South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is hoping for a big turnout Saturday at the Gamecocks' first scrimmage of the spring.
South Carolina will begin practice at 10:30 in Williams-Brice Stadium and start its scrimmage around 11, Spurrier said following practice Friday.
“Everybody is welcome out there,” Spurrier said. “A lot of young guys will get some action, and hopefully it’ll be a proud day for the Gamecocks.”
By leaving its practices open to the public, South Carolina is going against the grain in an increasingly secretive SEC.
“Whoever wants to watch us practice can do it,” Spurrier said. “We are not like most of those other schools that close off everything, and I just want our fans to realize they deserve to watch us practice. I think it’s important that we practice in the stadium in front of people. We want our fans to know they are important to us, and we want them to come out.”
Defensive line coach Brad Lawing was not at practice Friday and will take “a few days” off to address a health situation, Spurrier said.
“He’s expected to be OK,” Spurrier said. “He’s just getting some health things checked out.”