May 29, 2014
Auburn celebrated after beating South Carolina in the 2010 SEC championship game
By Charles Goldberg
DESTIN, Fla. -- One of the best golfers around beat Gus Malzahn playing the game at the SEC Spring Meetings. Malzahn hopes to return the favor when golfer, and football coach, Steve Spurrier and South Carolina roll into Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium on Oct. 25.
Malzahn, Spurrier and the rest of the SEC coaches spent part of this week discussing big-picture items, like an early signing period, scheduling and alike. Maybe they got in a round of golf, too. Occasionally, actual on-the-field football things were discussed.
Spurrier allowed a line or two about his quarterback, Dylan Thompson.
That's why we care.
"Dylan will be as good as he can be. He'll do everything the coaches ask him, and a little bit more," Spurrier said.
South Carolina will roll into Auburn for the seventh game of the season. Spurrier, a molder of quarterbacks, wants to have his fifth-year senior ready before then. Thompson has started three games in his career, passing for almost 2,000 yards the last three seasons.
Spurrier was his usual laid-back self at the meetings, whether discussing football or golf. He's also the elder statesman among league coaches, as he moves to his 22nd season, so we'll take a listen:
•On playing FCS schools (the old Division I-AA) rather than only bigger-name schools:
Spurrier wants to continue to do it.
"In state, Coastal, Furman, Wofford, South Carolina State, they are very appreciative when they get to come to our ballpark because they go home with a bunch of money. They always say, 'Coach, we appreciate you playing us because it really helps our budget through the course of the year,'" Spurrier said. "We certainly don't have to apologize for our schedule in the fact we play Clemson every year, and usually another ACC team.
"I think it's important to play those in-state schools. We certainly don't clobber them all the time. Wofford has given us fits every time we've played them."
Malzahn also said he supports playing FCS schools. Auburn will play one this year when it entertains Samford.
•On requiring less time of players in the summer:
"That's certainly reasonable. Our players are there the entire months of June and July. Whether or not we need them there for eight weeks, I would think four or five weeks would be plenty. Since everybody has them there for two months, obviously we do. They could cut that in half."
•On an early football signing day:
"Personally, I like what we've been doing. Hopefully, we'll keep our recruiting calendar because I firmly believe the season belongs to your team, not the recruits. If everybody is going to sign the first week in December, you're going to do recruiting all during the season, guys going to have official visits. I hope we do that in December and January when we have official visit like we do now."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine