Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC Head Coach Steve Spurrier says UAB poses a problem for USC--that's because several members of the coaching staff have gotten good at beating the Gamecocks recently.
Spurrier spoke to reporters Tuesday as part of his weekly address.
First order of business--the status of quarterback Connor Shaw. Spurrier said he's still not sure if the junior will start Saturday. Shaw, who's in his second season as the starter, injured his shoulder during the first game against Vanderbilt.
Shaw didn't throw Monday, and Spurrier said it could be Wednesday or Thursday before a decision's made.
As for this Saturday's opponent, the head ball coach said several members of the staff are familiar foes. The Blazers coaching staff features four men who were part of Arkansas' staff in recent years: head coach Garrick McBee, tight ends coach Richard Owens, defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson, and safeties coach Brandon Sharp.
As Gamecocks fans know, the Razorbacks have beaten USC three years in a row, including a 44-28 setback last year. McBee was the offensive coordinator for the 'Hogs all those years.
"He knows the formula to kick our butts," Spurrier said. "They [ Arkansas] have made us look like an average bunch of stiffs. They've clobbered us."
UAB hasn't gotten off to a good start this season. They lost their season-opener to Troy, 39-29, and were off last week.
USC, of course, is 2-0, but Spurrier says don't be taken in by the unblemished record: his team has a lot to work on.
"We didn't play that great after all," Spurrier said about last Saturday's 48-10 win over East Carolina. "We could have thrown for 600 yards against ECU...Our defense wasn't all that pretty."
"We don't know if we're any good or not, but we're trying to get better."
And Spurrier was asked once again to touch on the controversy of fans leaving the game early. Before halftime, with the Gamecocks in control of the game, many the fans left Williams-Brice Stadium, particularly in the student section. Spurrier commented on the departures after the game and again on Sunday.
"If the most important thing is drinking in the parking lot, then you don't need to come in to start with," he said.
As for some fans who responded on social media that it was too hot, Spurrier had a response: "it wasn't that hot."
The coach said that if it's a blowout in the middle of the fourth quarter, he can understand people leaving. But he says people exiting early sends a bad message.
"if we're going to be a big-time football program, you need to stay past halftime."
South Carolina takes on UAB at 7 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.