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  1. Will Muschamp Bowl Mini-Camp News Conference — 12/18/18
  2. Four- or eight-team playoff? Muschamp says USC plans to be there December 18, 2018 South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp stepped into college football’s hottest debate of the week – whether it’s time for the sport to expand the current four-team playoff into an eight-game format. “We all say it’s about the student-athlete, but a lot of the decisions that are made are not about the student-athlete,” Muschamp said Tuesday. “Let’s just cut to the chase.” Muschamp’s main concern is protecting the current bowl system, and he fears an eight-game system would do that, he said. “I just don’t know how you’re going to structure it if you get into an eight-game playoff. We actually do have exams,” he said. “At the end of the day, let’s be realistic, it’s a very long season as it is then if you have an eight-game playoff, you’re probably going to have a 10-game regular season I would guess. It’s going to be more and more difficult to be able to structure it.” The Gamecocks (7-5) take on Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 in Charlotte. “I think it’s a great reward for a young man to be able to go to Charlotte or, last year a place like Tampa, and spend a week at a nice hotel, get fed well and really enjoy a reward for a season,” Muschamp said. “That’s really what the bowl games are for. Whether it’s a four-game or eight-game, we plan on being there. That’s what we’re pushing for, and that’s what we want to be a part of.
  3. Good news on Gamecocks bowl injury front December 18, 2018 Just about every time South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp sits down in front of a microphone, he seems to explain another Gamecock will miss the Belk Bowl. On Tuesday, he delivered some good news. “Bryson-Allen Williams is practicing and looks good,” Muschamp said. “Jaycee Horn is practicing and looks good. Jaylin Dickerson is a little limited but we think will be full-speed by the end of the week and we think will be prepared for the bowl game, and Keir Thomas and Aaron Sterling continue to progress and we’ll see how they do moving forward.” That news echoes some of what he said last week, and means USC will be shoring up a couple of crucially thin spots against a multifaceted Virginia defense. Allen-Williams’ return helps a pass rush that has been without D.J. Wonnum most of the year. Horn missed the final two games of the regular season, and USC was so thin at defensive back, it played Jason Senn heavily against Chattanooga and Akron. Perhaps most notable is the return of Dickerson, who went from buried on the bench to playing a real role to pulling a hamstring and being lost for the final three games of the regular season. The return of him and Horn help offset the loss of Keisean Nixon, who is out with a fractured neck.
  4. Tuesday Night Recruiting updates pre-signing day December 18, 2018 Per his coach this afternoon, WR/CB Jashawn Sheffield of St. Simon’s Island, GA, at this point, will not sign until February. He’s been committed to Auburn but is concerned about Malzahn’s status, USC and Florida State have moved in hard on him. USC commitment QB Ryan Hilinski will sign Wednesday morning between 10-11 AM Eastern Time. He will sign at his home. Roswell, GA coach Matt Kemper said LB Tyron Hopper is set to sign at 8:00 AM tomorrow and to his knowledge it still looks like Florida for him. USC has been trying to turn him.
