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  1. IPOC

    Replace Tanner?

    Does anyone think Tanner is doing sort of crappy job? My wife say he needs to be replaced..To start with I do not know what an AD does altogether...
  2. Just post here what you would like and if you have any certain image or wording just post all information here. Will, glad to make either one for you.
  3. I know there's been discussions about the running game, but I can't understand why the discussion of who's carrying the rock hasn't gotten it's fair debate. We go round and round about the QB position and pick it a part like it's the only position that matters, but what we're able to do through the air weighs heavily on what we can do on the ground. I know last season Rico was by far the better back before he was injured and Williams just couldn't get going. However, this season it's been a completely different story (if not completely 180 flip), and I think Williams should be the feature back at this point. Coastal Carolina Rico - 15 car 105 yds 1 TD 7.0 avg 1 rec 22 yds 1 TD Williams - 11 car 82 yds 1 TD 7.5 avg 1 rec 15 yds Both right on par with each other. Georgia Rico - 7 car 21 yds 2.6 avg (lowest avg of all RB) 4 rec (1 huge drop for a pick 6) 36 yds Williams - 6 car 26 yds 4.3 avg 2 rec 11 yds Other than the big drop, nothing huge here either to separate. We just got behind (mostly due to the pick 6) and was forced to throw more. Vandy Rico - 20 car 112 yds (fumble going in for the "nail in the coffin" TD) 1 TD 5.6 avg (lowest avg of all RB) 1 rec 9 yds Williams - 7 car 48 yds 1 TD 6.9 avg 1 rec 5 yds Turner - 9 car 65 yds 7.1 avg Still a productive day by all, but if Vandy was any good, the Fumble on the goalline and then Turner's fumble could have cost us the game. At the least, made it closer than it should have been. Kentucky Rico - 13 car 51 yds (fumble inside our own 10) 3.4 avg (lowest avg of all RB) 2 rec 61 yds (one for 58 yards) 1 TD Williams - 0 car Turner - 5 car 35 yds 6.6 avg Bentley - 8 car 46 yds 4.6 avg Denson - 7 car 32 yds 4.6 avg I may be forgetting, but was Williams injured? It was a while back, and I've been too busy lately to remember. Anyway, yet again, more guys being more productive with the rock, with less carries and making fewer mistakes. Missouri Rico - 21 car 62 yds 2.5 avg 3 rec 15 yds Williams - 15 car 57 yds 3.4 avg Nearly the same productivity with 6 fewer carries. Texas A&M Rico - 7 car 19 yds 2.7 avg Williams 7 car 51 yds 6.9 avg Bentley - 4 car 19 yds 4.7 avg Don't tell me we couldn't run the ball against aTm. We could, we were just running with the wrong person. Total Rico - 83 car 370 yds gained 19 yds loss 351 yds net 4.2 avg 58.5 avg/game Williams - 46 car 264 yds gained 9 yds loss 355 yds net 5.5 avg 51 avg/game Turner - 21 car 135 yds gained 4 yds loss 131 yds net 6.2 avg 26.2 avg/game I think the proof is in the pudding. Williams has been more productive with the ball in his hands, and the one thing the stats don't show are the mistakes that have been made on the field. Rico let a ball go through his hands that was head high in the middle of his body that gave Georgia 6 points. He fumbled the ball going in for a TD that should have sealed the game, but kept Vandy in it. He also fumbled the ball inside our own 10 and if it wasn't for the D, it would have spotted Kentucky 7 as well. Last week against aTm, our only productive drive in the 1st half was when Williams took the ball and went straight down the field with it. We then tried to get cute and throw for the TD instead of letting him finish it off. Then you didn't see Williams again until the 2nd half ... when the Offense started moving the ball again. I believe before the season the backs said they wanted to average 5.5 yards per carry. Rico has done that twice and his year average is a full yard short. Williams has done that 3 times (with one game receiving 0 carries) and his year average is on it. I'm not saying Rico is trash or sucks or whatever. I'm simply saying, Williams has out played him this season, and deserves to be the feature back until Rico wakes up or whatever it is that has him in this funk this season.
