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    One more year: Jake Bentley will return to South Carolina for senior season January 04, 2019 South Carolina’s ride with Jake Bentley has one more season. The junior quarterback announced he’ll forgo the NFL draft and return to Columbia for his senior season. He’s already been a starter for 2 1/2 seasons and will get a chance to put a final cap on a long, sometimes tumultuous Gamecocks career. He’s the second of three potential draft prospects to make his choice. Donell Stanely announced he’ll return to USC. Bryan Edwards has yet to make his decision public. ESPN’s Todd McShay projected Bentley as a second- or third-round player in the 2019 draft, but also said he should return to school. Bentley’s journey in Columbia has had its share of ups and downs. The son of one of the most successful high school coaches in the state’s history, he turned down Alabama to join the team that hired his father, Bobby. Then he skipped his senior season of high school to enroll early. For about half his freshman campaign, he appeared destined to redshirt, but with the team in desperate straits, he became the starter and thrived. He led USC to a 4-2 finish to the regular season, securing a bowl spot. Jake Bentley came into his sophomore with high expectations, and delivered a solid but at times inconsistent campaign. He threw for 2,794 and 18 touchdowns, but 12 interceptions helped drag his rating down to 130.7. His junior season featured an up-and-down start, with struggles against good Georgia and Kentucky defenses and an injury that sidelined him against Missouri. He had a poor first half after returning against Texas A&M, earning a cascade of boos in the process, then caught fire as a comeback bid fell short and posted strong numbers the rest of the regular season (he set a school record with 510 yards against Clemson). But things closed on a sour note. USC’s offense sputtered in the second half against Akron, and then died against Virginia in the bowl. Bentley was 17 of 40 with 218 yards and a pair of interceptions. He posted a statistically impressive season with the third-most passing yards in school history (3,171), second-most touchdowns (27). But he also faced biting criticism at times.
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    Multiple four-stars, including Florida decommit, to be at South Carolina this weekend January 18, 2019 Two key South Carolina football recruiting targets tweeted they’ve landed. Another, once a Florida Gators commit, tweeted he’d be in Columbia on Saturday. The Gamecocks are set for a big weekend with official visitors and juniors coming to campus. Four-star defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells and three-star defensive back Dequan Watts tweeted they’d arrived in town for official visits. North Carolina defensive end Kedrick Bingley-Jonesannounced he’d arrive a day later. Sorrells and Watts are both 2019 targets and could fill some of the three or four spots remaining in USC’s class. Watts is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound defensive back out of Atlanta, ranked the No. 899 player in his class in the 247 Sports composite rankings. As a senior he had 49 tackles, six interceptions and nine pass breakups. He got a visit from Bryan McClendon this week and is also looking at Oregon and Louisville. The Gamecocks only signed a pair of defensive backs in the early signing period and will likely look to add at least two more. Sorrells is the No. 163 player in the class, the 12th-best defensive tackle and 22nd best player in Florida. He had 36 tackles as a senior, eight for loss and a pair of sacks, and he made the Under Armour All-American Game. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp has said he wouldn’t say no to a good defensive lineman, and Sorrells would fit the bill. Bingley-Jones is a 2020 player, and he’s ranked No. 202 in his class. One of the 10 best players in North Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 266-pound Providence Day School star had 60 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and two sacks as a sophomore and at least 49 tackles and five sacks in the seven games his team has posted on MaxPreps. He was a Florida commit from the end of July until Jan. 15 and has offers from Florida State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia.
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    What this ‘really smart’ player might add to South Carolina’s defense in 2019 January 17, 2019 THE STATE The first thing people involved in the South Carolina football program said about Ernest Jones centered around something those outside the program couldn’t see. To a degree, that makes sense with a player who missed the spring with a back injury and spent most of his first year on campus on track to redshirt. But it might also speak to something coming down the line. “He’s smart,” starting middle linebacker T.J. Brunson said. “That was the first thing I noticed. He’ll call something and see something. Sometimes he’ll beat the running back or whoever the ball carrier is to the spot.” His head coach, Will Muschamp, echoed the sentiment. “He’s really intelligent,” Muschamp said. “He’s really smart. That’s one of the reasons we really liked him in the recruiting process … able to make the calls in our defense.” But all that was something fans mostly had to wait to see. The fracture in Jones’ back had him out all spring. He got into the season opener late in a blowout and then didn’t play in the next eight games. But then he got some snaps against Chattanooga. Then with the team’s avalanche of injuries, he played against Clemson and Akron. By the bowl game, he was facing the choice of burning his redshirt and ended up playing seven snaps on defense plus special teams. Now the 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker goes into the offseason unencumbered by injury. “He’s a tough kid for sure,” Brunson said. “I like watching him play, he’s going to be really good. I’m not sure about the whole back injury story, but I’m sure that’s something that took a lot for him to overcome and to come out here and play and make plays at practice and come in a game and make plays, that’s’ huge for us. I know he’s excited to finally get more comfortable with working out and stuff this offseason.” For the season, he posted 16 tackles, a pair of quarterback hurries and forced a fumble. The team will return a group of linebackers that is experienced, but also needs to produce more in 2019. Only Bryson Allen-Williams projects to be gone, and he was mostly a Buck defensive end. Brunson is back for a third year starting and Sherrod Greene is back for a second, but at times the starting pair had struggles and was overworked. Veteran Eldridrige Thompson is waiting on a medical sixth season after a shoulder injury ended his 2018 early. Beyond them, it’s Jones, others who got spot duty and the freshmen. Damani Staley had 31 tackles as an often-used backup, but also had some struggles. Rosendo Louis projected as a rotation player at the start of the season, but ended up playing sparingly through the middle of the season, bouncing between positions and then getting hurt. Then there’s the freshmen, the smaller Jahmar Brown and a bigger option in Derek Boykins. With all those bodies, USC will have to sort out a rotation that probably needs more production and more depth to shore up a defense hammered by injuries. Muschamp spoke highly of what the team saw from Jones in the meeting room, how he took to understanding South Carolina’s defensive concepts and how he progressed through the season. But Jones is still a linebacker, and for as much as one can talk about his understanding, there is the other part of his game. “He is also a guy who is really heavy handed,” Brunson said. “I remember seeing, we were doing a power foot and hands drill working with running backs, and just watching him punch and knock someone’s head back and jar somebody as a freshman, that’s pretty good.”
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    7. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS South Carolina makes the biggest jump in our Top 25 for 2019 after debuting at No. 22 last fall with its impressive indoor practice facility. Up next in Columbia and set to open in the next couple of weeks, the Gamecocks' 110,000-square foot, $50 million Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center will be the new front porch for Carolina Football. According to USC, the main entrance into the building opens into a two-story lobby with a 20-foot high "Block C" logo. The lobby will include a display of Georgia Rogers' Heisman Trophy and displays for bowl trophies. Several interactive screens throughout the lobby of the ops center will document the history of the the program. South Carolina's "Build Your Legacy" corridor connects all of the main spaces on the first floor from the player entry to the locker room to the training room to the weight room. The Legacy corridor will feature retired jerseys, record holders, national award winners and academic accolades and statistics. The player entry area includes an interactive NFL display with information about past and current players in the pros. The primary nutrition area located at the heart of the building allows for constant interaction with athletes and staff for nutritional guidance. The 20,000-square foot, two-story weight room includes custom weight racks and a variety of strength training equipment. There's a recording studio, too. Judging by this early glimpse of the state-of-the-art locker room from prospect Eric Gray, the Gamecocks' digs are jaw-dropping. The players lounge located within the locker room includes TVs and video game areas, a 15-seat movie theater with reclining seats and surround sound, a video arcade room and the Darius Rucker sound studio. Also, within the locker room is a barbershop - "Spur-cuts." https://247sports.com/LongFormArtic...lemson-Oklahoma-Texas-126107528/#126107528_13
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    THE DAILY CROW | Chris breaks down the Gamecocks starting pitching heading into the 2019 season January 16, 2019
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    I think Hobby is THE choice. Both are great coaches but I like the life long southern football connections. He has spent his entire career in the SEC/ACC and surrounding states, high schools, connections, etc. The multiple stints in the NFL and the Championship ring don't hurt either.
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    Men's Basketball 1/14/2019 VIDEO: Frank Martin News Conference & Notes As Justin Minaya nears a return, the USC forward could have a decision to make Since the last time Justin Minaya appeared in a South Carolina game, the Gamecocks have changed in more than a few ways. There’s been lineup tweaks, more injuries, a long losing streak and, now, a significant winning streak. USC (8-7 overall) is 3-0 in the SEC as it approaches a Wednesday clash at Vanderbilt. Minaya, sidelined since suffering a knee injury in practice before Carolina’s loss to Wofford on Nov. 26, is “close” to being cleared again for practice, Frank Martin said Monday. “We need his quads to get to a place where they’re as strong as the hamstrings,” Martin said. “And he’s working at it really hard. He’s getting tested later (Monday) ... for that quad strength. And as soon as that quad gets to 85 percent of the other quad, he’ll be cleared to start doing stuff on the court.” Minaya had surgery in late November. Around that time, Martin had discussions with Minaya’s parents about the possibility of their son taking a medical redshirt. Once someone plays after Jan. 16 (Wednesday), he’s no longer eligible for the redshirt. That date factored into T.J. Moss’ decision, announced last week. Frustrated by his progress, Minaya met with Martin earlier this month. “Why are you worried, man?” Martin said he told Minaya, a sophomore swingman. “So you get cleared on Jan. 15 and you go out and you play and Jan. 18, you play a game and your knee swells up at night and now you’re out three weeks. You’re in the same boat. “Why are you worried about it? Don’t worry about it. Get yourself healthy, practice. When you feel good about your body and you’re in a place where they tell you you’re good to go, your body’s telling you you’re good to go, then you make the decision.” To redshirt or not. “I’m going to support what’s best for the young man and what his family wants to do,” Martin said. “I’m always going to be in that situation. I’m not going to force somebody to play in a game above what’s best for them.” Minaya, a valued perimeter defender, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. He made 30 starts as a freshman. Freshman Keyshawn Bryant has started in Minaya’s place. The rookie led the Gamecocks with 15 points on Sunday against Missouri. How would Martin mesh the two of them together? “(Minaya) and Keyshawn are two completely different players,” Martin said. “They play differently. I haven’t sat down and tried to figure that one out yet. That’s one of those, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there kind of deals.” Is Jermaine Couisnard situation close to being resolved? ‘I wish I had an answer.’ South Carolina has lost one freshman guard to a redshirt this season. That news came down last Thursday when Frank Martin announced T.J. Moss’ foot and ankle surgeries. How soon until a year off becomes official on another rookie? Jermaine Couisnard, a freshman guard from outside Chicago, has yet to be cleared for play after a standardized test score was flagged months ago. “I wish I had an answer,” Carolina coach Frank Martin said Monday when asked if Couisnard’s situation was close to being resolved. “I wish somebody would just give me a deadline, so that I could tell you, ‘We know on this date.’ “I wish there was a deadline. It’s frustrating.” Should a ruling soon come down in Couisnard’s favor, is it too late to put him on the court and burn a redshirt? USC (8-7, 3-0 SEC) is already halfway through its regular season. “I have to stay out of those decisions — whether it’s his or the injured guys — because any opinion I would share is probably going to be biased, slanted to helping us win,” Martin said. “So I need to stay out of that. But I can tell you as a parent, if he got cleared next week, I’d probably call the coach and say, ‘Hey, I know he’s eligible, but I don’t want to burn a year.’ “As a dad, that’s what I would do.” Martin did clarify that Couisnard, a former three-star recruit, will be fully eligible next season. He’d be a redshirt freshman.
