As Tuesday news conferences go at USC, today’s was perhaps the most bizarre on record. First, Steve Spurrier refused to talk in the media room with The State columnist Ron Morris present.
So, Spurrier left the main media room, with TV reporters in tow, and walked down the Hall of Captains and into one of the meeting rooms, where he proceeded to take questions from TV reporters, and from your SportsTalk representative, about the Mississippi State game.
After two rounds of questions from the TV types, Spurrier walked back into the main media room where he planned to take questions from print reporters. But, upon seeing Morris still in the room, he stuck to his guns.
Spurrier later met with a group of about 10 print and internet reporters in his office, sans Ron Morris, and continued to answer questions about the upcoming game and his now public feud with Morris.
Spurrier did not address the dismissal of backup quarterback Stephen Garcia. That was not announced by the university until after the media had left Spurrier’s office.
Key pre-game notes:
- USC is 5-1, 3-1 in the SEC; Mississippi State is 3-3, 0-3 in the SEC
- USC’s first ever SEC win was over Mississippi State in 1992
- USC leads the series 7-6 with three wins in Starkville
- Teams last met in 2007 with USC winning 38-21 as
- Freshman Chris Smelley passed for 279 yards that day
- Steve Spurrier is 6-2 against Mississippi State
- WR Alshon Jeffery needs 74 yards to tie Kenny McKinley as the school’s all time leader
- Jeffery has 2707 career receiving yards
- DE Melvin Ingram leads the SEC and is 9th nationally in sacks
- USC has forced 22 turnovers, on pace to break the school record of 39 in 1987