Gamecocks continue preparations for Vandy

Coach Steve Spurrier addressed the media after Wednesday's practice, previewing this weekend's matchup against Vanderbilt. The Head Ball Coach also spoke about the rules situation involving the Alabama game, and any rules the Crimson Tide may have broken on place-kicks. Read inside for a full report from Wednesday's workout.


Spurrier stated he is anxiously awaiting another SEC matchup, and hopes for a good Carolina crowd this weekend.

"We had a beautiful day today, hope it's about like this on Saturday," said Spurrier. "We're looking forward to the game Saturday night, and hopefully we'll have a big crowd out. It'll be a big ballgame (on) national TV, ESPNU. We'll see if we can play those Vandy guys a little better than we have the last couple of years."

While all Gamecock fans are looking forward to this week's game, there are still some lingering storylines from last week, and the questionable kicking tactics used by Alabama. Spurrier said at his press conference Tuesday that the Alabama holder had been using a piece of white tape to spot their field goals and extra points. Nick Saban responded on Wednesday, saying that he was unaware his holder was doing that, but that that he had evidence of many other SEC teams doing the same thing, including the Gamecocks last year.

"Well, if you can put a piece of grass there, it may be legal or not. Is that legal or not? All I know is a piece of white tape's not legal, and that's what the referee said," Spurrier noted.

As far as Saban's allegations that South Carolina was spotting kicks last year, Spurrier commented, "If we did that last year, why didn't they turn us in if it was illegal? I'm available to be turned in for anything if it's illegal."

News also broke Wednesday that a Southeastern Conference officiating crew has been suspended until November 14th as a result of several questionable calls they made in key SEC games. The crew that worked both the LSU-Georgia game and Arkansas-Florida matchup has come under fire for several calls that were key factors in both contests.

When asked to comment on that, Spurrier simply said, "I don't need to talk about referees."

On a day when so much focus was put on the officials, the Gamecocks were simply hard at work on the practice fields, preparing for a Vanderbilt defense that currently ranks second in the conference in pass defense. As all Carolina fans also know, the Gamecocks are trying to break a two game losing streak to the ‘Dores when the two teams face off this Saturday.

As far as quarterback Stephen Garcia, who had a twisted knee at Alabama, Spurrier said that he will be fine and he simply hopes his starting signal-caller is "ready to play well" this weekend.


Notes:

- Tight end Weslye Saunders has a bad ankle, and is doubtful for this weekend, according to Spurrier. Freshman Justice Cunningham will start in his place.

- Offensive tackle Quintin Richardson did not practice Wednesday. He was attending a relative's funeral in North Carolina, and didn't arrive back in Columbia in time for Wednesday's workout.

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