USC and Wisconsin have only played each other once on the gridiron, but it would appear quite the rivalry is brewing between the two schools. Not long after the Gamecocks knocked off the Badgers in the Capital One Bowl, the two schools cross paths on the recruiting trail in a battle for the services of highly touted defensive back Chris Lammons. The Ft. Lauderdale product ended up signing with the Gamecocks on National Signing Day.
But that’s not where the story ends. Steve Spurrier did an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and in it he made a point to mention an unnamed Big 10 school that he felt used negative recruiting tactics against USC.
“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier said. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways.”
Wisconsin is the only school Gamecocks only went head to head with for a prospect they landed so it isn’t hard to figure out what program Spurrier was talking about. We will have to wait and see if Badgers head coach Gary Anderson has a response to the HBC’s claim.
We are reminded that USC also went head to head with Nebraska for defensive end Blake McClain. McClain was committed to Nebraska, but flipped to USC on signing day. Spurrier could have been talking about Bo Pelini the Huskers program. Spurrier and the Gamecocks beat Pelini and Nebraksa in the Capital One Bowl two in 2012 and Pelini has a reputation for saying and doing silly things during and after games.