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Mark Story: Steve 'Superior' always knows just what to say to stick it to UK

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier watches his team play against Central Florida during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. South Carolina won the game 28-25.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier watches his team play against Central Florida during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. South Carolina won the game 28-25. AP

Quick hitters from The Good Wife (season five) premiere:

21. Steve Spurrier and Kentucky. So, Wildcats backers, does the South Carolina coach get under your skin more because he's 19-1 all-time against UK — or because he has an unfailing knack for saying the one thing that just rips the heart out of The Long-Suffering UK Football Fan?

20. 2011. South Carolina obliterates Kentucky 54-3. The UK offense compiles a putrid stat line: 9 punts, 6 turnovers, 6 first downs.

19. Steve "Superior" said: "Kentucky has a heck of a punter, I know that."

18. 2009. Rushing from the Wildcat formation, Randall Cobb gashes South Carolina repeatedly and rallies UK within 28-26 late. Yet with a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion, Kentucky does not have Cobb carry the ball. UK's two-point pass fails.

17. Steve "Superior" said: "We're all happy they didn't put that running quarterback in there, Randall Cobb. I'm glad they didn't use him on that (two-point try). We couldn't tackle him."

16. 2006. Rich Brooks leads Kentucky to an 8-5 season that ends with a Music City Bowl victory over Clemson.

15. Steve "Superior" said: "We thought we did something big, beating Clemson — then Kentucky beat them, too."

14. Stoops-Spurrier connection. Mark Stoops has known Spurrier, the former Florida head man, since the new UK coach's older brother, Bob, spent three years (1996-98) as the Gators defensive coordinator.

13. Vacation buddies. Mark Stoops said Monday his family often vacations near where Spurrier does. "I always love seeing Coach Spurrier," Stoops said. After UK has faced South Carolina on Saturday, it will be interesting if Stoops is still saying that.

12. Mike Summers. For the second straight year, the ex-Kentucky offensive line coach is working for a head man fired before the season ends. Last year, it was Joker Phillips. This year, it was Lane Kiffin at Southern California. (Former UK assistant Tee Martin is also on the USC staff).

11. Three that got away. No school, not even Alabama, keeps all the top in-state football talent at home. But when Kentucky, whose home state does not produce an abundance of SEC-caliber prospects, loses home-grown players, it especially stings.

10. Lamar Dawson. The ex-Boyle County linebacker is the third-leading tackler for Southern California with 25 stops, including 21/2 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups.

9. Jon Davis. The former Louisville Eastern star — who committed early to UK, then reneged just before national signing day — is the fourth-leading receiver at Illinois with nine catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

8. Austin Collinsworth. The former Fort Thomas Highlands standout — the son of ex-Cincinnati Bengals star Cris Collinsworth and his wife, former UK cheerleader Holly Bankemper — has started four games this season for Notre Dame at safety and has 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries.

7. Kentucky's black and blue. Unlike many who email me, I have zero problem with UK incorporating colors other than blue and white into their uniforms. I did not like the Florida combination of blue helmet and blue jersey with black pants as much as I liked the blue helmet, black jersey and blue pants the Wildcats wore against Louisville.

6. The Tennessee "Big Gray." Tennessee has announced it will wear its new "Smokey gray" uniforms for its Saturday showdown with No. 6 Georgia.

5. Butch Jones explains. The new Tennessee head man gave this reasoning Monday of why coaches let their teams wear uniforms that deviate from traditional school colors. "Obviously, recruiting," Jones said. "Players look forward to seeing the different uniforms. I know our players are looking forward to wearing them."

4. Kentucky gray? Since a couple of potential UK football recruits tweeted out pictures of gray Wildcats uniforms this summer after visiting Kentucky, my hunch has been that the Wildcats might just debut those when Tennessee comes to Lexington on Nov. 30.

3. The One-Day Contract. That is the title of the new motivational book penned by Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino (written with Louisville sportswriter Eric Crawford).

2. Prolific Pitino. By my count, Pitino has now authored six books.

1. F.Scott Fitzgerald. The writer of The Great Gatsby completed four novels in his career.

Isn't there something a bit askance in that literary-output equation?