South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is proud he’s part of school history, helping lead the Gamecocks to their most wins in a two-year stretch.
After consecutive 11-victory seasons and no Southeastern Conference division titles, Shaw said the team is seeking that next step – the phrase they wear on their workout shirts – to bigger things. Shaw, whose 17-3 as a starter, acknowledged the program unprecedented success.
“But after two season of it, you want more,” he said.
“You get a little taste of it and you want more.”
From what Shaw’s seen in offseason workouts, he believes the Gamecocks are capable of winning the SEC Eastern Division for the second time in four seasons.
“Our goal,” he says, “is to get to Atlanta. We’ll see what happens from there.”
South Carolina has had nearly full attendance at voluntary workouts, according to Shaw.
There’s an added intensity to make the work count as the players close in on fall practice, which begins Aug. 2.
“Everybody’s been here. Everybody’s working hard,” fullback Connor McLaurin said. “We know we’ve got goals and we work every day to get better. When the season’s here, then we’ll get rolling.”
PENN STATE: The university could soon be paying out millions of dollars to victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after disclosing Friday it had tentative agreements with some of the young men who say he sexually abused them.
The school does not plan to comment on specifics until the deals are made final, which could happen in the coming weeks.
University president Rodney Erickson called getting approval for settlement offers “another important step toward the resolution of claims from Sandusky’s victims.”
Sandusky, 69, was convicted a year ago of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including violent attacks on boys inside school facilities.
LOUISIANA STATE: Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill has pleaded guilty to simple battery in connection with a bar fight in April.
Hill entered the plea Friday in state district court in Baton Rouge. He was not sentenced to jail time, but his future with the team remains in question: It was not immediately clear how the plea will affect his probation stemming from his January 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Judge Michael Erwin ordered Hill to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $175 toward the medical bills of a victim in the fight.