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      Spurrier says counselors available to Gamecocks

      COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he'll have counselors available for players who wish to talk about the death of former Gamecocks receiver Kenny McKinley.

      Spurrier said Tuesday that psychologist Timothy Malone and team chaplain Adrian Despres would come to speak to the Gamecocks. McKinley played at South Carolina from 2005-2008 and set school records for catches and receiving yards. He was found dead in his Colorado home Monday from what authorities think was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

      This news came hard to Spurrier. The coach told the media Tuesday that Kenny committed to USC two days before Spurrier was hired. His decision was made in part by the news that Spurrier would lead the team.

      Coach Spurrier mentioned that he saw McKinley just over a week ago at the Georgia game and that he seemed his usual self.

      Spurrier said he would leave it up to his older players if they wanted to wear a decal on their helmets in tribute or honor McKinley in some other way. The 12th-ranked Gamecocks will play at No. 17 Auburn on Saturday night.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)