USC football coach Steve Spurrier had more on his plate at his Tuesday news conference than just the upcoming SEC game with Vanderbilt. For the first time in his career, Spurrier had to address questions regarding an NCAA investigation taking place under his watch.
The NCAA announced Monday two allegations of improprieties against the Gamecock football program ranging from illegal benefits for players who stayed at the Whitney Hotel to illegal involvement by two boosters.
Key pre-game notes:
- Records: USC 3-0, 1-0 SEC; Vanderbilt 3-0, 1-0 SEC
- The Gamecocks are 3-0 for the third time under Steve Spurrier
- USC is 16-4 all time against Vanderbilt including 7-2 in Columbia
- USC RB Marcus Lattimore leads the nation in rushing at 178 yards per game
- USC QB Stephen Garcia is the 3rd Gameock to pass for over 7000 yards in a career
- Vandy is 3-0 for the third time in the past seven years
- James Franklin is first Vandy coach to start 3-0 since World War I
- Franklin is the 2nd coach in Vandy history to win his SEC opener