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“Football coaches are hired to win football games. Sports columnists are expected to praise and critique those coaches, their teams and their programs.
It is natural for coaches — in any college town — to ask about columnists: ‘Who the heck are you to judge me?’
The answer is today, as it always has been: ‘I’m just a sports columnist doing my job.’”
“The same week that I wrote about Shaw starting against UAB, I also wrote in celebration of Spurrier’s 200th win, the novelty and success of USC’s ‘Rabbits’ defense and how coordinator Lorenzo Ward’s defense excelled against Missouri. (Credit to Spurrier for placing Ward in charge of the defense).”
“The bigger issue for me was whether USC officials would recognize that Spurrier spurning the media was a public-relations problem. They did, and Spurrier resumed taking questions from the media Tuesday at his weekly news conference. I did not attend.
My comment on radio that connected USC’s public-relations issue with the Penn State scandal was only to suggest that college administrators have to be on high alert when it comes to coaches exerting too much influence over athletics department and university policy. That clearly was the case at Penn State.
In hindsight, any link to what happened at Penn State was inappropriate, and I apologize.
My critiques of Spurrier or any other sports figure, cannot be personal. It is all about doing my job as a columnist, and that is to provide an opinion, and provoke thought, about sports.”
Now John and everyone else,since I possess a masters in chemistry ie I have a very analytical mind let me teach you on an 8th grade level what my original post said.1)By Ron Morris own admission he IS NOT a journalist.He is a columnist thus he does not deal with facts.2)Since Morris wants to assume "his opion" is always right and stick it out there to piss off Carolina Fans then he's earned "his just deserts".3)It is true a lot of people questioned starting Shaw in the UAB game myself included.I bitched the entire game that Shaw needed to rest his shoulder.4)Having been a coach myself and re-thinking everything,I remember it's always the coach's call and I do not feel Shaw would have started unless both parties felt he was ready.5)The fact Morris compliments Coach Spirrier on 200 wins and hiring Lorenzo Ward once again proves he,like Herman Helms,know how to screw up anything "nice" they may say as their snake venum will bite you in the ass later.6)The "Hero Worship" of Coaches has been going on for a long time and Penn State is a piss poor example since it's tied to a scandel.Let's discuss the Legendary Bear Bryant who is still held to high esteem at Alabama;Barry Switzer of OU;Mac Brown of Texas;Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys;Jimmy Johnson both of U of Miami in Fla and then the Dallas Cowboys;Lou Holtz at Notre Dame;as you might see I could keep producing a long list.Thus your and Morris comments are null and void by my aforementioned examples.The important point to be raised is Do The Indivuals run a clean program?Obviously Yes.7)As I stated before journalist have earned the right to be at a Press Confrence but for a columnist it's a priveledge because one deals with facts and the othe spins his opion.Therefore,Coach Spurrier has every right to ban Morris from his Press Confrences.As I said before,Morris started this war thus "he made his bed now let him lie in it."8)Finally,if Morris WAS any kind of journalist then a)why didn't he ride Horn's back,b)why didn't he expose Coach Willis threw a game after I gave him the evidence?9)The reason is this man has NO integrity unlike Coach Spurrier.Morris only wants to stir the pot,upset everyone,or overly sensationalize only because it sells papers.10)Now you may thank me John,your lesson is over on the 8th grade level.
2 years, 4 months ago on Spurrier Speaks, Morris Apologizes, And A Penn State Comparison That Does Make Some Sense
Oh and John,I hope this shuts you up too!My statement at the end should have read:Ron Morris doesn't care for facts as you said he does in a post, as such people like him should look upon being part of a Coach's Press Confrence as a priveledge and not a right.Walter he is not and Rick Henry he is not.
