Steve Spurrier apologizes for South Carolina post-game no-show

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier was not happy after his team's overtime loss to Tennessee (©GettyImages)

Usually it's not very hard to get South Carolina's Steve Spurrier to open his mouth.

The famously quip-ready coach is known for having opinions on just about everything, from local columnists who irk him to the Georgia Bulldogs program whose season he loves to spoil just about every year.

But this season has been particularly trying and after a series of tough losses, it must have been difficult for Spurrier to let go of South Carolina's 45-42 defeat to Tennessee on Nov. 1. Especially since the Gamecocks were leading by two touchdowns with five minutes left.

That frustration got the better of the "Ol' Ball Coach," who decided to not answer any questions from reporters after the loss.

Early exit

South Carolina gave up 645 total yards in the loss, an unthinkable amount considering the Gamecock's typical tradition of fielding a strong defense. They allowed two 100-yard rushers and a 300-yard passer in defeat. Worst of all, they let a man whose official roster page lists his name as "Pig Howard," catch five passes for 109 yards.

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So it's easy to see why Spurrier was steamed.

The coach took out his anger by spending less than a minute at the microphone following the loss, not taking a single question from reporters.

That didn't sit well for some.

Complaint and apology

That's why the Football Writers Association of America sent a letter of complaint to the Southeastern Conference and South Carolina this last week, the school's bye week.

It seems like Spurrier got the message because he apologized to reporters during a Sunday media session, saying that he should have "faced the music" and delivered his typical postgame interview.

Spurrier said he would try to avoid such a situation in the future. The Gamecocks finish their Southeastern Conference schedule against Florida on Saturday.

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