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  1. Gamecocks spring football not fully ruled out March 20, 2020 | GCF Staff Report South Carolina’s spring football practice has been postponed for the moment, but not technically ruled out as of yet. But the truth be told 'things don’t look promising there. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. Gamecocks spring football not fully ruled out March 20, 2020 | GCF Staff Report South Carolina’s spring football practice has been postponed for the moment, but not technically ruled out as of yet. But the truth be told 'things don’t look promising there. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said on a conference call Wednesday the door is still slightly open, as the conference’s cancellation of spring activities only covers practice through April 15 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. Sankey said. “It does not apply to spring practices at this time, I think that’s the important qualifying phrase.” He noted it’s not as if things will suddenly get back to business the 16th. He also said he hopes things will be in a good enough place for fall sports, notably football, to proceed as planned. The Gamecocks got through five spring practices, with 10 more that had been planned. A few schools got through practice early, and some had not even started. Sankey sounded like a man not optimistic there would be much in the way of spring practice any time soon, but he said he was confident the league would look into fall sports getting some kind of out-of-season practice time to prepare for the start of their years. “If you look at the national public messaging about no gatherings above 50, certainly difficult to conduct any football practice under that limitation,” Sankey said. “ And even with smaller numbers have been communicated, 10 is often referenced, thereby making it impossible into May. I’m not going to be overly optimistic about the return to practice. We haven’t fully foreclosed that opportunity, but I think practically, that window is pretty narrow.”
  3. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. Hughes said. “In the back of my mind I’d always knew I wanted to work with Coach Muschamp again. So that’s kind of long story but that’s how it happened “Full circle for me.” Hughes joined the Gamecock staff this offseason, making the jump from Tennessee. He steps into the role held by Matt Lindsey, someone Muschamp credited with playing a crucial role in the program’s recruiting operation. (Lindsey, now at Ole Miss, called Hughes about the opening.) Now Hughes takes the reins of a large-scale information gathering outfit, one structured like an NFL personnel department. Once a 23-year-old thrown into the deep end of the profession, Hughes is now a veteran of three SEC staffs. Muschamp said on Drew. “I had Drew when I was at the University of Florida, did a fantastic job for me there.So it’s been a really seamless transition for us as far as our day-to-day operation, recruiting, evaluation and how we work as far as the recruiting standpoint is concerned.” THE GUIDANCE FOR THE VETERANS Hughes was only an undergrad when he “wandered” into the recruiting department at Alabama. A high school player in Alabama, he planned for a future as a high school coach. He started on the video side, shooting practice. He then started helping the grad assistants break down tape and then found his way to the recruiting room. Hughes said. “That’s when it really clicked for me. Once I got into the recruiting side of it, particularly the team-building and the different critical factors that you look for at each position and the all the different elements that go into building a championship team, it just clicked for me.” He came under the guidance of Ed Marynowitz, who worked for Nick Saban at the start of his tenure with the Crimson Tide, left for the Philadelphia Eagles and later returned. Hughes explained that Marynowitz was one of the pioneers of the personnel industry on the college level, and Lindsey had worked under him. At the time, Hughes was being asked to do the kinds of tasks he now has undergraduates doing. He arrived around when Saban did, taking part in the rise and building of a dynasty. When Hughes was finishing up school after the 2011 Iron Bowl, it was Marynowitz who recommended Hughes for his first job. Marynowitz played out the end of his college career for George O’Leary at Central Florida, and the former Georgia Tech head man reached out looking for someone. After a drive to Atlanta and a flight to talk to O’Leary, a freshly minted 23-year-old college grad was in charge of the recruiting operation for a Conference USA program. O’Leary had been running the show there for more than half a decade, and he delivered lessons well beyond what to look for on film. Hughes said. “I got coached by Coach O’Leary on how to grow up. I was 23. He was 60, or whatever it was at the time, and he would ask me for things he knew I didn’t have. And what he was doing, I didn’t realize it at the time, what he was doing is he was training me to start thinking ahead.” In his one year there, UCF recruited the Griffin twins, who both ended up drafted. Hughes left for N.C. State, where he helped Dave Doeren land a class with four defensive line draft picks, led by top-five pick Bradley Chubb. One year in Raleigh came to a close with a cold call from Gainesville, Florida. Muschamp brought Hughes back to the SEC, where he worked for him, then for Saban assistant Jim McElwain (Muschamp’s replacement) and eventually Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee the past few seasons. DREW ABOUT BUILDING EVERYONE UP As Hughes sits in his office describing the structure of his department, the term “empowered” comes to mind. He’s in charge of this operation, working alongside Jessica Jackson, who heads up the on-campus aspect of recruiting, and Justin King and Zach Frehse, who manage the graphics/edits side of things (“I’ve always said no one works for me, we all work together,” Hughes said). But he has a staff, many undergrads who were brought on and trained by Lindsey, and they are the first line of what is an information-gathering and synthesizing operation. The students and personnel assistants are assigned to an assistant coach, and they’re responsible for all the players at that coach’s position and in his area. Hughes said. “Everything kind of originates from the film. And if the film stands out, they do everything from