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VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:06 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier started his weekly news conference in an unusual way on Tuesday. Ol' Ball Coach did not take a seat in front of the assembled media, but instead started by pacing in front of the group and describing his distaste for a certain member of the media.

The media member was Ron Morris, columnist for The State. Morris has penned several critical pieces about the Gamecocks coach in recent weeks, but Spurrier specifically cited a column last spring for his reason for taking exception. Spurrier was accused of recruiting Bruce Ellington away from the basketball program, something he deemed as "a completely fabricated story."

Spurrier never mentioned Morris by name, but instead referred to him as "negative guy" and pointed in his direction multiple times during his explanation. He offered to do one-on-one interviews with the television media, then return to the writers room to discuss Gamecocks football with writers not named Ron Morris.

Check out the video below. Do you think Spurrier was justified in his actions? Speak up in the comment section below or let us know on Twitter. (@EyeOnCFB)  It should be noted that Spurrier's extra-salty mood could have been a result of Stephen Garcia's dismissal - announced by the school shortly after the news conference

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:49 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

I'm a man. I'm 40. Wait, that was Gundy. Spurrier took a page from Gundy's book minus the theatrics. Good for him. Maybe he'll do that to Dodd, who is a hack as well.

These writers think they have freedom of the press, but have no responsibility and accountability that comes with it. When you print half-truths and lies and have a vendetta vs a coach or player, they have every right to shut you out. Maybe now, this clown will have to actually be creative in his writing without any help from Steve.

Good for Steve. I hope more follow his lead.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:14 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

What are you talking about?  In general the AP are backing Morris because last I checked Spurrier signed up to a big boy job.  You can be undefeated, and people are still going to ask you questions you don't like.  He's been around long enough to know this.

Don't miss understand me.  I've read alot of guy's articles, and the guys a jack***.  It's obvious he's just trolling for reads at this point. 
Instead of taking the high road, and showing Morris he won't sink down to that guys level.  He throws a hissy fit similiar to what a 12 year old would.  (everyone look at me I have the power!!!!!).  In the process he show's he's just as classless as the reporter.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:14 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Point Shaving???  Are you Serious???  We couldn't score any points on offense the first 5 games of the season.  Unless he agreed not to score, I wouldn't buy it.  In all seriousness though, there are no rumors like this in the Columbia area.  In general, the AP doesn't agree with Spurrier because he is outting one of their own.  But Ron Morris deserved everything he got from Spurrier yesterday.  It is widely known that he purposefully writes contreversial articles just to sell papers for the State.  This isn't the first time he hasn't had "The Facts" right before publishing an article either.  Bottom line is he is just a columnist who stirs up contreversy and strife to sell papers.  In the end, this probably won't hurt him at all, because it will sell more papers for the worthless paper that supplies the Columbia, SC area (The State).

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:15 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Look, Ron Morris has made it his mission to bring down Spurrier over the past year or so. It is obvious to my friends that are not USC graduates or Gamecock fans. 
Read his articles from the past year and show me where he has given an unbiased report on Spurrier and the team.
You will see a pattern where the writer has it out for Spurrier and it started a long time ago.
I agree with the Coach and I am not a big Spurrier supporter. He has made some decisions that frustrate any Gamecock fan.
But, he runs a clean program and there are more programs in the NCAA that have issues than USC. Hell, give me a week and I will dig up something on Clemson or UCLA. When you have over 200 athletes on college campus things happen. They are kids!
Garcia was troubled, but talented and Spurrier gave this kid a hundred chances to get his life together.   
We have great athletes and we do not need Morris in our locker room!      

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:10 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Ron Morris is in a bad way, always hating on the Gamecocks in Columbia. I'm sure Clemson would be a much more comforting environment for him to write. He should be take out back and dealt with.

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:58 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Where does assertion end and libel begin?  I can certainly sympathize with Spurrier if Morris's story were truly false, particularly given the challenges surrounding Garcia's dismissal.  Representation in journalism is important, and is a major reason, among others, why reporters are fired.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:50 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Good for Spurrier! The media needs to learn to report the story, not invent it. Many of them are more interested in getting their name in the news than reporting the news. Morris deserved every bit of this. I hope it teaches others a lesson. The coaches have the right to not talk to whoever they wish. I know some contracts require that they address the media but it isn't their job to put up with guys like Morris.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:20 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Way to go coach!!! Larry Guest is now and always will be a turd and I bet this fella is too!
Spurrier=integrity and not taking any crap!

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:18 pm

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

Garcia keyed a car, got caught underage drinking, and broke team rules.  He wasn't beating up people, getting arrested, getting DUIs, etc.  He was a troubled kid but not a trouble maker.  He was suspended 5 times because the Gamecocks come down hard on wrong doings - more than most schools.  Things that get you suspended there are just a slap on the wrist at other schools.  In the case of Garcia, what else did you want them to do?  They suspended him, had him go through counseling, tried to get him to work on his issues to try and help the guy.  They gave him time off from football to try and deal with his issues.

Dealing with a guy with issues is much MUCH different than a guy that does nothing but get in trouble and is a bad apple.  He was loved my teammates, coaches, and fans.  Every account you will read about Garcia says he wasn't a bad kid.  Please understand this distinction and don't try and lump him in with the other thugs in college athletics.  Just because a kid is troubled and has his demons doesn't make him a trouble maker.

In the end, he didn't live up to the goals he had to meet to get his life turned around.  So he was dismissed.  Nothing more the team could do. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:21 am

VIDEO: Spurrier refuses to speak around columnist

But why wasn't Garcia shown the door long ago?  Because Spurrier is a classless jack who only wants to win at all costs and could care less about anything else. As long as the kid performed, he would have looked the other way (and probably buy him another beer), but as soon as he wasn't.....Why didn't they get tougher with the kid instead of continually giving him one more chance, one more chance, one more chance until he finally threw so many picks that he cost them a game.  Spurrier and the school are as much to blame as Garcia for drinking that bottle......

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