In a desperate attempt to jump-start his program, Spurrier told hotshot prep receiver Alshon Jeffery that he could wear No. 2 if he signed with the Gamecocks. The plan worked, with Jeffery now headed to South Carolina, but there's one problem: No. 2 is Sterling Sharpe’s retired jersey number.
When contacted Wednesday, Sharpe, above right, said he didn't sign off on the plan.
On Thursday, during an interview with former Gamecock Duce Staley on 107.5 The Game, Sharpe emphatically stated that he wanted his number to remain retired. Sharpe told Staley that he had spoken twice to Spurrier about the number told the coach he was opposed to the idea.
"My guts would be on the floor," Sharpe said.
Sharpe also told Joe Person of the Columbia State that he didn't want to see another Gamecock player wearing No. 2.
"I'm not beating this horse to death. I've said my piece and I'm done. It's a situation that I got drug into, this kid got drug into, and I don't think it’s fair to either one of us. There's nothing else I can do. There's nothing else I can say. ... In the nicest way that I possibly can, I'm done with it. It's up to the powers-that-be to do whatever it is they want to."