  5. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Virginia Cavaliers December 18, 2018 Gamecocks Back At Home To Host No. 5 Virginia Wednesday December 18, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina is set to play its first home game this month on Wednesday when it hosts No. 5/3 Virginia at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup between the former ACC foes will tip at 7 p.m. ET and be broadcast on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) on the call. STARTING FIVE > South Carolina is back in action on Wednesday following a 10-day break for final exams on campus in Columbia. The Gamecocks look to break a two-game losing streak, with both of those losses coming on the road. > Carolina is set to face it'ssecond-consecutive top-five opponent when Virginia visits Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. The meeting between the former ACC foes will be the first since a 74-67 Gamecock win in Charlottesvile on Marh 13, 2002, in the Postseason NIT. > Last time out, senior forward Chris Silva was dominant in an 18-point, 12-rebound performance at No. 5/5 Michigan. Silva was 7-of-13 from the field, including a 3-pointer, to go along with two assists and a block. It was his third double-double of the season. Over the course of the last three games (Coastal Carolina, at Wyoming and Michigan), Silva is averaging 12.7 points and a team best 8.3 rebounds per contest. > Part of South Carolina's success on the offensive end of the court this season has come from the balanced attack. At Michigan, every Gamecock that saw court time connected on a made basket, with all 10 players in action contributing to the 78-point total. > Senior guard Hassani Gravett has flourished in his role off the ball this season, as he paces the Gamecocks from beyond the arc, hitting 47.2 percent (17-36) from range. Gravett was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc at Michigan, and has hit seven of his last 11 attempts (63.6%) over the course of the last three games. THROUGH THE FIRST NINE GAMES... > Carolina is yet to win consecutive games, having traded wins and losses through the first seven games of the season, before most recently suffering back-to-back losses on the road ... Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has hit double-figures in seven of Carolina's nine games and paces the team with 14.3 points per game ... Senior forward Chris Silva is fresh off his third double-double of the season (18th career) and is also providing double digits at 11.1 points per game, while his 6.7 rebounds are a team high ... Eight different Gamecocks are scoring at least six points per game, and nine average 18 minutes per game or more ... In wins this season, the Gamecocks hold a +9.5 margin on the glass, but in losses, opponents are +4.8. NUMBERS TO KNOW 3-of-3 - Senior guard Hassani Gravett hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the Dec. 8 matchup at Michigan. On the year, he is averaging 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from beyond the arc, which is among SEC leaders. 13 - Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant scored all 13 of his points against the Wolverines in the second half, including a top-play contending dunk. Bryant is averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game entering Wednesday's matchup against the Cavaliers. 78 - Carolina's 78 points scored at Michigan marked the most by a Wolverine opponent this season. 20 - Maik Kotsar (7), Chris Silva (7) and Keyshawn Bryant (6) combined for 20 of Carolina's 32 made baskets at Michigan on Dec. 8. 20+ - Eight different Gamecocks average at least 20 minutes per game thus far in 2018-19, led by Lawson's 27.9 minutes per outing. COMING UP NEXT Intrastate rival Clemson travels to Columbia later this week for a 2 p.m. afternoon matchup at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Mike Morgan (pxp) and Chris Spatola (analyst) on the call. Carolina looks for its first win against Clemson since December 2015. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS > The Gamecocks are finally back in the friendly confines of Colonial Life Arena, set to play their first game on their home court this month on Wednesday vs. Virginia. > Carolina will host a pair of ACC opponents this week in Virginia and then Clemson on Saturday. > Carolina looks to shake a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, having suffered road losses at Wyoming (Dec. 5) and at No. 5/5 Michigan (Dec. 8) during a lengthy two-game road swing. > In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 41.4 percent from the field, however, opponents aren't far behind at 40.1 percent. > Also in home games, Lawson is averaging 15.0 points per game, while Gravett adds 12.8 per contest. Gravett has been Carolina's most consistent 3-point shooter at home as well, hitting 52.2 percent of his attempts. > South Carolina returns sevenletterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva. > Carolina welcomes eight newcomers to its roster this season, including a pair of transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard),Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss (freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward) join the Garnet and Black this fall. SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS > Virginia is ranked No. 5 in this week's AP poll and third in the coaches poll. > UVA is led by head coach Tony Bennett in his 10th season in Charlottesville. > The Cavaliers have played just one away game this season, posting a 76-71 win at Maryland on Nov. 28. > Three are in double-figures on the year for UVA, led by De'Andre Hunter's 15.6 points per game. Ty Jerome (13.7) and Kyle Guy (13.4) are also in double figures. The trio has combined for 54 of UVA's 75 made 3-point baskets this season. > Hunter has hit double-figures in every game this season with the exception of scoring nine in his most recent outing vs. VCU. He earned Battle 4 Atlantis MVP honors and ACC Player of the Week accolades after averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds inthe tournament. > Other notable UVA wins this season include matchups against Dayton, Wisconsinand VCU. > Junior guard Braxton Key is a transfer from Alabama. He has five starts on the year and is averaging 6.0 points per game. > Virginia is ranked second nationally this season, committing just 8.3 turnovers per contest, while UVA leads the nation with a 1.81 assist to turnover ratio. The Cavaliers are also second in the nation in holding opponents to just 51.2 points per game and UVA hold's a +21.6 scoring margin entering Wednesday's contest.
  6. Gamecocks Back At Home To Host No. 5 Virginia Wednesday December 18, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina is set to play its first home game this month on Wednesday when it hosts No. 5/3 Virginia at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup between the former ACC foes will tip at 7 p.m. ET and be broadcast on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) on the call. STARTING FIVE > South Carolina is back in action on Wednesday following a 10-day break for final exams on campus in Columbia. The Gamecocks look to break a two-game losing streak, with both of those losses coming on the road. > Carolina is set to face it'ssecond-consecutive top-five opponent when Virginia visits Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. The meeting between the former ACC foes will be the first since a 74-67 Gamecock win in Charlottesvile on Marh 13, 2002, in the Postseason NIT. > Last time out, senior forward Chris Silva was dominant in an 18-point, 12-rebound performance at No. 5/5 Michigan. Silva was 7-of-13 from the field, including a 3-pointer, to go along with two assists and a block. It was his third double-double of the season. Over the course of the last three games (Coastal Carolina, at Wyoming and Michigan), Silva is averaging 12.7 points and a team best 8.3 rebounds per contest. > Part of South Carolina's success on the offensive end of the court this season has come from the balanced attack. At Michigan, every Gamecock that saw court time connected on a made basket, with all 10 players in action contributing to the 78-point total. > Senior guard Hassani Gravett has flourished in his role off the ball this season, as he paces the Gamecocks from beyond the arc, hitting 47.2 percent (17-36) from range. Gravett was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc at Michigan, and has hit seven of his last 11 attempts (63.6%) over the course of the last three games. THROUGH THE FIRST NINE GAMES... > Carolina is yet to win consecutive games, having traded wins and losses through the first seven games of the season, before most recently suffering back-to-back losses on the road ... Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has hit double-figures in seven of Carolina's nine games and paces the team with 14.3 points per game ... Senior forward Chris Silva is fresh off his third double-double of the season (18th career) and is also providing double digits at 11.1 points per game, while his 6.7 rebounds are a team high ... Eight different Gamecocks are scoring at least six points per game, and nine average 18 minutes per game or more ... In wins this season, the Gamecocks hold a +9.5 margin on the glass, but in losses, opponents are +4.8. NUMBERS TO KNOW 3-of-3 - Senior guard Hassani Gravett hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the Dec. 8 matchup at Michigan. On the year, he is averaging 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from beyond the arc, which is among SEC leaders. 13 - Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant scored all 13 of his points against the Wolverines in the second half, including a top-play contending dunk. Bryant is averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game entering Wednesday's matchup against the Cavaliers. 78 - Carolina's 78 points scored at Michigan marked the most by a Wolverine opponent this season. 20 - Maik Kotsar (7), Chris Silva (7) and Keyshawn Bryant (6) combined for 20 of Carolina's 32 made baskets at Michigan on Dec. 8. 20+ - Eight different Gamecocks average at least 20 minutes per game thus far in 2018-19, led by Lawson's 27.9 minutes per outing. COMING UP NEXT Intrastate rival Clemson travels to Columbia later this week for a 2 p.m. afternoon matchup at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Mike Morgan (pxp) and Chris Spatola (analyst) on the call. Carolina looks for its first win against Clemson since December 2015. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS > The Gamecocks are finally back in the friendly confines of Colonial Life Arena, set to play their first game on their home court this month on Wednesday vs. Virginia. > Carolina will host a pair of ACC opponents this week in Virginia and then Clemson on Saturday. > Carolina looks to shake a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, having suffered road losses at Wyoming (Dec. 5) and at No. 5/5 Michigan (Dec. 8) during a lengthy two-game road swing. > In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 41.4 percent from the field, however, opponents aren't far behind at 40.1 percent. > Also in home games, Lawson is averaging 15.0 points per game, while Gravett adds 12.8 per contest. Gravett has been Carolina's most consistent 3-point shooter at home as well, hitting 52.2 percent of his attempts. > South Carolina returns sevenletterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva. > Carolina welcomes eight newcomers to its roster this season, including a pair of transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard),Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss (freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward) join the Garnet and Black this fall. SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS > Virginia is ranked No. 5 in this week's AP poll and third in the coaches poll. > UVA is led by head coach Tony Bennett in his 10th season in Charlottesville. > The Cavaliers have played just one away game this season, posting a 76-71 win at Maryland on Nov. 28. > Three are in double-figures on the year for UVA, led by De'Andre Hunter's 15.6 points per game. Ty Jerome (13.7) and Kyle Guy (13.4) are also in double figures. The trio has combined for 54 of UVA's 75 made 3-point baskets this season. > Hunter has hit double-figures in every game this season with the exception of scoring nine in his most recent outing vs. VCU. He earned Battle 4 Atlantis MVP honors and ACC Player of the Week accolades after averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds inthe tournament. > Other notable UVA wins this season include matchups against Dayton, Wisconsinand VCU. > Junior guard Braxton Key is a transfer from Alabama. He has five starts on the year and is averaging 6.0 points per game. > Virginia is ranked second nationally this season, committing just 8.3 turnovers per contest, while UVA leads the nation with a 1.81 assist to turnover ratio. The Cavaliers are also second in the nation in holding opponents to just 51.2 points per game and UVA hold's a +21.6 scoring margin entering Wednesday's contest.
  7. An oral history: USC, UVa and a wild 1971 game that proved to be the last of its kind December 18, 2018 THE STATE A throwback week in South Carolina basketball begins Wednesday when the Gamecocks host old Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia at Colonial Life Arena. After USC plays Clemson on Saturday, it’ll complete the program’s first two-game stretch against ACC opponents since 1996. Of course, this used to be the norm in these parts. From 1953-71, South Carolina was a member of the Tobacco Road-based league. And when Frank McGuire was guiding the Gamecocks against the likes of Duke and North Carolina, Columbia very much reflected an ACC town. “If you had driven around Columbia before McGuire got here and then driven around after he was here,” said Bob Cole, a former sports writer for The State, “you would see such a proliferation of basketball goals over garages, in driveways. They just exploded. “Of course, McGuire was a Catholic and all of his players were Catholics from New York City. Every time they would go to the line to shoot free throws, they would cross themselves. And you would see all these little kids in the youth programs around Columbia start crossing themselves. Of course, most of them weren’t Catholic at all.” “We could put 10,000 people in a practice,” said former USC guard Bob Carver. “Every game was sold out and we had great teams.” But a chunk of that hoops hysteria died after South Carolina left the ACC in the summer of 1971. The Gamecocks became an independent and annual bouts with the Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Terrapins, Wolfpack, Demon Deacons and Cavaliers were no longer. When UVa, ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, comes to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday, it’s going to be hard to replicate the scene these programs created on Jan. 11, 1971 in Charlottesville. A well-over-capacity crowd. A last-second shot that took down a top 10 team. A couple technical fouls, a couple media members — media members! — ejected. A controversial call. A foreshadowing quote from McGuire. Following is the story, told in the words of those who played and covered it, of Virginia’s wild 50-49 win over South Carolina — and its significant aftermath. The Gamecocks entered the 1970-71 season as the No. 2 team in the country. Behind All-American guard John Roche and a cast of talented New Yorkers, USC got off to an eventful 10-1 start. On Dec. 5, it beat No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. On Dec. 20, it beat No. 5 Western Kentucky in Columbia. In between, the Gamecocks had a blowout victory over Maryland marred by a brawl that’s most famous for John Ribock’s apparent punch to the face of Terrapins coach Lefty Drissell. Bill Millsaps, sports writer for The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Ribock was the enforcer. He wasn’t a bad player, but he was out there for muscle. He wasn’t too subtle about it either. Ribock triggered a near-riot against Maryland, where somebody decked Lefty and McGuire said Lefty must have hit himself. It was Ribock who decked Lefty. Yeah, they were the bully boys before the Philadelphia Flyers came to Broad Street. They were the villains everywhere in the ACC. Everywhere. Bill Cole, sports writer for The State newspaper: I always thought they were their own worst enemies. It seemed to me they had this Us against Them mentality, which I think was fostered by McGuire. Everywhere they went, the crowds were more intensive in terms of their hostility towards the team. And, again, I thought for the most part, the coach and the players fostered that attitude. I thought it was pretty pervasive throughout the league. Barry Parkhill, Virginia guard: They had some incidents, I guess, that year, but they were good players and seemed like good guys. They were always just nationally ranked and very good. Dennis Powell, South Carolina center: I don’t know if the reputation was really founded. We obviously were just winning quite a bit in North Carolina. And you had Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, Maryland and Virginia all in that area. Bob Carver, South Carolina guard: Coach McGuire was from the North and we were dominating the league with players from the North. People wouldn’t play against us. They held the ball. Coach always thought the officials went against us. We were a tough crowd and we played tough In the ACC days, South Carolina would play at Maryland and Virginia on the same trip. Because of what happened in the first game, tensions were high for Gamecocks-Terrapins Round 2. McGuire chose to leave USC assistants Donnie Walsh and Bill Loving back in Columbia. Injured guard Bob Carver filled in as McGuire’s de-facto assistant. Carver: There were a lot of threats made against the coaching staff and all that, so Coach McGuire decided not to take the assistant coaches on the trip with him. Sometimes he did things to make a point. On the face of it, he was concerned that they were family guys and didn’t want to put them in jeopardy. I never understood why they didn’t make the trip, but that was his decision. So they stayed home. The pre-shot clock era game in College Park ended with a Maryland bucket at the buzzer. Final score: Terrapins 31, Gamecocks 30 (OT). Kevin Joyce, South Carolina guard: It was 4-3 at halftime. Carver: We had a five-point lead at Maryland with, really, 16 seconds to go or something like that. A couple turnovers, a couple baskets. Maryland really didn’t play with us. Joyce: Stall-ball. That happened to us 17 times that year. It really wasn’t a fun basketball season. We came out and won the ACC championship and all that, but we couldn’t really show our talents or anything like that. Kevin Joyce The loss to Maryland dropped the Gamecocks from No. 2 to No. 6 in the polls. Virginia meanwhile was coming off a win over Clemson. At 8-2 entering the USC game, the Cavaliers were seeking their first national ranking in program history. Charlottesville’s University Hall, capacity 7,600 at the time, squeezed in 9,550 spectators. Parkhill: I think that was the largest-paying crowd ever in University Hall. There were people in every friggin’ nook and cranny of that building. We pretty much played in front of a full house my three years, but that game was different. It was crazy. It was great. The place was nuts. The student section, as I was told, was full early afternoon because it was first-come, first-serve. When the ball went up, the kids were ready to roll because they had been sitting there all afternoon. That was pretty cool. It meant a lot to all of us as players. Millsaps: Most of the time, for many years, it was a big victory if Virginia played the game close. Well, this crowd realized they were good enough to make a game of it. They were hot — not only because of South Carolina’s national ranking, but because they were the bullies of the ACC. It some kind of game atmosphere. It got wild. Powell: The place was packed. They were right on top of us. As the first half wore on, McGuire grew irritated by a few hecklers. Carver: A guy was yelling and screaming at him the whole game, loud, saying some inappropriate things. I don’t remember exactly what he was saying, but was standing up and he was screaming. Coach McGuire, without looking across the way, asked me to pick out the guy that was yelling at him. Cole: They were playing, the ball was in motion and, all of a sudden, McGuire gets up from his chair and starts walking around the end of the court, kind of where they were playing. The players, they continued to move the ball some, but they slowed down because they were watching him. Parkhill: I’m just paying attention, trying not to dribble the ball of my foot or whatever. And Coach McGuire walks down to the end of the bench and now I’m sort of looking like, ‘This is a little unusual.’ And then he starts walking across the baseline. And then they stopped play. Joyce: He walked to the press area. There was somebody there that had credentials to be sitting there, but was openly rooting, pounding on the boards there and stuff like that. Carver: Coach went after that guy. And believe me, if he had gotten a hold of that guy, that would have been the last thing he would have remembered for a long time. Coach was a pretty rough guy. Millsaps: McGuire was giving him hell for yelling at his players. And Marty Cook, who was then the sports information director for Virginia, came down, found out what was going on and threw his (butt) off press row. *John Hedberg, sports writer for the Staunton (Va.) Leader: I sometimes get carried away at games. I know I shouldn’t be cheering for our team. Reports of the game included Hedberg’s ejection as well as the removal of Charlottesville Daily Progress photographer John Atkins. The AP story noted that “Gamecock center Tom Riker engaged a photographer in a shoving match.” Technical fouls were assessed to South Carolina for McGuire leaving the bench and to Virginia for its fans throwing objects on the court. The Gamecocks led 32-28 at halftime and 49-48 with 2:10 left when Joyce was called for traveling. *Frank McGuire, South Carolina coach: You wouldn’t see a call like that again in a hundred years. That was call was the big thing in the game. Our kids are all right and I’m sure they’ll come back. But we just can’t win under the conditions that now exist in the ACC. I don’t know what this is all about. Maybe it had something to do with the talk about South Carolina getting out of the league. Carver: Coach McGuire called timeout and wanted to know if we wanted to foul or just D it up and play. We were up 49-48, but I guess he felt like even if they made the two shots, we’d get the ball back. At least have some control. I’m not sure of the strategy of that. But the players, particularly Roche, said, ‘No, we just lost at the buzzer. What’s the chances of losing back-to-back at the buzzer?’ So we decided to D up on them. Parkhill hit a 12-footer with seven seconds left. Parkhill: I got the ball on the right side. They started to clear out and luckily the shot went in. Carver: Kevin Joyce was playing Parkhill. He backed him in. Barry was a very good player. He he hit a turnaround jumper. He was really good at that. He had good length and he backed Kevin up — they were both about the same size — and he put it in. Joyce: I was all over him. It was a great shot. Barry, he’s a friend of mine. As a matter of fact, he rubbed it more in my face when he told me his parents had a photo of the shot in their living room. Parkhill’s bucket was UVa’s eighth in 11 second half field goal attempts. The Cavaliers shot 65 percent for the game. When USC’s Rick Aydlett missed a contested jumper on the other end, the buzzer sounded and the floor filled with fans. Powell: I can see Rick falling into the crowd. Millsaps: I got trampled. Everybody who sat at the press table got trampled. Fans were everywhere. I’m just glad nobody got hurt in the aftermath of the thing. Carver: That wasn’t a lot of fun. Parkhill: Rick Aydlett’s a great friend. I haven’t seen him in a long time, but he’s a really good friend. He worked at Converse for many years. But we won the game. Looking back, that was a big win. But that stretch, I think it proved that we could win in the league. We could be competitive. That was an important moment in the history of basketball here. Virginia debuted at No. 19 in the next poll. The Cavaliers made their first NIT the next season. They were ACC champs in ‘76 and Final Four bound in ‘81 and ‘84. UVa has now made the NCAA Tournament 22 times. After the Virginia loss, South Carolina reeled off 13 wins in 14 games, including the ACC Tournament championship over North Carolina. It was USC’s final appearance in the league. Athletics director/football coach Paul Dietzel officially led the Gamecocks out of the ACC in the summer of ‘71. They’ve made the NCAA Tournament eight times since. They went 43 years between Big Dance wins before the surprise Final Four run in 2017. Carver: There was a lot of things Coach McGuire didn’t like about the academic requirements in the ACC, but there was more of a football motivation for leaving the league. Dietzel, he wanted to build a powerhouse and he felt like he could do it better as an independent — whether Coach McGuire knew about it or not. We were all playing in the gym one day and Donnie Walsh came in and said, ‘You guys, we just left the league. Coach McGuire’s on the phone trying to fill out your schedule.’ Powell: I didn’t think it was a good idea, personally, as 20-plus year-old senior. I personally thought we should have stayed because we just won the ACC. We were really doing well recruiting. I just thought we were better off there. You become an independent at that time was not probably the way to go. Joyce: We didn’t want out. It was not going to be good for the basketball program. Cole: I’ve thought about it many times and it’s really hard to assess what would have happened had they stayed. Carver: It would have been a better story. It would have been a better run. We had established ourselves with those teams as someone to contend with. *quotes taken from the Jan. 12, 1971, edition of The State newspaper.
  8. OC Bryan McClendon gets big raise for a Million Dollars from South Carolina December 18, 2018 South Carolina offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon is joining the growing ranks of college football assistant coaches making seven figures in salary. McClendon received a raise to $1 million annually from the school’s board of trustees in a Tuesday meeting. Also during Tuesday’s meeting, head coach Will Muschamp received a one-year extension to take his deal through the 2024 season. Quarterbacks coach Dan Werner received a raise to make his annual salary $700,000. Defensive coordinator Travis Robinson received a one-year contract extension through 2021. All of the contractual changes were approved unanimously and will take effect on Jan. 1. “There have been other schools coming after (Muschamp’s) staff,” USC athletics director Ray Tanner said. “You want to have staff members that other people want, but you also want to retain them. In the sport of football, the continuity and consistency is so important to everybody.” McClendon will become the 22nd college football assistant to earn $1 million or more per season, according to annual numbers compiled by USA Today. Eleven of the 21 who earned more than $1 million in 2018 are coordinators at SEC schools, including Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, who made $1.2 million. McClendon was paid $650,000 in his first season as offensive coordinator. Only two SEC schools -- Alabama and Auburn -- paid both coordinators more than $1 million last season, and both schools lost their offensive coordinators to new jobs this month. Being the only school in the conference with two seven-figure coordinators doesn’t concern Tanner, he said. “If you look at the big picture, we’re in the marketplace,” he said. “I think it’s important that you have the kind of people that you need in those positions, and we feel great about Coach Robinson and Coach McClendon and the roles that they play on the field and off the field.”
  9. WATCH TODAY 4:00 P.M.: Coach Will Muschamp addresses the Gamecocks' preparations for the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 against Virginia December 18, 2018
  10. WATCH: Frank Martin & Selected Players News Conference December 18, 2018
  11. FeatheredCock

    You've seen 7 games. What's your prediction on wins?

    Hope so really hard to gauge, but if they play at the level they did against Michigan maybe 16. If not less then 14 wins for the season.
  12. Ryan Hilinski will arrive at South Carolina with a plan for handling the hype December 18, 2018 THE STATE The highest-rated high school quarterback since Stephen Garcia is expected to sign with South Carolina on Wednesday, the first day of college football’s early signing period. Ryan Hilinski has been preparing for that day in part by seeking advice on how to handle the hype that Garcia admits he wishes he himself had handled better. “The expectations are certainly high,” Rivals director of recruiting Mike Farrell said. Hilinski is a four-star prospect, rated a .9731 on 247Sports’ Composite ranking system, almost identical to Garcia’s .9759 rating. Hilinski, 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, threw for more than 8,000 yards as a three-star starter at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. “He’s got size. He can make all the throws. He processes information quickly,” Farrell said. “Those California kids, they get quarterback coaching from a young age so they are usually more developed technically, footwork-wise, maturity-wise than some of the other kids around the country.” Hilinski will need that maturity to carry the expectations already being placed on him by some South Carolina fans. He asked Gamecocks strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman and director of player development Marcus Lattimore for advice on how to do that, he said last week on SportsTalkSC. “They said, ‘You are in this position because you’ve been doing something right so just keep doing what you’ve been doing and don’t listen to stuff,’ ” Hilinski said on the radio program. “There’s a lot of stuff to hear and you have to not listen to it.” Rivals recruiting analyst Chad Simmons wouldn’t be surprised to see Hilinski get snaps during the 2019 season even though South Carolina is expected to return senior Jake Bentley, who has thrown for 2,953 yards this season. “Obviously, we think highly of him, just his understanding of the game. He’s a very mature kid, processes things well,” Simmons said. “He rose up our charts after seeing him person, seeing how he conducted himself.” Hilinski has “all the leadership traits you are looking for,” said Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports. “He wants to take South Carolina to the next level. It was an opportunity he was looking for, a chance to make an early impact in an offense that fits his skill set. He’s a pocket guy that has shown he can make all the big-time college throws in a camp setting.” Hilinski has a large social media profile, but South Carolina offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon suggested he “turn off his phone” upon arriving on campus, which he is expected to do in January. “When I get there I am going to ignore everything,” he told SportsTalkSC. “People can say whatever they want to say and I’m just going to do me and do what I’ve been doing to put me in this position.
