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Spurrier sings praises of East Carolina at Big Ten’s expense

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The SEC will soon require all members of the conference to schedule at least one school from another power conference the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12 – each season. The ACC has a similar requirement and the Big Ten is moving in that direction as well. For some schools in the SEC and ACC, that requirement is filled with annual rivalries against a school form the other conference (Florida vs. Florida State, for example). South Carolina also gets that requirement filled with a rivalry game against Clemson, but Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier was still questioned about another opponent on the schedule this fall, East Carolina.

“Playing East Carolina is maybe a little bit better than playing one of those bottom-tier Big Ten teams,” Spurrier said (via 247 Sports). Leave it to Spurrier to offer a compliment that ultimately comes off as a dig at another school or conference.

In his defense, Spurrier’s Gamecocks will be taking on an East Carolina team that would probably be considered a favorite against Purdue or Illinois. In fact, East Carolina may have the best path to a big bowl game in the new College Football Playoff format than North Carolina, Duke, NC State or Wake Forest may have. The highest ranked conference champion from the “Group of Five” conferences (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt) will be given a guaranteed spot in the big revenue bowl line-up determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Was Spurrier out of line? As some have already noted, Ohio State and Michigan could say something similar about playing Kentucky or Vanderbilt most years. Take your pick of Colorado or Utah in the Pac-12, or Kansas in the Big 12 or Wake Forest or Duke in the ACC.

South Carolina hosts East Carolina on September 6, between home games with Texas A&M and Georgia. Each of the last three seasons for South Carolina has ended with a bowl victory over a team from the Big Ten.

For what it is worth, East Carolina is 0-4 all-time against the Big Ten, with all four losses coming against Illinois by an average margin of defeat of 13.5 points.

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36 Responses to “Spurrier sings praises of East Carolina at Big Ten’s expense”
  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 3:22 PM

    lol love it Spurrier. there is not one team in the Little 14 worth playing. its like playing a MAC team. would love to see them play the Little 14 teams and beat them like a drum.

  2. patriottony says: Aug 3, 2014 3:24 PM

    You Know I live in Columbia SC, only 5 miles from the stadium. Y-o-Y can’t this guy ever say something nice without being snide, smug and condescending? I mean in the first half of the sentence you praise a team and then insult 10-12 other ones..it’s childish, and unprofessional. Caould you not have said: “Playing a quality team like East carolina, really gives my players the experience they need to stay competitive in both the SEC and the national standings…
    Do you have to go out of the way to insult the Big Ten?

  3. 513guy says: Aug 3, 2014 3:28 PM

    Most sports fans say that they wish both players and coaches would say what they really feel rather than worn out cliches. Yet when they do, like Spurrier has been doing for over two decades, they are met with responses like the one from patriottony. Spurrier tells it like it is (at least to him) and that’s more than ok with me and hopefully most.

  4. poolplayer8698 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:57 PM

    Steve you always open you yap but what have you ever won at SC?? not much..Why don’t you shut your trap and head up t the big house, horseshoe or camp randall instead of talking stupid all the time….EVERY conference has crap teams at the bottom including yours.

  5. poolplayer8698 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:59 PM

    brownsmakemecrazy…Spurrier is to cowardly to go up north and play…It’s not all warm and cozy for him….He is a big talker and thats it. SC has won NOTHING since he has been there.

  6. scoochpooch says: Aug 3, 2014 4:20 PM

    I think the SEC is the best in CFB right now but please remember that Florida (great for so many years) hasn’t played an OOC game out of state since a beating against Syracuse in 1991. I can’t see most of the SEC teams having a good time up in the Midwest in November.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:22 PM

    @poolplayer8698

    the SEC is 10-3 head to head vs the Little 14 since the 2010-2011 season. During that period in bowl games the Little 14 is 10-21 and the SEC is 24-12. yeah but the SEC is scared of the Little 14 lol. heres a $1 go buy a clue

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    lll yeah instead of the SEC spanking the Little 14 by 3TDs they win by 2TDS in cold weather.

    your teams are still slow in cold weather and your football is still boring and horrible

  9. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:27 PM

    Well LSU is coming up North to play Wisconsin this year. Watch LSU destroy them.

