When Steve Spurrier was the head ball coach of the Florida Gators, he took an enormous amount of pleasure in poking a stick at Georgia's Ray Goff. He was allegedly asked once if Florida would beat Georgia, and he responded, "Is Ray Goff still the coach there?"
With that in mind, I compared Steve Spurrier's record with the Gamecocks to date to that of his favorite punching bag -- Ray Goff's -- over the same period. Here's the tale of the tape after 3 seasons plus the first 2 games of Season Four.
|Steve Spurrier |
|Ray Goff at UGA |
|vs. the SEC||11-14||12-13*|
|vs. SEC East||8-8||6-7|
|vs. SEC West||3-6||6-6|
|vs. ACC teams||3-2||2-3|
|vs. "Big 6" SEC Teams||3-10||4-8|
|vs. South Carolina||n/a||1-1|
|vs. Mississippi State||2-0||1-0|
|vs. Ole Miss||0-0||1-2|
*Note: Ray's record includes pre-SEC expansion match-ups with South Carolina and Arkansas. However, Ray went 1-1 in those games so they hardly skew the stats.
When you see the stats side by side, you get a true appreciation for how little Spurrier has really accomplished in Columbia when stacked against a coach many labeled a punch line. Sure, he's won a big game or three, but so "Ray Goof."
The kicker...Coach Goff went 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC during Year 4 including a co-SEC East Championship. There is little chance that the Head Ball Coach will catch Goff in SEC wins when we extend the view to a full Year 4, and he'll probably lose his two game lead in overall wins.
I told a friend about these stats on Saturday, and he responded, "If you send that info to Ray Goff, you'll probably get free chicken fingers for life."
Dawgnoxious' response to these stats:
"Image how bad South Carolina would've been with Ray as coach."Ouch. Did the stats surprise you?
-- Steve Spurrier vs. Chan Gailey - Georgia Sports Blog
-- Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecock tickets - Stubhub
Game Week Headlines of Note::
-- UGA has SC's Attention - The State
-- Still kinks that need to be fixed - Ching
-- Spurrier Extends Apologies - ABH
-- ESPN missed the boat - AJC
-- Built to Last - Bradley
-- Dawgs focus on SC - Hale
-- No Answers from Stevie on Injuries - GSB