  13. Zack Bailey confident he’ll bounce back from broken leg December 18, 2018 THE STATE Two weeks after suffering what he calls “the best injury that could have happened,” South Carolina offensive lineman Zack Bailey is remarkably upbeat about his recovery. “It’s been wonderful,” Bailey said Tuesday during a ceremony to recognize Gamecocks athletes who graduated this semester. “The coaches have done everything they can to make it easy for me.” Bailey, a senior guard, suffered a broken fibula in the third quarter of the final regular season game of the season, against Akron on Dec. 1. He wore a cast and got around with the help of a cart during Tuesday’s ceremony, but he expects to be full speed in time for the NFL combine in February, he said. “I should be good to go, 100 percent by then and back good as new,” Bailey said. He planned to attend the Belk Bowl and the bowl game activities with the Gamecocks, he said. “I want to see my brothers out there, hopefully getting the W,” he said. Bailey started 38 games at South Carolina. When he was injured on Dec. 1, it looked like his last start might be a costly one. He was taken off the field on a cart and worried that the injury could be much more significant. “When it happened, I didn’t know what was going on,” Bailey said. “I knew when I went down, it wasn’t good, but when we got back to the X-ray room and we did the X-ray, the injury turned out to be the best injury that could have happened. I was excited for that.” Bailey had surgery on Dec. 2 and hopes to be training at full speed by the middle of the January. This week, he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. “It’s amazing,” he said. “My family coming in and seeing them and having a wonderful time, me working so hard through these past three-and-a-half years has been really amazing.
  14. Signing day schedule: When South Carolina commits plan to sign this week December 18, 2018 Wednesday promises to be a big one for South Carolina football and coach Will Muschamp. Here’s a running list of the Gamecocks commits and when they plan to hold ceremonies this week. (These times can vary from when they actually send in their paperwork to the school.) All times Eastern: Monday, Dec. 17 LB Derek Boykins, has a ceremony at his school (Early enrollee) Wednesday, Dec. 19 CB John Dixon, 8 a.m. (target) DE Zacch Pickens 9:30 a.m. (Early enrollee) OT Jaylen Nichols 10 a.m. (Early enrollee) WR Keveon Mullins 10 a.m. OL Mark Fox school’s ceremony is at 10 a.m. TE Keshawn Toney 11 a.m. (Early enrollee) DE Joseph Anderson 1:30 p.m. (Early enrollee) TE Traevon Kenion 2:30 p.m. (Early enrollee) RB Kevin Harris 3:45 p.m. (Early enrollee) QB Ryan Hilinski 5:30 p.m. on CBSSN (Early enrollee) LB Jahmar Brown, no ceremony OL Vincent Murphy, school does not have a ceremony DB Cam Smith, no ceremony (Early enrollee) DL Devontae Davis: As a junior college player, moves in on campus Tuesday Thursday, Dec. 20 DE Rodricus Fitten 10 a.m. RB Eric Grey 1 p.m. EST (target) Not signing early DL Jahkeem Green
  15. Gamecocks offered 2020 CB Deidrick Stanley of Hollywood, FL. December 18, 2018 Gamecocks offered 2020 CB Deidrick Stanley of Hollywood, FL. Some other reported offer are Ole Miss, Pitt, Louisville, Kentucky, and Colorado State.

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