  4. College football analyst's takeaway from Gamecocks spring game: 'They’re loaded' April 02, 2018 South Carolina’s spring game Saturday gave USC fans a small preview of what the Bryan McClendon offense might look like. It left at least one expert impressed: CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee. Maybe more like left him positively gushing. “I’ll be honest, I was totally impressed with what South Carolina put forth,” Sallee said on his podcast Smothered and Covered. What popped mostly was the Gamecocks’ depth of playmakers. “They’re loaded,” Sallee said. “They are loaded.” He pointed out USC was missing the likes of top tailback Rico Dowdle and dangerous receiver/returner Deebo Samuel. Yet Bryan Edwards, Ty’Son Williams and others showed flashes of potential as top options with the ball. He liked what he saw from Jake Bentley, especially off an inconsistent finish to the regular season, and from the five in front of him. “The biggest thing to me, which you saw, an offensive line with the 1s, just blow dudes off that ball,” Sallee said. “That’s awesome if you’re South Carolina. That’s what you want to see because the offense still is the question.” Coach Will Muschamp said his offense was ahead of the defense in the game, but Sallee said that was less important given the dynamics of South Carolina’s staff. “Defensively, I’m fully comfortable in saying that with … Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson, they’re going to be fine defensively,” Sallee said. The Gamecocks went into 2017 expecting to be good on offense with questions on defense, but instead got an inconsistent attack and a defense that was usually solid. Sallee said South Carolina easily could be a 10-win team with the schedule it has, one without a marquee nonconference game beyond Clemson and crossover games against teams with new coaches. He also said the floor should be about eight wins barring a big jump from Tennessee, Florida or Missouri. The Gators and Vols are breaking in new coaches after four win seasons. Mizzou has questions after replacing Josh Heupel, who built a high-powered offense, with Tennessee coach washout Derek Dooley. “South Carolina is ready to establish itself as the clear-cut No. 2 team in the Southeastern Conference east division,” Sallee said. “Nobody even comes close to what South Carolina is right now in the SEC East.” Could they push Georgia, a team the Gamecocks stuck close to last year? “People at Georgia will tell you, and they’ve told me, that was a game where they felt threatened,” Sallee said. “I was wildly impressed by South Carolina. I think Will Muschamp and that crew are building something pretty darn solid.” THE STATE
  5. So happy that the season to FINALLY start!!
  6. South Carolina 2016 preseason preview: Looking at the Gamecocks depth chart July 29, 2016 Here is a projection of the Gamecocks depth chart as we approach preseason camp, which begins on Aug. 2. QUARTERBACK Starter: Perry Orth (Sr.) OR Brandon McIlwain (Fr.) Backup(s): Jake Bentley (Fr.), Lorenzo Nunez (Soph.) Position breakdown: During Will Muschamp’s four-year run at Florida, there was much criticism about the way he handled the Gators quarterbacks. Muschamp is faced with a significant race in year one at South Carolina. Orth and Bentley exited the spring as the co-starters, even though Orth’s spring was cut short by a shoulder injury. McIlwain was impressive in the spring game, passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Bentley entered into the picture when he re-classified from the 2017 signing class to the 2016 haul. Nunez is now on the fringe of the battle since he’s been cross-training at wide receiver. RUNNING BACK Starter: David Williams (Jr.) Backup(s): A.J. Turner (Fr.), Mon Denson (Fr.), Rico Dowdle (Fr.), C.J. Freeman (Fr.) Position breakdown: Williams looked like a capable SEC running back during his first season of action, but he regressed in 2015. Still, he entered and exited spring ball as the starter. Turner isn’t far behind. If all goes according to plan, the duo will provide a one-two punch for the Gamecocks first-year offensive coordinator, Kurt Roper. Denson, who redshirted last year, was around for the spring, along with Freeman, a mid-year enrollee. Dowdle will have a shot to compete with those two for the No. 3 spot. WIDE RECEIVER Starters: Deebo Samuel (Soph.), Jamari Smith (Jr.), Bryan Edwards (Fr.) Wide receivers Bryan Edwards (left) and Deebo Samuel (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)Backup(s): Matrick Belton (Sr.)Terry Googer (Soph.),Christian Owens (Fr.), Javon Charleston (Fr.), Korey Banks(Fr.), Randrecous Davis (Fr.),Chavis Dawkins (Fr.), Kiel Pollard (Fr.) Position breakdown: On an offense full of youth and inexperience, the wide receiver position is the least experienced of them all. Samuel missed much of last season to injury, before capping the year with an impressive outing against Clemson. Smith has bounced back and