The Gamecocks took the stage at 10 a.m. today in Hoover, Alabama. Coach Spurrier, Elliot Fry, Skai Moore, and Pharoh Cooper are the representatives at the annual crazy show that is SEC Media Days. Unquestionably, Coach Spurrier is the biggest draw. Partly because there's really no telling what he'll do:
[Spurrier brings bag of balls to podium] [begins hitting new punch shot into crowd] "With that, I'll take questions."— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) July 14, 2015
Here are some tidbits from the morning session with the HBC.
Following last year's brouhaha over the '2-3 more years' comment, Coach Spurrier seems (at least today) like he's determined to stay in Columbia until he gets it right. After then, maybe the Ball Coach has his sights set on a higher office:
Spurrier notes "there's 2 people running for president, Hillary & Trump, the same age as me... I have no plans on quitting."— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 14, 2015
Coach also was asked for the secret that's allowed him to coach for so long, and it set up a quintessential Spurrier dinger:
Steve Spurrier: "People ask, 'Why are you still coaching?' I forgot to get fired and I'm not going to cheat."— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) July 14, 2015
He also dropped some knowledge:
Spurrier answering @BianchiWrites question: "I'm the youngest coach to win four straight bowl games. Did you know that Bianchi?"— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) July 14, 2015
On last year:
Coach Spurrier claimed that while the bowl win over Miami was, "rejuvenating," to the team, he also stated that there were numerous little moments that could've made last season lots better. The main point was directed at our offense staying on the field a little longer, and sustaining drives to help better control the game clock:
SC coach Steve Spurrier: We've got to stay on the field more. Not only drive for TDs but consume some clock. #SECMD15— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) July 14, 2015
We also got a little classic Spurrier trolling the Vols:
Steve Spurrier: "There are people in Knoxville and Fayetteville still doing cartwheels over going 7-6."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 14, 2015
On this year:
Obviously, last year was a disappointment, but with staff changes, personnel changes, and new players in the lineup, the HBC is hopeful about this year:
Spurrier: "Critics are out there, and that's why they're critics. They criticize, and we have them plenty of reasons to criticize"— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 14, 2015
There were other issues covered, including the Missouri rivalry, the Clowney Program, and there was even a little Talkin' Bout the Noles. All in all, another good day for the King of Media Days.
Stay tuned for a full rundown of the Gamecocks' day in Hoover.