using the various analytical services that we have, verifying track times, going through their social media. You know you can find out a lot about a guy by what he tweets. And we have all the sheets, you know every player has a sheet.” The staff compiles all that information about a player and then presents that profile to a coach. It allows the staff to recruit more efficiently, having a staff process through hundreds of recruits coaches don’t have to. Hughes said. “You have to be very transparent and upfront, be accurate with the information that you have. looking back at all the staffs he has been a part of. “And every coach that you work for, whether it’s head coach or assistants, they’re all different. So you have to understand you know what they want, and I think there’s a trust that’s developed over time.” WHAT TO LOOK FOR On that film that gets cut up, those high school games that get processed down, the Gamecocks staff, and by proxy the personnel staff, are looking for specific attributes. Hughes lists off 12 for running backs alone, from power running and vision to ball security and blocking. On high school film that might be of low quality, the “wow” plays tell a tale, and more sets of eyes on more film means more consensus. Hughes said. “You and I could watch a player right now and you may notice something that I didn’t. And if you notice something that helps us make the best decision.” He described the process as prospect identification and organizing information. The camps the school runs in June serve to boost that, in part to cross-check a player’s physical measurements and skills and give coaches a chance to watch players in live settings. And although it all starts with film, everything is bolstered by the personal side of things, when coaches hit the road and can chat with folks in the community or even opposing coaches about a player. Hughes said. “It’s just a combination of utilizing the recruiting calendar when you can go out on the road. You’re hitting people in the community, you’re talking to high school coaches, you’re talking to the janitor at the high school, the teacher, not just the high school coach, obviously “All that information, matching up with the film matching up with the character, ultimately, helps you make the best decision.” DREW CASTING A WIDE NET A program such as South Carolina’s isn’t just recruiting for next year’s class, but realistically for the next three. The database the team maintains includes around 2,500 total high school players across all three classes. Hughes said. “Our database is massive. Our job is to help the coaches narrow it down, get that number down to as low as, as good of a number as possible, a manageable number.” He joked this is probably one of his easier transitions because he doesn’t have to build up the infrastructure. He’s joining a coach he knows well and has a feel for, one who is established and has the pieces set in place by a good friend. Hughes said. “It’s easier because you know what to expect, you know how they work.” Coming in and with (Lindsey) being here, you know things are going to be set up the same way and done the right way and organized and structured so, this has been unique and different.”
  5. Gauthier goes inside his commitment to the Gamecocks By Phil Kornblut / March 19, 2020 / Recruiting Colten Gauthier USC worked hard to earn the commitment of QB Colten Gauthier of Dacula, GA. The work started with head coach Will Muschamp and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner last spring when the offer went it. And it continued with Muschamp and his new quarterback's coach Mike Bobo when he came on board in December. Gauthier took five visits to USC over the last year, the last one coming earlier this month. At that point, he knew his decision. “I was originally planning on doing it (announcing) at the spring game,” Gauthier said. “I committed to Coach Muschamp about a week ago and I told him I was going to do it at the spring game. With this whole thing going on, I wasn’t too sure that was going to happen. I’m committed so I might as well go ahead and put it out because it’s uncertain what’s going to happen. That was the debate this morning (Wednesday), whether I should do it or I should wait. I decided to do it and send it out.” On that last visit, Gauthier got the chance to visit behind the scenes with Bobo and talk quarterbacking. Then, he got to watch a practice and watch Bobo teach what he preached. “I was listening to the offense and it is kind of surreal about how much he knows about the game of ball,” Gauthier said. “It’s convenient because he played the position, too. He gets it. I got to see it live. It was eye opening to see the offense in motion. And I talked to a lot of people too after I left South Carolina. Me and (Ryan) Hilinski are pretty tight. Me and Luke Doty are pretty tight, too. I asked them, what’s your take on Bobo, what’s your vibe? I asked KJ Carta-Samuels, who played for him at Colorado State, because I’m really tight with his brother Austyn Carta-Samuels. We hooked up. We talked about it. I heard really great things. I talked to my coach, Jeff Saturday, and heard a lot of great things. Prayed about it, thought about it for a while, then I decided to call Muschamp and commit to him.” Last season Gauthier passed for 2400 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s ranked as one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country. And he feels like he can give Bobo exactly what he’s looking for in a quarterback. “I feel like my biggest strength is I’m able to touch everyone on the field,” Gauthier said. “He asks that you make every throw on the field, and you go as much as you can handle with that offense. I feel like that’s an advantage for me because I’m able to handle a lot of it, because of my arm ability and strength. So, the biggest thing for me fitting in wise, I’m able to make every throw on the field. That’s Coach Bobo’s offense right there. And that’s also probably a reason why I decided to commit. I feel like that’s a high level offense. That’s pro. That’s an NFL type offense. I have aspirations to go to the NFL. Why not go somewhere that’s going to be as close as possible to the real thing. That’s pretty much it for me and how I feel I will fit in.” Gauthier had double-digit offers and he had Ole Miss, Florida State and UCF also high up on his list. He is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals and a 3-star by 247Sports.
