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Spurrier wants Gamecock fans to play nice with Corso

For the first time since 2006, ESPN’s GameDay crew will visit the friendly confines of Columbia for the South Carolina-Alabama game Saturday.

During that last visit, Lee Corso — a polarizing figure to college football fans in general and Gamecock Nation specifically — was not exactly greeted with the type of Southern hospitality that area of the country is deservedly noted for.  Of course, the year prior, Corso had boldly predicted that Steve Spurrier couldn’t win an SEC title at South Carolina if he was at the school for four hundred years, so that might have had something to do with the less-than-warm greeting the broadcaster was given.

Four years later, though, The Ol’ Ball Coach has a message for the fans.  In quotes released by the school, Spurrier implored those who will be in attendance for the GameDay experience to show some respect for the “reviled” character that is Corso.

“I just want to encourage all of our fans and our students to really be a class act this weekend,” said Spurrier after practice Wednesday. “GameDay is here. The whole nation will be watching. 

“I think the last time they were here, some of our students or fans were giving Lee Corso some grief. I know he did say that it’s almost impossible to win the SEC here, but I guarantee he’d love to see South Carolina win it. He would love to crawl across Williams-Brice Stadium and salute the fans. That’s what he said he’d do if we ever win it. He was just trying to mention how difficult it was since we’ve not really been all that close in our history. 

“Lee Corso is a good person and a good man. I guarantee he roots for us most of the time. I hope our fans and students will really show the country that we are a class bunch of people here in Columbia and we’ll have a big Saturday.”

So, yeah, good luck with that, Coach Spurrier.  We’re quite certain that, no, the message will not go in one ear and out the other.

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8 Responses to “Spurrier wants Gamecock fans to play nice with Corso”
  1. Wrathchild says: Oct 7, 2010 10:48 AM

    ” Of course, the year prior, Corso had boldly predicted that Steve Spurrier couldn’t win an SEC title at South Carolina if he was at the school for four hundred years”
    That’s a long time…only Tim Tebow could possibly live that long.

  2. Floridacock says: Oct 7, 2010 11:25 AM

    Well, Spurrier is, if anything, entertaining. We can all make a lot of money betting opposite Corso’s picks. PLEASE don’t pick Carolina!

  3. Deb says: Oct 7, 2010 11:27 AM

    If I were a suspicious person, I’d think crafty ol’ Spurrier brought up the 400 years remark so he could play the Southern gentleman while revving up SC fans for the game by reminding them they’re hosting the jerk who said they weren’t good enough to hang with the likes of Alabama.
    If I were a suspicious person ;)
    ROLL TIDE!!!

  4. NCSailor says: Oct 8, 2010 7:20 AM

    USC might not win the title this year or next. This is due to recruiting. Two things that can lay the groundwork for good recruiting are the appearance of being a “class act” and getting rid of the Confederate Flag on the capitol grounds. This “apparent” racist attitude of the the SC legislature is a tough obstacle to overcome when recruiting young men. Spurrier, Corso, black recruits and the entire legislature of South Carolina knows this is true. Until USC can recruit equally, the best players will never be available to them. A 100 years, currently, is a safe bet.

  5. gobucks119 says: Oct 8, 2010 8:23 AM

    C’mon, Taylor… it’s Head Ball Coach, not Ol’ Ball Coach. You could at least get that right…

  6. John Taylor says: Oct 8, 2010 9:14 AM

    @ gobucks119: You aren’t very bright, are you?

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 8, 2010 9:26 AM

    @NCSailor: I really doubt the appearance of being a “class act” had anything to do with the great recruiting classes at Southern Cal and North Carolina.
    Furthermore, I’d say look at the BCS national champions since its beginning in ’98. Aside from Tennessee, which doesn’t produce a ton of in-state talent, all the winners reside in states with either a ton of in-state talent, or their brand name is big enough (i.e. Oklahoma, just north of Texas) to get that talent. Miami, Florida, Alabama, Texas – they all have a ton of in-state talent.
    There’s just not a lot of that in South Carolina. There’s some (Marcus Lattimore, another high profile recruit this class of whom I forget the name), but not nearly as much as the aforementioned states.

  8. Deb says: Oct 8, 2010 1:16 PM

    @NCSailor …
    I’m a Southerner who hates seeing Southern states cling to a dead past and a flag that has such negative connotations. But though recruiting is the foundation of a championship team, let’s be real: Politics doesn’t enter the picture for these kids and their families. They’re swayed by the personality of the coach and “what’s in it for me?” If they think there’s any chance for an NFL career, they want to know:
    * How much exposure will the program get?
    * How much exposure will my kid get within the program?
    * How good are you at prepping players for the draft and improving their ranking?
    Some also want to be assured their kids will stay out of trouble and get an education. Some are concerned about family tradition and team loyalty. What flag flies over the state capital is a small consideration–if it’s even on the radar.

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