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South Carolina opens spring practice without stars

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina started spring practice quietly after a season where the Gamecocks and their star players made a lot of noise.

Coach Steve Spurrier usually makes the opening practice of spring an event, inviting fans and having his players put on a show. But the Head Ball Coach, who likes to move practices to find good weather and even runs some drills shirtless in the summer, delayed the first practice for two days hoping for decent weather.

A cold rain forced the Gamecocks into a closed practice in their cramped, outdated indoor facility Thursday. They wanted to get at least one practice in before spring break started this weekend.

Spurrier didn't talk to reporters after practice, sending out a few of his assistants.

"Indoor facility, so not a whole lot goes on," said Spurrier's son, wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. "But it was good to get a good day in— just to line up and run plays and snap the ball."

South Carolina fans already expected a quieter spring after defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, expected to be a top NFL draft pick for years, moved on, along with other stars such as quarterback Connor Shaw, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Victor Hampton.

Head coach Spurrier has said he still expects to compete for South Carolina's first Southeastern Conference title and a fourth straight 11-win season or better.

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