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Kevin Scarbinsky plays the role of shameless cocktease for South Carolina fans by floating the story of Steve Spurrier's lunch buddy earlier this month: Bill Oliver, madman/poet/genius of the Alabama Stallings' D that beat the sass out of Miami and Gino Toretta in Sugar Bowl. ( A hush falls over the Alabama fans present...we pause in a moment of reverence for George Teague and the boys...) Oliver's not having it, content at 66 to putter around with style, but the never-to-happen collaboration will torment the imaginations of SEC fans NOT playing South Carolina this year for generations to come.

Bill Oliver's defenses...all we remember are the flames, the burning flames, and the horror...