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  1. FeatheredCock

    What's the latest on DL coach

    Apparently, Muschamp has Marion Hobby as #1 with Diron Reynolds (Stanford) as #2. Need an answer at least by Friday on Hobby. If not select Reynolds. I longer terms Reynolds to me will be with the Gamecocks longer. Hobby seems to me to be the type guy who will head back to the NFL within a couple of years. To me, Reynolds should be the #1 candidate.
  2. THE DAILY CROW | Chris breaks down the Gamecocks starting pitching heading into the 2019 season January 16, 2019
  3. THE DAILY CROW | Gamecocks basketball keeps it rolling + why new RB coach Thomas Brown is a game-changing hire January 15, 2019 Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 3-0 start in SEC play + why new running backs coach Thomas Brown is an instant upgrade for the USC backfield.
  4. Tour the team's new ops building here January 14, 2019 In his time, new South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown has been around a few high-powered programs. He’s seen the facilities at Georgia and at Wisconsin. He was at Miami as it started to up its investment in recent years. So how does that compare to South Carolina’s new 110,000-square foot, $50-million building? “Not even close,” Brown said. “It’s the best I’ve been around by far. I just left a place where we just built a brand new indoor, which is a really nice facility. But that one doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve been around. It’s phenomenal.” The players who returned to campus on Sunday got their first look at the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center., and the school’s social media team followed them through. Some posted videos on social media as well, showing off the palatial weight room, recording studio in the players’ lounge and locker rooms. In the video a few players can be heard giving their thoughts on the new building. Offensive lineman Eric Douglass: “I ain’t seen nothing like this.” Defensive back Jamyest Williams: “Nothing like it, the best in the SEC.” Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw: “”Things changing around here, things changing.” Running back A.J. Turner: “Why you even left the building? There is no reason to leave. Everything is right here.” Move in started late on Jan. 7, but most of the players were still on winter break. They started offseason work on Monday.
  5. THE DAILY CROW | How do Gamecocks fans cope this off-season? January 09, 2019 Chris talks about Clemson’s win over Alabama in the National Championship and how Carolina fans can cope with it this off-season.
  6. South Carolina vs. Virginia: 10 bold predictions for the Belk Bowl December 28, 2018 SDS Despite South Carolina’s disappointing finish in the SEC East and conference overall, it has been a historically above-average season. A win in the Belk Bowl Saturday against Virginia would mark the seventh back-to-back eight-win seasons for the Gamecocks. It would also be the 17th win in the last two seasons, an accomplishment the program has reached just five times and not since 2013-14. South Carolina’s recent bowl history is a loss to South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl two years ago and a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl last year. The Gamecocks have won five of their last six bowls since the end of the 2011 season. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2002-06. Here are 10 bold predictions for the Belk Bowl: 1. A high-scoring affair Virginia allowed at least 30 points in four games during the regular season while South Carolina had five such games, including two opponents who topped 40 points. The Belk Bowl has a history of being a high-scoring bowl, with the winner in each of the past six meetings scoring at least 30 points and three scoring at least 48. The over/under opened at 54.5. 2. Jake Bentley will pass for 3 TDs The South Carolina QB is slowly making his way across the program record book, and he is in striking distance of 30 touchdowns, which would make him the first player in program history to accomplish such a feat. Steve Taneyhill set the school record of 29 in 1995. Bentley is sitting at a career-high 27 touchdowns and 2,953 yards. The yardage mark is still a ways out, 3,564 from Dylan Thompson in 2014. But 254 yards would give Bentley second place. 3. Bryce Perkins will torch the Gamecocks secondary The Virginia QB set the Cavaliers’ single-season record for total yardage this year with 3,314, plus 31 touchdowns. He has drawn comparisons to former South Florida QB Quinton Flowers, who lit up the Gamecocks for 261 passing yards and 105 rushing yards in the 2016 Birmingham Bowl. However, Flowers is 5-foot-11 and 214 pounds and moved to running back in the NFL, while Perkins is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. 4. Airing it out South Carolina will have a sixth pass of at least 70 yards this season. The five in the regular season are already a school record, and Bentley has thrown 9 completions of at least 50 yards, including one in six straight games. 5. Dakereon Joyner will make a splash Gamecocks fans have waited for this all season, and there have been glimpses, such as when Joyner passed Jay Urich on the depth chart. Joyner is an ideal scout team performer to model after Virginia QB Perkins. But that doesn’t mean he’ll make a play at quarterback. Look for a trick play at wide receiver or running back to deliver something to talk about in the offseason. 6. A receiver not named Deebo Samuel will shine With the star wide receiver sitting out the game, the Gamecocks will have plenty of time and space to give Bryan Edwards and the rest of the receivers a chance to make a play. There have been plenty of games, such as against Tennessee and Ole Miss, in which Samuel hasn’t made the most plays. And with him leaving for the NFL, the bowl will offer a glimpse of the passing offense in 2019, meaning Shi Smith and Josh Vann will get more opportunities. 