Spurrier not interested in distractions during Spring practice

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South Carolina begins Spring practice on Tuesday and Steve Spurrier isn’t in the mood for any distractions. For the first time ever, the Gamecocks hit the field as the defending SEC Eastern Division champs.

The practices will be open to the public.

High profile players like Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery return, and Stephen Garcia will presumably take the first snap of "Team Period" on Day #1, at least.

How about some autograph sessions for the children and frat kids?

Spurrier said today, "That’s a distraction we don’t need. If it becomes a problem, we will have to close practices. And we don’t want that to happen.”

Tuesday will be the first practice with new special teams coordinator John Bulter, who served as the special teams coordinator last season at Minnesota under Tim Brewster.

The Gamecocks have also shifted around responsibilities with several other coaches. Jeep Hunter moved from tight ends to safeties. Ellis Johnson is coaching the linebackers and Lorenzo Ward is coaching the corners. Running backs coach Jay Graham picks up the additional responsibility of the tight ends.

From what we hear, Spurrier will be installing a new running play for the Gamecocks this Spring. It's a play he ran during his days at Florida.