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Steve Spurrier on giving players time off to vote: 'Our players that are 21?'

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 6, 2012 - 1:20 PM

 

Steve Spurrier can coach some college football. Man oh man, can he throw some offensive tricks at you.

 

But like a decent number of football coaches -- who sometimes really do fit the stereotype of wearing blinders in-season, spending 18 hours a day in the office and sleeping on facility couches -- Spurrier might not be best qualified to talk about other things.

Like, say, elections.

Per USA Today: Asked on Tuesday whether he'd allow his players time to vote between class, practice and game preparation, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier replied, "Our players that are 21?"

The national voting age is 18, of course. Spurrier is obviously confusing the 26th Amendment, which declared that the voting age shall not be set higher than 18, with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which set the drinking age at 21.

Spurrier might have also been confusing the voting age with the minimum age to be elected to parliament or adopt a child.

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