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  1. Gamecocks, black helmets in years 1 and 2 against Clemson. Those didn’t go very well. But we seem to like black at night and are due to wear them again. I’m predicting: Helmet: Black Jersey: White Pants: Garnet
  2. South Carolina where will they go bowling? November 18, 2018 South Carolina is now bowl eligible at 6-5 with only Clemson & Akron left to play, at the least, the Gamecock should finish the regular season at 7-5. At this point, most projections do not believe that the Southeastern Conference will have enough teams qualify for the postseason to fill all of its bowl spots. And that could be good news for the fans who don’t want to make a trip to Birmingham, Ala. for the second time in three years. (MORE)
  3. To coach his team this week, Will Muschamp will have to miss a big moment as a dad November 14, 2018 THE STATE Last season, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp was fortunate to not have to make the choice between the job of being a college football coach and being a dad. This year, he’ll have to miss a big moment for his son Jackson, as many coaches do while they guide other parents’ kids. Jackson Muschamp will quarterback Hammond in the SCISA Class 3A state title game Saturday night. He was on a title winning team last year, but playing safety rather than quarterback. His dad made it for at least part of the game, slipping out of the postgame of a Gamecocks win against Wofford. But this season, South Carolina’s tilt with FCS Chattanooga starts at 7:30 p.m., the same time his son’s game kicks off. Will Muschamp didn’t directly address missing the game but he spoke about the line a college coach with kids has to walk. “I’m a dad,” Will Muschamp said. “I’m not a coach. I’m probably the easiest guy coach Kimrey’s got out there to deal with. I understand the things he goes through. I just enjoy watching my son play.” At one point this season, he relinquished his weekly radio show to assistants to go watch his son. Missing a child’s moments are something all too common in the competitive, high-stress world of college spots. It’s also the first time Jackson Muschamp will have a game while his father coaches. “I never experienced it before,” Jackson Muschamp said. “It is going to be kind of weird but I am excited for our game.” Jackson Muschamp worked behind Corbett Glick last season. Glick is now a walk-on with the Gamecocks. In his first season starting, Muschamp has completed 169 of 253 passes (66.8 percent) for 2,695 yards, 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions and is trying to lead the SkyHawks to their 10th title in 15 seasons. Hammond will face a First Baptist squad it beat 28-21 earlier this season. First Baptist won last year’s 2A title. Will Muschamp has recruiting ties to both schools, as he was at one point looking at First Baptist tailback Michel Dukes and he is currently recruiting Hammond five-star lineman Jordan Burch and four-star Alex Huntley. So he had a few thoughts on the game. “Erik Kimrey does a fantastic job at Hammond, and they’ve got a really good football team and a bunch of good players and an outstanding staff,” Will Muschamp said. “Really proud of Jackson and the year he’s had. He’s got a lot of weapons to throw to. I guess I can’t comment on them. “They’ve got a really talented bunch and First Baptist and Johnny Water, the head coach there, does an outstanding job. They had a really tight ballgame down in Charleston.” So what will the father be able to offer his son for pregame advice? “He will send me a long text telling me good luck, play hard, everything,” Jackson Muschamp said. “All that good stuff.”
  4. There is a silver lining in South Carolina’s less-than-stellar season November 14, 2018 THE STATE We all missed a positive milestone amidst the wreckage of South Carolina’s deflating 35-31 loss to Florida last week. Coming on the heels of the Gamecocks 48-44 win over Ole Miss, it marked the first time under head coach Will Muschamp that South Carolina has scored more than 30 points in back-to-back games. It’s only the second time the Gamecocks have done it in any games. The defense may be hanging on by a thread, but South Carolina’s offense is getting better. Under first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, the Gamecocks are averaging 31 points, 160 rushing yards and 250.7 passing yards per game. All three numbers are the highest since Muschamp took over the program in 2016. “I think the offense as a whole it kind of gave us a boost to play well (against Florida),” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “At the end of the day though, we didn’t win. We had the opportunity to win the game and go score, and we didn’t. That’s the glaring thing for sure.” Still, South Carolina is fifth in the SEC in scoring and sixth in total offense. “The way we are scoring points is how we want to play no matter what,” Muschamp said. “We want to be high-powered on offense and score a lot of points.” The concern of many USC fans when Muschamp was hired was that his inability to field a first-rate offense during his time as Florida’s head coach was a sign that he was unable to do that. This year has proven those worries unfounded. Now, about that defense.
