SEC Media Days 2013: Steve Spurrier Takes Shot at Notre Dame

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2013

Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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Before talking about his South Carolina Gamecocks and their championship aspirations, head coach Steve Spurrier regaled the crowd at SEC media days with tales of the conference's head coaches' meeting in Destin, Florida.

At the meeting, Spurrier says, he and the fellow SEC coaches discussed the unique case of Notre Dame—a long-time NCAA Independent—and how it affects the school's say on major issues in the sport.

Most prominently, he thought it unfair that Notre Dame's athletic director had the same vote as conference commissioners concerning next year's four-team BCS playoff:

According to Spurrier, when the SEC head coaches spoke in Destin this year, they agreed unanimously that Notre Dame should have to join the ACC in order to level the playing field of its influence:

It's unclear what (if anything) will come from the SEC coaches' alleged vote, but it was captivating to listen to nonetheless. Spurrier spoke with fire about Notre Dame's advantage as an Independent, an issue few thought he would address (or even knew existed) prior to Hoover.

He kind of has a point though, doesn't he? Notre Dame has long retained its independence for financial reasons, but the issue of playoff raises new complications. People seemed content turning their head to Notre Dame's curious condition before—a BCS powerhouse unburdened by the rigors of conference play—but won't if it compromises the integrity of NCAA voting procedures.

Spurrier's remarks raised a fair point about the advantages of Notre Dame's independence, but since he addressed it so late in the day, hardly any follow-up was done.

It will be interesting to see how the matter is handled with SEC head coaches the rest of this week—they all allegedly voted to agree with Spurrier, right?—and how Notre Dame and the NCAA choose to respond in turn.