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No. 1 Gators survive Vols in SEC semifinals Florida defense leads the way in second-half charge By Paul Newberry Associated Press

ATLANTA — Even facing its biggest deficit since November, No.1Florida never panicked. The Gators know their defense will never let them down. Swarming relentlessly in the second half, Florida rallied from 10 points down and defeated Tennessee 56-49 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday. Patric Young scored 16 points and Scottie Wilbekin added 14, but this victory had nothing to do

with what happened at the offensive end. It was all about what Tennessee faced when it had the ball after halftime. The Volunteers made only 5of-20 shots with11turnovers, and things really got grim down the stretch as they were stifled time andtimeagain—makingjustone of their last 11 attempts from the field, while turning it over five times. Everywhere they turned, it seemed like a Florida player was waiting, ready to take a swipe at the ball. “We didn’t really switch any-

thing up,� Wilbekin said. “We just tried to go into an extra gear.� Florida (31-2) extended its school-record winning streak to 25inarowafterbeingdown35-28 at halftime. “This group has a resiliency and a competitiveness,� coach Billy Donovan said. “We have our faults. We’re not perfect. But I’ve never walked off the court saying, ‘Wow, these guys didn’t get after it, they didn’t compete.’� Tennessee(21-12)hadachance to post its most impressive win of See FLORIDA, Page 6C

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin shoots on Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon during the first half of Saturday’s Southeastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta. STEVE HELBER/AP

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Scott Keepfer

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ACC may trip over own footprint

Perhaps I am naïve. During Clemson’s loss to Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday night, I simply saw inconsistent officiating. I saw missed calls on both sides. I saw travels overlooked. I saw hand checks anticipated. Through the final eight seconds, I saw either two fouls or two no-calls. Duke guard Rodney Hood drove down the right side of the lane and drew a bump from Clemson wing K.J. McDaniels. Hood rolled to the floor and was awarded a pair of foul shots. He lifted Duke to a one-point lead with 3.8 seconds remaining. On the final possession, Clemson guard Rod Hall drove into the lane to attempt a game-winner. Before Hall launched for a shot, Duke guard Tyler Thornton reached across Hall’s left arm to poke the ball loose. No foul was called. I saw two debatable decisions. Apparently, I did not see what many longsuffering Clemson supporters saw.

Mandralius Robinson

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Clemson guard Rod Hall (12) lies on the court with his eyes closed as Duke’s Tyler Thornton (3) and Rasheed Sulaimon celebrate after knocking the ball from Hall’s hands as he tried to shoot in the final seconds of Friday night’s in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal game. BART BOATWRIGHT /STAFF

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Last week's revelation that the 2017 and 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournaments are likely destined for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is the latest example of the league attempting to expand its “footprint.� The move may turn out to be a wise decision, with the conference garnering widespread attention and increased notoriety courtesy of the nation’s largest media market. On the other hand, it could turn out to be a major disappointment, with the conference’s premier event creating precious little buzz or appreciation in the city that never sleeps. Syracuse fans may show up in droves, but that’s about it. Some Pittsburgh followers could make the trek if it’s a good season for the Panthers, but don’t expect much contribution from the Boston College faction, which is lucky if it can get a couple thousand diehards to show up for a game at the Conte Forum. Not that any of this should come as a surprise. New York and Pittsburgh and Boston are pro team cities, with long-held pro team allegiances. College sports play second fiddle at best, even when March Madness rolls around. This stands in stark contrast to the fan bases in traditional ACC haunts such as Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, Charlottesville and Clemson, where the Blue Devils, Wolfpack, Tar Heels, Demon Deacons, Cavaliers and Tigers are the biggest draws in town. Change is inevitable, and often a good thing; I get that. But sometimes it makes us yearn for the past, which See KEEPFER, Page 5C

