USC tailback Mike Davis broke into a locked refrigerator in the team’s weight room Sunday, a day before Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier announced the senior from Columbia would not start against N.C. State.
During the SEC teleconference Wednesday morning, Spurrier was noncommittal when asked whether the incident was the reason for Davis’ benching.
“Did we take that into consideration naming a starter? I don’t know if we did or not,” Spurrier said. “But we just basically thought Taylor Rank deserved to start. He’s been here all preseason. He hasn’t been hurt. Mike has not participated in any scrimmages. So he really has not earned the right to be the starter, unless you say, ‘Well, he was the guy next in line from last year and he should be the starter.’”
Davis missed two weeks of preseason drills with an injured left shoulder and a stomach virus.
According to a source, Davis forced his way into a weight-room refrigerator containing sports drinks Sunday afternoon. After the damage was discovered, Spurrier addressed the team at practice and asked whoever was responsible to speak up.
When no one came forward, the staff reviewed surveillance video to identify Davis, who will be required to pay for the repairs.
Spurrier reiterated Wednesday that Davis “should be in the game pretty early (Thursday) night.”