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  1. http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/ FULL RANKINGS TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 3 RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW 1 Alabama 2-0 1571 59 1 – 1/1 2 Clemson 2-0 1481 3 2 – 2/2 3 Georgia 2-0 1437 0 3 – 3/4 4 Ohio State 2-0 1391 1 4 – 3/4 5 Oklahoma 2-0 1319 0 5 – 5/5 6 Wisconsin 2-0 1252 0 6 – 6/7 7 Auburn 2-0 1221 0 7 – 7/10 8 Notre Dame 2-0 1029 0 8 – 8/11 9 Stanford 2-0 1010 0 9 – 9/13 10 Penn State 2-0 930 0 10 – 9/10 11 Virginia Tech 2-0 862 0 14 3 11/17 12 Washington 2-0 852 0 11 -1 6/12 13 Louisiana State 2-0 850 0 15 2 13/24 14 Texas Christian 2-0 743 0 16 2 14/16 15 West Virginia 2-0 727 0 17 2 15/20 16 Mississippi State 2-0 650 0 18 2 16/18 17 Boise State 2-0 507 0 19 2 17/22 18 Central Florida 2-0 438 0 20 2 18/23 19 Oklahoma State 2-0 325 0 23 4 19/25 20 Miami 2-0 296 0 21 1 8/21 21 Southern California 1-1 295 0 12 -9 12/21 22 Michigan 1-1 270 0 22 – 14/22 23 Oregon 2-0 255 0 NR 3 23/NR 24 Michigan State 1-1 152 0 13 -11 12/24 25 Arizona State 2-0 92 0 NR – 25/25 *Hi/Low Rankings Hi/Low = The highest and lowest ranking each team has held during the designated season. Any team that starts the season unranked and/or falls out of the top 25 during the season will reflect a "NR" (not ranked) designation as its lowest rank. Schools Dropped Out No. 24 South Carolina. Others Receiving Votes Texas A&M 87; Utah 86; Houston 46; South Carolina 43; Boston College 37; Kentucky 34; South Florida 27; Washington State 21; Colorado 20; Florida State 17; NC State 16; Iowa 15; Duke 13; Appalachian State 12; Cincinnati 11; Hawaii 10; Maryland 9; Missouri 8; Vanderbilt 3; Memphis 3; Arkansas State 1; Texas 1.
  2. OK guys Tony just finished the betting so we have two games up each member has 4000 points enjoy.
  3. USC spends more in buildup of football under Muschamp. ‘It’s part of the evolution’ August 25, 2018 THE STATE Progress comes at a price. And it’s a hefty one in major college football. South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp has repeatedly referred to the school’s nearly completed $50 million football operations building as an “investment,” the kind of investment he and his bosses believe is mandatory to be competitive in the Southeastern Conference, but brick and mortar are only part of what the Gamecocks are pouring into their football program. “When you invest in your program, you get a return,” Muschamp said. Two years into his rebuilding of that program, the Gamecocks are doing just that. For the 2018 football season, South Carolina will employ 56 percent more people and spend 37 percent more money on employees devoted to the sport than it did in 2015, Steve Spurrier’s final season. “There’s been an evolution across college sports. Certainly football leads the charge in many ways,” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner told The State. “I wouldn’t necessarily go back and say, ‘This was Coach Spurrier and now it’s Will Muschamp.’ I would say it’s part of the evolution.” In Spurrier’s final season, South Carolina was spending $8,247,677 on annual salaries in the football program. This season, the Gamecocks will spend $11,327,878. The team finished 3-9 in 2015 and 9-4 a year ago. “I knew we were behind in numbers (of staff members in the Spurrier era), but that doesn’t necessarily equate to wins,” Tanner said. “A couple years before that, we didn’t have as big a staff as some of the other schools, but we had won 33 games in three years, so more’s not always better.” It was clear, though, during Tanner’s interview with Muschamp that bringing the Gamecocks into line with most of their SEC brethren was going to take more people and more money. “Part of the conversation was, ‘What does your staff look like?’ ” Tanner said. Muschamp and his coaching staff account for most of the difference in spending. Muschamp makes $4.2 million annually, $200,000 more than Spurrier did in his final season, and his 10-person coaching staff earns a combined $5.05 million compared to the $2.96 million paid to Spurrier’s nine-man staff in 2015. (NCAA rules allowed a 10th on-field assistant to be hired beginning this season.) Muschamp’s staff also employees four analysts, two on offense and two on defense, who make between $60,000 and $82,600 annually. Those staff members are usually in charge of watching film of the Gamecocks and opponents and passing ideas onto the on-field staff. Spurrier’s staff had no analysts. The analyst position is a relatively new addition to most college football staffs. Alabama has 13 coaches, including former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, listed as analysts in its 2018 media guide. “Two analysts on each side is plenty. I don’t think more is better,” Muschamp said. “You hire coaches and you pay them pretty good to do a job. Part of your job as a coach is to research your position, research your side of the ball, study your opponents. I like doing that instead of asking somebody else to do it.” The biggest reason for the disparity in staff size is hiring Muschamp has done