  5. South Carolina vs. Norfolk State South Carolina-Norfolk State basketball: How to watch, what to watch for November 12, 2018 Game info Who: Norfolk State (2-1) at South Carolina (1-1) When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Colonial Life Arena KenPom prediction: South Carolina 81, Norfolk State 62 TV: SEC Network Plus (Accessed via ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app) Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: South Carolina leads, 1-0. Last meeting: Nov. 14, 2015 – South Carolina won 84-69 in Columbia NORFOLK STATE Coach: Robert Jones (89-83 in six seasons at Norfolk State) Projected starters: G Mastadi Pitt (6.7 points per game), G Nic Thomas (13.7), G Derrick Jamerson (7.3), F Alex Long (6.3), F Jordan Butler (7.7) Last game: Beat Clarion 74-46 on Nov. 10 in Norfolk, Va. Notes: The Spartans have wins over a Division II opponent (Clarion) and Division III opponent (Mid-Atlantic Christian University). Their loss was to No. 19 Michigan. ... NSU’s lone NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2012 when, playing as a No. 15 seed, upset No. 2 Missouri. ... Norfolk State was picked third in the preseason MEAC poll. ... Butler (173) and Long (107) rank second and fifth among NSU’s career blocks leaders. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (231-145 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 114-91). Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (9.0), G A.J. Lawson (16.0), G/F Justin Minaya (370), F Chris Silva (10.0), F Maik Kotsar (6.5) Last game: Fell to Stony Brook 83-81 on Nov. 9 at home Notes: The Stony Brook result snapped USC’s 28-game home winning streak against non-Power 5 conference opponents. ... Through a week of action, the Gamecocks are last in the SEC in field goal percentage (39.7) and next-to-last in 3-point field goal percentage (22.0). ... Kotsar didn’t record a rebound against Stony Brook. That was a first in the junior’s career. ... Lawson’s 23 points against the Seawolves were the most by a USC freshman since Sindarius Thornwell dropped 25 at Georgia on Jan. 22, 2014. STORYLINES 1. Needed bounce-back South Carolina could not only use a win, but a comfortable win where there’s little doubt about the best team on the floor. Through three opportunities this season (exhibition loss to Augusta included), the Gamecocks have hardly looked mighty despite on-paper inferior competition. Frank Martin said after the Stony Brook loss that he’s still excited about his team. A convincing victory can help the fan base feel that way, too. 2. Spotlight on Silva, Kotsar USC lost to Stony Brook and Chris Silva couldn’t do anything about it. Carolina’s All-SEC forward sat the final 10:18 with four fouls. Martin said he didn’t even consider bringing the senior back because his ball-screen defense was so porous. Maik Kotsar was involved in Friday’s stretch run, but the junior’s goose-egg in the rebound column didn’t sit well with Martin. Two years after starting on a Final Four team, Silva and Kotsar are showing signs of regression. There’s still plenty of season left, but Martin’s been cleared about the pressure he’s putting on his most veteran players. 3. A look-ahead? Norfolk State and South Carolina share Michigan as a common opponent. The Wolverines are scheduled to face the Gamecocks on Dec. 8 — and could match up with them this weekend in Connecticut as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Here’s what the Wolverines did to the Spartans on Nov. 6: Held them to 13 first half points, three 3-pointers (on 12 attempts) and forced 13 turnovers. Michigan won, 63-44. Can USC compete with the Wolverines? Perhaps Tuesday’s game can provide a few clues.
  6. As losses vs. ranked teams mount, what exactly is Will Muschamp's ceiling? November 13, 2018 SDS When the clock hit zero in Gainesville on Saturday, reality set in for South Carolina. Another ranked team, another loss. The latest was even more crushing than usual after Will Muschamp blew a 17-point lead in the final 16 minutes against his former team. It marked the fourth time in as many games this year that the Gamecocks dropped to a ranked opponent, and it was actually the ninth consecutive loss to a Top-25 foe dating to 2016. Not since Muschamp’s first year in Columbia have the Gamecocks taken down a ranked team (and it was against Butch Jones, so there should probably be an asterisk on that one). A 1-11 record vs. Top 25 teams in his first 3 years isn’t ideal. With a road trip to unbeaten Clemson in a couple weeks, the odds of that getting better before bowl season aren’t great. As a result of that woeful record against quality foes, South Carolina hasn’t been recognized as one. The Gamecocks spent a total of 1 week of the Muschamp era in the Associated Press Top 25 … which ended when they got their teeth kicked in by Georgia at home in Week 2. With Muschamp staring at a mediocre Year 3 that’ll ultimately fall short of high preseason expectations, the question is not about his job security. Someone a year removed from being an SEC Coach of the Year candidate doesn’t deserve that, especially if you look at what he inherited. But it’s perfectly fair to ask the question now — what’s South Carolina’s upside with Muschamp? One of my unpopular offseason takes was that I thought the Gamecocks overachieved in 2017 and that they were due for some regression. I repeatedly brought up the stat about going 6-1 in 1-score games. South Carolina only faced 2 ranked teams in 2017 and was outscored by an average of 19 points. So yeah, even with all of that offensive talent returning combined with the upgrades to the offensive coaching staff, I questioned how South Carolina was going to take another next step. Muschamp’s defense was young and I thought the division would be tougher than it was last year. That’s the thing that probably doesn’t sit well long-term with Gamecocks. With new coaches, Florida and Tennessee already look like they have higher ceilings than South Carolina. After all, the Gators and Vols each have multiple wins against ranked opponents this year. This year hasn’t exactly been a good sign that Muschamp’s group will rise above mediocrity in what looked like an extremely winnable division when he arrived. There’s also the “here we go again” concern. Muschamp, as many remember, took that major Year 2 leap at Florida. In Year 3, the Gators went from contender to 4-win team. Ultimately, he couldn’t get close enough back to contender status in Year 4 to warrant him keeping his job. Even he admitted that. Obviously expectations at South Carolina aren’t that high and to be fair, the Year 3 drop-off won’t be nearly as drastic as it was in Gainesville. That’s why Muschamp shouldn’t be a “hot seat” candidate this offseason. But in the coming months, expect to see plenty people in the anti-Muschamp crowd throw these numbers out: .ms-elegant-main { border: 2.25pt double