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Spurrier: Perspective, please

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier spent parts of Wednesday watching some of ESPN's coverage of signing day and said he'll keep things in perspective.

"It was interesting that two of the guys working television (Wednesday) — Randy Shannon had the No. 1 recruiting class in 2008, Urban Meyer had the No. 1 recruiting class last year — and both those guys are working television," Spurrier said. "Now Urban left because of health reasons or stress or what have you, but the other guy got fired.

"Like Urban said, 'Three years from now, nobody will give a dang where you were ranked in recruiting,' but everybody cares today because we all look at it, and it does give you hope or a little boost."

South Carolina received signed letters of intent from 26 players, and a spot is being held for Rock Hill defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 player in the nation who will announce his choice Feb. 14. He also is considering Alabama and Clemson.

Without Clowney, the Gamecocks' class is ranked No. 13 by Scout.com, No. 20 by Rivals.com and No. 24 by ESPN.

UCF adds two: The Knights received letters of intent from linebacker Leilon Willingham and receiver Rayshon Williams, both of Denver's J.K. Mullen High. That improved UCF's class from 49th overall to 43rd, according to Rivals.com.

More recruiting: Palm Beach Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett, a two-sport standout rated the nation's third best dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com, plans to announce his choice at his basketball game tonight. Miami, Florida and Wisconsin are the finalists. … Cyrus Kouandjio, a highly recruited offensive lineman, might make a decision today with Iowa possibly added to the mix. He had narrowed his choices to Auburn (where he committed but did not sign Wednesday), Alabama and New Mexico. … Todd Peat Jr., a defensive tackle from Corona Del Sol (Ariz.) planned to commit to Arizona State. Then, he said, he saw a Nebraska license plate, and "took it as a sign that I should become a Cornhusker."

amato applies: Chuck Amato, an FSU assistant who was not retained when Jimbo Fisher replaced Bobby Bowden after the 2009 season, is among more than 100 applicants to coach Charlotte, which begins play in 2013 in Division I-AA.

Grambling: Coach Rod Broadway resigned to take the coaching job at North Carolina A&T.

IOWA: The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will fire three employees and suspend two after an investigation confirmed they breached the electronic medical records of 13 hospitalized players.

Nebraska: Marvin Sanders, who coached one of the top pass defenses in the nation, resigned as secondary coach a day after Indiana said Corey Raymond was leaving to coach Nebraska's secondary.

Tennessee: The Vols and former coach Lane Kiffin, who is now at USC, will be cited by the NCAA for a failure to monitor after coaches and student hosts made improper recruiting contacts, according to an AOL FanHouse report. Kiffin could be in trouble even though he's no longer at the school. "The last thing I'm going to do on national signing day is to comment on an Internet article that just happened to come out today," he said Wednesday. Before this investigation, Kiffin had been found guilty of secondary violations and wrongly accused then-Florida coach Urban Meyer of breaking recruiting rules.

Spurrier: Perspective, please 02/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 12:04am]
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