Spurrier talks Clowney, paying players at SEC Media Day

HOOVER, Ala. (AP/WCIV) - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier adds another entry in the growing legend of Jadeveon Clowney and suggested the SEC start paying players.

Spurrier said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference media days that his All-America defensive end ran a 4.4 40 at the end of summer workouts.

Clowney is regarded as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate a year after Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo finished second. Clowney was sixth.

But Spurrier says his star defender has done a good job staying out of the limelight and been a good teammate.

The Gamecocks coach was even asked if there was a chance that Clowney could play on offense. His response: "Not really. We got a bunch of offensive players that are pretty good."

And Clowney also stirred up some rivalry, telling the 12 hundred or so in attendance that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and three other SEC quarterbacks are scared to face him and the rest of the Gamecock defensive line.

According to, Clowney said, "I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there...He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-lineman."

As for his two quarterbacks, Spurrier says he's not quite sure how he'll use them, but Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson do give him some options.

"We could probably put two quarterbacks on the field at the same time," he said. "Conner could switch out to wide receiver, heck, he could play running back if we wanted him to do that. He's solid and he can carry the ball, take a pounding. And Dylan has developed into a good drop-back passer." {}

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier also said he thinks it's unanimous among his SEC brethren: Football and basketball players should get paid, and Notre Dame should join a conference for football.

Spurrier opened his quip-filled media days address by saying the 28 football and men's basketball coaches were in favor of paying players about $300 a game in football and perhaps a little less in hoops.

He says only President Barack Obama could get him to back down from that push. Spurrier also says the coaches were each willing to pony up the $280,000 or so it would cost.

The head ball coach also says the football coaches all thought Notre Dame "should join the ACC and play football like all the rest of us."