University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier set the Twitterverse and the rest of the sports world abuzz when he called a press conference Wednesday afternoon on short notice.
The first thought that ran through everyone’s mind, of course, was that the “Head Ball Coach” may be stepping down, but, according to ESPN’s Chris Low, that is definitely not the case.
Instead, as Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network stated on his radio/tv show Wednesday afternoon, it seems that Spurrier is still fully committed to the Gamecocks and has no plans to step away anytime soon.
So why call a hastily-thrown-together presser that left Gamecock Nation with its collective heart in its throat? Well, according to Finebaum, Spurrier has always had a tendency to personalize criticism. This time the Head (don’t-you-dare-call-me-old) Ball Coach seems to have taken umbrage with the local newspaper in Columbia, which ran a column that was written for a newspaper in Atlanta, in which the author labeled the 70-year-old Spurrier as being “on the descent.”
To be fair, Spurrier’s Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing 7-6 season in 2014 after three straight 11-2 campaigns. Couple that with the fact that Spurrier just turned 70 this past April, and you can see why some may speculate as to how long he wants to stick around.
But Spurrier doesn’t see things that way. Critics are “enemies,” and “haters” lurk behind every rock and every tree. He’s never shown a great deal of love for the media, and just asking the question is enough to land you on his blacklist.
So hopefully Spurrier feels better now that he’s had a chance to “clear the air” and we can all get back to wondering where the Gamecocks will finish in the SEC East this year. Just don’t mention age or retirement if you’re anywhere near Columbia…or in Atlanta…or anywhere else, for that matter. That’s a one-way ticket to Spurrier’s doghouse.
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