Steve Spurrier really can’t help himself when it comes to tweaking Alabama.
You’ll recall last week that the South Carolina head coach had plenty to say about Nick Saban. Spurrier criticized Saban’s inability to rack up numerous SEC Championships in his tenure at Alabama. Well, that apparently wasn’t the end of it.
In another interview with GoGamecocks.com, Spurrier was asked about his own inability to win the SEC title in his tenure at South Carolina.
“There’s more to life than the SEC championship,” said the Ol’ Ball Coach.
Irony, thy name is Spurrier.
When called out on his own inability to live up to the standards he sets for teams like Alabama, Spurrier’s answer was basically, ‘yeah, but”:
Well, my last year at Florida, we did not win the SEC. We had a heck of a team in 2001, we won the state championship, beat FSU, won the Orange Bowl and finished No. 3 in the nation, and we were disappointed because our expectations obviously were to win the SEC, which we did seven of the 12. So it’s different. Your expectations and what you achieve are different at every school. Every school is different. For example, at Alabama, if I had had five No. 1 recruiting classes in the last six years like Alabama, I would say, ‘Fellas we are going to mess up if we lose a game, because we’ve got the best players in college football.’ But we’re not in that situation. Our history is not all that super before we got here, so everything is sort of relative to each school. Maybe what their past has been and which direction they are headed. But to finish in the top 10 three years in a row when our school has never done that, to win 11 games three years in a row, our school has never done that, that’s been fun, no question.
So there you have it. If you’re Nick Saban, you should win the SEC every single year. If you’re Steve Spurrier, and can’t even make it to the top of the weaker division in your conference, well, winning isn’t everything.
If there’s anyone in the country at this point that doesn’t want to see Alabama face South Carolina in the SEC Championship game this year, they should probably turn in their fan card.
Here’s hoping we all get our wish.