  6. 4-star QB Colten Gauthier commits to Gamecocks March 18, 2020 / Recruiting Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking Colten Gauthie USC Wednesday landed a commitment from 4-star QB Colten Gauthier (6-3 205) of Dacula, GA. Gauthier was offered by the Gamecocks last year while Dan Werner was the quarterback's coach, and new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo picked right up on his recruiting once he arrived in December. Gauthier made at least five unofficial visits to USC for recruiting and camp purposes over the last year and had kept the Gamecocks high up on his list along with Florida State, Ole Miss, and UCF. Some of his other offers are Boston College, Duke, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Michigan State, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Georgia Tech and Indiana. Gauthier last visited USC on March the 5th and he got the chance to go inside the offense and the quarterback position with Bobo. “I met with Coach Bobo for two hours and talked about life and football,” he said after that visit. “And I met with Coach Muschamp and Bobo In Muschamp’s office for about an hour and discussed how interested they are. I am a top priority. I told them they are definitely a top school and I’m looking to make a decision soon.” According to MaxPreps stats, last season Gauthier passed for 2401 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. As a sophomore, he passed for 2088 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Rivals rates him as a 4-star prospect and the #14 pro-style quarterback in the country. He’s ranked as the #26 prospect in Georgia by Rivals. 247Sports rates him as a 3-star prospect, the #18 pro-style quarterback nationally and #38 prospect in Georgia. Gauthier is the third new commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2021 class which now counts five members with two specialists carried over from the 2020 recruiting season.
  7. Gamecocks move early on JUCO bound DT By Phil Kornblut / March 18, 2020 / Recruiting Will Thomas Gamecocks this week offered DT Will Thomas (6-3 286) of Raleigh, NC knowing he won’t be part of the 2021 class. Thomas said he will have to go to junior college first, and the plan is to go for a year and a half before moving on. The same plan Javon Kinlaw used to get to USC. And the Gamecocks now how the Kinlaw story turned out. “The last time they came (to school), a good month ago, I came out and introduced myself,” Thomas said. “My coach told me they wanted to see me in the spring and they’ve just been talking to me ever since.” Thomas said he’s been talking primarily with new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and new director of player personnel Drew Hughes. Both came from Tennessee, which is also one of the offers to Thomas. “He (Rocker) sent me an invitation to their spring practice (before it was canceled) and the times that I can come in their practice schedule,” Thomas said. “He was just checking up on me and hoping that everything is staying safe. He’s just been checking up on me to see how I’m doing.” “I’m really excited about the offer,” Thomas continued. “It’s going to be one of the top five that I have, one of the main ones I might pick. I like that they are close to home. They have a nice facility that I’ve seen. I hope in the future I’ll visit.” Thomas has not yet visited USC. He has been to Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Duke. The Chants and Blue Devils also have offered along with Tennessee and Liberty. Last season, Thomas said he was in on around 65 tackles with 5 sacks. 247Sports rates him as a three-star prospect and the #32 ranked prospect in his home state.
