Spurrier pleased with bowl preparations

The Gamecocks returned to practice on Monday afternoon after taking several days off for the Christmas holiday. Coach Steve Spurrier commented after the workout on the state of his team, as well as his take on the Urban Meyer situation at Florida.


The Head Ball Coach said that his team responded fairly well not only to the break, but also the cold temperatures that visited Columbia on Monday.

"We had a day probably similar to what we're going to have Saturday in Birmingham, probably about 38 to 45 degrees," said Spurrier. "The guys ran around fairly well, and we had a decent practice. So hopefully we'll really be ready to play Saturday at 1 o'clock central time.

"It was ok, the guys did ok," added Spurrier. "Stephen threw the ball around fairly well. Hopefully we can sharpen up though as we get to the game. UConn's going to be ready, we know that, they're a good team. And we should be ready also, so it should be a heck of a game."

The college football world was captivated over the weekend by the news of Urban Meyer's resignation and subsequent "leave of absence." After coaching at Florida for 11 years, many people are looking at Spurrier for possible advice that he would give Meyer as he continues into his career.

Spurrier said that it really comes down to balancing football with other things going on in your life.

"I read something a while back that no matter what profession you're in you need outside interests," noted Spurrier.

The Gamecock head man also said that it's not necessarily about which coach can put in the most hours, it's how you use those hours that can determine your team's success.

"I've always believed really (that) it's what you can teach your players is what's most important," said Spurrier. "But some coaches now if they don't stay there until midnight or come in about six in the morning, they don't feel like they're working hard. So it's sort of a personal thing."

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