Tuesday, October 10, 2006


You know Steve Spurrier has had a bad day when he admits he was wrong.

For those of you coming to the story late (which, ahem, includes C&F as far as blogging is concerned), this whole affair began when an angry Spurrier couldn't answer the media's questions about coverage meltdowns in the final moments of a win against Kentucky. So what did he do? Summon his secondary coach, Ron Cooper, to answer the questions.

Spurrier has Ron Cooper brought to the press conference.

The State describes the discomfort that followed:

Moments after Spurrier asked Fink to find the Gamecocks’ assistant head coach, Cooper interrupted Spurrier’s media conference. His white dress shirt was buttoned and tucked neatly, but Cooper straightened his silver necktie while standing before the surprised group.
The two-dozen or so reporters had little to ask. It was Spurrier who acted as a one-man firing squad.

But, by Monday, Spurrier knew he was wrong. Which was all that Up-and-down Ron needed to hold forth:

Although Cooper said following the interrogation by his boss that he did not mind being put in that position, he probably was speaking the party line. No coach, or employee for that matter, should be subjected to that.

Don't worry. In a couple of weeks, Morris will be writing about how fine a handler of interpersonal relationships Spurrier is.

But Morris' wider point shows some of the problems Spurrier is trying to solve. No, the fans probably shouldn't cheer after a loss. And, yes, from time to time, players do need to be called out if they play a stupid game. Spurrier's trying to change the culture. And it's not always pretty.

That said, it's good Spurrier apologized for this. It was inappropriate. But Cooper's moved on, so let's do the same.


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