in two areas — recruiting and nutrition. Spurrier’s final staff had two salaried positions outside the coaching staff devoted to recruiting. Muschamp has added a director and assistant director of creative services, a director and assistant director of player personnel and a director of on-campus recruiting. Muschamp’s new hires in recruiting mostly are in charge of organizing on-campus recruiting efforts and creating videos that allow the coaching staff to more efficiently evaluate players. “I don’t like to comment on previous situations, but we needed more work in recruiting,” Muschamp said. “We had to really build that department. That wasn’t something we necessarily had.” The Gamecocks are also putting more money into their nutrition program now and have doubled the salary of the head of that department, and that’s not the only position to be more highly valued. While Andre Goodman made $75,000 to be Spurrier’s director of player personnel, Marcus Lattimore makes $200,000 in a similar position for Muschamp’s team. Those numbers do not include the hiring of associate athletics director for new and creative media Justin King and the seven people in his office. King, whose staff is paid a total of $487,000 annually, works primarily in service of the football program, and he and his staff create promotional videos and content that Muschamp uses recruiting. “He and his staff have made a difference in our program and our athletic department and our university,” Muschamp said. “You can say what you want, whether you like social media or not, but that’s where we are. It appeals to young people. Justin and his staff have done a great job of marketing our brand.” The staff and support numbers also don’t include undergraduate student workers who receive a low hourly rate. Spurrier’s office had spots for four undergraduates, while Muschamp’s has room for 22. The Gamecocks are near the middle of the pack in the SEC when it comes to football staff size, Tanner said. “The size of the staffs have just evolved,” he said. “If you want to, you can be cynical and say, ‘There are too many people. They get paid too much.’ And go on and on and on, but it’s college athletics at the Power 5 level.” 2015 South Carolina football salaries Deke Adams Defensive Line Coach $ 320,000 Joseph Blake Nutritionist $42,001-$46,000 Kirk Botkin Linebacker Coach $ 320,000 Rita Boykin ADMINISTRATIVE COORD I $ 58,848 Grady Brown Quality Control Coordinator $ 270,000 Jordan Diaz RECREATION SPECIALIST I $ 23,660 Shawn Elliott Offensive Line Coach $ 325,000 Kim Fields ADMINISTRATIVE ASST $42,001-$46,000 Ryan Fischer SUPPLY MANAGER I $42,001-$46,000 Andre Goodman DIRECTOR/ADJUNCT $ 75,000 Jon Hoke Co-DC/Defensive Backs $ 400,000 Robbie Liles Director of Football Operations $ 120,000 G.A. Mangus OC/QBs/Tight Ends $ 300,000 Christopher Matlok ATHLETIC COACH-USC $ 99,194 Joe Robinson Special Teams Coordinator $ 300,000 Everette Sands Runnings Backs Coach $ 270,000 Patrick Shine Administrative Recruiting $42,001-$46,000 Jamie Speronis Associate AD/Football Operations $ 185,000 Scott Spurrier Quality Control Coordinator $ 61,200 Steve Spurrier Head Coach $ 4,000,000 Steve Spurrier Jr. Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator $ 325,000 Brian Turk Quality Control Coordinator $ 60,000 Lorenzo Ward Co-Defensive Coordinator $ 400,000 Travelle Wharton Offensive Line Coach $ 60,000 Shaq Wilson Quality Control Coordinator $ 61,200 GRAD STUDENT $ 5,915 GRAD STUDENT $ 23,660 2018 South Carolina football salaries Andrew Belluomini Analyst $ 80,000 Bobby Bentley Running Backs Coach $ 400,000 Taylor Burns Athletic Administrator $26,001-$30,000 Kristin Coggin Director of Football Nutrition $ 95,000 Jeff Dillman Director of Strength & Conditioning $ 425,000 Kim Fields Assistant to HC/Ass. Dir. of Ops $ 57,673 Zachary Freshe Assistant Director of Creative $38,001-$42,000 David Hall Assistant Director of Player Personnel $ 60,000 Carina Hargreaves Coordinator of Administration $38,001-$42,000 Shuler Hayes Assistant Director of Equipment $34,001-$38,000 Coleman Hutzler Special Teams Coordinator/LBS $ 475,000 Jessica Jackson Director of On-Campus Recruiting $ 125,000 Kyle Krantz ST Assistant/Nickels and Sam LB $ 125,000 Marcus Lattimore Director of Player Development $ 200,000 Matt Lindsey Director of Player Personnel $ 175,000 Landon Martin Analyst $ 60,000 Bryan McClendon Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers $ 650,000 Demarco McNeil Analyst $ 82,600 Will Muschamp Head Coach $ 4,200,000 Porter Peterson Outside Linebackers $ 300,000 Travaris Robinson DC/Defensive Backs $ 1,200,000 Kristin Sheetz Director of Creative Services $ 61,950 William Strickland Analyst $ 61,950 Lance Thompson Assistant Head Coach - Defense/DL $ 500,000 Pat Washington Tight Ends $ 300,000 Thomas Waters Director of Equipment Operations $ 92,925 Dan Werner Quarterbacks Coach $ 500,000 Eric Wolford Offensive Line Coach $ 600,000 Clyde Wrenn Director of High School Relations $ 120,000 George Wynn Director of Football Operations $ 200,000 GRAD STUDENT $ 5,650 GRAD STUDENT $ 7,710 GRAD STUDENT $7,710 GRAD STUDENT $ 7,710
