SEC Media Days were created for Steve Spurrier. The man works a room like some cross between a politician and your half-drunk uncle. It’s one of those things where, after having watched Spurrier at the podium, you realize that you’ve just witnessed greatness.
It didn’t matter that Spurrier was given the early slot on a Tuesday morning, he brought heaters and gave the world what it wanted. Here are some of the maestro’s best quips from this year’s proceedings.
On QB Dylan Thompson:
He’s the only quarterback in the nation to beat UCF.
On boosters …
When I got there we had one person to give over a million bucks in the history of the school. Now we have 12 or 13, something like that. Our facilities are really good
… and more boosters:
Joe Rice is one of our big donors. I was kidding around with him recently. He took me to the Bahamas on his Jet airplane, on his yacht, pretty good trip.
You’re sort of like an owner of the team. The big donors in college are similar to like an owner in the NFL because they put the money up.
On American history:
I’m actually from Tennessee. I always was taught the hero of the Alamo was Davy Crockett, so this was a new one on me … I always thought Davie Crockett was the hero of the Alamo, he and those 33 Tennessee guys that came in there and got killed, so forth.
On playing Missouri:
We’ve got a little trophy with Missouri, because they’re Columbia and we’re Columbia. They call it the Mayors’ Trophy, the mayor of each town. We’ve been fortunate enough to keep that one at home the last couple of years.
On the Big Ten:
I don’t know that you can have a trophy for every game. Up in the Big Ten they have a bunch of them, several of them.
If they want to do it, that’s fine.
I guess fortunately sometimes the team that plays the best is the team that wins instead of maybe who all has the best players.
On coaching in the NFL:
But that was a bad plan. It was. Later you found out, that was not a real good idea.
On South Carolina BHBC (Before Head Ball Coach):
It was a school, you could probably describe their football tradition as mediocre, they had a losing record overall, way under .500 in SEC games. Nowhere to go but up.
On Kevin Sumlin:
Kevin Sumlin has an excellent record as a coach. He’s a good negotiator, we know that also, so he’s got a good deal.
On Stephen Garcia:
I saw him on TV last night. He was interviewed by our local TV celebrity in Columbia there. He got his long hair back. I said it looked like he had joined Duck Dynasty instead of the media.
On his performance at this year’s Media Days: