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  1. Latest on Ger-Cari Caldwell January 25, 2020 | sportstalk Northwestern WR Ger-Cari Caldwell has all the drama to himself regarding in-state 2020 uncommitted major prospects. The late bloomer is taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. He’s also been officially to East Carolina, Baylor and Wake Forest. And USC gets the last visit next weekend. This week coaches from USC, Baylor and Tennessee were in the school to visit Caldwell according to his coach Page Wofford. Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp was among those to visit and the head coaches from Tennessee and Baylor are coming next week. Muschamp and receivers coach Bryan McClendon want to add another receiver to the class after Da’Qon Stewart withdrew his pledge earlier this month. Wofford feels the Gamecock coaches have done all they can do to put themselves in a good place with Caldwell. “They’ve done a really good job, and coach (Bobby Bentley) especially has done a really good job with him up to this point,” Wofford said. “I think they’ve done an excellent job. I don’t feel like they’ve pressured him. They’ve never said hey, we’ve offered you and you can’t anywhere. They’ve let him go and look at other places.” Caldwell visited USC last weekend for a junior day. He carries a 3-star rating in the 247Sports composite coming off a season of 51 catches for 744 yards and 6 touchdowns.
  2. Friday evening recruiting report January 24, 2020 The Gamecocks offered 4-star safety Ahmari Harvey (5-11 171) of Tallahassee. He has a national offer list. WR Tanner Koziol (6-6 200) of La Grange Park, IL visited Gamecocks last weekend. He also visited Tennessee while on his trip. Gaffney DL Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins confirmed this afternoon he will be visiting Virginia Tech Saturday for a junior day. He said he plans to visit The Gamecocks the next weekend. He was at Tennessee last weekend. Irmo DE Kaseem Vauls (6-1 240) plans to attend the junior day at the Gamecocks tomorrow. He also has been to Appalachian State. Last season he had 41 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.
  3. Would this aid in helping select few teams we have now win it more each year?
  4. Report says, South Carolina board should ‘recalibrate its engagement with athletics’ January 24, 2020, | GCF Staff report The University of South Carolina asked a national organization to review the way its board of trustees operates is its governance procedures. And in that 35-page report was a one-page warning of sorts when it came to athletics. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. Report says, South Carolina board should ‘recalibrate its engagement with athletics’ January 24, 2020, | GCF Staff report The University of South Carolina asked a national organization to review the way its board of trustees operates is its governance procedures. And in that 35-page report was a one-page warning of sorts when it came to athletics. The Association of Governing Boards, an institution that helps governing bodies at colleges with their procedures, mentioned a “special word” about sports when it came to the Gamecocks board. “Football has long been a priority of members of the Board of Trustees, as is true to some extent elsewhere,” the report said. “However, board engagement in college sports requires a clearer understanding of fiduciary responsibility than this board demonstrates.” It went on to warn about boards acting more as fans than stewards of managing finances on that side. The board has the final approval on coaches contracts. Some of this tied into recent instances of the board speaking up about coaching issues at the end of the 2019 football season. “The recent publicity surrounding the future of the UofSC-Columbia football coach and the ready press availability of board members demonstrates a misunderstanding of fiduciary responsibilities,” the report said. “While the athletics program involves a substantial financial investment, trustees and boards that overly engage in the management of athletics are clearly operating outside their appropriate scope of accountability.” As the Gamecocks football program headed toward what ended up being a 4-8 season, questions arose around USC coach Will Muschamp and his contract buyout at the time was that figure around $19 million. Several board members spoke to media outlets about the ability to pay such a buyout, as well as some other matters. Reports citing anonymous sources also linked several board members to inviting former Gamecocks player Brad