Spurrier on Todd Gurley situation: 'We all know the rules'
Two of college football’s most prominent players – Jameis Winston and Todd Gurley – are currently facing investigations into whether they received extra benefits from memorabilia brokers in exchange for their autographs.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier shared his thoughts on the situations in a rather succinct matter.
“Whatever happens, we’ll just have to wait and see,” Spurrier said. “We all know the rules, though.”
Of course, Spurrier has been around college football long enough to coach his own high-profile players, who could be targeted by memorabilia brokers for the athlete to make a quick buck or two. In fact, as recently as last season, Spurrier coached arguably one of the most prominent players of the last decade – defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney, who was the consensus No. 1 high school recruit when he came to South Carolina in 2011. He more than lived up to the hype, setting the SEC’s freshman sack record as well as several school records. Clowney was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“Well I think Jadeveon did what he was supposed to do the whole offseason. Probably no player had as much publicity in the offseason,” Spurrier said about his former defensive lineman. “That Clowney hit was on TV for about eight months. After our bowl game, Clowney could go sign his name and take all of the money he wanted to.”
Prior to Gurley, the most recent SEC star to be suspended for allegedly receiving extra benefits was former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. He was only suspended for one half, however, prompting Spurrier to wonder if Manziel’s punishment set the precedent for similar cases
“We all know the rules, and I guess what happened with Johnny Manziel, these guys say, ‘Well, the worst I’m going to get is maybe half a game,” Spurrier added.
Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper even spoke out about the subject, saying players have to be careful about the choices you make off-the-field.
“We all know the rules on the football team here,” Cooper said. “You really have to be smart about what you do.”