black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-tl { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-left { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-top { font-family: small-caps; font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } .ms-elegant-even { font-weight: normal; color: black; border-left-style: none; border-right: .75pt solid black; border-top-style: none; border-bottom: .75pt solid black; background-color: white; } Will Muschamp First 3 seasons at Florida First 3 seasons at SC Overall record 22-16 20-15 SEC record 13-11 12-12 Winning division records 1 1 Record vs. ranked teams 4-11 1-11 A look at those numbers and it’s natural to wonder just how high Muschamp’s upside is. The other part of this that I haven’t brought up yet is the recruiting. Muschamp recruited well at Florida, and some argued that Jim McElwain’s consecutive division titles to start his tenure were a result of that. Maybe that’s true. It’s amazing to think that there were still players that Muschamp recruited who partook in Florida’s comeback win on Saturday. Muschamp is in position to sign his fourth Top 25 class at South Carolina. If he can finish better than No. 18 — that’s where the 2019 class is ranked nationally — he’ll have one-upped South Carolina’s recruiting every year since he’s been there. The fact that he has commitments from blue-chip quarterback recruit Ryan Hilinski and 5-star defensive end and South Carolina native Zacch Pickens bodes well for this year’s class. Muschamp also signed an extension in January that’ll keep him under contract through 2023, which bodes well for him continuing to make strides on the recruiting trail (there’s still probably a ceiling of somewhere around No. 15 nationally given what Clemson is right now). That’s the good news. But the bad news is that until South Carolina starts beating at least some ranked teams, many will question how much the recruiting rankings really matter. In Muschamp’s 3 full recruiting cycles at Florida, he signed 3 top-9 classes, 2 of which were in the top 3. Still, when those recruits should have been the heart of his roster in 2013 and 2014, his teams were 1-6 against ranked opponents. That wasn’t just because of Muschamp’s quarterback issues. That’s all in the past, though. There’s no guarantee that history repeats itself as South Carolina continues to rebuild its roster after Steve Spurrier let it deteriorate. Let’s not forget that coming into this season, South Carolina was ranked No. 119 in percentage of returning defensive production. The Gamecocks do have promising young defensive players in the secondary who figure to be the backbone of an improved defense in 2019. And while the Gamecocks still struggle to run the ball too much, one should feel better about the overall direction of the offense under Bryan McClendon and Dan Werner compared to the previous staff. That’s true regardless of if Jake Bentley returns for his senior season (I expect he will). So what does that all add up to? I honestly think that South Carolina’s ceiling is as a fringe Top 25 team that can beat at least 1 ranked foe per season. The Gamecocks simply don’t have the upside they did under Spurrier, which is fine. It doesn’t mean Muschamp is a bad coach and that he should be replaced. The fact that his arrival happened to coincide with Clemson and Georgia turning into juggernauts is going to continue to frustrate the fan base. If Florida sustains its place as a top-15 program as many expect it will, it’ll be even tougher for some to accept the Gamecocks playing second fiddle. But keep this in mind: A little over 2 years ago, we were talking about a program that was off to a 2-4 start and looking like it was destined for its second consecutive season in the East cellar. Muschamp has indeed raised the expectations in Columbia. Only time will tell if he can actually beat some quality foes and raise them again.
  7. South Carolina Gamecock vs Stony Brook Seawolves November 08, 2018 Game info Who: Stony Brook (1-0) at South Carolina (1-0) When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Colonial Life Arena KenPom prediction: South Carolina 78, Stony Brook 62 TV: SEC Network Plus (Accessed via ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app) Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: First meeting STONY BROOK Coach: Jeff Boals (32-33 in three seasons at Stony Brook) Projected starters: G Miles Latimer (15.0 points per game), G Jaron Cornish (5.0), G Elijah Olaniyi (18.0), F Akwasi Yeboah (12.0), C Jeff Otchere (4.0) Last game: Beat George Washington, 77-74 (overtime), in Washington, D.C. Notes: The Seawolves, 13-19 finishers last year, were picked fourth in the preseason American East poll. They’re three seasons removed from their last NCAA Tournament appearance. ... Yeboah, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, was a preseason all-conference pick. Olaniyi is the reigning American East Rookie of the Year. ... Cornish is the only senior on the roster. Stony Brook features five freshmen, six sophomores and two juniors. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (231-144 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 114-90). Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (3.0), G A.J. Lawson (9.0), G/F Justin Minaya (3.0), F Chris Silva (13.0), F Maik Kotsar (6.0) Last game: Beat USC Upstate, 65-52, at home Notes: The Gamecocks are seeking a 2-0 start for a fourth straight season. ... Despite a limited bench, Carolina’s reserves — Hassani Gravett, Felipe Haase and Keyshawn Bryant — made up 48 percent of the Gamecocks’ scoring and 42 percent of their rebounding against USC Upstate. ... South Carolina had 13 more turnovers than assists Tuesday. The last time it had a ratio that bad? Feb. 24, 2018, when the Gamecocks had 21 turnovers to just eight assists in an overtime loss to Mississippi State. STORYLINES 1. No lead is safe South Carolina is playing a team that just pulled off the most stunning comeback of this young college basketball season. Stony Brook was down 22-0 nearly 10 minutes into its opener against George Washington. The Sewolves didn’t make their first field goal until the 9:17 mark of the first half. They trailed for 39:59 of regulation before outscoring the Colonials, 14-11, in overtime. No USC lead is safe Friday. 2. 3-pointer watch After going 0-for-18 against USC Upstate, the Gamecocks are on 3-pointer watch Friday. They’re due for at least a couple makes against Stony Brook. The Seawolves, though, allowed GW to hit just six of 20 3s Tuesday. Who’s the top candidate to give Carolina its first 3 of the 2018-19 season? Campbell led the team in attempts Tuesday with four. Lawson, Minaya and Gravett each tried three times from deep. 3. Bryant’s encore What’s next for the freshman? Bryant drove and dunked his way to 21 points in his Gamecock debut. The 6-foot-6 wing won’t be as much a mystery to Stony Brook than what he was to Upstate.