Edwards, who is the current athletic director at George Mason, to a game in Columbia to talk about possible employment. South Carolina’s new president, Robert Caslen, also spoke publicly twice about the state of the football program, and each time a follow-up statement of clarification was issued either by athletic director Ray Tanner or by Caslen. “I changed it at West Point,” Caslen said of emphasizing beating a rival in Navy to the Greenville News. “I’m going to change it here at USC.” The report from the Association of Governing Boards called for toning down of focus on certain aspects that fall to an athletic director and to his or her staff. “Selecting coaches, setting salary ranges for coaches and athletics personnel (except for approving unique or significant contract details, as specified in board policy), and commenting on personnel especially based on wins and losses are outside the lane of board engagement,” the report said. Instead it said the board’s focus should be on issues such as student-athlete safety, academics, changes in cost-of-attendance policies from the NCAA and behavior issues for student-athletes. In short, the report called on the board to focus on the financial and student welfare side of things. The report also discouraged the use of an athletics committee with the logic it could slide toward boosterism rather that a more sober mission of oversight (South Carolina’s board has a intercollegiate athletics committee). And the report ended discussion of athletics with a simple message. “It is important that this board recalibrate its engagement with athletics to reflect a fuller awareness of fiduciary engagement and restraint,” the report said. The full note on athletics: READ FULL REPORT CLICK “A Special Word about Intercollegiate Athletics and Board Governance College sports, especially football and basketball, are a focal point at UofSC-Columbia. And football has long been a priority of members of the Board of Trustees, as is true to some extent elsewhere. However, board engagement in college sports requires a clearer understanding of fiduciary responsibility than this board demonstrates. A board that acts more as a fan than a fiduciary can actually cause challenges for the athletics program and the institution. Clearly the recent publicity surrounding the future of the UofSC-Columbia football coach and the ready press availability of board members demonstrates a misunderstanding of fiduciary responsibilities. While the athletics program involves a substantial financial investment, trustees and boards that overly engage in the management of athletics are clearly operating outside their appropriate scope of accountability. The governing board must demonstrate appropriate accountability at the governance level; it must focus on mission over management. Selecting coaches, setting salary ranges for coaches and athletics personnel (except for approving unique or significant contract details, as specified in board policy), and commenting on personnel—especially based on wins and losses—are outside the lane of board engagement. Instead, boards should expect to see data on such issues as student-athlete safety and academic progress, graduation rates of student athletes, risks related to changing NCAA policies related to cost-of-attendance policies, and the behavior of student athletes. It’s not about a board weighing in on the next coach, but rather ensuring that the university is running an athletics program that is financially sound and focused on the welfare of student athletes. The future of this board’s Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics is relevant. Over the years, we have witnessed substantial movement among Division I institutions away from a standing committee on athletics; currently only about 10 percent of boards have such a committee.Athletics committees run a high risk of being more booster than fiduciary; and if the institution views athletics programs as integral to the overall mission of the university then the issues attended to by such a committee should be spread among the other related committees of the board such as finance or academic and student affairs. Board governance at the UofSC System is now a high-profile issue it has gained the attention of the university’s accrediting agency, the media and policy leaders. It is important that this board recalibrate its engagement with athletics to reflect a fuller awareness of fiduciary engagement and restraint.”
  6. Running game is going to be vidule part to the offense. WRs really worry me slow and all the dropped passes last year.
