When it was time for Steve Spurrier's press conference today, Spurrier refused to publicly comment until The State's columnist Ron Morris left the room. Who now?
Morris was playing with fire, as this is the third time he has taken a shot at Spurrier. The most recent coming after South Carolina's 54-3 beat-down on Kentucky. Morris stated:
"Let’s not get carried away, though. This performance showed only what USC is capable of doing. Unfortunately, it came against a Kentucky team that is hopeless, easily the worst team USC has faced to date and the worst it will face until The Citadel comes to Columbia.As a result, any evaluation should be tempered. There has to be a little bit of wait-and-see involved in assessing anything Saturday because Shaw will not face his first hostile environment until this coming week at Mississippi State."
Just a week after he blamed the loss to Auburn on coaching. Although those could be enough to piss a man off, they weren't the biggest gripe Spurrier had with Morris. As he refers to in the clip, Morris wrote a story about him "poaching" basketball recruit Bruce Ellington from the hardwood, and influencing his decision to play two sports. So today Spurrier decided enough was enough and stated how he felt. I'll give Spurrier credit, he made the smartest decision possible in choosing to eliminate Morris's access to quotes and questions. Would love to see Morris try to explain to his editor that he's no longer allowed to the information rival papers have.
By the way, who rips a reporter better, Spurrier or Nick Notle?