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  1. 5 points
    Good morning fanatics!! I see soon COCKYTALK will be back and just wanted to say a few things. First, thank you Cockytalkers for joining GamecockFanatics. Now soon Cockytalk will be back and I know a lot of you will go back and I want to say thank you for making this your home while Cockytalk was down. For those who stay thank you and those members who choose to make both places home thank you. Chuck and his staff are a first class act. The site has been around a very long time and they have done an excellent job and wish all the best over there. Thank you all again for all being a part of Gamecockfanatics and enjoy the spring game. God Bless you all!!
  2. 4 points
    I will be honest, I think we are going to win this game by 2 TDs, at least. But who am I to make an assumption, I am just a fan after all.
  3. 4 points
    Four years into his regime, everything should be his responsibility as to how the program improves and competes, but that's not the end-all of everything. There's an awful lot that goes into building a successful college FB program these days. It still happens that some head coach comes along, takes a program that's low on the totem pole in wins and success and tradition and talent depth, that's in a major CFB conference, and that coach brings a playbook and a way of preparation and teaching that has that program rise up suddenly and become consistently successful in a major way. They tended to happen more often back in the '80s, '70s, and earlier. But those scenarios are very few and far between these days, and are more of the roll-of-the-dice variety. The most proven way is to build programs up with solid and unrelenting recruiting, with sound and thorough coaching and development of players, and then - once ANY degrees of success is realized - work even harder to sell that success, and to build upon it as a foundation. And keep doing it, and see where it takes you. It's been well hashed over and over how the Spurrier Regime came to an end: Spurrier and his staff built the Gamecock program up from ground level up. They recruited the in-state talent hard, and then evaluated other talent out of state that was not getting taken by their flagship programs hard, and built the roster. The program started having moderate success, and then the staff recruited harder until the elite in-state talent - and during this period we had quite a number of them - also came to play for us. The years of 2009 through 2013 the program probably had the best wealth of talent in it's history, but I'm not totally informed on that. But those years, all Spurrier and staff had to sell them was, based on potential of what could be. Come to South Carolina and be the first to do this, to do that. The kids had to have that belief that things would happen if they came, without very much evidence to prove it would. Then 2010 through 2013 happened: averaging 10 wins a year, finishing with 3 consecutive top 10 national rankings, being one single win shy from 2011 through 2013 of playing in the SECCG four years in a row, and participating in 1 to 3 BCS bowls. Being the winning-est Power 5 CFB program during those 4 years to NOT participate in a BCS bowl, with the most wins verses top-25 ranked opponents in those years: not ranked at the time we played them, but ranked in the final rankings, AFTER we beat them. That kind of success was real - prospects didn't have to imagine it happening, or have blind faith that it would. No other Power 5 coaching staff would fail to take to the streets and sell that success for all they were worth, to go to 5-star and high 4-star elite talent and show than that, "come play for us, and you'd be the final piece to getting us that 1 win, and winning the division, then the conference, then the BCS bowl, then....who knows?" And it would be based on actual truth and evidence of truth. But our staff didn't do that. Spurrier was ready to use that success to ride off into the sunset. And the program would never capitalize on that success. When you have a nationally recognized major college program that has national titles, conference titles, major bowls, and just decades of great success behind it, that's called history. A program like UGA has that kind of history, and as I've said the boys in GA who grow up playing organized football grow up to be Georgia Bulldogs. It's a powerful resource that's always there for ANY UGA HC. Same with Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Mischigan, Southern Cal, Texas, etc. Being the head coach of those programs isn't hard when you have those resources - it's hard to meet the great expectations the fanbase places on you, but you'll always have great tradition, and great talent to work from right off the bat. If you screw it up, then the reasons are usually because YOU personally screwed it up. But we don't have that at USC. It doesn't mean we can't have it, we just haven't got there yet. We have done some great things in recent years to raise expectations, but as I posted above, we didn't work hard to sustain it. Spurrier allowed it to fall back down to the ground. So, without that built in tradition and history of success, when Spurrier left and the wins stopped coming, everyone naturally thinks it's because of Steve Spurrier, in, "once Spurrier leaves, the winning leaves with him". NOT because he allowed the program to fall. So that's not a "tradition", that's an "anomaly". Muschamp now has to rebuild the whole thing all over again, but what happens this year and next year in recruiting is affected by what happened on the field last season, and in 2017, and 2016, etc. And what happened those years were greatly affected by what happened in 2015, 2014, and 2013 in recruiting by the previous staff. Nick Saban's first year at Alabama in 2007 went 6-6 in the regular season. Like Spurrier, Saban had won one single national title elsewhere, and won a whole lot less conference titles and games. He brought in the 12th-ranked recruiting class his first year, not too shabby. His predecessor before him, Mike Shula, brought in the 13th ranked class for 2006, and the 16th ranked class for 2005. Saban wins their bowl game and finished 7-6, and his staff went to work. In 2008 they bring in the 3rd-ranked class, and then ruled over recruiting nationally ever since then. THAT's what tradition can do for a coach - the program essentially recruits itself, but if you also want to go beyond carrying your fair share and work hard at it, your classes will be great. Saban also proved to be a great coach himself, and a coach that understands and appreciates the merits of hard recruiting work, and selling what successes your program has, and how great prospects can make the success even greater. Muschamp doesn't have that kind of resource to capitalize on, although he could've had some of it had the previous staff didn't choose to ride the program into the sunset. So, again in reference to what Finebaum was saying that I disagree with. With CFB programs like South Carolina's, it's not a quick fix, and it DOES require some foundation to build off of, to have great success. Smart had a great foundation - great resources of tradition of success, a talented roster, and a state full of elite prep talent that's waiting to come play for you. Muschamp has had much less of all the above, and has to generate those resources a good bit by himself and by his own staff. Someone (Finebaum) can't just dismiss all that, and claim to be an "expert" on CFB matters.....
