The South Carolina Gamecocks took center stage to close out Day One of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. Head coach Steve Spurrier brought Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, and Bruce Ellington to the event which had over 1200 credentialed media members. Here are some of the headlines from a Gamecocks perspective:
SPURRIER WANTS PLAYERS PAID
"We're only talking about $300 a game, basketball would be a little less. But where the players in the course of the year would have $3600, $3900, depending on how many games you play, just to have a little bit of pocket money to come to all games. We all voted 14-0, that's all of us coaches, Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Kevin Sumlin, all the basketball coaches agreed that their players deserved a little bit also. I'm going to keep fighting for our guys. I don't know what will come. If President Obama would say, Spurrier you and those coaches need to quit fighting for your players, they they get enough, they get enough full scholarship, then I'll shut up about it."
SPURRIER TAKES AIM AT NOTRE DAME
"For whatever reason, all 14 of our head coaches thought that Notre Dame should join the ACC and play football like all the rest of us. They're in a conference. I know the Notre Damers will get made at me and us coaches maybe for saying that. If you were a Notre Damer, you would say, we're supposed to be independent in football, always this, that and the other. From all the rest of us that are in a conference, we say, why aren't they in a conference? It's sort of hard to figure out why they have their own conference."
NEW POSITION FOR SHAW?
Connor Shaw is 17-3 as Gamecocks starter, but Dylan Thompson beat archrival Clemson and came on in relief to beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Shaw and Thompson are ready for a two quarterback system and Shaw is itching to play some wide receiver when Thompson is under center.
CLOWNEY'S LEGEND GROWS
At the end of summer workouts, Clowney was clocked at a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash, a time that most running backs and wide receivers would envy.
With Jadeveon Clowney clearly on the Heisman radar, there's talk of Steve Spurrier giving the defensive end some snaps on offense to try and garner yet even more attention. Clowney showed his prowess at running back during his high school days at Rock Hill. But Spurrier shot that down.
"Not really," Spurrier said at the prospects of seeing Clowney on offense. "We've got a bunch of offensive players that are pretty good."
"It's not really a big deal for me," Clowney said of all the Heisman hype. "The big deal for me is trying to win an SEC Championship and get selected high in the NFL Draft."
CLOWNEY vs. BOYD
The South Carolina/Clemson rivalry is a year round affair. Twitter is buzzing with quotes from Clowney in Hoover talking about Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, who was sacked 4.5 times by the Gamecocks defensive end last November in Death Valley.
"You can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-line," Clowney said of Boyd. "He is scared every time we play them. I know he's listening to this right now, but I'm telling the truth."
Clowney also brought up Georgia's Aaron Murray and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez as quarterbacks who are scared of him.