Steve Spurrier made it very clear that he was none too pleased with writer Ron Morris of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper during a press session on Tuesday in South Carolina.  Steve stood up before the interviews began and went on a 2 minute tirade in which he called out Ron Morris for allegedly writing a false story last year regarding Spurrier and his recruiting methods with Bruce Ellington (when Bruce Ellington joined the Carolina football team, Morris wrote that his sources told him that Spurrier had poached the player from Darrin Horn’s basketball team).  Spurrier definitely “took exception” with that and finished his diatribe by saying he would not conduct any interviews in a room where Ron Morris was present.

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Here is the transcript:

“This has been weighing on my, on my chest, and I’m getting it off my chest right here today.”

“As all of you know we’ve got a negative guy over here that tries to hurt our football program. He’s got a right to do that. The criticism he shows me is okay. I don’t mind that.”

“I just don’t like stories that aren’t true, and last spring he wrote a story about me recruiting Bruce Ellington, and luring him away from the basketball program, and raiding and jilting Coach [Darrin] Horn. A completely fabricated story, and I took exception to that, but that’s the only thing I take exception from a sportswriters..when they write stuff that isn’t true.”

“I didn’t talk to Bruce Ellington until after he had met with coach Horn and he came over here. Completely untrue story.”

“In 26 years as a head coach, I’ve had have two guys that didn’t write the truth that I had to disassociate with. He’s one of them over here. (Pointing to Morris). Another one was…at Florida in 94, so in 26 years I’ve had two guys. And then I’ve learned that since he sits in on all these meetings it’s basically…I’m helping him to contribute writing negative stuff about our football program, simple as that.”

“So I’m not gonna talk when he’s in here. That’s my right as a head coach. I don’t have to talk to him, and I don’t have to talk to him when he’s in here so what we’re going to do. All you tv guys I’m gonna do a personal interview with you in this other room and the writers that are still left in here I’ll come back and talk to you right after that.”

We’ll do individual interviews with all you tv guys…ok? everybody for that?”

video via Scout

  • imstrider

    Go get him coach. stand up for your self and your program by telling this guy that if he persists in writing stuff that is fabricated, he is not welcome. It’s time for players and coaches to tell the ‘entitled press corps’ to get it right or you don’t get it. Go for your investigative Pulitzer somewhere else.

  • Chris

    I got here via a link from Hot Clicks at The link said “Steve Spurrier went berserk at his press conference today…” Having just watched the video, I see nothing that meets the definition of “berserk.”

    I guess that slanted comment shows how the media circle the wagons when they perceive a slight against one of their own.

  • Shawn

    I love it. Bo Pelini at Nebraska is getting fed up with these types also. The US media has lost its way. Report the news honestly. We don’t care about your opinions, just the news.

  • DaveB

    Perhaps Coach Spurrier is correct when he says that this particular writer lied in his story. If that is the case, then why didn’t the school sue him for slander or at least defamation of character of it’s employee?

    If the university of SC is going to hold a press conference, be it for the President of the university, a professor, a coach or any other employee, it does not have the right to decide which members of the press can attend. Coach Spurrier is right when he says he has a personal right not to speak with that writer in the room, however his personal right does not extend to an interview room on school property.

    The school should either sue the writer, or allow him the same access as anyone else.

  • Frank V

    “Berserk” got me here, and “tirade” and “diatribe” really got my interest piqued. Cosby Sweaters and cnnsi should take action against the writers who used those completely inaccurate terms. The video clip I just watched is not even a blip on the radar for a “football coach’s berserk tirade and diatribe”. An editor with any gumption at all would chastise these writers for over-dramatization and sensationalism.

    It seems obvious to me that Spurrier is measuring his words, restraining himself from making any wild accusations or showing his likely disgust for that member of media, and simply exerting his right to meet with certain members of the media.

  • stevej

    Guys, check your facts before siding with Spurrier on this one. Spurrier has done this with a lot more than two writers – anyone who doesn’t write what he likes gets the treatment. Also, why bring this up now after 6 months? Grow up, Spurrier. He’s doing his job.

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  • Joe

    DaveB, maybe he didn’t sue him b/c lawsuits cost thousands of dollars, can last years, in this case would add negative attention to the program? I also have don’t no why you think Spurrier does not have the right to choose w/ whom he speaks. You seem confused on a few fronts.

    As for the press… the majority are scum and a self- serving bunch. The title of this article is ridiculous… but maybe I’m just going berserk.

  • Jason

    Ron is a hack.

  • Spurrier is wrong

    The column was written in the spring. If it was indeed completely fabricated, or even partially inaccurate, if it angered Spurrier this much I would expect a head coach to address it with the writer immediately, not wait until a news conference six weeks into the football season.

    I would also expect a head coach, acting professionally, to address that disagreement with that writer, not use other writers trying to do their jobs as leverage in his argument.

    What Steve Spurrier did is unprofessional and diminishes both himself and his university. South Carolina has a journalism school. I would recommend that one of its instructors consult with Spurrier to advise him on how to professionally in resolving disagreements with the media.

  • kp2171

    I hate florida football. I respect florida football. The coach has every right to be the hardarse he needs to be here.

    big ten… there was time when we had the ground to stand on to say we were matched well with the SEC.


    that time is done.

    i LOVE big ten. and the SEC kicks our arse three ways from monday.

    respect is given when its earned.

    spurrier pisses me off… fundamentally irritates me… id piss on his car’s windshield every damned day if i could.

    but… really? that was beserk?

    i think beserk is his trying to sever my jugular with a hooters hot wig.


    i HATE florida football… and, oh yeah, sec football too…

    because i live and love the big ten and in our best years we just might beat you

    damned truth there.

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