Steve Spurrier: Nick Saban is ‘greatest recruiter in history’ of CFB

Steve Spurrier took the podium in Hoover, Alabama, at Day 2 of the SEC Media Days, and it was a treat like always.

Among the many topics Spurrier addressed was Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Spurrier was highly complimentary of the Tide, citing their five No. 1 recruiting classes in the last six years.

Not one to shy away from a fun jab at rival coaches, Spurrier had nothing but glowing things to say about Alabama’s head coach.

He even went so far to say that Saban historically stands above the rest of college football in relation to recruiting prowess.

More from Spurrier’s press conference:

On Stephen Garcia: Spurrier saw his former QB in Hoover, as Garcia was in town as part of the media. He also had grown his hair out again. "It looked like he had joined Duck Dynasty instead of the media," Spurrier joked.

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On Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin: "We know he’s a good negotiator," Spurrier said, referring to Sumlin’s six-year, $30 million deal he signed last December.

On his NFL tenure: "I thought I was going to coach in the NFL for five or six years, retire to the beach and play some golf. That was a bad idea." Spurrier went 12-20 in two seasons with the Washington Redskins.

On Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: "[He’s] one of the best coaches in the country. I think everyone knows that. They don’t win that national championship [in 2010] unless he is there."

On Clemson: "I can assure you our fans would rather beat Clemson than winning the SEC. Personally, I’d rather win the SEC."

On a Big 12 rivalry: "I think it’s a shame Texas and Texas A&M aren’t playing each other. One of ’em changes conferences and they get mad."

On Alabama in 2014: "They’re the favorites [for national title]. They have to be the favorites."

On his QB Dylan Thompson: "He’s the only quarterback in the country to beat UCF." No, Steve Spurrier would never poke Baylor.

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