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  1. THE STATE covers every angle possible to how this all could play out. After reading makes you want to kick back and think what is the best way to go. I will give the 3 below. Breaking down the scenarios for how this South Carolina football saga plays out. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) SCENARIO 4: WILL MUSCHAMP IS FIRED What that looks like: Many fans have called for such an outcome, but in the end there are a few hurdles. First is the $19 million contact buyout that would drop by a few million at the end of next season. All indications are Athletics Director Ray Tanner believes in Muschamp and would like to see him get one more chance. (And no full-time USC coach has had fewer than five years since the 1930s.) How the Clemson game plays out could factor into the mood here, as could Muschamp’s own desire to go through a do-or-die season. Confidence level it plays out this way: Possible by several avenues, but not super likely SCENARIO 5: WILL MUSCHAMP STAYS, RAY TANNER MOVES ON What that looks like: In a world where new school president Robert Caslen wanted to shake up all of athletics, this is how things would go. Many fans have called for changes at both spots, but were that to happen, an interim AD would be in charge of picking a football coach. This would have the order to facilitate a full shakeup if next year doesn’t go well. Caslen by all indications seems to like Tanner and stood by a public statement made last week. Confidence level it plays out this way: Not very likely SCENARIO 6: TANNER AND MUSCHAMP ARE BOTH SENT OFF What that looks like: This would be dramatic and give a lot of angry folks that momentary burst of catharsis. And then it wouldn’t work. An AD couldn’t be hired that fast. A coach would be working for someone who didn’t hire him from the start. It would introduce a lot of instability that couldn’t be made stable quickly. Confidence level it plays out this way: Deeply unlikely
  2. Gamecocks legacy includes USC in his top 12 Nov. 19, 2019, | sportstalk CB Gabe Stephens (6-2 180) of Mount Holly, NC is a top highly regarded 2021 prospect in the Tarheel state, just like his dad was in the late 1980’s at King’s Mountain High School. Calvin Stephens was a talented offensive lineman who played at USC under Joe Morrison and Sparky Woods and later played in the NFL. Calvin Stephens died of a heart attack in 2010 and Gabe is one of his sons following in his football steps on the gridiron. This week he named his top 12 schools and the Gamecocks were in that group. “I know the coaches up there, I know what they are about and how they do things pretty well,” Stephens said. “And it’s kind of right around the corner from me so my family can make it up there with no problem. Of course, I’ve got that family tie that was passed on.” Also passed on was a multiple of football skills. He has been listed as a defensive back but he said the Gamecocks see him as someone no defense who can be moved around to fit multiple spots. “They are recruiting me as an athlete,” Stephens said. “They started off offering me as a corner. I played corner in the ninth grade. But now I’m probably going to be like an outside linebacker.” According to MaxPreps stats, Stephens has 241 career tackles and 14 sacks. Stephens has been to two games at USC this season and might return for the Clemson game. He’s obviously aware of the struggles of this season’s team but said that won’t affect his view of the program as he measures the Gamecocks against the others. “I just look at it like if I were to go there, hopefully, things can be back running up on their feet,” Stephens said. “I don’t look at what they’re doing now. They are still a well-disciplined team, things just aren’t going their way right now.” According to a February 10, 2018 story in the Shelby (NC) Star, Stephens committed to the Gamecocks following his freshman season. after they were the first school to offer him. He has since opened things back up and the rest of his top 12 at this point are Penn State, North Carolina, Florida, Nebraska, Stanford, Wake Forest, Charlotte, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. “The list could change at anytime, you never know,” he said. “Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska and Penn State (stand out the most at this point).” Stephens also has visited Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech this season and he will visit Georgia this Saturday. He said he does not have a timeline on a decision and is not in a rush to make one.
  3. AUDIO: In a story yesterday from the @VoiceOfPeeDee, @UofSC President @Bob_Caslen said The @GreenvilleNews "twisted my words" in a story last week about football @CoachWMuschamp. Here's the recording of exactly what he said to reporter @_ManieRobinson.
  4. Looking forward to the day just maybe we will be able to reach these goal of performance. We got a long tough uphill battle. Just have to have the right people in place top to bottom. The Clemson offensive line is one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Joe Moore award which goes annually to the top offensive line in college football.