  4. DL recruiting has some serious momentum.4* on Rivals 5 everywhere else.
  5. It’s goofy but I thought some of y’all might want to read this.
  6. National outlet pegs South Carolina football as top-15 team in 2018 March 29, 2018 Several outlets have been bullish on the 2018 South Carolina football team, putting the Gamecocks in various preseason top 25s. But College Football News raised it to another level. The outlet put the Gamecocks at No. 13 nationally as it went through a "Spring Rankings & Analysis" series. The Gamecocks finished last season at 9-4. "And now Will Muschamp is supposed to do a whole lot more," CFN's Pete Fiutak wrote. "The problem with his time at Florida was the lack of any room for error. There wasn’t any firepower and it wasn’t the most scintillating of styles, but when it works, it’s slow and steady wins the race. "Now, after closing out with a wild bowl win over Michigan for a nine-win campaign, there’s room to be far more entertaining. It starts with having the quarterback in Jake Bentley, helped by getting back top WR Deebo Samuel from injury, and there’s good upside on the lines." He added the system should work, and it will allow the Gamecocks to "push hard" in the SEC East race. The article highlighted the battle at safety and said the running game will need to do more. And in the end, it justified the high ranking with an optimistic outlook. "South Carolina will be good," Fiutak wrote. "If the team can be as sound and solid as it was throughout last season, only with more offensive pop, look out. This might just be the sleeper in the SEC East chase."
  7. Congratulations are in order for South Carolina’s Heisman Trophy winner. George Rogers tweeted a photo of himself and his new wife, Brenda Wilson of Columbia. The couple got married this week in Irmo. Rogers is South Carolina’s all-time leading rusher with 5,204. He won the Heisman in 1980 and went on to a seven-year NFL career with 7,176 yards, two Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl Championship with Washington.
  8. More on Two former four-star linemen leaving Gamecocks with video May 03, 2017 FORT LAWN - South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp kicked off his spring speaking tour with the news that two former four-star recruits on the defensive line are leaving the program. Dexter Wideman, a rising junior from Saluda, and Stephon Taylor, a redshirt freshman from New Orleans, La., both have decided to transfer, he said. “Dexter is going to go to South Carolina State. Stephon Taylor is going to get closer to home,” Muschamp said before speaking to the Lancaster County Gamecock Club. “They wanted another opportunity. Stephon wanted to get closer to home. I think a lot of both young men.” Wideman signed with South Carolina in 2014, choosing the Gamecocks over Florida State. After spending the 2014 season at Camden Military Academy, he redshirted in 2015. He rarely saw the field in 2016 and did not appear to be in the team’s defensive line rotation plans headed into the 2017 season. Taylor redshirted in 2016. Muschamp and head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley each addressed a large crowd that was lined up around the corner of the Catawba Fish Camp 30 minutes before the doors opened. Muschamp is scheduled to speak again Thursday in York, May 9 in Darlington, May 11 in Greenwood, May 16 in Atlanta and May 18 in Charleston. “To see the Gamecock Nation come out the way they have doesn’t get old,” Staley said. “It’s always amazing how much support they have given us in season and out of season.” Staley was wearing her “netlace,” which has been her faithful companion since the Gamecocks won the national championship in April. “The message is just to share in our accomplishment of winning a national championship,” Staley said. “Fortunate enough to get next to them to share in our accomplishment and hopefully lend them a piece of my net.” Staley received a standing ovation from the crowd when she was introduced. “We drove up and saw how much you guys had wrapped around the building,” she told the crowd. “I’m amazed, but I’m not because of what Gamecock Nation has done for our program over the last nine years.” Staley then listed all the support she felt through the team’s run to the title, including from Muschamp, who was seated at her side. “Coach Mushcamp used to send me short text messages… which I won’t repeat,” she said. Muschamp, who is coming off a 6-7 season in his first year as the Gamecocks head coach, received a healthy ovation when he was introduced after Staley’s speech. “When we were 2-4, y’all were standing but you weren’t clapping,” he joked. “I really appreciate the turnout. There were some dark days, and it wasn’t very good at times but we really appreciate your loyalty.” He also told the fans they were right to be excited about quarterback Jake Bentley, who will enter his second season as South Carolina’s starter in 2017. Muschamp: Gamecocks need young D-linemen to step up in 2017 “He’s a really good football player,” Muschamp said. “Jake is a guy we are really excited about. From an (offensive) skill standpoint, we will be very comparable in our league. I think we have improved on the offensive line. Moving Zack Bailey to right tackle has really helped us solidify some things.” Defensively, his team has some questions, he acknowledged. “We have some guys we feel like can come in and help us this summer,” he said. “We continue to make some strides on defense, but we’ve got some unknowns going into camp.” He also announced that the team believes it will be able to move into its upcoming football operations building in December of 2018. THE STATE
  9. WATCH: Zion Williamson chants break out at MSG as South Carolina dominates Baylor March 25, 2017 Zion Williamson is a wanted man. That tends to be the case when you’re one of the top prospects in your class and have a highlight reel that would make Dominique Wilkins jealous. The 5-star 2018 prospect is from the state of South Carolina and reportedly at the Gamecocks game against Baylor. South Carolina ended up dominating the Bears to advance to the Elite Eight. It seems like more than a few South Carolina fans had heard that Williamson was in the building. And the Gamecock faithful let him know how badly they want him to stay home and go to South Carolina. Madison Square Garden was serenaded with “We Want Zion” chants. Given that Missouri landed a commitment from Michael Porter Jr. on Friday, Porter Jr. is the No. 1 overall prospect for the class of 2017, maybe it isn’t so far fetched for Williamson to end up picking the Gamecocks. Missouri was the worst team in the SEC and Porter Jr. grew up in Missouri. So imagine what Williamson could bring to a program like South Carolina, which has proven it can win at the highest levels in college basketball. Williamson is the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class.