forth between a couple of positions, and Edwards was in high school at this time a year ago. Googer and Owens are the only other scholarship wide receivers who were around under the previous coaching staff. TIGHT END Starter: Hayden Hurst (Soph.) OR K.C. Crosby (Soph.) Backup(s): Kyle Markway (Soph.), Robert Beal (Fr.), Evan Hinson (Fr.) Position breakdown: Hurst emerged last season after joining the team as a walk-on wide receiver. The former pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization will be counted on as a major contributor in 2016, along with Crosby, who’s yet to catch a pass at South Carolina. Chances are favorable that one of the two freshmen will see action this fall. OFFENSIVE TACKLE Starters: Mason Zandi (Sr.), D.J. Park (Jr.) Backup(s): Malik Young (Soph.), Blake Camper (Soph.), Akeem Cooperwood (Jr.),Sadarius Hutcherson (Fr.) Position breakdown: Zandi’s played a lot over the course of his career, but most of his work was either at right tackle or tight end. Now, as he heads into his final season, he’ll be in the spotlight at left tackle. On the other end of the line is Park, who was a highly-recruited prospect out of high school. The South Carolina staff is pleased with the progress he’s made since their arrival. OFFENSIVE GUARD Starters: Zack Bailey (Soph.), Cory Helms (Jr.) Backup(s): Christian Pellage (Soph.), Donell Stanley (Soph.), Pika Leota (Fr.) Position breakdown: Bailey and Helms combine to make guard the best, most experienced position on South Carolina’s offense. Bailey appeared in all 12 games last season, making five starts. Helms, a Wake Forest transfer, is now eligible to play after sitting out last season. Their backups, Pellage and Stanley, could be reliable, too. However, Pellage is likely to miss time this season after his offseason arrest for DUI. CENTER Starter: Alan Knott (Jr.) Backup(s): Cory Helms (Jr.), Will Putnam (Fr.) Position breakdown: Knott is third among the returning players and first among offensive players with 17 career starts. Helms is expected to start at right guard, but can provide relief behind Knott. Bailey played some at center last season. Putnam is expected to redshirt in 2016. DEFENSIVE END Starters: Marquavius Lewis (Sr.), Daniel Fennell (Fr.) Backup(s): Darius English (Sr.), Boosie Whitlow (Soph.), Shameik Blackshear (Soph.),Keir Thomas (Fr.), Darius Whitfield (Fr.), Aaron Thompson (Fr.), D.J. Wonnum (Fr.),Griffin Gentry (Fr.) Position breakdown: Lewis is expected to be the guy on the strong side of the line. Down, distance and situation will dictate how Muschamp will employ the other ends this season. Muschamp’s BUCK position is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker who could play with his hand on the ground or standing up. English and Whitlow are among the many options to play the BUCK position, while Thomas showed this spring that he’s got a shot to win the job as Lewis’ backup. DEFENSIVE TACKLE Starters: Kelsey Griffin (Sr.), Taylor Stallworth (Jr.) Backup(s): Abu Lamin (Sr.), Dante Sawyer (Jr.), Ulric Jones (Jr.), Kobe Smith (Fr.),Dexter Wideman (Fr.), Stephon Taylor (Fr.) Position breakdown: Griffin and Stallworth are the most experienced interior defensive linemen. Behind the listed starters, it’s a wide-open race. Smith showed flashes during spring practice, after enrolling in January. Taylor, one of the most highly-recruited signees in the Gamecocks 2016 class, could find a spot in the rotation, too. LINEBACKER Starters: Jonathan Walton (Sr.), T.J. Holloman (Sr.), Larenz Bryant (Sr.), Bryson Allen-Williams (Jr.) Backup(s): Jalen Dread (Fr.), Sherrod Pittman (Fr.), T.J. Brunson (Fr.) Position breakdown: Even with Skai Moore’s season-ending injury, the linebacker position has two experienced players in Walton and Holloman, both of whom have been relatively productive at South Carolina. Bryant and Allen-Williams were both highly recruited out of high school, but neither have quite lived up to the hype. One of the two redshirt freshmen will have to be ready to contribute as a backup. Brusnon, the lone linebacker take in 2016, might be in line to avoid a redshirt, to help provide some depth. CORNERBACK Starters: Rico McWilliams (Sr.), Chris Lammons (Jr.) Backup(s): Rashad Fenton (Soph.), Chris Smith (Fr.), JaMarcus King (Fr.) Position breakdown: On the South Carolina roster, there may not be a position as thin as cornerback. Perhaps that’s why Lammons is listed as a starter at corner and safety. That being said, King is expected to enter into the starting 11 on the first day of practice. Because of the lack of numbers, the Gamecocks can’t afford to have any injuries at the position. SAFETY Starters: Chaz Elder (Sr.), Chris Lammons (Jr.) Backup(s): Jordan Diggs (Sr.), Chris Moody (Sr.), D.J. Smith (Jr.), Toure Boyd (Jr.),Jasper Sasser (Jr.), Antoine Wilder (Fr.) Position breakdown: Diggs missed the spring with a shoulder injury, so he wasn’t listed on the two-deep after spring practice concluded. Assuming he’s healthy and ready to roll, Diggs could work his way back into the mix by the Sept. 1. In terms of experience, safety is the deepest position on the Gamecocks roster. KICKER/PUNTER Starters: Elliott Fry (Sr.), Sean Kelly (Sr.) Position breakdown: Fry was the lone South Carolina representative on any of the preseason All-SEC teams. He certainly merits consideration among the league’s best kickers. Last season, Kelly helped the Gamecocks finish fourth in the SEC in yards per punt. SECCOUNTRY
