Shaw will start at quarterback for Gamecocks
HARTFORD, Conn. - There's no controversy for South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, not concerning the status of starting quarterback Connor Shaw or the SEC's suspension of safety D.J. Swearinger. Spurrier said Tuesday that Shaw would start Saturday when the seventh-ranked Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0) face Misssouri. He also didn't take much issue with the league's one-game suspension of Swearinger for a helmet-to-helmet hit on UAB's Patrick Hearn last week. "Five, 10 years ago, they would call that 'it's part of football,' but it's not," Spurrier said of Swearinger's hit. Freshman T.J. Gurley will start for Swearinger, who had a 65-yard fumble return touchdown in the 49-6 victory over UAB."We're going to miss one of our brothers out there," Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson said. "But our defense is 11 people to the ball. We just have to go out there and be able to communicate, keep guys positive." Spurrier said Shaw will bring plenty of positives to South Carolina's offense, despite the injury to his right, throwing shoulder. The quarterback was first hurt in the Gamecocks' opener against Vanderbilt last month. He missed the next game, a 48-10 win over East Carolina, before starting against the Blazers. Shaw took another big hit on his shoulder right in the UAB game before halftime and did not return for the second half. Shaw said afterward he had a hairline fracture in the shoulder. Dylan Thompson has thrown for 507 yards and five touchdowns in relief of Shaw the past two games. Still, Spurrier said Shaw is ready to play against the Tigers (2-1, 0-1). "Connor Shaw was throwing the ball around very well" Monday night, Spurrier said. "He'll start. He's fine. If there's a place for Dylan to come in the game and help us try to beat Missouri, we'll certainly consider that." Missouri has some quarterback issues of its own. Tigers' starter James Franklin sat out Missouri's 24-20 victory over Arizona State last week with inflammation in his shoulder. Franklin has said he's 90 percent certain he'll play in Missouri's first SEC road game. UConn and Notre Dame might play at Fenway Connecticut and Notre Dame are reportedly in negotiations to play a football game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Day of New London and the Boston Globe, both citing officials involved in the talks, said the game would be played in 2014. UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel did not immediately return an email seeking comment Tuesday. Red Sox officials said in March the team was interested in bringing football back to Fenway. The park has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history, but none since the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-14, on Dec. 1, 1968.