South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will have surgery on his left foot today.
Athletic spokesman Steve Fink said on Thursday that Shaw would have the operation. It was not yet known if Shaw’s surgery would limit his time at spring practice.
Coach Steve Spurrier has said he plans to have both Shaw, a senior next year, and Dylan Thompson ready to play for the Gamecocks. Thompson will be a junior next season.
Shaw sprained his foot in a win over Tennessee on Oct. 27 and dealt with the problem in wins over Arkansas and Wofford. However, he sat out the Gamecocks 27-17 victory over Clemson on Nov. 24 because of the injury.
After more than a month of rest, Shaw returned as starter in the Outback Bowl against Michigan. Yet, the injury surfaced again on South Carolina’s final drive against the Wolverines and Spurrier replaced Shaw with Thompson.
Shaw passed for 224 yards against the Wolverines, connecting on a 56-yard touchdown throw to Damiere Byrd and a 31-yard scoring pass to bowl MVP Ace Sanders as South Carolina finished the season 11-2. Shaw re-aggravated his foot injury on the a first-down throw during the final drive and Thompson replaced him.
SUGAR BOWL: Terell Floyd and Louisville gave the embattled Big East Conference at least one more triumphant night in a major bowl – and at the expense of a top team from the mighty Southeastern Conference.
Floyd returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play, dual-threat quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directed a handful of scoring drives and the No. 22 Cardinals stunned fourth-ranked Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night.
“I can’t speak for the whole Big East, but I can speak for Louisville and I think this means a lot for us,” Floyd said. “We showed the world we can play with the best.”
The Big East wasn’t getting much respect. Louisville, the league champion, was a two-touchdown underdog in the Sugar Bowl.
But by the end, the chant, “Charlie, Charlie!” echoed from sections of the Superdome occupied by red-clad Cardinals fans. It was their way of serenading third-year Louisville coach Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator for the Gators, who has elevated Cardinals football to new heights and recently turned down a chance to leave for the top job at Tennessee.
ALABAMA: All-America center Barrett Jones is still wearing a protective boot on his injured left foot but says he’ll be ready to go when the No. 2 Crimson Tide play No. 1 Notre Dame in Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game.
AUBURN: Hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams and running backs coach. Bisaccia spent the last 11 seasons coaching in the NFL, working in San Diego the past two seasons after nine years at Tampa Bay.
Bisaccia spent the first 19 years of his career in the college ranks.
VIRGINIA: Coach Mike London filled out his coaching staff, hiring former Boston College and North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien to be his associate head coach for offense and coach tight ends, Jon Tenuta to be his associate head coach for defense and defensive coordinator, and Jeff Banks to coach special teams and running backs.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Coach Jay Mills resigned after 10 seasons leading the Buccaneers’ program.
LEAVING EARLY: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell will enter the NFL Draft.