One of the best things about SEC football — aside from the incredible on-field play — is the great personalities that have come through the conference.
Former Florida Gators/South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier is probably the biggest personality the SEC has seen during its existence.
Spurrier, who retired from South Carolina in the middle of the 2015 season, always brought plenty of humor and snideness to press conferences.
The former Florida head coach was particularly well-known for his quips about Tennessee.
One of Spurrier’s most famous quotes was “you can’t spell Citrus without UT”, in response to the Vols falling short of premier bowl games in the mid-90s.
Spurrier also liked to take shots at other programs, including a great Georgia insult.
“I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them (Georgia) that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
Regardless of whether or not folks liked Spurrier, he always made things interesting in the SEC.
Entering the 2021 season, the SEC is once again full of big personalities. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has a colorful history that has included plenty of quotes he likely regrets.
Mississippi State’s Mike Leach is another head coach that’s known for proving great soundbites as well.
But neither of those coaches are the next Steve Spurrier.
That honor goes to Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.
Surprising, I know.
Drinkwitz came out swinging at SEC Media Days this week, taking several shots at his SEC counterparts (including Florida head coach Dan Mullen).
Drinkwitz on Florida’s trip to #Mizzou: “I’m praying for snow. Dan (Mullen) is going to complain about everything anyway.”
And then he thanks Shane Beamer for informing the world South Carolina is going to throw to his tight ends a bunch this season. Said Tigers will be ready.
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) July 22, 2021
Drinkwitz took some shots at Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, too.
Eli Drinkwitz fires some jabs at Arkansas when asked if Texas and Oklahoma could serve as Mizzou’s true conference rival:
“I kinda like the rivalry we got with Arkansas. I mean I can’t remember the last time they beat us, so, I kinda like what we got right now.” pic.twitter.com/NohRvbBt2X
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) July 22, 2021
— Rob Fischer (@thefishnation) July 22, 2021
Drinkwitz isn’t quite at a Spurrier level yet, but it’s obvious he’s having fun with his media appearances.
And I think it’s absolutely great for the SEC. The back and forth between coaches is part of what makes the conference so much fun.
Drinkwitz, who went 5-5 in his first year as Missouri’s head coach in 2020, has his work cut out for him in the SEC East. However, I think it’s obvious he has the right mindset to keep Mizzou competitive. At the very least, he’ll make things entertaining.
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