South Carolina Football: Why Steve Spurrier Was Right to Call Out Ron Morris

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Head coach Steve Spurrier watches on against the Kentucky Wildcats during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ok, I get it.  The "media types" are using Ron Morris as a rallying point or a "martyr" of sorts.  I get it. 

Ok, I also understand that fellow writers from this site (generally uneducated to the Columbia, South Carolina area) know this is a big story and that they have to follow in line with the "big" media writers. 

Give me a break.  If you don't think that area has anything to do with this, then you are crazy.  To quote Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, "Get off my lawn!"

You have no idea how damaging this particular writer has been to the Columbia area and football in general. 

Here are the titles of just a few of his "articles."

Many Share the Blame for Garcia Saga (He calls Garcia a classic drop back passer in high school; however, he was recruited as a dual threat QB who was in no way traditional—a simple review of his high school stats would have solved that error.)

It Was Just Kentucky

Change of Fortunes (Following the Auburn Loss)

Lattimore's Heisman Candidacy Long, but Possible (Is this type of piece even necessary for a front runner?)

Enough with the Mind Games, Garcia Is the Quarterback (directed at Spurrier after he named Shaw the starter)

At What Price Is Success for USC?  (A particularly slanderous piece where he claims—and I quote—that the athletic department was "selling their souls" for success.)

Then there is the Bruce Ellington piece that has been debunked from everyone from Darrin Horn to Bruce Ellington to Coach Spurrier himself. 

Yet he stands by his piece, and the other members of media stand by him.  It wouldn't surprise me if this piece didn't last long on here due to complaints. 

How long though, until people understand that you can't make things up and call it an opinion piece?

Did I mention that all this negativity on the front pages of the city papers sports pages were written within a few months?

Ron writes some positive things about Carolina at times.  I mean, as the number one writer in the city's paper, you would have to, but there are enough jabs and slants to make a strong case that even the positive articles have some sort of underlying message. 

Yes, the timing was strange.  The Stephen Garcia dismissal was on the same day.  However, let's not just pass this off as a smoke screen.  Steve Spurrier is a smart man (regardless of what some writers say) and he would definitely do a better job of using something as a smoke screen.  Honestly, he is saddened by Garcia's dismissal, and he was in a bad mood. 

Ron Morris would have brought up Stephen Garcia because that's what he does.  Even though he didn't know about the dismissal at the time, he would have asked a bunch of questions about him in a negative way, and Steve would have had a difficult time deflecting them. 

By the way, for all you writers who are blogging about this, Steve Spurrier hasn't been the one to make the decisions about whether or not Garcia comes back from suspensions since the March 2008 incident.  It's been all Eric Hyman, South Carolina's athletic director. 

If Hyman asked Spurrier not to announce it until Hyman's press conference (which I have NO doubt occurred), he couldn't talk about it. 

Spurrier didn't call out anyone by name, and he didn't scream and cuss.  He just politely stated that he wouldn't talk to a certain reporter anymore.  That's his right.  Get off his back about it. 

It's great to be a Gamecock and I for one am happy to support a coach who will stand up for his team.  They love it, and the fed up fans in Columbia love it.  You don't have to love it, and that's the beauty of it.  Stick to your own teams, why don't you?