Steve Spurrier spoke briefly with the Colonial Life Arena crowd to honor former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw at halftime of the Gamecocks’ basketball game against No. 1 Florida on Tuesday.
Spurrier listed off Shaw’s accolades, including an undefeated home record and 27-5 record as a starter.
“So many people have contributed to our success,” Spurrier told the crowd. “Nobody has contributed more than this guy right here.”
With that, Shaw walked to midcourt under a standing, roaring ovation.
“It’s good to be back,” Shaw said. He also thanked the crowd for their support over the years.
Spurrier spoke for five minutes with the media underneath the tunnel at Colonial Life. Here are a few notes:
- Spurrier said he “left a voicemail” with someone on the NCAA rules committee regarding the proposed 10-second rule, which would forbid teams from snapping the football in the first 10 seconds of the play clock. Spurrier is against the rule. Where does it stand with the committee? “I don’t know. I’ve heard they’ve hopefully tabled it, but I’m not sure.”
- Spurrier watched as South Carolina’s baseball team swept Clemson last weekend. “By the way,” he told the crowd, “congratulations to the baseball team for another sweep!”
- Spurrier on Jadeveon Clowney’s performance on the NFL Combine: “We all knew he was fast, and he can jump. There’s no question about his talent and his ability.”
- Spurrier thinks Shaw has a future in the NFL, comparing him to Russell Wilson because of his pocket elusiveness.
- Spurrier spoke with Dawn Staley by phone after winning South Carolina’s women’s basketball team won its first SEC Championship. A conference title is something the HBC has long hoped to bring to Carolina. Spurrier offered his congratulations to Staley: “I told her, ‘You beat me to it.’ … She’s got the big championship now.”
Jadeveon Clowney ran an unofficial 4.47-second, 40-yard dash Monday morning at the NFL Combine.
That’s fast. Enough speed to forget about Clowney’s less-than-impressive 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press Sunday. The former South Carolina defensive end unofficially burned more speed than all but five running backs at the NFL Combine. His time is easily the best among defensive linemen.
NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, a hall of fame defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Bucs, couldn’t believe Clowney’s raw athleticism.
“It’s frightening to see a man that big, that fast, coming up and down this football field. He is a freak,” Sapp said on NFL Network immediately after Clowney ran his second of two 40-yard dashes, which was unofficially clocked at 4.48 seconds. “I don’t care what he runs either. The thing that I want to do is see him put his feet in the ground and come with a hunger and love for this game. Because that’s the one thing, when you turn his tape on, you don’t see that love for the game. That love of the hunt that you want to see from a defensive lineman, but the kid is a freak. And, oh, is he athletic.”
Sapp didn’t only have glowing things to say about Clowney. The former Gamecocks All-American wasn’t the only thing Sapp couldn’t believe.
Marcus Lattimore left the Palmetto State’s heated rivalry a year ago.
No longer immersed in Carolina vs. Clemson, the passion and bitterness was behind him. The newfound peace did not last long. You can take the player out of the rivalry, not the rivalry out of the player.
With the San Francisco 49ers, Lattimore is now entrenched in one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries. As Lattimore explained today in The Post and Courier, the disdain San Francisco shares with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks is similar to the mutual dislike between South Carolina and Clemson.
“They hate each other,” Lattimore said. “… Seattle hates San Francisco, and it definitely reminds me of Clemson-South Carolina a lot.”
Lattimore opened up to The Post and Courier this week about his early professional career, recovery from knee injury, life on the West Coast and why South Carolina will always feel like home.
Here are a few things that didn’t appear in today’s paper:
South Carolina’s men’s basketball team is 3-0 with snow on the ground in Colubmia, its only three SEC victories of the season.
Therein lies a problem. No snow is expected for the Gamecocks’ next home contest, Saturday against Georgia at Colonial Life Arena. So, what to do? Fabricate, of course!
The Gamecocks will have a “Snowstorm with Whiteout Conditions” inside Colonial Life Arena this week. All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game. Because that’s the color of snow.
It’s a clever way to help keep some of the mojo South Carolina has built over the past couple weeks. The Gamecocks have won three of their past six games, including two straight SEC victories for the first time in more than three years.
South Carolina’s bashing of Bucknell over opening weekend was enough to crack the top five in Baseball America’s first poll of the season.
After being ranked No. 7 in the preseason, the Gamecocks rose two spots in the poll Monday. They swept Bucknell in three games over the weekend by a combined score of 41-6.
South Carolina’s baseball team joined its football and women’s basketball teams in the top five. The Gamecocks are the only school in the nation with top five-ranked football, basketball and baseball teams.
Virginia (2-1) remained No. 1 in Baseball America’s poll despite losing its opener to Kentucky. The Cavaliers were followed by Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton and Florida State.
Clemson was ranked No. 13 after going 2-1 against Eastern Michigan in its opening weekend.
Seven SEC teams were ranked in the top 25, led by the preseason favorite Gamecocks. Behind South Carolina, No. 7 Mississippi State, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 21 Louisville, No. 23 Florida, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arkansas were also ranked.