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Gamecocks to face Wolverines in bowl, but Spurrier takes shot at… Northwestern?

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is never one to mince words. Or give one single crap about what anybody thinks of him. That usually means someone’s in his crosshairs for one reason or another — or, perhaps, no reason at all because it’s Steve Spurrier — and we’re here to scoop it up every single time.

This time, Northwestern got the subtle wrath of Spurrier’s back-handed wit. The Gamecocks are slated to play Michigan in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, but it looked originally like the Wildcats, not the Wolverines, might be South Carolina’s opponent at first. When asked about the game Sunday night, Spurrier said, “If you beat or you get beat by Northwestern, you don’t achieve as much as playing Michigan with their stature, tradition and reputation. It’s something special.”

For the record, Northwestern is 9-3 this year while Michigan is 8-4. Granted, records usually mean nothing in bowl selection and the Wolverines did win the head-to-head with the Wildcats, but it’s not like Pat Fitzgerald‘s team is a pushover (at least not until the fourth quarter).

Still, Spurrier has a point about branding and what it means to play, and potentially beat, a team like Michigan. He just puts it a little more bluntly than most.

Which is why we love him.

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27 Responses to “Gamecocks to face Wolverines in bowl, but Spurrier takes shot at… Northwestern?”
  1. mydixienormus says: Dec 3, 2012 7:55 PM


  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 3, 2012 7:58 PM

    Dang, sometimes SOS should just shut his stupid mouth. Northwestern did something Carolina couldnt do this year….convincingly beat Vanderbilt.

    Taking cheap shots at private schools is pretty low, even by his standards.

  3. be4bama says: Dec 3, 2012 8:01 PM

    I do love him and his attitude. And I can’t wait until the BCS NCG either. ND will never know what hit them. RTR Sent from my iPhone

  4. cometkazie says: Dec 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    That’s our Ole Ball Coach.

  5. gatorcheme says: Dec 3, 2012 8:06 PM

    Steve, Steve, Steve,

    This game wouldn’t be the same the same without you. Keep on keepin’ it real, man.

    Maybe he’s trying to arrange a future non-conf game with Northwestern. :)

  6. bstras2809 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:10 PM

    Dude’s a senile idiot.

  7. js20011041 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:17 PM

    Spurrier just can’t help himself. He’ just can’t help but be a dick, even when he has no standing to display arrogance. Also known as the last 12 to 15 years of his career.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:27 PM

    Well, as someone who attended UT, God knows some of his best barbs have been directed our way over the years. That one about the library and coloring books still makes me laugh.

    That being said, when he does finally retire, CFB will be a worse-and less entertaining place.

  9. dmcgrann says: Dec 3, 2012 8:51 PM

    He didn’t say anything new or anything not considered by a whole lot of coaches, ADs, or groups of alumni and supporters of many schools. Though he said it differently, another way he could have said it is, “Beating Northwestern doesn’t help your reputation as much as beating Michigan, and losing to Northwestern hurts your reputation more than losing to Michigan.” That’s not a slam to Northwestern or necessarily a blanket endorsement of Michigan, that’s public perception, right or wrong.

    Not unlike Ohio State not playing any other schools from Ohio for many, many years. If they beat the crap out of say, Cincinnati, it’s ho-hum. If they don’t beat Cincinnati by a ton or (gasp!) lose, then they’re the biggest bums in the world. Lose-lose situation with no upside.

  10. 11thstreetmafia says: Dec 3, 2012 9:04 PM

    Don’t people complain when sports people just give cliches and never really say anything? This guy gives you a golden opinion and gets crushed.

  11. rashardmendenballs says: Dec 3, 2012 10:12 PM

    Where was this “talk” from the ole ball coach when he was coaching up in the “big boys” league?!?!

    Just another over-rated coach in college football….Please see 12-20 NFL record gamecocks fans.

  12. beardown2489 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:53 PM

    Northwestern could easily be a 1 loss team. They had games stolen from them against Michigan and Nebraska. That team will piss of an SEC fan base this bowl season. Miss St fans has no idea what they are in for.

    – From a Nebraska fan

  13. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2012 11:00 PM


    Coach Spurrier wanted to play a higher profile Big Ten team, no dis paraging Northwestern. The Wolverines are a respectable 8-4. He’s avHall of Fame coach who has earned the right to make statements. It’s not a popularity contest. If you don’t find him entertaining, that’s your prerogative. But calling The Head Ball Coach stupid makes you appear ignorant. And I don’t think your ignorant.

    @js20011 & rashardmendenballs

    Now if you want ignorant , read the posts of these two mental midgets!! I guess Coach Spurrier must have beaten their schools mercilessly and hence the retribution comments.

  14. bengalsstillsuck says: Dec 3, 2012 11:19 PM

    Michigan sucks GO OHIO STATE

  15. psunick says: Dec 4, 2012 1:19 AM

    And just which school does he think carries more cachet between South Carolina and Northwestern?

