It was steamy as ever in the capital city, yet Steve Spurrier liked it. The way he sees it, the first practice in full pads — a contact scrimmage in the hottest part of the day — will prepare seventh-ranked South Carolina for its season.
“It was hot today, but that was good for us,” Spurrier said Saturday. “We’re going to probably have some hot ballgames, and we need to get ready to play at 1 o’clock, 4 o’clock, wherever they tell us to play.”
The Gamecocks’ second game is set for 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Georgia. Sanford Stadium at that time of day in September has previously been mistaken for the world’s biggest kiln.
So Saturday was nothing USC won’t be used to. Only one player, defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, had a problem with the heat, but he will be OK.
When the new indoor facility is built, USC will have a place to dodge the heat and the rain — although practicing indoors to avoid the heat may not be advisable all the time. The team will play a high noon kickoff at some point.