  8. As we get ready to watch the game: Five questions for South Carolina’s game against Florida November 09, 2018 South Carolina (5-3 overall, 4-3 SEC) plays No. 19 Florida (6-3, 4-3) on Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Here are five burning questions heading into that game” Who will carry USC running game? Leading rusher Rico Dowdle returned to practice Wednesday, but it’s tough to believe Dowdle is going to be full strength after watching him get helped off the field last week against Ole Miss due to an ankle injury. Second-leading rusher Ty’Son Williams broke a bone in his hand against the Rebels and was wearing a hard cast early in the week. He hopes to be able to transition to a soft cast for the game, but it could be that Mon Denson and A.J. Turner take most of the carries against Florida. Given that Denson is coming off a career-high 102 yards and Turner led the team in rushing last year that’s hardly cause for panic, but it could create a depth issue for South Carolina. Can Gamecocks stop Gators running game? Florida doesn’t have a running back in the top 10 of the SEC, and the Gators running game statistically is in the middle of the pack, but South Carolina has a lot of respect for Florida backs Lamical Perine, Jordan Scarlett and Dameon Pierce. “They have three great running backs,” safety Steven Montac said. That trio averages 5.77 yards per carry, while the Gamecocks are 12th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 182 yards per game on the ground. Florida doesn’t love the way quarterback Feleipe Franks is playing right now, but that won’t matter if South Carolina can’t stop the run. The Gators run the ball on 57.4 percent of their snaps. Can South Carolina win in The Swamp? No South Carolina coach other than Steve Spurrier has beaten the Gators in Florida. The Gamecocks are 2-14 all-time in The Swamp. South Carolina and then-freshman quarterback Jake Bentley were completely overwhelmed in their last trip to Gainesville, but Bentley and head coach Will Muschamp believe a more veteran Gamecocks team will handle the environment better this week. Florida’s home field certainly hasn’t been invincible this year. The Gators have lost to both Kentucky and Missouri in The Swamp in Dan Mullen’s first year as head coach. Will Gamecocks take next step? This is a very significant game for South Carolina for two reasons. First, the Gamecocks could post back-to-back winning seasons in the SEC for just the fourth time in school history with a win. Second, they could snap an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams. Both of those would be meaningful markers of progress in Muschamp’s third season, and the outcome of this game will go a long way toward shaping the narrative of how South Carolina enters the 2019 season. Are the Gators in disarray? The question that might have the most impact on the game has nothing to do with South Carolina. Florida appears to be in some level of turmoil entering Saturday’s game. The Gators were considering a change at quarterback until backup Kyle Trask suffered a season-ending injury in practice this week. Earlier in the week, Mullen denied rumors of a locker room incident involving Franks, the starting quarterback, and the general mood in Gainesville is low. Florida fans were high on Dan Mullen after he beat LSU, but if he loses at home to Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina in his first season, Gator fans aren’t going to be happy. That reality probably is resting heavy on Florida’s coaches and players this week.
