Steve Spurrier Accuses a Big Ten School of Negative Recruiting

February 11, 2014 at 1:03p    by DJ Byrnes    
Yogi Steve Spurrier, Troll Lord

Steve Spurrier is one of the best trolls college football has ever seen. Today, he struck out against an unnamed Big Ten School for — negative recruiting? From the Atlanta Constitution Journal:

“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways.”

Ah yes, the SEC: where recruiting is totally a gentlemen's game and completely on the up and up.

We can rule out Ohio State as the culprit, as Columbia's population is ~131,000, so it's not a "big city" compared to Columbus.

My guess is Penn State. Newly minted coach James Franklin has said his No. 1 goal is graduating players (check), went on a recruiting frenzy upon his arrival (check), and Happy Valley's population is a mere ~42,000 (check).



Killer nuts's picture

But James Franklin came through the ranks as an SEC recruiter so he knows that Southernly gentleman don't negatively recruit

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jkrk's picture

That's why he came to the B1G, where everyone except Bert and Dantonio know there are no gentlemen here.

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Squirrel Master's picture

SEC doesn't negatively recruit? HA!

go ask Da U about Mushmouth and UF's tactics!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

Not sure why I cared enough to do this (and not saying it is one of these schools for sure) but according to 247 here are South Carolina's commits and the other schools that were options from the B1G:


  • Chris Lammons, 4 Star CB, FL (Wisconsin)
  • Blake McClain, 3 Star DE, FL (Nebraska)
  • Michael Scarnecchia, 2 Star QB, FL (Iowa)


  • Chauncery Rivers, 4 Star DE, GA (Illinois & Michigan State)
  • Dexter Neal, 3 Star WR, GA (Illinois)

Seems like Urban's hands are clean on this one...


“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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Killer nuts's picture

In that case I'll take a guess and say Wisconsin did it if for no other reason than I dislike Wisconsin

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whobdis's picture

Someone on one of the SEC boards said it was Wisky..must have been Lamons. If I didn't know either way I would have assumed Pelini. Incidently Spurrier took quite a beating on that board as well. Even the SEC folks aren't THAT naive..they know the recruiting is cutthroat in that part of the country.


Jordan Wagner's picture

I'd guess it was Bo Pelini and Nebraska. Spurrier stole one of Nebraska's recruits late. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

When Lane Kiffin was at Tennessee for that one year, he supposedly told receiver Alshon Jeffrey something like if he picked South Carolina he'd end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like everyone else who'd played there.

And of course he also accused Urban of recruiting violations in public at a booster meeting and committed a violation himself in the process by talking about the recruit by name.



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Barnsey69's picture

Lame Kiffin will obviously try anything to woo a recruit since he can't coach a lick. He must have some dirt on Saban, otherwise I don't know what he's thinking with that hire. Although his wife is pretty hot...Slick Nick in the hizzzouSe!

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BierStube's picture


That picture should be a recruiting violation!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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JYBUCKEYE's picture

Agreed.  What the hell kind of hat is he wearing!?  He looks like Gilligan mixed with Lane Kiffin.


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Barnsey69's picture

If UFB was the culprit, the recruit would not be in Columbia now.

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Barnsey69's picture

Haha ok ok, might have been a little HFM (Happy Fingers Malloy).

Let's roll with UFM - Urban Freakin Meyer

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hit_the_couch's picture

Columbia, SC is pretty crappy. Towns with Army posts in them tend to be a magnet for being like that, at least the ones I encountered save for San Antonio. For such a small place, I believe they do have a ton of crime. 

I remember a few years ago Columbia was voted one of the worst cities to live in; they also made it illegal to be homeless.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

OSUStu's picture

Exercise is not a good look for Steve Spurrier.


If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Barnsey69's picture

I know we're probably not allowed to do this here but...LOL! Bout spit my coffee across my desk...good add a caption opportunity here!

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AltaBuck's picture

The thing that pisses me off about Spurrier is that he owns his only NC because of a B1G school...The Ohio State University. The guy is a colossal prick.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

LOLOLOLOLOL, I can't stop laughing about an SEC coach complaining about recruiting ethics.  Funniest thing I've heard all day.  Does he have any other jokes that I haven't heard yet?

Class of 2010.

Colerainbuck's picture

What's up w the little toe, Stevie boy? There is so much negative recruiting in that photo...where do you begin

Whoa Nellie's picture

Pot, meet Kettle.  Or.  Takes one to know one.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Osurrt's picture

Are you kidding me......that picture of the ole ball coach just caused a dozen recruits to take South Carolina off their list.

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Oyster's picture

You can take ttun off the list too if they mentioned how bad the crime is.

trock's picture

This is funny since it just came out that other schools would use Michael Sim being gay to negatively recruit against Missouri....and yet the B1G, who can't recruit is using dirty tactics. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Seriously?  LOL if they used Michael Sim's gayness to negatively recruit against Mizzou, they're going to effectively negatively recruit against themselves.

Class of 2010.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Yeah, SEC coaches never negatively recruit, except to tell recruits how cold it is up north.