  10. Coach Muschamp Speaks After Saturday's Scrimmage With Videos Spring Practice Number 8 Held at Williams-Brice Stadium GCF Staff Report March 18, 2017 University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp addressed the media following Saturday’s scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium. (MORE)
  11. Southeastern Conference Locks: Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina Teams that should be in: Arkansas Work left to do: Vanderbilt, Georgia Farewell, Tennessee. The Volunteers hung on for a while, thanks to a Jan. 24 win over Kentucky, as well as some truly impressive strength of schedule numbers. But the sheer number of losses on the resume always put the Vols at risk of falling off the page. On Wednesday, they lost by 10 at LSU. That made them 14-15. At this point, an NIT bid is the appropriate aspiration. Meanwhile, we can lock in South Carolina. The Gamecocks' resume is hardly inspiring, but it's more than good enough to be a sure thing on a bubble that included Tennessee until, well, until just now, actually. Huzzah? Arkansas [22-8 (11-6), RPI: 27, SOS: 57] Locking up South Carolina might cause Arkansas fans to ask why the Razorbacks -- who have a similar RPI number and beat the Gamecocks on the road on Feb. 15 -- don't get the same treatment. For starters, Arkansas doesn't have a top-25 win, let alone one as good as South Carolina's top-five RPI victory over Florida. What's more, Arkansas lost at Missouri. Best to be grateful for the RPI's generosity and the "Should Be In" status and just move on. Vanderbilt [16-14 (9-8), RPI: 47, SOS: 2] The SEC schedule was kind to Vanderbilt, serving up Kentucky and Florida for its final two regular-season games. The Commodores entered that two-game stretch by going 8-4 ahead of its trip to Rupp Arena on Tuesday, where it lost 73-67, despite playing well. That makes Saturday's visit from Florida an even more appetizing fixture, giving the 14-loss Commodores a chance to get to 10-8 in SEC play with a regular-season sweep of a potential No. 3 seed. That would be hard to ignore on Selection Sunday. Georgia [18-12 (9-8), RPI: 49, SOS: 14] Can we throw a Bubble Watch shout out to J.J. Frazier? The Bulldogs guard had 31 points in Wednesday's 79-78 escape versus Auburn, which is impressive enough, even before you consider he was held scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, it was Frazier's fourth straight game with at least 28 points. That Georgia has needed this kind of remarkable spurt from its senior guard just to get within striking distance of the bubble is telling in and of itself; but hey, if it keeps up, a win at Arkansas on Saturday and a victory or two in the SEC tournament might just get Frazier & Co. over the hump. Who knows? ESPN
  12. Jake Bentley should be talking national championship at South Carolina Feb. 24, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Bentley didn’t have to say “national championship.” He really had no reason to. Nothing in the question that drew the response “I want to win a national championship” called for the South Carolina quarterback to mention such lofty goals. But Bentley said it and he darn well should have. The rising sophomore is at the forefront of the reasons the future appears bright in Columbia as he enters his second season as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. He’s one of at least a half-dozen such reasons with 2017 spring football beginning Saturday. Bentley was good enough as a true freshman that the question was asked Wednesday if he is planning on playing all four years of his college career at South Carolina or is he thinking of playing three and heading for the NFL. “I’m thinking of staying here for four years right now,” he said. OK, cool. Then the come-again moment happened. “I want to win a national championship,” he said. “However long that takes, I’m going to do it.” Hold on. It was an eyebrow-raising statement from Bentley. But it would have been a bigger eyebrow-raiser had he opted to say, “Golly, it’d be neat if we can win eight games next season and maybe play in the Belk Bowl. Charlotte is a great bowl destination. Maybe the year after that, we could reach nine wins and a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gosh, that sure would be swell.” Bentley said exactly what every high-level college football player believes when he stated he wants to win a national title. His confidence was as strong in saying, “I’m going to do it.” And it should be. After all, what coach or fan or teammate would want a quarterback who says, “I want to win a national title, but I don’t think we can do it.” That is the reality, though. South Carolina doesn’t have the look of a team at the national championship level by any means. The proof is in South Carolina’s season finale at Clemson, when it lost 56-7 to the eventual national champs. But it’s getting better and it’s doing so quickly. The proof was abundantly clear through the second half of the season as Deebo Samuel excelled, Hayden Hurst proved to be a major threat and Bryan Edwards and Rico Dowdle became forces. Oh, and the Gamecocks have a quarterback with a gunslinger mentality on the field and the moxie to expect to claim the ultimate prize within four years of a coaching change and a bare cupboard. It was fitting in many ways that Bentley’s first meeting with the media as the South Carolina quarterback came with a brilliant expression of confidence in self and others. Throughout the fall, Bentley’s teammates answered questions about his demeanor, leadership and confidence. No one — from Hurst to Perry Orth to A.J. Turner and more — expressed doubts about Bentley after he took over the starting spot at midseason. After Wednesday, it’s little wonder why they felt that way about a player who willingly puts the loftiest of goals on the table at the first chance he gets. He certainly didn’t have to talk about a “national championship.” Then again, he had no reason not to. SECCOUNTRY
