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USC cancels football practice

The start to South Carolina's spring football practice will have to wait two more days, thanks to Tuesday's cold weather.

The team will not hold its first practice of the spring Tuesday, the school announced. The Gamecocks' first practice will now be at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures around 2 p.m. Thursday were hovering just below 40 degrees and were forecast to be in the low to mid 30s during practice.

After this week, USC doesn't practice again until March 17 -- after the school's spring break. The canceled practice Tuesday will be rescheduled for after spring break.

The Gamecocks will hold 15 practice sessions through April 11, when workouts conclude with the Garnet & Black Spring Game. Most practices be held at the Bluff Road fields beginning at 7 p.m., with dates and times subject to change. All 15 spring practice sessions are open to the public.

USC will hold scrimmages on March 28 and April 4.

South Carolina will have five new assistant coaches and a new strength and conditioning coach this spring. The Gamecocks in their fifth year under Steve Spurrier will return 40 lettermen, including 12 starters (five on offense, six on defense and one on special teams).

People with cameras can shoot the first 15 minutes of each practice. After that, no still or video photography is allowed.