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#pounditThursday, February 29, 2024

Steve Spurrier: South Carolina trying to ‘shake it off’ like Taylor Swift

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Has there ever been a coach in college football who is more quotable than Steve Spurrier?

On Tuesday, Spurrier found a way to drop a Taylor Swift reference when discussing how disappointing South Carolina’s season has been to this point.

“I was telling our coaching staff, I think Taylor Swift’s got a song called ‘Shake it Off.’ That’s what we’re trying to do, shake it off and get ready for the Florida Gators next week,” Spurrier told reporters, per Josh Kendall of The State. “That’s what we’re going to try to do, see if we can regroup and try to win a close game. You know we’ve had our share of close ones, though we’ve struggled on defense and so forth.”

The Gamecocks are the worst defensive team in the SEC and have a record of 4-5 after losing to Tennessee last weekend. With an upcoming date against a Florida team that just shocked Georgia, South Carolina could have trouble even earning bowl eligibility.

“Gosh amighty, I didn’t see all this coming,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think anybody did. The sad part is the games have been winnable but something has happened to us at the end. It is what it is. We have to regroup and keep fighting, try to get these guys positive and see if we can get a ball to bounce our way maybe late in a game or so forth.”

As for the rumors that he might be interested in returning to Florida next year if Will Muschamp gets canned, Spurrier said his plan is to remain with the Gamecocks.

“The plan is to definitely be back here and so forth,” he said. “Just say that’s the plan.”

If his players can’t find a way to channel their inner Taylor Swift, the plan could very well change.

H/T Dr. Saturday

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