Spencer Rattler is the new starting quarterback for South Carolina, but he hasn’t forgotten how Oklahoma wronged him last year.
Rattler and the Sooners had something of a messy break-up in 2021. It involved him underperforming, a beef with his one-time back-up and eventual successor Caleb Williams, and some friction with his former head coach Lincoln Riley.
In the offseason Rattler transferred, and now he hopes to regain some semblance of his old acclaim as the leader of the Gamecocks’ offense.
But clearly he is still very salty about how things ended with his old program.
This week, in an interview with ESPN, Rattler used one word to describe his time at Oklahoma: “Toxic.”
How bad were things?
“Anywhere was going to be better,” Rattler said. “And I found the right place.”
Rattler’s switch to South Carolina also wasn’t without controversy. Over the summer he became embroiled in a bizarre situation with Arizona State – one that remains unresolved to this very day.
Still, Rattler seems happy now.
“A lot of guys don’t get another chance, to start over where they’re really wanted,” RattIer told ESPN. “I was just happy to get away from a toxic situation and get somewhere new.
And he seems really excited to play for head coach Shane Beamer.
“I was blown away, and knowing Coach Beamer from when he was an assistant at Oklahoma and the way he rides with his players, I knew I could trust him,” Rattler said.
“South Carolina had everything I was looking for, and I feel like it’s more impressive if you go to a school that’s coming up and do it there, with great teammates around you, than to go somewhere like Alabama and win games.
“You can just feel it here, this community, this city, these fans. We’re on the rise.”
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Will Rattler experience more success in South Carolina than he ultimately did Oklahoma? Time will tell.
But if he doesn’t, he’ll go down as one of the more disappointing big name prospects in recent memory.