(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) USC Gamecocks’ Marcus Lattimore Declaring For NFL Draft

People familiar with the decision say injured University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft.

One person said Monday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision later this week. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there has not been an official announcement of Lattimore’s decision.

The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on October 27th.  Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on November 2nd.

Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, both team highs. He is South Carolina’s career leader with 41 touchdowns.

(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) USC Gamecock Clowney Named To Walter Camp Team

University of South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was named to the Walter Camp first-team All-America squad, it was announced tonight.

Clowney, a 6-6, 256-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C. set new South Carolina standards for sacks in a season (13.0), tackles for loss in a season (21.5) and sacks in a single game (4.5 vs. Clemson) during the 2012 campaign. He has been tabbed as the Hendricks Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive end, is a AFCA All-American, was the coaches’ choice as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and the Associated Press.

Clowney, a three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this season, was also named first team All-American by FoxSportsNext.com on Thursday.

Here is the 2012 Walter Camp All-America Team:

(Video) Dirty Dave – The Carolina Plug Takeover Ep. 1

Follow Dirty Dave as he hits Burke High to turn up at the pep rally, then heads to Pure in The Met to turn up w/ Charlemagne The God, DJ B-Lord, DJ Frosty, DJ Kub, Spiff Kidz, Country C and more for USC’s Homecoming Bash!

(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.

FROM THE MIGHTY DAMN FRESH FAMILY OUR PRAYS GO OUT TO YOU HOMIE….GET WELL SOON!!!

(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.

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(Sports) USC Gamecocks Football Ranks #3

The South Carolina Gamecocks are ranked No. 3 in this week’s AP Poll and I could not be happier. Simply put, it is “Great to be a Gamecock.”

It has been a long road for the USC football team and for fans of the program. This is the best ranking in the “Steve Spurrier era” and the second-highest ranking in school history; South Carolina reached the No. 2 spot in 1984. Also the Gamecocks have the nation’s longest winning streak at 10 games. Your blogging crew here at LOHD, can recall the 0-11 and 1-10 seasons but now we rejoice. It is great to taste success and to be frank, I desire more. I want the Gamecocks to continue to achieve what we knew they could under Coach Steve Spurrier. Continue reading

(Sports) 2012 College Football Week 6 Preview: South Carolina vs. Georgia

This weekend in Columbia, SC will mark the 60th meeting between the ‘Cocks and Dawgs on the football field. This match-up might be in the biggest in the history of the game with both teams being ranked in the top 10 and both being undefeated. Georgia has been an offensive force so far this season, leading the SEC in scoring offense with 48.2 points per game and total offense with 536 yards per game. The Dawgs defense has also looked good this season only giving up 22 points per game and 370 yards per game.  USC is also entering the game with good offensive and defensive numbers so this game has “SEC Classic” written all over it. Continue reading

(Sports) Shaw on a streak heading into Kentucky game

 

University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has a streak to extend when the Gamecocks take on SEC opponent Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington.

Last week against Missouri, Shaw completed 20 straight passes to set a school record and tie for second in the SEC milestone.  Although he failed to connect on his first pass of the game, Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks 31-10 win over the Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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(Sports) Gamecocks Vs Alabama-Birmingham Tonight!

Gamecock fans converge on Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday for a second straight home game as USC hosts the University of Alabama-Birmingham tonight.

The Gamecocks are coming off a 48-10 win over East Carolina last Saturday.  UAB had a bye.

USC is 2-0 this season with wins over East Carolina and Vanderbilt.  The Blazers lost to Troy 39-29 in their season opener two weeks ago.

Head Coach Steve Spurrier has not yet announced if Connor Shaw will start at quarterback for the Gamecocks.  Shaw suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder against Vanderbilt and he did not play against East Carolina last week.

The Big Spur web site reports “expect Dylan Thompson to start for the Gamecocks tonight.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

(News) University Of South Carolina Ranks Number Seventeen on “Party Schools” List

Found this article by Associate Press…..eh.

West Virginia University is the nation’s top party school, displacing Ohio University in an annual survey by Princeton Review.

It’s the third time that the West Virginia campus in Morgantown has made the top slot and the first time in five years. Last year it was ranked sixth.

The University of South Carolina ranked seventeenth.

Ohio University in Athens dropped to number three.

The rankings are in the 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges,” on sale Tuesday.

There are 62 lists, based on surveys of 122,000 students during the last school year. Students answered 80 questions about academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves.

Topping the Stone-Cold Sober Schools for the 15th straight year? Utah’s Brigham Young University.


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