7. Rashad Fenton will deliver an interception The team interception leader hasn’t made one since the Kentucky game on Sept. 29. But he’s one of a handful of Gamecocks playing their last game, and coach Will Muschamp has made it clear that they should focus on turning in a memorable effort as their final college football memory. While Fenton has struggled some late in the season, he also can line up at nickelback, which gives him plenty of opportunities to make at least his fourth pick. 8. Bryson Allen-Williams will make silver-screen performance The once-injured linebacker was initially thought to be finished for the season, but after ankle surgery, he’s set to start at the “Buck” position. He was injured in the Ole Miss game on Nov. 3; at the time he was fifth on the team with 36 total tackles to go with 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries. He’ll return after missing four games and will leave an indelible memory on the season. 9. South Carolina will spark dark horse talk again The Gamecocks were a popular dark horse pick to win the SEC East this season. But after they started 3-3, that discussion quickly evaporated. However, they shrugged off inconsistent play to win four of their final six games. With an upgraded recruiting class, a bowl win and one of the more experienced quarterbacks around, South Carolina will kickstart another round of offseason talk that it can unseat Georgia in the East. 10. Rico Dowdle again emerges as the featured back Dowdle has shown flashes, such as against Tennessee with 140 rushing yards and a touchdown, but overall he has topped 100 yards just three times this season. Against the ACC’s sixth-ranked rushing defense, Dowdle will make another splash with a 100-yard game and 2 touchdowns. The team hasn’t had a rushing touchdown the last two games, and with A.J. Turner moving to defense, Dowdle has a clear path to retake the featured role.
  7. South Carolina will attempt to get defensive end D.J. Wonnum an additional year of eligibility following an injury-shortened 2018 December 13, 2018 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} "South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Will Muschamp previews his team's Dec. 29 Belk Bowl matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers" “We are going to try to get a medical redshirt for him,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said Thursday at a news conference for the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl. If the medical redshirt season is approved, Wonnum would play next year as a junior again and would have the option of returning for the 2020 season. Wonnum played in only five games this year after suffering an ankle injury in the first game of the season. He had 11 tackles and two sacks and will not play in the Belk Bowl against Virginia after having surgery to repair the injury. The team is also applying for medical redshirts for safeties J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey and linebacker Eldridge Thompson.
  8. South Carolina football: 5 recruits who can help immediately in 2019 December 10, 2018 South Carolina is in decent position with a 5-star in-state recruit and 4 4-stars. The Gamecocks plan to sign 18-20 recruits this month, coach Will Muschamp said after the Akron game, so that means there’s work to be done. The staff was on the road immediately after the Akron game with a push to close the Early Signing Period (Dec. 19-21). The tough part for the Gamecocks is, even though they have the No. 21 recruiting class nationally, that’s still in the bottom third of the SEC. That’s a departure from the past three classes that each ranked in the top 10 of the SEC. The Gamecocks need a strong close. The key piece of the recruiting class is QB Ryan Hilinski, the No. 2-ranked pro-style QB in the country, but South Carolina is set at quarterback with Jake Bentley, so Hilinski is not the kind of recruit expected to play as a freshman. South Carolina easily had a handful of impact players from the 2018 class, so this is not only plausible, it’s likely. Here are five recruits who can help immediately: Cameron Smith, CB If this season proved anything, it’s South Carolina needed more depth in the secondary. It was so bad late in the season, they played a walk-on. By the looks of visits to Columbia, and staff travel, the Gamecocks are trying to close on at least three other DB recruits, too. Smith, listed at 6-1, 175, is a talented prospect, but his talent is even more valuable because of what position he plays. Another bonus? He’s the No. 2-ranked player in the state. Zacch Pickens, DE The Gamecocks were 11th in the SEC in sacks, and that included 5 against Akron to close the regular season. They do get key players back like Javon Kinlaw, but the team in general needs an upgrade in production. If he signs, Pickens would be the first 5-star recruit to land at South Carolina since Jadeveon Clowney in 2011, so obviously the first for Muschamp. Pickens, who is 6-4, 268, is not only the state’s best prospect, but he’s the No. 2 SDE in the country, and No. 18 player in the country in this class. The Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina, Pickens showed his athleticism by rushing for more than 800 yards and 21 touchdowns. Traevon Kenion, TE When Hayden Hurst left for the NFL, the production from the tight end position experienced a significant drop. Hurst had 44 catches in 2017, and the top tight end this year, Kiel Pollard, had 15 catches. Now it loses K.C. Crosby and Jacob August, who had a combined 18 catches. Kenion’s 6-4, 220-pound frame also lends itself nicely to a college transition. Kenion can also split out as a wide receiver, and the Gamecocks beat out several ACC schools to reel in that talent from a top 20 player from North Carolina. He’s from the same high school (Wake Forest) that produced Clemson DE Dexter Lawrence and Stanford RB Bryce Love. Keveon Mullins, ATH Mullins, a 4-star, is listed as an athlete, but he is expected to play wide receiver, and help cushion the blow from the loss of Deebo Samuel. He’s arguably the best receiver in the Memphis, Tennessee area, and his 6-4, 220-pound frame is well-suited to transition to the college level. He flipped after originally committing to Memphis. Joseph Anderson, DL The simple reason the fourth-ranked player from Tennessee has a chance to play early is his versatility: He can play defensive end and outside linebacker, which is where he is being recruited. Along those pass rush deficiencies, the defense also loses LB Bryson Allen-Williams. A coveted 4-star, he chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.
  9. The five biggest surprises from South Carolina’s football season December 06, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina’s regular season is finished. The Gamecocks (7-5) will play one more game, against Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, but most of what their season will be remembered for has already happened. With that in mind, here are the five biggest surprises from the 2018 football season: The offense against Clemson It is still stunning that South Carolina gained 600 yards against the No. 2 Tigers and their second-ranked defense. Muschamp’s first two teams gained 425 yards against Clemson combined. The Tigers boast one of the most decorated (and rightly so) defensive lines in recent college football history, and South Carolina scorched them. It was enough to make a 21-point loss, and a fifth loss in a row to Clemson at that, almost palatable to swallow for South Carolina fans. In terms of cementing confidence in first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and giving the Gamecocks something positive to build on in the offseason, it was tremendously important. The injuries There were a couple of areas where the Gamecocks just couldn’t afford many if any injuries if they were going to have a competitive defense, those being at defensive end and in the secondary. Both were leveled by injuries. Five safeties suffered season-ending injuries, including the two graduate transfers brought in during the offseason because the safety depth was poor before all the injuries. At defensive end, the top three players — D.J. Wonnum, Bryson Allen-Williams and Aaron Sterling — missed a combined 15 games during the regular season. Michael Scarnecchia Throughout the offseason, many South Carolina fans thought the senior backup was just keeping the clipboard warm until freshman Dakereon Joyner unseated him, so the first surprise was how early and how definitively Scarnecchia locked up the No. 2 job. The second surprise, of course, was the Missouri game. Filling in for an injured Jake Bentley, Scarnecchia threw for 249 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and led a dramatic comeback victory in a second half rain storm. His performance has been somewhat forgotten because of how well Bentley played in the second half of the season, but Scarnecchia’s moment came in a moment when South Carolina badly needed him. Parker White White was terrible as a freshman, hitting only 14-of-25 kicks and leaving fans wondering what the Gamecocks were going to do for a kicker in 2018. Instead of being undone by the failure, though, White bounced back to hit 13-of-15 kicks this year, including a 33-yarder with two seconds remaining that gave the Gamecocks their 37-35 win over Missouri. His 84 points this season put him in the top 10 of single-season scoring seasons in USC history. Who would have thought that would happen a year ago? Jaycee Horn The true freshman defensive back started nine games this year not because injuries left South Carolina shorthanded but because he was one of the best defensive backs on the team the minute he got to campus. Horn finished the regular season with 39 tackles, eight pass breakups and a sack. The son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn could be a first-team All-SEC cornerback next year. He’s that good.