  13. Jake Bentley: ‘I want to win a national championship’ Feb. 22, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jake Bentley is entering his first spring as South Carolina, just as he always was scheduled to do in 2017. Only he’s doing it with experience under his belt, having started seven games at USC last season as a should-be high school senior. He made enough of an impression that already the question was asked of the rising sophomore: Does Bentley plan on being at South Carolina for three or four years? He said four and he has a specific reason in mind. “I want to win a national championship,” Bentley said. “However long that takes, I’m going to do it.” The Gamecocks finished last season 6-7, but certainly Bentley’s optimism comes from the season the team had after midseason when he took over as the starting quarterback. The Gamecocks finished 4-3 down the stretch, reaching bowl eligibility and putting on a big offensive showing in the Birmingham Bowl. Now, South Carolina heads into the spring with a lot of players back, especially offensively, and Bentley is naming goals coach Will Muschamp has instilled in the program and then a little more. “Every year, we expect to win the east and beat the state,” Bentley said. “If we don’t do that, we fall short of our expectations we have set for ourselves. “Definitely ready to win a national championship, win an SEC championship. We are willing to do whatever it takes. We are really working hard so far and we will build on it in the spring.” South Carolina returns all its offensive skill players, including tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards. The unit posted 481 yards the last time it was on the field, a Birmingham Bowl loss to South Florida, providing some nice momentum going into the offseason and spring football. “For me and offensively, it’s really going to help us out,” Bentley said.. “We are able to build on what we can do. We know that we are explosive. We have got a lot of explosive players. We used them in some different ways in the bowl game. To be able to build on that is going to be fun.” SECCOUNTRY
  14. Justin King’s mission: Help Gamecocks enhance identity in a digital world Feb. 19, 2017 Justin King can pinpoint, to the day, when he became a South Carolina football fan. That day he also unknowingly set himself on a path that has both shaped his career, and brought him back to where it all began. When King, who turns 29 this month, arrived at USC from Myrtle Beach in 2006, “I knew nothing about Carolina football,” he said. “The (season-opening) game they played at Mississippi State, I was sitting in an apartment watching on TV, hearing other (students) doing cheers and chants – and then I was doing them, too.” After USC’s 15-0 win, “we ran outside, and you heard from other apartments, ‘Game!’ and ‘Cocks!’ And I thought: This is a part of who I am now.” Starting Monday, King has a newly-created position – Associate Athletics Director for New and Creative Media – and a mission to help his alma mater enhance its sports identity in the new world of social media and digital access, ranging from YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram to message boards at Williams-Brice Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and other venues. Like his own genesis as a fan, King said all of that has come as something of a surprise. After graduation in 2010 with a media arts degree, wondering where to look for work, King saw a football video on USC’s Internet message board that “was really bad,” he said. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s not as good as it could be. I think I’ll give it a shot.’ ” That effort – blending video and music, but no words, to tell a story – prompted a friend to suggest he submit it to ESPN. “I thought, ‘Yeah, right’ – and then I ended up getting a job there” as a production assistant, King said. Thus, when USC athletics director Ray Tanner and senior associate athletics director Charles Bloom were looking to bring the athletics department’s media outreach into the 21st century, they were already familiar with the handiwork. Since 2010, King had become a fan favorite by creating more Gamecocks videos – at home, on his own time. “It helped that it snowed a lot in Bristol (Conn.),” he said with a laugh. King, a senior managing producer for AL.com in Alabama since 2013, leaped at the opportunity to return to Columbia. Since ESPN, he’d been “trying to get better at editing, story-telling, creating content and how to market myself.” His hiring comes at a crucial moment at USC. Football coach Will Muschamp understands the positive impact social media can have on a team (the coach’s Twitter account has 187,000 followers, ninth among NCAA football coaches) – not just in telling the Gamecocks’ story to fans, but also in selling it to potential recruits. Basketball’s Frank Martin and Dawn Staley also are tech-savvy, while Chad Holbrook’s Twitter feed is No. 1 among college baseball coaches. For King’s primary audience – the 18-34-year-old demographic that includes high school athletes – messages that resonate come in 10-, 20- and 30-second bursts, known as “hype” videos, viewed on smart-phones and other mobile devices. “Justin provides an expertise that probably we didn’t have as a priority,” Bloom said. Before, “we were doing long-form features, written and video. What we weren’t doing was the short-form things so popular today – at least, not to the level Justin will provide.” “I need Justin to teach me how to tell a story in 10 seconds,” he said. Already, King is planning what USC’s outreach looks like in the future. For instance, Bloom said, King plans to spend time in spring practice with USC’s football grounds crew. “He wants to be there when they’re lining