  4. 3 points
    Until he beats teams of equal talent and stops losing to teams like UNC and UVA, he's headed for removal. He could have Bama's players and still find a way to lose. If anything saves him, it's Ryan Hilinski not some magical recruiting. His defenses are not doing him any favors.
  5. 3 points
    What the future holds for the Muschamp era at South Carolina Sept. 01, 2019 Fanatics Corner By HF Time is slipping away, it seems the Gamecock loss Saturday didn’t bold well for the future of the Gamecock ’ football program. The question stands now in everybody's mind can they turn around there fortunes? If it does happen, It will be because the Gamecocks fought their way out of a corner they put themselves in. Simply put into words 2019, was even now to be harder after the loss to the Tarheels. A bowl trip was going to be complicated with beating UNC, a peek what lies ahead. Appalachian State won 11 games last season. Even Vanderbilt went bowling last year with a good offense. Can you feel the pain? The Gamecocks just lost to a team that won five combined games the previous two years. That’s not to say North Carolina won’t be good, but as of this moment, it looks like a bad loss to a team that’s simply been bad of late. Perhaps the Gamecocks’ schedule opens up, as Tennessee had an even worse opening day Saturday, losing to Georgia State. Then one looks at how Saturday played out. The passing game with Jake Bentley, Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith misfired again and again and again. The defense that projected as a strength held early and then got tagged for back-to-back 90-plus yard drives. Based on a very brutal schedule, The Gamecocks needed to be a better-than-its-record team to get to a bowl or above .500. It didn’t look like that in Charlotte. Players seemed dazed afterward, giving the standard answers about just needing to get better. Head coach Will Muschamp dropped the word “frustrated” over and over, promising to get back in the film room and figure out how to fix things. But that means going back to the drawing board 60 minutes into a season, the staff has to fix a range of issues that could plague this team tough out the season. The future is there daylight at the end of the tunnel? If this season were to go sideways, next season doesn’t offer much in the way of a bounce-back, as a home game against Alabama is traded for a trip to LSU. The Tar Heels were already grabbing some recruits the Gamecocks wanted, and Saturday provided a big chip in terms of theoretical recruiting momentum. College football coaching tenures exist in broad flows. Some end with a bang, but most with a slow dip or promise that never arrives. If the next two years go badly, that might be all the dip that’s needed. And to avoid a bad 2019, the Gamecocks have to climb out of the deep hole they dug Saturday afternoon.
  6. 3 points
    I'll be disappointed if we give up 24 points to this squad.
  7. 3 points
    Some Recruiting Thoughts & Facts 2020 Recruiting Facts: 1. Gamecocks have 0 current top 50 players committed, but we are in the top 2-5 with 2 (Burch and Evans). Clemson currently has 6 committed (which is ridiculous and makes me throw up in my mouth) 2. Gamecocks have 4 top 100 players currently committed (Doty, Lloyd, Walker, Kaba), plus add Wyman at 133 to give us 5 top 150 players and Huntley 180 player top out at 6 top 200 players. That is better than every other team in the country except Clemson, Bama, Notre Dame, and OSU. In other words, we only trail behind the CFP field members from the last couple years. I'll take that any day of the week 3. A list of notable programs Gamecocks CURRENTLY have more or just as many top 100 commits than: Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, TAMU, Michigan, Penn State, UT, Auburn, USC, etc. That is one heck of a list of programs to be in front of at the moment. 4. Gamecocks are in the lead group with 9 top 150 (5* Burch, 5* Evans, Keyshawn Lawrence, Reggie Grimes, Myles Murphy (lead), Ja'Qurious Conley, Ze'vian Capers, Desmond Tisdol, Tank Bigsby) 5. Gamecocks could realistically have 10 top 150 players in the boat. Take the five we currently have committed and add Burch, Murphy, Conley, tisdol (who we might lose to AU) and Bigsby. That would more than double the amount of top 150 players we signed last year. 2020 Recruiting Thoughts: Though the Gamecocks don't have a few guys in the boat yet, Gamecocks are in good shape with many and are currently in step the with the best teams in the country on the recruiting trail. Let me say that again, the Gamecocks are in step with the BEST TEAMS in the country!! Gamecocks are currently recruiting at the highest level RIGHT NOW when it comes to elite talent. The chips will continue to fall as they may, but don't worry about Gamecock recruiting. Thy are in excellent shape and could be in even better shape come the end of the summer. One of the big knocks on this staff to take the team to the next level is the ability to land elite talent to South Carolina. This staff has already shown the ability to evaluate the 3* talent well (Wonnum, Mukuamu, Roderick to name a few, I could go on). So one of the last pieces of recruiting seems to be falling into place. If you look at the numbers, they started that trend last year and are continuing that trend this year. Also keep in mind that it does take time to develop that talent and to get that talent in the program, but I think the trajectory of the Gamecock program is very high for the next few years. It certainly seems to be on the recruiting trail.
