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HOOVER, AL -
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is always one of the most entertaining coaches to speak at SEC Media Days. Tuesday, he touched on several topics, including Nick Saban, Auburn's offense, and former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia.
 
The Ole Ball Coach had the biggest following Tuesday. Recently Spurrier made news insinuating that Alabama was under-achieving under head coach Nick Saban. He backed off that a bit, when asked about Saban's raise to bring his salary to $7 million dollars.
 
"He's an excellent negotiator," Spurrier said. "I said that about Kevin Sumlin, too. [Saban] played that Texas deal pretty well. You got to give him credit. He is worth it, he's worth it, probably more."
 
Spurrier is the first head coach in SEC history with at least ten years at two different schools, with 12 previously at Florida. He's seen offenses evolve, with many schools installing the zone read offense.
 
"Obviously Auburn, Gus and his guys do it better than anybody," Spurrier said. "The way they were able to run the ball up and down the field last year was truly amazing. They know how to coach it, they know how to teach it. We think we are pretty good at it. We need to wrinkle ours up a little bit more. We've actually been watching some of Auburn's tape."
 
For Steve Spurrier, SEC Media Days are also a chance to rekindle old relationships. Three years ago, Spurrier dismissed quarterback Stephen Garcia from the team. Garcia showed up at media day Tuesday, as a member of the media.
 
"Stephen's here," Spurrier said when Garcia raised his hand to ask a question.
 
"When I saw you on T.V. last night, Rick Henry was interviewing you," Spurrier said. "I said did he join the media, or did he join Duck Dynasty?"
 
"I knew he was going to say something about Duck Dynasty with the hair," Garcia said afterwards.
 
Garcia then asked his question: "What's the difference going to be in the offense from Conner [Shaw], now having Dylan [Thompson]?"
 
"I don't think Dylan is going to run as much," Spurrier said. "Stephen and Connor are excellent runners, run over guys, dodge guys and stuff like that. I think Dylan needs to stay in the pocket a little bit more, or get rid of the ball a little bit more."
 
By: Kyle Burger - Follow on Twitter @kyle_burger
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