UPDATE: On the pregame video presentation, South Carolina announced Connor Shaw as its starting quarterback. He missed last week’s game against East Carolina with a bruised right (throwing) shoulder.
COLUMBIA -- Tonight’s 7 o’clock meeting between South Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham at Williams-Brice Stadium will be Steve Spurrier’s 365th game as a head coach and 277th as a college head coach. If USC beats UAB, as the Gamecocks are expected to do, Spurrier would have 200 career college victories.
Spurrier would be the 22nd coach in Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) history to win 200 games and the 71st in all of college football history.
Spurrier said this week that he considers his true 200th win to be his 200th overall victory, counting his time in the United States Football League and NFL. That came in 2006 over Kentucky. Spurrier debuted as a head coach in 1983 with the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits. His overall head coaching record entering tonight is 246-116-2. He is 199-75-2 in college games.
After tonight, USC will enter the meat of its Southeastern Conference schedule, starting next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS against Missouri.
Starting quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a deep bone bruise to his right (throwing) shoulder in the Aug. 30 season opener at Vanderbilt and hasn’t played since that night. Dylan Thompson played in his place in last week’s win over East Carolina – Thompson’s first career start.
In Spurrier’s first game as a college head coach, in 1987 at Duke, he beat a coach, Colgate’s Fred Dunlap, who was in his final year of coaching. Tonight, Spurrier meets a rookie head coach: Garrick McGee, the former offensive coordinator at Arkansas.
Tonight’s game will air on Fox Sports Net.