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July 29, 2015

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the 11th-consecutive year, South Carolina Athletics hosted a media golf outing, held again at Cobblestone Park Golf Club in Blythewood, S.C. Head football coach Steve Spurrier addressed the gathering afterwards in what is typically the last press conference prior to the start of fall practices.

Coach Spurrier’s team won the golf scramble, shooting a 59. Joining Spurrier was ABC Columbia’s Tim Hill, SportsTalk Radio Network’s Phil Kornblut and SEC Network’s Peter Burns.

Fall practice for South Carolina’s athletic teams begins in the first two weeks of August, with the football team reporting to campus first on Aug. 3. Be sure to visit for updates on all the teams as they gear up for the 2015-16 academic year.

An excerpt of Spurrier’s comments are below.

Opening Statement on Wednesday’s Media Golf Outing
“We all had a good time today. The golf pro and superintendent here did a great job of keeping everyone moving. I’m happy to be here today.”

On the current state of South Carolina’s football team
“We’re looking forward to another season, and I think we’ve improved our team. We’ll have a little bit of a different look on defense with a lot of new players, but we’ll be much improved. Our guys have had an excellent summer and they’ve showed a commitment that they’re ready to play. The attitude has been really good, and we’re looking forward to fielding a team that South Carolina fans can be proud of.”

On his assessment of the group of South Carolina quarterbacks
“We think they can play. We think they’re all pretty good players. They all did well statistically through last spring, and we’ll be practicing four of them in the fall. We’ll cut that number down to two as we start preparing for the first game.”

On the reason for his confidence in the team heading into the season
“We think we have good players. They just haven’t played a lot yet, but we think we’re going to coach better this year. We’ll have a bunch of new players on offense and defense, and they’ll be out there. It’s going to be fun watching them play, and the effort level will be vastly improved.”

On his thoughts of South Carolina’s offensive line
“We think the offensive line is going to be fine. We lost a very good player in A.J. Cann, but we have some depth in that position right now. We’re fired up about these five freshmen linemen we have here. They’re all big, and they have a great attitude towards the game.”