Steve Spurrier trolls Tennessee following loss to Georgia State
Steve Spurrier developed a reputation delivering one-liner zingers largely directed at Florida’s top rivals, including Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee.
So shortly after one of his former assistant coaches toppled the Vols, Spurrier delivered a classic troll job.
“They just thoroughly beat Tennessee,” Spurrier told Andy Staples of The Athletic. “It wasn’t any fluke. There weren’t any fluky plays. They were 26-point underdogs, is that right? Rocky Top might be Rocky Bottom for a week or two until they win one, I guess.”
Spurrier was no doubt proud of Shawn Elliott, who was an offensive line coach and running game coordinator on Spurrier’s staffs at South Carolina, and later co-offensive coordinator. Elliott was named interim coach after Spurrier stepped down in 2015. Spurrier respected Elliott so much that he re-shaped his offense around the fundamentals that Elliott brought from Appalachian State. There’s also a narrative that Spurrier wanted Elliott to get the South Carolina job after he left.
The Vols return to action this week against BYU, and then play Chattanooga ahead of the game at Florida, a matchup Spurrier will likely watch closely.
Georgia State coach Shawn Ellliott knew his team could exploit Tennessee on both lines of scrimmage. The Panthers believed him, and the result was an upset that didn’t look like one. Elliott’s former boss — an expert at beating Tennessee — was impressed. https://t.co/fe0c5z8TTU pic.twitter.com/ErrTtTwGF0
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 2, 2019