Steve Spurrier (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Saturday's loss by South Carolina to Tennessee isn't easy for fans to take.
It may be even harder for Head Coach Steve Spurrier.
"I couldn't sleep hardlly at all last night," Spurrier said Sunday afternoon. "You always wonder why you called this play or that play."
Spurrier made some controversial calls late in the 23-21 loss, including throwing for three straight plays during one possession and calling consecutive timeouts in a fourth and two situation.
"Every call that doesn't work you kinda wish you had called this one or that one," Spurrier said.
"We're disappointed, but we've played a lot of close games that could have gone the other way...if you play a bunch of close ones, it's hard to win them all."
As a result of the loss, USC fell to 20th in the latest USA TODAY /Coaches poll, down from 9th the previous week. The team faces surprising Missouri this week, which is 7-0 and has a two game lead over all other teams in the SEC's Eastern Division.
Who will be the starting quarterback for the Gamecocks in the game is in doubt. Spurrier said Connor Shaw is likely out this week after suffering a knee sprain during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.
Shaw is walking around and wearing a brace on his knee, Spurrier said, and will not require any kind of surgery. A decision on his status is expected by Wednesday or Thursday.
Defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles also has a knee sprain after going down during the contest, and Spurrier says offensive lineman Cody Waldrop and Ronald Patrick are still recovering from injuries suffered in previous games.