University of South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier says that he supports removing the Confederate flag from public spaces and even thinks that “all” the coaches in South Carolina support the move.
The coach made his comments at the SEC Media Days this week.
Spurrier attempted to link the Confederate flag to the shooting at a Charleston church, saying, “It was a tragedy, obviously, nine innocent people to be killed like that.”
“I applaud our governor for setting the initiative to remove the flag and obviously it was received very well by just about everyone in our state and around the country,” he continued. “Obviously all of us in college sports, we know the importance of equality, race relations, everyone getting along. I know the coaches all over South Carolina were happy and glad to see the flag come down.”
Many college sports reporters enjoy Spurrier’s quotability quotient. At this year’s SEC Media Days the coach riffed on a variety of topics, all dutifully Tweeted out by reporters.
One of the topics coach Spurrier tried to defuse was the rumor that he will be retiring soon. He strove to show that he didn’t intend to go anywhere. At one point he even noted that he wouldn’t be “very good” at retirement.
Spurrier even noted that he is a bit younger than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and they are still going strong, so perhaps no one should expect him to retire too soon.
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