The Steve Spurrier Clown Show

You have to laugh at South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

As we all know Spurrier has a habit of opening his mouth and inserting a shoe store.

One of his more famous gaffes was after he left the University of Florida but before he took the job with the Washington Redskins.

He made the following comment about then New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett...

"I saw a story saying Jim Haslett comes in at 4:30 every morning - that's not doing him much good," Spurrier said of the Saints coach, who went 7-9 this year.

Spurrier crass comments actually made him look like a fool when he failed in the NFL. He crawled back down south with tail between his legs and his pride battered and bruised...the word failure comes to mind.

No one will argue that at one time Steve Spurrier was a great college coach. He certainly brought Florida back to prominence but after a while his schtic grew to be boring. His constant trash talking and taunting of Tennessee are the stuff of legend but after a while he just looked like a child trying continually gain attention.

With the news this weekend that the NCAA is investigating South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders about possible rules violations Spurrier once again opened his mouth...

"We’re not going to look the other way like possibly Southern California did. We’re going to abide by the rules."

Really?

USC didn't look the other way Steve...they didn't know about it until after Reggie Bush left for the NFL. And to be clear...the NCAA noted in the COI's report that USC cooperated fully in the investigation once the information of Bush's dealings surfaced.

This is laughable because if you go back in time you could definitely say that Steve Spurrier's time at Florida was tainted by controversy as well.

Simply Google the name Tank Black.

Here is an article detailing just two of the many Florida players Tank Black paid while Steve Spurrier was coach at Florida. (emphasis added throughout)

2 Former Gators Detail Payments To Black
Johnny Rutledge And Jevon Kearse Said They Were Paid By "tank'' Black While At Uf.

Tank Black Trial
January 16, 2002|By L.C. Johnson, Sentinel Staff Writer

Two former University of Florida football players admitted to taking money from William "Tank" Black while still in college, it was revealed during the first day of testimony Tuesday in Gainesville in a trial against the embattled sports agent.

Jevon Kearse and Johnny Rutledge, who both are playing in the NFL, said Black enticed them to sign with his Professional Management Inc. (PMI) of Columbia, S.C., with payments of $500 a month, plus other incentives.

Black, 42, is being tried in federal court on charges that he bilked an estimated $12 million to $14 million from professional football players he represented. This group also included former Gators Ike Hilliard, Fred Taylor and Jacquez Green.

Meanwhile, University of Florida officials said they knew nothing of Black's involvement with the players. UF could face NCAA sanctions if prosecutors prove the university knew the players were being paid.

If convicted, Black, who was sentenced to 82 months in prison by a Detroit federal judge in June for money laundering as part of a drug operation, could face an additional 25 years behind bars.

Despite the charges pending against his former agent, Rutledge, a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, said it was difficult to testify against Black, a man whom he trusted like a father.

"Tank was a guy who guys put their faith in, put their trust in. Then [he] turned around and stabbed them in the back," said Rutledge, who testified that he received $15,000 from Black and his PMI associate, Alfred "Tweet" Twitty, between 1997 and 1998, including $1,000 cash payments for his birthday and Christmas.

Said Kearse, a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Tennessee Titans, "I was a recipient of periodic cash payments from Tank Black," while later adding that his mother once received $1,200 from Black as money to purchase an automobile in 1998.

Taylor, the oft-injured running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been widely reported to have lost the most money to Black, including a $3 million signing bonus, along with an additional $380,000 he received as part of incentive clauses in his contract.

Neither Rutledge nor Kearse testified to the amount of money they may have lost as a result of their dealings with Black. Under cross-examination, Kearse, who got a $4.6 million signing bonus from the Titans, admits to having asked for money, even though he knew he was going to make millions in the NFL.

University of Florida police Detective Darren Baxley testified that UF players stonewalled him when he first asked whether they had dealt with Black.

"Every player we talked to denied being compensated in any way from Mr. Black, Mr. Twitty or anyone," Baxley said.

But when the athletes were confronted with computer documents seized from Black's company, the athletes confessed, Baxley said.

Right...

Spurrier needs to shut up. While he may have got out of town ahead of the posse when he left UF it doesn't take away from the fact that it happened on Spurrier's watch. Even though the NCAA never addressed these infractions it further perpetuates the "if you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'" mantra that has been attached to football in the south for decades.

If the haters insist upon claiming that Pete Carroll just had to know since Reggie's payments extended for a year, then why should Spurrier be let off the hook, since Rutledge admits to being paid over a two year period while at Florida?

Spurrier, for as great as he once was has become irrelevant...the old trick don't work anymore and no one is buying into his schtic anymore either. He needs to focus on his own house and his own legacy before pointing the finger at others...

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