Steve Spurrier has been to the Sugar Bowl. Six times, in fact. As a quarterback at Florida, Spurrier lost the 1966 Sugar Bowl. He’s 2-3 coaching in the Sugar Bowl, his last appearance coming in 2000 at Florida.
So, while South Carolina may have a chance to reach its first Sugar Bowl this season, it isn’t exactly breaking new ground to the Head Ball Coach.
“Oh, it matters a little bit, I guess,” Spurrier said. “People brag about that and so forth, if you go to a BCS bowl game. It pays more. So I know athletic director (Ray) Tanner and president (Harris) Pastides would love to see us in a BCS bowl. But, for players, they get the same gift whether it’s that bowl or a non-BCS bowl as they call it.
“It’s sort of like being in the top 10 or not in the top 10, something like that. BCS bowl or not BCS bowl.”
As for non-BCS bowl games, Spurrier said he has no preference.
“We’ll go wherever we’re sent,” Spurrier said.
Here are a few more notes and quotes from Spurrier’s news conference Tuesday:
- South Carolina could potentially lose three defensive players early to the NFL Draft. Beyond star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Spurrier said he’s spoken to juniors Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton about walking with seniors pregame against Clemson, in case of early departure.
- When does HBC want to know if players leave early? “It doesn’t matter. … Before first game next year, I guess I should say. Before spring practice.”
- Asked Spurrier about Mike Davis being semifinalist for Doak Walker Award. He said he’d prefer to be asked about the team. Spurrier said Davis has had a good season, but “he’s still learning how to play. He hasn’t learned it all yet.” One area HBC would like to see Davis is improving is pad level, protecting himself when he’s running the ball so we won’t get “banged up.”
- Spurrier says Shon Carson will get his first Saturday at RB: “Mike’s nursing an ankle injury.” Spurrier said Davis will “probably” dress.
- Spurrier finds no trouble comparing Connor Shaw to other SEC QBs: “His winning record stands there with all of them.”
- Spurrier said Dylan Thompson will play some Saturday. To Shaw, “I said, ‘You play better when you know Dylan’s going to play,’ and he does.”
- Spurrier of affect Connor Shaw’s knee injury has on his running ability: “He takes off running, but he doesn’t make the first downs.”
- Steve Spurrier: “Coastal Carolina is 10-1. I find it interesting that 3 of our 4 non-conference (opponents) this year are 10-1.” That would be Coastal Carolina, Central Florida and Clemson. The Tigers will likely be 10-1 after beating Citadel this weekend, while Central Florida will get there if it beats Rutgers and South Florida the next two weeks.
- Spurrier on his team being 8-2: “These guys are maximizing their talent. I really believe that.” Few blowouts, but team winning close games.