Spurrier still keeps 'em laughing

DESTIN, Fla. -- Former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin wasn't around for Steve Spurrier to gig this year at the SEC spring meetings, but the Head Ball Coach was still in full form Tuesday.

While waiting for Kiffin's successor, Derek Dooley, to finish up with the media in the room designated for interviews at the Sandestin Hilton, Spurrier greeted Dooley as he exited and chortled, "Derek, I almost had to put you on the clock."

Later, when Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler introduced himself to Spurrier, the Head Ball Coach said, "Yeah, Jeremy, how come your buddies didn't come to your defense that day?"

Fowler was the reporter Florida coach Urban Meyer went after verbally on the practice field "that day" this past spring.

Spurrier also wasn't relenting on whether junior quarterback Stephen Garcia would be ready to lead the Gamecocks this fall.

"It's still wait and see," said Spurrier, who's been down on Garcia's commitment and work ethic. "Hopefully, he'll come around."

Spurrier has said he won't hesitate to play true freshman Connor Shaw next season if Garcia doesn't recommit himself this summer. As for his reputation of being overly hard on his quarterbacks, Spurrier cracked, "If you play well, I'd say I'm pretty easy to play for."

Spurrier then added, "Stephen Garcia went the distance last year. He went the distance because we had nobody else to put back there."

Somebody also asked Spurrier about how well equipped he thought John Brantley was to replace a legend like Tim Tebow next season.

Spurrier started out by noting that Brantley will be going into his third year next season at Florida.

But then came the zinger.

"Doug (Johnson) tried to replace Danny Wuerffel (in 1997). Doug was out playing baseball and drinking beer all summer," Spurrier said. "Doug's a bright young man, got a good job down there and doing very well ... but that was his summer prior to starting for the Gators."