Posted: 4:37 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Spurrier: The numbers tell the real story 

By Tony Barnhart

Hoover, Ala. — The grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is Ground Zero at SEC Media Days. While the TV folks get the most attention, this room is reserved for the hard-core newspaper and internet writing force that sets the tone for this event. Coaches who come here for the first time find it a bit unnerving. This is a hard-to-impress bunch. This much you can count on.

When Steve Spurrier addresses “The Media Boys,” as he loves to call them, this room is full. This was Spurrier’s 22nd Media Days as a head coach in the SEC (10 at South Carolina, 12 at Florida). And over those two decades this event is filled with memories that only Spurrier could provide.

My favorite was the year that Spurrier, a long-time playoff advocate, was asked point-blank why there wasn’t a playoff. Spurrier pointed to the back of the room where SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer was listening intently. “There’s the commissioner back there,” Spurrier said. “Why don’t you ask him? Commissioner! How come we don’t have a playoff yet?”

Then there was the year that Spurrier, a former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida, left Tim Tebow, another Florida Heisman Trophy winner, off his preseason All-SEC ballot. He fixed that. But forget the entertainment value. Because when it comes to Spurrier, the numbers don’t lie.

Check these out:

42: His number of wins in the past four seasons at South Carolina.

11: Number of wins in each of the past three seasons.

6: Number of SEC Championships. Only Paul “Bear” Bryant has won more with 14. Vince Dooley (Georgia) and John Vaught (Ole Miss) have also won six.

10: Spurrier is entering his 10th season at South Carolina. He coached 12 seasons at Florida. He is the only coach in SEC history to spend 10 seasons at two different schools.

77: Wins at South Carolina, which is the school record. Rex Enright had the previous record with 64.

2: Only two coaches in SEC history are the career wins leader at two different schools: Bear Bryant (Kentucky, Alabama) and Steve Spurrier (Florida, South Carolina).

23-1: Spurrier’s record in season-opening games. His only loss in a season opener came in 1989 when Duke lost 27-21 at South Carolina. That Duke team would go on to win the ACC Championship. South Carolina opens this season on Aug. 28 at home against Texas A&M.

128: Spurrier’s SEC wins recorded in 21 seasons as a head coach. Bryant leads the list with 159, in 33 seasons (eight at Kentucky, 25 at Alabama).

18: Consecutive home wins at South Carolina going into this season. He turned 69 years old on April 20 and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s having too much fun.

“I’ve got better players now and that makes me a better coach,” Spurrier said. “We’ve got our facilities where we want them. We have the boosters stepping up and helping us with their money.

“I don’t get nearly as mad as I used too when things don’t go well. But I’ve learned how to get away from it and relax.”

He’s still The Head Ball Coach. Some like him. Some don’t. But trust me, we’re all going to miss him when he’s gone.

36 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Steve Spurrier LOST two games both to teams unranked for the season 5-7 vols and 8-5 UGA.  He had a soft schedule and BLEW IT !

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Mr. College Football  you're not and never have been.

zekeI
zekeI

A B S O L U T E L Y!

VanDSIRROM
VanDSIRROM

Steve Spurrier is 'one of a kind' as is Tony Barnhart...Tony, we've missed you...welcome back in a big way.


This season is gonna be a good one...lots of surprises...the most surprising team in the SEC may just be Vanderbilt...wait and see...

Get The Picture
Get The Picture

I am ready for him to retire so we can all enjoy him taking Lou's place on ESPN. I don't enjoy him at all the second Saturday in September.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Steve really loves Ga . I think he licks he chops at the thought of coaching against Brother. 

Over the years he has really made some good jokes about underachieving. 

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

When he talked about "numbers", did he mention that the SEC holds 4 of the top 10 spots in this years Fulmer Cup?  UGA checks in at a respectable #9.

whatisit
whatisit

having worked for Steve when he was QB coach at Florida in 1978...I can say I really like this guy...and wish I had jumped to get back to G'ville way back when...

BobbyDawg
BobbyDawg

Spurrier has had a winning record at SC due to defense where at Fl. he kept a high powered offense and ran scores up. He also uses the NOISE factor in SC just as he did in Fla especially when they are hosting UGA.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

I remember John Madden saying Spurrier would be a good NFL head coach.


