INDIANAPOLIS — Steve Spurrier’s impending departure from South Carolina was expected, but no one expected him to leave in the middle of the season.
The Gamecocks’ star wide receiver and leader of the team, Pharoh Cooper, said it was hard on the team when Spurrier abruptly announced his resignation.
“Everybody was kind of down, everybody was just waiting for next year — just kind of rebuild off next year,” Cooper told a group of reporters at the NFL Combine. “A lot of guys were still focused on the year. Some weren’t. As a leader at that time of the year, you just had to keep the guys together and try to just finish the year off strong. That’s all we could do — just try our best.”
South Carolina finished the 2015 season 3-9 and eventually hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp to run the program. Cooper hasn’t met Muschamp yet, but he’s heard good things about him.
“I heard he’s a good guy — a loud guy and enthusiastic,” Cooper said of Muschamp. “I never talked to him or met him, but I plan on meeting him when I go back for my pro day. I heard he’s a great recruiter and I heard he has big plans on making some changes down there at South Carolina.”
Cooper will not run the 40-yard dash this week after straining his quadricep. He says his health is at 85 percent. He does plan on participating in every other event.