  7. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt ***Jan. 25, 2020 at 8:00pm.*** **Jan. 25, 2020 - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV South Carolina is a week removed from making a program-record 16 3s in a win over Texas A&M. It went 6 of 21 from deep in the Auburn loss, a showing that hindered the offense as the Gamecocks again struggled for free throw opportunities. Vandy is last in the SEC in both field goal percentage and 3-point FG percentage defense. 3. History on the line Should South Carolina, which has taken the last two matchups with Vandy, win Saturday, it would extend the Commodores’ SEC regular-season losing streak to 24 games, tying for the longest in league history. After USC, Vandy travels to No. 15 Kentucky. “It’s not going to be easy,” Stackhouse recently told Vanderbilt reporters. “Right now, not being whole (due to injuries), the perception is what it is. We’ve got to find a way to fight through that perception.” 4. Bryant watch South Carolina is 1-1 since Keyshawn Bryant exited the Texas A&M game with a head injury. Frank Martin said during his Gamecock Sports Network call-in show Thursday night that Bryant practiced in half-court situations that afternoon. Bryant’s game status remains to be determined. The same goes for reserve freshman guard Trae Hannibal (sprained ankle). Wildens Leveque started in Bryant’s place at Auburn and finished with four points, three rebounds, three steals and a block in 13 minutes. The Gamecocks mainly went with a smaller lineup that included Jair Bolden’s 21 minutes off the bench. VANDERBILT Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (First season at Vanderbilt — 8-10) Projected starters: G Saben Lee (15.9 ppg), G Maxwell Evans (7.2), G Jordan Wright (4.0), F Dylan Disu (6.4), G/F Braelee Albert (1.5) Last game: Lost to Alabama 77-62 at home on Wednesday KenPom ranking: 177 (No. 133 in offensive efficiency, No. 228 in defensive efficiency) NET: 145 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (256-168 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 139-114) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (13.7), G Jermaine Couisnard (10.9), F Justin Minaya (7.8), Wildens Leveque (2.2), C Maik Kotsar (9.6) Last game: Lost at No. 16 Auburn 80-67 on Wednesday KenPom ranking: 99 (No. 132 in offense efficiency, No. 84 in defense efficiency) NET: 101
  8. Early look at South Carolina Gamecocks 2020 football schedule Jan. 24, 2020, | GCF Staff Report In perhaps the most important season for Muschamp survivor here at South Carolina are wins, wins and wins! They are must for Muschamp to have a extended stay at South Carolina. "The road ahead is daulting for Muschamp and the Gamecocks in 2020." (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Early look at South Carolina Gamecocks 2020 football schedule Jan. 24, 2020, | GCF Staff Report In perhaps the most important season for Muschamp survivor here at South Carolina are wins, wins and wins! They are must for Muschamp to have a extended stay at South Carolina. "The road ahead is daulting for Muschamp and the Gamecocks in 2020." Looking back to what has expired. The 4-8 record last year was the program’s second-worst since 1999. Gamecock coach Will Muschamp is heading into Year 5 likely needing to at least stabilize things, or else calls for his job will grow even louder. The road ahead isn’t an easy one, but it is manageable more than last year when they faced off with 3 of the top 5 schools in 2019. Yes LSU the National champs and runner up Clemson both on this years schedule along with a surprising Georgia getting the node at the very early number 2 spot by SI. But let’s look at LSU. The Bayo Tigers have taken some major hits losing both their Coordinators along with the Heisman winning quarterback with a ton of quality players lost to graduation or leaving early for there NFL dreams. Talented as they were, they have stocked pile talent still on hand. LSU will still be a handful on the road but you will still see a major drop off. Early look: Clemson is the favorite to return. Also of note Georgia a early top 2 team right behind Clemson. But I question that. Yes they have talent but as of now very young behind center. Florida seems to be getting there swagger back under the guidance of Dan Mullen. Texas A&M well is Texas A&M. Those will be the hardest challenges to face in 2020 not counting any surprised teams that pop up. With spring practices a month away and the new influx of new faces that will have to step in and play significant roles at their position. Really hard to gauge wins & loses. Simply put best chance to worst chance break down. So let's take an early hard look at what Muschamp and the Gamecocks will have to face this season: GAME 1: Saturday, Sept. 5, home vs. Coastal Carolina: This should be a nice way to ease things in. The Chanticleers went 5-7 in Year 2 with Jamey Chadwell, Year 1 for him as full-time head coach. Coastal has a feisty