  10. 2018 Belk Bowl: Bowl Gifts and Swag, plus Schedule of Events https://www.streakingthelawn.com/football/2018/12/2/18122789/belk-bowl-2018-virginia-cavaliers-south-carolina-gamecocks-schedule-gifts-swag One of the things we enjoy most about the bowl season is finding out about all the cool swag that these student athletes get from the bowls as part of their welcome gifts. The Virginia Cavaliersare headed to the Belk Bowl to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks...what’s in store for the teams the week of Christmas? Monday-Tuesday (December 24-25, 2018) Teams will start arriving in Charlotte based on each team’s schedules. Nothing official is scheduled that the media is invited to. Wednesday (December 26, 2018) Team Outing to Charlotte Motor Speedway Both teams will arrive for a pretty cool experience at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. All participants will take part in a three-lap ride-along with a driver from the Richard Petty Driving Experience, plus they’ll get to take a tour of the facilities, play with some interactive displays, and compete against the other school in tire-changing competitions. Thursday, December 27 Team visit to Second Harvest Food Bank Each of the two teams will partake in some volunteer work, spreading holiday cheer by handing out food to those in need at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Team Shopping Spree at Belk (SouthPark Mall) Now this is what you’ve all been looking for! The teams will have 90 minutes to go through the flagship Belk store at SouthPark Mall to pick up their own bowl gifts. The NCAA allows a maximum bowl gift value of $550. Last year, teams not only went on a shopping spree, but each player also received a nice Fossil watch, so the shopping spree may not be for the full amount there. Play your cards right with some after-Christmas sales, and you could score some pretty great deals! Nest thermostat? Amazon Echo? Nintendo Switch? Belk’s more than just khakis, folks. Friday, December 28 For the players, it’s time to get down to work. The coaches and select players will give their last few interviews for the media before hunkering down and finalizing pregame preparations. But that doesn’t mean there’s not still a ton of fun for fans! Belk Bowl Pep Rally (The Square at Trade and Tryon), 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fans can take part in the official pep rally of the Belk Bowl by heading over to the center of Uptown, where there will be performances from and plenty of chances to interact with cheerleaders, full marching bands and mascots. But the party doesn’t stop at 7:00! Belk Bowl Fan Central (EpiCentre), 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. The official fan party of the Belk Bowl, EpiCentre will be THE place to be the night before the game. In addition to the restaurants, bars, and other attractions, the main courtyard will host cheerleaders, pep bands, and mascots to get fans ready for the big game. Wahoo Welcome (UVA!), 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. As you get into town, join UVA Clubs and the Office of Engagement for the official Wahoo Welcome! Your ticket gets you appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 (Early bird through December 14), $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, and free if you’re under 12. Purchase your ticket here. Saturday, December 29 Belk Bowl FanFest, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Finally, if you don’t have your own tailgating plans, either individually or through the school, join the Belk Bowl FanFest, which will provide a ton of great family fun, food, and entertainment for fans of all ages. That’s where you’ll find the cheerleaders and the bands before the game, plus of course, lots of opportunities to spend some of your Christmas money on Belk Bowl and UVA swag! Cavalier Countdown Tailgate, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Office of Engagement and the VAF are throwing a giant tailgate for all Wahoo fans. Your ticket gets you a tailgate buffet, beverages, a cash bar, and music. Tickets are $30 early (through December 14), $35 in advance, or $40 at the door. It’s free for those 3 and under, or $10 for children 4-12. Purchase your ticket here.
  11. What a bowl win could mean for Gamecocks’ program, recruiting December 04, 2018 South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will have a chance to lead his Gamecocks to a second consecutive bowl win in late December when they play in the just-announced Belk Bowlgame against Virginia. There are a lot of areas in which finishing the season with a victory can help a team. Some are important. Some are not, such as one Muschamp mentioned an hour after it was announced: the wardrobe. “You get a bunch of bowl gear, and if you lose the game, you damn sure don’t want to wear any of it,” Muschamp said. “I haven’t put anything on from the Birmingham Bowl, I’ll tell you that.” That Birmingham Bowl capped his first season, an overtime affair where a rally against South Florida fell short. The mood at the end of that 6-7 season was far different from the one after upsetting Michigan to gain a ninth win in 2017. “When you win the bowl game, it just makes everybody feel better about what’s going on, where the program is headed,” Muschamp said. The people he perhaps most wants to feel that emotion are the recruits he’ll be working to bring in. When asked about the benefits, he started on that front. He and his staff plan to have the vast majority of the 2019 class locked in on Dec. 19, more than a week before the team faces Virginia in Bank of America Stadium. But there will be a few more pieces to lock in, and more building toward the future. “That’s the here and now, as far as, you come off the early signing period, two weeks later, you’re in a bowl game,” Muschamp said. “You’re on national TV. You’re out on the road within the next 10 days, seeing prospective student-athletes. I think that’s a huge part of it.” His staff has spent a lot of time in the Charlotte area, pulling in the likes of Rick Sandidge, Jovaughn Gwyn and commit Derek Boykins. His last bowl win produced the slogan “All Gas, No Brakes” in the moments after. That was a theme for most of the year, and he said the bowl win helps launch a team in another way. “It also helps in the offseason program,” Muschamp said. ”Our guys understand that coming off a win gives you a little more confidence in your program about where you are. But the 2018 team will close its book in Charlotte.”
