By: Ashley Burgess
South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier walked out of his weekly news conference yesterday complaining about State Newspaper columnist Ron Morris being there.
"I'm not gonna talk while he's in here. That's my right as the head football coach," said Spurrier.
Coach Spurrier announced that if Morris remained in the room he would do one on one interviews with each television station in another room and meet with other reporters separately.
"I don't have to talk to him and I don't have to talk to him while he's in here. So what we're gonna do is I'm gonna do a personal interview with you TV guys in this other room," said Spurrier. "Since he sits in on all these meetings, it's basically I'm helping him to contribute to him writing negative things about our football program. It's as simple as that."
Spurrier said he was upset about a story Morris had written that claimed the coach had "poached" sophomore Bruce Ellington away from the basketball program. Spurrier says he never enticed Ellington to go out for the football team and that Ellington had talked about it with basketball coach Darrin Horne before coming to him.
Ellington was the starting point guard for the Gamecocks last year but will miss part of the basketball season to play football this fall.
Coach Spurrier said the false allegations that Morris wrote about him has damaged the football program.