Spurrier on the decline

Steve Spurrier is the greatest football mind in the last generation. Since Paul W. Bryant strode the sidelines, no football coach has dominated the SEC in the same way as the visor wearing virtuoso.

The South Carolina coach may be the greatest offensive mind in the history of the game.

But he is lazy.

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He failed with the Washington Redskins because he didn’t want to work 365 days per year; he wasn’t a Bill Belichik workaholic.

Spurrier appeared on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network on May 14, and the coach sounded weary—much more so than any other appearance on the radio program. He announced he had handed off the tedious offensive tasks (like making sure the wristbands get typed) to his son.

When the master painter relaxes his grasp on the brush, even slightly, you begin to question his commitment. Can South Carolina be Spurrier’s equivalent of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus? Or has the master lost his touch?

In the same Finebaum interview, Spurrier was matter-of-fact when he admitted that time was getting away from him. His pigskin clock is ticking.

“If we are going to make a move there, we need to do it in the next three or four years,” Spurrier said.

Is that feasible?

With the growing power in Athens and the relentless work ethic of Urban Meyer, there seems little chance for the Gamecocks to make it to the SEC Championship.

Spurrier could do it. But he would need to spend less time on the golf course, and more time working. He’d have to enter the modern world. A world where coaches teleconference via the Internet.

When told of the video conferencing, The State newspaper reported an almost comedic Spurrier retort: “Is that legal?” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier asked when learning of the latest recruiting wrinkle.

Spurrier promised to keep up. But for the moment, briefly, the game looks to be passing him by.