offense with option principles, and top rusher CJ Marable should return. But the defense wasn’t great, and it’s still a Sun Belt team coming to Columbia. Best chance for a win. GAME 2: Saturday, Sept. 12, home vs. East Carolina: The Pirates went 4-8 in 2019 in their first season with Mike Houston at the helm. He’s built strong programs at Lenoir-Rhyne, The Citadel and James Madison, and had ECU somewhat improved from the Scottie Montgomery era. The team’s top passer, rusher and top three receivers project to all come back. Houston was at the helm of the Citadel team that beat USC in 2015. Best chance for a win. GAME 3: Saturday, Sept. 19, home vs. Missouri: The Tigers smothered the Gamecocks and scored twice on defense in 2019, looking formidable early before fizzling late. Mizzou loses QB Kelly Bryant, and that late skid (plus some other issues) cost Barry Odom his job. App State’s Eliah Drinkwitz, who led the Mountaineers to a win in Williams-Brice last year, takes over a team that allowed only 19.4 points per game in 2019, and should return its top two rushers and several key receivers. Talented tight end Albert Okwuegbunam is leaving for the draft. Best chance for a win. GAME 4: Saturday, Sep. 26, at Kentucky: The Wildcats rebuilt themselves in 2019 with wide receiver Lynn Bowden at quarterback. He’s gone now, and UK will again be looking to cobble together pieces on offense. Terry Wilson returns from injury, and the defense tightened down the stretch. The Gamecocks broke a five-game skid in this series last year, and if they want to return to a bowl they’ll likely need to start a streak of their own in Lexington. The Wildcats have also been a bowl-quality team four years in a row under the hard nose guidance of Mark Stoops. His teams reflect that on the field of play. Other words this is not given here. Toss up at best. GAME 5: Saturday, Oct. 3, at Florida: The first truly hard game of the season, the Gators are coming off an 11-2 season despite not actually having the power running game Dan Mullen usually favors. The Gators have recruited well of late, and this should be another tall task. South Carolina has led in the fourth quarter of each of the past three meetings. Low end to pick up a win. GAME 6: Saturday, Oct. 10, home vs. Tennessee: The Vols pulled off an upset in Knoxville last season, part of their six-game winning streak to close out the season. UT was a trendy pick to improve before 2019, started with losses to BYU and Georgia State and ended up improving anyway. The Vols lose their two best receivers but do return oft-criticized QB Jarrett Guarantano. Otherwise most of the lineup should return. Toss up. GAME 7: Saturday, Oct. 24, home vs. Texas A&M: South Carolina was beat up when it faced Texas A&M in 2019 and put up a fight defensively before wearing down. At the moment, the Aggies are set to lose only four starters — a receiver, a defensive tackle, a center and a defensive end — so they should remain solid. Last season, a brutal schedule tamped down the Aggies’ record, but they should be in position to step forward on that front in 2020. Low end to pick up a win. GAME 8: Saturday, Oct. 31, at Vanderbilt: The Commodores had won five or six games each season for three years heading into 2019. They fell to 3-9 with a mess of quarterback injuries and issues that led to the firing of both coordinators. Despite South Carolina’s own ups and downs and some solid years for Vandy, the Gamecocks haven’t lost in the SEC East series since QB Chris Smelley was taking snaps. Best chance for a win. GAME 9: Saturday, Nov. 7, home vs. Georgia: USC pulled the upset last season, and that’s been carried as the sign this off-season of what the Gamecocks program could potentially be. The Bulldogs again project to be loaded for bear with talent and will again pose a large challenge. Low end to pick up a win. GAME 10: Saturday Nov. 14, at LSU: What this team looks like after a run to the national title game isn’t yet clear. QB Joe Burrow will be moving on. A lot of other talent likely will leave as well, especially when draft declarations finish up. But the defense and offense will almost assuredly be in the hands of good coordinators, and the high-level recruiting has not stopped. So it’s another enormous challenge. Low end to pick up a win. GAME 11: Saturday, Nov. 21, home vs. Wofford: A little bit of a break among national title contenders, the Terriers are a perennially strong FCS outfit, but still an FCS team. Preparing for the option will likely be a modest task, but this shouldn’t be much more than a blip for South Carolina. Best chance for a win. GAME 12: Saturday, Nov. 28, at Clemson: The Tigers will lose most of their offensive line, two safeties and a couple more defenders, before several receivers, an explosive running back and several key defenders look at the NFL. Trevor Lawrence is back at quarterback with plenty of blue-chip talent around him. USC will be looking to prevent a seven-game skid against