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Fans bombarded message boards, social media sites and email inboxes, adamantly asserting that they witnessed another example of a conspiracy the ACC has perpetuated. They allege the league has promoted and even ordered bias toward Duke and North Carolina while cultivating condescending contempt for Clemson. When propagating these conspiracy theories, one essentially accuses the league of corruption. Orchestrating wins and losses would alter revenue opportunities for the mistreated program. Perhaps my reluctance to support the conspiracy theory is due to the small sample size I have to examine. This is merely my third season following Clemson basketball. During the past two seasons, the Tigers seldom played into a position where a blown call would cost them a game. Clemson and Duke have met 47 times since 1990. Duke won 39 of those games – by an average margin of 15.2 points. Merely 13 of those 47 meetings were decided by fewer than six points. Clemson won five of those close contests. My reluctance to support the conspiracy theory is not a product of naivety but of a steadfast conviction that one should not cast charges casually without sufficient indisputable evidence to defend them. Inconsistencies in officiating are as common as the high ball screen. They are not adequate proof of any clandestine agenda, but their prevalence should foster reform. First, clearer guidelines should be estab-

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lished to assist officials in determining close foul calls. Human error cannot be absolved, but if it can be limited, there will be less room for doubt and cynicism. Secondly, a foul called in the first 30 seconds also should be called in the final 30 seconds. Integrity of the game is more important than our aversion to free throw contests. Players should be rewarded for drawing fouls. They also should be charged for committing them, regardless of when the fault occurs. Lastly, officials should be held to a higher standard of public accountability. Short of posting each official’s grade after each game, when officials miss a note, they should be required to face the music. At the very least, officiating crews should designate a spokesperson who could meet with the media, as requested, for a five-minute postgame interview session. Officials should be compelled to defend their decisions or explain their mistakes. No game is decided on a single play, regardless of how much it is debated or analyzed.

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The controversy of that final play should not discount Clemson’s gritty comeback from a 13-point deficit, nor should it overshadow the miscues that facilitated that deficit. Through the final two minutes of the first half, Clemson allowed an 8-2 scoring run and surrendered two unforced turnovers that led to breakaway baskets. The Tigers also missed four foul shots in the second half, including one with 47.7 seconds remaining. Avoiding merely half of those setbacks may have altered the course of the game drastically and possibly taken the decision out of the officials’ hands. Still, Clemson should be praised for its grit and the resilient effort that characterized its entire season. Duke defeated Clemson by 28 points in the teams’ only meeting last season. Clemson lost its top two scorers from that team. Neither of the freshmen added this season averaged more than five points per game. Nevertheless, Clemson battled valiantly twice against the team ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports coaches

poll. Clemson improved its record by seven wins, the largest turnaround in school history. Clemson is expected to receive a berth to the National Invitation Tournament. Usually viewed as a consolation prize for those who missed the NCAA Tournament, the NIT is a commendable achievement for Clemson and could propel the Tigers toward a breakthrough. Ask Virginia. The Cavaliers played in the NIT last season. This year, they won the ACC regular-season championship. Virginia will play in the ACC Tournament championship game today. Virginia coach Tony Bennett and Clemson coach Brad Brownell utilize grinding defensive philosophies and promote patient offense. It can work in this league. There have been gaps in talent Clemson may never fully close through recruiting. However, if provided the time and adequate resources, Brownell can build a program that will challenge consistently for conference titles, even if the Tigers really were playing against eight.

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Former USC RB to be charged By Willie T. Smith III wtsmith@greenvilleonline.com

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South Carolina running back Kenny Miles will be charged with filing a false police report, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday . Lott said Miles shot himself last week. “We have recovered his gun from the trunk of his car that our ballistics has proven to be the one that shot him in the arm,” said Lott. “Kenny Miles is now cooperating with us. His gunshot wound was self-inflict-

ed.” Lott said there is no evidence, at this point, that anyone else was present or involved. The sheriff said he hopes Miles will have to pay the county for the resources spent investigating the reported false lead. Miles originally told the sheriff’s department, according to the incident report, that he was driving his car when he was shot by an unknown white man in his mid-to-late 30s who was wearing a long-sleeve shirt and khaki pants. Following the press conference Miles released a state-

ment through his attorney, Neal Lourie. “Last week I made a big mistake by not being up-front about how the shooting occurred,” Miles said, according to the statement. “I was not involved in any criminal activity. However, I was scared and worried about how my actions would be perceived. I only made matters worse by not telling the truth. I make no excuses for my behavior.” Miles was released from the hospital last Tuesday. He graduated from South Carolina with a degree in criminal justice in May. He participated in the Washington Redskins rookie camp but was not invited to training camp.

