Josh Kendall

Spurrier, USC coaches head home early due to flooding

mbergen@thestate.com

South Carolina’s football coaches were advised to leave their offices early Sunday afternoon due to mass flooding throughout the area.

Most of the Gamecocks’ coaches, who work in offices adjacent to Williams-Brice Stadium on Bluff Road, were out of the offices by lunch time, head coach Steve Spurrier said. Spurrier left at "11:30 or 12" and told two defensive coaches who were left in the office to leave shortly, he said.

He does not expect the short day to affect his team’s preparation for Saturday’s game, he said. South Carolina (2-3 overall, 0-2 SEC) takes on No. 7 LSU (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium.

"Preparation wise… we have to block and tackle," Spurrier said.

Spurrier was unaware as of 2 p.m. Sunday if any of his players or coaches had been displaced by the flooding, but he shared concern for offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, who lives near Gills Creek, an area that experienced significant flooding.

Spurrier is hopeful he and his coaches will be able to return to the office Monday, he said.

"They think it’s going to recede hopefully in a day or two," Spurrier said. "We will just have to wait and see."

NOTE: Freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez “should be OK” after suffering a minor shoulder injury in Saturday’s loss to Missouri, Spurrier said.

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