  8. 3 points
    From Grantland article in 2015 - Seventh Woods’s unusual name is derived, his parents say, from the Book of Genesis. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” http://grantland.com/features/seventh-woods-high-school-basketball/
  9. 3 points
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  11. 2 points
    Can't knock your picks, but I might have POG to Edwards -- this was the best effort I've seen from him. He ran hard after his catches.
  12. 2 points
    Tua Tagovailoa currently sits at the top of many pundits Heisman-watch boards. The kid has impeccable footwork, perhaps the best in the country. He sidesteps edge rushers smoothly and with ease, and does a terrific job of always planting his feet and delivering an accurate throw even when under pressure or on the run. He’s a great dual threat QB with a powerful NFL arm, and he’s had a flawless start to the 2019 season: 7 TD’s, 0 INT’s for a 66.7% completion rate, and a 93.5 QBR. So, what is Tua’s weakness? Against Clemson in the 2019 national title, he was still fairly poised, maintained good footwork, and made quick decisions all game long. What seemed to affect him the most was the consistent pressure the Tigers threw in his face. In the first quarter of the game, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was content blitzing Tua over and over, not worrying as much about covering receivers and closing windows. At first, Tua did a good job getting the ball out quickly and accurately, despite the pressure. As the Tigers were playing man to man defense against the best receiving corps in the country, Tua had open options to throw to all night long, and he did so with fair success in the first half, going 15/17 for 158 yards through the air. What started to break him through was Clemson’s commitment to sending pressure after him. Even when the Tide was throwing 60 yard bombs for TD’s, Clemson stuck with the strategy of prioritizing pressuring Tua, and it began to wear him out, forcing a few game-changing mistakes. In fact, the only two incompletions of Tua’s in the first half were two interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown. So while he did have a dazzling completion rate of 88%, those two bad basses Clemson forced made all the difference in the game, and completely disrupted Alabama’s offensive consistency and confidence. Tua’s accuracy in the first quarter compared to the fourth took a major turn for the worse, and Nick Saban had no answer with a lackluster run game and a shaken QB. Throughout all of last season, teams tried to defend Alabama’s offense by prioritizing receiver coverage. The problem is, Tua is too good to not succeed, even with terrific secondary play. In order to really challenge Alabama’s offense, it is a must that you consistently pressure Tua, even if that means sacrificing the success of your secondary. Corner blitz him, send LB’s after him, just force him into so many quick decisions that he eventually makes a bad one amidst all the good ones. That is what breaks his rhythm, because Tua is not used to throwing interceptions. He only had four all season long until the Clemson game. Alabama is also in an unusual situation the past couple years in that they don’t have one of the best running games in the nation. Their passing attack in phenomenal, without a doubt the best in the nation, but their rushing attack is just decent. Not bad by any means, but just good, not great. So with this in mind, what do the Gamecocks do? The answer is neutralize the Tide’s best player - the centerpiece of their offense - the cog that makes the whole machine work. The key to this game is sending enough bodies after Tua so that the pocket is consistently claustrophobic, not even collapsed, every play. The thing is, Tua will be good no matter what. Multiple deep passes will be made, touchdowns will be scored, 300 or more passing yards is likely. But in order for South Carolina to have a chance, you have to have faith that consistent pressure will force enough errors out of Tua, which will start to negatively affect his overall play. The Gamecocks’ best aspect on their defense is the line. DJ Wonnum, Javon Kinlaw, and everyone in that rotation has to have the game of their life. Line up every down with the goal of being in Tua’s face by the end of the play, and perhaps South Carolina has a chance of cracking Tua and Saban. It’s all a matter of what you prioritize covering or pressuring on defense. When you want to break a system, you start at the top. The rest cannot function without it.
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  15. 2 points
    The thing that disturbs me the most is that Champ has been saying this is the best team he has had. It appears that we just didn't show up yesterday. We couldn't stop the run. We couldn't pressure the qb. We couldn't get off the field on 3rd down. The offense was offensive. We were predictable and made no adjustments at half time. Run up the middle for no yards then throw a short pass on third and long. Jake was ineffective and the linemen did not protect Jake very well. I hope this was "just one of those days" and that we can turn it around quickly.
