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Spurrier Promises Discipline For USC’s Quarles, But He’s Likely Out With Injury Anyway

The SEC is leaving the punishment of South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles up to his coach.  Quarles threw a clear punch at LSU offensive lineman PJ Lonergan following a first-quarter play in the Gamecocks’ 23-21 loss last Saturday.

Yesterday, Steve Spurrier said he will punish Quarles for his action (which can be seen here)… even though he also said he’s seen much harder punches during games than the one Quarles delivered to Lonergan’s facemask:


“Yes, we do have plans to discipline Kelcy for that.  It was a… I guess you would call it a punch.  I’ve seen a lot bigger punches.  But he did sort of throw at him.  I don’t even know if the LSU guy knew he threw a punch.  I think it just sort of glanced off his shoulder pad or helmet or something in there.  But I saw it, yeah.  We don’t condone that.”


Spurrier might not condone it — he even said the player “possibly could” miss playing time — but he sure seems to be playing the incident down, doesn’t he?  Here’s the rule: You don’t throw a punch on a football field.  Whether it connects or not, whether it’s thrown with great force or not, you don’t do it.  Period.  End of story.  Every coach, every player and every fan knows this.

But as it turns out, Quarles doesn’t sound like he’ll be a go for Florida this weekend due to injury.

Spurrier said it’s “very doubtful” his D-tackle will be ready to play Saturday after spraining his shoulder against LSU (photo at left).

Carolina’s two other top tackles — starter Byron Jerideau and backup JT Surratt — are currently dealing with sprained ankles.  Spurrier said the two “hopefully could be ready” for this weekend’s showdown with Florida.  Surratt would likely take Quarles spot in the starting lineup if he’s not healthy enough to play.

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SEC Headlines – 3/22/12 Part Two

1.  The SEC’s recent run of NCAA Tournament woes has cut into the league’s take-home pay.

2.  When it comes to coaching style, new Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease is the ice to Will Muschamp’s fire.

3.  Take the over in Florida’s showdown with Marquette tonight.

4.  Malcolm Mitchell’s Georgia teammates are confident in his ability to play defense (even as he works to learn the corner role).

5.  Here’s a look at the Dawgs’ first offensive line grouping of the spring.

6.  So will — or should — revenge be a motivating factor for Kentucky’s players against Indiana tomorrow?

7.  This writer believes UK has the advantage on IU at every position on the floor.

8.  Defensive tackle Byron Jerideau is working is way back into South Carolina’s starting lineup.

9.  This writer says the Gamecocks should hire a black head basketball coach.

10.  As Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward prepares for the NFL draft, Trey Wilson prepares to replace him in Nashville.

11.  Missouri will look to sophomore Lucas Vincent to bolster its defensive line.

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Carolina Reinstates Two Footballers

Two South Carolina football players have been reinstated to the squad after being handed indefinite suspensions last month.  A USC spokesperson announced the return of defensive tackle Byron Jerideau and safety Brison Williams yesterday.

Jerideau was suspended after being arrested for “traffic/pedestrian on a controlled access highway and disorderly/public disorderly conduct.”  In simpler terms, Jerideau walked out of a bar, into a street, stopped traffic and then cursed a police officer.

Williams had been suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Let’s enjoy a little John Sebastian in their honor…

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