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Spurrier on UNC's Blake: 'It's hard to hide whatever your reputation is'

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that North Carolina defensive line coach John Blake‘s relationship with agent Gary Wichard has become the focus of attention for NCAA investigators.

According to South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, that article should’ve come as a surprise to no one.

Spurrier’s program has been caught in the NCAA’s investigative web that was first spun at UNC, with Gamecocks tight end Weslye Saunders — a good friend of UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who’s seemingly become the straw that’s stirring this probe — having been questioned by investigators regarding a trip to South Beach this past Memorial Day weekend.

Perhaps because his program has become a part of this agent mess, Spurrier stepped into the way-back machine, channeled the Ol’ Ball Coach, and took a subtle hatchet to Blake’s reputation around the coaching community as only he can.  Or used to be able to.

“When you’ve been in coaching as long as I have, we know the reputation of almost all the coaches that have been around a long time,” Spurrier said Tuesday. “We all have a reputation, especially guys who’ve coached 20 years or so. It’s hard to hide whatever your reputation is.”

(tosses microphone to mat, climbs through ropes as Jim Ross screams “OH MY GAWD!!!”)

If for just a minute, pardon us while we party like it’s the mid-nineties…

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17 Responses to “Spurrier on UNC's Blake: 'It's hard to hide whatever your reputation is'”
  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 10, 2010 12:48 PM

    Classic!! Spurrier talking about other coaches reputations.. Hey pot meet kettle.

  2. buckeye044 says: Aug 10, 2010 1:16 PM

    @SoFlaTrojan
    Please refresh my memory. Superior ever do anything to put a school on probation?

  3. virtueandvice says: Aug 10, 2010 1:23 PM

    Only a matter of time before Butchie has UNC on probation. Most corrupt program in the ACC by far right now.

  4. grandavenue says: Aug 10, 2010 1:54 PM

    If they went after every program that had kids who knowingly did something against the rules there would be no college football games. Just Navy, Army, and Air Force every week.
    It’s ridiculous. Agents are a huge problem, but the NCAA acting like they are looking out for their “Student Athletes” is a joke as well. I’m surprised they don’t have a corporate sponsor for the phrase “Student Athletes”.
    Something like the NCAA proudly presents the Geico Student Athlets. They brand everything, and they are making a lot of money off these kids. Why don’t they become true examples, become non-profit, and all the money is filtered back to the players. When they graduate, here’s a check for $50K as a thank you for working your tail off for 5 years.
    The NCAA just doesn’t want any of their athletes being lured away to the NFL early, taking away their dollars. Meanwhile kids, who EVERY single person would do the same thing, are getting blamed for accepting the things people give them. They are told from a young age that they are awesome, great, better, and that they can be the best. Then when they actually start believing and using that, people get all surprised. ANyone who wonders why there are so many diva Athletes: Lebron, T.O., Ocho, A-Rod, Favre, and all the others. It’s because we put them on a pedistal and tell them they are kings. When really they are entertainers. Just there to make the masses happy.
    Spurrier shouldn’t be throwing out reputation talk. His reputation used to be that he was one of the best coaches in College Football. Note the USED TO BE part. Turns out winning at Florida is pretty simple. Even Urban “no class” Meyer can win.

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 10, 2010 1:55 PM

    Buckeye044,
    Sorry didnt realize that was the qualification needed to be a POS.

  6. blitz4848 says: Aug 10, 2010 2:17 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    I’m an avid GATOR & I have been trying to think of anything Spurrier ever has done outside the rules & I can’t think of a thing. He may have said a lot of stupid things & done some more stupid stuff but he doesn’t get outside the NCAA
    rules.

  7. spviii says: Aug 10, 2010 2:18 PM

    SoFlaTrojan,
    I think you may have Spurrier confused with someone else. Other than classic one-liners at the microphone there’s never been any question about his morals or ethics around the football field.

  8. blitz4848 says: Aug 10, 2010 2:36 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    Slap me—bring me to my senses!
    U defend Kiffin & call Spurrier a piece of s@it….
    What part of that seems stupid????????

  9. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 10, 2010 2:38 PM

    To all,
    I am sure he has had just as many secondary violations as other coaches even though he has not had a team go on probation. Even though secindary they are NCAA violations and last I looked USCjr is being investigated by the NCAA.
    My comment above has nothing to do with NCAA violations or CFB I just think Spurrier is a POS and I actually liked him when he was at UF.

  10. Pier588 says: Aug 10, 2010 3:38 PM

    SoFloTro – hard to fathom Steve Superior as a POS – especially when you compare him to Little Kiffy at the real USR Jr on the left coast.
    Steve may be an A$$hole in general but he runs a clean college program – unless you have some other evidence that he doesn’t…

  11. smokehouse says: Aug 10, 2010 3:41 PM

    Hey grandavenue, what is it about amateurism that you don’t understand.

  12. blitz4848 says: Aug 10, 2010 5:01 PM

    @ grandavenue
    I guess if U make ignorant statements U must be ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  13. WingT says: Aug 10, 2010 6:16 PM

    You tell ‘em Steve Spurrier, LOL….I wish more coaches would call out the bad guys like the ole ball coach just did.
    I may not like Spurrier but I have always respected him.
    And SoFlaTrojan, Spurrier is no Lane Kiffin

  14. BAtkins says: Aug 10, 2010 11:19 PM

    Leave it to a piece of Trojaneer trash to try to draw a line between Spurrier – kiffin – pete “the cheat” carroll.
    Spurrier may tell it like it is, but you’ll always know where he’s coming from.
    Kiffin is an NCAA violation waiting to happen.
    Carroll is doing one of two things at this point in time; 1) Cleaning the sand out of his ears after having his head buried in the sand while at usc. 2) Cleaning the crap out of his ears after having his head up his ass while at usc. But what the heck, at the least, he managed to teach Cushing how to cycle his PED’s without getting bitch titties.

  15. BcS_h8er says: Aug 10, 2010 11:39 PM

    Classic Spurrier! Good to see the ‘ol ball coach still has his fastball on occasion!

  16. grandavenue says: Aug 11, 2010 12:48 AM

    To Smoke,
    So bowl games brought to you buy CitiBank, filled with corporate commercials is amaturism? It’s time people stopped being s naive, like yourself, and realize amaturism in CFB is dead. Especially when coaches are making $4+ million a year.
    To Blitz:
    U got me. Nice to see people can spell YOU while calling someone ignorant, and offering nothing more than stupid phrases. Captain Redundant.

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