  16. 2 points
    I was looking through the UNC roster, and coaching staff, and came across this. I found it funny, that as a member of the football staff, he has a basketball (Air Jordan) shirt on. Even the football team identifies with basketball. https://goheels.com/coaches.aspx?rc=3350&path=football
  17. 2 points
    I watched a lot of Sam Howell's 2018 tape from high school. Kid has the measurements, throwing technique, arm power, speed, and elusiveness to be a legit NFL starter one day. But as of right now, his accuracy is spotty, his eye discipline is absolutely horrendous, his decision making is slow, and he does not have a very good understanding of how to read defenses. He is a talent, but much too young, inexperienced, and not coached enough to play well in Game 1 of his collegiate career, especially against our defense. I like our chances of dominating his throwing game. Like I said, he could be eventually coached into a real NFL talent, but as of right now, he is not ready to start in a college game. Way too slow mentally, does a terrible job reading defenses, and has awful eye discipline, telegraphing who he is throwing to way before he throws the ball.
  18. 2 points
    We have so many upperclass skill position players and key production players coming into this season, that it's hard for me NOT to be optimistic for the team this season, the tough schedule notwithstanding. Not only has the comments from Coach Muschamp been positive and optimistic regarding the team overall, but also he and OL Coach Wolford has been pretty positive regarding the OL's scrimmages as well. It's always refreshing to hear good things about the LOS units, as important as they are to successful football. The UNC fanbase has been very optimistic about their DC Jay Bateman's defenses at Army, like it is some mystery genius defense never before seen by man. Certainly, unique and unfamiliar defenses can be troublesome for opposing offenses - much as the triple option is always like that for defenses. And this also brings up a good segue for my next point regarding Bateman's defenses at Army: Army runs the triple option flexbone. Here is a description of it from an article put out by USAToday in 2018: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/09/27/army-combines-old-school-offense-21st-century-analytics/37963991/ Army is a run, then run, then run some more offense. They can go entire games only throwing 2-3 passes. With Bateman as their DC, Army was 10th nationally in 2018 in scoring defense, and 8th in total defense. In 2017, they dropped off a bit to 32nd in both scoring and total defense. In 2016, they were 15th nationally in scoring defense, and 4th in total defense. The Tarheel "insiders" and fans are pretty high on Bateman. But the thing with a program that runs an effective triple option offense, is that it's not just the defense for that team that has the goal of keeping opposing offenses off of the field. Everyone knows that a team will struggle mightily to score points if its offense is never on the field, and games are won by scoring the most points. Typically keeping opposing offenses off of the field falls on your team's defense first and foremost, but with a triple option offense, a team's defense gets major help from the other side of the ball. Last season (2018), Army led the nation in offensive Time of Possession, by a substantial margin over the #2-best FBS team. In 2017, they were 4th nationally, and in 2016 they were 3rd nationally. So Army's offense went a long way to helping Army's and Bateman's defense look shiny. Under Head Coach Jeff Monken, they overhauled their offensive approach in 2016: in 2014 & 2015 - Bateman's first 2 seasons as DC - the team was a poor team, and Bateman's defenses were poor defenses. Now, it will be interesting to see how his defense will perform at UNC. Bateman goes from a hardcore rushing offense - where holding onto the ball on the field and running the game clock is paramount - to a somewhat hardcore passing offense under Tarheel OC Phil Longo. In two seasons as Ole Miss' OC, the Rebels were 13th in the SEC in Time Of Possession for both 2018 & 2017. That was good enough for 123rd and 128th nationally, respectively, the last 2 seasons out of 130 FBS programs. Bateman's defense will NOT get any help from Longo's offense, and less help than most other offenses would give him. Of course, South Carolina was 130th nationally last season, in offensive Time of Possession. Something we definitely have to improve upon, and it starts with a more effective rush offense. We moved the ball well (43rd in Total Offense), and were effective in overall First Down production (41st in 3rd Down Conversions, 50th in total 1st Downs), so our offensive system has real potential when it's executed well. Our execution last season was not very well at all, in turnovers - particularly in Red-Zone turnovers - and in Red Zone Efficiency (118th nationally in Red Zone Conversion %). Even 2-9 UNC converted better in the Red Zone last season than we did, which is terrible. But we have a veteran offense at the skill positions. We have a solid OL. UNC has inexperience and lack of depth at QB and WR - despite strength at RB - and return only 2 starters to their OL. We have again great veteran experience and solid depth along the Front 7, while UNC has only 2 experienced DT, but questions along the rest of the DL and LB positions abound. So for this game, most of the advantages on paper are on the Gamecock's side.....
