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Connor Shaw Leads South Carolina To Capital One Bowl Victory Over Wisconson

postgame-links-150x1501South Carolina 34 – Wisconsin 24

1. For the third straight year, South Carolina finishes 11-2 and 6-2 in the SEC.  Steve Spurrier: “It’s been a wonderful time for all of us.”

2. Spurrier: “That state championship ain’t bad, either.”

3. Quarterback Connor Shaw throws three touchdown passes, responsible for a total of five on the day.

4. Part-time high school receiver Shaw had one last item on his college wish list.  ”I wanted a receiving touchdown.” That wish came true on New Year’s Day.

5. Shaw found out after the game he’s been invited to the NFL combine.

6. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is also bound for the NFL: “I miss every bit of it already.”

7. One-handed grab by South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington.

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League Football Coaches Talk SEC Expansion

The SEC held its weekly coaches’ teleconference today and naturally the topics of expansion and Texas A&M came up.  Here’s a sampling of the responses:

Nick Saban:  “I think we have lots of good presidents, lots of great administrators that know what’s best for the league. … If that does occur, I feel that the landscape of college football will lend itself to four or five bigger conferences.  As coaches, we’d better get used to it.”

Les Miles:  “I think it would make great sense, great rationale if the SEC, the view A&M would give it, and the view of those schools in close proximity, obviously they would come back to Texas to play.  It’s obvious the view of the (Texas) newspaper(s) will now be SEC.  You would think the conference — I know we would — enjoy greater coverage and greater view and it becomes SEC country.”

Will Muschamp:  “Texas A&M has a great tradition and is an outstanding program.  I really think where we’re headed is to a 16-team league eventually.  I think there will be four of them (around the country) at some point.  Whatever our conference decides, I’m fine. … It all comes down to money.  The more teams you have, the more exposure you have, the more television audience you have.  The more television obviously brings more money to your conference and your schools.”

Derek Dooley:  “I’m not a decision-maker, and I’m a traditionalist.  I think we had a real good thing, and I hope we don’t disrupt it too much and we preserve that this is a special league.  One of the reasons it’s so special is we don’t day-trade our teams.  We’ll see, but the landscape is changing.  It’s that old saying — it’s not about the money, it’s about the amount.”

Steve Spurrier:  “It may open up the door for LSU, Arkansas, the Mississippi schools and so forth (to recruit in Texas).  I don’t think it will have any impact with us.  We’re trying to recruit our state and the border states.  That’s about where we are.  Every now and then we’ll go up into New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.  But the TV markets and all that if A&M comes in, which looks like is going to happen, that’s fine with all of us.  We don’t make those decisions.  That just adds a big-time college program, Texas A&M, to the SEC.  And I think that’s fine with all of us coaches.”

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