The 2017 SEC Media Days are officially underway in Hoover, Ala., and thus another “Talkin’ Season” has begun.
What better way for the SEC Network to start its coverage of the four-day event than with a Steve Spurrier-narrated introduction?
Spurrier coined the phrase “Talkin’ Season” during his coaching career as that time of the offseason — generally from July until the start of fall camp — when coaches make the national rounds and talk about their teams without really saying all that much about their teams.
This makes is all the more fitting that the SEC Network had the Head Ball Coach set the tone for the latest rendition of the conference’s media days.
“Welcome to the Super Bowl of Talkin’ Season: The SEC Media Days,” Spurrier said in the video. “It’ll be four days, 14 head ball coaches, over 40 outstanding SEC players, a whole bunch of cameras, microphones, radio and TV celebrities and all the SEC media boys will be there as well.”
Spurrier, Florida’s first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who also spent 23 total years as a head coach in the SEC at Florida (1990-2001) and South Carolina (2005-2015), narrated the 60-second video that showed highlights of past SEC Media Days with clips of coaches set to upbeat instrumental background music.
It's Talkin' Season.
And we're talkin' football. All day.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) July 10, 2017
“Come September, Talkin’ Season will be over. It’ll be time for the teams that can to walk the walk.” Spurrier said in the video. “But for now, they’ve got to talk the talk.”
Spurrier, of course, had incredible success during his time in the conference. As a player, he led Florida to a 23-9 record from 1964-1966, won the Heisman Trophy in 1966, was twice a first-team All-American and shattered just about every school record at the time.
As Florida’s head coach from 1990-2001, Spurrier posted a 122-27-1 record, won six SEC championships — including four straight from 1993-1996 — and secured Florida’s first national football championship in the 1996 season with a 52-20 win over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. At South Carolina, Spurrier went 86-49 and posted three straight 11-win seasons from 2011-2013. He resigned as the Gamecocks’ coach on Oct. 12, 2015.
He has the second-most wins as an SEC head coach, trailing just Alabama’s Bear Bryant. He is one of four people inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player (1986) and a coach (2017).
He rejoined the Florida athletic department in July 2016 as an ambassador.