Steve Spurrier made a live appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Wednesday afternoon and talked about the pitfalls that that kind of attention can bring.
“We have a pretty good team, but it could go bad,” Spurrier told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, who was on campus as part of the network’s preseason college football tour.
“Last year, I was watching your show and Southern Cal was picked No. 1, and we know what happened to them. Arkansas was in the top five I think. We have our guard up. We know it can go bad if us coaches mess up and allow it to so we are going to try to get our guys ready to go play the best they can.”
The Gamecocks, 11-2 last year, have been tabbed a program-high No. 7 in the country in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Associated Press preseason poll will be released on Aug. 17.
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“Our goals are high,” Spurrier told Rinaldi. “We believe in setting our goals as high as reasonable and we think they are reasonable. We will see how many we can reach. I think our team is smart enough and we have had the leaders in the past to teach the young guys how to do it and now they are in their last years, some of them, so they become the leaders.”
Spurrier’s appearance lasted five minutes, and he also praised his quarterbacks, starter Connor Shaw and backup Dylan Thompson.
“I really believe our quarterback position may be the best since I’ve been here going on nine years now, some of the other positions, our offensive line and defensive line should be strong also,” he said.
“Basically, all coaches you want your coaches to try to do it the way you ask them to do it, but you understand there is a lot of flexibility and a lot of times you have to improvise. It’s not exact all the time, but these two guys try to do it the way us coaches ask them to do it.”