  9. Gamecock veteran on having to sit out: ‘I went home, and I was just real sad’ November 08, 2018 THE STATE There’s a certain unbalance that comes with playing football on the college level. Players spend the offseason working. There are endless lifts, practices, film sessions, all that. And it all builds to what? Twelve games a year, maybe 13, maybe more if a team is lucky. So each one carries weight, each chance to a player has a level of preciousness. This season, Gamecocks tailback A.J. Tuner felt the weight of being deprived of it. The fourth-year junior got hurt early, then suffered a concussion that knocked him out against Missouri and kept him out against Texas A&M and through the bye week. He was finally cleared before Tennessee, but didn’t actually get a carry until the last week’s Ole Miss game. And that kind of thing wears on a player, feeling games slipping away. “To be honest, it was definitely hard on me, being hurt,” Turner said. “There’s not a lot of games in the season. At first I was really kind of bummed about it. I still am. I missed games. You don’t really get this year back. At the end of the day, I’m here. I’m still here. I’m still standing. I’m healthy. Not everybody can say that. No everybody has that ability.” There’s a factor of the unknown with a concussion. It’s not a knee or an ankle with a clearer timeline. Gamecocks safety Nick Harvey has been out a month with one, with no end in sight. Turner said the uncertainty left him down, but going through that means he takes less for granted. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp pointed out Turner is that breed of player who just loves playing any way he can. He’s not been as large a part of the rotation because of USC’s running back depth, so he helps on four special teams units, doing the dirty work that often goes unnoticed. “It’s a frustrating time,” Muschamp said. “As much time as we put in as players through the offseason program and the lifting and all the commitment that you have, to just have 12 opportunities that you can go out there and play and you get some of those opportunities taken, it’s very frustrating. People have no idea the amount of time these young men put in.” Quarterback Jake Bentley said he saw teammates supporting Turner and making sure he remained part of the group. Players doing their rehab work are often off to the side, and there can be some isolation in that. “I think it’s a testament to the group of guys that’s in the running back room,” Bentley said. “All those running backs pick each other up. “I think that’s one of the hardest things when someone gets hurt, kind of not feeling like they’re part of the team anymore. But the running backs just do an outstanding job of staying together. Bentley added he’d seen some of the running backs join Turner in “the pit,” a sand pit where players not in full practice work with strength staffers. Turner has been a fixture in USC’s backfield for three years now. He was the opening-day starter in 2016 as a redshirt freshman, beating out veterans such as David Williams. He watched Rico Dowdle take the top spot in the second half of that season, but ended up leading the 2017 Gamecocks in carries, becoming the last back standing after injuries and other factors. This season, working behind Rico Dowdle and Ty’Son Williams, he has 26 carries for 148 yards. He’s been one of USC’s more explosive backs and scored his first touchdown of the year against Ole Miss last week. The Gamecocks will go into this week’s showdown at Florida with Williams nursing a broken hand and Dowdle on a bum ankle. That likely means more Mon Denson and more Turner, something that’s not much of a surprise as the team often seems to turn to him. But whatever the workload, just being out there will be enough. “Just wanted to be out there so bad,” Turner said. “I know there’s days I went home and I was just real sad that I couldn’t play. I’m here now.
  10. Gamecocks pursuing a little piece of history against Florida November 07, 2018 South Carolina football won’t be headed to the SEC championship game on Dec. 1. The Gamecocks can’t even finish second in the East division, which they were predicted to do in the preseason. But USC will still be fighting for some conference pride when it plays Florida this Saturday. At 4-3 in league play, Carolina and coach Will Muschamp are looking to match last season’s 5-3 mark in the SEC, which would mark one of the few times since the program joined the conference in 1992 that teams have posted back-to-back winning records. The exact number of times it’s been done depends on how you count — it occurred once in 2000-2001, and then again each year from 2010 through 2013, so two or three times. Muschamp said if his team wins Saturday, he would consider it the fourth time the milestone has been hit, and in his mind, it’s an important one for that he’s been talking about with his players. “It’s just progress. You’re making progress in the program, you’re seeing the progress, being able to have tangible results for your team and your fanbase, and that is something that’s important to our football team,” Muschamp said. That progress seemed to more motivation for Muschamp than his own personal history with Florida, which has been well documented and which he continued to downplay Tuesday. “For me, it’s another SEC East opponent. I know that y’all have a hard time believing that, but it really is. We spend as much time in the office as we do every other week that we have,” Muschamp said. “It’s another great opportunity for our team on the road. If you want to continue to move the program forward, you need to win tough road games, and this will be a tough road game.” A win Saturday would also secure a third place finish in the SEC East for South Carolina, along with bowl eligibility and the 46th season in program history with at least six wins. A bowl berth would also make Muschamp just the second coach in program history, alongside Steve Spurrier, to make three consecutive bowl trips. At the end of the day, of course, the Gamecocks have plenty to play for just from their own intrinsic motivation, without the added desire for consecutive winning seasons in the conference, junior quarterback Jake Bentely said. “It’s just a matter of pride. We’ve played this game since we were five years old, and no one likes to lose. It’s about taking a stand and doing whatever it takes to get wins,” Bentley said.
