Monday, June 18, 2018
Colleges

The best of Steve Spurrier at SEC media days

On seeing his old quarterback, and former Jefferson High star, Stephen Garcia:

"I saw him on TV. … He got his long hair back. I said it looked like he had joined Duck Dynasty instead of the media. … Stephen is a good guy. We had no problems with Stephen when he was with the team, practicing, the games. All of the issues when he got off the field, around campus, whatever, he had some issues there. … He's got a chance (to make it in the media). Heck, you guys made it."

On winning an SEC title compared to beating instate rival Clemson:

"If you ask our fans at South Carolina, I can assure you a majority would say, 'We would rather beat Clemson than win the SEC.' Personally, I'd rather win the SEC. I don't mind saying that. Personally, that's the bigger trophy."

On fifth-year senior QB Dylan Thompson:

"He was the only quarterback in the nation (last season) to beat UCF."

On his South Carolina team:

"We got a pretty good team, we think."

On Alabama coach Nick Saban, who Spurrier recently tweaked for underachieving since he had top recruiting classes that didn't always turn into national championships:

"They've had five No. 1 recruiting classes out of the last six years, which has got to make him the greatest recruiter in the history of college football. Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team. If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct. They're the favorites. There's no question about that."

On the pending trophy (a bronze sculpture of James Bonham, a South Carolina soldier who died defending the Alamo) awarded to the winner of the South Carolina-Texas A&M game, which is scheduled for Aug. 28 at South Carolina:

"I heard about it. Read about it. Didn't know it was official yet. I'm actually from Tennessee. I always was taught the hero of the Alamo was Davy Crockett, so this was a new one on me. It's a good story, I'm sure Bonham did some good things."

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