  7. Former players speak out about USC coach Will Muschamp July 12, 2016 ‘He took a chance on me’ ‘I’m really excited for him’ ‘I think he broke one of his fingers’ Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article88984392.html#storylink=cpy HOOVER, ALA. Jarrad Davis came to Florida three years ago as a three-star prospect. In one more year, he might be the first linebacker selected in the NFL Draft, and he credits Will Muschamp with helping him bridge that gap. “At the end of the day, I’m extremely thankful for Muschamp because he’s the one that got me to the University of Florida,” Davis said Monday. “He took a chance on me. I might not have been the guy they expected me to be early on, but here I am now.” Davis, a senior, was one of nine players who appeared on the first day of SEC Media Days. Five of them have played for Muschamp, who is now South Carolina’s coach. “I am really excited for him,” Davis said. “The fact that it’s in the SEC East is kind of even better because we get to see him again. I loved Muschamp when he was here, and I still have a lot of love for him.” Muschamp was the Gators’ coach from 2011-2014. He was fired with an overall record of 28-21 and an SEC record of 17-15. “We just never had the offense,” Davis said when asked to explain Muschamp’s demise. “That’s still a challenge right now. It’s hard to win games when your defense is working on all cylinders and your offense isn’t that great.” It will be “kinda weird” to see Muschamp on the opposite sideline at The Swamp when the Gamecocks play at Florida on Nov. 12, Gators safety Marcus Maye said. “He was my position coach, so I got a lot of him, and it helped me to where I am today,” Maye said. Auburn brought two defenders to Monday’s opening session – linemen Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson – who played for Muschamp last year, when he was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. “We all loved Coach Muschamp,” Adams said. “He was a great coach, and we all miss him. He’s going to make them better. He was always there for everybody.” Like all of Muschamp’s players, Adams has seen the volatile side of his coaching. “I think he broke one of his fingers one game,” Adams said. “He punched something. Oh, it was a clipboard.” That sort of intensity can be an adjustment for players, Maye said. “He expects you to be great,” Maye said. “That’s what he wants for you. That’s how he is. He takes pride in the way he is and his defense. He does it because he wants you to be great. I feel like a lot of the guys he recruited that we have in our secondary, having him there when we were young is one of the reasons we are where we are.” Davis described Muschamp as “a players’ coach, all the way.” “He took care of us,” Davis said. “He would go out on a limb for us. It was all for Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article88984392.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE
  8. Land of the giants: Gamecocks have a 7-footer, looking at 2 more June 22, 2016 Khadim Gueye will be joining Gamecocks for next season USC recruiting Jason Cudd, Zach Brown for Class of 2017 Dennis Powell: ‘Usually if you get one, it attracts more’ Picture it – 7-foot-1 sophomore Khadim Gueye receives the ball in the paint during the 2017-18 season and is about to post up before he realizes the opposing center has his arms nearly wrapped around him. Gueye throws to the block, where 7-1 freshman Jason Cudd has a face-up shot until the power forward steps over. Cudd throws high across the lane to freshman Zach Brown, also 7-1, who sees Gueye screen his man, then takes a Shaq-esque slam dribble and big step before he elevates for the jam. Colonial Life Arena roars. It could happen. No, really, it could. South Carolina has already received a signed letter-of-intent from Gueye for next season and has offered Cudd, a junior at Socastee High. Brown, who had committed to Connecticut, changed his mind and is back home in Miami. According to recruiting insider Adam Zagoria, “Sources said South Carolina now figures to be a major player for Brown,” and with Frank Martin’s connections in Miami and Brown’s previously stated comments that he wouldn’t mind playing college ball away from home, that could be a natural fit. Three 7-footers on the same team would give the Gamecocks a monopoly on a desired rarity in the game and equal the believed amount of true 7-footers USC has had in its history. Jeff Roulston (1989-92) was