  12. Scouting South Carolina’s Belk Bowl opponent: Virginia December 03, 2018 Three storylines 1. South Carolina is seeking its 10th season of at least eight wins since 2000, but a victory over Virginia and the Gamecocks will have at least eight wins in consecutive years for the first time since 2012-13. Will Muschamp is already the winningest coach in USC history through the first three seasons. He’s 1-1 in bowl games. Lou Holtz are Steve Spurrier are the only Carolina coaches with at least two bowl wins. 2. Facing those not-named Clemson, USC hasn’t lost to an ACC foe since falling to Florida State in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Gamecocks are 4-0 over their last four tries. This will be their first game against UVa since beating the Cavaliers on Sept. 6, 2003, in Columbia. Virginia hasn’t faced an SEC team since falling to Auburn in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. 3. The second bowl appearance in the three-year Bronco Mendenhall-era is only Virginia’s second bowl appearance since 2011. Mendenhall, who won 99 games in 11 seasons at BYU, has turned around the UVa program. A bowl win would be a big deal in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers were crushed by Navy in last year’s Military Bowl, extending their bowl winless streak to 12 years. Three Virginia players to watch 1. Virginia’s seven wins are its most since 2011 and a big reason why is quarterback Bryce Perkins. The former Arizona State Sun Devil transferred to UVa from junior college last January and has been the the dual-threat QB Mendenhall desired. Perkins has already set a school record with 3,314 yards of offense. 2. Perkins’ favorite target is Olamide Zaccheaus. The All-ACC selection is Virginia’s all-time leader in receptions. He’s got 81 grabs for 958 yards and six scores this season, making the speedy 5-foot-8 Zaccheaus one to watch against USC’s depleted secondary. 3. The best NFL prospect in this game might be on the Virginia side. Cornerback Bryce Hall is projected as a first round pick, according to CBS Sports. The physical 6-1, 200-pounder leads the nation with 20 pass breakups.
  13. Who will play in Belk bowl vs Virginia, who might and who won’t December 03, 2018 As in the rest of South Carolina’s injury-ravaged season, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp won’t know for a while exactly who will be available to play in the Belk Bowl. South Carolina (7-5) takes on Virginia (7-5) in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium at noon on Dec. 29. In addition to the injured players who are questionable, the Gamecocks could have some players skip the bowl game to prepare for professional careers. Wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards were asked Saturday after the Gamecocks beat Akron if they would play in the bowl game and neither gave a definitive answer. “Who knows, that’s a good question though,” said Edwards, a junior. Muschamp said Sunday night that he hasn’t had any conversations with players who expressed an interest in skipping the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft. “We will visit that at the appropriate time,” he said. Asked what he would do if a player came to him about that decision, he said, “I’m going to support the student-athlete.” The Gamecocks do expect senior defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams to play after missing the last four games due to an ankle injury. “He’s doing extremely well,” Muschamp said. Junior defensive end D.J. Wonnum, who has missed seven games due to an ankle injury, remains questionable, as does defensive end Aaron Sterling due to a knee injury. Defensive backs Jaycee Horn (ankle) and Jaylin Dickerson (hamstring) will play. Freshman linebacker Ernest Jones might be held out of the game because he has only played four games this year and could take a redshirt season if he does not play in another game.
  14. Home away from home: Why playing in Charlotte is important for Gamecocks December 03, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina will officially be the visiting team in the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl against Virginia, but it probably won’t feel like it to the Gamecocks, who are becoming very familiar with Bank of America Stadium. South Carolina (7-5) accepted an invitation Sunday to play Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl, which will kick off at noon in Charlotte, N.C. It will be the Gamecocks’ first appearance in the Belk Bowl but fourth appearance in the last eight seasons in the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. “Certainly familiar with Bank of America Stadium,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Sunday night. “One of our best alumni bases is there in Charlotte, and we do a lot of recruiting there and in the state of North Carolina.” While the Gamecocks are in their third year under Muschamp, the Cavaliers of the ACC are in their third year under Bronco Mendenhall. “I don’t know Bronco Mendenhall personally, but I have a lot of respect for what he did with the BYU program and certainly the way he’s turned around Virginia,” Muschamp said. South Carolina will be trying to get to eight wins for the 15th time in its football history. A victory would give the Gamecocks back-to-back seasons of at least eight wins for the second time in school history. “When you win the bowl game, it just makes everybody feel better about what’s going on, where the program is headed,” Muschamp said. “You get a bunch of bowl gear, and if you lose the game, you damn sure don’t want to wear any of it. I haven’t put anything on from the Birmingham Bowl, I can tell you that.” The Gamecocks are 3-0 all-time in Bank of America Stadium, most recently beating N.C. State 35-28 to open the 2017 season. South Carolina will play its next two games in the stadium because it opens the 2019 season against North Carolina in Charlotte. That’s fine with Muschamp, who has said since he took the South Carolina job that he hoped to make Charlotte a home field in recruiting for the Gamecocks. “The 2018 team will close its book in Charlotte there and when we get back to work we’ll be on the 2019 team,” Muschamp said. “Our fan base is phenomenal and I know they will travel. It’s really important to us and for future bowl games. Bowl sites want to see you travel and our guys travel. We had a great crowd in Tampa last year (for the Outback Bowl) and certainly looking forward to another great crowd in Bank of America.” Belk Bowl info Who: South Carolina (7-5) vs. Virginia (7-5) Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina When: Noon Dec. 29 TV: ABC
