

A: Well, my last year at Florida, we did not win the SEC. We had a heck of a team in 2001, we won the state championship, beat FSU, won the Orange Bowl and finished No. 3 in the nation, and we were disappointed because our expectations obviously were to win the SEC, which we did seven of the 12. So it’s different. Your expectations and what you achieve are different at every school. Every school is different. For example, at Alabama, if I had had five No. 1 recruiting classes in the last six years like Alabama, I would say, ‘Fellas we are going to mess up if we lose a game, because we’ve got the best players in college football.’ But we’re not in that situation. Our history is not all that super before we got here, so everything is sort of relative to each school. Maybe what their past has been and which direction they are headed. But to finish in the top 10 three years in a row when our school has never done that, to win 11 games three years in a row, our school has never done that, that’s been fun, no question.

Perhaps Spurrier didn’t needle Saban as bad as last week’s remarks, but deep down I bet Spurrier can’t help but wonder what he could do with all that talent Saban signs every year. But Spurrier sounds just fine not having to have perfect seasons because he doesn’t sign the top class every year – however, it sounds as if he thinks that Alabama should run the table every year with their talent.

Steve Spurrier is a national treasure.

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  • They damn sure shouldn’t need a mulligan.

  • Sounds like the Ole Ball Coach is lowering expectations going into this season.Which is understandable when you look at how good they were with Shaw and company.

  • Sounds to me like vintage Spurrier. By taking a shot at Saban he is keeping himself and his program in the news. He knows this is a dead time for college football news and anything that can even remotely be considered controversial will make the sports talk and blog rounds.

    For all the improvement at USC he still has not won a Southeastern Conference Championship. So why not take a pot shot at the man on top and his program? Why not attempt to claim he has done more with less than Saban has with more? However, those three crystal footballs in the Alabama Football Complex window kind of makes Spurrier’s comments ring a little hollow. Seems he didn’t always win a SEC or National title with the blue chip recruits he had at Florida either.

    • Not sure where you get all of UF’s blue chip recruits in the ’90s… I don’t think Spurrier’s ever had a #1 recruiting class, much less 6 of them. Typically, the other two schools in the state (Miami & FSU) outrecruited him in the 1990s, not to mention a few of schools in the SEC. Spurrier is the most important coach in the SEC’s history… he revolutionized the game in the South. Everyone had to catch up with what he was doing at Florida and he’s one of the main reasons the league is so strong today. Fact of the matter is, he won 7 SEC championships. If he did that now, he’d have played for the Nat’l Championship game 7 times. Through no fault of his, UF’s history prior to him arriving was medicore at best and didn’t allow him those opportunities. But, he’s paved the way for the last 7 NC’s from the SEC.

      • I like Spurrier but spurrier did not revolutionize anything in the south. I also don’t see how spurrier is the most important coach in the SEC’s history. Spurrier didn’t have anything to do with the SEC winning the last 7 NC’s either considering the BCS wasn’t even around when he coached at UF………

        • Amen Bamatime, another delusional gator. When did yall stop hatin’ on him anyway, Hartlrs?
          Coach Bryant is the most important coach in the SEC’s history, followed closely by General Neyland, Vince Dooley, Johnny Vaught, and Shug Jordan.
          In modern times, Nick Saban is the most important coach, followed closely by Steve Spurrier.

          If you are an Auburn fan, we will concede to you that Gus Malzahn is the most important coach, and also the greatest coach, in the history of all college football, displacing Gene Chizik.

        • He absolutely revolutionized football in the SEC in the 90’s. We went from the Big Ten’s twin to the best conference &, like it or not, he had a whole hell of a lot to do with it. Is he the most “important” in history? No, & that’s a bad term to use anyway. He’s important to UF just like Bear Bryant is important to Bama. Best coach? Not that either. Probably top 5 or so, but not the best. But he was certainly instrumental in making the SEC defenses change everything they did (because they couldn’t stop him), and that led to the SEC we have today. Also, his point on Spurrier’s 7 SEC championships is accurate. Had that happened anytime post 2005, he’s playing for the title. As it was, he played for the titlte 3 or 4 times, winning one. Side note, he did run into probably the best team of all in the mid-90’s Nebraska Cornhuskers. No more impressive 4-year run in history IMO.

      • I agree, Spurrier’s tenure at UF was a key component in helping bring the SEC out of the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust era of college football. I don’t discount his importance as a coach in the history of the league but to tag him as the most important coach in SEC history is a bit too much. Most schools in the SEC have had at least one coach who has raised the bar in the league at some point, some more than others. The best of them (in my opinion) being Paul “Bear” Bryant (AL), General Bob Neyland (UT), Johnny Vaught (OM), Vince Dooley (UGA), Ralph “Shug” Jordan (AU), Nick Saban (AL), Phillip Fulmer (UT), Pat Dye (AU), Frank Thomas (AL), Wallace Wade (AL), Wally Butts (UGA), Urban Meyer (UF), Bobby Dodd (Ga. Tech) and yes, Steve Spurrier (UF).

        • Sorry, forgot Les Miles (LSU) and Charlie McClendon (LSU). Could also make a case for Paul Dietzel (LSU)

        • League Wide, the guy’s done more for the conference than anyone else, not just the particluar school he coached. He brought two horrible programs to relevance, which made the entire league stronger. Before he got there, Florida or South Carolina weren’t even relevant. Most all the coaches you mention, there wasalready a precendent set. Hell, Alabama had six National Champiosnhips before Bear Bryant got there. UF & SC were flies on shit when Spurrier took them over.

      • I literally can’t disagree with anything you posted.

  • You think Spurrier just wants to poke the 500 lb. gorilla?

  • I hated Spurrier when he was at Florida, but I’m an Alabama fan and we struggled for consistency for all of those years. Gene Stallings would have been the winningest coach in the SEC back then if not for Spurrier. I’m convinced Steve cost Gene at least one other National Championship.

    As for today, I have grown to like Coach Spurrier and his snide snarky sarcasm. He is a great football coach and has learned that some things are more important in a coach’s job than just winning. His players are lucky to have him.

    As for picking on Nick, I’m sure Steve would have been a great coach if he had come to Alabama, and he would have gotten to experience what it’s like to have every team on your schedule prepare for you like it’s the game of a lifetime.
    Non conference opponents have Bama on their bulletin board years in advance. Conference opponents are gathering a game plan on Bama all year long. That’s true when you are the best and also true when you are legendary. The same is true for all of the schools with lots of history and tradition.
    South Carolina is not one of those schools. They don’t get special preps except from teams in their division or an SEC Championship game opponent.

  • Spurrier is just pissed because he only got 1 National Championship


  • Wise and cunning recruiting tactics for South Carolina during this dead period. Who wouldn’t want to play for coach who calls out the “Great Nick Saban” and picks a fight. You can believe there are some recruits who like this type of talk from their leader. The Ole Ball Coach strikes again!

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