No longer a program content with moral victories, the South Carolina Gamecocks did their best to take a 37-33 loss to the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers in stride. Following the contest, quarterback Perry Orth was asked about the University's ongoing coaching search and if the players had requested certain personnel stay on staff or supported any candidates in particular:
"We had a meeting (with Coach Tanner). Coach Tanner wanted to hear what we had heard about the situation. And he got our perspective on it and that was pretty much it. It was a short meeting and I appreciate them sitting in and listening to what we had to say. That's all I got for that."
Orth on his early game struggles and overthrows:
"I'm not sure, I felt comfortable with our game plan. Felt comfortable with the plays. I was seeing the field and the ball's were just coming out hot. I'm not sure why. I wasn't nervous. Felt relaxed. I don't know, maybe that's just how it goes sometimes. I don't know."
On the 2015 season:
"It's been a roller coaster. With the floods and then Coach [Spurrier] leaving and then the quarterbacks switching in and out most of the year. It's been a roller coaster. Definitely not satisfied with it. You can't be, going 3-9. We're going to continue to work, just like we did this past offseason. Make a few changes here and there and we're going to get after it. We'll be back. For sure."
On today's crowd:
"That was the first time I heard Williams Brice that loud in a couple years. That was very, very awesome to see. Y'all were there, it was a great atmosphere."
Deebo Samuel on finally being healthy and able to contribute:
"I felt really good out there. Coach put me in the position to make plays, and that's my job to make plays. Perry [was] pretty confident back there. [Clemson] didn't get too much pressure on us so we was able to make plays, we just didn't come out with the win."
T.J. Gurley on Clemson's third down efficiency:
"I think the quarterback [Deshaun Watson] just extended the plays. He was a pretty good quarterback. I think that's what they were really doing. Just extending the plays for them. Find the hole. Find the creases. And just extending plays running the ball."
What do you think of Orth's comments? Do you think the players endorsed any specific personnel or candidates?
Watch the full press conference below.