Spurrier, 70, back to talking smack at SEC Media Days

uscfoot-spurrierIf South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is considering retirement, you couldn’t tell it from his tone Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days in Hoover, AL.

Not only did Spurrier deny reports of his impending retirement, he also showed flashes of his former days at Florida, where he developed a reputation for taking shots at SEC rivals.

“There are two people running for president, Hilary (Clinton) and (Donald) Trump, who are within a year of me,” said the 70-year-old Spurrier. “I have no plans on quitting. That retirement thing, I don’t think I’d be very good at that.”

Spurrier, who was attending his 23rd SEC Media Days, responded with a squint and a bunched facial expression discussing the Gamecocks dropping back to the pack in the SEC with a 7-6 record in 2014.

“I guess some 7-6s are better than others,” said Spurrier. “We got rejuvenated. We got new life. We went 7-6, same as Tennessee and Arkansas. They’re celebrating big seasons. … There are people in Knoxville and Fayetteville still doing cartwheels over 7-6.”

Spurrier stressed defense and running the ball Tuesday, a far cry from his Fun ‘N Gun days with the Gators and the Cock ‘N Fire offense he brought to the Gamecocks. He also brought a specialist to media days to represent South Carolina, saying Elliott Fry is the most clutch kicker he’s ever coached.

The biggest preseason question at South Carolina is at quarterback. Spurrier hinted that a platoon could be coming, noting that there is no rule against playing two quarterbacks.

Players sounded confident Tuesday that the Gamecocks were not about to settle into the pushover category in the SEC.

“We’re going to surprise some people,” said wide receiver Pharoah Cooper, who had 1,136 receiving yards and more than 200 rushing yards as a SEC first-team pick.

Spurrier also congratulated the South Carolina government for its decision to formally remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

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