Posted February 11, 2014

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier calls out negative recruiting by Big Ten school

South Carolina Gamecocks, Steve Spurrier
(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Steve Spurrier and South Carolina have finished in the top 10 three straight times. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Steve Spurrier said he still runs into negative recruiting in many recruits’ living rooms — but not usually from SEC schools.

The South Carolina coach said that he had heard that plenty of teams were trying to convince recruits that he is on the cusp of retirement. The Gamecocks, however, have finished in the top 10 in each of the last three seasons, which has halted many of those negative sales pitches.

Yet in a Tuesday interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Spurrier said that schools in another conference are also doing plenty of negative recruiting.

“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with, ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything, but the player came with us anyways.”

No matter the efforts of other programs, Spurrier said that fans should expect him to remain on the sidelines for a while longer. After all, he’s still as active as ever.

“Physically and hopefully mentally, I’m the same as I was 20 years ago. I can still call the plays and all of that. I probably do more as a head coach than 90 percent of the guys out there, as far as game day and calling the plays. There are not many head coaches who call the plays anymore. So really, age is just a number.”

55 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Was the negative recruiting that at South Carolina you will never ever ever sniff a BCS game or conference title? That is not really negative, just the truth.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

This guy is going senile. I guess these are the types of stories we will be hearing about coming out of SC now. The cash cow Clowney is gone. Back to mediocrity for Spurrier.

HWayneBurns
HWayneBurns

Coach, you get as old as you want to, you will always be the Coach to me, and i will be a fan of wherever you coach.

ianlinross
ianlinross

Pot calling the kettle black? This is Steve Surrier right? Ah, I've been trolled by SI.

DongFuller
DongFuller

Can college football become anymore like a soap opera. The entire sport is rigged. Come on people the SEC and ESPN have basically insured that an SEC will be playing for the big game every year. The NCAA doesn't care about grades or over signing. This is not a fair competitive sport.  Its about how low a school can stoop to get dumb black foot players in so they can make them millions. For most no educations is required. College Football is run like a socialist society. 

JohnParmenter
JohnParmenter

Spurrier was a WHINER,when he played college ball,a WHINER when he played PRO ball,he is now and always will be a BRAINLESS WHINER!!!!!!

DougPahl
DougPahl

Suck it up Spurrier. College recruiting is now the big leagues. I'm sure there's skeletons in YOUR closet. And you want me to believe the SEC is totally clean in recruiting. LOL! 

milnersf@att.net
milnersf@att.net

Spurrier keeps thinks interesting and keeps us all talking(I'm a Gator fan)

mfoster1961
mfoster1961

This coming from a coach who tends to make negative remarks about his own players......

R C1
R C1

Why would the SEC use negative tactics when positive, hard cash reinforcement works so much better.  Keep on spending, Steve!

RobertJ
RobertJ

The SEC does use those kind of tactics. When you're up against the best conference in college football you have to be just as creative as they are to recruit the best players. Besides, it didn't work anyways so what are you whining about? Get over it! 

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Come on Steve, just call out Urban Liar and be done with it!

muser
muser

SEC coaches are learning that other schools are slimy too....

MD1
MD1

Many schools and coaches do this. I have had 5 kids play D1 sports. Military academies do it to each other. ACC, Big 10, SEC do it. And as a parent who had one kid play for a coach who "retired" and then play 2 years for the "new" coach; it is tough for many "student Athletes" who were the "retired" coach's players. This is a legitimate question the athlete and parent's of the athlete need to ask themselves during the recruiting process.

AlTheSooner
AlTheSooner

Same old Spurrier has to control everything. His failure in the NFL proved he couldn't push the big guys around. He will always be a loser.

MrArlington
MrArlington

If Spurrier had the balls he would have named the school.

cleetusplease
cleetusplease

Hey ol' ball coach seem to remember that you did that to Ol' Coach Bobby Bowden for years. It was wrong then and it's wrong now. 

Funny-One
Funny-One

Big Ten tells recruits that Spurrier is an old man and will be gone soon,,and when that has no affect on the recruit,,Big Ten school gets on their knees and begs the recruits.  Recruits look at Big Ten and see Stone Age world and say to them,,,,uh........naw......




