Steve Spurrier held his first weekly news conference of the season to preview USC’s lid lifter against East Carolina Saturday night in Charlotte. The Head Ball Coach told the reporters in the room he still isn’t ready to name a starter at quarterback. Senior Stephen Garcia and sophomore Connor Shaw will both play Saturday but the HBC is going to wait until later to tell you which will start.
Let’s go to the tape:
This and that
- USC has won 11 straight openers, dating back to the 2000 season. The last time they lost a season opener was at N.C. State in 1999, the first year of the Lou Holtz era.
- Steve Spurrier is 20-1 all-time in season openers. His lone loss? That would be a 27-21 loss to USC during his 1989 season with Duke.
- Spurrier is 41-0 all-time against schools outside of BCS conferences.
- This is the third straight neutral site game for USC. Carolina closed last year with two games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (SEC Championship, Chic-fil-A Bowl). They lost both.
- The last time USC and East Carolian played was 1999 in Columbia. The Pirates won 21-3. USC’s last win over ECU came in 1997. The Gamecocks lead the all-time series 10-5.
Did you know?
A win Saturday night will give Steve Spurrier 45 victories at USC. That will tie him with Jim Carlen for second most in school history. Rex Enright has the most with 64. Spurrier said when he took the USC job that he wanted to leave as the with the most wins in Gamecock history.