  11. South Carolina vs South Carolina Upstate Gamecocks Host USC Upstate In Season Opener Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 11/5/2018 GCF Staff Report GAME NOTES LIVE STATSTWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina begins its 111th season of varsity basketball on Tuesday when it hosts USC Upstate in the 2018-19 season opener at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Spartans. STARTING FIVE> South Carolina is 81-29 all-time in season openers and the Gamecocks have not lost a season lidlifter since suffering a 73-67 loss to Tennessee Tech to open the 2000-01 campaign. Carolina posted a 73-52 win in last season's opener at Wofford. Frank Martin is undefeated at 11-0 in season lidlifters during his career as a head coach (5-0 at Kansas State, 6-0 at Carolina).> Beginning with Tuesday's matchup vs. USC Upstate, Carolina will play five games over the course of a 13-day span.> Senior forward Chris Silva is Carolina's top returning scorer and rebounder to the floor this season after averaging a team high 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game a season ago. Silva has garnered several preseason accolades, including Preaseason All-SEC First Team honors by the media, while he was also named to the Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List and the Naismith Trophy Watch List.> The Gamecocks return 64.6 percent of their scoring from last season, just 37.9 percent of made 3-point baskets and 75.8 percent of rebounds.> Senior guard Hassani Gravett led the Gamecocks with 18 points, hitting six of his 10 attempts from the floor, including four 3s, in Carolina's exhibition vs. Augusta. Gravett is the Gamecocks' top returning assist maker after averaging a team best 3.6 per outing in 2017-18.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin enters his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Silva is the SEC's top returning rebounder after pacing the Gamecocks with 8.0 per game last season. He also averaged a Carolina high 14.3 points per game a year ago. > Gravett, Silva and junior forward Maik Kotsar were all part of Carolina's 2017 Final Four team. > Gravett led Carolina with 18 points in the Oct. 26 exhibition vs. Augusta University, while graduate student guard Tre Campbell added 13 points and three assists. Campbell was also 8-of-9 at the free throw line in the matchup.> Carolina welcomes eight newcomers to its roster this season, including a pair of transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden(transfer/George Washington/guard), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss (freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson(freshman/forward) join the Garnet and Black this fall.SCOUTING THE SPARTANS> USC Upstate is led by first-year head coach Dave Dickerson. Dickerson, a long-time assistant at Ohio State under Thad Matta, was the head coach at Tulane for five seasons, and is a native of Olar, S.C.> The Spartans are led by senior guard Deion Holmes, the team's top returning scorer after averaging a career best 15.5 per game last season. He tallied 21 double-figure scoring games as a junior, including seven with 20 or more points.> Holmes was recently named to the Big South Second Team Preseason All-Conference squad, and the Spartans were picked to finish 11th.> Upstate returns six letterwinners from last season, which also includes the team's top returning rebounder in Malik Moore (6.1 rebounds per game last season) and its top returning assist maker, as Jure Span dished 4.1 per game last season.FAMILY CONNECTION> Tuesday's matchup vs. the Spartans will not only showcase Gamecock head coach Frank Martin on one end of the court, but also his oldest son, Brandon, on the other end, as the younger Martin is a freshman forward for the Spartans this season and set to make his college debut on Tuesday night. A standout at Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, Brandon averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds per game during his senior season, and was a three-time all-region and two-time all-state honoree. Brandon, a member of the National Honor Society, is a business major at USC Upstate.
  12. What we learned from South Carolina’s win over Ole Miss November 05, 2018 South Carolina (5-3 overall, 4-3 SEC) came from behind to beat Ole Miss (5-4, 1-4) 48-44 in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. Here are five things we learned from that game: This team is fun to watch That is, if you can survive the heart palpitations. Saturday’s 92 total points made the game the fifth-highest scoring game in Gamecocks history. It was the first time in school history both teams topped 43 points in the game. Add this game to the dramatic 37-35 win over Missouri and four straight games decided by four or fewer points and South Carolina is putting together one of its most entertaining seasons in a while. Seventeen of head coach Will Muschamp’s games at South Carolina have been one-possession games (eight points or less), which is the most of any FBS team in the country in the last three years, according to ESPN’s research. Under Muschamp, the Gamecocks are 5-1 in games decided by three points or less and 13-4 in games decided by eight points or less. Whatever mental switch Jake Bentley flipped has worked Saturday was the first time since the season-opener against Coastal Carolina that Bentley hasn’t thrown at least one interception. On top of that, he had 363 passing yards, the most he’s ever had against an SEC opponent, and two touchdowns on 22-of-32 passing. Since saying two weeks ago that he played to try to better manage his emotions, Bentley is 33-of-48 passing (69 percent) for 515 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Will Muschamp is fully committed to Bryan McClendon’s offense There had to be a part of South Carolina’s head coach that wanted to scream, “Slow down,” as Saturday’s game kept lighting up the scoreboard. If nothing else, it might have been a way to help out his defense, something that Muschamp has been blamed for being too concerned with in the past. Instead, Muschamp told McClendon to stick to an up-tempo and aggressive plan. The result was that South Carolina lost the time of possession battle by more than 10 minutes but won the game. Lots of snaps lead to lots of tackles South Carolina had four players with double digit tackles, chiefly because Ole Miss ran 98 plays. That’s the second-most of any Gamecocks opponent in history. Texas A&M in this season in the 2014 season-opener and N.C. State in last year’s season-opener each ran 99 plays. T.J. Brunson led the way with 15 tackles, including a career-high 3.5 for loss. Defensive backs Keisean Nixon (13), R.J. Roderick (13) and Steven Montac (12) all had career highs in tackles. The Gamecocks will go bowling South Carolina picked up its fifth win Saturday. With games against Chattanooga and Akron left on the schedule, that virtually clinches postseason play for this team. That’s not nothing for the Gamecocks, who will have gone to a bowl game in every year of Will Muschamp’s tenure unless the wheels fall off the rest of the season. The only other time South Carolina has gone to a bowl game in three straight seasons was when Steve Spurrier’s team played in a bowl game from 2008 through 2014.
  13. with all-time best Gamecock plays? Or are we just used to one handed catches now? Anyone remember Robert Brooks one handed catch diving into the end zone against Georgia 1988...
  14. With Florence ready to make some noises off the shores of the cost of the Carolinas. No football for the Gamecocks in week 3 of college football. So let's move on to Vanderbilt match on Sept. 22 at 4.00pm ET SEC NETWORK. So who you think will win. Will the Gamecocks with an extra week off have the edge? Should be a fun game. So who wins? let's have a poll and see.