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    SEC statement: Gamecocks make it three in a row with the win over Missouri January 13, 2019 Keyshawn Bryant saw an opening and attacked. With an extra day of rest, energy was flowing out of South Carolina’s electric freshman on the game’s opening possession. He elevated above a taller Missouri defender and tried throwing down on the 6-foot-10 Jeremiah Tilmon. The dunk attempt missed, but Colonial Life Arena appreciated the effort — and got the message. The new-look Gamecocks were on display Sunday in front of their best crowd of the 2019 calendar year. A late schedule change didn’t stop the momentum of one of the SEC’s hottest teams. USC asserted itself as the aggressor early and often en route to an 85-75 win over Mizzou. The Gamecocks (8-7 overall) have now won four straight games and are off to a 3-0 start in league play for the second time in three years — and only third time since they joined the SEC nearly three decades ago. The Tigers, down as many as 13 in the second half, chipped away but couldn’t make a big enough push to erase a Gamecock advantage. After a Javon Pickett free throw cut things to 65-62 with 7:54 left, USC responded with six straight points, two from Chris Silva and four from Bryant. That senior-rookie tandem was huge down the stretch. Silva, who helped Tilmon foul out less than four minutes into the second half, had freedom to dominate the paint. He finished with 14 points and three blocks. Bryant scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. After a Pickett 3 made it 73-70, Felipe Haase and A.J. Lawson had treys on USC’s next two possessions. A 12-0 run in the first half put South Carolina ahead by 11 with 3:45 to play. The stretch featured Alanzo Frink’s best moments of his young SEC career. Relieving a foul troubled Maik Kotsar, the freshman Frink scored six points, had two rebounds and a block in a one-minute, 46-second span. Frink logged eight first half minutes after logging a combined two minutes in previous league games against Florida and Mississippi State. Missoui, which made as many as 3-pointers (seven) as 2s in the first half, used perimeter shooting to cut the advantage to six at the break. The Tigers, who didn’t get to Columbia, S.C., until Saturday due to a Midwest winter storm, dropped to 9-5 and 0-2 in SEC play. Another injury: Add Jason Cudd to the list. The 7-foot-1 center is out “indefinitely” after suffering a left knee injury during a recent practice. The sophomore was unavailable Sunday and will likely become the fifth USC scholarship player to miss at least two games this season because of injury, joining T.J. Moss, Justin Minaya, Alanzo Frink and Maik Kotsar.
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    Gamecock WR Bryan Edwards announces NFL decision January 19, 2019 South Carolina football will hold onto one of its top pass catchers for the 2019 season. (MORE)
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    Watch Gamecocks five-star Zacch Pickens notch a sack in national all-star game January 04, 2019 Five-star South Carolina football commit Zacch Pickens was used to getting double-teamed through his high school football career. It turned out at the Under Armour All-America all-star game, they didn’t exactly stop. The defensive lineman from Anderson faced plenty of early double teams as he bounced between defensive end and defensive tackle. But late in the first half, he wriggled free and chased down Penn State Michael Johnson Jr., on the sideline. Overall, he finished the half with the one sack for Team Flash. On the other side were Gamecocks target Jaquaze Sorrells and Shilo Sanders. Sorrells had one tackle, chasing down a runner, while Sanders broke up a pass, nearly picking it off with room for a long return.
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    Belk Bowl Recap + Tim “Pops” Frisby January 03, 2019 Chris and Thom recap the Gamecocks 28-0 loss to UVA in the Belk Bowl. Why finding a number one running back will be so important going into 2019. Why fans should be encouraged by the performance of the USC defense. Where does Jake Bentley go from here? Opinions on multiple Gamecocks current draft stock. The guys also discuss Donell Stanely announcing his return to Carolina plus rumors of Lance Thompson’s departure. Finally, Tim “Pops” Frisby joins the show to chat about his 20 year stint in the military, time at USC, playing for two HOF coaches and much more. iTunes Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
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    The Gamecocks will remain involved with several unsigned prospects for the February signing date December 24, 2018 The Gamecocks will remain involved with several unsigned prospects for the February signing date. Those players will include WR/DB Jashawn Sheffield of St. Simon’s Island, GA who has been committed to Auburn; DL Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, FL; OL Darius Washington of Pensacola, FL who has been committed to Mississippi State; CB Dequanteous Watts of Atlanta; CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, GA and CB Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX. And of course, some new names could be added.
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    Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney told reporters at his arrival press conference at the Cotton Bowl that defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, tight end Braden Galloway & center Zach Giella all tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the CFP semifinal against Notre Dame, pending an appeal The drug test conducted by the NCAA found a trace of the substance Ostarine, an anabolic steroid used for muscle building and weight training. The three players had no knowledge of the drug in their system per Swinney, with the head coach saying he’s become an expert on the issue over the last several days. The NCAA has a B sample they can test, and there’s an appeals process with the primary sample that could provide the players the chance to still play in the game, but neither of those things will come to pass until later in the week.
