Josh Kendall

August 4, 2014

Spurrier: Tougher to play ECU than some Big Ten teams

Steve Spurrier is no fan of the idea of Big Five conference schools playing only each other in the future.

Josh Kendall

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Steve Spurrier is no fan of the idea of Big Five conference schools playing only each other in the future.

As those conferences – the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 – close in on receiving more voting autonomy from the NCAA, some coaches, including Alabama’s Nick Saban, have suggested the Big (Bank Account) Five teams play only other Big Five teams.

“I don’t think that makes a lot of sense really,” Spurrier said.

The Gamecocks play three non-power conference schools this year in East Carolina, Furman and South Alabama.

“Playing East Carolina is a lot tougher than maybe picking up one of those bottom Big Ten teams, plus the fans around here would rather see a team from close by,” Spurrier said.

He wasn’t just picking on the Big Ten, either.

“The SEC, we have some down-the-line teams just like every conference has got down-the-line teams,” he said.

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