  8. SEC cancels the rest of spring sports because of coronavirus outbreak March 17, 2020 Four University of South Carolina athletic teams still had games scheduled after the SEC’s April 15 deadline following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Now none of those teams even had the glimmer of hope they might finish things out. The SEC officially ended all spring sports seasons in response to the rapidly spreading worldwide pandemic. There had been some small hope teams could reconvene later in the year despite NCAA spring championships having already been canceled. The tweet read: “The @SEC has announced all regular season conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled for remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year, including all Spring FB Games and remaining SEC championship events, due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.” Only Gamecocks baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track had regular season events past the deadline. “This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”
  9. Tuesday Recruiting Report March 17, 2020 South Carolina offered 2022 DE/TE Eli Hall (6-3 250) of Shelby, NC. He also has an offer from Akron. South Carolina target LB Trenilyas Tatum was offered by Minnesota. South Carolina target LB Raneira Dillworth of Kernersville, NC was offered by Michigan State. South Carolina target DE Jahvaree Ritzie of Kernersville, NC was offered by LSU.
  10. Gamecocks showing interest in 6-8 grad transfer Kevin Marfo of Quinnipiac March 17, 2020 Gamecocks showing interest in 6-8 grad transfer Kevin Marfo of Quinnipiac according to a 247Sports report. The Gamecocks also are reportedly interested in Virginia Tech transfer Landers Nolley II according to Stockrisers.
  11. The final coaches poll has spoken: Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks are No. 1 March 11, 2020 South Carolina women’s basketball will end the 2019-20 season as the No. 1 team in the country in the eyes of the USA Today coaches poll. The final top 25 rankings were released Monday after the NCAA tournament was canceled in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks were the clear No. 1, with 26 of 32 first-place votes from a panel of head coaches across the country. South Carolina finished the year at 32-1 for the nation’s best win percentage, including a perfect 19-0 mark in SEC regular season and tournament play. The Gamecocks’ only loss on the year was in November to Indiana, who finished No. 22 in the final poll, and they won their last 26 games, sweeping the conference regular season and tournament titles. Elsewhere in the poll, the Gamecocks defeated No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 UConn, No. 5 Maryland, No. 10 Mississippi State (twice), No. 11 South Dakota, No. 18 Kentucky (twice), No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arkansas (three times). This marks the fifth consecutive week South Carolina has topped the coaches poll, and the 26 first-place votes are the Gamecocks’ most in that stretch. USC was widely expected to be the No. 1 overall seed in March Madness and likely would have been favored to reach the program’s third Final Four and compete for its second national title. But with growing concern about COVID-19, the NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships last Thursday. The NCAA has given no indication that it will crown or recognize a national champion, but South Carolina could try to claim a title based off the No. 1 ranking. The Associated Press is scheduled to release its final poll of the year on Tuesday. Athletics Director Ray Tanner said Friday it was “too early” to discuss whether USC would claim a title, saying his focus at the moment has been on the spread of the virus. “I will add that we were on quite a run and, if I’m not mistaken, we were 32-1, we were ranked number one in both the polls, and we won a regular season title and the tournament championship. So in my mind, we’re number one,” Tanner added. Speaking on ESPN shortly after the NCAA’s cancellation, coach Dawn Staley didn’t go so far as to say the Gamecocks would proclaim themselves champions, but did indicate she thought they deserved to be if anyone is recognized. “I’m probably gonna stir up some folks — we ended the season as the No. 1 team in the country with the best record in the country, the only team that won their regular season and conference tournament undefeated,” Staley said. “If they’re gonna pass out a national championship trophy, we got our hands out at South Carolina.” FINAL USA TODAY COACHES POLL 1. South Carolina (26) 2. Oregon (6) 3. Baylor 4. UConn 5. Maryland 6. Stanford 7. Louisville 8. N.C. State 9. UCLA 10. Mississippi State 11. South Dakota 12. Arizona 13. Gonzaga 14. DePaul 15. Northwestern 16. Oregon State 17. Princeton 18. Kentucky 19. Missouri State 20. Florida State 21. Texas A&M 22. Indiana 23. Iowa 24. Florida Gulf Coast 25. Arkansas
  12. Ray Tanner writes letter to fans about coronavirus, ticket refunds, football deadlines March 16, 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner penned a letter to fans Monday explaining where things stand with spring sports refunds amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. The letter deals with baseball, softball and football. Full letter: (VIEW LETTER)
