South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier paid a visit to The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday, and he didn’t hold back when discussing Ohio State’s 2015 schedule.
The defending national champion Buckeyes have a non-conference setup that includes Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
“Every now and then when I listen in to your show, I know the SEC fans are a little upset at Ohio State’s schedule and rightfully so to tell you the truth,” Spurrier told Finebaum (via SaturdayDownSouth.com’s Brad Crawford). “But that’s just the way it is and how it works out for all of us.”
While Spurrier did not specifically mention any suspect Gamecocks schedules from seasons past, he was quick to call out a conference foe.
“I remember several years ago, Texas A&M had four gimme games outside the conference, then eight conference games,” Spurrier said. “There’s four of us that have that in-state rivalry games from another conference. We’ve got a pretty tough schedule.”
USC’s 2015 lineup includes a season-opening tilt with North Carolina on Thursday night in Charlotte. The Gamecocks will also square off against Central Florida (Sept. 26), The Citadel (Nov. 21) and Clemson (Nov. 28), all at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
The Head Ball Coach addressed several other topics Monday, including South Carolina’s decision to honor the nine Charleston shooting victims with a helmet sticker this year.
“That was an idea our president, our athletic director and I certainly all agreed that we could wear a sticker to honor those nine people who lost their lives down there,” Spurrier told Finebaum. “Just a reflection that this state has really grown now and that we’re headed in a very good positive direction.”
South Carolina will begin wearing the stickers during Thursday night’s game, which will be broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m. ET.
— By Alex M. Smith, Special for The Atlanta Journal-Consitution