USC football coach Steve Spurrier had some good news for Gamecock fans during the SEC spring football conference call Wednesday afternoon. Tight end Rory Anderson, who suffered a torn tricep muscle late in spring practice, will be ready for the start of drills in August. Spurrier also said running back Shon Carson had surgery to repair the break in his shoulder suffered in the spring game and will also be good to go for the start of camp.
Spurrier spent much of the call answering questions about the SEC’s scheduling model announced on Sunday. He favored the 6-0-2 format with two rotating opponents from the opposite division. Spurrier said in his mind that was the fairest way to schedule conference games. The league is sticking with the 6-1-1 formula with one permanent opponent from the other division and one rotating opponent.
USC also announced today the State Budge and Control Board gave final approval for several athletic facility projects. Here’s the story from USC Sports Information:
South Carolina’s State Budget & Control Board gave final approval today to the University of South Carolina for several facility projects, including renovation to the plaza surrounding Williams-Brice Stadium, construction for a new building for men’s and women’s soccer at Stone Stadium, a new track and field oval at Weems Baskin Track and an upgraded USC Field House that will feature a new six-lane 200-meter fixed bank track with seating.
“The continuing enhancement and development of our athletic facilities will allow us to recruit the finest student-athletes and compete for championships in the nation’s top conference – the SEC. The Williams-Brice Stadium Plaza development will add to the high quality aesthetic surroundings for our fans to enjoy on football game days,” South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner said.
All four projects, with a combined estimated cost of $33 million, were approved by the University Board of Trustees on Feb. 28, 2013.
Renovations to the plaza surrounding Williams-Brice Stadium will provide an aesthetic look to the entrance of the stadium, including beautiful greenery, brick entranceways and will create an institutional landmark for visitors, fans, students and alumni.
Eugene E. Stone III Soccer Stadium
Construction will begin on a building located next to the Eugene E. Stone III Soccer Stadium, which will house locker rooms, weight room and a video room.
Weems Baskin Track
New track and field oval will seat 1,450 with support building for storage and restrooms. The Athletics Village promenade walkway will be extended from Carolina softball to Rosewood Drive to support this new facility.
New six-lane, 200-meter fixed bank track with seating for 500. Support areas will include restrooms, laundry room, sports medicine and team meeting space.