  13. Ray Tanner writes letter to fans about coronavirus, ticket refunds, football deadlines March 16, 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner penned a letter to fans Monday explaining where things stand with spring sports refunds amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. The letter deals with baseball, softball and football. Full letter: “Gamecock Fans – The last week has represented a series of unprecedented challenges for not only Gamecock Athletics and our University, but also the state, nation and the entire globe. As you have likely heard by now, Governor Henry McMaster has temporarily closed all schools in the state, including the University of South Carolina. This closure is in effect starting today, March 16, through the end of March, and will cause our athletics department to close its doors as well. I’d like to take this time to explain to our loyal Gamecock fans how we will be dealing with this challenge and our efforts to continue servicing your needs. During this period of closure, we will not be able to have any guests visit the Rice Athletics Center. However, our athletics staff will work diligently to respond to any messages left by our fans on the Gamecock Club (803-777-4276) or Gamecock Ticket Office (803-777-4274) phone lines during the closure. Additionally, donors who prefer to communicate via email can reach us at: gctix@mailbox.sc.edu or gcclub@mailbox.sc.edu. Lastly, we will also be available to any donors with questions by virtual chat through visiting: http://alivech.at/797zqq. Additionally, as it relates to those contests that have been cancelled and other upcoming deadlines, any donor with season tickets for Gamecock baseball and softball will be refunded via check for both their season tickets and any related seat premiums/donations for all cancelled contests. Those fans who have purchased a “go pass” will not be charged their upcoming April and May monthly payments. As it relates to all future payments, please understand that our department’s goal will be to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible throughout these uncertain times. At this point, the upcoming April 3 deadline for football season ticket renewals will be extended to Friday, May 8. Additionally, in order to help provide a further level of financial flexibility, a football season ticket only payment plan option, allowing for payments spread between May, June and July, will be available to any donor that registers for this renewal option before Friday, May 8. To enroll in this payment plan, or our existing 10-month payment plan, simply email us at either of the addresses listed above and we will reach out to complete the process. Lastly, the pre-selection process for those directly impacted by the stadium improvements coming online in 2020 will continue as scheduled for the last week of April, as it is run virtually and does not require any face-to-face interaction. In so many of the trying times facing our country before, sport has united our communities and played a tremendous role in the healing of a nation. While there may not yet be a place for public sporting events to serve in that capacity during this crisis, we look forward to getting through these times together and bringing our Gamecock student-athletes back to the classroom and their fields of competition as soon as it is responsible to do so. In the interim, please be safe and do not hesitate to reach out to Gamecock Athletics with any questions that you may have. Forever to Thee, Ray Tanner”
  14. Where South Carolina’s seasons stood before the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak March 16, 2020 South Carolina athletics came to a halt last week as all team activities and competition were shut down until at least April 15 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. That, and the NCAA canceling winter and spring championships, meant a set of seasons were either ended early, had every remaining scheduled even canceled or interrupted without much sense as to if and how things might resume. Here’s a look at where some promising seasons stood when they were interrupted: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dawn Staley’s squad had arguably the most exciting season of all USC sports cut short the Gamecocks were set to be named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament after going 32-1 overall, 16-0 in the SEC, claiming both regular season and conference titles. Staley and star forward Aliyah Boston were named SEC Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and ESPN gave them national recognition for both of those awards as well. Senior guard Tyasha Harris was named first-team All-SEC, and senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan was leading the team in scoring. After helping USC win its first national title as freshman in 2017, they were set to lead another potentially deep postseason run when the NCAA tournament was canceled. BASEBALL Coach Mark Kingston’s club was entering SEC play at 12-4, with two disappointing series losses to Northwestern and Clemson but winners of five in a row, including a sweep of Cornell. Set to open things up against a Tennessee squad slipping a bit in the rankings, the Gamecocks were hoping to keep that momentum going and build its NCAA tournament case after missing the postseason last season. Staff ace Carmen Mlodzinski, a projected top-10 pick in the MLB draft, was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts and is a strong candidate to turn pro this year. Sophomores Wes Clarke and Brady Allen were leading the lineup in home runs and