South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier called a Big Ten program to the carpet without naming them over negative recruiting tactics used during the 2014 cycle. TheBigSpur.com has learned which program Spurrier was talking about.
“We don’t run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches,” Spurrier told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with ‘There’s a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don’t graduate their players,’ which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways.”
Sources have told TBS that the school Spurrier did not name is Nebraska, which went head-to-head with the Gamecocks in the recruitment of three-star defensive lineman Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) in the closing days of the 2014 cycle.
The Cornhuskers had McClain in for an official visit the weekend of Jan. 31 and shortly thereafter, he committed to Nebraska. He subsequently signed with the Gamecocks on signing day without taking an official visit to Columbia.
The was speculation that the school in question may have been Wisconsin, which went head-to-head with Carolina for the services of four-star cornerback Chris Lammons.
Ironically, South Carolina has defeated both the Cornhuskers (30-13) and Badgers (34-24) in the Capital One Bowl two out of the last three seasons.
The Gamecocks signed 21 prospects for the 2014 cycle, finishing with the No. 16 class nationally according to 247Sports. McClain was one of four signing day commits/signings by Carolina this cycle.