Steve Spurrier is known, in some circles, as the king of SEC media days.
Batting clean-up on the event's first evening, he was every bit as good as advertised.
Love him or hate him, Steve Spurrier is a quote machine. Enjoy it while hes around bc they dont make them like him anymore #SECMediaDays— Sanjay Kirpalani (@skirp1) July 16, 2013
He opened by talking about the SEC coaches meeting in Destin, Florida.
While there, he says, the conference's head coaches—in both football and basketball—agreed that some provisions should be made allowing college athletes to be paid:
Spurrier says coaches voted 14-0/14-0 + came up with a proposal to "provide some expense money" to players.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 16, 2013
Spurrier said SEC fball & hoops coaches voted unanimously for fball & hoops players should be provided $300 expense money— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 16, 2013
He spoke with passion about the issue, championing the players' right to earn some spending money in a business that generates such exorbitant figures.
He also said the only thing that would get him to stop his crusade would be if President Obama asked him to:
Steve Spurrier says he'll shut up about paying players some expense money if President Obama tells him to.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 16, 2013
His next target was Notre Dame and the upcoming college football playoff, another issue he said the SEC football coaches talked and agreed about in Destin.
The coaches, Spurrier said, think it unfair that Notre Dame's athletic director had the same say as conference commissioners on the playoff. They think Notre Dame should have to cease its independence and join the ACC:
Spurrier said SEC coaches wonders why Notre Dame AD is equal to all commissioners on @CFBPlayoff— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 16, 2013
Steve Spurrier said the SEC coaches agreed 14-0 that Notre Dame should join the ACC as a full member.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) July 16, 2013
Spurrier's final gripe before heading into team-specific questions was the hot-button issue of permanent cross-division rivalries.
He lauded (and envied) the Big 12's scheduling fairness and extended his sympathies to LSU and Florida—two perennial powerhouses who have to play each other annually in the current system:
Spurrier, Big 12 plays everybody, "That's pretty doggone fair."— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) July 16, 2013
Spurrier on SEC scheduling: "LSU & Florida have the most legitimate gripe of all of us. They play every yr & that's hard on both schools."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) July 16, 2013
From there Spurrier moved into more Gamecock-specific and light-hearted stuff. Here are some highlights of that part of the presser:
On his team's goal to win the SEC Championship:
"We're going to try to win the conference. We may fall flat on our face, but we're going to try to do it." -- Spurrier— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) July 16, 2013
On superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney:
Steve Spurrier says Clowney has "done a good job of staying out of the limelight all summer." Unlike, you know, other CFB stars.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 16, 2013
Any chance Jadeveon Clowney plays some offense this year? Spurrier: "Not really. We've got some offensive players."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) July 16, 2013
Spurrier comparing Clowney to Jevon Kearse: "A lot of similarities"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 16, 2013
On potential two-QB sets with Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson:
Spurrier says they can put two QBs on the field at the same time. True. Shaw could be effective at a few positions.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 16, 2013
On his 50th high-school reunion:
Spurrier attended 50th high school reunion: "Quiet. I thought it would be a little louder. I looked around at 9:30, about half had left."— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 16, 2013
And, most importantly, on Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, whom he offended with a jab at the Rebels at SEC media day 2012:
Steve Spurrier on Hugh Freeze: "We have a lot in common. We both play golf and both wear visors. How could you not like him?"— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) July 16, 2013
Don't ever change, Mr. Spurrier. Don't you ever change.