Imagine, for a few seconds, having a boss like Steve Spurrier. Frankly, what the South Carolina coach did to Ron Cooper, his secondary coach, was unprofessional and unnecessary. Spurrier put the blame for the Gamecocks' struggles in a 24-17 victory at Kentucky squarely on Cooper. He even brought in the assistant to the postgame press conference to answer questions from — you guessed it — Spurrier himself. "Bring [Cooper] in," Spurrier said to South Carolina spokesman Steve Fink. "I want to know what happened, too." A surprised Cooper eventually entered the room, and Spurrier started firing away with questions, according to the Columbia State.
"Coach Cooper, they want to know what coverage we were in on that 62-yarder. Three deep?" asked Spurrier.
Cooper responded: "Three deep. Had the bust by the left corner and the left nickel."
Spurrier: "And the middle guy wasn't real deep, either, was he?"
Cooper, his voice trembling at times, replied: "Had a bust. Yes, sir. They played good except for that one play. And that one play gave us a bad day."
Spurrier: "How about the 22-second play? What, we just didn't prevent, right?"
Cooper, pausing to loosen his tie: "Just didn't prevent. Yep. We were in three deep."
Obviously, these were a tense few moments. You can see some of Spurrier's postgame remarks — minus the Cooper interrogation — at WIS-TV, located under video central. If anybody can locate video of the Spurrier-Cooper exchange, we'd love to post it.