Heck, Hardy was a key reason Mississippi shocked the Florida Gators (31-30) last weekend. In fact, Hardy is the guy the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, pressuring Florida QB Tim Tebow. On the cover it reads: "Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy clobbers QB Tim Tebow of the Gators, No. 4 no more." Think Spurrier will know him now? Florida head coach Urban Meyer knows him. The Sporting News quoted Meyer saying:
- "They're different when he's not in there," Meyer said. "I have great respect for great players and he's a great player."
ESPN.com describes the incident as follows:
- Spurrier was silent for a few seconds when first asked the question about Hardy and finally said, "You talking about, uh ..."
The reporter asking the question quickly jumped in and responded, "Their defensive end, No. 86."
Spurrier then cut in and said, "Their defensive end, oh yeah. I don't really get into all that personnel. When I look at other teams, I sort of look at schemes. But their whole defensive line is very good. Shoot, they've got good athletes up and down the field at all positions.
NOTE OF INTEREST: This is the third time Ole Miss has been on the SI cover. The last time? The Sept. 14, 1970, edition with Archie Manning. The first time was Sept. 24, 1962.