Spiller Meets with the Media

CLEMSON – C.J. Spiller said a lot of the things Tuesday afternoon that Clemson fans want to hear, however, at the same time, he failed to put a definitive end to the notion of his one day transferring to Florida.

"We're going to do the best we can to put this behind us and move forward and just take it one day at a time," he said. "I'm going to (stay at Clemson) to the end, hopefully. I'm just taking it one day at a time."

Spiller admitted that he had thoughts of transferring during the midst of the regular season, and that those thoughts grew stronger after he went home following the bowl game against Kentucky.

Though, he added that getting the ball only five times in the bowl game had nothing to do with his consideration of leaving.

"It had already popped up before I went home and I took it more into consideration when I went home," he said. "Transferring had nothing to do with football, obviously. It had more to do with family matters."

Spiller said when he left home he thought he was going to transfer. He was so certain that he was going to join the Gators that he told his mother that he was leaving Clemson just before he walked out the door and started his drive back to South Carolina.

That trip to Clemson was a long and lonely one.

Once he got back to campus, Spiller spoke with fellow tailback James Davis, his best friend, as well as coach Tommy Bowden. He then came to the conclusion that he was going to remain at Clemson.

"After I just sat back and looked at everything, I just thought it would probably be best for me to just stay here at Clemson instead of going back home," he said. "I had a lot of people telling me what I should do, so I decided not to answer phone calls. Once I thought about everything and the opportunity that I had this year and the opportunity I have coming in the future, I thought it would be best to stay here. …

"James kind of played a big factor in this role."

His decision to stay at Clemson made his mother angry and caused her to vent her frustrations to the media. She took shots at coaches, including receivers coach Dabo Swinney, who recruited Spiller.

"She kind of expected (the transfer) because I told her I was coming home," Spiller said. "Once I had called her back and let her know that I wasn't, she kind of got upset. But she's going to support me, regardless. She was just being a mom. She wanted me close. …

"She said some things that she probably shouldn't have said. She apologized to me and she apologized to Coach Swinney."

The problems for Spiller are that his mother wants him closer to home and he also misses his baby daughter.

"I knew it was going to be like that when I signed with Clemson," he said. "I just didn't know it was going to be that tough. But I have to go through it."

To help alleviate some of the homesickness, Spiller said he plans on making regular trips back to Florida throughout the spring.

"I plan on being home more," he said. "I have no classes on Friday so I can leave Thursday and make it a good three-day weekend. I plan to be home a little more."

Spiller believes the trips home will help solve at lot of the problems with his mother and daughter. He really doesn't like being an absentee dad.

"I would say that I don't think it's fair for (my daughter)," Spiller said. "I knew that when I was getting into this. That's why I'm going home as much as possible, to spend time with her."

Clemson fans and the coaching staff just hope that these little trips and weekend visits with his daughter are enough to fill the void Spiller has deep inside.

The real test for Spiller will come this summer when he spends a several weeks at home and not just a few days and is around his mother and daughter for an extended period of time.

He's going to have to fight the temptation of transferring all over again when it comes time to leave Florida in July and head back to Clemson, because during football season, there will be no weekend visits.

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