Spurrier: 'There's more to life than SEC titles. Success is relative to each school'

One of the best things about Steve Spurrier, other than his knack for explosive offenses and winning ball games, is that he refuses to speak in coaching cliches. He keeps it as real as it could possible get, and it keeps everyone on their toes.

After three straight eleven win seasons, including a 27-24 OT victory over Missouri (their only loss up until the SEC title game against Auburn), Spurrier has an interesting perspective on bringing home that elusive SEC title, and told Go Gamecocks that for him, there's more to life than being crowned the top dog in the SEC.

"To go 6-2 in the conference, which is the best record ever for South Carolina – and we did it three years in a row – how can you be upset? We are disappointed that we beat the division winner and they never lost again, but give them credit. Give the other guy credit."

"Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up 19 times in the majors. Of course, he won 18, but every time he finished runner-up, he shook the hand of the other guy and said, ‘Well done, you beat me.’ Missouri ran the table after we beat them. People kept asking me, I said, ‘If they win it all, I’ll call coach (Gary) Pinkel and congratulate him,’ and that’s exactly what I did."

Leave it to Spurrier to seamlessly use a golf analogy to sum up his views. The head ball coach went on to explain that winning your last game is just as important because of the momentum it provides everyone in the program throughout into the off season.

"But the other side of that is something I have learned from being here – there’s more to life than the SEC championship. I would still say that’s the biggest goal we could reach right there, but total wins, where you are ranked, the state championship, bowl victories. Winning that bowl game just makes life so much more pleasant until you play again."

Notice that reference to "state championships"? Yeah, Spurrier never misses an opportunity to troll on in state rival Clemson and Dabo Swinney, who they've beaten the past five seasons in a row for the first time in school history.

"In sports, we are all as good as our last game. If you win that bowl game, the fans, the team, it just gives you a good feeling heading into the offseason. 

Then Spurrier got real philosophical, and it's refreshing to see how a coach as seasoned and battle tested as he is is able to keep perspective...and of course throw some not-so-subtle jabs in the process. 

"Your expectations and what you achieve are different at every school. Every school is different. For example, at Alabama, if I had had five No. 1 recruiting classes in the last six years like Alabama, I would say, ‘Fellas we are going to mess up if we lose a game, because we’ve got the best players in college football.’ But we’re not in that situation.

"Our history is not all that super before we got here, so everything is sort of relative to each school."

It's an excellent point that he could have worded differently, but he does have a great point; "success is relative to where you are". Now, anyone else would have used a program outside of the SEC footprint with a rich football tradition like USC or Notre Dame to make their point, but that just wouldn't have been Spurrier. Once again, well played Old Ball Coach.

Read the full Q&A with Spurrier here.

Timelapse video: Eight months of Kyle Field construction in 15 seconds

As a way to update fans of the progress to its $450 million renovation to Kyle Field, Texas A&M has installed three cameras showing a live feed of the action.

Like what TCU did with Amon Carter Stadium, the Aggies are nearly gutting Kyle Field and installing a brand new stadium on top of it. It's as close as you can come to constructing a new stadium without actually building a new stadium. As you'll see below, the old surface and grandstands are cleared to create what is essentially a dirt field, and then the new stadium is built.

A&M fan site GoodBullHunting has boiled down the eight months of progress on Kyle Field's interior into a snazzy 15-second recap.

There have been 68 NFL coaching changes in the last decade

As I read through my Google Alerts this morning, I came across an article from the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger on Lovie Smith that unearthed an astounding statistic: in the 10 seasons from 2004 through 2013, there have been 68 head coaching changes in the NFL. 

In a league with 32 teams, that's more than two coaching changers per team over the decade. It's not news to anyone that there's a high turnover rate among NFL head coaches, but an average of 2.125 coaching changes per decade is enough to raise some eyebrows.

The Ledger also stated that the average lifespan of an NFL coaching tenure is 38 months. 

Over the last 10 years, only three franchises - the New York Giants (Tom Coughlin), New England Patriots (Bill Belichick) and Cincinnati Bengals (Marvin Lewis) - have employed one head coach. Eight more clubs check in with only two head coaches over the past decade - Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Houston, Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. 

Three franchises push the average upward with five full-time head coaches over the past decade - the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. And then there are the Oakland Raiders, outpacing the entire league with six full-time head coaches over since 2004: Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson and Dennis Allen.

It should come as no surprise that the 40 combined seasons those four teams have played have accounted for zero playoff victories.

Video: Jennifer Lawrence introduces Louisville to the ACC

It's moving day in college athletics, as a number of schools have their bags packed and ready for life in greener pastures. At the stroke of midnight tonight, Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten, Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina join the American Athletic Conference, Western Kentucky joins Conference USA, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho and New Mexico State join the Sun Belt, and Louisville becomes the 14th member of the ACC.

To formally introduce Louisville to its new conference, and vice versa, the Cards have tabbed their most famous fan, Louisville native and America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence to narrate a video that culminates decades of hard work from Tom Jurich and company.


Arizona AD Greg Byrne turns to Twitter to help with stadium branding

There may only be a select few FBS athletic directors that utilize Twitter, and social media in general, as well as Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne). Yesterday, Byrne provided a shining example of that.

Arizona is installing a new, high quality video board in the north end zone, and because Twitter is one of the most efficient, and effective ways to reach loyal fans, Byrne pitched a few ideas and solicited feedback from the fan base.

Judging from the responses and amount of favorites on each of the tweets, option #2 for the design on the back of the video board was the most popular. So in a matter of 24 hours, Byrne pitches a question and a throws out a few ideas and he quickly has a pretty solid cross section of the fan base to move forward with.

Whether you're a high school AD, or just an aspiring coach hoping to occupy an AD office one day, you can learn a lot on social media from Byrne.

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