Spurrier dismisses Herschel Walker's comments

On Wednesday, the Gamecocks continued their bye week practice, but the most interesting event of the day involved something that happened almost three weeks ago. Read inside for a full report on Wednesday's workout.


In their game against Florida, Georgia coach Mark Richt instructed his players to get a celebration penalty after they scored. The team responded by running onto the field to celebrate. In his weekly press conference, the following Tuesday, Steve Spurrier commended Richt for the motivational tactic, and joked that if Richt tried that against the Gamecocks, Spurrier would send out a seldom used player to pick a fight and get the Georgia players ejected.

In a column in Wednesday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Bulldog player Herschel Walker took offense to Spurrier's crack. Walker was quoted as saying, "So my question I say to him is, if he's got that much guts, why don't he step in a ring against me? You don't say something that silly, because you're going to get somebody hurt. Georgia was punished, because that's a penalty. They didn't go out to hurt anyone. [Spurrier] talks about hurting somebody. How much guts do you have? Step in a ring with me, and then we'll see."

Spurrier refused to discuss the comments during his afternoon teleconference, but he had more to say Wednesday night. When he was read Walker's comments, Spurrier smirked and said, "Can you expect me to respond to that? Y'all actually listen to that?"

He also reiterated that he thought Richt's tactic was a "good idea." Furthermore, Spurrier said he cannot be bothered to respond every time somebody criticizes him.

"Whatever he said, it doesn't matter one way or the other," said Spurrier. "After the Florida game [last year], some Sports Illustrated writer said I ought to be fired because we had three kicks blocked. [Somebody] asked me, ‘Can you respond to that?' I'm not going to respond to that [stuff]. I didn't say that I would do that, I said the way you stop that is send a guy out to wrestle with the other guy. That was just some thinking about the rules. I was [kidding]. I don't believe in fighting. I don't think we'll have to worry about that unless the whole team goes out there some time."

Turning his attention to actual news, Spurrier talked about how the Gamecocks have practiced this week. Several of the younger players have seen increased work in practice as the coaches rest the veteran players during the off week.

"We've worked the young guys a little bit," Spurrier said. "[Stephen]Garcia got a little extra work tonight. He pitched it around pretty well. We're working a little bit with the younger guys as well as the older guys. We'll get into the Clemson gameplan a little bit tomorrow, but mainly we'll wait until next week."

Clemson is not the topic of conversation at Carolina this week, but Spurrier still had some stray thoughts. Spurrier was asked if it would be preferable for Clemson to win or lose to Boston College this weekend, he made a prediction.

"I think they'll beat Boston College," he said. "What I've seen of both teams, I think Clemson's a stronger team."

Spurrier also said he will spend Saturday like most people: in front of the TV. In addition to watching the Clemson game, he is looking forward to the other big games this weekend.

"We'll watch all of them," Spurrier said. "There's a lot of important games. I wish we had one of them, but we had our shot and we didn't get it done."

Although no lineup spots are assured with more than a week until the next game, Spurrier said he expects Gurminder Thind to make his second consecutive start at left guard.

"I think he did okay," said Spurrier, although he added, "When they only rush three, those guards look good. We've been playing against a lot of three man rush lately so that helps those guys out."

Carolina will practice Thursday afternoon, and then be dismissed for the weekend. The next practice will be Monday.

Carolina got some good injury news, as Kenny McKinley returned to practice. Both Mike Davis and Carlos Thomas had limited participation, but practiced in pads and yellow no-contact jerseys.


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