South Carolina officials looking into vandalism

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Clemson and South Carolina don’t meet on the football field until the end of November.

But someone is getting an early start on the rivalry by painting a Tiger paw on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

The paw also was painted on one of the train cars known as “Cockabooses” parked next to the stadium, along with the phrase “Go Tigers.”

South Carolina officials say they are investigating the vandalism.

The teams meet in Columbia this year on Nov. 30. South Carolina has won the past four games.

FLORIDA STATE: Quarter­back Clint Trickett has been released from his scholarship and will transfer another school.

The junior is on target to graduate in May. Trickett had been competing for the starting job during spring practice, which wrapped up Saturday.

He completed 22 of 32 for 259 yards during the spring game, but redshirt freshman Jameis Winston was the star and seemed to establish himself as the front-runner to start this season. Sophomore Jacob Coker is also in the mix.

Because Trickett is graduating, he can transfer and be eligible to play next season.

N.C. STATE: Is looking for a new quarterback to go with its new offense.

Coach Dave Doeren is wrapping up his first set of spring practices with a competition between Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas and Manny Stocker. The winner will inherit the starting job first held by Russell Wilson – who later transferred to Wisconsin and is now with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks – then Mike Glennon, a potential first-round draft pick later this month.

“They’re getting better,” Doeren said. “I told somebody the other day: I just don’t think it’s fair to make a decision on a guy that doesn’t know your offense yet. I think we’ve got to give those kids a chance to play football without thinking. We’re not there yet.”

FLORIDA: Hired Jeff Choate as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

Choate, who coached last season at Washington State, went to Gainesville, Fla., after serving as Texas-El Paso’s defensive coordinator the past few months.

TENNESSEE: Coach Butch Jones believes the use of some unusual sound effects this spring can help the Volunteers make a little more noise this fall.

The honk of a car alarm or the roar of a jet engine occasionally have replaced the standard soundtrack of rock and rap music during the Vols’ first spring practice under Jones.

ARIZONA: Coming off a stellar sophomore season, Austin Hill was expected to become one of the nation’s best receivers in 2013.

Instead, he might have to spend most, if not all of the season, on the sideline after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in spring practice last week.


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