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Notes: Jadeveon Clowney working toward a return

Injured South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney made it clear Tuesday he plans to play a lot more college football before moving on to the NFL.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 274-pound defensive end said he’s receiving treatment several times a day on the strained muscle near his rib cage so he might return in time to face Arkansas on Saturday.

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‘‘Am I fully committed? Always,’’ Clowney said. ‘‘I could've sat out. I'm not looking to sit out. I'm not that type of guy. I'm here for the team.’’

He wasn’t there for them Saturday, raising questions about his commitment to the 14th-ranked Gamecocks. Clowney said before Saturday’s game against Kentucky that he couldn’t go, saying he was in too much pain to play. The Gamecocks beat Kentucky, 35-28, without him.

An upset coach Steve Spurrier said after the game if Clowney didn’t want to play he didn’t have to, and the program would move on. The coach mellowed his tone some Sunday, saying he was frustrated that proper injury protocol — Clowney telling trainers or medical staff and that information being forwarded to the coaches — was not followed.

‘‘Obviously, we all handled it poorly. All of us did,’’ Spurrier said Tuesday.

Shaw responds

Stanford’s David Shaw is one of the most mild-mannered coaches in college football. He rarely shows emotions, and he rarely raises his voice. Not Tuesday. Speaking as passionately as he ever has, Shaw emphatically fired back at Steve Sarkisian after the Washington coach accused the Cardinal of faking injuries. Shaw opened his portion of the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference with a carefully crafted statement, saying ‘‘we don’t fake injuries, we never have and we never will. I don’t condone it. I don’t teach it. I don’t allow it.’’ After fifth-ranked Stanford (5-0, 3-0) beat then-No. 15 Washington, 31-28, on Saturday night, Sarkisian said Cardinal players were faking injuries to try to slow down the Huskies’ up-tempo offense on the final drive. ‘‘I guess that’s how we play here at Stanford,’’ Sarkisian told the station . . . Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has rested at home this week following a seizure that kept him from traveling to Saturday’s at Michigan. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys filled in for Kill on the Big Ten coaches’ call with reporters on Tuesday. Claeys said there’s no rush for Kill to return to work, with the Gophers not playing again until Oct. 19 at Northwestern. University president Eric Kaler reiterated the widespread support at the school for Kill and his ability to handle the high-profile, high-pressure job while dealing with epilepsy . . . Florida State junior safety Tyler Hunter had surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck and will miss the rest of the season. Hunter is expected to make a full recovery and will be back in 2014 . . . Cincinnati freshman receiver Mark Barr, who was hurt in a traffic accident that killed teammate Ben Flick last month, has been upgraded in an intensive care unit. A school spokesman said doctors are encouraged by his steady progress . . . Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jorge Simon continued suspended UConn tailback Joe Williams’s case on larceny and other charges until Nov. 5. The sophomore was arrested on Aug. 9 on charges of larceny, theft of a credit card, and illegal use of a credit card.

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