  15. Will Muschamp Press Conference With Video– 12/2/18 – Belk Bowl Announcement South Carolina vs. Virginia – 12/29/18 – Charlotte, N.C. Opening Statement WATCH VIDEO “We’re really excited about going to the Belk Bowl, our first trip here at the University of South Carolina. (We’re) certainly familiar with the Bank of America Stadium, one of the finest venues in the National Football League. (We) opened up last year against NC State in a great football game with them, and we open up the 2019 season with the University of North Carolina. One of our best alumni bases is there in Charlotte. We do a lot of recruiting in that area and the state of North Carolina. We’ve been able to attract some really good football players here to South Carolina in our short time. [MORE]
  16. Gamecock Javon Kinlaw makes his decision on leaving early December 02, 2018 One South Carolina football junior with questions about the draft answered them on Sunday. Gamecocks defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw tweeted he’ll return for his senior season. There were rumblings the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder might leave after his junior campaign Kinlaw, a former four-star recruit, battled a hip injury much of the 2018 season, but was still quite productive. He had 38 tackles, 10 for loss, 4 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. He came to campus at 340 pounds and slimmed down through the 2017 season, stepping into the starting lineup. Kinlaw originally committed to USC out of high school in Goose Creek, but had to play a season in junior college. He decommitted for a short period, flirted with Alabama and ultimately chose to stay with the Gamecocks. Kinlaw’s return means USC should return in 2019 with a deep and seasoned line. The Gamecocks will also return, D.J. Wonnum, Aaron Sterling, the other five top defensive tackles, including a pair of four-star freshmen and will add five-star Zacch Pickens into the mix.
  17. South Carolina reveals uniform combination for home finale against Akron November 30, 2018 South Carolina football on Thursday unveiled its uniform look for the hurricane-rescheduled home finale against Akron. The theme for the video to announce it: “It has never been about what we wear, it’s who we are. “ The Gamecocks will go with garnet pants, black jerseys, garnet helmets as they look clinch a .500 or better record for the third year in a row and the 10th time in 11 seasons.
  18. He’s gained a following for jumping around. Meet South Carolina’s ‘Third Down Guy’ November 29, 2018 THE STATE Before he gave them a full highlight reel, Hampton McIver’s grandparents collected snippets of their grandson’s fame. On Thanksgiving, two days prior to ESPN and Twitter combining to give him a new nickname, McIver was home in Jackson, South Carolina. He was then just a sophomore student equipment manager for the USC football team happy to have a few free moments on a holiday. McIver’s family is deeply rooted in Gamecock fandom. Growing up, McIver watched every game on television with his father until they scored season tickets in 2013. Carolina is important to them, so when one of their own could be seen every Saturday on the Gamecocks’ sideline, they wanted it documented. After turkey, McIver discovered his grandparents’ findings. “They had all the games recorded on their DVR,” McIver said. “They knew exactly what time of the game that I was shown. They had it all set up to where they could start it and just rewind a little bit to see me. You could barely see the back of my head in some. It’s me in the corner of the picture in others.” McIver has many roles on the USC equipment staff. During the week, he helps set up for practice, tweaking things specifically to the needs of special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler. On gamedays, he helps the Carolina specialists warm up, runs to grab the tee after each kickoff, hangs around the bench in case a player needs to swap out cleats and goes crazy every time the Gamecock defense is facing third down. The latter of these duties became its own spectacle during last week’s Clemson game. ESPN’s broadcast crew of Steve Levy and Brian Griese referenced McIver on several occasions as the civil engineering major was seen bouncing up and down while USC tried to get Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers offense off the field. “Third Down Guy” is the title Griese gave him. You can now find #thirddownguy as part of McIver’s Twitter bio. “It’s been surreal, honestly,” McIver said, “because I never thought that the third down sign would give me that.” McIver said he’s gained up to 700 Twitter followers and 300 Instagram followers since Saturday. He didn’t realize he had become a viral sensation until after the game. He was in the Memorial Stadium press box, packing up the coaches’ headsets, when he turned on his phone. “It was vibrating like crazy,” he said. “I had hundreds of notifications. I was like, ‘What happened?’ ” As noted by his grandparents, McIver had been on TV before. He’s been USC’s designated Third Down Guy, a role head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson created last season to further emphasize making a stop, since Carolina’s win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 22. But this was a different kind of exposure. “The Florida game,” McIver said, “I got maybe five seconds of air time and I got like four or five text messages from my mom and grandparents and some friends that said they saw me. “I said, this is more than just a quick little picture of me. I went up to the press box and I was just kind of looking down on the field. I took a seat and I was basically trying to digest it all. The first thing I went to was my mom’s texts and she was saying how they were spending so much time talking about me and she basically gave me an outline of the night through her texts.” McIver has been on the USC equipment staff since winter workouts. A former cross-country runner at South Aiken Baptist Christian School, McIver said his calves are still in good form after a nine-game stint as Third Down Guy. The Gamecocks, entering Saturday’s regular season finale with Akron, are ninth in the SEC in third down defense. McIver takes great pride in seeing the opposing punter take the field. “I’m pumped because one, I know I’m not going to have to jump again for a little while,” he said, “but two, I’m excited to get the offense back out there and have some things happen.” After Akron, USC will be back on national television for its bowl game. Beyond Jake Bentley and Deebo Samuel, perhaps it’s Hampton McIver who will get the most air time. Granddday, as McIver calls him, will be happy to set the DVR. “That’s honestly the thing that’s meant more to me than all of the Twitter followers and stuff,” McIver said. “I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at home for Thanksgiving this year and we’re a really close-knit family. Most of my family lives in about a five-minute radius. “So for me not being able to be home the whole break, I’m happy that they kind of got something to brag about to their friends and everyone around the neighborhood.”
  19. Jake Bentley changes make him a better Quarterback November 26, 2018 On Oct. 23, three days after South Carolina was beaten 26-23 by Texas A&M in Williams-Brice Stadium, Gamecocks junior quarterback Jake Bentley met with the media and said he intended to get a better, or at least different, handle on his emotions. In the five games since, Bentley has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,603 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions, and South Carolina is 3-2. The Gamecocks (6-5) finish the regular season Saturday against Akron (4-7) in Williams-Brice Stadium. “He’s an emotional guy,” head coach Will Muschamp said of Bentley. “That’s why he’s got the respect of his teammates. Are there times at that position you need to tone it down? Certainly you could point to things, but I’m glad he’s our quarterback. The confidence that our football team and our staff have in him is pretty evident. His emotions make him who he is. I think he’s played really good football. I thought he was pretty emotional Saturday night and I thought he played well. His emotions are fine with me.” Muschamp said that a day after Bentley threw for a career-high 510 yards, five touchdowns and one interception against the nation’s No. 2 defense in a 56-35 loss to Clemson. Muschamp also said he hasn’t “noticed a whole lot of change” in Bentley’s emotions since the quarterback pledged to channel those emotions differently. “He’s a competitive son of a gun now, he gets after it,” Muschamp said. Bentley’s proclamation came after a video showing him slamming his helmet into a chair on the sideline against Texas A&M. In the five games prior to that, he had completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,151 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. “I have to be the same guy the whole game,” he said that week. “Motivation is temporary. We have to have the mindset to be fired up and be ready to go each and every play, each and every quarter. I have to be that even-keeled guy. If it’s going good or going bad, I want to be that guy that is consistent. Obviously, I’m an emotional guy. I get fired up more than some others, but I have to be able to control that.” He’s controlling that, and everything else, better since that moment.
  20. Defense is really bad due to being utterly decimated by injuries, but a lot of young kids are getting some great experience, and our offense is playing great against one of the best defenses in the country. The effort is there, and from a coaching perspective, it's starting to look more and more like Muschamp and co. knows how to compete against Clemson. I'm enjoying this one for the first time in a while. I'm excited to see a healthy defense next year which will have some depth due to the experience that the young players have gotten this year, and an offense that returns most of its players. Add in a solid recruiting class, the fact that Clemson loses their entire D-line starters, more good news Gamecocks have a bye week before Clemson to prepare next year, and it's at Williams-Brice, and I'm predicting a much more competitive game next year. It's been a disappointing year in terms of losing the big games, and the Gamecocks could've rocked the world-beating UF and Clemson if not for a massive slew of defensive injuries, but it's been a solid rebuilding year nevertheless. Next year may just be the year The Gamecocks beat them. Next year is a big opportunity for this program to take a major step forward, and I think they will finally have the depth and experience to do it.
