COLUMBIA -- He just can't let it go. The weather now so much more pleasant than a miserably cold day in Birmingham, Ala., coach Steve Spurrier hasn't laid to rest the memory of South Carolina's poor showing in the Papajohns.com Bowl.
Connecticut defeated the Gamecocks, 20-7, in a game that felt, especially to Spurrier, more like 200-7.
"Maybe you guys got over it," Spurrier said. "I can't get over it. That was an embarrassment. We're trying to hope that never happens again here at South Carolina, a game like that."
A general lack of focus and a will to play has Spurrier holding onto that loss, even though there were some high points for USC in the 2009 (Namely beating Clemson).
With some of that in mind, Spurrier says he'll be more of a disciplinarian than he ever has. He's vowed to be tougher and meaner.
"We're trying to get our team more accountable than they have been in the past," Spurrier said. "That's all we're trying to do. We're trying to hold some more guys responsible for their actions and the way they've performed."
Justice for all
Spurrier labeled Justice Cunningham the spring scrimmage MVP. The sophomore tight end had four catches for 57 yards and a 2-yard touchdown reception.
"He caught everything out there," Spurrier said.
Known primarily as a blocking tight end as a freshman, Cunningham wants to shed that label as he matures.
"I want to be good at everything," Cunningham said. "I feel a tight end has to be both -- you have to run great routes and make pancake (blocks). That's what I try to do on every play."
Tight end is a crowded position, with Pat DiMarco moving over from fullback. Coaches have said incumbent Weslye Saunders' starting job is far from safe.
Spurrier joked that the Gamecocks could go with a three-tight end look.
"Maybe not," he said. "But we'll have two."
Swearing by him
Defensive head coach Ellis Johnson figured, at 203 pounds, D.J. Swearinger had more of the body type for free safety than corner. Turns out he's got a knack for the position, as well.
Johnson said the sophomore from Greenwood had the best spring of any of his defenders. He says Swearinger is pushing junior Akeem Auguste, who's moving over from corner himself.
"He's brought a punch," Johnson said. "Day in, day out, he pops like an SEC football player."
Call for plays
Where you'll particularly see a difference in offensive play-calling, Spurrier says, is during practice. He continues to contend that he called most of the plays during games in 2009.
"I'm just calling more in practice now and planning to call them in the games, yeah," Spurrier said. "It's the same way I've been doing it."
Regardless of how you cut it, Spurrier told ESPN.com earlier in the week that he would call all the plays this year.
In a spring tradition, the Gamecocks are now 2 for 6 in Spurrier's tenure in completing a TD pass to a receiver running in off the sideline.
Replacing Spurrier's son, Scott, was cornerback-turned-receiver Cedrick Snead. Snead hauled in a 70-yard score from Andrew Clifford after sauntering in from the sideline.
Snead added some panache to the play, too, somersaulting into the end zone and then throwing the football into the stands.
He was flagged three times on the play -- once for the illegal man downfield and twice for personal fouls.
"I don't know what they'd do if that happened in a game," Spurrier said, chuckling.
Of course, it was all in good fun.