  19. 2 points
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    From horns to spurs: How Kingston took over Gamecock baseball By CAM ADAMS | 04/28/2019 | 7:21pm After losing to the LSU Tigers in the SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals, the Gamecocks headed into Selection Monday at 35-25 overall with an SEC record of 13-17. Former South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook and the Gamecocks hoped they had a good enough résumé for an NCAA Tournament bid with the 10th best strength of schedule in the country and No. 32 ranking in the RPI. However, the Gamecocks did not hear their name called. It was the second time in three years South Carolina was left out after making the tournament 15 straight years from 2000 to 2014. Graphic by Jayson Jeffers // The Daily Gamecock This was an odd spot a program that won two back-to-back national titles just over five years ago and was left out of the postseason once again. Eight days after the Gamecocks learned their postseason fate, Holbrook resigned as head coach of South Carolina baseball, finishing with a 200-106 record in 2017. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner told the Charleston Post and Courier Holbrook resigned "to pursue other opportunities.” Holbrook was hired as the head coach of the College of Charleston Cougars a little more than a month after leaving the Gamecocks. Tanner hired former South Florida head coach Mark Kingston to take the reins of Gamecock baseball after leading South Florida to a 42-19 record with an NCAA Tournament bid. "I continue to be impressed with [Kingston’s] ability,” Tanner said after hiring Kingston. “He is so well-rounded to handle the challenges and meet the expectations that we have here at the University of South Carolina." The hire displeased some Gamecock fans as Kingston wasn’t necessarily a “big name” coach that fans were looking for. Their displeasure continued into the 2018 season as South Carolina started off with a 20-17 record. With only three games above .500, the Gamecocks were likely to be left out of the postseason back-to-back years for the first time since the in two decades. But the new head coach had other plans, and the Gamecocks bounced back. They swept No. 19 LSU reaching 13-7 as they headed into Selection Monday. And unlike the 2017 season, the Gamecocks did hear their name called and went to the Greenville Regional as a two-seed. South Carolina defeated Ohio State, East Carolina and UNCW at the Greenville Regional, then lost two out of three games to the eventual national-runner up Arkansas in the Super Regionals. From taking over a program that just missed the NCAA Tournament to being one win away from the College World Series, Kingston rejuvenated South Carolina baseball.
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    Yesterday, Wes Mitchell reported this: "A source confirmed to Gamecock Central that Woods is set to join the South Carolina men's basketball team as a walk-on."
  23. 2 points
    They probably spent the money for Hammond because they wanted a quality education and superior athletic training and development for Seventh, and because there wasn't any other prep school around that could provide those things at no cost. If it was the same thing at the collegiate level, I imagine they would do the same thing. This however, is not that kind of same thing..... One good thing about this though, is the proximity to home. Michigan is pretty far away, and Gonzaga is even further. The distances may work in our favor here....
  24. 2 points
    This was an outstanding post! It was well thought out, and well said. The only thing not stated in this thread, that really needs to be addressed, is that Paul Finebaum looks and acts like a phallus!
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    ROW Call? Come on Feat, you need to Stay Focus!
  27. 2 points
    TOP 3 - Two singles start the inning and Georgia has a little something cooking. Nine-hole hitter Maxwell pulls a grounder to the four hole. Perez makes a sliding play in the outfield grass. Can't quite grip the ball cleanly, and that costs him. Safe at first on a bang-bang play. Then a line drive hit-and-run single to right. But Perez deeked Maxwell, who slid into second base. So its first and second with two-hole hitter King up, who grounds into a 6-4-3 double play. Shepherd called for interference on his slide into second, so Maxwell has to go back to second base. Doesn't matter though, as Schunk singles to left field. Allen's throw is way off line and Maxwell slides in easily. Ball gets away from Berryhill and runner to second easily. Talley up, and he fouls away a pitch to make it 1-2 in the count. Big shift on him. Callil playing five feet to the opposite side of second base. Perez playing 15 feet onto the outfield grass. It's a 2-2 count now. He ends up walking putting two on and Skylar Meade will jog to the mound. No one in the bullpen - like, not even in the bullpen. Meadows takes a first pitch fastball on the inside corner for a strike, then watches a breaking ball away for a 1-1 count. Big hitter here for Morgan. He's labored some this inning. Gets a foul ball bringing up his 50th pitch of the game. Errors in back to back games for Callil. Slow roller back up the middle. Makes the play in front of the bag, and has to rush his throw to first. A little wide, a little early stretch, and Cullen has to come off the bag. Morgan comes right back and gets a four-pitch strikeout to end the inning though. He's on 54 pitches as he strands the bases loaded. Score tied 1-1
  28. 2 points
    Morgan still reeling and clemsux has a new pitcher who walks one but gives up nothing else, going to the 6th 11-1 Gamecocks
  29. 2 points
    South Carolina officially hires John Scott Jr. to complete football coaching staff January 22, 2019 .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%} South Carolina finally has its defensive line coach. The team and Will Muschamp officially hired Arkansas defensive tackles coach John Scott Jr. to replace Lance Thompson as the schools board of trustees approved his contract on Tuesday morning. The Greer native also spent time with the New York Jets. He will earn $435,000 annually, and his contract runs through May 31, 2020. “I was very impressed with John during a lengthy interview that I conducted with him,” Muschamp said in a statement. “He is very detailed-oriented and what I would call a ‘grinder’. He also has an NFL background and has experience coaching elite players, something that was very important to me. He’s a good fit for our staff.” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner said he and Muschamp have been discussing a new defensive line hire for “three or four weeks.” Muschamp “is excited about what (Scott) has done in the past and the guys he has coached and is looking forward to getting him involved starting today,” Tanner said. It is the second coaching change of the offseason for Muschamp’s staff. Earlier this month, he hired Thomas Brown to coach running backs and take Pat Washington’s place on the staff. “When you have a big staff, there is going to be change and transition from time to time,” Tanner said. “It seems to be the case across the country, but I think now we are ready to move forward now to spring practice.” Thompson was one of Muschamp’s original hires, but was not kept on this offseason. Scott’s career took him to Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and his alma mater, Western Carolina, coaching either defensive line or outside linebackers and was a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. He has background in 3-4 defenses, although Arkansas was a four-down linemen team last season. After college, he played a few years of lower level pro football, including in the Arena Football League 2. At GSU, he worked with Brent Russell, the program’s all-time sack leader and one of the top defenders on the FCS level. At Texas Tech under Kliff Kingsbury, Scott coached two-time all-conference lineman Kerry Hyder. With the Jets, he worked with the likes of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams. At Arkansas, Scott bridged the end of the Bret Bielema era and the start of the Chad Morris era, with a defense that struggled both seasons. South Carolina football coaching salaries Head coach Will Muschamp $4.4 million (contract through 2023) Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson $1.2 million (through 2021) Offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon $1 million (through 2021) Offensive line coach Eric Wolford $700,000 (through 2021) Quarterbacks coach Dan Werner $700,000 (through 2020) Linebackers/special teams Coleman Hutzler $475,000 (through 2019) Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. $435,000 (through 2020) Tight ends coach Bobby Bentley $400,000 (through 2019) Outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson $300,000 (through 2019) Running backs coach Thomas Brown $300,000 (through 2020) Special teams assistant Kyle Krantz $125,000 (through May 31)
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    VIDEOS: 2018 South Carolina vs Coastal Carolina best plays of the game Sept. 01, 2018 SFCocking 2018 South Carolina vs Coastal Carolina best plays of the game 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Slade Carroll 28 Yd Run Slade Carroll with a nice run for big yards. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Randrecous Davis 27 Yd Touchdown Reception Michael Scarnecchia throws it into the endzone and Randrecous Davis makes the catch through the arms of a defender. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 17 Yd Run Ty'Son Williams with another big run in the 4th quarter. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 21 Yd Run Ty'Son Williams finds the open holes for a big gain. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Shameik Blackshear TFL Shameik Blackshear tackles Bryce Carpenter for a loss. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Rosendo Louis Fumble Recovery CCU Alex James fumbles the option pitch and Rosendo Louis recovers the football. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Deebo Samuel 8 Yd Touchdown Reception Jake Bentley throws the fade and Deebo Samuel makes an incredible one-handed catch for the touchdown. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 10 Yd Run Ty'Son Williams finds his way past the line and fights his way to a first down. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Shi Smith 20 Yd Reception Jake Bentley finds a wide open Shi Smith for a big gain. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 9 Yd Touchdown Run Ty'Son Williams goes to the left and into the endzone behind some great blocking. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Shi Smith 19 Yd Reception Nice catch by Shi Smith. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 10 Yd Run Ty'Son Williams finds his way past the line and fights his way to a first down. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Shi Smith 20 Yd Reception Jake Bentley finds a wide open Shi Smith for a big gain. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Ty'Son Williams 9 Yd Touchdown Run Ty'Son Williams goes to the left and into the endzone behind some great blocking. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Shi Smith 19 Yd Reception Nice catch by Shi Smith. 2018 USC vs Coastal Carolina - Jaycee Horn Sack Jaycee Horn's first sack as a Gamecock.
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    Do not forget to watch Video Livestream post-game located on the home page
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    Well friend, if our opponents know what kind of defense we're going to run by watching our formations and signals, then we don't have much of a chance. Until our coaches get smarter than that, we may continue to be worse than last season.
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    USC coaches visited Monday with 6-5 Earl Timberlake Sept. 10, 2019 USC coaches visited Monday with 6-5 Earl Timberlake of Hyattsville, MD according to John Whittle of TheBigSpur. Head coaches from Providence and Miami also were in today according to reports. Timberlake has taken official visits to USC, Providence and Pitt and has others planned for Miami this weekend and Seton Hall in two weeks. He also plans a visit to North Carolina.
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    Not sure if you guys saw it, but Chuck posted on Twitter that CT was gone for good. Thanks for hosting this site!
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    Ryan Hilinski, now only one snap away from being the Gamecock starter August 22, 2019 South Carolina football’s offense is Jake Bentley’s show for 2019 for now. But Ryan Hilinski’s show is in the wings just in case Jake falls short of expectations or an injury. (VIEW ARTICLE)
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    Tavien is definitely coming here in hopes of more playing time. And if he can still average 5.9 YPC he should get it. I hope he has a blow out season and moves his NFL draft stock super high. Like you say, I also think Tank should be considering this. Next year, Tavien and the 3 Sr's will all be gone. We do have a couple others but Tank would get a chance to start as a freshmen and get plenty of time to shine. Our schedule don't change much next year so there will be plenty of TV coverage.
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    2020 SC PG Myles Tate of Hartsville visited USC Monday with his parents, and spent a 5 hour meeting with Coach Martin's staff, as well as with academic staff: Read More Here (Free Article)
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    Great addition to the roster! He fits a huge need really well!
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    Good Luck to him in his future endeavors...I would not be surprise to see him wind up moving back to safety with another team or dropping down a level.
