Spurrier crows of ‘Upstate’ success

pobley@thestate.comDecember 2, 2012 

Nick Jones, Shaq Wilson, Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney hoist the state championship trophy as the crowd cheers Sunday at Colonial Life Arena.

VAN HOPE — Special to The State

At halftime of Sunday’s Clemson-USC basketball game at Colonial Life Arena, Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier addressed the crowd during a ceremony to honor his 10-2 squad.

Lauded by USC athletics director Ray Tanner for amassing 30 wins in three seasons with a bowl game remaining to be played, Spurrier talked about the most recent of those wins while standing next to the “state championship” trophy. …

Or so it seemed.

“As you all know, we had a big win against that team in the Upstate,” Spurrier said, leading to cheers from the crowd of more than 10,000. He went on to say the offense played well, as did the defense and that kicker Adam Yates made his kicks.

“So, we were able to beat Wofford, 24-7,” Spurrier concluded. “We won all our home games this year for the first time in 25 years.”

After the laughter died down, Spurrier corrected course.

“They didn’t give us that trophy for beating Wofford. It was for beating that other team in the Upstate,” Spurrier said, adding luck was a factor in putting together another good season and pulling out close wins, “especially against Clemson, good fortune comes our way.”

Also on the court during the presentation were receiver Nick Jones, linebacker Shaq Wilson and defensive ends Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney.

Spurrier wrapped up his speech by thanking USC fans for staying to the end of the Wofford game to sing the school’s alma mater with the team.

“We’re trying to start something new,” Spurrier said. “So we appreciate you doing that.”

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