  21. This was Will Muschamp’s message to his team after the Clemson loss November 25, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp came out after his team’s 56-35 loss to Clemson a little snappy, getting gruff with the first question from the media before apologizing. He made clear the goal was to win, even against a 26-point favorite, on the road. “Our guys fought their guts out,” Muschamp said. “We came here to win the game. We didn’t.” So what did he tell his team after playing the best it has against its No. 1 rival during his tenure? “He knew what kind of group he had,” middle linebacker T.J. Brunson said. “Guys didn’t lay down and quit. Guys were still hungry regardless of the score or anything. He was just really proud of us for fighting. That was the biggest thing. We have some more to go, but it’s coming.” The Gamecocks stayed within a score of the Tigers for much of the first half. After falling behind by 28, they kept after it, adding a pair of scores in the late going, throwing again and again. It was by far the most competitive meeting between the teams in Muschamp’s tenure. The Gamecocks were down 35 before even getting on the scoreboard two years ago. Last season, USC was down 34-0 at the start of the fourth quarter. South Carolina’s season has been a strange one. The offense underperformed early and came on late. The defense had its share of issues and has now been cut to ribbons by injuries. Kentucky’s sudden rise and close losses to Florida and Texas A&M marred what was projected by many to be a big season. Instead, the Gamecocks, which picked up close wins against Tennessee, Ole Miss and Missouri, will go for seven wins next week. There’s a case Saturday could be taken as a moral victory, but in a larger sense the players took it as a small sign of progress, even just learning to work day-in, day-out. “It hasn’t paid off how we wanted to,” Brunson said. “We wish we were in a different spot, going back to the beginning of the year. But everybody’s learned to just deal with what you have. Just keep growing. Each week, just keep growing, keep getting better. It’s just, looking back to when I first got here, it’s been a complete culture change. We had guys that didn’t necessarily understand what it took to win. “It’s happening. I don’t know about the outside. I don’t really care honestly. But from when I was first here, my freshman year to now, the culture change has been night and day. We’ve got guys who want to win, who are hungry, who are willing to put in the work. It takes time. It definitely takes time. But it’s coming.”
  22. Gamecocks, black helmets in years 1 and 2 against Clemson. Those didn’t go very well. But we seem to like black at night and are due to wear them again. I’m predicting: Helmet: Black Jersey: White Pants: Garnet
  23. South Carolina where will they go bowling? November 18, 2018 South Carolina is now bowl eligible at 6-5 with only Clemson & Akron left to play, at the least, the Gamecock should finish the regular season at 7-5. At this point, most projections do not believe that the Southeastern Conference will have enough teams qualify for the postseason to fill all of its bowl spots. And that could be good news for the fans who don’t want to make a trip to Birmingham, Ala. for the second time in three years. (MORE)
  24. To coach his team this week, Will Muschamp will have to miss a big moment as a dad November 14, 2018 THE STATE Last season, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp was fortunate to not have to make the choice between the job of being a college football coach and being a dad. This year, he’ll have to miss a big moment for his son Jackson, as many coaches do while they guide other parents’ kids. Jackson Muschamp will quarterback Hammond in the SCISA Class 3A state title game Saturday night. He was on a title winning team last year, but playing safety rather than quarterback. His dad made it for at least part of the game, slipping out of the postgame of a Gamecocks win against Wofford. But this season, South Carolina’s tilt with FCS Chattanooga starts at 7:30 p.m., the same time his son’s game kicks off. Will Muschamp didn’t directly address missing the game but he spoke about the line a college coach with kids has to walk. “I’m a dad,” Will Muschamp said. “I’m not a coach. I’m probably the easiest guy coach Kimrey’s got out there to deal with. I understand the things he goes through. I just enjoy watching my son play.” At one point this season, he relinquished his weekly radio show to assistants to go watch his son. Missing a child’s moments are something all too common in the competitive, high-stress world of college spots. It’s also the first time Jackson Muschamp will have a game while his father coaches. “I never experienced it before,” Jackson Muschamp said. “It is going to be kind of weird but I am excited for our game.” Jackson Muschamp worked behind Corbett Glick last season. Glick is now a walk-on with the Gamecocks. In his first season starting, Muschamp has completed 169 of 253 passes (66.8 percent) for 2,695 yards, 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions and is trying to lead the SkyHawks to their 10th title in 15 seasons. Hammond will face a First Baptist squad it beat 28-21 earlier this season. First Baptist won last year’s 2A title. Will Muschamp has recruiting ties to both schools, as he was at one point looking at First Baptist tailback Michel Dukes and he is currently recruiting Hammond five-star lineman Jordan Burch and four-star Alex Huntley. So he had a few thoughts on the game. “Erik Kimrey does a fantastic job at Hammond, and they’ve got a really good football team and a bunch of good players and an outstanding staff,” Will Muschamp said. “Really proud of Jackson and the year he’s had. He’s got a lot of weapons to throw to. I guess I can’t comment on them. “They’ve got a really talented bunch and First Baptist and Johnny Water, the head coach there, does an outstanding job. They had a really tight ballgame down in Charleston.” So what will the father be able to offer his son for pregame advice? “He will send me a long text telling me good luck, play hard, everything,” Jackson Muschamp said. “All that good stuff.”

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