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    Yeah I never understood all of the hate for Cockytalk. I know most of it comes from those who were banned for whatever reason, and they're still butthurt over it. But I cannot point to one time where somebody over there was banned and didn't deserve it. If anything I think the moderators were too lenient at times, especially when it came to the taters who polluted the board. Either way. I'll be heading back over there once it's up and poking my head in here mostly for news and media. I hope this board begins to take off more with more people posting, because it's been the only other Gamecock forum I've enjoyed coming to.
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    The kids with the prep hype will always get the fan love until they show they don't deserve it. As was said above, Hillinski should be the front-runner, but really my desire is simply the BEST QB out of the three to be the one. Jay and Dak may get the edge just from having more experience and physical development over the rookie Ryan, but whichever one wins out, is fine with me..... I just hope that Coach Muschamp will give them a chance to prove themselves on the field if Jake ever stumbles, once the season starts...
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    APRIL 1, 2019 by THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | After losing two of three to Auburn, is making the postseason still a realistic possibility? Chris breaks down the Gamecocks series loss to Auburn and what postseason chances look like after a 2-7 start in SEC play.
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    No cannot accept .500 records he is a top 25 Salary coach. Right now you take out the final 4 for the money the university is paying him he would be gone if not for that. Question is who could get the job done here? Need a coach who can get the top in-state talent to sign on the dotted line. Really this has killed this program. Seems to be very very hard for this staff to take advantage of the Gamecocks final four run. Gamecock staff failed to capitalize on the opportunity. If anything, it seems the program is going in the wrong direction. The question now should he get another year or two? If not the who can the school land that would be able in your opinion to get the job done?
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    Deion Sanders’ message to USC that Will Muschamp loved: ‘Recruit my son, not me’ February 06, 2019 THE STATE .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%} A former defensive back himself, Will Muschamp now has on his roster the cornerback son of one of the all-time great cornerbacks — Shilo Sanders, son of the legendary Deion Sanders, signed with South Carolina on Wednesday. What that gives the Gamecocks is a player with huge “genetic upside,” a child of an ex-NFL star and yet another potential recruiting boost for the program. Muschamp’s first experience with recruiting and coaching a football star’s son to USC came with cornerback Jaycee Horn, whose father is Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn. That went about as well as he could have hoped — Jaycee was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and played 11 games, and Joe’s social media account is littered with pictures of him in Gamecock gear. “How much (Deion will) be around will be up to him,” Muschamp said Wednesday. “He’s got a busy schedule. He’s still coaching high school football in Dallas, he has his other son playing at Trinity Christian ... He does coach on Friday nights and he works with the NFL Network on Sundays and Saturday nights, and he’s busy with some things on the West Coast as well, we know.” Speaking at his son’s signing ceremony, however, Deion Sanders made it clear that he’s eager to make his way to Columbia and Williams-Brice Stadium, the place where his team terrorized the Gamecocks in 1986 and 1988, helping Florida State to wins of 45-28 and 59-0. And despite those blowouts, Sanders also expressed excitement for how his son and Carolina’s current coaching staff will mesh. “I am elated that Shilo chose South Carolina. You have no idea. Can’t wait to get back there. Haven’t been since I played against them years ago,” Sanders said. “Great fit, great system. Can’t wait to see how he see how gets involved defensively and starts to understand.” When it comes to recruiting the offspring of football royalty, Muschamp said, there was no need for special treatment. Both Joe Horn and Deion Sanders were “first-class” in how they handled the process, and neither required a different approach from Muschamp’s usual recruiting pitch. “(Sanders) was wonderful in the recruitment process as a father as far as telling me basically, ‘Recruit my son, not me.’ I appreciate that,” Muschamp said. “But he was great throughout the entire recruiting process.” Still, even though Muschamp and USC were focused on recruiting Jaycee and Shilo as players that could help the Gamecocks on the field, there’s no denying that having their famous fathers and NFL pedigree associated with the program can only help South Carolina on the recruiting trail “Obviously Deion brings a lot of credibility,” Muschamp said. “To have a guy that’s probably the best ever at to lace up the cleats at the corner position, to entrust his son to us says an awful lot about the confidence he has in this coaching staff, I can tell you that.”
