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Spurrier-Miles tangle in South Carolina-LSU tilt

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012
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Miles joked that Hackett needed some coaching. "He didn't wrap up," he said.

Miles, 58, doesn't know the 67-year-old Spurrier too well, but has enjoyed following his career. "He's one of those guys you enjoy seeing at the SEC meetings," Miles said.

There are few who don't marvel at what Spurrier and Miles have accomplished through the years.

Spurrier turned the SEC on its ear with his "Fun-n-Gun" passing attack at Florida, earning his national title with the Gators in 1996.

Miles may have kept LSU fans on edge with his go-for-broke nature, but it paid off in 2007 when the Tigers went 12-2 and won the national championship.

Spurrier hopes to keep his team on track for another title run this year. The Gamecocks have an FBS-best 10-game win streak that got their coach in an upbeat mood.

This week, Spurrier poked fun at LSU's tiger mascot and even got in a dig at state rival Clemson, who's stadium is also nicknamed Death Valley.

Clemson administrative coach Brad Scott says the barbs are vintage Spurrier, something Scott's learned from his time as offensive coordinator at Florida State and at Clemson. Scott also owns South Carolina's last head coaching win at LSU, with a surprising, 18-17, nighttime victory there in 1994.

"Steve likes to make those kinds of comments when he's got the team to back it up," Scott said. "They have played really well."

Miles has no time for jokes this week. The Tigers lost for the first time in 18 regular-season games with a 14-6 defeat at Florida a week ago. Miles promised it would be all business as the Tigers prepared for one of their most difficult tests.

"It's been a long time since this program has lost a game in the regular season," Miles said. "I think that is a natural sting felt and a real want to redirect and get back on track."