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Steve Spurrier: If you ever hit a woman, you won't play for me

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Steve Spurrier said his players know that if they hit a female, they will not play football at South Carolina.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was his usual plain-speaking self Tuesday when he was asked about the Ray Rice situation.

"If you ever hit a girl, you're not going to play on our team," he said during his weekly news conference. "You're finished."

Spurrier is in his 10th season at South Carolina, and he said he has booted two players for that kind of situation. "One was about seven years ago, the other was about nine years ago," he said.

"We're not going to have any player on our team that's done that," he said. "I can't understand why every coach doesn't have that rule and why every company doesn't have that rule for their employees. I think it could put a pretty good end to this stuff. Really, it's amazing that America has sort of put up with it or compromised, but that is something that should never happen."

In a way, Spurrier -- who has done charitable work for anti-domestic violence groups -- challenged other coaches.

"I would think every coach would have that rule," he said. "I don't think they do. Some of them -- 'Well, let's wait and look at the situation' and all this, that and the other. You do have to do that. But once you know it's happened, I think it will help put an end to it."

He also said there was one good thing that has come about with the release of the Rice video Monday.

"The only good thing about that video is probably that people around the country were shocked that this does happen," Spurrier said.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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