South Carolina Football: Steve Spurrier takes big swipe at Michigan amid sign-stealing scandal

Steve Spurrier at the 2012 SEC Media Days. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Spurrier at the 2012 SEC Media Days. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports /

Shane Beamer’s South Carolina football team is currently locked into a battle against the “other” Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. At halftime, the South Carolina Gamecocks are tied 21-21 in the 3rd quarter after a very ugly first half of football from the home team.

At halftime, most South Carolina football fans did not leave their seats because the greatest teams in program history were being honored during the intermission.

The 2010-2014 Gamecock squads won the SEC East and finished with three-straight 11-win campaigns, and a number of players from those teams were honored on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium. Joining his players was Hall of Fame head coach Steve Spurrier.

Someone in the South Carolina Athletics Department made the decision that they would hand the Spurrier a microphone, and the Head Ball Coach did not disappoint.

As he has done so many times in the past, Spurrier took that opportunity to take a shot at another team. However, it wasn’t the usual victim. Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, and Tennessee fans are used to getting ribbed by Spurrier, but it was the Michigan Wolverines who were caught in Spurrier’s crosshairs on Saturday.

When discussing his South Carolina football squad’s Outback Bowl victory over the Wolverines after the 2012 season, Spurrier quipped that he and his coaching staff “made sure they weren’t getting our signals.”

Despite the frustrations that Gamecock fans felt watching their team on the field in the 1st half on Saturday, there was a smattering of laughter that echoed through the bleachers of Williams-Brice Stadium.

For those who are unaware, the Michigan football program is under investigation in regard to an elaborate sign-stealing operation in which a staffer (Connor Stalions) illegally attended opponents’ games and illegally filmed opponents’ sidelines. The investigation is still ongoing, but it doesn’t look good for Michigan.

When South Carolina football beat Michigan in that Outback Bowl, one of the most famous plays in college football history occurred as Jadeveon Clowney leveled Vincent Smith on a play that has simply been known since as “The Hit.”

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