Steve Spurrier took the podium at SEC Media Days to kick off Tuesday’s session, bringing the thunder with several fantastic one liners. His ability to cast shade during a compliment is as good as Nick Saban’s ability to recruit, which is something Spurrier is impressed with. So much so that he went on record as stating that Saban is “the greatest recruiter in the history of college football.” This comment comes on the heels of Spurrier’s recent dissection of his coaching style versus Saban’s, where he questioned if the Alabama general maximizes the talent he brings in.
Following is a transcript from Tuesday’s presser of the HBC talking about how amazing the Tide’s recruiting prowess is.
Q. I know obviously in the past you’ve had your way of poking at people, having fun with guys. I read where you talked about Saban. You felt like he had sort of underachieved because he had these great recruiting classes but only won two SEC championships. Was that poking fun or do you feel he hasn’t taken the maximum out of the players he’s got?
COACH SPURRIER: I think they’ve done extremely well. There’s no question about that. I just made a statement that I think they’ve had five number one recruiting classes out of the last six years, which has got to make him the greatest recruiter in the history of college football.
Arguably, they’ve got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team. If the recruiting services are correct, and they’re pretty much correct.
So they’re the favorites. They’re the favorites. There’s no question about that. As long as they can recruit like that, they’re always going to be the favorites.
I guess fortunately sometimes the team that plays the best is the team that wins instead of maybe who all has the best players.
I just mention that because it is amazing. When I was at Florida, we had two number one classes, 1991, Danny Wuerffel, all those guys, we had a bunch of players come in. The next year the guys said, Coach, you got too many players on Florida, I’m not going to get on the field.
But at Alabama they just keep signing them year after year after year. It’s amazing. I give him credit for it. They do it the right way. He runs a good program. It’s just amazing to me how they’ve been able to stack and keep loading up players every year.
That’s what I was just trying to mention. They’re going to be the favorites. They got to be the favorites.
Now LSU is pretty good, too. Everybody else recruits very well also. But to be number one that much, that’s just sort of amazing to me.
Numbers never lie, and when it comes to Nick Saban and Alabama, they have a whole lot of No. 1 classes. Spurrier understands and respects just that. Now if only Saban could bring home a few more championships to really impress the HBC (because three in five years just doesn’t cut it).