October 22, 2014

Spurrier shares feelings on Kenny McKinley

Steve Spurrier spent several minutes Tuesday talking about Kenny McKiinley

USC football coach Steve Spurrier is dealing with more this week than just preparing his team for the game at Auburn Saturday night.  The news of the tragic death of former Gamecock star Kenny McKinley has thrown the entire football program into mourning.

At his news conference Tuesday, Spurrier talked in detail about McKinley and took several questions about him from the media.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier discusses death of Kenny McKinley

Former USC star McKinley found dead

Kenny McKinley

Police in Colorado are investigating the death Monday afternoon of former USC football star Kenny McKinley.  Early media reports from Denver are that officials suspect suicide in the case.  McKinley was 23. 

McKinley finished his USC career in 2008 as the school’s all time leading receiver.  He was Denver’s 5th round draft pick in 2009.  Injuries cost him part of his rookie season and all of this season. 

McKinley was signed by former USC coach Lou Holtz after his senior season as a quarterback in College Park, GA.  He was converted to receiver and became the best in Gamecock history and one of the best ever in the SEC.  He had 207 receptions for 2781 yards in his career at USC, both totals school records.  He also set a school record with a catch in 43 straight games.  He scored 19 touchdowns.

Spurrier comments on McKinley’s death

The news Monday night that former USC great Kenny McKinley had died in Denver shocked the Gamecock program to the core.  Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier did not recruit McKinley, but he came to love him.  McKinley finished his career at USC as the school’s all time leading receiver.

Early reports from Denver were that McKinley committed suicide.  His death remains under investigation by authorities in Denver.

After Monday night’s practice, Spurrier spoke briefly with reporters about McKinley.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier