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

gbal

August 14th, 2013
12:47 pm

Amen to Andy Staples

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)

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Sess Poole

August 15th, 2013
7:30 am

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

Dwagslayer Echo 9

August 15th, 2013
7:50 am

Clowney will make mincemeat out of Aaron Murray as the bulldwags OL stands around looking helpless to prevent it. Buh bye to Murray.

Remarkable

August 15th, 2013
7:52 am

Remarkable

August 15th, 2013
7:53 am

Sess Poole seems like an appropriate name.

LHarding Dawg

August 15th, 2013
10:17 am

Dawgslayer – Are you speaking about the same Arron Murray and offensive line that won back to back SEC East Championships the last TWO years?

seabass

August 15th, 2013
12:13 pm

Sharpton the only humiliating thing is your reference to the plantation! Meyers said he had some of the best athletes he has ever seen at Ohio St.. Thats a kick sand in the face of the whole SEC.

delane1212

August 15th, 2013
10:46 pm

As a little incite on the Clowney issue. Clowney and 2 other injured player were in the locker room during practice playing, tweeting and posting instagrams….That inraged SOS. Spurrier now has all injured player beside their position coach. All star player will practice or sit out the first game.

dean

August 16th, 2013
2:44 pm

In reference to CFB players who are budgeting their 1st round NFL money before their last CFB season begins, I’ll be glad to give them the Norm Van Brocklin quote about players who counts eggs too early.