South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier called an impromptu news conference on Wednesday to address some topics that have bothered him recently.
With it being a last-minute press conference, some people speculated that Spurrier was announcing his retirement or that he was stepping down. Those people were sorely mistaken, as he came out firing.
The Gamecocks coach was worked up over a local Columbia, S.C. paper running an article with the AJC’s Mark Bradley’s opinion on the state of Spurrier’s program. Here is what Bradley said:
“I think they are a program on the descent, and I think it’s going to be interesting to see how long the coach stays. There are some guys you think, ‘Yeah, he’s going to be coaching when he’s 70.’ Steve Spurrier was never one of those guys for me, and it’s hard for me to envision him coaching much beyond this if he doesn’t think he has a chance to win, and I’m not sure he’s going to have a chance to win the next few years the way he’s had it the last few years.”
Spurrier had this to say about Bradley’s words:
“That’s allowing our enemies to write about us in our paper and I don’t like that,” Spurrier said.
He then made sure everyone knew who the enemy is.
“The media. The media,” Spurrier said. “We’ve got some enemies that write in the Atlanta paper. They cover the Bulldogs. We let that guy write in our paper the other day. That doesn’t make sense, does it?”
Here are some of Spurrier’s best remarks from the press conference:
On the possibility of him retiring:
On the impact of negative recruiting:
On beating Deshaun Watson and Clemson this season:
And, of course, Spurrier asking when he’ll be able to watch his press conference on the news:
Watch part 1 of the press conference:
Watch part 2 of the press conference: