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Oct. 10, 2005

The South Carolina football squad worked out for two hours Monday afternoon, their first practice session since Saturday’s win over Kentucky. Following the practice session, head coach Steve Spurrier addressed the media:

“No news, nothing much – just practicing a little bit and getting ready for Vandy in a couple of weeks and go from there.

On the status of Josh Johnson: “If everything proves that he did what he said he did, he will be finished here. Simple as that.

On the number of penalties: “We had a little extra running out here as you can see. We may do something else. What is really disturbing is our guys can slap guys up side the head and clip guys in the end zone. Georgia, Alabama and Auburn don’t do that kind of stuff. Their players know how to play the game the right way – we don’t know how to do it. We’ve either got to get rid of those guys or they’ve got to learn real fast that we don’t play that way. It was really some stupid penalties that could have cost us against a good team. It was embarrassing what some of our players do out there. So they have to be held accountable.

“Off-weeks are not a hindrance or a help in my opinion. It’s just sort of a week to kill a little time to try to get some injuries healed if you’ve got any guys banged up. We’re a healthy team right now. I’d just as soon be playing this week. We’ll take a little time off and hopefully come back a better team. That’s why I think we ought to play 12 games. You really don’t need an open date when you have seven days off.

“Syvelle (Newton) at quarterback? You haven’t heard, he’s not at quarterback anymore. We found a new position for him, but we’re going to keep it a surprise until the Vandy game.”