As Rivalry Week approaches, the Clemson-South Carolina tilt is lacking a certain flavor.
That could be because legendary South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will no longer be involved in the showdown.
Spurrier, who resigned in October, won’t be on the sideline for a Clemson-South Carolina game for the first time since 2004.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged this college football season has a different feel to it without the Head Ball Coach.
“I will miss Coach Spurrier from a college football standpoint because he’s one of the best to ever walk the sidelines,” Swinney said. “But he will resurface somewhere and be a part of the game.”
Spurrier was 6-4 against Clemson and led the Gamecocks to five consecutive victories over their in-state rivals from 2009 to 2013.
This is not the same South Carolina team, which enters the contest 3-8 and losers of four in a row under interim coach Shawn Elliott.
There’s no Spurrier, but he’s been out of the loop for more than a month.
“It’s different with him (Spurrier) not being there, but that all transpired a while ago,” Swinney said. “The difference from a game-plan standpoint is they’ve had different playcallers and different schematic things throughout the season. They’ve shown about everything. It’s a lot to get ready for, that’s the biggest challenge.”