During a lifetime spent around football as a head coach and player, Steve Spurrier has seen hazing.
Just nothing like the reports that came out of South Florida the past two weeks.
When asked Tuesday, Spurrier addressed the situation revolving around Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin and bullying.
“No, I never experienced anything in the 10 years I was in the NFL. Nothing even close to hazing,” said Spurrier, who played 10 years and coached two seasons in the NFL. “We didn’t have any of that.”
That’s not to say Spurrier hasn’t had to eliminate hazing during his career, albeit much more minor than the reports of racial slurs and physical threats in Miami. When the Head Ball Coach arrived at Florida in 1990, he said freshmen were forced to shave their heads into a crew cut and carry the veterans’ helmets.
“We did away with all of that,” Spurrier said. “I don’t believe in any of that crap. None of it. Everybody’s on the same team, especially with freshmen eligible now. We’re all on the same team, and just treat everybody the same. That’s what we try to do here.”
Occasionally, Spurrier said he “briefly” mentions anti-hazing to his players now, but it’s never been an issue at South Carolina.
“Of course, we don’t have any players here that were ever hazed,” Spurrier said. “So it’s a non-issue with us here. If you allow it at the beginning, it can continue. But we really don’t even have to talk about it much.
“Help out the younger guys. That’s what we tell the older guys, help out them out. If they get lost on campus, can’t find the classroom, help them out a little bit. That’s what we try to do here.”
Here are a few more notes from Tuesday’s news conferences:
- Steve Spurrier says team voted on captains during open date: DE Chaz Sutton, DT Kelcy Quarles, OG A.J. Cann, QB Connor Shaw. Spurrier said CB Victor Hampton, spur Sharrod Golightly, WR Bruce Ellington and OG Ronald Patrick received “a lot of votes also,” so they’re considered “co-captains.”
- HBC on Florida: “I think a lots been made that Vanderbilt beat them. You know, Vanderbilt did beat Georgia this year. It’s not a disgrace to lose to Vanderbilt.”
- Spurrier on Auburn-Georgia game: “No interest at all in that game. We have no control over it.”
- Spurrier asked if he’ll even mention Auburn-Georgia score to players: “I guess we’ll know, but we won’t sit around and talk about it.”
- Spurrier said Connor Shaw had his knee brace off last night: “I think he’s going to be able to play without the knee brace.”
- Spurrier said Jadeveon Clowney, Victor Hampton and Mike Davis missed most of the practices last week, just resting up. They’re ready to go.
- Sharrod Golightly on playing sub-.500 Florida: “I don’t really look at the wins and losses. I just look at the scoreboard. It’s 0-0.”
- Golightly won’t do much scoreboard watching: “More than likely, I’m going to be tuned into my assignment, as the rest of our team should.”
- Asked Golightly about Sugar Bowl: “I don’t even really know how bowl projections break down. Too tough. We’re really just aiming for SEC.”
- I asked Ronald Patrick about having a 1,000-yard running back: “Mike’s a great back. He can make you look better than you really are.”
- Patrick on O-line’s job in front of Davis: “I know if we go out there and do our job, we can make his job a lot easier.
- Patrick not overlooking Florida: “I believe Florida’s D leads conference in a lot of categories. … They’re still very good on defense.”