USC Football Practice Report - 9-9

The No. 24/25 South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0, 0-0 SEC) returned to the Bluff Road practice fields Thursday afternoon as they continued preparations for Saturday TMs high noon SEC showdown with the No. 22/19 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The game has been sold out.

We had a decent practice and are looking forward to the game Saturday, said head coach Steve Spurrier following the practice. It should be a heck of a game with two good teams going at it. We TMll see what happens here at high noon on Saturday.

Coach Spurrier noted that Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles would most likely receive the bulk of the carries with Brian Maddox figuring in as well. They are all three in the mix right now. Jarvis (Giles) has been hurt a little bit and has missed some time, so he TMs a little behind.

Coach Spurrier indicated that he has no update on the availability of cornerback Chris Culliver or offensive tackle Jarriel King for Saturday TMs contest.

Defensive coach Ellis Johnson indicated that D.J. Swearinger has been cleared for Saturday TMs game. He noted that if Antonio Allen was not available, Blake Baxley, Dion LeCorn and Alonzo Winfield would back up Damario Jeffery at the Spur position, but Jeffery might play 65 snaps again.

The University of South Carolina received an official Notice of Inquiry today from the NCAA, advising that the NCAA has begun an investigation into the institution TMs football program. Coach Spurrier declined any comment saying, I TMm concerned about trying to do whatever I can to help our team beat Georgia. That TMs what I TMm concerned about and that TMs all our players are concerned about right now.

The University issued a statement today from President Dr. Harris Pastides: I assure our fans and community that we will do what is right for the university. Winning and playing by the rules go hand in hand. And playing by the rules is the only way to win. We will continue to cooperate with the NCAA investigation as we have in the past regarding possible rules violations, Dr. Harris Pastides, USC president, said. While we are working in full cooperation with the NCAA, our expectations have always been that our student-athletes and staff maintain highest NCAA standards.