Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Gamecocks' Clowney returns, will play in opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday that slightly banged-up All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play for the Gamecocks against North Carolina on Aug. 29.

Clowney had missed a scrimmage on Saturday and practice Monday with a bruised shoulder. Spurrier had said Monday night that if Clowney's sore shoulder didn't improve, he might sit him for the opener.

Clowney returned to practice Tuesday. Spurrier was miffed that Clowney and other injured players such as receivers Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd remained in the locker room Monday night instead of watching their teammates practice. But Spurrier said all communications problems with Clowney have been resolved.

Leagues yank video game logos: The SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 are following the NCAA's lead and will no longer allow EA Sports to use league logos in its college football video games. The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that says the governing body owes millions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free. The conference contracts do not cover individual schools, however, so they can sign their own licensing deals.

Hokies-Nittany Lions: Virginia Tech and Penn State have agreed to play a home-and-home series beginning in 2022. Barring a bowl matchup in the interim, the teams will meet for the first time at Lane Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022, and again in State College, Pa., on Sept. 16 the next season.

ESPN Buys Another Bowl: The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and ESPN reached an agreement in principle to acquire the game from the Humanitarian Bowl Inc. Details were not released. The Potato Bowl, played in Boise, becomes the eighth bowl to be owned by ESPN.

Pittsburgh: Tom Savage was named the starting quarterback for the opener against FSU. Savage, who transferred twice, hasn't played a college game since 2010 as a sophomore at Rutgers.

Texas A&M: The school announced that players and coaches will not sign any memorabilia for fans attending the "Meet the Aggies" event Aug. 24. Instead, the only autographs allowed will be on specially provided autograph cards, "in order to accommodate as many fans as possible." All other items — helmets, jerseys, other photos — must be left at the door. The new policy comes as the NCAA investigates whether quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid to sign memorabilia.

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