Steve Spurrier had a quasi-teleconference Sunday. More of a tele-statement, really.
Thanks to some technical glitches, reporters were in “listen-only mode” (Insert Joke Here About That Being Preferable), so Spurrier basically just touched on some highs from the Clemson win, discussed the muddled SEC bowl picture and that was that.
–Garrett Anderson got the courtesy, senior-day start at left guard, then proceeded to “play his best game as a Gamecock,” according to Spurrier.
Anderson’s hustle to recover Alshon Jeffery’s first-quarter fumble helped set the tone for the Gamecocks, who looked more desperate for the win than their rivals from the Upstate.
–Ellis Johnson’s recruitment of South Pointe teammates Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman paid off big Saturday. Gilmore changed the game’s momentum with his debut as the WildCock back, while Holloman made what Spurrier called a “beautiful” interception when he stepped in front of a Kyle Parker pass and returned it 54 yards.
It was only the third INT by a USC defensive back this year. “Most of the time our guys always drop that one,” Spurrier said.
–Spurrier touched on the SEC bowl logjam caused by six 7-5 teams. The conference is assured of getting both Alabama and Florida into BCS games after both took care of business over the weekend.
And Ole Miss’ loss to Mississippi State, combined with LSU’s win vs. Arkansas, means the Tigers likely will jump Ole Miss for the Capital One spot.
“After that,” Spurrier said, “we’re not sure of anything.”
USC would love to go to Atlanta. It’s close, it’s a city with lots to do, and the Chick-fil-A matchup against the ACC is an attractive one.
But Georgia might have leap-frogged USC with its win over Ga. Tech. The Bulldogs have a lot of fans in Atlanta, and won the head-to-head matchup with USC.
If that happens, the Music City Bowl would be a nice alternative.
In fact, it’s basically the Chick-fil-A Gone Country: Nashville is a big city with lots to do, and the game is played in an NFL stadium against an ACC opponent (North Carolina, anyone?).
It’s just a little farther from South Carolina, the payout’s not as great (although most of the money goes into the SEC’s revenue-sharing coffers, anyway) and the game is Dec. 27 (as opposed to the Dec. 31 date for the Chick-fil-A).
There will be a lot of politicking this week by SEC athletics directors and officials. Look for USC to push hard for Nashville if it does not appear Atlanta will work out.