Steve Spurrier spent part of his Wednesday urging citizens to donate to the Red Cross. Yeah, not a typical Wednesday in the middle of football season with a top-10 foe lurking on Saturday, but these aren’t typical times in Columbia, S.C.
Spurrier spoke Wednesday night, a few hours after South Carolina’s game Saturday against LSU was moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge, La., at 3:30 ET because of massive flooding in the area.
“A few of our players took some water and food to the first responders, I think, to where their headquarters are,” Spurrier told reporters. “I was down at the TV station, Channel 10, urging those who are in position to donate to the Red Cross of South Carolina. Hopefully we can do what we can do to help.
“This is what’s best for our city, our community. I agree with our Governor, our lawmakers, our president, athletic director and such. This is probably the right thing to do, and we’re looking forward to another road trip and getting in the fight, getting in a game with LSU this Saturday.”
The Gamecocks were expecting to play Saturday at noon ET against the No. 7-ranked Tigers in front of a raucous crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium. Instead, several days of heavy rain has caused devastating flooding in the area.
Spurrier was quick to reject the notion that his players might be disappointed about the move, and if the logistics are an issue.
“That don’t matter to any of us,” We don’t do anything until Friday. We’ll pack a small bag, spend Friday night, play a game and come home. It’s not that big of a deal. This makes sense, and I think this was the best solution.
“The tragedy and the devastation of the flood overcedes any of that sort of stuff. It is what’s best for our community. I think the law enforcement felt like they didn’t need to put their people all around the stadium on Saturday.”
It will be an unusual situation in Death Valley. The Gamecocks will be the “home” team, but have decided they want to wear white uniforms. LSU will wear purple jerseys at home for the first time in almost 20 years.
“I did ask Coach (Les) Miles to tell the fans not to yell when we are on the field,” Spurrier said. “I think he’s going to help out with that. I think we’re supposed to be the home team, right?”
Steve Spurrier: "I did ask coach Miles to tell the fans not to yell when we were on the field. I think he’s going to help out with that."
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) October 7, 2015