Not only is Steve Spurrier back and enjoying double-digit wins in the SEC, but the Head Ball Coach is back to his old ways on the PR front as well.
Spurrier made the rounds as part of the two-day SEC "car wash" at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday. While he was there, he found time to continue the verbal war that recently started between himself and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.
According to Josh Kendall of The State, Spurrier said that Ole Miss could use some help from current Penn State players, all of whom are essentially free agents after the NCAA handed down its punishment on Monday:
Steve Spurrier tells ESPN he could understand @CoachHughFreeze going after PSU players "They need some ball players there."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 24, 2012
This comes on the heels of Spurrier's comments at SEC media days, where he said that he would rather schedule Ole Miss than LSU, suggesting that the Rebels weren't at the same level as the reigning SEC champs.
"You think I make the schedule?" Spurrier joked at media days. "If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU and we'd be playing Ole Miss."
Freeze may be a first-year head coach, but he held his ground on the final day of SEC media days.
"We do play them in 2013," Freeze said. "I will circle that one and hopefully change his perspective of Ole Miss football."
Is this verbal spat childish? Yes. Does it seem like Spurrier is picking on the little kid at the playground? Absolutely.
But it's also a lot of fun, as long as it's good-natured—which this has been so far.
Keep it clean, don't cross that imaginary line and have at it. It will get us through the doldrums of summer until toe meets leather on Aug. 30.