COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - It may be the time of year for spring football, but South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier's brain is also on baseball after former Gamecock Jackie Bradley, Jr. impressed in his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Spurrier sported a Red Sox hat at Tuesday's football practice. The coach says he played in a charity golf tournament in Florida in February and met some former Red Sox players and the team's management. The team sent him a hat on Tuesday and Spurrier decided to wear it to the workout after the rookie phenom, Bradley, turned in three walks, an RBI and a show-stopping catch in his debut against the New York Yankees.
Bradley never played a sigle snap of football for the Gamecocks, but Spurrier knows something special when he sees it.
"I guess I'll pull for the Red Sox a little bit," said Spurrier. "Jackie Bradley Jr. was the star of the show yesterday. He played well. He didn't get a hit, but drove in a run, made some nice catches. There are all kinds of ways to help the team win."
As for his team, Spurrier was pleased with the eighth practice of the spring session.
"Guys were hustling today," said Spurrier. "Shaq Roland made some nice catches. The defensive guys made some good plays. It was a pretty decent practice."
While the conditions were perfect on Tuesday, the forecast does not look as promising for Thursday, when Spurrier had hoped to hold a scrimmage. He does not expect to practice outdoors Thursday due to the expectation of rain, and will likely move practice to USC's indoor facility.