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Friday Top 10: Takeaways From SEC Media Days

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2. Spurrier’s still got it

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We’ll see what the product on the field looks like, but South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier acted and spoke like a man who has several years of coaching left in him, even though he admitted that the disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2014 took a toll on him at times. He’s confident that new defensive coordinator Jon Hoke will get that side of the ball turned around, likes his QB options and thinks players like Pharoh Cooper can help the Gamecocks get back in it in the East.

And it’s not Media Days unless Spurrier takes a jab. This year he targeted Arkansas and Tennessee for doing “cartwheels” for their 7-6 campaigns while their 7-6 performance at SC was viewed as disappointing. Jones and Bielema both responded. Bielama, who was impressive in his own appearance, said that he viewed 7-6 as a launching point, not a landing point. Jones said right off the bat that the Vols overachieved in 2014 at 7-6, but that “contrary to reports” there were no backflips or somersaults. Spurrier, however, remains the King of Media Days and the most interesting figure on a yearly basis.

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