listed at 7 feet but was really 6-11, according to former sports information director Brian Binette, leaving Mike Brittain (1982-85), Danny Traylor (1971-73) and Gueye as the only USC 7-footers. Three on the same team, on the court at the same time? “I think that would be an amazing dimension,” former USC guard and Columbia Tip-off Club President Dennis Powell said. “I think we’d have a national championship.” A 7-footer gives a team a different look. If they’re takeover centers (Ralph Sampson, Patrick Ewing, Kareem), give them the ball and good luck, opponent, trying to stop them. If they’re still learning offense, stick them in the lane on defense with arms up, and good luck, opponent, trying to shoot over them. “When Danny was playing, if they penetrated, Danny typically would block the shot, swat it away,” Powell said. “If you’re going to challenge a 7-footer, more times than not, he’ll block the shot.” Talent and automatic respect swirls into one player. Even if a 7-footer may not score a lot, just looking at that figure on the lineup sheet automatically raises eyebrows. “A 7-foot guy with a wingspan like that, it was intimidating sometimes,” Powell said. “It’s intimidating to play against someone that size.” Traylor handled the paint on a team stocked with stars. Brittain did it under Bill Foster. Gueye gets his turn next year and may get some help the year after. “He’s a great defender and rim-protector,” said Gueye’s coach, Loren Jackson, at Victory Rock (Fla.) Prep. “He really understands help defense; he’s very, very good at that. He’s improving every day from an offensive standpoint.” Martin likes to play big, desiring to shoot close to the rim or get to the free-throw line. Gueye, though, likely won’t be asked to be an offensive stalwart right away; with the Gamecocks returning Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and P.J. Dozier, the ball rightly should be in their hands. “He’s got three good backcourt guys coming back. Why would you throw the ball to a freshman?” Jackson said. “He’s not a slender kid, he’s 240. He’s got a college ready-made body. He’s very raw with his skills right now from an offensive standpoint. But he communicates on defense, he’s a great screener, not a good screener. I’m expecting great things from him.” Gueye arrives in Columbia by July. The Gamecocks could add two more 7-footers after his first season. As special as it’s been to watch Martin rebuild USC basketball, the highest heights haven’t been reached. Giants in the middle would hit that, in roster size and expectations. “I think it’ll be amazing,” Powell said. “To have a frontcourt that is that big and intimidating certainly relieves a lot of pressure on his guards. Frank has a great ability of working with big men, and usually if you get one, it attracts more.” GAMECOCKS’ BIG MEN A look at USC’s 7-footers: DANNY TRAYLOR (1971-73) Signed under Frank McGuire, he held the career blocked shots record (235) that’s since been passed. He was drafted but never played a professional game. MIKE BRITTAIN (1982-85) He played for Bill Foster and was picked by San Antonio in the second round of the 1985 draft. He played in 38 NBA games. Brittain died in 1995 at age 32. JEFF ROULSTON (1989-92)* Roulston played during the Gamecocks’ transition from the Metro to the SEC, starting against a freshman named Shaquille O’Neal as a senior. KHADIM GUEYE (2016-) Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, the 7-foot-1 freshman is expected to enroll at USC this summer. From Senegal, Gueye averaged 9.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for Victory Rock (Fla.) Prep last season. AND COULD BE . . . The Gamecocks are recruiting two more in the Class of 2017: JASON CUDDA 7-1 center from Socastee, Cudd has been offered by several programs, including USC, Clemson and Georgia. ZACH BROWN Also 7-1, Brown decommitted from Connecticut and is back home in Miami. He is a five-star prospect . THE STATE
  9. OrTre Smith makes it easy on QBs, Wando coach says June 06, 2016 Gamecocks, Clemson target listed as an athlete by 247Sports Four-star prospect will play a little defense in 2016 Smith’s talent and size makes life easier on quarterbacks Wando High football star and South Carolina recruiting target OrTre Smith is by all accounts a wide receiver. He’s 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and leads the Warriors offense by catching passes. Yet he’s listed as an athlete by 247Sports, and while it’s likely just the kind of quirk that comes up in recruiting coverage, it’s not a designation he brushes off. “I would say I’m an athlete because I like playing safety,” Smith said. “I don’t play as much as I would want to, I guess. It’s that I contribute more on offense.” His coach, Jimmy Noonan, agreed with the assessment. Smith seems like an interesting option, so tall and athletic, to anchor the back end of a defense. But his coaches have a simple reason why he won’t full-time. “He