Spurrier’s jab at Clowney merely motivation?

I’m not buying Steve Spurrier’s explanation that a “communication problem” caused star DE Jadveon Clowney and two injured receivers to miss a recent practice.

Spurrier is a Jedi master when it comes to the subtle jab, and that simply was his way of reminding Clowney, a Heisman hopeful with a bruised shoulder, that he better focus on football.

Spurrier’s first comments according to The (Columbia, S.C.) State:

“If (Clowney’s shoulder) doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him the first game. We’ve got a bunch of hurt guys who act like they are really hurt so right now they may not play. … I’ll handle those guys. We’re not depending on them. We can still field a team.”

Spurrier on Tuesday:

“They had a communication problem. They didn’t know they were supposed to be out here watching practice, so I’m the dummy on that. Now they know they’re going to be out here watching practice. We had a communication problem and we’re ready to go.”

Yeah, right, coach.

Spurrier can take the blame all he wants.

If Clowney needed a reminder that there’s a season to be played before he can start hoisting hardware, it was received.

QB shuffle at UVA

David Watford has been pegged to start at QB for Virginia, but it’ll be interesting to see how much playing time Greyson Lambert, who is from Wayne County in Jesup, will see this year.

Cavs coach Mike London used two QBs last season, and both of them – Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims — transferred, leaving London with Watford and Lambert.

He played in 2011, but redshirted last year after Sims transferred from Alabama.

The Cavaliers open with BYU and Oregon, so there could be a quick change if Watford struggles.

Sims is now at Winston-Salem State, his third school, and Rocco, who led the Cavs to a bowl game two years ago, transferred to Richmond, which is coached by his uncle, Danny Rocco.

Neither Sims nor Rocco are eligible this season.

Tweet of the day

“When ranking, I’m trying harder to keep from considering schedule. The rankings need to be about who is better, not who has the easiest path.” – Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples

Notes and such

  • Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips – which is sponsoring a race – seems like the perfect name for a bowl game with a tie-in to the Sun Belt and Conference USA. Has anybody tried those?
  • As a reminder, the preseason AP Top 25 will be released at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • WR Mekale McKay was a bright spot during Arkansas’ dismal season, but he struggled with injuries and slipped down the depth chart, before deciding to transfer to Cincinnati.
  • The Fridge is alive and well. Despite a report earlier today that he had died, William Perry is fine, according to Clemson.
  • The SEC will not license its trademark for use for future versions of EA Sports’ college football video game, joining the NCAA.

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17 comments Add your comment

Sess Poole

August 15th, 2013
7:30 am

Clowney will singlehandedly destroy Aaron Murray. Buh bye to the bulldwags.

HotDawg

August 14th, 2013
10:15 pm

Clowney to play against NC says coach visor……what a shock,
that is probably the least surprising news since news of french surrender in WWII

HotDawg

August 14th, 2013
10:06 pm

Andy Staples has the right idea….ohio st should pay attention….even bamards have an unbelievably easy schedule this year. Schedules are cyclical, but ohio st is constantly weak.

Sharpton

August 14th, 2013
9:34 pm

Spurrier is just showing Clowney who is in charge of the plantation.

Humiliating to do so publicly and shows a lack of respect for the player.

tekjr

August 14th, 2013
7:04 pm

Clowney is a clown that is full of jokes. I hope Gurley runs right over him for a touchdown!

NCDawg

August 14th, 2013
6:32 pm

I sure hope for SC’s sake that Clowney doesn’t suffer from the pre _NFL draft flu that struck some of our Dawgs last year. Reading too much of your press is bad for your game. If he falters SC is in a world of hurt.

You never know with Spurrier… I think he sometimes plays mind games with himself just for entertainment purposes. I sure hope there are lots of grass stains on his visor after the game in Athens. He needs a dose of humble pie.

NCDawg

August 14th, 2013
3:51 pm

I the case of preseason rankings, where it is just indicating the STARTING point, I’d agree with Staples. During the season, who a team plays SHOULD be a factor.

JB

August 14th, 2013
3:44 pm

Clowney is good….real good…..but he’s dreaming about the money, not QB sacks…He’ll drop to 5-10 th with a so so year.

Spanky

August 14th, 2013
1:07 pm

“Grit chips”…..Who the “f” came up with that name?! Doesn’t sound enticing at all! Sounds like chips mixed in a bag with sand!! (thumbs down)

gbal

August 14th, 2013
12:47 pm

Amen to Andy Staples