'Something different': Spurrier likes the idea of a Cotton Bowl bid

jkendall@thestate.comDecember 3, 2013 

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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14), head coach Steve Spurrier, and South Carolina guard Ronald Patrick (67) sing the school alma mater after defeating Clemson in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 31-17.

RAINIER EHRHARDT — Associated Press

Add Steve Spurrier’s voice to the Cotton Bowl chorus.

“I’ve never been to the Cotton Bowl and our team has never been there, and if we had a chance to play Oklahoma, that would be neat,” South Carolina’s head coach told The State on Tuesday. “That would be fun to coach against my buddy Bobby Stoops.”

The Cotton Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl all remain possibilities for South Carolina, which finished the regular season 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in the country. Spurrier will not call Cotton Bowl officials to lobby for his preference.

“The problem is, you don’t want to get the other bowls mad at you,” he said. “We want to go wherever, and certainly I’ve got wonderful friends at the Outback and Capital One Bowl. Not trying to irritate them, but if it worked out that we went to the Cotton, I think that would be something different.”

Bowl bids will become official Sunday. The Gamecocks played in the Outback Bowl last season and in the Capital One the year before that.

“If we go to Orlando or Tampa either one of those are excellent, but just because we’ve never been to the Cotton Bowl, I think that would be a little extra exciting for a lot of people,” Spurrier said.

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