  10. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    my bad the SEC is 11-3 head to head vs the Little 14 since the 2010-2011 season. Forgot about Bama’s drubbing of Michigan.

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:44 PM

    the Facts suck dont they Little 14 fan. way to add such powerhouses as Rutgers and Maryland to your already horrible conference.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:49 PM

    lol my bad. the SEC is 13-3 head to head vs the Little 14. forgot about the 2 drubbings Bama gave Penn State in 2010 and 2011.

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 4:54 PM

    The SEC beats you scrubs at your places, their places, neutral sites and Bowl games. all you Little 14 fans can sit down and shut up now. the Facts suck dont they? im sure you morons will think of some excuse why your sorry teams cant hang with the elite teams

  14. blazerofthenorth says: Aug 3, 2014 5:51 PM

    I agree with Steve. ECU has one of the best qb wr combos in the country. The Big Ten has….

  15. BrownsTown says: Aug 3, 2014 6:00 PM

    On behalf of all Browns fans, I apologize for brownsmakemecrazy.

  16. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 3, 2014 6:20 PM

    Brownsmakemecrazy-

    While your knowledge in counting wins and losses is grand. LSU is not going north to Wisconsin this year. Wisconsin is actually going south to play LSU but nice try. LSU goes north in a few years, but not this year. Now get down off the high horse and make me a sandwich.

  17. huskerzfan says: Aug 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    Not sure why the OBC would call out the Big 10 with regards to East Carolina? Of the 5 power conferences, the Big 10 is the only conference that is undefeated in its games with East Carolina.

    Heck, the OBC’s own team has 5 losses against the pesky Pirates.

    East Carolina vs. Power 5 conferences:

    ACC: 25-46-1 with a 55-31 win over North Carolina last year

    Big 10: 0-4

    Big 12: 2-1

    Pac 12: 1-1

    SEC: 4-15 (all Ws against South Carolina)

  18. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 7:44 PM

    @BrownsTown:

    lol u going to apologize because Browns ownership and front office is incompetent?

  19. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 7:48 PM

    o my bad i stand corrected they are playing in Houston. LSU by 3 TDs over Wisky.

    The Little 14 is the most over-hyped overrated conference in the country.

  20. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 7:50 PM

    LSU plays Wisky in Lambeau in 2016.

  21. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 8:09 PM

    i find it hilarious how sad and pathetic you Little 14 fans are. you wonder why your conference doesnt get respect, look at the numbers above.

    yet you come in and run your mouths when your sorry overated overhyped teams get destroyed on the field.

  22. wolfman55h says: Aug 3, 2014 8:12 PM

    It’s an SEC world the rest of you just live in it

  23. classyjacklambert says: Aug 3, 2014 8:23 PM

    Yes wolfman… That’s why they won it all last year…

  24. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 8:38 PM

    More bad news for you Little 14 losers. your sorry teams are also 3-6 vs the Little 12 in bowl games the last 4 yrs too. so the SEC and the Little 12 own you.

  25. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 9:10 PM

    more bad news Little 14 scrubs you are 1-2 vs the ACC in the last 4 bowl seasons too.

    your best record is vs the Pac 12 in which you are 2-2 of the 5 power conferences. ill have to check to see if you have a winning bowl record vs the MAC lol.

  26. harbourimages says: Aug 3, 2014 9:51 PM

    No other college coach in the country disrespects other coaches, teams and conferences as much as Steve Spurrier. He is living proof of the old adage once an a-hole, always an a-hole. He’s arrogant, sarcastic to the core, and overall just a really obnoxious jerk…. Who writes his material for him… Rex Ryan?

