Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson recalled Monday in his weekly press conference that as a boy in the 1960's he sold concessions for games at South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium, then called Carolina Stadium.
"I used to sell drinks during the games at the old Carolina Stadium," said Johnson. "We would sell drinks for about a quarter, then watch the game the rest of the way. It was just a way of getting in free."
Johnson, a native of Columbia, S.C. and a graduate of Eau Claire High School, also revealed Monday that he had been recruited as a high school player by South Carolina as well as Clemson. (Johnson signed and played with Clemson.)
"I was recruited by both of them," said Johnson. "At the time, they didn't know what they were doing. The main reason I went to Clemson was that my brother was there and Coach Art Baker, who used to coach at Eau Claire High School where I went there, was coaching at Clemson at that time. I was ready to get out of Columbia."
Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina Saturday evening in Nashville (6 p.m., no local television). Johnson told the assembled media members that he was disappointed by last week's 45-38 loss to Ole Miss in Oxford, but that his staff had found encouraging signs in spite of the loss.
"We are getting better offensively and on special teams, but defensively we struggled," said Johnson. "We played fairly well in the first half, but in the second half we allowed too many big plays and too many opportunities to convert on third down. We are going to work really hard on that and try to get better."
Johnson said he appreciated his team hanging tough after falling behind. "The good thing about getting behind when we did was that we had plenty of time left. We didn't have to panic. We could run on our offense, which I feel is pretty hard to defend.
"I was very proud of our guys for hanging in there. We were able to defend two series in a row in order for us to get back into the game, making two good stops against their offense. We just couldn't get it done on their last drive when they converted three first downs."
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