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He was working in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office as a support clerk. His responsibilities were youth mentoring and community outreach. “I would like to apologize to Sheriff Leon Lott and the entire Richland County Sheriff’s Department; my employer, The Office of the Attorney General, my teammates and coaches; the University of South Carolina Community, friends, family, fans and anyone else I’ve disappointed,” said Miles. “I appreciate the support and prayers of Gamecock Nation.. I only hope that you will forgive me and allow me to earn your trust back over time.”

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TEDIOUS TASK T.J. Gurley (20) celebrates a hit against Mississippi State. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/STAFF

Gamecocks focus on Florida After big loss last year, USC is favored over Gators By Willie T. Smith III wtsmith @greenvilleonline.com

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables celebrates with linebacker Quandon Christian (34) after the Tigers stopped Boston College on a fake punt attempt earlier this year. The Tigers face option offenses in their next two games. BART BOATWRIGHT/STAFF

Clemson defenders prepare for ‘boring’ but effective Georgia Tech offense fter my freshman year of college, I worked a summer job at a local auto parts manufacturing plant. My task on the assembly line was inserting tiny plastic fasteners to connect hoses to fuel tanks. Young and debt-free, I did not mind the modest pay or the third-shift hours. The job was tedious but not strenuous. It was repetitive but not difficult. It did not require painstaking effort, nor did it require much thought. That is why I hated it. My need for gas money was trumped by my need to be creative. I discovered that freedom — of thought, spirit and expression — was my primary necessity. I lasted two weeks. After recalling how restricted and jaded I felt in that job, I better understand the difficulties defensive coordinators encounter while scheming against the triple option offense.

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Young defenders are programmed to locate the football and attack. They crave the freedom to freelance — within the limits of their physical talent and the bounds of the defensive system. However, the triple option, which Clemson will face against Georgia Tech on Thursday night, requires restraint. To counter Tech’s monotonous and mystifying scheme, each Clemson defender has been assigned a specific task, one he must

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execute every single down. Someone must hit the fullback every snap, regardless if he carries the ball. Someone must pursue the pitch man and trust that a teammate will track the quarterback. Someone must sprint with the receiver, knowing that on eight out of 10 plays he simply is following a decoy. Defenders must execute their assignments in concert. The slightest deviation will halt the entire assembly line. “Sometimes guys want to go make plays,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “This is a game where it’s not about making plays. It’s about doing your job, because as soon as you don’t, you pay for it.” The scheme is tedious, which makes it strenuous. It is repetitive, which makes it difficult. It does not require as much thought, so it requires painstaking effort. That is why defenders

THURSDAY Georgia Tech at Clemson 7:30 p.m., ESPN

hate it. “It is pretty boring,” senior linebacker Quandon Christian said, although he also asserted that boredom is better than breakdowns. Christian recalled Clemson’s visit to Georgia Tech in 2011. Christian left his work station a few times and watched the disasters that ensued. “They kind of lull you to sleep,” Christian said, “and then they hit the big play on you if you take your eyes off your assignment.” During its 31-17 victory against Clemson in 2011, Georgia Tech rushed for See TIGERS, Page 6C

COLUMBIA — Things have changed a lot since South Carolina dropped a 44-11 decision to Florida last season in Gainesville, Fla. The Gamecocks enter Saturday’s game against the Gators with coach Steve Spurrier and players fending off questions as to how the team will not treat Florida lightly at 7 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. “I was just thinking at this time last year, Florida had lost one game,” said Spurrier. “They were 11-1 after they beat Florida State. They were No. 3 in that BCS poll. If Notre Dame had lost to Southern Cal, they were playing Alabama for the national championship. “I think (Florida) coach Will Muschamp was the (Southeastern Conference) Coach of the Year. Of course they lost the Sugar Bowl to Louisville, and they’ve had injuries this year and have struggled a bit. But they’re still No. 1 in the conference in defense, total defense, and pass defense I think they’re the best in the conference right now.” The Gamecocks enter the game with a 7-2 overall record and are 5-2 in SEC play. They are13-and-a-half-point favorites over the Gators. If they can defeat a Florida team that enters riding a fourgame losing streak and owner of a 4-5 record, they will have done all they can in their drive for the Eastern Division title. USC needs help to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship game. Auburn would have to defeat Georgia on Saturday and Missouri would have to lose one of its final two league games to either Mississippi State or Texas A&M. “I’m sure coach Spurrier will proba-

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Wednesday or even miss practice altogether after aggravating his high ankle sprain Sunday when defensive end Corey Liuget dived at his ankles in the closing minutes of Denver’s 28-20 win at San Diego.