  15. Gamecocks want an offense that’s more ‘hard-headed’ Sept. 12, 2018 South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a Sunday morning meeting with his offensive and defensive coordinator after every game of the season. “The first thing (offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon) said when he walked in was, ‘I need to be more hard-headed in the run game. We needed to stay more with the run in the second quarter,’” Muschamp said. The Gamecocks (1-1) play Marshall (2-0) on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. The coaches and players say they have turned their full attention to that game, but that didn’t happen until after the requisite soul-searching that comes with an embarrassing loss, much of it this week focused on their first-year offensive coordinator. South Carolina ran the ball 20 times in a 41-17 loss to No. 3 Georgia. Only 10 times since 1964 (the last year for which full records are available) have the Gamecocks had fewer rushing attempts in a game. Muschamp and several players said immediately after the game that they wished South Carolina had run the ball more. McClendon said the same thing when he met with Muschamp on Sunday morning, Muschamp said. Muschamp does not allow his coordinators to speak to the media during the season. “There’s nobody that’s more hard on themselves than Bryan, I can tell you that, but we had a very productive conversation and moving forward, at the end of the day, we had 200 yards at halftime against a very good defense,” Muschamp said. The Gamecocks, who finished the game with 54 yards on the ground, ran the ball six times in the second half, which Muschamp pointed out had a lot to do with the fact that they were down 27-10 when the offense got the ball for the first time in the second half and down 34-10 shortly after that. South Carolina had only 8:38 of possession time in the second half, just 3:03 in the fourth quarter. “I trust coach BMac. I’m big into his scheme,” starting right tackle Blake Camper said. “I’m not going to step on anybody’s toes. I really believe in him. BMac had a good game plan. He’s a great offensive coordinator, and we trust him with everything.” It’s not hard to see how McClendon might grow frustrated with the run game. South Carolina gained 7 yards on eight carries in the first quarter against Georgia. “They had a pretty good defense. With them, you’re not going to break a lot of long runs. With them, you’ve got to try to wear them down and get them tired,” said junior running back Ty’Son Williams, who led South Carolina with six carries for 26 yards against Georgia. “That’s when I think you’ll start seeing more movement with them. With the running game, sometimes you have to stick with it, because it can be ugly at times. Eventually, it’ll break.” The coaching staff has told the running backs they will be more stubborn with the running game moving forward this season, Williams said. Georgia played mostly with its two safeties back in pass coverage, which, in theory, should make it easier to run the ball because neither is available for immediate run support, and quarterback Jake Bentley expects the Gamecocks will keep seeing that coverage, he said. “I think you learn whether you have success or you don’t have success,” Muschamp said. “You can back and, whether you won the game big or you had a tough loss, you always self-evaluate very hard on what you would have done differently. And I think that’s true with every game. It gets exposed in a loss, you know, because there’s questions. We just need to be more effective.
  16. Ok, let's put Georgia behind an move forward. Nothing to say Gamecocks got their butts whipped by the Bulldogs. Nothing we say will change the outcome. Yes, next week is a big game why because the Gamecocks need a win and a big one to get over Georgia lose and move forward lots of football to play and the Gamecocks lost to a team that should be in the playoffs. Simply put the Gamecock aren't there yet and have a lot of work to get to that level. Gamecocks vs Thundering Herd "Who will win?" Go Cocks beat Marshall!!
  17. This year, however, South Carolina gets Georgia at Williams-Brice Stadium, where the Gamecocks are a perfect 5-0 when the ‘Dawgs come to town. South Carolina seems ready to shock the college football world, are you? Check out the hype video here, courtesy of @GamecockFB on Twitter:
  18. ‘Start drinking water ... now’: USC wants fans ready for another hot Saturday Sept. 01, 2018 During last Saturday’s season opener, South Carolina football fans in Williams-Brice Stadium endured brutal heat, with temperatures in the low to mid 90s and high humidity. That led to more than a few empty seats as the Gamecocks thrashed Coastal Carolina early and supporters knew the outcome of the game fairly quickly. For this Saturday’s massive clash with Georgia, Williams-Brice is sold out, and the chances of finding any open seats late in the game is considerably lower. However, things are only supposed to get hotter, with some forecasts calling for temperatures as high as 95 degrees, with the heat index being even higher. USC athletics director Ray Tanner announced Friday that he’s taking steps to help fans beat the heat and stay safe. In a letter posted to GamecocksOnline.com, Tanner said there will be added hydration stations in Williams-Brice Stadiums, places for fans to refill water bottles and misting stations. There will also be added concession stands to sell water bottles, and first-aid stations with EMS officials who will specifically looking out for heat-related emergencies. In the letter, Tanner also urged fans to wear light, breathable clothing, hydrate properly and text “USC” and their location to 69050 if they or someone else nearby is having a medical issue related to the heat. On Twitter, Tanner also said the gates to the Fairgrounds, a traditional tailgating spot, will open early at 9:30 a.m. to allow fans to beat the heat. According to the National Weather Service, there is also a slight chance of thunderstorms after 2 p.m. on Saturday. “You’ve always been there for us,” Tanner said in his letter. “There is no other group of fans that care as much about our school and our teams than you. It doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone who follows college athletics, our student-athletes and coaches or by me. We will do all we can, but please do what you need to do to take care of yourself on Saturday!”