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    These USC juniors have decisions to make. Who’s most likely to leave early? November 29, 201 THE STATE South Carolina’s football coach and quarterback aren’t ready to talk about the Gamecocks juniors and the NFL, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for USC fans to start to wonder about it. The Gamecocks have five juniors, including quarterback Jake Bentley, who could be NFL Draft picks if they leave college a year early. Bentley said this week that he hasn’t submitted paperwork to the NFL for early evaluation, a practice that has become commonplace around college football and is encouraged by many college coaches. “I don’t know (if I will or not),” Bentley. “I’m just trying to beat Akron right now. There is still a lot that I personally and we as a team haven’t accomplished yet.” Head coach Will Muschamp hasn’t talked to Bentley or any of his potentially draftable juniors about their plans and won’t until the regular season is complete, he said. “We play Akron on Saturday,” Muschamp said. “That’s what we’re worried about right now.” The Gamecocks (6-5) take on Akron (4-7) on Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium at noon. Until Muschamp or the players are ready to talk about it, the rest of us can speculate about it so here are the four juniors with the greatest pro potential at the moment and our opinion of the likelihood they make an early leap to the NFL. Center Donell Stanley (85 percent) Stanley could be a senior this season but reclassified during the offseason after receiving a medical redshirt exemption from the NCAA. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Floydale native has started 24 games in his career, including every game this year at center. Stanley said last week that he hasn’t made a final decision, but he showed his hand to some degree by participating in Senior Day ceremonies before the Chattanooga game. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (75 percent) The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Charleston native hasn’t had the kind of statistically dominant season that South Carolina fans hoped he might have, but he’s still got nine tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. And he’s still 6-foot-6, weighs 305 pounds and has the type of athleticism that will impress at the NFL Combine. The premium placed on explosive interior defensive linemen might make an early jump too temping for Kinlaw to pass on. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards (35 percent) Edwards is the only one of these five players who pops up on any of the early draft prospects rankings. He’s considered the eighth-best wide receiver prospect in the country by CBSSports.com. Teammate Deebo Samuel, a senior, is fifth. NFL scouts who have come through Columbia to see Samuel couldn’t help but see that Edwards is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and averaging 14.9 yards per catch this season. He’s a pro. It’s just a matter of when. Quarterback Jake Bentley (20 percent) Bentley is on the hottest streak of his collegiate career. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns and two interceptions in his last four games, and he’s coming off a 510-yard, five-touchdown performance against the second-ranked defense in the country. At 6-foot-4, 224 pounds, he’s got the prototypical size for a pro quarterback. There might have been a time he was thinking about an early jump, but a slow start to the season probably convinced him that one more year would serve USC and his long-term pro potential better. Middle linebacker T.J. Brunson (10 percent) The Gamecocks’ leading tackler (88 stops) is 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, but he’d have a tough time standing out in a talented group of inside linebacker prospects this year.
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    Pharoh Cooper, Melvin Ingram rave about job Will Muschamp is doing at South Carolina June 24, 2018 The South Carolina Gamecocks are a rising power in the SEC East, and while they still have to prove they can beat Georgia, coach Will Muschamp has them moving in the right direction. During a celebrity basketball game on Friday, a number of former Gamecock greats were back in town, and GamecockCentral.com asked them to weigh in on Muschamp’s first two years at the helm of the South Carolina program. Pharoh Cooper, a current Los Angeles Rams receiver and return man who made the Pro Bowl in 2017, said he likes the new attitude the Gamecocks have: Melvin Ingram, a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers, echoed Cooper’s praise, crediting Muschamp for doing a great job overall: Expectations will be high in Columbia this season, so the pressure will be on Muschamp to lead the Gamecocks to another great record. He has plenty of fans in the former of Gamecock legends, though. SDS
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    This South Carolina signee 'could be a 230-pound receiver' June 21, 2018 The question was posed to South Carolina football signee Tyquan Johnson, and the answer he delivered is what most players wrapping up their senior year of high school tend to say. Does he, a 6-foot-3 dynamic playmaker who lived life in a power-running offense, expect to be an impact guy with the Gamecocks quickly, or perhaps take a little time to develop? “I see myself going in and competing,” Johnson said. The Screven County High School star is going to a team that has played almost every receiver it recruited the past two years some as a true freshman. That means the group on campus is led by an experienced, deep set of veterans. (Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith have all seen serious time as starters.) One thing that could help Johnson: his size. “He was probably close to 210 (pounds) going into the season, 205 maybe,” Screven County coach Ron Duncan said. “We took him out of weights this year so we could help him get another core class potentially if he needed it. So he’s probably lost a bit of it. “He could be a 230-pound receiver, outside guy. He’s got plenty of room to put on a bunch of weight. He’s very strong in the weight room. And then he’s one of our top lifters.” Johnson is a wide receiver who can power clean and bench 300 pounds with a good squat max as well. Duncan estimated Johnson might be down to 190 pounds or so. Early in the recruiting process he was around 180. The coach described him as “wiry strong,” raw, with a high ceiling. As a high school senior, he caught 32 passes for 661 yards and 10 scores. Nearly two in five of his 94 career high school catches went for touchdowns. College will be a different beast, but he said he relished receiving the nutrition and workout instructions USC’s support staff gave him for his last semester in high school. “It was exciting,” Johnson said. “It was a memory when I opened the book up and started reading and got through the pages. It was an exciting moment.” He admitted second semester of senior year was a challenge, balancing grades and staying in shape. A three-star prospect, Johnson is one of a few 2018 signees who have not enrolled yet at USC. Duncan said he expects Johnson’s best years will come after more development. He has skills such as beating press coverage, a quick first step and being a vertical threat. He’s got raw measurables, like one of the fastest 100-meter dash times in Georga as a junior (10.75 seconds), or leaping ability (6 feet, 2 inches). Even if he lost a little weight the past year, it shouldn’t hold him back. “Talking to coach [Bryan] McClendon and those guys at Carolina, they were like, don’t worry about it,” Duncan said. “When we get our hands on him, we’ll get him where he needs to be.” THE STATE
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