(Sports) USC’s Spurrier Seems Unsure When Asked If Jadeveon Clowney Wants To Play

Clowney came to the coaches before the game and said that bruised ribs that kept him from practice Thursday were too sore for him to play.

So the 6-foot-6, 274-pound All-American watched the Gamecocks’ 35-28 win against Kentucky from the sidelines, chatting with teammates as South Carolina lost a large lead for the third straight game.

If Clowney “wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants,” Spurrier said after the game. “But if he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play. Simple as that.”

On Sunday, Spurrier reclassified Clowney’s injury as a muscle strain. Spurrier said the frustration he expressed a day earlier was a result of how late Clowney waited to tell his coaches he wouldn’t play.

“It was just we didn’t know he wasn’t playing until right before the game,” Spurrier said. “That is always a little frustrating. Usually the trainer or doctor comes and tells you this guy is out, and that did not happen last night. But on the other side if a player is in pain and can’t play, I don’t want him to play. None of us do.”

Asked about Clowney’s commitment to the Gamecocks, Spurrier said, “You’ll have to ask him that.”

Spurrier’s kept Clowney on a short leash with the media since early August, letting him speak only after games. Spurrier said that would change this week to give Clowney a chance to explain his injury.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Saturday he thought Clowney would play during the team’s walk-through and was surprised when he learned he wouldn’t be playing.

(Sports) Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team

The University of South Carolina placed three players on the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman squad as selected by the 14 head football coaches, the league office announced today.

Earning spots on the squad were tight end Jerell Adams, offensive tackle Brandon Shell and defensive back T.J. Gurley.

Adams, a 6-5, 224-pound true freshman from Pinewood, S.C. caught four passes for 90 yards, an average of 22.5 yards per reception, with one touchdown in eight games. His touchdown reception came from 29 yards out in the win over Arkansas.

Shell, a 6-6, 331-pound redshirt freshman from Goose Creek, S.C. started nine games during the season, including the final eight at right tackle. He was also the starting left tackle in the season opener at Vanderbilt.

Gurley, a 5-10, 183-pound true freshman from Cairo, Ga., played in eight games including a pair of starts (Missouri and Florida) before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Florida. He logged 13 tackles, including eight solo stops.

(Sports) #PAUSE 2012 Heisman Trophy Finalists Announced

ESPN announced the three players who will be heading to New York for the most prestigious award in college football .  The presentation takes place this Saturday, Dec. 8th at Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but check out who made the list…

Johnny Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback from Texas A&M,  Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s star linebacker, along with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, were invited Monday to attend the Heisman presentation ceremony.

Manziel is the favorite to win college football’s most famous player of the year award on Saturday night in Manhattan. He would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school’s only Heisman in 1957.

(Sports) Chiefs Player Kills Himself at NFL Stadium After Killing Girlfriend

A Chiefs player shot and killed himself in front of the head coach and general manager after allegedly killing his girlfriend Saturday morning.

The shootings involved linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, now identified as 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins. Perkins and Belcher had a 3-month-old daughter together.

When police arrived at the home, a woman came out of the house and told them her daughter had been shot several times by her boyfriend. Despite calling Perkins her daughter, the woman was actually Belcher’s mother. Police said the Chiefs player was renting the home on Crysler Avenue.

Police said Perkins was taken to the hospital where she died.

Officials said Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to the practice facility, where he shot and killed himself. Belcher approached Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel outside of the practice facility, thanked them for all they had done for him and shot himself in the head as police arrived.

While Officer Darin Snapp didn’t confirm what was believed to have led up to the shooting, he did say Belcher and his girlfriend had been known to argue in the past and had argued the morning of the shooting.

Friends of Perkins said the argument that led up to the shooting may have been centered around a Trey Songz concert. Perkins allegedly went to the performer’s show Friday night at the Midland Theatre and stayed out later than Belcher would have liked. When she returned, the two started arguing.

(Sports) Gamecocks Beat Clemson 4th straight year

The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Clemson Tigers 27-17 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina on Saturday night, before a crowd of more than 82,000 fans. It marked the fourth straight season that South Carolina had beaten their arch-rivals.

Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 65th career win at USC to become the winningest football coach in school history, surpassing Rex Enright.

Back-up quarterback Dylan Thompson, filling in for Connor Shaw who sprained his foot last week against Wofford, threw for three touchdowns, and Jadeveon Clowney had four and a half sacks in the Gamecocks victory. Clowney has 13 sacks this year to set a Gamecocks single-season record.

(Sports) SCSU Bulldogs End Season With Win Over Tigers

The South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-6 overall, 4-4 MEAC) close out the regular season with a, 27-13 victory over Savannah State (1-10, 0-8 MEAC) Saturday at Dawson Stadium/Jeffries Field. South Carolina State saluted and honored 17 seniors who played their final home game against Savannah State on the day.

Red-shirt junior quarterback Richard Cue (6-1, 180) finished with 214 yards pass throwing 14-of-33-2 for two touchdowns in the victory. Freshman Tamarrick Hemingway (6-5, 210) led the receiving corps with five catches for 81 yards.

The Bulldogs defense was spearheaded by senior linebacker Cortney Ingram (5-10, 190) with 10 tackles to close out his career. Sophomore’s Andrew Carter (6-1, 240) and Justin Hughes (6-1, 220) each added 10 tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for loss on the day.

“First I would like to thank those seniors who played their heart out for SC State, this football team, and our coaches and me,” said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. “We when thru some things this year that we are not accustomed to, but we made it thru the storm.”

(Sports) No. 10 Clemson roughs up Duke 56-20

Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday night.

DeAndre Hopkins caught 3 of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 42 points by halftime and rolled to their fifth straight win – all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.

The win moved Clemson into a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC championship game.

The loss dropped Duke (6-4, 3-3) a game behind Miami for the Coastal Division lead.

(Sports) USC Marcus Lattimore out indefinitely after knee injury vs. Tennessee

South Carolina All-American Marcus Lattimore may have suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year after a knee injury against Tennessee. With his Gamecocks up 21-14 and 4:45 remaining in the second quarter, Lattimore carried off left tackle and was met by Volunteer defenders Herman Lathers and Eric Gordon. Gordon’s helmet appeared to make direct contact with Lattimore’s right knee, which buckled in stomach-turning fashion.

The school announced after No. 17 South Carolina’s 38-35 win that Lattimore was out indefinitely. Lattimore missed the final six games of last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee against Mississippi State. He needed surgery and about six months of rehab before he was cleared to return to practice.

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Lattimore lay on the ground in obvious distress before being carted off the field. In a touching gesture, players from both sidelines emptied onto the field to wish the junior the best as he departed the field.

Lattimore was taken off the field on a cart and went to the hospital for further evaluation. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier didn’t give details of the injury, only that it was every bit as devastating as the one to Lattimore’s left knee last fall at Mississippi State. Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage, then needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.

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(Sports) SC State Takes On Howard In Pivotal MEAC Showdown

HOMECOMING!!! HOMECOMING!!! HOMECOMING!!! HOMECOMING!!!

The South Carolina State Bulldogs look to keep up their winning ways when they host the Bison of Howard University in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic clashing at Dawson Stadium/Jeffries Field. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

The Bison are looking to keep their championships hopes alive with a victory over the Bulldogs, while SC State seeks to continue their winning ways to avoid its first losing season in 11 years under Pough.

SETTING THE SCENE: This will be the 42nd meeting between the two teams in school history dating back to 1971, with the Bulldogs leading the series 31-10 over the Bison. SC State shutout Howard 10-0 in their first ever meeting, meanwhile in 2011 the Bulldogs dominated the Bison 31-0 in Washington, DC. Coach Pough is 9-1 vs. Howard. Howard’s head coach Gary “Flea” Harrell is 0-1 vs. SC State.

