Steve Spurrier’s latest dig at Nick Saban

Can’t coaches just save it for SEC Media Days?

In an interview with The State, Steve Spurrier talked about his ‘work smart not harder’ approach at South Carolina. The way Spurrier’s coaching has evolved from a Fun-N-Gun Florida to a grind-it-out South Carolina has been impressive to watch unfold, and he never seems to take things too seriously, often times ribbing fellow coaches.

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This time, it’s Nick Saban, again.

Spurrier explained the difference between himself and Saban and how his mentality differs from the SEC’s $7 million man.

“I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many,’ ” Spurrier said. “He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.”

Spurrier’s Gamecocks have won the third most games the last five years with 26, trailing just Alabama (37) and LSU (31).

The Ole Ball Coach saved his best zing for last, saying he doesn’t know if Saban has maxed out as well as he could.

“If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding,” Spurrier said. “I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”

Spurrier’s Gamecocks are still looking for that elusive SEC Championship that has slipped through their fingertips the last few years, often because his teams lose the one game they can’t lose.

South Carolina opens the 2014 season against Texas A&M on August 28th.

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