Steve Spurrier spoke at a fan rally on Monday that was set to honor injured South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore. Spurrier read the announcement from South Carolina governor Nikki Haley which proclaimed yesterday Marcus Lattimore Day in the state. The acknowledgement came on Lattimore’s 21st birthday.
Lattimore watched the event by way of his computer and listened to the crowd sing him “Happy Birthday.”
Later in the rally, Spurrier spoke to the crowd and gave credit to Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney for his kind remarks towards Lattimore. As you would expect from the media trying to stir up trouble, Spurrier’s comments were taken out of context.
Spurrier caught some backlash for his comments, but when you read the full text you will realize that Spurrier said the comments with no ill will.
Here is what Spurrier said during the rally:
I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school — you know, that school that used to beat us a lot that doesn’t beat us much anymore — usually when that coach up there talks about South Carolina it’s a bunch of garbage and a bunch of BS. Usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day. He said, ‘Marcus Lattimore stands for what’s right about college football.’
Is there really anything wrong with those comments? It just seems like Spurrier was acknowledging a kind gesture from one of his school’s rivals while injecting a little bit of humor to lighten the mood.
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