Wrong.


Tougher
Tougher

SC can go 8-4, 10-2. 12-0 this year...

patriotdog
patriotdog

The question is, how many titles would he have won at UGA with the past ten years' talent base?

I wish he were out Evil Genius.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Spurrier knows what he is doing. There may be an AD at SC, but he is the AD for SC Football. All he has to do is find a way to beat Georgia, and SC wins the SEC East. Period. The Gamecocks would be nothing without him, and if he defeats Georgia (hopefully not), I will go out on a limb and say SC will have their final chance at an SEC Championship before he retires. In addition, it may be Mark Richt's final opportunity at an SEC Championship as coach at Georgia. Mike Anderson versus Todd Gurley is going to be amazing. Bama can be had in December...possibly. Or will it be LSU?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

He's a master of coaching college football and give Georgia fans ulcers.  Gotta love that!

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

Tony, Those are some interesting stats on Spurrier. But, if he can't win the SEC at USCe with Clowney and Connor Shaw and Lattimore (injured,I know), what makes you think he'll ever win one at USCe?

birdrow
birdrow

Spurrier is amusing as long as you can just watch him on TV or read some interview.  He is a good coach, but a total a-hole in real life.  I have personally been around him on numerous occasions where he completely showed his rear end to colleagues, innocent bystanders, fellow coaches, etc....  If you ask any of the old school SEC coaches who have known him for years, they would tell you the same.  I know of a group who had to stop inviting him to a golf outing they had each year because he would be so competitive that he would berate one of their customers or someone else in his foursome over a missed put in a friendly scramble.  We all want to win, but some people want to win, and also just so happen to be obnoxious jerks about it.  Spurrier is one of them.

SonofSammyDavisJrJr
SonofSammyDavisJrJr

Hey MoistDawg,

Spurrier has more football accolades than you have friends. JawGA is going down.

displayname101
displayname101

Coach Spurrier is an amusing guy who has coached long enough to get a lot of wins.  His South Carolina teams have won some big regular season games, but his South Carolina teams have been to exactly one SEC championship game, and lost by 40 points.  He's lucky the media have such a big crush on him. 

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

someone shouldve asked him whats its like to be coaching the jv team compared to us uscjr still hasnt won a sec championship and someone should ask nick satan what there payroll is this year nick have you ever looked in the mirrer and wanted to vomit? wouldve been another good question.

GTDude
GTDude

Spurrier is one funny dude

Don't see how anyone can really dislike the guy, his digs and pot shots are throw in equal opportunity

No coach or school is immune. 

just a really fun dude.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Yeah I think the most recent comment about underachieving is directed at Saban. He chides UGA about off season issues that create suspensions. Any more pearls of wisdom brother?

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@WhiskeyBreath  But the Dawgs have (and always have had) the last laugh on Spurrier, that's why he hates us so much - in '66 we ruined his SE/Natty chances his senior season at Florida (there is a good article out tere on why he hates Ga. and how we beat him like a rag doll on national tv and SI was here to do a cover story on him (which didn't happen after the game). His record against Georgia as a player ?  1-2

You want to really rile ol Steve boy up ?  tell him "Bill Stanfill sends his regards".  Woof

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@birdrow Call him what you want, but at least he is no coward.

He generally can back up what he says. Ga and Brother can't. 

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@SonofSammyDavisJrJr  Doubtful...  south cackalacky had their slim opening when UGA/UF/UT were all down, well that has closed and so has their chance t get any hardware.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@displayname101 On the contrary, he has done more with less at S.C.

He has verified he is one of the all time NCAA best coaches.

Can you imagine how Brother would have done with S.C.'s talent?



Derwin0
Derwin0

@MoistDawg Considering Spurrier's record against Georgia, I wouldn't be putting him down.

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@GTDude  He is often entertaining but "fun dude" would be about the last way I would describe him.  He earned his nickname "Evil Genius" and is basically a Class-A jerk. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Nate-the-Great Nick Saban underachieving?  4 NC's .

3 in the last 5 years 

They is no living coach in the country that has that record in Division

I football. Steve has one NC, one more than Brother. 

Do you need anymore pearls of wisdom?