Spurrier learned quickly about two fast-food restaurants within walking distance of Williams-Brice Stadium where players were eating fried chicken before practices and games.
``From what I understand, this team doesn't eat correctly or hasn't been eating correctly,'' Spurrier said. ``We're going to try to improve the nutrition, also. We're not going to try to load up on fried chicken.''
Said defensive end Moe Thompson: ``No more riding a golf cart down to Bojangles.''
Spurrier said his staff would keep a close eye on his players' diets.
``We want to be a strong, fast team,'' he said. ``We're going to try our best to get players to eat correctly. Sometimes it's a struggle, but we'll try to improve nutrition. It's OK maybe once a week to go to the fried chicken places, but a steady diet of it is proven not to be the best.''
Spurrier is hopeful junior receiver Troy Williamson, who led the SEC with 75.9 receiving yards per game, will return. He is considering leaving early for the NFL.
``They had achieved about the most
you could but
Responded Fulmer: ``He lasted about as long as you did (in the NFL).''
Meanwhile, Spurrier was low-key during his hiring press conference, disappointing some Gamecock fans who wanted to hear the arrogance and one-liners typical of Spurrier.
Former Gator center Jeff Mitchell,
who plays for
``That's a load of do-do,'' Mitchell said. ``They've got some entertainment on the way, especially after they start winning. I'm glad I'm close enough to read the quotes.''
Mitchell said everyone would know what Spurrier is thinking because he speaks his mind.
``If he's feeling cocky, he's going to come across that way,'' Mitchell said. ``He knows he's good.''
``How about this: Both me and Woody Hayes are both going to be remembered for a fight against Clemson,'' Holtz said.
* Entering the SEC Championship
Auburn players have missed just five starts all season because of injury or suspension -- two at center, two at linebacker and one at cornerback.
Because of injuries or suspensions,
The higher ranked team is 7-3-2. As
the higher ranked team,
* David Cutcliffe's loyalty cost him his job at Ole Miss.
Despite being the only Rebel coach to win at least seven games in his first five seasons, Cutcliffe was fired hen he wouldn't make changes on his staff. That wouldn't have been a problem for a lot of coaches. It was for Cutcliffe.
The firing outraged the famous Rebel of all, Archie Manning: ``We have a lost a good man who did incredible things for the Ole Miss program. How you can post five straight winning seasons at Ole Miss and then get fired in your sixth is beyond me. This is a sad day for all of us. The guys is a good football coach and a very good man. He did not deserve to be treated like this.''
Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone said Cutcliffe refused to submit a written plan to fix problems within the program. The main concern was a defense that has often been among the SEC's worst.
Still, Cutcliffe gave Ole Miss its first 10-win season since 1971 and its first piece of an SEC title in 40 years when the Rebels tied LSU for the West Division last year.
``He preferred status quo, keeping things how they are,'' Boone said. ``We had peaks and valleys of emotional levels by the players. Sometimes they've motivated, sometimes they're not.''
Ole Miss was 4-7 and lost four games by 19 combined points.
Another factor: Cutcliffe was not well-liked by some of the money boosters, according to media that cover the program.
The Wildcats went 2-9 and were ranked 115 in the nation in total offense and 114 in scoring.
The change of coordinators paid
immediate dividends as
Brooks pounded a table and spilled a diet coke as he tried to explain the upset that got away.
``We were this close,'' Brook said,
holding fingers an inch apart. ``We were this close to doing something no
* Bobby Gaston, coordinator of SEC officials, said he will recommend instant replay be used in the SEC next year.
Gaston and Dr. Rogers Redding, one of the SEC's technical advisors, went to the Big Ten to get a first-hand look at its use of instant replay and came away impressed.
``I saw what they are doing and I live it,'' Gaston said. ``There are some things we'd tweak, and do a little differently. But what they do has a lot of merit.
``Primarily, they are interested in overturning the obvious, big-time play that can affect the outcome of the game -- whether it's a reception or incomplete pass, a fumble before or after the player hit the ground, things of that nature.
``Obviously, we're not going to get them all right. I wish we could. But I do think this (instant replay) has a chance to improve our `hit' record.''
The Big Ten used the replay 43 times in 53 games and overturned 21 calls.
``I'll be the first to tell you we played poor defense for the most part,'' said Wommack, who returned just three starters from the previous season. ``I knew that and understood that. I'm more disappointed than anybody from that standpoint. You do the best with what you have.''
Wommack said he had two job offers during the offseason, one in college, one in the pros. Still, he said he is not bitter because that's part of the business.
``If you can't live with it,'' he said, ``you shouldn't be in this business.''
The firing came a day after Nutt met with athletic director Frank Broyles.
Greene played one more series than went to the bench. But when Georgia Tech rallied, Greene went in to lead a momentum-changing field goal drive that consumed almost 5 minutes. He couldn't make any deep throws and he worked from the shotgun to lesson the pain of taking a snap.
Greene, who was just 6 of 12 for 80 yards against Tech, has surpassed Peyton Manning in two major categories -- most wins in Division 1-A (41) and most passing yards in the SEC (11,264).
Coach Mark Richt: ``Greene wasn't at his best physically but he was at his best in the leadership role and leading us to that last field goal.
``I was sitting there thinking, `This is the last game he's going to play in this stadium. Who am I to keep him out? So I let him go back in.''
That Greene had to return is a
``I threw some bad balls,'' Shockley said. ``There also were some times when I held on to the ball too long. I've got to do a better job of that.''
EXTRA POINTS: The 43-14 loss to LSU