Todd Ellis had a tough job Thursday night.
South Carolina’s radio voice was hosting Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier’s weekly radio call-in show on 107.5 The Game, and Spurrier was not in a good mood about his team.
“When you said (the fans) were going to see a disciplined team, I knew you were not talking about the Gamecocks,” Spurrier told Ellis. “We have not played the way we had hoped to play, especially in defense and especially in throwing the ball.”
No matter how many times Ellis tried to steer the conversation back to the Gamecocks’ 2-0 record and No. 10 national ranking, Spurrier dismissed it and went right back to his point. Most of his disappointment was pointed at the defense.
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“There is no excuse for how we are trying to cover passes,” Spurrier said. “We have tried to really simplify our defense, and we’re simplifying even more. I have done a lousy job of saying (to the coaches), ‘Keep it to where they know what they can do.’ ”
Spurrier also called his team’s kickoff coverage “sad” and said Saturday’s opponent, Navy, plays smarter and harder than his team.
“I respect everything they do,” Spurrier said, “but they don’t need to come out here and beat us in a football game.”
They won’t. I’m predicting South Carolina wins 27-17, the Gamecocks move to 3-0 and Steve Spurrier won’t be any happier Sunday morning.
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