batting average, respectively. The Gamecocks have 18 regular season games and the conference tournament still yet to be canceled. WOMEN’S GOLF A promising season was wiped away as the Gamecocks had come in third at the IJGA Collegiate Invitational in February and sixth at the Darius Rucker Invitational. They were set for two more tournaments, one in Athens, Georgia and another in Browns Summit, North Carolina before the SEC tournament. Both those regular season tournaments are canceled, and the SEC event came right after the end of the April 15 deadline. South Carolina was No. 9 in the most recent GolfWeek rankings, with freshman Pau Roussin-Bouchard ranked No. 5 in the country, and Ana Pelaez and Lois Kaye Go also in the top 50. SOFTBALL Beverly Smith’s team was coming off a pair of mid-week wins and a series loss at Georgia, but had been in solid shape at 17-6. USC was ranked No. 16 nationally in the most recent USA Today coaches poll. The team was led offensively by Haley Simpson, Kenzi Maguire, Lauren Stewart and others, while Karsen Ochs and Karly Heath were the team’s most-used pitchers after Kelsey Oh was lost for the year. The team had 10 games that have yet to be canceled. South Carolina had gone to seven consecutive NCAA tournaments. MEN’S BASKETBALL Frank Martin’s squad was set to play its opener in the SEC tournament when word came down canceling that event and soon enough the whole of March Madness. The Gamecocks sat at 18-13, likely needing a run to the SEC tournament final to have an outside chance at an at-large spot and realistically needing to win the auto-bid to ensure a trip. They still would have been a likely NIT participant for the first time since 2016. The Gamecocks finished with their fourth season at .500 or better in five years, but also were a long shot to a second NCAA tournament berth in Martin’s eighth year. (USC has made one NCAA tournament since 2004.) WOMEN’S TENNIS The Gamecocks were sitting at 8-4 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC, including wins against top-50 teams in LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Auburn. They were No. 19 in the most recent ITA rankings. The team is led by Megan Davies (No. 25 in the country), Mia Horvit (No. 39) and Emma Shelton (No. 92), plus the No. 24 doubles pairing in the country. The SEC’s cancellation through April 15 encompasses the rest of the regular season and start of the conference tournament. WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL South Carolina had struggled early in the season, posting a 5-7 record, 1-3 in conference play. They had upset No. 4 Southern Cal, and beat other ranked teams in College of Charleston, Long Beach State and Stetson. USC was ranked No. 14 in the final poll of the season. The full rest of the season had been canceled. TRACK AND FIELD The spring season had not yet started, and the winter season had not even wrapped, as the NCAA indoor championships set for last weekend were canceled. There are two meets, the USC Open and Penn Relays, still on the schedule after the SEC’s moratorium on play until April 15, but teams cannot train between now and then. The NCAA outdoor championships in late May have been canceled, but the SEC championships in mid-May have not been canceled yet. EQUESTRIAN The Gamecocks were No. 3 in the country as of the most recent rankings. They held a 7-5 record, but had recently knocked off top-5 teams in Georgia and Texas A&M. The losses included a pair to No. 1 Auburn and one to No. 2 Oklahoma State. USC had capped the regular season with a win against Delaware State and were headed into the now-canceled SEC Championship. MEN’S GOLF South Carolina’s last action of the season was finishing ninth at the 2020 Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach. USC came in seventh in its other spring event. The Gamecocks were No. 37 nationally, according to the GolfWeek rankings. Senior Jamie Wilson was the No. 57 player in the country. MEN’S TENNIS The Gamecocks were sitting at 9-5, No. 18 in the latest Oracle/ITA rankings. They’d topped ranked Oklaoma and Georgia and three of the five losses were to top-10 teams. South Carolina sat at 2-2 in conference. Defending national singles champion Paul Jubb was the No. 5-ranked player in the country, with a 7-4 record.
  15. South Carolina showing interest in Wichita State transfer Erik Stevenson March 16, 2020 South Carolina, according to Stockrisers, is among those showing interest in 6-3 Wichita State transfer Erik Stevenson. He’s a native of Lacey, WA and this season averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. He played two seasons for the Shockers starting 32 of 68 games.
  16. Monday Morning Recruiting Highlights March 16, 2020 / Recruiting WR Mario Williams of Plant City, FL, who has Clemson and South Carolina offers, did not include them in his top of Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma. New South Carolina offers last week went out to 4-star RB AJ Green (5-11 190) of Broken Arrow, OK, DL Dejon Robinson (6-3 288) of ASA College in Brooklyn and DL Will Thomas (6-3 286) of Raleigh. Some other offers for Green are LSU, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Nebraska. He’s rated the #2 prospect in Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite. South Carolina's target CB Nyland Green was offered by Florida. South Carolina target WR Raheim Sanders was offered by South Florida. South Carolina target DB Ryan Barnes was offered by Georgia Tech.