  5. The Champ statement. Take us places we never been. Really has we worried, scares the hell out of me, it might actually happen before he leaves. In 20 words tell me how.
  6. Long-standing relationship helps Gamecocks make top 6 with Morris Nov. 19, 2019, | sportstalk OT Micah Morris of Kingsland, GA is one of the top prospects nationally in the 2021 class and he is moving quickly with his recruiting. He plans to announce on December 17th, the day before the early signing period for this year’s seniors begins. And Monday night he named his top six from a list of 12 he was considering. USC will move forward in the process while Clemson, which was among his top 12, did not make the cut. The others on the shortlist now are Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and LSU. “These are the six programs I feel like right now I could fit the most well in,” Morris said. “Academically and as a football player, they are schools that have great academics and great football teams and I feel I can reach my maximum potential right now at all of the six schools that I selected.” Morris and the Gamecocks go way back to the early part of his sophomore season. The Gamecocks gave him his first offer and he’s never forgotten that. “South Carolina was the first school that offered me, so the relationship that I have with South Carolina has been the one that I’ve had longer than with any other school,” Morris said. “I’ve been going there since I was a freshman, so it’s just the bond I’ve made with the staff.” One thing USC will have to overcome against the others is their history of success. The Gamecocks don’t measure up in that category, especially this season as they are headed to a losing mark. But Morris said the won-loss records of his final six are not the measure of the program he is seeking. “What situation helps me to be the best that I can be rather than looking at the stats of the team,” he said. “I have to go somewhere where I feel comfortable, where I feel I can spend the next three to four years where I feel like I can get the best education and be the best on the field field.” Morris has spent a lot of time talking with Gamecock offensive line coach Eric Wolford. He has been to camps at USC and watched him at work at a game earlier this season. He likes what he’s seen from Wolford and the product he produces on the offensive line. “Coach Wolford is a great coach,” Morris said. “He definitely gets the best out of his players and turns many into NFL offensive linemen. His track record is just amazing on how he can turn players into NFL ready linemen.” Morris has visited USC, Alabama, Auburn and LSU. His plan now is to visit Georgia this weekend and Auburn the following weekend and be done with visits. All that will be left after that is for him to make his decision and announce December 17th, his father’s birthday.
  7. Recruits taking notice and now this top 60 recruit is noticing Nov. 19, 2019 An inch or so away from being 7-feet tall, John Butler Jr. had a clear view of his potential future team. South Carolina beat Wyoming, 66-32, on Nov. 10. The announced crowd of 10,255 included Butler Jr., his parents and brothers. He sat behind the USC bench, easily spotting the way the Gamecocks held the Cowboys to 23% percent shooting, but also hearing how Frank Martin orchestrated one of the best defensive games of his eight-year run as Carolina coach. “One thing I picked up is during the game, when they set on-ball screens,” Butler Jr. said, “he really likes his bigs to go out and hedge really hard. So he got on a couple big men when they weren’t hedging hard.” Butler Jr., according to 247Sports Composite, is the nation’s No. 51 recruit in 2021 class. The Christ Church Episcopal School (Greenville) junior is the No. 2 prospect in the state of South Carolina. Offered by the Gamecocks last month, Butler Jr. has natural ties to Martin’s program. Both his parents graduated from USC. One of his parents had him raised on a Martin staple. “He kind of grew up as an all-defensive player,” said John Butler Sr., the coach at Christ Church. “And the last couple years I’ve seen him be a little bit more offensive minded. But we’re trying to push him to be a little bit more assertive, aggressive. So I’ve watched that, witnessed that.” It’s something Martin is prioritizing for the future, too. The 2020 recruiting class is complete — for now — with 6-10 Patrick Iriel from AC Flora and 6-8 Ja’Von Benson from Ridge View. A top target in 2021 is the 6-11 Butler Jr., who came to Columbia twice last week — once for South Carolina high school basketball media day, once as Martin’s visitor for the USC-Wyoming game.
