Don’t try to tell Steve Spurrier and Dylan Thompson that Shreveport is the end of the world when it comes to bowl game geography. The pair spoke Sunday night at Williams-Brice Stadium about the Gamecocks’ assignment to the Duck Commander Independence Bowl in that west Louisiana city, and neither sounded disappointed.
As Spurrier likes to say, your record is what you are as a team. At 6-6, the Gamecocks “earned” their place in the bowl chain, which in this case is right near the bottom. And that’s where they will find the Hurricanes, like them, 6-6, and a program Spurrier didn’t face much while the head coach at Florida. But Spurrier also knows Miami is still a big name in college football circles and it would be a cool way to end the season with a victory over the Hurricanes.
Ditto for Thompson who would love nothing more than to help wipe away the Clemson loss with a bowl victory to send the senior class out on a high note.
Some other key comments from Spurrier Sunday night:
- Will start practice a week from Tuesday.
- A higher profile opponent excites the players.
- One or two players could be in academic jeopardy. Won’t know for a week.
- Matulis and Anderson are out with injuries. Anderson had his surgery last week.
- No reason to anticipate any announcement regarding changes to his staff this week.
- Said he’s heard where Auburn and A&M have offered Muschamp but says they haven’t.
The Gamecocks will have 8000 tickets to sale with tickets priced at $45 and $50 dollars.