  27. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 3, 2014 10:28 PM

    Brownsmakemecrazy-

    I don’t think the big 10 is over rated. We understand you need to win the big games. Until that happens you don’t get national respect. Everyone knows the big ten loses a lot of big games. Maybe I need to refresh my mind on the definition of over hyped. I’ll add a couple things to this, brownscrazyman, what is your team? Or are you just another sec conference guy? Aka an Arkansas fan? Also, do you have anything else going on in your life? Or are you just another loser with no friends who sits at his computer cause he’s real tough behind the screen? Seems as though it’s the later of the two because you had a long time to look up win/loss records of all big ten and sec teams. Maybe your just smart. But that fact that you talked trash yet didn’t know Wisconsin plays LSU in the southern region this year makes me think otherwise.

  28. longborer69 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:22 AM

    Cannot believe you included Utah in that group. They were really tough, played the hardest schedule in the nation, beat Stanford, lost to UCLA by only 7, lost at Arizona (not a great team, but surely a good one) by only 11, barely lost to another decent team (Oregon State), won on the road at BYU (ask Texas about that — they may be down, but nobody calls them a weakling, and they sure couldn’t win at BYU).

    Worst losses, at Oregon by 23, at USC by 16. No shame in that.

    That was a good football team who ran into a brutal schedule and performed decently, only blown out by Oregon, and they hung tough for a while in that game. That program is on the way up. Someone good is likely to lose at Utah this year (just hope it isn’t Oregon). They’ll probably be a bowl team.

  29. patriottony says: Aug 4, 2014 7:20 AM

    Again a “Failure to Communicate” (cool hand luke).
    The point of this debate if you will is not Spurriers record against somebody. The topic is how unprofessional he appears at 70 years old, insulting or belittling other teams, players and coaches. Even if you beat them, you act like an adult, give them “profs”, and move on to your next opponent. You don’t throw snide remarks about good you or your conference is, or your record, etc. It’s prof courtesy, respect and sportsmanship…
    Try it spurrier,,for a change anyway.

  30. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 4, 2014 8:33 AM

    madtownthrowdown:

    not overated or overhyped. lol. nice try buddy. all i hear about every year. Ohio State should play for National Championship if they run the table. why? the conference stinks and their out of conference schedule is a joke. then everyone has to listen to them whine and cry when they dont get in because they play in the Big Ten.

    no one that has a clue about college football or isnt getting bribed for their opinion, thinks the Big Ten is any good..

    as fat

  31. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    @brownsmakemecrazy:
    I’ve been reading your venomous posts for a couple of years. All of your postings are negative. You go out of your way to insult numerous teams; yet, you never state which team you root for. All that can be discerned from your postings is that you’re an SEC fan. I suspect that your team is an SEC bottom dweller and that you’re ashamed to admit it. Who do you root for?

  32. Jeff Tuttle says: Aug 5, 2014 6:15 AM

    Alabama HAD a home-and-home scheduled against Michigan State in 2016 and 2017, but CANCELLED BOTH!!! They could’ve waited a few more months and found out that the SEC wasn’t even increasing the number of conference games before cancelling games that are 3 and 4 years in the future OR they could’ve cancelled a cupcake! Of course they didn’t because they see that MSU is better than they were when they scheduled the games! Even though the SEC didn’t increase the number of conference games, I bet they still don’t pick these 2 games back up!

  33. Jeff Tuttle says: Aug 5, 2014 6:17 AM

    Alabama cancels series with Michigan State

  34. parhley says: Aug 5, 2014 12:46 PM

    Yall guys are so butthurt bc spurrier is telling the truth…east carolina beat nc state and north carolina last year..those teams are in the coference of last years natl champs..so you mean to tell me east carolina couldnt beat bottom dwellers in the conference that didnt win a national championship…this is a non article..i saw the video, spurrier wasnt disrespectful or snide or smug..he told the truth, if yiu cant handle it then dont come to the article…i dont like spurrier sometimes bc he calls stupd plays and yes i am south carolina fan…but the man speaks truth.

  35. manik56 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:43 PM

    Spurrier has zero national titles if it weren’t for a certain B1G team’s Rose Bowl win. Pay it forward Steve!

  36. chc4 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    Ohio State fans have such an inferiority complex… it’s beyond hysterical! And no I’m not an SC fan.

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