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    South Carolina using a veteran to fix hole in its line for bowl … or a true freshman December 23, 2018 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} At times, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will hint at things with the way he phrases them. In mid-December, he was asked how his team would fill the hole left by injured guard Zack Bailey for the Belk Bowl against Virginia, namely would Donell Stanley slide over from center, with veteran former walk-on Chandler Farrell stepping in. Muschamp said that was the plan to start, but also mentioned true freshman Hank Manos. And early in bowl practices, both guys are involved. “At the beginning of the week, I started with the first team,” Farrell said “And now we’re shuffling in Hank Manos. We’re going back and forth. We’ve both taken two days of the starting reps.” If Manos does find himself starting, it would represent a big step for a player near the end of his first season on campus. The Chapin High School product and former state wrestling champion came to campus with a little bit of buzz, but spent spring practice bouncing between guard and the center position he grew up playing. The Gamecocks had five veterans on the line, and most freshman offensive linemen don’t contribute much (right tackle Dylan Wonnum did work his way into the lineup). Manos played in one game all season, getting garbage time snaps against Chattanooga at guard. And now he’s in the mix with Farrell to snap in USC’s bowl game. “Him and Hank Manos have done a great job of stepping in,” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “Donny is still right beside them to help them out whenever they need it. It’s really no change.” Farrell is in Year 3 with the program. He was given a scholarship at the start of this season. He played with Bailey in high school. He spoke highly of Manos and his future, especially his athleticism. As Manos was coming to campus, one of his bigger transitions was from wrestling, where he had to cut weight, to bulking up to play SEC football. Nearly a year into that, he’s made a kind of progress that surprised at least one veteran. “What’s crazy about it is, it doesn’t really look like he’s gotten fat,” Farrell said. “He’s like 295, maybe 300 some days, but he’s really solid. He’s at the bottom of the body fat percentages among the offensive linemen. “He’s solid as can be.”
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    Where to watch USC signee, Gamecocks basketball targets this week in Columbia December 20, 2018 Trae Hannibal’s tour of his near-future home will continue this week. Hannibal, a South Carolina basketball signee, will lead his Hartsville High School against AC Flora at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ben Lippen. The game is part of Phenom Hoop’s Palmetto Winter Classic. Hannibal’s Red Foxes have already participated in the Bojangles Bash and the Auto Owners Insurance Showcase in Lexington. The Columbia-based Chick-fil-A Classic (Dec. 26) and the MLK Bash (Jan. 21) are also on Hartsville’s 2018-19 schedule. “Trae being in this position allows us into certain things,” said Hartsville coach Yusuf English, “but we got some young kids that I want to put in a good light. Some kids that don’t have scholarships and stuff like that. These are great opportunities for them. “I enjoy playing a tough schedule.” The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Hannibal is averaging over 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds this season. He’ll be joined by a slew of touted prospects at the Palmetto Winter Classic. The tournament features 16 teams coming from five different states, including SC’s Ridge View (with Georgetown signee Malcolm Wilson), Cardinal Newman (with Murray State signee Chico Carter and 2021 USC target Josh Beadle), Sumter (with Boston College signee Calvin Felder), Blythewood (with Iowa State signee Tre Jackson) and Christ Church Episcopal (with John Butler, a four-star in the 2021 class targeted by a variety of top programs). Holly Springs, out of North Carolina, features Virginia signee Kadin Shedrick. The Palmetto Winter Classic begins Thursday and ends Saturday. Thursday’s schedule* 10 a.m. Ben Lippen-Heritage Christian 11:30 a.m. Great Bridge-Concord First Assembly 1 p.m. Sumter-Lincoln Charter 2:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman-Asheville Christian 4 p.m. Ridge View-Morgan County 5:30 p.m. Blythewood-Heathwood Hall 7 p.m. AC Flora-Hartsville 8:30 p.m. Holly Springs-Christ Church Episcopal *All games at Ben Lippen High School
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    https://247sports.com/college/south-carolina/LongFormArticle/college-football-toughest-schedules-2019-michigan-wolverines-auburn-tigers-126756315/#126756315_9
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    What do you folks think? Personally not too crazy about the new branding.
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    From what I have gathered John Scott, Jr. will be the Gamecocks new DL coach. So so hire. Not the big names that were tossed around. Razorbacks went 2-10 this past season. Hope the hire works out. Has only 1 4 star player he got a commit from. Just have to see folks. As they say, time will tell all.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scott_Jr.
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    Here are some images from the branding reveal. There aren't many major changes. This does NOT include athletics but they will probably use some of the branding. Just not on uniforms and such. USC is now officially UofSC.

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