South Carolina Football Coach Steve Spurrier Befuddled by National Voting Age

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 6, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks with his team before a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Warning: Coaching a top college football program may lead to brain cramps. 

Take the case of Steve Spurrier—a man who fumbled a throw-away question to prove he had all but forgotten what the national voting age was. 

USA Today reports a rather light-hearted election story amid all of the of serious ones floating around on this pivotal Tuesday. 

Asked on Tuesday whether he'd allow his players time to vote between class, practice and game preparation, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier replied, "Our players that are 21?"

You can chalk this up to a senior moment, brain cramp or just the weight of a college season weighing heavily on Spurrier's mind. 

As the report states, this isn't an isolated issue. 

Even Alabama head coach Nick Saban suffered a mental gaffe of hilarious proportions. He was asked recently by ESPN's Samantha Steele about his own birthday that he forgot (via USA Today).  

My wife said, 'Happy birthday,' this morning, and I was like, 'Oh, I forgot,'" Saban said.

"I appreciate people calling, but it really is hard to almost acknowledge, personally, that something different is happening, because you're in such a routine of what you feel you need to do to get the team ready to play the game," he said.

Speaking of Saban and the election, Yahoo Sports reports there are some super fans who would like to see their head coach lead the country. 

Yes, that is a write-in vote of sorts for Saban. 

The country continues to go mad towards the end of a lengthy election process. For Spurrier, he has no doubt been informed that the voting age is in fact 18 years old.   

Not that this is all that pertinent to him right now. He has a football season to think about, and apparently, that takes every last one of his working brain cells.