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BRIEFLY SOCCER Mexico gets last chance to qualify Mexico has yet another coach — and a last chance to reach next year’s World Cup in Brazil. El Tri, which last missed a World Cup in 1990, opens a two-game playoff Wednesday against New Zealand, with the winner earning a World Cup berth. Mexico should be the overwhelming favorite, particularly in the first match at Azteca and the game played at an altitude of 7,350 feet. The 100,000capacity stadium is always loud and intimidating, and the thin air makes it even worse for visitors. The second leg is Nov. 20 in Wellington, New Zealand. Mexico will try to pile up the goals in hopes of an overwhelming advantage in the second game. New Zealand figures to defend heavily Wednesday and take its chances at home.

GOLF McIlroy aims to rebound Rory McIlroy has bemoaned the off-course distractions that have disrupted his 2013 season and forced him to replace winning golf titles with making trips to lawyers’ offices. The Northern Irishman is still without a victory this year as he returns to Dubai to defend the last title he captured, the World Tour Championship.

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383 yards on 67 carries. The Yellow Jackets possessed the ball for 39 minutes. Quarterback Tevin Washington notched two rushes that covered more than 45 yards. Clemson tightened its workforce last year and earned a 16-point victory. Still, Georgia Tech rushed for 339 yards on 46 attempts, an average of 7.4 yards per carry. This season, Georgia Tech ranks in the Top 5 of the Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense, thirddown conversions and

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bly keep us from knowing that stuff,” said USC defensive end Gerald Dixon, Jr. “I don’t think we’re that worried about anything but wining our game right now.” That is music to Spurrier’s ears as he understands how easy it is to lose to a team you’re favored to beat in the SEC. If the team needs a reminder it only has to look back a few weeks to its last-second loss to Tennessee.

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time of possession. “They do it very, very well, in a very precise way. You have to match that precision,” Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “It’s very hard to force 11 guys on a defense to play with great discipline every snap. They just wear you out. They do the same things over and over and over. I think guys get bored with it. That’s when you have a lot of issues.” Yet, reviewing past miscues, Clemson’s older defenders can warn their younger teammates about slacking on the job. “Do what’s good for the team,” said junior defensive tackle DeSh“Their defense has played very well,” said Spurrier. “Their offense has struggled a bit. That is why they are 4-5, I guess, right now. They’re a very good team. They clobbered us last year. “We fumbled it all over the place and got beat probably about as badly as we have in the last two or three years around here. They’re a big, strong bunch of guys that can play defense. They’re very capable on offense if they don’t turn it over, which is what got to them last week.”

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awn Williams. “Don’t be selfish against this type of offense. You’ve just got to do what you’re schemed to do and just be good at it and just whoop the guy in front of you and just have fun doing it.” Clemson’s defenders would be wise to join Williams in embracing their tedious tasks. Besides, they must perform those same tasks next week against The Citadel, which also runs the triple option. Perhaps the Tigers can encourage themselves with the same thought that comforted me that summer in the plant: “I’m done with this after two weeks.”

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South Carolina wide receivers excited by chance to step up

USC wide receiver Nick Jones (3) hauls in a catch during the Garnet and Black Spring Game in this Apr. 13 file photo. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/STAFF

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USC receiver Shamier Jeffery looks on during the opening fall practice Friday. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/STAFF

COLUMBIA — Alshon Jeffery exited for the National Football League following his junior season at the University of South Carolina. After the 2012 campaign, Ace Sanders did the same. That has opened doors for younger athletes to step in and contribute at wide receiver for the Gamecocks and they can’t wait.

