South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier remarked Wednesday on former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired as coach of the Razorbacks after an inappropriate relationship was disclosed with athletics department employee Jessica Dorrell.
Its a shame any time something happens to a coach, Spurrier said after the RBC Heritage pro-am. Its amazing how often it happens now. It never used to happen in the old days.
But we all have to be very careful, as we all know.
PGA Tour member John Daly, a former Razorback golfer, also sounded off on Petrinos removal.
Its probably better just to keep an interim (coach) for a while and go after somebody hard after the season, he said. I dont know. Im shocked like everybody else is.
Daly said he exchanged text messages with Petrino in the days following his motorcycle accident but had not yet spoken to him since his Tuesday firing. Daly said he told Petrino that Ill always be your friend. I love you.
Im sad for the program, Im sad for coach Petrino because were good friends, he said.
... But I didnt know about the 20 grand or the stuff that went with it. Its just sad. I feel bad for everybody.
Stanley feels at home
Bluffton resident Kyle Stanley referred to the RBC Heritage as a home game, and said he will enjoy sleeping in his own bed.
The former Clemson standout revealed that off-the-course issues might have affected his game in the weeks following his victory in Februarys Waste Management Phoenix Open. He declined to elaborate, but said he thinks the issues might be resolved in time for a good week near home.
Things dont happen overnight, Stanley said. But Im happy again. I think I went a month or so there where I wasnt having a lot of fun playing golf. I think the biggest thing is I just had to get back to the basics. I had to get back to the things that got me here. Maybe got a little distracted.
Two Gloves talks Heritage
Tommy Gainey knows the history surrounding the Heritage. He understands a victory this weekend would rewrite the record books, as a Palmetto State native has never captured the tartan jacket.
It would be awesome to be the first South Carolinian to win this tournament, said Gainey, who hails from Darlington. Im trying not to think about that. Im just trying to play my game, because its starting to come around a little bit.
Gainey, nicknamed Two Gloves, finished third at the Heritage last year and is eager to take on the tournament again. He said he doesnt think Harbour Town fits any one persons game due to all the trees and moss that make up the course.
This is the only golf course that Ive ever played that you can hit an absolute straight ball and have no shot whatsoever, Gainey said.