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October 5, 2013
A look at some notes and tidbits surrounding Saturday's USC-Kentucky game that took place -- mostly -- away from the playing field.
No Clowney. Though he was listed as a starter for the game, All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney sat out the game with a rib contusion. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior missed practice with bruised ribs Thursday, but was expected to recover in time to play. Redshirt freshman Darius English got the start at defensive end opposite Chaz Sutton in Clowney's absence.
Dressing out. South Carolina made it official Saturday, adding true freshman running back David Williams to the pre-game dress list. It was Williams' first time dressing out with the team, although he did not play during the game. The 6-1, 200-pounder wears No. 33 and was listed third on the depth chart behind Mike Davis and Shon Carson.
Stadnik starting. A week after Cody Waldrop sprained his ankle at UCF, redshirt freshman Clayton Stadnik got the start at center. Waldrop didn't dress for the game, though head coach Steve Spurrier said earlier this week he could play if necessary.
Captain Frank. Gamecock men's basketball head coach Frank Martin served as the honorary captain, and he was honored on the field by Athletic Director Ray Tanner before the game. Martin also made an appearance on the Gamecock Radio Network pre-game show.
Just hanging out. South Carolina's men's basketball team spent time mingling with fans at Gamecock Village before the game Saturday. Players signed autographs under a tent and shot baskets with children in the tailgate area across from Williams-Brice Stadium from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
The team also handed out basketball season schedule cards to fans entering the stadium gates prior to kickoff. The Gamecocks were recognized on the field after the first quarter.
Going bowling. Five bowl representatives were in attendance Saturday, include one from a BCS bowl. The Gator Bowl Association and Florida Citrus Bowl sent two representatives apiece, while the Allstate Sugar Bowl - perhaps speculating the Gamecocks could win out - sent one. In addition, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - a post-season college football game for NFL Draft-eligible college seniors founded by the NFL Players Association in 2012 - sent one representative.
Honoring a legend. Former South Carolina baseball head coach Bobby Richardson was recognized before the game, and he led the stadium in the "Game-cocks" chant. Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees in the 1950s and '60s before coaching the Gamecocks from 1970 to 1976.
He led South Carolina to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1974 and its first national championship game appearance in 1975. He finished his career at South Carolina with a 221-92-1 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
The League. The New York Giants, who fell to an NFL-worst 0-4 record with last week's 31-7 loss to Kansas City, sent one scout, Jeremiah Davis, to the game. Davis is one of just three executive scouts in the Giants organization. He has been a full-time scout for 24 years.
Dominance. Entering Saturday's game, no active college head coach had more wins over one team than Steve Spurrier had against both Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Before kickoff, Spurrier owned a 19-1 career record against the Wildcats and a 19-2 record against the Commodores. Tying for second in that category are 73-year-old Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and 66-year-old Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. Snyder owns a 17-4 record over both Iowa State and Kansas, and Beamer holds a 17-9 record against Virginia.
Captains. South Carolina's captains for the game were Kelcy Quarles, A.J. Cann, Jimmy Legree and Connor McLaurin. Kentucky's captains were Alvin Dupree, Avery Williamson, Darrian Miller and Jordan Aumiller.
Packed house. South Carolina announced a sellout crowd of 82,313 for the 7:38 p.m. kickoff. The program has sold out all three of its home games this season. Spurrier took time this week to praise fans for buying tickets, but said he hoped the student section would stick around until the singing of the alma mater.
Supporting the cause. The Gamecocks broke in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style Saturday night, complementing their garnet jerseys and white pants with pink sleeves, wristbands, gloves, tape and socks.
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