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Old 04-17-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Talking Spurrier already trash-talking with Tennessee

It's official: Steve Spurrier has returned to the Southeastern Conference.

South Carolina's first-year coach took a jab Wednesday at SEC East rival Tennessee, Spurrier's favorite target during his 12 years at Florida, while discussing an altercation involving Gamecocks receiver Syvelle Newton, who was accused of punching a student in the face this past weekend before the charge was dropped.

"This was not a full-blown fight. If you want to read about some full-blown fights, read about the Tennessee players, not our guys," said Spurrier, referring to the five Tennessee players who have been charged with assault since January.

Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer was ready with a retort Thursday when reporters in Knoxville asked about Spurrier's remark.

"He needs to take care of his own house and leave mine to me," Fulmer said. "He's got plenty of issues over there I'm sure to deal with. I don't give [a care] one way or the other what anybody says except the people that count."

An amused Spurrier laughed Thursday when told of Fulmer's swipe.

"I like ol' Phil. Phil's all right," Spurrier said. "He's a good guy. We get along fine."


I can only chuckle at this stuff. It makes me glad Spurrier is back. He is a colorful, well-known character who brings a lot of attention to the SEC. And even though he stinks as a pro coach and is notorious for running up the score on opponents, he is a darn good college coach.
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