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08:56 AM ET 07.25 | South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the increasing number of arrests of college football players: "They're more common now because players are getting arrested for everything that in the old days they did not get arrested for. I can sort of remember back in our day, if you were out and something happened, they would say, 'Can you get home? We'll drive you home.' They did not go into the tank that night. But nowadays, as we all know, you go straight to jail if you've broken the law. There's no room for error. Times are a little different than they were 25, 30 years ago."

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Steve Spurrier, AP Steve Spurrier, AP
July 25, 2010  09:21 AM ET

Ah, the days when football players could rape and pillage without consequence of punishment. It's ok to yearn for years past, Coach Spurrier.

July 25, 2010  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ah, the days when football players could rape and pillage without consequence of punishment. It's ok to yearn for years past, Coach Spurrier.

July 25, 2010  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ah, the days when football players could rape and pillage without consequence of punishment. It's ok to yearn for years past, Coach Spurrier.

To be fair, from the short snippet in the article, it's not really clear whether he was "yearning for years past" or just stating a fact of life.

July 25, 2010  01:20 PM ET

Rare that I find myself on the side of the ol' ball coach but he's right. Different times...

July 25, 2010  02:46 PM ET

Oh for the days, when coaches were coaches and not millionaires.

July 25, 2010  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Oh for the days, when coaches were coaches and not millionaires.

And - neither were the players...

July 25, 2010  05:33 PM ET

Maybe they should start recruiting real student athletes and not punks and thugs whose only interest is to play 3 years then bolt to the NFL. If Charlie Manson could get paroled and play football at a high level there is no doubt that he would probably get an offer from some institution of higher learning in the SEC.

July 25, 2010  06:10 PM ET

He is correct, there are things that I was never charged with that I did just 20 yrs ago when I was 15. It used to be, the police would pick you up, scare ya a little at the police station, then send you home and not notify the police, now they just pick up kids, and take them straight to Juvi and notify the parents.

July 25, 2010  06:35 PM ET

That's right Steve--- remind everyone of the "two sets of rules" that for many years kept your MORON players out of jail--- Keep recruiting Felons and Idiots to your non-Academic school and keep that bar real low.,.,.

July 25, 2010  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ah, the days when football players could rape and pillage without consequence of punishment. It's ok to yearn for years past, Coach Spurrier.

Heh heh, it *is* kind of what he's saying, huh?! = D

July 25, 2010  11:17 PM ET

Amen coach, this is fact, there is a lot of easy money to be made by the State by not letting off on a warning. Just read the papers.

July 25, 2010  11:17 PM ET

Em.

July 25, 2010  11:56 PM ET

"...Times are a little different than they were 25, 30 years ago." So is the pay!

July 26, 2010  12:13 AM ET

I grew up in the back of a pickup truck flyin' up and down interstate I-80 with me 10 brothers, and not one cop ever pulled me Father over to see if he had his seat belt on. just sayin'.

Seems like a thousand years gone by.

July 26, 2010  02:27 PM ET

"Times are a little different than they were 25, 30 years ago."

Yea, they get paid a lot more now!

July 26, 2010  10:37 PM ET

Guys, he answered the question. He was there then, and he's here now. And if every one of you ever took a drink in high school (if you went), and got away with it, and ever took a drink underage when you were in the military (if you were), or did far worse things and got away with them - then hallelujah, you have been redeemed by posting your holier than Jimmy Swaggart screeds.

There does not seem to be any virgin more pure than a reformed prostitute. Bet some of you have even quit smoking hookahs.

 
August 1, 2010  11:38 AM ET

Ya'll all need to stop hating on Spurrier, especially when he's right. Go GAMECOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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