the fields,” Bloom said. “That video” – along with such artistic shots as close-ups of athletes’ sweating brows, or sessions in the weight room – “means we’re getting ready for the season.” With Tanner’s blessing, King will assemble a team whose job is to capture many such moments, and share them with fans and recruits. “Distribution is the key,” King said. “You have to blend creativity and analytics: what has had success, what do the numbers say. Coach Tanner and (Bloom) get it. We’ll have all the tools, and be able to change direction based on what the data tells us. “It’s more than posting a Tweet or sending out a Snap. It’s capturing moments, creating content that has heart. When we do that, we will succeed.” King and his bosses avoid comparisons, but the athletics/social media gold standard exists some 125 miles northwest, where Clemson under Joe Galbraith and Jonathan Gantt has built a reputation as industry leaders, among NCAA schools but even internationally. All those videos of Dabo Swinney dancing in the locker room after wins have been by design. And they’ve worked to build a brand. Just as Muschamp hopes to lead USC to the stratosphere the Tigers reached last season, King wants that level of media success – though, like the coach, he said the “competition” isn’t Clemson, but himself. “My job … is producing the best content I can. I’m just trying to tell the best stories possible,” he said. “And the digital landscape, there’s no better way to reach fans and recruits.” Still, as with Muschamp, the best packaging falls flat without results. King experienced some of USC’s greatest football seasons from 2010-2013, and he believes all USC sports are poised to offer him the material to tell stories that will thrill and engage his audience. How will he know his work is a success? “When South Carolina is in Atlanta, lifting up the SEC Championship trophy,” King said. That day, he plans to be there to capture the moment – and share the experience, vividly, with the world. THE STATE
  15. New South Carolina football operations center will have arcade, movie theater, Will Muschamp says Feb. 14, 2017 The work on the new South Carolina football operations facility will be fully underway March 1, Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday. On an appearance on WGCV with Teddy Heffner and Rick Sanford, Muschamp discussed the new operations center, which will be housed next to the recently built indoor facility and practice fields. Muschamp also outlined some of the “bells and whistles” that South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said the facility will have. “We will have an arcade,” Muschamp said. “We will have a movie theater. We will have a player’s lounge that is going to have all the amenities that our guys need to be comfortable. We will have a barber’s chair. It’s going to be awesome.” Muschamp had an opportunity to influence the designs for the new facility, based on the timing of his hire in December 2015. He previously has stated the fractured nature of South Carolina’s football facilities – the offices and meeting rooms at Williams-Brice Stadium, apart from the practice fields – as being an obstacle. But that will be no more and Muschamp again called the coming operations center a “gamechanger” for South Carolina football. The facility will cover 110,000 square feet and will house a recruiting center, locker room, training room, weight room, meeting rooms and coaches offices. Despite the added amenities, Muschamp emphasized the function of the building is for work, not play. “But at the end of the day, it’s a work place,” he said. “It’s where you come to work. That’s my mentality. That’s who we are. That’s what we are. I’m excited about it.” Tanner expressed a similar sentiment when he met with the media in January. “I think that we are going to have a fabulous building that is going to be impactful for the daily necessities of a college football player,” Tanner said. “I would say there will some bells and whistles, but maybe not to the extent that you have heard at other places.”
  16. South Carolina’s Will Muschamp supports redshirt rule change Feb. 10, 2017 South Carolina is setting up for another season in which a bevy of freshmen and newcomers see considerable playing time. But Will Muschamp wouldn’t be opposed to getting an early-season look at freshmen, while still having the option of later having those players redshirt. A proposed rule change that resulted from the American Football Coaches Association convention in January would allow that possibility. It wold give freshmen a 4-game window in which to play and still retain 4 years of eligibility. On Wednesday, Muschamp said he would be in favor of the rule during a radio interview with Teddy Heffner and Rick Sanford on Columbia, S.C., radio station WGCV. “A lot of times, early in the year especially, you don’t know how a young man is going to continue to develop and I think that is a good rule,” Muschamp said. “I think that’s really kind of what the rule was when I was in college. You had three games and if you played in those three and didn’t play after that, then you were automatically a redshirt candidate. I do think that would be good. I’d be for the five years of eligibility as far as those things go.” South Carolina played 12 first-year players in 2016, including junior college player Jamarcus King. Freshmen Jake Bentley, Rico Dowdle and Bryan Edwards all played key roles in South Carolina’s success in 2016. Bentley and Dowdle made their mark in the second half of the season. Muschamp outlined factors that would lead to his supporting the rule change, including injuries. “I think that, especially now, you have some attrition on your roster, you have an injury or two at certain positions and you can get thin really quick,” Muschamp said. “I think that would benefit the student-athletic as much as anything.”