Please read ALL of my post and not pick and choose what sentences you like . I agree with Terry Robinson; Ron Morris is not a journalist! He's a loud mouth,self-serving,arrogant person much like Herman Helms was who is instrested in only creating cotrovery,or sensationalism because that's what sells papers. For example,at one time I had 3 items to prove Coach Willis at Newberry College threw the 2006 Bronze Derby Game @ PC.1)I had gone to the Mars Hill game the week before . The offense was screwing up so Coach Willis called timeout and he and his Offensive Coach straightened things out.2)The same game, the defense was screwing up another timeou it.He and his Defensive Co-ordenator (Now the Coach) fixed things and NC won 34-0. However,Mars Hill was a Conference Game.Now, the next week at PC,the offense screws up like they started out at Mars Hill-no timeout. The defense was worse than at the start of Mars Hill -no timeout.The over 2000+ faithfull yelled "do something!"-no timeouts.3)The next day in the Sunday paper Willis runs off at the mouth that he hates rivalires (a pretty big article at that).4)Homecomming 2008,I met 3 former players from the 2006 team.They explained it was Coach Willis and Josh Stepp's belief that we didn't need this game,thus don't make any effort to win The 2006 Bronze Derby.5)It was thought it'd be better to keep everyone healthy for the playoffs.
Well,when I told Ron Morris all this and at the time I remembered the names of the players I talked to his response was "that's nice." A TRUE JOURNALIST would have jumped all over this story.However,I degress this is suppose to be about USC.
So tell me MR Know It All SEC,if Morris is "jus a columnist" then why did he start this war with Coach Spurrier?Why not Darrin Horn? I already said even though my players were in their 40s but with 2 weeks of practice we'd beaten him and left him on the court.
One last remark to quote Ron Morris:" Football coaches are hired to win football games. Sports columnists are expected to praise and critique those coaches, their teams and their programs." When has Morris ever praised Spurrier for the fine job he's doing at USC?When has he ever said anything about USC?Last when did "King" Herman Helms ever say anything good about USC or McGuire?
You see sir these fools (that's what they are) piss off a lot of people because they aren't instrested in facts! A lot of people droped The State because Herman Helms and now like me a lot are dropping it due to Ron Morris,
MR Know It ALL SEC,please know your facts-----Ron Morris doesn't care for facts as you said in a post as such people like him should look upon being part of a Coach's Press Confrence a priveledge and not a right.Walter he is not and Rick Henry he is not.
It is a Sad fact of life but The University of SC has always had to contend with a jackass columnist in the Sports Department at The State Newspaper. Herman Helms could never give Frank McGuire or his teams a compliment without screwing it up . Now we must suffer the likes of Ron Morris. It's really funny when these "MEDIA GUROS" think they can offend a whole team and their coach and wonder "why don't you let me in the Press Room?" Why should any coach put up with the likes of Herman Helms or a Ron Morris? In my opion, to be part of the press team to attend a coach's press conference is not a Right but a PRIVILEGE! It is because of 1)The State Newspaper over charges for home delivery and 2) the continous attacks on USC by Morris I do not subscribe to THIS RAG anymore.Morris states he is to critique and cheer on USC. I'd love to see the later.The comparison to Penn State was wrong by him and this BOZO who wrote this piece. For the record, I questioned why Shaw started againgst UAB. However,as a former JV Basketball Coach ,I remember it is the coach's call and he usually has a reason. A person who would be from out of town reading "Daily Rag" would be thinking "these people don't like USC." When Spurrier was at Flordia we Gamecocks left feeling he ran up the score. However,Coach Spurrier came back with "I always thought when you have possession the idea is to score and to win." Well he has brought USC out of the Cellar in Football much like McGuire did years ago in Basketball. Morris started this feud and thus as the saying goes "you made your bed now lie in it." If Morris really wanted to needle someone then why didn't he do so with Horn? It was obvious to me the team was very lacking in fundamentals,made the same mistakes over and over plus his 2-3 defense was way to spread out. My former team are in their 40s now however I dare say with two weeks of practice my team would've beaten Horn's because they would play with heart.Steve Spurrier has found a way to make each person play with heart just like if they were playing a pick up football game in the "ol' neighborhood". Why can't Morris write on what I just said? Simple. It's not controversal,not sensational therefore it doesn't sell papers. So let me be clear, it's not Coach Spurrier's job to give you a job. So when you "whine" I was just doing my job,the question based on your own word are "WERE YOU REALLY?" I think not especially after your comparison to Penn State.