Citing Clowney's nagging shoulder injury and seemingly unhappy with several players "act[ing] like they're really hurt," Steve Spurrier said after Monday's practice might not play against the Tar Heels. That was always likely to be more motivational ploy than actual threat, though, and Spurrier confirmed Wednesday that Clowney will see the field Aug. 29.
Spurrier explained after Tuesday's practice that there had been a "communication problem" between himself, Clowney, and other injured Gamecocks Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington -- players who Spurrier expected to watch practice rather than be "in the locker room jivin' around and playing on their cell phones," as he put it.
But Spurrier admitted that no one told them they were supposed to be watching practice, and all three returned Tuesday, with Clowney and Byrd participating.
"I'm the dummy on that," Spurrier said. "We had a communication problem and we're ready to go.”
So that's one tempest-in-a-teapot that's quieted down. Of course, this is Steve Spurrier, so ...
My favorite Spurrier quote this morning: "Put that in the paper if you can that we are thinking about a two-quarterback offense."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) August 14, 2013