Internet abuzz after Spurrier takes shot at Tennessee

South Carolina coach also 'points out' John Adams picked Arkansas over Gamecocks

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier made internet waves for taking a shot at Tennessee yet again on Thursday.

According to Josh Kendall, a reporter with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Spurrier gave his own take on the Vols' coaching situation of the past few seasons.

A tweet from Kendall's @JoshatTheState account quoted Spurrier as saying, “Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. … I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”

That tweet soon made the rounds, prompting stories by USA Today and NBC Sports, to name a few.

Kendall also noted that Spurrier took time to point out that the News Sentinel's John Adams, among others, picked Arkansas to beat the Gamecocks last week in what turned out to be a 52-7 South Carolina win.

The remarks, of course, aren't the first time that Spurrier has taken a shot at Tennessee, or other foes.

While coach at Florida, he variously referred to Florida State as “Free Shoes University,” commented that the real tragedy about a fire in Auburn's library is that some of the books hadn't been colored yet, and took particular pleasure in pointing out that “you can't spell citrus without U-T” in reference to the Vols' trips to the Citrus Bowl, and that Peyton Manning returned for his senior year with the Vols to try to become the first three-time Citrus Bowl MVP.

Ironically enough, Florida, not Tennessee, would play in the Citrus Bowl that season.

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Comments » 13

maciste54 writes:

He can say anything he wants as long as he wins. Start beating his hind end regularly and the comments will change from smug to bitter whining.

JAC0703 writes:

His comments were not bad at all. He didn't take a "shot" at the Vols. He stated a fact and seemed possibly sympathetic to our position.

The flak Spurrier gets is unwarranted in my opinion.

MikeNPS writes:

I wasn't offened by Spurrier's comments. He has coached in Neyland Stadium on many occasions. I would point out to him, however, that when he coached here as Florida coach, his teams were the SEC champions, something he has never accomplished at USC. And as for his comment about John Adams, well, most Vols fans think Adams is an idiot.

volbald writes:

Spurrier has a cleaver "way with words" and is glib on top of it. I recall at the time that everyone in the U.S., including UT fans, got a real chuckle out of the "Citrus" wisecrack. Spurrier also said that UF and UT both had the talent for the schools to each win their home games against the other. Unfortunately, UF won most of its away games at UT in addition to its home games. SC looked stronger than expected against Ark. Let's hope that the SC team which lost to UGA shows up at Neyland Stadium instead.

NomDePlume (Inactive) writes:

Never mind the abuzzcocks.

crob7x writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

I wasn't offened by Spurrier's comments. He has coached in Neyland Stadium on many occasions. I would point out to him, however, that when he coached here as Florida coach, his teams were the SEC champions, something he has never accomplished at USC. And as for his comment about John Adams, well, most Vols fans think Adams is an idiot.

"I would point out to him, however, that when he coached here as Florida coach, his teams were the SEC champions, something he has never accomplished at USC."

So making South Carolina a winner and SEC East contender counts for nothing? Gee, we so enjoy being in that position here in Knoxville. Um ... never mind. Oh, and ... Duke.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to maciste54:

He can say anything he wants as long as he wins. Start beating his hind end regularly and the comments will change from smug to bitter whining.

That's the bottom line for sure. It's not enough for UT fans or members of the team or staff to be bummed about his smart-mouth remarks; we have to do all we can to make it NOT MATTER what he says by winning our share.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

I'm not a Spurrier fan but you have to give the devil his due when he can talk the talk and then walk the walk.
We got to suck it up and kick his A--. That will shut that ratchet jaw up. If we can't do it then he will jack them jaws just like he always does when he whips our butt.

H_I_McDonough (Inactive) writes:

Sorry guys, bottom line is he's beaten us more than we've beaten him, and he's really good at getting under our skin. And look, he's doing it again!

lonesome_dove writes:

so ................ what did he have to say after losing to the Vols in Neyland today ?

lonesome_dove writes:

Spurrier won his share at Florida, yes, but I will always take great pleasure remembering Tennessee winning Spurrier's last game in the Swamp by physically beating up the Gators in 2001.

TNFaninFL writes:

Stevie Superior mismanaged his 3 time outs at the end of the game and probably cost his team the game.... isnt that beautiful ! What a great way to end the streak, against that jerk. GO VOLS !

SmokeysPup writes:

OUT COACHED BY BUTCH. The last 3:18 was coaching perfection. Punted when everyone in the stadium thought he should go for it. That's belief that your special teams will come through, your defense will make it a 3 and out, your offense will make a play to get into field goal position, and belief in your kicker to split the uprights..........after all you can't spell Citrus without a U S and a C.

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