USC coach Steve Spurrier wasted no time jumping on the Jadeveon Clowney matter at his weekly news conference Tuesday. With a huge SEC road game looming against Arkansas, Spurrier felt it more important to address Clowney’s status before discussing the Hogs. And basically he said Clowney had a legit injury (pulled muscle in the rib cage area) prior to the Kentucky game so get off his back.
Spurrier admitted the staff did not communicate information about Clowney’s status properly and that led to Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward being in the dark about Clowney’s playing status last Saturday until just before gametime. We can assume that the communication snafu has been eradicated.
As for other pertinent comments Tuesday from Spurrier:
- Arkansas is good team and will try to run it down their throat.
- Most of the players are in good health. Clowney is up in the air as he gets treatment.
- Kaiwan Lewis was hospitalized last night due to an infection in his leg and had to get antibiotics. Status up in the air for Saturday.
- Needs to get Pharoh Cooper on the field more.
- Will some different defensive guys out there that will be announced later in the week. “Going to experiment around.”
- Spurrier says team is okay in question about if the team is in turmoil.
- Hampton has a quad bruise and did not practice last night. Should be okay for Saturday.
USC is favored by 6.5 points for the 12:21 kickoff on SEC TV. This will be the first of a crucial three game SEC road trip for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks are 8-13 all time against Arkansas and has just 2 wins in the last 7 meetings. Arkansas won the last meeting in Fayetteville 44-28 and has won the last three meetings Razorback Stadium.
USC and Arkansas have been regular opponents since entering the SEC together but that ends next season as Texas A&M becomes USC’s permanent opponent from the West.
The Gamecocks are 4-1 and 2-1 in the SEC. The Razorbacks are 3-3 and 0-2 and are coming off a 30-10 loss to Florida