Spurrier on Carolina 2012 SEC schedule

On Wednesday, the SEC released its 2012 14-team schedule. South Carolina's schedule will be one of the toughest in the Eastern Division with match-ups with LSU and Arkansas from the West.

On Wednesday the 2012 SEC schedules were released with the additions of Texas A&M in the Western Division and Missouri to the Eastern Division. South Carolina's schedule instantly became even more difficult than it originally was. Instead of Mississippi State coming to Columbia next season, Carolina will be traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. In addition to that trip, Arkansas will remain on the schedule as the other Gamecock opponent from the West.

"We'll worry about the schedule after this game is over obviously," said head coach Steve Spurrier. "The schedule is what it is. Missouri is in our division so we'll play them every year. Then you just play two from the other side. We've got LSU and Arkansas, so we've got two pretty good ones from over there – two of the top three over there. That's the way it is. We'll do the best we can with it."

With the two new additions, several traditions on the Gamecock schedule are no more. Traditionally Carolina and Georgia have played the second week of the season, most of the time the conference opener for each. Instead, Carolina will face the Bulldogs in the first week of October, the fourth conference game of the season. Also, Carolina has traditionally faced Florida in the final conference game of the season. That match-up will now be in October as well, as the Gamecocks will face Georiga, LSU, and Florida in a three week stretch. The open date will now be November 3rd, between the Tennessee and Arkansas game. Carolina will host Missouri on September 22nd to welcome the newest addition to the SEC.

As the Gamecock schedule has gotten more difficult, its biggest hurdle in the Eastern Division, Georgia, has gotten easier. The Dawgs will travel to Missouri to open conference play, but its two SEC West opponents will be Ole Miss and Auburn.

"I like the guy that said you should just count the division champ on division games and let the western guys just play theirs," Spurrier jokingly said. "But that's not the way they do it. It's just the way it is. It's called ‘rub of the green.' They all count so we'll do the best we can with it.

Spurrier was also asked about the eligibility of Jadeveon Clowney and C.C. Whitlock for the bowl game after their pictures were used on fliers for a Christmas party at a Rock Hill nightclub.

"It was nothing to begin with as far as I knew about," Spurrier said. "From what I understand they knew nothing about it. Maybe another school put those posters up there. Ever think about that?"

Quotes provided by GamecocksOnline.com

SEC East conference schedules

FLORIDA

Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: MISSOURI

GEORGIA

Sept. 8: at Missouri
Sept. 22: VANDERBILT
Sept. 29: TENNESSEE
Oct. 6: at South Carolina
Oct. 20: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at Auburn

KENTUCKY

Sept. 22: at Florida
Sept. 29: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 6: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 13: at Arkansas
Oct. 20: GEORGIA
Oct. 27: at Missouri
Nov. 3: VANDERBILT
Nov. 24: at Tennessee

MISSOURI

Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 6: VANDERBILT
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: KENTUCKY
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt
Sept. 22: MISSOURI
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 6: GEORGIA
Oct. 13: at LSU
Oct. 20: at Florida
Oct. 27: TENNESSEE
Nov. 10: ARKANSAS

TENNESSEE

Sept. 15: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: at Georgia
Oct. 13: at Mississippi State
Oct. 20: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: at South Carolina
Nov. 10: MISSOURI
Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24: KENTUCKY

VANDERBILT

Aug. 30: SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 22: at Georgia
Oct. 6: at Missouri
Oct. 13: FLORIDA
Oct. 20: AUBURN
Nov. 3: at Kentucky
Nov. 10: at Ole Miss
Nov. 17: TENNESSEE



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