Spurrier speaks at SEC Media Days


By Sara Jane Harris

(WOLO) -- Steve Spurrier addressed the media Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

Steve Spurrier comments:

-- Said everyone should be healthy and ready to go for fall practice.

-- Cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season noting the veteran offensive line, but won't say if this is his best offense at South Carolina.

-- Has a lot of confidence in starting quarterback Dylan Thompson but said they'll have to keep him healthy, adding that Thompson won't be running around as much as Connor Shaw did.

-- The backup quarterback position is still up in the air, said they can't work four backup quarterbacks, so the decision will be made soon.

-- Really likes the group of freshman wide receivers.

-- Said there are still several firsts to be attained at South Carolina including winning the school's first SEC title.

-- Said personally he'd rather win the SEC than beat Clemson but added that a majority of Gamecock fans would rather beat Clemson.

- Spurrier on his job security: "If we go bad, I'll get fired. I think I'm going to make it but I'm not sure yet."

-- Said the days of coaches trying to talk their players into staying in school instead of going to the NFL is not smart, says he shakes the hand of players who want to go pro and wish them the best.

-- Thinks it's sad for the fans that Texas and Texas A&M won't play each other anymore. "The fans want to see that, see you beat the guys next door."

-- Praised his group of assistant coaches and administration. Says they are a great group of people to work for and that it has been a fun nine years at South Carolina. "The last three or four years have been more fun." He said that UF columnist Pat Dooley always told him he'd coach longer at South Carolina than he did at Florida.

-- Said a four-team playoff is a pretty good idea. Said maybe sometime in the future it will go to eight.

-- Said he was surprised about the trophy for the Texas A&M game. (Which will reportedly feature the likeness of James Bonham, a Battle of the Alamo hero.) He said he always thought the hero of the Alamo was Davy Crockett.

-- Spurrier thinks Alabama has done "extremely well" and thinks Nick Saban is arguably the greatest recruiter in football.
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