Cool
Cool

Spurrier is feeling more like a coach now that Clowney is leaving.. one less player telling him what schemes he will play in, which games he will play in, and what position he will play... Makes looking like a real coach a little easier.

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

Here as SC, you wont be expected to attend things like classes.... just focus on football

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Spurrier?  Is that the comparative form of "spurious"?  Example:  South Carolina's coach is more spurrier than yours is.

badcyclist1
badcyclist1

How the SEC goes negative about other conferences:  "You might be expected to study some at those schools."

SteveTinnell
SteveTinnell

Spurrier calling someone out for negative recruiting is like Shawn Kemp giving out safe sex advice. 

KristopherLohmuller
KristopherLohmuller

As opposed to the SEC method of telling 100 people they will get full-ride scholarships, only taking the 20 best they really have scholarships for, and ruining the lives of all the others. Yeah....Spurrier is one to talk. 

Huskerstildeath
Huskerstildeath

I believe the school in question is Nebraska. South Carolina and Nebraska went to the wire with a player that ended up in S. Carolina. And because of that, he will get mugged and not graduate from college.

rstoewe
rstoewe

Ugh.. it's not "Calling out" another school if you DON'T IDENTIFY THE SCHOOL. Good job, SI.

jworsr1
jworsr1

"Age is just a number."  Yep, it is, Steve ~ and sometimes your number's up.....

TimHarb
TimHarb

He don't like it when they do it to him but how often do you wonder he does it to other conferences. I got a feeling he just trying to make noise to get attention.

grstallions87
grstallions87

@dandogwood  Columbus is a bigger city than Columbia and therefore bigger crime problems so it isn't OSU but think of the schools in small cities like Peen State for example and remember what school he came from.

billybob
billybob

@AlTheSooner  Loser, there are a lot of coaches who would love to win as many games as the o'l Ball Coach,He speaks him mind and that's probably  what you don't like.

Ray1950
Ray1950

@AlTheSooner  "He will always be a loser." ... says the guy who types on a keyboard while Spurrier's team finished in the Top 10 for the third straight year. 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@MrArlington  Not a question of 'balls', dude, it was a question of not throwing the media a meaty bone to sensationalize.  Why exactly did Spurrier *need* to tattle?  What he did say was enough to put whatever school it was on notice, because he knows and they know who they are.  And that's all that really matters.


Your impulse to demand to know more is thoughtless and reflexive, and is exactly how the sensational media-machine wants you to be.

Patokev
Patokev

@Funny-One  Saying Big Ten instead of the Big Ten makes you look a little Stone Age. It was really funny. "Big Ten bad, Big Ten very, very bad. No like Big Ten!"

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

@Funny-One recruit sees they can skip classes or take basket-weaving 101....and basically just play football


at B10 school they will have to put effort into other things like essays, tests, and general learning.... 


18 year old impressionable kid recruit doesn't enjoy classes/research/homework, chooses SEC school..... 


99% of recruits dont make the NFL, and now dont have a decent education to show for their free-ride to college...

former big recruit but average college player ends up working at McDonalds or Wal-Mart.... end of story

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@KerryMurphy @The_truth_hurts  They have made it to the SEC title game one time(I think Auburn is still scoring) and didn't get 11 wins until Clowney got there. Look for them to go back to 7-5.

bawgs
bawgs

@leehwgoc @MrArlington Oh no, we've been put on notice by Steve Spurrier. We'll clean our acts up right away because nobody would ever dare accuse the SEC of negative tactics or over-signing  recruits. No, never.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@MartyJenkins @Funny-One  Really depends where you go.  If you think the football factories at OSU or Michigan are making their student athletes work hard in school when they could be making them work hard in practice or the weight room instead then I take it you haven't been around those programs.  


MAYBE there's a higher academic standard at Northwestern, but for the most part no matter where you go you're encouraged to take easy classes so there's no chance of losing your eligibility.


leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@MartyJenkins @Funny-One  Every Big Ten school except Northwestern pampers their football players academically; giving them freebie classes in nonsense like 'sports-medicine', hires them 'tutors' that do 75% of their work for them, etc.  


You are comically naive (or maybe just deluded) to think there's any real difference in how the football student athletes are catered to in the Big Ten vs the SEC.  Or any other power conference, for that matter.