South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier turned 70 this year. The Head Ball Coach is among college football’s best of all time, but he also carries a reputation for being one of the greatest quotes in the history of the sport.
To honor him as his illustrious career reaches this milestone, SECCountry.com will present a throwback Spurrier quote every Thursday during the football season in order to give some of his most memorable remarks the attention they deserve.
This week’s sound bite comes via The Post and Courier and seems quite relevant, given the recent relocation of Saturday’s game between LSU and South Carolina.
“Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley. (LSU’s stadium) is the Death Valley, isn’t it? Or is there another one? There’s two of them. That’s right, there’s two Death Valleys.”
During a 2012 press conference, Spurrier pondered in very tongue-in-cheek fashion whether LSU’s Death Valley was “the” Death Valley. In-state rival Clemson’s Memorial Stadium is, of course, also nicknamed Death Valley.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney continued the verbal sparring when he responded the following day. “I can see where he might have a little confusion. Our guys have never been to USC. California is a long way from here,” Swinney said. “I can see where there would be a little confusion, got two Death Valleys, two USCs, but only one real one.”
South Carolina defeated Clemson, 27-17, in Death Valley later that season. Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
The end result:
Spurrier’s jab at Clemson was simply another entry in the long list of Head Ball Coach zingers — a skill that seems to have rubbed off on at least one current player. Even Swinney acknowledged at the time that Spurrier is indeed among the best coaches to ever speak into a recorder. “(Spurrier’s) had more lines than anyone ever will,” Swinney said. “Classic Spurrier.”
Even at age 70, that trait is still one of Spurrier’s strongest.
Steve Spurrier: "I did ask coach Miles to tell the fans not to yell when we were on the field. I think he’s going to help out with that."
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) October 7, 2015
Excited to get to play in the real Death Valley this weekend! #gamecocknation
— Elliott fry (@elliott_fry22) October 7, 2015