Steve Spurrier and the USC football team were honored at halftime of Saturday’s basketball game against Vanderbilt. Spurrier took the microphone and thanked the fans for another successful season. He reiterated the team didn’t accomplish everything it wanted to because they didn’t win the SEC championship, which was the team’s ultimate goal. However, Spurrier told the crowd with the core of players they have and the recruits the expect to land, he expects to have an SEC Championship trophy soon.
That prediction, along with the usual home crowd pleaser about beating “that team from the Upstate, and introducing Jadeveon Clowney were the highlights of the HBC’s halftime speech.
After Spurrier addressed the crowd he took a couple of minutes to chat with the media. Below are a couple of the highlights of his comments along with the audio of the brief media gaggle.
- Spurrier said he wasn’t blinded sided by Ace Sanders decision to turn pro. He said Sanders might have felt like his stock was about as high as it would get following the big performance in the Outback Bowl.
- Connor Shaw’s recovery process is going well. It is a four to sixth month rehab process so he will miss all of the spring but will be back in time for the fall camp.
- Dylan Thompson will get almost all of the first team work at quarterback during the spring and Spurrier said he has proven he deserves to play next season. Spurrier said how much Thompson and Shaw play will be determined after things play out this offseason.
- Spurrier said there is no plan to use Jadeveon Clowney on offense some next season to showcase him more for the Heisman. He anticipates Clowney to be used the same way he was last season.