  17. Coronavirus impact on Gamecock Sports The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events. And then the ban was pushed to April 15. A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo. The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events. And then the ban was pushed to April 15. A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo. Total remaining games, matches or events still listed as scheduled after April 15, not counting conference or NCAA events (in parenthesis, games before April 15 that the SEC has already canceled): ▪ Men’s basketball: Lost the SEC tournament and potentially a postseason after that ▪ Women’s basketball: Lost the NCAA tournament ▪ Baseball: 18 games scheduled after April 15 (20 canceled) ▪ Softball: 10 games scheduled after April 15 (19 canceled) ▪ Men’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (3 canceled) ▪ Women’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (2 canceled) ▪ Men’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (10 canceled) ▪ Women’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (9 canceled) ▪ Equestrian: Conference and NCEA championships both canceled ▪ Men’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled) ▪ Women’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled) ▪ Women’s Beach Volleyball: Zero matches after April 15 (17 canceled, conference tournament canceled)
  18. Gamecock summer newcomers could help shape offense March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report Facing a question about the identity of his offense, new South Carolina coordinator Mike Bobo pointed to a roadblock in figuring that out. Not everyone is in the mix yet and will be late summer before the Gamecocks offense takes shape. The Gamecocks were going through spring practice see coronavirus (COVID-19) without two freshman tight ends, two freshman wide receivers and a pair of running backs who’ve all yet to enroll. To hear Bobo’s tone, it sounded as if he expects those players to have impacts on their respective rotations. He flat out said he expects those newcomers to “shape” the identity at the skill positions. They’ll all be on campus this summer. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. Gamecock summer newcomers could help shape offense March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report Facing a question about the identity of his offense, new South Carolina coordinator Mike Bobo pointed to a roadblock in figuring that out. Not everyone is in the mix yet and will be late summer before the Gamecocks offense takes shape. The Gamecocks were going through spring practice see coronavirus (COVID-19) without two freshman tight ends, two freshman wide receivers and a pair of running backs who’ve all yet to enroll. To hear Bobo’s tone, it sounded as if he expects those players to have impacts on their respective rotations. He flat out said he expects those newcomers to “shape” the identity at the skill positions. They’ll all be on campus this summer. He didn’t speak directly to the pair of running backs JUCO transfer ZaQuandre White and incoming freshman Rashad Amos but did say he’d like to see a fully stocked backfield. USC as of last week had only two of three scholarship runners available. Here is the breakdown he gave for the other four incoming skill players: “A guy that I watched on tape here when I got here, and then I watched his tape from when he was down in the Savannah area. And I see a guy that can run and is big that hopefully will be a guy that can hopefully take the top off a defense for us.” HS stats: 28 catches for 596 yards and six touchdowns WIDE RECEIVER GER-CARI CALDWELL “I knew about him at Colorado State. He kind of burst on the scene his senior year and we thought we’d have a shot at it because really nobody was on him at the time, and then he kind of blew up late in recruiting. But he’s a 6-4 kid that can jump and can run. I think he’s another long kid that’ll give us give us an opportunity to bring depth to that room because we need some depth at receiver.” HS stats: 51 receptions for 744 yards and seven touchdowns TIGHT END ERIC SHAW “I think he’s probably a little bit farther behind, as far as learning how to play the position and run routes because he had been at the receiver position. But he has a huge, huge upside. I just hope coach Muschamp doesn’t try to steal him and put him on defense.” HS stats: 26 receptions for 445 yards and four touchdowns, 128 and has four sacks, three interceptions on defense TIGHT END JAHEIM BELL “Obviously played out wide and played some receiver. He’s just naturally going to probably grow himself into a big wideout or a guy that we’ll be able to move around at the tight end position. He’s 220 pounds right now. He sent me a picture the other day of (him) working out. He was coming off a knee injury and he’s back, working out and I’m excited to get him in here. A guy that will be able to move around and hopefully create some mismatches.” HS stats: 210 receiving yards in an injury-shortened junior season, 770 yards as a junior
