Steve Spurrier: "I Hope We're Not in Serious Trouble"

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC Coach Steve Spurrier briefly commented Tuesday on the allegations made by the NCAA against USC athletics.

He made his remarks during his weekly address to the media Tuesday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Monday, USC President Harris Pastides received a letter outlining possible violations the NCAA believes the school made have made between 2009 and 2010. The allegations involved players staying at the Whitney Hotel in Columbia for reduced rent and the actions of the co-founders of a group called Student-Athlete Mentoring Foundation. Previous Coverage: USC Receives "Notice of Allegations" from the NCAA

"I hope we're not in serious trouble," Spurrier said. "I don't think that we're going to be."

On the Whitney Hotel allegations, Spurrier said he had no knowledge this was occuring.

"Obviously, we wish we'd have known what was happening, but we didn't," Spurrier said.

The coach said the situation would have to play itself out over the next several months.

In 1990, when he was at Florida, Spurrier was called before the NCAA's Infractions Committee because of the alleged actions of his predecessor, so he has been through this process before.

"I don't think it's embarrassing to get a letter," Spurrier said. "I realize these kind of things can happen."

When asked if the allegations would taint his reputation, Spurrier quickly pointed out that none of the allegations involve him.

"My name's not in that sheet [referring to the report]," Spurrier said. "I follow the rules as closely as I can."

He said if he ever did commit a violation, he'd be the first person to turn himself in.

As for the state of his current football team, Spurrier said his team must improve.

"We'll see if we can be the team we were advertised to be in the preseason," he said. "We keep thinking we're all going to come together, but it hasn't, but we're 3-0."

When asked if he's worried that the team might wear out running back Marcus Lattimore, who ran for 246 yards last week, Spurrier said he's just trying to win games.

"We don't think about the end of the season when we're in the game," he said.

USC takes on Vanderbilt Saturday at 7 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.


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