Steve Spurrier would be in favor of a separate division for major conference football and basketball teams “if that’s what it takes to get a little money in the pocket of these guys who are earning so much for us,” South Carolina’s coach said Friday.
Spurrier used a Friday morning appearance on The Dan Patrick Show to reiterate his desire for football and men’s basketball players to receive between $3,500 to $4,000 more annually as part of the value of their scholarships.
“There is plenty of money at the BCS schools for that but not the small schools,” Spurrier said. “That’s why there may be some separation coming up here real soon. These kids could use (the money). Most of the football and basketball players come from lower income families, and they don’t get money from home like a lot of students do. To me, they are the ones that are in need of separate money.”
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Spurrier was asked by Patrick if he agreed with TCU coach Gary Patterson’s recent criticism of LSU coach Les Miles. Miles allowed his team to vote whether or not to allow tailback Jeremy Hill back on the team after Hill had been charged with simple battery while on probation for another charge.
“I thought Gary had a pretty good point. If you ask your players, ‘Do you want this guy back on your team?’ He might have slapped a girl or been charged with assault or something like that. They may say, ‘Coach, we need him to beat these guys.’ I would say, ‘No, we don’t need him that badly,’ ” Spurrier said. “Every coach in the country is different about their rules. The only one I have that I live by forever, if we have football player that ever hits a girl, he is finished here. That’s a rule that there is no negotiating or nothing on that, but the others you want to give kids a chance if they have really messed up.”
Clowney, Clowney, Clowney
Spurrier praised junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s handling of his fame.
“He has handled it well. If he missed a workout this summer, he made it up, Spurrier said. “He’s a good teammate. He does what all the other guys do and he did it all summer. I don’t think he’s a nightclub guy. He doesn’t mess with the Twitter. He’s low maintenance, let’s put it that way.”
The Hit, Part Two
Sophomore tailback Brandon Wilds got a scare during Thursday night’s practice, Spurrier told Patrick, when a play unfolded similar to The Hit, in which Clowney knocked off the helmet of Michigan running back Vincent Smith. The Gamecocks don’t go full speed or tackle in most practices, so Wilds was spared a vicious hit.
“The guard pulled and both of our guys whiffed him and (Clowney) ran into Brandon Wilds,” Spurrier said. “It wasn’t a mean hit at all, but he just popped him right over almost exactly like that one.”
So you’re saying there’s a chance
Patrick asked Spurrier if the Gamecocks could be a national championship team this year.
“If we get very, very, very fortunate and the ball bounces our way,” he said. “We have to block better and do a lot of things. A lot of time your success depends on the other guys, what happens to them.”
Cann Do Attitude
Junior guard A.J. Cann thinks the Gamecocks offensive line can be the best of his three seasons in Columbia. If things go right.
“From the looks of it,” he said. “As long as we continue to practice good and work hard, we do have a chance to be the best o-line since I have been here.”
The Gamecocks will hold their eighth practice of fall camp on Friday night. They are scheduled to scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. Both are closed to the public.