Steve Spurrier, the mystery of the U.S. voting age

By Chip Patterson | College Writer
Is the voting age in the United States 18 or 21? Steve Spurrier might not know. (US Presswire)

Our apologies to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who -- we assume -- does know that in the United States of America citizens are allowed to vote when they turn 18 years old. But when a coach intentionally feeds so many quotable one-liners to the media, you can never be sure whether the Ol' Ball Coach is toying with reporters or making an honest mistake.

The Gamecocks' coach was asked if he would allow his players extra time to vote on Tuesday. A question to which Spurrier replied, "Our players that are 21?"

Again, I'm assuming Spurrier knows that the national voting age is 18 and not 21. As USA Today's Paul Myerberg pointed out, he could have experienced a slight mix-up in the details of the 26th Amendment.

Or perhaps the laws are different in South Carolina. I mean they can drive at 15, purchase fireworks, and do all sorts of crazy things in that state. But instead of looking it up, let us assume Spurrier had a brain fart, chuckle, and move on with our day. After all, those voting lines are getting long, so get on out there and do your thing if you feel so inclined.

(H/T: USA Today)

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