  17. University of South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell has been named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The list is comprised of the nation’s top players who are in consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year award. The 10 semifinalists for the honor will be announced on March 1. View the full article
  18. Gamecock basketball along at top the SEC standings now Feb. 05, 2017 South Carolina basketball is all alone in first place in the SEC. With eight games to play in the conference season, the No. 19 Gamecocks are atop the standings thanks to their win Saturday and a Kentucky loss at Florida. The Gamecocks took care of business against Georgia on Saturday, getting a 77-75 win to take a half-game lead in the SEC standings over No. 8 Kentucky. But the Wildcats were outdone by No. 24 Florida on Saturday night, falling 88-66 to the Gators and giving the Gamecocks a full game advantage in the conference standings. The Gamecocks and Wildcats spent the past 11 days tied atop the SEC standings, each team having one loss. USC lost 85-69 at Kentucky on Jan. 21. The Wildcats, at that time, were undefeated, but fell to Tennessee 82-80 days later on Jan. 24. Kentucky and Florida now are tied for second place in the SEC at 8-2, a full game back of the Gamecocks. South Carolina beat Florida 57-53 in Columbia on Jan. 18, with a return trip sending the Gamecocks to Gainesville on Feb. 21. The Wildcats do not come to Colonial Life Arena this season. The Gators travel to Lexington on Feb. 25 for the second meeting between UF and UK this season. South Carolina has not won an SEC title since the 1997 season. Fittingly, the Gamecocks honored that team Saturday as part of Legends Weekend. South Carolina basketball’s remaining schedule: Feb 7: Alabama Feb 11: at Mississippi State Feb. 15: Arkansas Feb. 18: at Vanderbilt Feb. 21: at Florida Feb. 25: Tennessee Feb. 28: Mississippi State March 4: Ole Miss
  19. University of South Carolina alumnus Bob McNair and his wife, Janice, have once again made a tremendous impact on his alma mater with a $5 million commitment to the construction of the Football Operations Center. ***From USC Sports Information*** The Football Operations Center is the most aggressive capital project in recent years for USC Athletics. With the generous gift from the McNairs, more than $16 million of the $30 million goal has been raised for the facility. Fundraising efforts continue for the Football Operations Center, as well as several other projects included in the Expanding Our Vision capital initiative. “Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics,” said Bob McNair. We are again honored to join with other Gamecock supporters in supporting the new football operations center at the University of South Carolina. We hope all fellow Gamecocks will join us in taking part in this extraordinary project.” “We are very appreciative of Janice and Bob McNair for their substantial gift towards the new football operations center,” said Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “Their many contributions to the University of South Carolina make our institution one of the best in the nation.” The 110,000-square-foot Football Operations Center will provide the Gamecocks' program with a recruiting center, locker room, weight room, athletic training room, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, dining room, equipment room and player areas -- all in one convenient location. It will be adjacent to the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility and outdoor practice fields. With hefty demands on the student-athletes' time for athletics as well as academics, the Football Operations Center centralizes all football activities to maximize preparations and allows for a more efficient way for student-athletes and coaches to conduct their daily responsibilities. “The football operations center is a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit our football program and student-athletes for years to come, “added Tanner. Earlier this year, the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise was announced at the University of South Carolina with an $8 million gift. In 1998, the family funded the McNair Scholars Program, which has attracted more than 350 of the nation’s best out-of-state high school graduates to South Carolina. McNair earned a psychology degree from USC in 1958. Following his days at South Carolina, he founded Cogen Technologies, one of the largest privately held energy companies in the world. He sold Cogen before founding the National Football League’s Houston Texans in 1999, and he maintains ownership of a private investment company. The team has won three divisional championships and will host Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. To learn more about the Football Operations Center and the Expanding Our Vision capital initiative, visit expandingourvision.com.
  20. GO COCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://twitter.com/atxlete/status/819288782411337728
  21. Baseball: Gamecocks Ranked No. 5 In The Nation By Perfect GameGamecocks now ranked in the preseason top 5 in two national polls Jan. 11, 2017 Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina is ranked No. 5 in the nation in the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25 as announced on Wednesday morning. The Gamecocks begin the 2017 season on Friday, Feb. 17 hosting UNCG at Founders Park. South Carolina is one of five SEC schools to be ranked in the preseason poll. Also ranked is LSU (No. 2), Florida (No. 4), Ole Miss (No. 8) and Vanderbilt (No. 9). This is South Carolina’s second preseason national ranking. The Gamecocks were also ranked No. 4 in the country by Collegiate Baseball. Perfect Game Preseason Top 25 1 TCU 2 LSU 3 Florida State 4 Florida 5 South Carolina 6 Louisville 7 Oregon State 8 Ole Miss 9 Vanderbilt 10 East Carolina 11 Oklahoma State 12 North Carolina 13 Louisiana 14 NC State 15 Cal State Fullerton 16 Stanford 17 Texas 18 Washington 19 Clemson 20 Houston 21 Rice 22 Cal Poly 23 Maryland 24 Coastal Carolina 25 Arizona
  22. ‘This guy means business’: USC’s Wolford hire draws praise Jan. 10, 2017 A.J. Cann never played for Eric Wolford, but being recruited by him was plenty intense itself. “I could tell by the look on his face during recruitment,” Cann told The State. “I mean, he looked me in my eyes the whole time. I was like, ‘Dang, this guy means business.’ ” Wolford, most recently an assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers, was hired by coach Will Muschamp on Monday to be South Carolina’s offensive line coach for the second time in his career. Wolford’s first stint with the Gamecocks was in 2009 under coach Steve Spurrier, and it was then he recruited Cann, then a four-star offensive line prospect out of Bamberg, to come to South Carolina. “He was like, ‘I am not promising you that you’ll come in and play. I don’t know if you will or not, but I’m telling you that you have an opportunity to play and a chance to compete,’ ” Cann said. “I liked that about him. He was a very straightforward guy.” And also a very intense guy in the spring practices Cann watched while being recruited by the Gamecocks. “He was getting after it,” said Cann, now the starting right guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars. When Wolford, who wasn’t available for comment, coached at South Carolina in 2009, he gave an offensive lineman who had struggled during a game a pink boa as a “prize,” offensive lineman T.J. Johnson told The State at the time. Players who played well in the game were awarded with a hammer or an axe, Johnson said. “Normally for a guard, (the hammer) is whenever a tackle (blocks) an end, and the guard gets to blindside the guy. That’s my favorite,” Johnson told The State after South Carolina’s season-opening win over N.C. State in 2009. The Gamecocks finished 2009 last in the SEC in rushing offense with 121.3 yards per game. Kenny Miles led South Carolina in rushing that season with 626 yards. Cann expects Wolford to be able to improve those numbers with a veteran offensive line and running back Rico Dowdle and company in 2017. “He was one of those guys that’s determined,” Cann said. “He’s very exact in what he does.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article125723234.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE
  23. Would Jamyest Williams flip from Gamecocks? ‘Nah. No sir.’ Jan. 06, 2017 LOGANVILLE, Ga. – Four-star athlete Jamyest Williams will take an official visit to Georgia but is fully committed to South Carolina, he said on Friday. “100 percent,” Williams said of his commitment during an interview at his school. Asked if there was any chance he could flip to the Bulldogs, Williams answered, “Nah, not right … nah. No sir.” It’s been a whirlwind month for Williams after Grayson High won Georgia’s Class AAAAAAA state championship and then the holidays hit. Williams, one of the Gamecocks’ top commitments for the next class, doesn’t have a date for his Georgia visit but said it would be before Jan. 27-29, when he’s officially visiting USC. That weekend is the final weekend before National Signing Day. Williams continues to have as much contact as possible with USC assistant Travaris Robinson and head coach Will Muschamp. The coaches’ relationship with Williams began when Williams was a freshman. “I think it’s going to put me in the best place I can see for myself, instead of where everybody else wants,” Williams said. “What really made me think, ‘South Carolina, South Carolina’ … it was when I was coming back from The Opening with Jalen Tabor, and I was talking to him on the plane and he was just telling me how T-Rob prepared him as a man, not just as a football player.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article124949039.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE
  24. FeatheredCock

    Pet lovers like me

    Always been around animals most my life raised on a farm. You really get to know them and care for them. As of now I have 5 cats and 5 dogs 9 of them are shelter pets, Only my Lhasa Apso was bought from a special breeder that I got from Washington state on the other side of the country. But as a whole they all give me joy and give plenty of love back. So for all those wanting a new family member make sure to check out the shelters. Plenty of the cats and dogs their that really need homes and they will love you for it. I always have time to a animal in need and do my best to donate time and money in helping. GO COCKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FANATICS!!
  25. Gamecocks’ 2016 had forward progress no matter how you slice it Jan. 02, 2016 There no sense in trying to grade, judge or label Will Muschamp’s first year as South Carolina’s head coach right now. Three days removed from its end, it looks simply like what it was – a Frankenstein of a season, cobbled together with some good things and some bad things all shoved into one functioning but imperfect, and at times plain ugly, body of work. What it all means and how it all will be remembered is impossible to know at the moment. That will be determined by what Muschamp and the Gamecocks build on top of it. South Carolina finished the season 6-7 with Thursday’s 46-39 overtime loss to South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl. It marked the school’s first back-to-back losing seasons since Lou Holtz’s 2002 and 2003 teams posted 5-7 records. Nobody recognizes 6-7 teams at the halftime of games decades into the future, but that doesn’t mean this group can’t ultimately be remembered well. The Gamecocks won twice as many games in 2016 and they won in 2015. Kentucky was the only other team in the SEC that had a chance to match a three-win improvement this season, but the Wildcats lost 33-18 to Georgia Tech in the Taxslayer Bowl on Saturday. That’s forward progress no matter how you slice it, but it still leaves South Carolina well short of where it wants to go and where it was just three seasons ago. Gamecocks linebacker Jonathan Walton, who played his final game Thursday, acknowledged before the Birmingham Bowl that those three straight 11-win seasons “seem like 100 years ago.” “We had that experience. We loved that experience, and now we’re in a whole different spot,” he said. “So you have to work back up to that.” That work will begin in January and will be grueling both Muschamp and his returning players have promised. There was enough good and bad in the last 13 games that the Gamecocks can undertake that effort with both the hope that they can get better and the reality that they must fresh in their mind. The hope at the moment is mostly on the offensive side of the ball. First, there’s Jake Bentley. The freshman quarterback was not allowed to speak to the media all season but his play since being inserted as the starter midway through the year spoke volumes. It wasn’t all good. Even while throwing for a career-best 390 yards against South Florida, he had three critical turnovers, but it would be foolish to expect a true freshman summer enrollee to be a finished product. What Bentley did show is enough talent and enough ‘It’ that he’s already established himself as the best quarterback of Muschamp’s head coaching career, and considering quarterback play has been the wind in Muschamp’s face since he became a head coach, that’s no small thing to have established in his first season. “When Jake became the starter, you could tell he was a leader,” sophomore wide receiver Deebo Samuel said. Samuel is another shiny spot on this season. The sophomore caught 14 passes for 190 yards against the Bulls and leads a host of other young offensive playmakers back for the 2017 season. Tight ends Hayden Hurst and K.C. Crosby, running backs Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner and wide receivers Bryan Edwards and Randrecous Davis (albeit in very limited work in Davis’ case) have shown enough to be a heck of a supporting cast for the Gamecocks’ young quarterback. “I think we have the pieces next year,” said Cory Helms, one of four offensive line starters who will return next season. “It’s going to take a tough offseason because we were inconsistent at times this year, but we stay healthy and have a good offseason, I think it could be special.” The reality rests most heavily on the defense. It digressed in the final five games of the season with its often fatal flaws standing out starkly against competition with top-notch offensive personnel and spread systems. On top of that, it loses four solid if not spectacular starters, defensive ends Darius English and Marquavius Lewis and linebacker T.J. Holloman and Walton. “We have to focus more on the little things, and that starts when we get back in January. These feelings of the past two games, that has to motivate us,” said junior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who will be charged with leading the defense next season. “We only are going to get better. We just have to keep improving.” They must. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article123991794.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article123991794.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE

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