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Steve Spurrier Trolls ESPN Anchor Dari Nowkhah, Calls Him 'Darcy'

Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has a way with words.

The Head Ball Coach never holds back, whether he is on stage after a bowl win, at the SEC media days or being interviewed on ESPN during national signing day.

While being interviewed by ESPNU's Dari Nowkhah, Spurrier called the familiar reporter "Darcy," a slip up that was caught by Matt Lombardi at CollegeSpun.com.

It could've been just a simple slip of the tongue. Dari is an uncommon name that happens to sound similar to several other names. However, later in the broadcast, Nowkhah revealed that it isn't the first time Spurrier has botched his name.

After closing out an interview with Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who correctly called him "Dari," Nowkhah said that in the past Spurrier called him "Dory" and "Derry."

Nowkhah isn't the type of muckraking reporter that is likely to draw the ire of a coach. 

However, given Spurrier's track record, anything is possible. There was an incident in 2011 when Spurrier had a public quarrel with Ron Morris, a reporter from The State. JimRomenesko.com chronicled the incident.

It is likely that Spurrier was just having a little fun with Nowkhah, as he often does while a microphone is in front of him.

Earlier this year, after he led South Carolina to a Capital One Bowl victory, he took the time to rip his team's in-state rival, Clemson.

In the press conference before that game, he managed to take shots at both Florida and Florida State, even though his team was playing Wisconsin in the bowl.

So don't worry, Dari, it probably isn't personal. But then again, it could be.

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