    I know which school I’d rather have a degree from.

  16. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 4, 2012 2:02 AM

    Gamecocker, with all due respect….don’t take it personally. I didn’t call Spurrier stupid, I said he should shut his stupid mouth. And we are talking about a guy that has a history of letting his mouth override his brain. I honestly think he just doesn’t know any better.

    I love the guy too when he’s taking shots a Saban, Richt, Muschamp, Dooley, or that idiot Fulmer, but a backhand to Northwestern is an insult to Pat Fitzgerald, who has done a fantastic job at one of the most prestigious universities in the lower 48.

    Probably the thing that pisses me off about this is a. it was unnecessary, and b. it just expands and perpetuates the belief that we are all a bunch of uneducated hillbillies down here who only have a life between late August and around January 7th. The rest of the time we’re all glued to the tube watching Honey Boo Boo and Rocket City Rednecks.

  17. js20011041 says: Dec 4, 2012 8:38 AM


    Actually, I’m a Florida St fan, so Spurrier actually hasn’t beaten my team in quite a while. If I remember correctly, he did actually lose a couple of years ago though. What I said wasn’t an attack on South Carolina. It was on Spurrier. What has he done in the last decade to justify any of his arrogance? The unmitigated disaster in Washington? He has done some nice things in South Carolina, but they’ve only won a division title once under him. And that was a year in which Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee were all down.

  18. polegojim says: Dec 4, 2012 9:33 AM

    He’s earned ‘Legend’ status.

    Nothing better than beating the Ole Ball Coach.

    Go BLUE!

  19. thebigtim2012 says: Dec 4, 2012 9:36 AM

    Spurrier says what many people are thinking and he gets slammed for it. It wasn’t a dig to northwestern it is a fact. Michigan has more football prestige plain and simple.

  20. js20011041 says: Dec 4, 2012 10:54 AM


    Legend status? Really? One title makes you a legend? I guess Auburn better get that Chizik statue started. Miami’s really dropped the ball on that Larry Coker tribute.

  21. hrudey says: Dec 4, 2012 11:36 AM

    @jsnumbers: Yes, legend. The guy took Duke to a bowl and shared an ACC title there, which is grounds for sainthood in itself. But Florida, lest we forget, had never won an SEC championship (well, that they were eligible for) in their entire history, and in his first six seasons, they finished first in the SEC the first season while still ineligible, lost in the inaugural SEC CG to Antonio Freaking Langham the next season, then won the next four. The way SEC teams played football changed in the 90s in large measure because of the Fun and Gun.

  22. waynefontes says: Dec 4, 2012 11:50 AM

    psunick says:
    Dec 4, 2012 1:19 AM
    And just which school does he think carries more cachet between South Carolina and Northwestern?

    I know which school I’d rather have a degree from.

    I know which school I would be the most ashamed to be associated with as a football program.

    You know, the one who enabled a child molester. The one who looked the other way and the one who tried to cover up his crimes.

    Tell me PSUnick, which school could that be?

  23. seabronco says: Dec 4, 2012 11:57 AM

    @waynefontas. Hahah I was going to get on here just to talk crap to him, but what you said is better than anything I had thought of.

    I really can’t stop laughing.

  24. irishdodger says: Dec 4, 2012 8:29 PM

    MeatChicken is a joke. If they couldn’t score a TD against Notre Dame & only 2 TDs vs Bama, I can’t imagine them doing much better vs Clowney & Co. Prediction: Cocks 64 – Skunkbears 13

  25. kappy32 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:00 AM

    Non-BcS bowls should be all about tradition & cross-conference rivalries. If a team like Northwestern, whose only fan might be Mike Wilbon, wanted to play a big name school, they should’ve won the OSU-less Big 10. Northwestern doesn’t travel as good as Michigan, not even close, and it would be a lose-lose for SC. BCS Bowls should be about deciding the national championship, rewarding conference champions & GREAT, not good, season (bye bye NIU). Non-BcS, specifically the second-tier games like this one, should be about matching up power programs that rarely ever play & travel well to bring some much-needed tourist revenue to many of these towns & cities. Let Northwestern play in the Idaho Potato Bowl on the Blue Field in Boise & leave the 2nd tier bowls for teams we actually give a damn about, somewhat.

  26. cometkazie says: Dec 5, 2012 10:51 AM

    It’s all about money.

    Money rules.

  27. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2012 9:18 PM


    I really don’t understand what Coach Spurrier’s shortcomings in the NFL has to do with this thread. By his own admission, the NFL experience was something he wanted to try given his prowess for offense, but one that he found not rewarding. He came back to the college game and has lifted THE University of South Carolina into relevance. He is now South Carolina’s all-time winning coach. He took mediocrity and made it much better.

    It’s obvious to everyone who reads your posts that your dislike of Coach Spurrier has to do with the number of times his Florida Gators have beaten FSU. What you label arrogance, I view as confidence.

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