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Spurrier being Spurrier: Shaw to start at QB for ‘Cocks

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Oh that wild and wacky QB-psyche-eviscerator/Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier.  He’s at it again.

A move that’s been strongly hinted at by Spurrier at various points during the past couple of weeks — particularly lately — has come to fruition as the OBC has officially named Connor Shaw as his starting quarterback for South Carolina’s opener against East Carolina.  Of course, that means two-plus-year starter and lifelong dude Stephen Garcia will not be Spurrier’s man under center, at least for the opener.

That said, we willingly and giddily cede the floor to Spurrier for his beating-around-the-bush explanation of a decision that’s both remarkable and unremarkable at the exact same time because, well, the move personifies the quintessential Spurrier when it comes to the position.

“I said way back we’re going to have a preseason competition to see who the starter is going to be (the) first game,” Spurrier said this evening. “We’ve gone through preseason, so it’s over. The guy who rated the best was Connor Shaw. He played better than Stephen Garcia. Simple as that. So he’s going to start the game.”

Spurrier added that both QBs will play in the opener, with the coach saying that Shaw will play the first quarter and Garcia the second.  The quarterback or quarterbacks who will play after halftime of the season opener, or for the SEC opener the following week against Georgia for that matter, remains to be seen.

Again, though, the move does not come as that big of a shock, despite the fact that the true sophomore Shaw has started exactly 30 games less than Garcia — which is to say none.  Nor does it come, Spurrier said earlier in the week, as a result of any lingering issues from Garcia’s offseason shenanigans.  Rather, the coach said Garcia’s performance toward the end of the 2010 season prompted him to open up the competition during the offseason.

“His performance was not good enough in my opinion for us to say he’s our quarterback next year,” Spurrier said Wednesday. “In my opinion, I said we need some competition in there. We’re still having that. They both have earned the right to play this game. It’s based on performance.”

Mind games or not, Shaw is Spurrier’s starter Saturday.  How the rest of the season plays out will rest squarely on Garcia’s shoulder.  And the space between his ears.

Either that, or Shaw really is and will be the best option moving forward as… see, that’s exactly what the OBC wants.  Damn him…

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5 Responses to “Spurrier being Spurrier: Shaw to start at QB for ‘Cocks”
  1. floridacock says: Sep 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    We shall see Saturday night. Shaw practiced well last year, but did not play well in the gases. I’ll reserve fianl judgement until after the game.

  2. tradeassociation says: Sep 1, 2011 9:57 PM

    This is actually a sign of Spurrier, who was petulant and at times bitter while at Duke and Florida, maturing with age. Spurrier WANTS to win throwing the ball with Garcia. The old Spurrier – the one at Florida – was willing to do precisely that … lose winnable games, including shots at SEC and national titles – because of his insistence on throwing the ball even if he didn’t have a capable QB, including the 2 QB nonsense that he tried at times.

    But the more mature Spurrier – the one who had allowed Florida to fall behind FSU and Miami in the state when he left, who failed massively with the Redskins, and is running out of time to make a name for himself at South Carolina – isn’t going to lose games with Garcia. Instead, he is perfectly willing to win games, to get back to the SEC championship game, by running Marcus Lattimore. Spurrier knows that if he can get back to the SEC championship game, that will be huge for recruiting the next two years, and that will give him a window to do what people said could never be done, which is win an SEC title at South Carolina.

    The guy who was too proud to win a national title by running the football and playing defense in his early years at Florida is now perfectly willing to do the same to win an SEC title at South Carolina. That’s the real story. So yes, Garcia is in real trouble of losing his starting job, because with Lattimore, a decent – if not great – OL, and that defense, Spurrier no longer needs him.

  3. rolltide510 says: Sep 1, 2011 10:21 PM

    Steven Garcia responded to the move by saying “I cut down to a six pack a day for this? Bulls__t!”

  4. pjduffey says: Sep 1, 2011 10:26 PM

    @tradeassociation — great post! Not sure I am 100% on board with your theory, but the OBC is as ornery as they come.

    In any event, I agree with your main thesis. QB just does not matter that much here (relatively). Lattimore is an absolute FREAK and drives that offense. He ran all over us last year.

    I’m also not convinced that Garcias’s off the field issues had nothing to do with this.

  5. tigersgeaux says: Sep 2, 2011 6:17 AM

    Thank God experience, family, and age may have mellowed Coach Spurrier. The last time I saw him in person when he was coaching at Florida I thought he would have a stroke or something, he was so intense. Some really good postings. If Spurrier can help South Carolina win the East and win most games this year, he may well be posed to win the SEC next year, or dependent upon the possible production of “I don’t have a problem!” Garcia he may compete for it all this year. The first few games will help us see.

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