  8. Oregon used private plane to transport Gamecock commit DL Makius Scott on visit Nov. 18, 2019 | sportstalk Gainesville, Georgia defensive tackle Makius Scott committed to South Carolina in early June and the commitment has appeared solid throughout the season. But he did take an official visit to Oregon over the weekend and the Ducks are in strong pursue. So much so, according to Scott’s coach Heath Webb, Oregon sent a private plane to jet him to Eugene for the visit. “I just sent him a text on Saturday and told him to have a good time, and he said, yes sir, I am,” Webb said Monday afternoon prior to seeing Scott after his return from the Northwest. “I don’t know any details other than that. I’ll meet with him when he gets back to figure all of that out. I think a lot of it is when Oregon wants to send a private jet to Gainesville to fly you out there, it’s one of those deals like, I don’t think I can pass that up, let me go check it out. There doesn’t seem to be any changing of his commitment. It was more of, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I only get to go thru this recruiting process once, so let me live a little.” Webb said Gamecock coach Will Muschamp and recruiter John Scott have remained diligent in their recruiting of Scott and they were not caught off guard by the visit. “Makius did it the right way, he called coach Muschamp and told him what the situation was,” Webb said. “They are still on good terms and that sort of thing. Coach Muschamp appreciated that and told him to go out and have a good time.” Webb said some other schools have been checking in on Scott but he has no other official visits planned at this point besides his one to USC. Georgia Tech offered him last week. Scott is planning to sign in December but he will not be an early enrollee.
  9. **Nov. 15, 2019 - Friday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Boston U Terriers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Host Boston U Tuesday Night
  10. Gamecocks Host Boston U Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 11/18/2019 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TICKET INFORMATION CANCUN CHALLENGE CENTRAL COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Cancun Challenge comes to Columbia on Tuesday when the Gamecocks (3-0) host Boston University (2-2) in the first of two home matchups that are part of the Challenge this week. Tip time for Tuesday's night's non-conference contest is set for 7 p.m. ET, with the contest broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock IMG Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES> Carolina's defense has been exceptional to start the season. In games through Nov. 17, the Gamecocks are top 20 nationally in four major defensive categories, including top 5 in three: opponent field goal percent (3rd, 29.1%), scoring defense (4th, 50.0 opponent points per game), 3-point field goal defense (4th, 16.3%) and turnovers forced (20th, 20.67 per game).> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass.> Rebounding is key for Frank Martin teams and the Gamecocks are rebounding at a high rate this season. Carolina is currently 24th nationally with 44.67 total rebounds per game.> Through the first three games, Gamecock opponents have hit just 8-of-49 from 3-point range, 16.3%, which ranks second in the SEC and fourth nationally.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson needs just seven assists to reach 100 for his career. He is leading Carolina with 3.3 assists per outing this season.SCOUTING THE TERRIERS> Boston University is led by head coach Joe Jones in his ninth season. > The Terriers are 2-2 on the year, with wins over SUNY Poly and New Hampshire, and losses vs. Northeastern and at Vermont.> Sophomore guard Walter Whyte paces the squad with 18.5 points per outing, and senior Max Mahoney leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.> BU has hit 46.2 percent from the floor (110-238), and 29-of-88 attempts from 3-point range, 33.0 percent.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 248-160 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 131-106 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances.> South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness.> Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11.THE NUMBERS43.9% - South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of its scoring from last season following the departure of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led Carolina with a total of 486 points - 15.2 points per game - last season.17/11 - In his return to the court for the first time in almost a year after missing the final 27 games of last season due to injury, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya posted team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career vs. North Alabama on Nov. 6.49.1% - South Carolina was solid from the field vs. UNA, hitting 28-of-57 attempts, 49.1%, including 54.1% of its two-point attempts.23 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led Carolina in its lone exhibition contest with a team high 23 points. Lawson connected on 7-of-11 attempts from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers.32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Nov. 10. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin.12 - Rookie forward Wildens Leveque was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for the first double-digit outing of his career, as he posted 12 points in Carolina's Nov. 15 win over Cleveland State.COMING UP NEXT> Carolina stays home to host Gardner-Webb on Friday evening for a 7 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting, which is the third all-time between the two schools, will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.
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