Spurrier Jr. just one of many untruths about Coastal job

This just in from the news desk: Oswald acted alone, the U.S. did, in fact, put a man on the moon and Steve Spurrier Jr. will not be the next head football coach at Coastal Carolina.

I know that latter statement will likely be hard to accept for those conspiracy theorists in the crowd, but it finally came straight from the Young Ball Coach’s mouth (or at least his Twitter feed) on Wednesday.

That’s funny, because the rumor mill already had Spurrier Jr. headed to Conway for a press conference over the weekend. He was spotted everywhere but Belk’s trying on teal ties.

The story was that Spurrier Jr. had already cut a deal to be the next coach at Coastal Carolina even before the first coach was informed of his reassignment.

The sudden announcement was made to prevent the news from leaking out before David Bennett was scheduled to attend the Mr. Football Banquet, where Spurrier also was scheduled to appear. Awkward!

One keen-eyed chat room poster even commented that Spurrier seemed agitated when asked about Bennett’s firing by a TV reporter at the event. Of course, he NEVER seems agitated by reporter’s questions.

It just goes to show that you can’t believe all the stuff floating around in cyber-world. In fact, you’re better off believing none of it, that way you will come out ahead overall.

Yet I have seen and heard some of the wildest theories on why Coastal let Bennett go. Sometime the hardest explanation to believe is the most logical one – Coastal wants more from its football program – 63-39 and four conference championships in nine seasons won’t cut it.

They have some valid points. Excitement has been down around the once-proud program, but that could be attributed to the newness of the program wearing off, like a 2003 PT Cruiser you loved to drive when it was new but not so much anymore.

And 29-28 over the past five seasons, while technically is considered a winning record, is not winning enough in this age of college football. Still, it raises the standard pretty high for the next coach.

Perhaps the strongest argument, and probably the most telling comment made at the press conference, was the phrase “return on our investment.” Coastal has spent a lot of money on the football program, much of it at the request of Bennett, and the results haven’t shown on the field.

So CCU president David DeCenzo and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek decided to make a very bold move, one that will go a long way in determining their long-term success at the school. They not only have to bring in a football coach who can win – and fast, they also have to mend some fences in the community.

Many Coastal fans feel blind-sided by the move. Other’s have been calling for Bennett’s head for a long time on those “Blawgs” he ranted about (“Who’s on the blawg? Putcha dad-gum name on the blawg.”)

Now those same blogs are cranking out all kinds of conspiracy theories about how, what and where when the “Who and the when” are all that remain to be answered.

Here’s what we know: Bennett was relieved for the reasons they gave, CCU will hold a nationwide search, narrow it down to a few overqualified candidates and pick the best one, not whoever has the same name as a popular head coach in the state or some secret agreement.

But what we don’t know is whether the risky move will pay off. Ultimately, that will be determined by the football program’s future success or failure.

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