Taking Shots at the HBC
By Buddy Martin
When you’re the oldest coach in SEC history, and your team is coming off a lackluster 7-6 season, you become an easy target of the critics.
HOOVER, Ala. — To paraphrase what they said about Caesar, some came to bury Spurrier, not to praise him. When you’re the oldest coach in SEC history, and your team is coming off a lackluster 7-6 season, you become an easy target of the critics. After 26 years as a head coach and 23 SEC Media Days, Steve Spurrier understands that all too well at age 70.
“I know the critics are out there — and that’s why they’re called critics,” said The Head Ball Coach. “They criticize every chance they get and we gave them chances to criticize us last year, which is OK. That’s part of our sport.”
He will take umbrage at somebody calling South Carolina’s 7-6 record “mediocre” as one national talk show host did. He’ll tell you, in fact, that beating Miami in the Duck Commander Bowl (AKA Independence Bowl) in Shreveport was such a meaningful outcome that he and his team were “rejuvenated.”
He even took up for the downtrodden SEC East — “we upheld our end last year by going 5-0 in our bowl games” — and professes a newfound appreciation for playing in bowl games because “we can’t all win (the championship).”
So is this Steve Spurrier 4-point-0 rationalizing away last year’s shortfall or is he really fired up and ready to get his team back in the Top Ten?