COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier doesn't like worrying about his team's defense. The 13th-ranked Gamecocks gave him no choice after what he saw at Georgia.
Spurrier said his team had a "bad coaching day" in a 41-30 loss to the Bulldogs and now is hoping to turn that around when South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) takes on Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1) on Saturday.
The coach didn't like his team's defense on third down or how the players were aligned. He also said some players on special teams didn't give the kind of effort the Gamecocks are used to the past two seasons.
"There's nothing embarrassing about losing as long as you play smart and play with a lot of effort. We didn't do those two things," Spurrier said Tuesday.
The problems were particularly glaring on defense. Two South Carolina defensive assistants got into a shouting match on the sidelines, linebacker coach Kirk Botkin getting into the face of defensive ends coach Deke Adams.
Spurrier talked with them and they understand that scene can't happen again.
"We hashed it out. They know we're not going to have any more of that," Spurrier said.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said Georgia's game plan played away from him, something he also saw with South Carolina's opening week opponent, North Carolina.
Clowney got his first sack at Georgia, but spent most of the game trying to chase down quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns. It's been a frustrating start for Clowney, although his season stat line of six tackles and a sack is the same as his sophomore season when he finished with 13 sacks and a school record 24 tackles for loss.
"It's hard out there trying to chase from the backside, and they just took me right out of the game," Clowney said after the contest. "They want to move me around, that's up to them."
Spurrier's got an idea about that, too.
"We need to line up on the other side (from Clowney) and put about five guys over there and anticipate they're going to run over there," the coach said. "That's what we should do but we didn't get lined up well the other day."