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South Carolina working through McKinley's loss

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and the 12th-ranked Gamecocks continue to prepare for Auburn and try to put the tragic death of former receiver Kenny McKinley behind them.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and the 12th-ranked Gamecocks continue to prepare for Auburn and try to put the tragic death of former receiver Kenny McKinley behind them.

Spurrier said his players had a more spirited session practice Wednesday, two days after learned that the school's all-time leader in catches and passing yards was found dead near Denver.

Authorities think McKinley killed himself Monday with a gunshot wound to the head.

Spurrier says the Gamecocks will wear a helmet decal with McKinley's No. 11 when they take on Auburn this Saturday night.

The coach says players who were close with McKinley would be allowed to attend his funeral Monday in Austell, Ga. The Gamecocks are idle Oct. 2.

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