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July 16, 2013

Spurrier closes out Day 1

HOOVER | South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier didn't miss a beat closing out the opening day of Southeastern Conference Media Days with his well-known wit.


Spurrier opened by continuing his complaint against the current SEC 6-1-1 scheduling format, and followed with a quick analysis of the Gamecocks' chances of winning the school's conference championship.

South Carolina finished the 2012 season with a win over Michigan to complete a 11-2 season. A lot of talent from a defense that finished ranked 11 in total defense is going, but one key piece remains: Jadeveon Clowney.

Spurrier compared Clowney to his former defensive end at Florida, Javon Kearse.

"Jadeveon Clowney is a disruptive force on the defensive line," Spurrier said. "He changes what a lot of offenses do. He's a force. For us to be a great team, Jadeveon has to have a big year."

The Gamecocks beat Georgia last season, but it was the Bulldogs reached the SEC Championship Game. Does South Carolina have the team to finally get over the hill?

"Well, we got there a couple of years ago but we fell on our faces against Auburn," Spurrier said. "We're knocking at the door but we need to win crucial games and see what happens.

"I know we're not the favorite, but we have a team that is capable. If we get a break or two, who knows? Winning the conference is something we've not done, but we have hopes to do it. It won't be easy and we may fall flat on our face, but we're going to try and do it.

Reach Aaron Suttles at aaron@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0229.

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