SIX BITS: SC confident; Spurrier; Addazio speaks; Harvin/Murphy; coaching salaries; Walker Q&A

By Adam Silverstein
November 10, 2009

1 » In 2008, the Florida Gators defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 56-6 in The Swamp, handing head coach Steve Spurrier the worst loss of his career. A year later, Gamecocks players are inspired and more confident in their ability to compete and potentially defeat the Gators. “They haven’t done as much as they’ve done last year,” defensive tackle Nathan Pepper said. “But they’ve definitely done a lot this season.”

2 » Speaking of South Carolina, Spurrier said Tuesday that he will be taking over his team’s play calling beginning this week against Florida. Spurrier’s decision came based on the fact that the Gamecocks are struggling to score points and have not scored more than 16 in any of their last four Southeastern Conference games.

3 » Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio had an interesting day in front of the media on Tuesday. According to transcripts, Addazio went on…and on…and on…for eight minutes about his offense, game planning and the team being undefeated. You can read the “short” form here, listen to the audio here or read the entire transcript here.

More on Harvin and Murphy, SEC coaching salaries and Walker after the jump…

4 » Former Florida star wide receivers Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy were in attendance Saturday for the Vanderbilt Commodores game. Both on their scheduled NFL bye weeks, Harvin and Murphy had some critiques on the 2009 Gators but still came to the same conclusion. “We’ve been struggling? We’re undefeated, right?” Murphy said. “As long as we’re getting wins, I don’t see what’s the problem.”

5 » Reporting today on the salaries of college football coaches, USA Today told us much of what we already knew. Gators head coach Urban Meyer’s salary ($4M) is the highest in the conference, and Florida assistants are in the bottom half of the league ($1.965M combined). The Tennessee Volunteers pay their assistants a combined $3.325M, with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Ed Orgeron combining for $2.15M. That number is more than Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina pay their groups of assistants.

6 » The Gainesville Sun sat down for an interview with Florida sophomore point guard Erving Walker about a variety of topics, none of which had much to do with the upcoming season.


  1. gatormiami says:

    I listened to the Addazio press conference. Beforehand, I believed that he was an incompetent offensive coordinator…. Now I ‘m convinced that he’s an imbecil. What a ridiculous, rambling, bumbling anwer to simple questions…that he couldn’t answer. Have you ever listened to Joe Biden?

  2. I have to admit…it was depressing listening to him speak.

  3. Aligator says:

    this is worse than ron zook, what an idiot ….

  4. ZURBO says:

    I got so frustrated when I heard him talk about how “great their time of possession” has been this season. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!! That’s what he was happy about? I don’t care if you have the ball for 59 minutes! IF YOU DON’T SCORE, THEN T.O.P means bulls**t. God i hate this guy.

  5. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    I think Meyer has probably taken a bigger role in the offense lately trying to correct Addazio’s short comings

  6. Ana says:

    And he is in charge of calling plays? Oh my, all I can say is that that explains a lot…

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