Perhaps only Steve Spurrier could make an issue of this, but I’m glad he did. Because frankly he hasn’t been turning in his share of crazy lately. The South Carolina head coach — who takes a great sideline picture, by the way — is accusing Alabama of shenanigans during the Crimson Tide’s win over the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Spurrier said on Tuesday that, while reviewing game film, he noticed that the Alabama holder may have used a small piece of athletic tape to mark the spot for kicker Leigh Tiffin to attempt extra points and field goals. And as we all pull out our SEC rulebooks, we see that that’s cheating!
Of course Spurrier presented it in an aw-shucks, isn’t-that-weird? kind of way that he usually does — in essence accusing someone of cheating without actually accusing them of cheating.
“I thought you just had to put it on the ground. But they had a little piece of white tape or something, and I looked at it on tape and I said, ‘What’s that little piece of white there?’ Spurrier said. “Then after the guy kicked it he grabbed it and put it back in his pocket.
“I’ve never seen that before,” Spurrier said. “But I’m sure they’ve probably been doing it all year.”
Football pants have pockets? Anyway, SEC officials received a formal complaint from South Carolina officials Tuesday and are looking into the matter, league spokesman Charles Bloom said.
Of course they are. Because the SEC has nothing better to do. Look: The only abuse involving athletic tape that warrants investigation should involve hazing. Then there’s this:
Alabama officials said its coaches have been reminded of the rule on placekicks.
I wonder what form that reminder took? The little Microsoft paper clip guy in the corner of the athletic director’s computer?
Crimson Tide kicker Tiffin (rhymes with Kiffin) converted two extra points and field goals of 25 and 35 yards Saturday in Alabama’s 20-6 victory. He also missed a 49-yard FG. The senior is 9-of-11 on field goals and 21-of-23 on PATs this season.
Of course the folks on the Crimson Tide message boards are not mocking Spurrier at all for this.