Spurrier-Miles tangle in South Carolina-LSU tilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The fireworks between No. 3 South Carolina and No. 9 LSU on Saturday won't just take place on the field.
Expect a show on the sidelines, too, featuring the Gamecocks' Steve Spurrier and the Tigers' Les Miles, two of game's most colorful leaders.
Count on Spurrier to throw a headset or his visor if things don't go his way. Miles might be munching on a few blades of grass at LSU's Death Valley. Their antics aside, both know what it's like to win it all — something they are again chasing this season.
South Carolina (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) is off to its best start since 1984 after a dominant, 35-7 win over Georgia. LSU (5-1, 1-1) fell to No. 4 Florida 14-6 last Saturday, its first regular-season defeat since 2010.
In an era where more and more coach's keep their personalities inside the locker room, neither Spurrier or Miles is afraid to ruffle feathers.
The two joined forces on Spurrier's idea that only games against divisional opponents should count toward who wins the SEC East and West divisions. The proposal fell flat at league meetings. Still, Spurrier appreciated Miles' backing.
"I like Les," Spurrier said this week. "I really do."
Though that hasn't kept Spurrier from throwing a few verbal jabs at Miles in the past.
After LSU's mismanagement of the game clock nearly cost them a loss to Tennessee in 2010, Spurrier spoke about coaches who lose games in the SEC are considered dummies.
"And of course, sometimes you can win and still be a dummy," Spurrier said with a grin, his needle stuck right at Miles.
Then again, Spurrier can't laugh too loud. He, too, got beat by the Mad Hatter's tricks on LSU's fake field goal in 2007, holder Matt Flynn flipping the ball to kicker Colt David for an easy touchdown in the Tigers 28-16 victory.
Miles has gotten his digs in as well against South Carolina. In 2008, Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia was stopped cold after running into the referee, a play that gained national attention because it appeared official Wilbur Hackett Jr. put his shoulder into the player.
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