COLUMBIA – Shawn Elliott has several memories of attending football games between Clemson and South Carolina.USC interim head football coach Shawn Elliott gets after the defense against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.Anyone who doesn’t believe the Gamecocks Interim Head Coach’s blood doesn’t bleed garnet and black just needs to hear one story.“A couple (Clemson/USC) games that really stand out to me has got to be probably the first one in 2010 up at their place. I had seen Carolina/Clemson games and had really experienced a lot over the years, but I had never coached in one and had never prepared for one.“It was just a really emotional day. I’ve got a lot of great Clemson friends. Boy, they were ragging and I’m ragging them back. Just to have the opportunity to kind of get that last phone call in that late evening was a fun one.”But, then, there was one rivalry game he attended that may stand out above the rest.“As a fan growing up, probably getting thrown out of Williams-Brice Stadium one time because I got a little bit too rowdy in here with some Clemson fans.”Elliott, from the time he was old enough to know what football is, has been a Gamecock fan.That means this game is not only important to him but he hopes it is to his team as well.“It’s a big week. When you go to school in South Carolina, you get someone coming up to you every day to talk about the Clemson game,” said Elliott. “What it’s going to take this year, who is going to win, and all that stuff. It’s the south, it’s college football season, and you’re going to hear that each and every day. The excitement keeps going, keeps building into practice and it’s always a fun one.“It’s an opportunity to know that one last win against the in-state rival can really make the rest of the year feel so much better than what it’s been the last few weeks for us. Our guys will have intensity and confidence. We have nothing to lose. We could easily go into our locker room and team meeting tomorrow and talk about the losses and reflect on those things, but we’re going to move forward and going to stay positive and try to make this the best week of our season. “Elliott is confident the Gamecocks will put in a good week of practice, putting the loss to The Citadel behind them.He admits to having a bad feeling about USC’s contest against the Bulldogs, however.“Up until after the Florida game, our spirits were good,” said Elliott. “I thought we were improving each and every week. I thought we had taken a hit at that moment. I was trying to do everything I could to keep our spirits up, pointing things out that they can play for and have motivation for, but I could see a chink in the armor after Florida and it carried itself into The Citadel game.“That’s my job to overcome that here in the last football game. I know I have to get that handled, and that is a difficult situation. I’ve got to get that done and that’s why I was placed in this role. That’s my job to overcome that. I think we’re going to have good spirits. We’re going to have a great week of practice and what I mean by great week, we’re going to have fun. We’re not going to hang our heads; we’re going to move forward. We’ll see what we have on Saturday for those guys.“
Arsenal completed the signing of the highly-rated 18-year-old this summer, paying Saint Etienne £27m for the privilege.The deal with the French club included Saliba spending this season on loan with the Ligue 1 side, with him making six appearances in all competitions so far.He will return to the Emirates next summer, but it seems the Gunners may have to fight off interest in him before he’s even played a game for the club.Defensa Central, a Real Madrid fan website, have an exclusive this weekend that states the club have Saliba on their list of potential targets.Embed from Getty ImagesThe website claims sources close to the club have told them Zinedine Zidane has asked Madrid to ‘closely monitor’ three players in Ligue 1 as they look for ‘the new Varane’.One of those is Saliba, who they claim ‘remains on the Madrid agenda’ despite his move to the Emirates this summer.It’s not stated that they will be making a move, but Zidane has reportedly asked Madrid ‘to push’ for his signing, suggesting that a potential effort could be on the cards.Of course, the claim should be taken with a pinch of salt given the nature of the source, but given Madrid were interested in the past and Saliba has been widely regarded as the next Varane, there could be some truth to it.Arsenal are unlikely to even consider any approach, especially given they only signed him this summer, but that’s unlikely to stop Madrid if this interest is genuine.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo Real Madrid are eyeing up a move for Arsenal defender William Saliba, despite the fact he only signed for the Gunners this summer.