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Fans Enjoy Annual Spurrier Ladies Clinic

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This past Saturday over 850 women packed The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium to kick off the 2012 Steve Spurrier Ladies Clinic. The program started with each coach speaking briefly about their position group as well as panel discussions with the wives and families of the staff and several players and players' moms.

"I was raised with sports and my father has always been a season ticket holder so I know some of the terms, but learning more about what the positions on the field actually are, what are linebackers, what are defensive backs, I didn't know all of that," said Shannon Ellison of Honea Path, SC. "It was nice to hear that; it makes you understand more about what's going on when you actually watch the ball games."

Ellison's friend, Sheila Brazeal also from Honea Path, agreed. "I didn't realize there were so many signs and signals," she said. "I thought there were just a couple little basic things, but I didn't know that every move they make meant something."

The mothers in the audience all seemed to relate as Marcus Lattimore's mom, Yolanda Smith, answered a question about battling a security guard to get on the field after her son was injured on the road at Mississippi State. Laughs roared as Kelcy Quarles' mother, Mattie, displayed her famous stare that defensive line coach Brad Lawing joked he saw far too many times during the recruiting process. Many of the fans in attendance also loved the chance to hear from the players themselves and get to know more about them off the field. Senior defensive end Devin Taylor in particular had his personality on display, opting to crown himself with a glittery blue tiara for the occasion.

"They looked like they were having fun and they didn't mind being here," said Ellison. "I'm sure coming and talking in front of a bunch of women is not their top priority especially on a Saturday. I was grateful that they were here to talk to us."

After a break for lunch and mingling, and announcing winners for various door prizes and raffles, the group broke off to check out the meeting rooms, weight room and eventually took the field to the sounds of "2001" for some (easy, don't worry) touchdown and interception drills with the coaching staff.

Longtime fan Sandy Moore of Easley (attending the Ladies Clinic for her 7th time) said there is only one problem with the event:

"I just get too excited about it. I'm ready for football as soon as I leave! I'm ready, let's go."

Check out a photo slideshow from the event:
 




Did you miss this year's clinic? Check back on GamecocksOnline.com next year for more information. The 2012 football season is only a few months away! Season tickets are available.
  

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