Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: Gamecocks need Duke on schedule ASAP

The State

Steve Spurrier wants to play Duke. South Carolina and Duke officials have even talked about a game in the future. The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., reported Thursday those talks have centered on the possibility of 2017 and 2018.

My unsolicited advice to the Gamecocks – make it happen. In 2018. Or later if possible. All the South Carolina fans who want Spurrier to remain their coach forever, which is all the South Carolina fans, couldn’t put a better carrot on the end of their stick than a game against the Blue Devils.

Spurrier loves Duke, has since the Blue Devils gave him his first head coaching job in 1987. He doesn’t even hold it against them that his only losing season as a head coach came in Durham, where he was 5-6 in his first season. He went 7-3-1 and 8-4 (with an ACC title) the following two seasons before leaving to take the Florida job.

Spurrier’s been grateful to Duke for almost three decades now. He was putting the Blue Devils in his preseason Top 25 even before it was fashionable. Heck, he was doing long before it was even defensible.

What he has never done is coach against the Blue Devils. Gamecocks officials should make it happen. Do a home-and-home series. Put the trip to Durham on the back end. You don’t think that might sway Spurrier to hang around another season for that game if he was ever considering retirement in the future? I think you’re wrong.