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Steve Spurrier jabs LSU in speech at Independence Bowl Kickoff luncheon

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Steve Spurrier just can’t help himself. If you give him a microphone, he’s going to take jabs. Spurrier was the featured speaker at Wednesday’s Independence Bowl Kickoff luncheon and tossed a zinger LSU’s way.

Spurrier is referring to the last five seasons in Baton Rouge where a galaxy of top-rated recruits who went on to become first-round NFL Draft choices and professional stars were unable to claim so much as a division title.

Between 2010 and 2016, LSU only finished ranked outside of the national Top-10 recruiting rankings once according to the 24/7 Sports Composite ranking. The Tigers had the nation’s second-ranked class twice, in 2014 and 2016, according to the same rankings.

Since the Tigers’ last won the SEC West, 2011, when they also won the SEC and lost to Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series national title game, LSU has had eight first round NFL draft choices, including three in 2017 – Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White. During the same time, LSU has seen a total of 40 players drafted overall.

Judging from the size of the crowd, Spurrier’s address was highly anticipated. What the attendees felt about him after his remarks is up to you to imagine.

LSU’s inability to turn all of its talent into victories on Saturday is why Les Miles is no longer the Tigers’ head coach. Whether Ed Orgeron can do any better remains to be seen.

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