  19. Will Muschamp updates D.J. Wonnum’s status as Georgia game nears Sept. 06, 2018 South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum is “doing well” two days before the No. 24 Gamecocks’ showdown with No. 3 Georgia, head coach Will Muschamp said Thursday evening. However, Wonnum hasn’t been fully cleared yet, Muschamp indicated. “We will look at him again tomorrow, but we feel good about D.J.,” Muschamp said on his weekly “Carolina Calls” radio show. Wide receiver Chavis Dawkins, who is doubtful due to an ankle injury, is the only other South Carolina player who might miss the game due to injury, Muschamp said. Tight end K.C. Crosby and running back Mon Denson (hamstring) will both play.
  20. South Carolina rolls out new motto for Georgia week Sept. 05, 2018 A few weeks back, former South Carolina defensive back D.J. Swearinger showed what a flinch could mean. After talking trash with a receiver, a little move had New York Jets receiver Terrelle Pryor flinching. Soon enough it was a viral video clip. The lesson there is one the current Gamecocks are taking to heart, even if there’s not a direct connection. No. 24 USC hosts No. 3 Georgia, national runners-up last season. There’s a lot of emotion wrapped up in there, but in a game that promises to be physical, there’s one big takeaway. “Whoever flinches first is going to lose,” safety Steven Montac said. “Can’t flinch, can’t soften up. Just got to be ready to throw punches every time we’re on the field.” Tight end Jacob August perhaps summed it up more succinctly. “Whoever flinches first (loses) the fight,” August said. That’s been the message from the coaches, granted with punches being metaphorical. Every time Georgia comes downhill with those great backs and that big offensive line, it’s a punch at South Carolina’s defense. How do they absorb it? How do they hold up? On the other side, USC’s offense is going to have to make Georgia feel something. Per usual, the Bulldogs are loaded with talent, and it’s well-coached. “This is going to be a physical game,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “You don’t need to get in this game and start flinching.” The last two meetings have arguably fit that bill. In 2016, Muschamp’s first year, a rag-tag squad that was rotating two quarterbacks (neither of whom was Jake Bentley) hosted the Bulldogs in a game moved to a Sunday by a storm. UGA trampled USC’s defense on the ground, but South Carolina stayed close enough to at least have a chance to tie things up late in the third quarter. A year later, USC again spent much of the game within striking distance but could never close. The defense made the Bulldogs work, but Nick Chubb or Sony Michel were always able to break one extra key tackle in a big spot. (There were also a few big catches mixed in there.) Chubb and Michel are gone, but the Bulldogs are their typically loaded selves. USC likely has more playmakers than a season ago, but things could come down to whether the Gamecocks can consistently compete on the line of scrimmage. “Us and Georgia know it’s going to be a very physical game,” August said. “We know that we’re going to have to be able to bring the physicality. If we can do it and do things to our standard, it can be our day.”
  21. A Georgia alum and Gamecocks coach, Bryan McClendon enters big spotlight Saturday Sept. 05, 2018 THE STATE Before Bryan McClendon was an interim offensive coordinator at South Carolina, he was an interim head coach at Georgia. Mark Richt, after 15 seasons in charge of the Bulldogs, was out at Georgia and off to Miami by early December 2015. He wouldn’t lead UGA against Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. That role fell to McClendon, who at the time was also serving as the Bulldogs’ receiver coach. “He encouraged us to relax and have fun and do your job,” UGA defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter recalled Monday. “Be where your feet are, just kind of lock in and don’t let the outside distractions get to you.” The words resonated with the Bulldogs as they went on to beat the Nittany Lions, giving a trying season a positive ending. Some 32 months later, McClendon, a former UGA receiver, will be calling plays for an SEC East rival of his alma mater. No. 24 South Carolina (1-0) and third-ranked Georgia (1-0) meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Williams-Brice Stadium. McClendon earned his way to becoming USC’s full-time OC through his performance in last season’s Outback Bowl win over Michigan. The interim tag was removed shortly thereafter, setting the stage for a showdown like Saturday’s. The Gamecocks scored seven touchdowns and rolled up 557 yards in the Week 1 win over Coastal Carolina. Now McClendon faces a Georgia defense that’s coming off a shutout of Austin Peay. Biggest game in McClendon’s coaching career? The build-up gives that impression. UGA head coach Kirby Smart was an assistant on Richt’s staff when McClendon made 35 catches for 529 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2005. “Bryan was a player and did a tremendous job for us,” Smart said Monday. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as a leader. He’s a really good recruiter. He did a great job with receivers when he was with those guys, and now he’s calling (plays). “He called it in the bowl game, and I thought for a guy that started off slow in the bowl game, he was very patient, committed, called a great game, especially the second half. (He) kind of won that job by the job he did and got a great amount of respect.”
  22. GamecockFanatics players of the game vs Coastal Carolina Sept. 01, 2018 Offense Two top performers on the Gamecocks offense side were #5 RB Rico Dowdle AVG 7.0 TD 1 with a total of 105 years on the ground for the Gamecocks. Not be outdone was #19 QB Jake Bentley CMP 22 TD 4 YDS 250 total and no INT in the game vs Coastal. A total performance by both and a few others were in the same company as Rico and Bentley. (MORE)
  23. Gamecocks vs Bulldogs "Who will win?" Do you have hope or believe the Gamecock can beat Georgia come Saturday?
  24. Ready for the season-opening Game? Yes, it is here the Game week 1. This is our the first poll for picking a winner South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers New Carolina Script Helmet The New Script Gamecock Helmets Like Yes? No?

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