  20. No I don't either. Sports is done for now.
  21. In hopes but doubt there is a spring game.
  22. New faces for Gamecocks now and how might that change things? March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report There might have been a point this offseason where it couldn’t hurt to hand out nametags to some to the new South Carolina football staffers, considering the volume of departures and arrivals. An offseason of change so far saw 40% of Will Muschamp’s core coaching staff change over, plus the man running his recruiting operation as well as the strength coach. The changes didn’t even wrap up officially until five days before the team hit the field for spring ball. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  23. New faces for Gamecocks now and how might that change things? March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report There might have been a point this offseason where it couldn’t hurt to hand out nametags to some to the new South Carolina football staffers, considering the volume of departures and arrivals. An offseason of change so far saw 40% of Will Muschamp’s core coaching staff change over, plus the man running his recruiting operation as well as the strength coach. The changes didn’t even wrap up officially until five days before the team hit the field for spring ball. Whats that mean? A break in continuity. New staffers have to be taught the way the existing staff likes to do things. In the case of new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, the new guy has to teach his staff new things. Even after two positions turned over in the month of February, Muschamp took a wider view on what they can bring. Muschamp said. “I think growth and improvement. You have a chance to grow differently with a coach. Every new coach that we bring in, I learn something from them.” Here’s rundown of the list of changes for 2020: ▪ Bryan McClendon: Went from offensive coordinator to receivers coach. ▪ Dan Werner: No longer on staff, replaced as QB coach by new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. ▪ Coleman Hutzler: Left for a job at Texas. New tight ends coach Joe Cox was hired to fill his vacancy, while Rod Wilson filled the linebacker role. ▪ Kyle Krantz: Was momentarily moved to an off-field role with Cox’s arrival, and then re-promoted to special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach. ▪ John Scott Jr.: Accepted a position at Penn State, replaced by Tracy Rocker. ▪ Thomas Brown: Accepted a role as running backs coach with the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson filled his open staff spot, while Bobby Bentley took over the running backs. ▪ Bentley: Went from tight ends to assistant quarterbacks coach to running backs, a role he held his first three years on campus. ▪ Jeff Dillman: Replaced as head strength coach by Paul Jackson. ▪ Matt Lindsey: Accepted a job with Ole Miss, replaced by Drew Hughes. Yep, that’s a lot. To help the players with any worries about the transition, Muschamp pointed to his outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson. Muschamp asked the players how many of them wanted to play in the NFL all hands went up. “’Mike Peterson, how many years did you play the NFL?’” Muschamp said. “He said 14. ‘So how many position coaches did you have?’ He said eight. So I said, ‘Do you think Mike Peterson, if he was really sensitive about this new coach that came in, and didn’t like the way he coached me, and I didn’t like it, do you think he would’ve survived 14 years?’ They all said, ‘No, he probably wouldn’t have.’ I said, “So you need to be adaptable.’” Muschamp mentioned that he’s picking up small things from the new coaches. He mentioned talking to Rocker, a longtime SEC veteran, about little things such as how a team travels or handles the long wait before a Saturday night game. Coming off a 4-8 season, Muschamp said the need to change up spring practice was no different than when the team came off nine wins in 2018 or seven in 2019. The different faces brought different experiences and expertise. He mentioned liking the changes Jackson implemented on the strength side ahead of spring workouts. “When you have some influx of new staff, you do get some new ideas about different ways to do things,” Muschamp said. “Obviously Mike being the head coach, I’ve asked him a lot of questions about some different things that they’ve done. “It all goes back to fit in what’s best for your players, and what’s going to help us win game.”
  24. Carroll gives the latest on Gamecocks and visits By Phil Kornblut / March 12, 2020 / Recruiting / Leave a Comment Lovasea Carroll Former USC commitment RB Lovasea Carroll of Warrenton, GA and IMG Academy in Florida is ready to dance the dance again with the Gamecocks. He committed last May and then decommitted the day after the Gamecocks loss to North Carolina. There wasn’t much contact between the two for the next three months, but conversations resumed in January and remain regular to this day. “I talk to Coach (Will) Muschamp a lot,” Carroll said. “He sends me a quote everyday and we’ll talk almost twice a week, or I’ll talk to Coach Mike (Bobo). We talk about like how I’m a priority for them and they would love to have me.” There have been significant changes on the Gamecock offense since Carroll’s initial commitment. Thomas Brown no longer is running backs coach, Bobby Bentley is back coaching running backs and Bobo is the new offensive coordinator. The changes are something Carroll said he’ll have to sort thru. “I feel like this was a big move and I really hadn’t flipped thru it yet,” Carroll said. “I’m going to go on my visit and I hope I get more Intel on it and stuff like that.” Carroll’s only unofficial visit thus far this year was to Florida. He goes on spring break next week and he plans to see USC, Georgia and Auburn. He has set official visits with USC April 3rd, Auburn in April and Tennessee June 5th. He also plans to take officials to Georgia and Florida. Right now, Carroll said Florida is the team to beat. “I’ve visited there a lot and visited there recently,” Carroll said. “I feel like I can come there and play early.” Carroll missed much of his junior season with a shoulder injury which he said is fine now. The year before he rushed for nearly 1500 yards.

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