THE COACHES: SC STATE’S BUDDY POUGH (SC STATE ’75) is in his 11th season as head coach at his alma mater and owns and 85-38 overall record and a 66-19 MEAC. HOWARD’S GARY”FLEA” HARRELL (HOWARD ’94) is in his second season as Howard’s head coach. Harrell has the Bison off to their best start at 5-2 since 1993.

(Sports) Tennessee vs. South Carolina: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions

The 2012 season hasn’t gone as planned for either the No.13 team in the country, the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC), or the Tennessee Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 SEC).

South Carolina watched its hopes of both a SEC Championship and a National Championship vanish last week after losing its second conference game in a row, a 44-11 thumping courtesy of the No. 2 Florida Gators in Gainesville.

Tennessee was equally embarrassed at the hands of No. 1 Alabama, a 44-13 drubbing that not only marked the Volunteers’ third consecutive loss of the season, but their fourth loss in the past five games.

One team’s fortune is going to change when the two meet on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s everything you need to know heading into the game.

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Listen: WNML FM 99.1/99.3 in Knoxville, WNKT-FM 107.5 in Columbia

(Sports) Spurrier: Gamecocks Must Refocus After Defeats

Steve Spurrier has accepted South Carolina won’t win a Southeastern Conference title this year. He’s now focused on making sure the Gamecocks’ two-game slide doesn’t grow this week against Tennessee.

It’s a huge comedown from a couple of weeks ago when anything was possible for undefeated South Carolina, 6-0 and ranked No. 3 after a 35-7 dismantling of Georgia.

But the Gamecocks (4-2 SEC) wilted in top-10 showdown losses at LSU, 23-21, and at Florida, 44-11.

“Yeah, I guess it was a tough stretch,” Spurrier said Tuesday. “But if we were strong enough and tough enough and Continue reading

(Sports) Clemson vs.Virginia Tech 12:00PM

The Clemson Tigers had high expectations heading into this season, starting out the season ranked 14th in the coaches’ poll. Of all teams in the ACC, they had the best chance to play in the BCS title game.

All they have done to backup the hype this season is go 5-1 in their first six games with their only loss coming to No. 4 Florida State on the road. Going into Week 5, they have lived up to the hype as Tajh Boyd has led the Tigers into BCS contention.

However, their schedule has been a little weak this season. Continue reading

(Sports) College GameDay: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 9 South Carolina

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 9 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Saturday

The game will include two top-10 teams, ESPN’s College GameDay on location in Gainesville and the return of Gator legend Steve Spurrier. This is just the seventh time in school history that South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has entered a game ranked in the top 10 and playing another top-10 opponent — but the third time in as many weeks. South Carolina is 1-5 in those games. Florida is 6-0 for the eighth time in school history and 5-0 in the league. South Carolina enters the game with a two-game winning streak over the Gators, but in 32 meetings Florida has never lost three in a row to the Gamecocks.

Watch out for …

This was supposed to be a showcase battle between Florida RB Mike Gillislee and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore — two of the SEC’s best. But Lattimore has a bruised his hip and is questionable. His value? USC has never lost when he has at least 20 carries. If he can’t go, the Gamecocks have capable backups, but it puts more pressure on QB Connor Shaw and the passing game. Florida has relied more on the run than the arm of QB Jeff Driskel, who threw just 20 passes last week, but the Gators insist they aren’t one-dimensional and can break out the passing game if necessary.

(Sports) Man Arrested For Blackmailing Hines Ward

Hines Ward was the target in a diabolical extortion plot … so say police who arrested a man for allegedly threatening to release evidence that Ward paid women for sex.

Cops in Pennsylvania arrested 26-year-old Josh Van Auker yesterday … after he allegedly demanded $15,000 from the former Pittsburgh Steelers superstar in exchange for materials that he claims would prove Hines patronized prostitutes.

According to police, Van Auker claimed Ward used to bang his GF — though it’s unclear if she is one of the people he claims Ward paid to have sex with.

Cops say they arrested Van Auker in a sting operation — in which he made the cash-for-evidence handoff with Ward’s personal assistant … who was working with detectives.

Van Auker is now facing 2 counts of felony attempted extortion — he;s due to face a judge as soon as possible.