Monday, April 23, 2018
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Clowney says he's there for South Carolina, gets backing from Spurrier

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Injured South Carolina All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he's fully committed to the Gamecocks and does not spend time considering his pro prospects

Clowney has a strained muscle near his rib cage and said Tuesday that he's receiving treatment several times a day in hopes of getting back on the field as soon as possible, maybe against Arkansas on Saturday.

Clowney said miscommunication led to coach Steve Spurrier's anger after the junior pulled himself out of last week's game, saying he was in too much pain.

That raised questions about whether Clowney was protecting his status in next year's NFL draft. Clowney says he's not worried about anything beyond South Carolina's season.

Clowney has not practiced with the team this week. "Am I fully committed? Always," he said. "I could've sat out. I'm not looking to sit out. I'm not that type of guy. I'm here for the team."

Spurrier fired back at Clowney's critics.

"He is doing everything he can to get ready to play. If he never plays another snap, we all should be thankful and appreciative that he came to South Carolina," Spurrier said.

"We've won 26 games, two 11-2 years, the greatest seasons we've had in 120 years. So none of us need to be upset at Jadeveon. None of us."

Gator hall of famer dies: Jim Rountree, a Florida running back who had big games in wins over Georgia in 1955 and '56 and later was inducted as a Gator Great into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame, died of cancer Oct. 1 in Tamarac. He was 77.

In 1955 against Georgia, Mr. Rountree had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, sprung by a block from Don Chandler, and a 6-yard run that led UF back from a 13-0 deficit to win 19-13. In 1956 against Georgia, the Miami native scored on a 36-yard run and a 15-yard pass in a 28-0 win. He was an All-SEC selection in 1957. Coach Bob Woodruff ranked him as one the Gators' two best defensive backs and one of their two best running backs of the 1950s.

Mr. Rountree continued as a two-way player for the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts from 1958-67, still holds the team record for longest reception — 108 yards against Saskatchewan in 1961 — and was named to the franchise's All-Time Argos team.

Cincinnati: Freshman receiver Mark Barr, who was hurt in a traffic accident that killed a teammate last month, was upgraded from serious to stable condition.

Georgia: Quarterback Aaron Murray is spending extra practice time with players promoted from the scout team as the Bulldogs compensate for injuries that have forced changes at tailback and wide receiver. Tailback Todd Gurley, who didn't practice Tuesday, is doubtful this week. He missed Saturday's win over Tennessee with a left ankle sprain. Receiver Michael Bennett had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is out at least this week.

Houston: Quarterback David Piland ended his playing career because of multiple concussions, the latest Sept. 7. The junior finishes with 5,790 yards passing and 41 touchdowns and last season set an NCAA single-game record for most attempts without an interception, 77, against Louisiana Tech.

Stanford: Coach David Shaw responded to Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's accusation that the Cardinal faked injuries. "We don't fake injuries, never have and never will. I don't teach it, don't condone it, don't allow it," Shaw said. He said the only defensive coach he knows of who has told players to fake injuries is Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, who admitted to instructing players to fake injuries against Oregon while he was an assistant at Cal.

Texas A&M: Defensive tackle Kirby Ennis is out for the season with a left knee injury.

Tutor quits in protest: Jack Halperin, a longtime academic tutor for North Carolina's athletic department, resigned to show his disagreement with basketball coach Roy Williams allowing star guard P.J. Hairston to remain on the team after offseason arrests.

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