All the conversation surrounding Jadeveon Clowney’s fatigue level during Thursday night’s 27-10 win over North Carolina on Thursday night may be good for No. 6 South Carolina the rest of the season, head coach Steve Spurrier said Friday on the Paul Finebaum radio show.
The publicity Clowney got all summer “wears on you a little bit, and it’s hard to live up to,” Spurrier said. “Now he’s got the camera on him every play. I think maybe he learned a lot. I think maybe it was good for our team last night. Jadeveon, everybody has talked about you all summer and now that camera is going to be on you every play so let’s go do your thing. Maybe that’ll be good for us.”
Clowney had three tackles and no sacks as the Gamecocks defense dominated North Carolina’s no-huddle, fast-paced offense.
“He might not have flown around like he is capable, but he was hustling,” Spurrier said.
Spurrier did not mention the stomach virus Clowney alluded to during his postgame interview session.
“It was really a hot day,” Spurrier said. “The weather around here has not been near as hot as normal during the summer. We didn’t practice in the humidity that was here yesterday. Yeah, he got tired a little bit.”
Spurrier will watch Saturday night’s Clemson-Georgia game but doesn’t have a rooting interest, he said.
“Of course, Clemson is our big in-state rival here so there are mixed feelings (in Columbia) on who to pull for,” he said. “To me personally, it doesn’t matter who wins it.”
The outcome of that game won’t have any effect on next week’s game between the Gamecocks and No. 5 Bulldogs in Athens, Ga., Spurrier said.
“Regardless of if they win or lose, they will be ready to play,” he said.
At one point in the interview, Spurrier stunned Finebaum by declining to answer a question about the half game suspension handed down against Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Spurrier cited the gag order Aggies athletics director Eric Hyman (the former USC AD) issued to all Texas A&M personnel last week.
“For me, I need to adhere to that gag order. I might say something (wrong). I don’t like to use those words no comment, but you need to refer that question to other people,” Spurrier said. “I don’t think the commissioner wants me in that one either so I am going to sit out that one.”