Strong-willed, pompous, loud-mouthed coaches are nothing new to the SEC. In fact, I think those are some of Steve Spurrier's most endearing qualities (besides being an offensive genius and an outstandingly successful coach at Florida). I have no comment on his performance thus far at South Carolina. I like to forget he's at another SEC school, and thankfully due to the team's performance under his tutelage thus far, that's not too hard to do.
But Tennessee's Lane Kiffin is just a dufus in my opinion. He has been shooting off his mouth since day one (literally) without any achievements upon which to stand. He falsely accused Coach Meyer of a recruiting violation. He also promised to beat Florida his first year as the Volunteers' head coach. And after he failed, he once again took a shot at Florida and coach Urban Meyer.
After the 23-13 win over Tennessee, Meyer said several of his players had been hit by the flu. The next day, when asked whether he was worried about the flu hitting Tennessee, Kiffin said: "I don't know. I guess we'll wait and after we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick."
What a loser.
The fact is, several Florida players were sick during Saturday's game. Meyer did not use it as an excuse for a poor performance. Florida WON. Sure, we didn't blow out Tennessee as we wanted to. But, WE WON. And Coach Meyer didn't even have to hire his daddy and other NFL lackeys to do it.
Read the Associated Press article about Coach Kiffin's comments here.
Favorite player: Johnny Musso . . . The Italian Stallion -- Sylvester Stallone is a plagiarist -- played more often in torn garb than the Incredible Hulk. (Musso was also a better blocker.)
Possibly disturbing fact: Trash-talked the infant son of Auburn friends after the kid projectile vomited in my living room the instant after an Alabama touchdown.
R. Trentham Roberts
Allegiance: The Magnolia State, from Iuka to Picayune. (MSU grad, technically.)
Favorite player: Sweetness.
Possibly disturbing fact: Have an original 45 of “The Ballad of Archie Who” on the wall at home, right by the “Drink Barq’s – It’s Good” sign.
Courtney St. Onge
Favorite player: Bo
Possibly disturbing fact: Had picture taken with Terry Bowden at a meet-and-greet following his undefeated season. Just for fun, I mailed it to him later, autographed by my uncle and me. Who knew he would actually need the "Good luck in your endeavors!"?
Other fact: It was my infant son that Michael Gordon trash-talked. Just so you know.
Peter St. Onge
Favorite player: Destiny Stahl. (What? On the field? Cadillac Williams.)
Possibly disturbing fact: Once thought it would be funny to teach my toddler to say "Roll Tide!" We practiced covertly. Then, one day, my wife the Auburn grad walked in. "Roll Tide!" my son said, perfectly. Turned out to be more funny in the conceptual stage.
Favorite player: The immortal Herschel Walker, who, by the way, is immortal
Possibly disturbing fact: Slept in car one Georgia-Florida weekend after last-minute decision to go to game. Sneaked into Jacksonville University dorms for showers. Thanks for lax security, Jax!