its rival, which would match the longest in the series, and it won’t get any easier. Low end to pick up a win. THE GAMECOCKS’ EARLY 2020 SCHEDULE RAP-UP Unlike in 2019, when the Gamecocks FBS opponents averaged better than nine wins, the bottom of this slate is a somewhat softer. A 3-1 non-conference record should be expected. Then after that things get a little tricky. The set of Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU are about as formidable as the top five games in 2019, and perhaps maybe even harder because Dan Mullen and Jimbo Fisher are more settled in at their respective schools. That means the set of Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, give or take an upset against that top group, will again decide the outcome for Muschamp and the Gamecocks. Can the Gamecocks overcome the disaster of 2019? Bobo can he be the difference maker here? Will the running game standout? Can the Gamecocks show improvement at QB? Offensive line protects and blocks better? Can the defense line replace key places lost to graduation? Final and important can they resolve the injury bug that has decimated this team over the past few years? With only 5 best chances to pick-up wins the toss-ups games will be high stake games. But the trick has to be winning the best chance games. No North Carolina's this year. Have to win them. If the Gamecocks can pull off a big upset win in the (5- Low end to pick up a win) column, which the Gamecocks did last year over No. 4 Georgia would help put a shine on the season for 2020. My breakdown for 2020: Gamecocks best to least, (5-best chances to pick-up wins), (1-Toss up at best), (1-Toss up) and (5- Low end to pick up a win) Finale thoughts, I see anywhere from 3 wins as the low and 8 wins as the high mark for 2020.
  10. Carolina Calls last night here is the latest on sophomore wing Keyshawn Bryant (head) and freshman guard Trae Hannibal (ankle) January 24, 2020 Frank Martin said. "Trae was running around on the side today. Anything that was non competitive he was a part of in practice," On Keyshawn. "Keyshawn was able to practice anything competitive on the half court. They didn't want him running up and down, just on the half court. Keyshawn looked normal and didn't look like he was bothered at any time. LATEST STATUS UPDATE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA VS VANDERBILT Keyshawn not cleared yet. Martin said, I'm sure I'll get a call from Mark (our trainer) after the show as I'm driving home and he'll give me an update as to how Key reacted. Trae is cleared. Martin added."It becomes about pain tolerance. He has to be at peace with his ankle."
  11. Dawn Staley getting another McDonald’s All-American as Gamecock signee picks up honor January 24, 2020 For the third year in a row, South Carolina women’s basketball will be represented in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Guard Eniya Russell, who committed and signed with Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks back in November, was named to the 24-player roster on Thursday. Russell, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is ranked No. 43 in her class by ESPN, No. 39 by Prospects Nation and No. 49 by All Star Girls Report. As a junior, Russell was named first-team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun, averaging 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. For her senior season, she transferred to a new school and has helped lead Pallotti to a top-10 ranking in the Washington Post, putting up big numbers along the way.
  12. Friday morning recruiting report January 24, 2020 2022 OL Gunner Givens of Daleville, VA plans to visit the Gamecocks Saturday. Some of his early offers are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State. And he has a 2024 teammate to watch for in DL DJ Tolliver (6-5 280). Gamecocks offered 2023 DE Justin Benton (6-2 225) of Covington, GA. Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland and Alabama are some of his other early offers. Gamecock target DL Jahvaree Ritzie of Kernersville, NC was offered by Ohio State. Gamecock target OL Jakiah Leftwich of Atlanta was offered by Illinois. Gamecock target WR Jaden Alexis of Coconut Creek, FL was offered by Alabama. He visited USC last weekend.
  13. Deion Sanders seems to take issue with his son's baseball tryout at South Carolina January 23, 2020 NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was one of the few two-sport stars in the history of professional sports. Sanders had an electrifying career in the NFL for 14 seasons, while also excelling at playing outfield in pro baseball for nine. Now, Sanders’ son, Shilo, is on football scholarship at the University of South Carolina. Sanders was a 3-star freshman who redshirted in 2019, and it appears that he wanted to play baseball for the Gamecocks, too. However, that doesn’t look like it will happen this spring. (VIEW ARTICLE) SDS
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