Two USC players have sent in paperwork to the NFL draft advisory committee to gauge interest in their pro potential.
Sophomore receiver Tori Gurley and junior offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins are waiting to hear back, but Steve Spurrier on Friday said he and the coaching staff have let their feelings be known.
“They know how we feel,” Spurrier said. “If you’re not projected as a first-rounder, you shouldn’t go out. But some of our players in the past think, ‘I’m gonna be a first- or second-rounder.’ Then when they get drafted in the seventh round, like (former USC defensive end) Clifton Geathers, he should have come back. He wanted to go. If they want to go, we can’t stop them. Lot of times, players don’t listen to coaches.”
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Spurrier addressed how long he expected to be the coach at USC. He is completing his sixth season with the Gamecocks and has a 44-31 record in Columbia.
“I always say four or five (years),” Spurrier said. “Three, four, five. I look at four, five. Marcus (Lattimore) is a freshman. We’ve got some good recruits coming in, we think, and we think we’re going to get some others. We believe we’ve got an up-and-coming team here. Like I said all this year, I don’t think this is the best team we’re going to field. I think we can field a stronger team in the future.”
Urban Meyer situation
Spurrier believes Urban Meyer will return to coaching. The former Florida coach stepped down this week after doing the same for one day last December. But the pressure of winning two national titles in six seasons with the Gators apparently became too much to handle.
“He’s sorta stressed out a bit,” Spurrier said. “He’s ready to take a few years off. I really think he’ll come back in three, four years, I think he will. He just needed to hang it up.”
All hands on deck
Spurrier said there were one or two players who had academic work to complete to be eligible for the bowl game, but he expected to have everyone available.