School's out for the summer but that doesn't mean the news stops for the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

There are reports coming out today about Steve Spurrier encouraging a player to transfer, a current commitment looking around and a new trophy for a new rivalry. 

Let's get to the notes of interest shall we?

  • Steve Spurrier has apparently "encouraged" backup quarterback Andrew Clifford to transfer in hopes of more playing time. Clifford has only played in three games for the Gamecocks in his three-year career but has fallen behind on the depth chart. It's easy to see why. Connor Shaw is the clear-cut number one quarterback for the Gamecocks. Dylan Thompson has solidified the number two spot behind him and Seth Strickland and Tanner McEvoy are battling for that third spot. Throw in Brendan Nosovitch later this summer and it's a crowded group. Garnet and Black Attack has a good article about the awkwardness of this situation and how the Gamecocks need to find more scholarships. They may not be done folks. 
  • Gamecock commitment Kight Dallas committed to South Carolina in early April but that hasn't stopped the interest in this linebacker out of Georgia. Houston has stepped forward with their recruitment of Dallas and seem to be pushing for this young man to be a part of their team. I'm sure some Gamecock fans wouldn't have a problem if he opened up his commitment and chose somewhere else based on his low-star rating alone. However, if the coaches like him enough for offer now, then I say let's do our best to keep him. 
  • Stop the presses. There is a trophy for our new found rivalry with the Missouri Tigers. Scott Hood mentioned it on Twitter just a short while ago and this is actually happening. There was talk earlier about this being the "Battle of Columbia" since both schools are located in Columbia in their respective states. No word yet on what this trophy will look like. I've seen someone throw out a visor on Twitter. Not a bad start. 

A few short notes to keep you going in this football-dry part of the year. New Gamecocks will likely be on campus late this month so we may have a few short weeks left before we start ramping up for another season. 

Hurry up football. We miss you.