“When I first came in I didn’t look too good,” said sophomore receiver Shamier Jeffery. “I’m not going to lie. I was overweight, things like that. But I have slimmed down a lot so it should be great.” A lot of the optimism for Jeffery is due to with his commitment to the USC strength and conditioning program as he has lost significant weight since entering college. See USC, Page 6B

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Gordon’s late stumble raises Kahne Winner all but secures Chase slot By Dan Gelston Associated Press

LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon had the inside line, a lead and his first win of the season in sight, usually a sure thing for Pocono’s top winner. Kasey Kahne was about out of time to pass his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. “It was either to go for it and make it work,” Kahne said. “Or not.” Cruising from the outside, Kahne got the jump he needed, zipped past Gordon and pulled away with two laps left Sunday to win at Pocono Raceway.

GOBOWLING.COM 400 1. Kasey Kahne, Chevy 2. Jeff Gordon, Chevy 3. Kurt Busch, Chevy 4. Ryan Newman, Chevy 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy Complete results, 6B

“I about gave it away when Jeff got by me,” Kahne said. Kahne recovered in the No. 5 Chevrolet for his second victory of the season, all but securing his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He had the car to beat for the final half of the 400-mile race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon nudged past Kahne after some thrilling two-wide

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racing and seemed poised to win at Pocono for the seventh time. After the final caution, Kahne was simply too fast, too strong to be denied his first win at Pocono since 2008. So close to the checkered, this loss stung Gordon. Even worse, his runner-up finish came on his 42nd birthday in his 42nd career Pocono start. “I thought all I needed to do was get in here and got to the bottom and I’d be good,” Gordon said. “He got a killer run and blasted by on the outside of me. Caught me by surprise. It just kills your momentum.” Kurt Busch, who also celebrated a birthday, Ryan NewSee KAHNE, Page 6B

Jeff Gordon, left, congratulates Kasey Kahne on winning the GoBowling.com 400. AP

LEMSON — Last year,

the most anticipated news from Clemson’s first day of fall camp was the verdict head coach Dabo Swinney rendered for star receiver Sammy Watkins. Swinney issued a two-game suspension after Watkins was arrested earlier that summer. That finally calmed a maelstrom of uncertainty that swirled the program for more than two months. This summer, the waters are already still. No. 8 Clemson and No. 7 South Carolina enjoyed quiet summers. Neither endured any incidents in the classroom or courtroom. That distances them from their pasts and distinguishes them from most of their counterparts in the Top 10 of the USA TODAY preseason coaches poll. Consider that a feat during the summer, when players’ class loads are lightened and coaches’ contact is limited. Consider that a feat when the accelerant of social media can turn the most innocuous exchange into a firestorm. This summer, Twitter feeds chronicled nearly every social step of Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. He made headlines for the golf courses and courtside seats he accessed and for the camps and parties he abruptly exited. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd’s top tweets this summer relayed workout plans, philosophical quotes or lyrics from his favorite country music songs. The most incendiary fodder for either Clemson or South Carolina rose from Gamecocks defensive end Jadaveon Clowney’s comments during the Southeastern Conference media days in July. Clowney asserted that four quarterbacks, including Boyd, are afraid of him. The comments ignited sensational speculation and heated Internet exchanges between the rival fan bases - but for only a week, until Boyd diffused the duel with a dismissive, yet diplomatic response. Aside from that, Boyd, Watkins and Clowney’s headlines have been limited primarily to announcements for award watch lists and compliments from opposing coaches. Such discipline is a product of purpose. It can be initiated by coaches but must be reinforced by players. It reveals the prevailing character in each club and how much they value the cost of the championships they are chasing. That has everything to do with maturity, leadership and sacrifice. It has nothing to do with luck. “Guys know what it takes. We need everybody on the team. The actions of a few impact many,” Clemson junior defensive tackle Josh Watson said. “So, if players want to go out there and get in trouble, it’s going to impact the whole team. “It’s about knowing how to treat their body, knowing that to get the best results, that’s not going out and going to all the parties on the weekend and putting yourself in situations to get in trouble. That’s where a lot of guys get in trouble. They feel like they have to be a part of the social scene. There’s nothing wrong with just resting on the weekend, See ROBINSON, Page 6B

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