needs to touch the football,” Noonan said. “We need to be innovative in how we get him the football. But he is very capable of playing on the other side and would probably be a situational player on defense like he was a year ago.” If Smith had his druthers, he’d play every snap he could. His future still seems tied to playing offense. He’s talked extensively with both Clemson’s and South Carolina’s receivers coaches through his recruitment. He’s got the size college teams crave with more than enough athleticism. He’s also not picky about the job he’ll have at the next level. “Whatever role they need me to play,” Smith said. “Special teams. But I’m a big guy, so outside receiver, go get the ball. I tell them that.” Noonan has coached a number of players who went on to high-level college football, including Spring Valley alum Michael Boulware, who spent six years in the NFL. Even he marvels at the skills Smith has and what he could bring whichever program he lands with. “His catch radius is so large, big body,” Noonan said. “He’s great in space and his hands, a receiver like OrTre makes it easy on quarterbacks. The net is a lot larger when you’re dealing with someone like Tre.” THE STATE
  10. Jamarcus King on track for May arrival at USC April 27, 2016 USC recruiter Travaris Robinson has kept in regular contact with King because he certainly could improve one of the weakest parts of the team. "He's just telling me he's ready to see me on campus and to get me in the program and in the weight room." King was disappointed he couldn't make it in sooner to work out this spring but his excitement level for joining the program has not waned. "I've been excited since I signed," he said. Last season at corner King had 37 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up. One of the most important recruits in South Carolina's 2016 class is defensive back Jamarcus King of Coffeyville Community College (Kansas). The highly-regarded, 6-foot-2 cornerback had hoped to enroll at midterm but had to finish up some academic work this semester. King says the work is nearly complete and the results are good. "Everything should be good and I should be there in May," King said. "I will be done in early May with all my classes. They're all good to go." USC recruiter Travaris Robinson has kept in regular contact with King because he certainly could improve one of the weakest parts of the team. "He's just telling me he's ready to see me on campus and to get me in the program and in the weight room." King was disappointed he couldn't make it in sooner to work out this spring but his excitement level for joining the program has not waned. "I've been excited since I signed," he said. Last season at corner King had 37 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up.
  11. Muschamp buys Spurrier’s condo near stadium April 07, 2016 New Gamecock coach buys one-bedroom unit for $130,000 Spurrier bought two condos at Carolina Walk in 2006, sold one soon after Muschamp also bought $1.85 million home on Lake Murray Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article70412582.html#storylink=cpy Will Muschamp is taking over more than the Gamecock football team from Steve Spurrier. The University of South Carolina’s new head coach bought a condominium across from Williams-Brice Stadium from the team’s old head coach, according to a sales record filed in Richland County. Muschamp bought the 796-square-foot, one-bedroom condo at Carolina Walk for $130,000. Spurrier and his wife, Jerri, paid $221,212 for the sixth-floor unit when the complex, one of the first of its kind catering to USC football fans, opened in 2006. Its tax value is $141,900, according to county records. Despite the success of the Gamecocks since 2010, values on so-called Cockominiums have fallen with the recession, overbuilding and changes in tax laws, said Jim Craig, who was minority owner in developing Carolina Walk. Developers auctioned 10 units at discounts of more than 50 percent in 2008. But having Muschamp in the complex might spark some interest in Carolina Walk, Craig said. “You might bump into him, have an accidental meeting, maybe get his autograph.” Efforts to reach Muschamp and Spurrier were unsuccessful Wednesday. The condo is Muschamp’s second real estate purchase since coming to Columbia. Hebought a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home on Lake Murray for $1.85 million in February. Spurrier, who stepped down last year after nearly 11 seasons at USC last year, is staying in Columbia as an $100,000-a-year ambassador for the university. His home at Woodcreek Farms in Elgin is not on the market, according to a search of real estate records. In 2006, Spurrier along with then-USC baseball coach Ray Tanner and men’s basketball coach Dave Odom were offered discounts on Carolina Walk units in exchange for using their pictures on a banner outside the building to promote sales, Craig said. Odom and Tanner did not buy units, Craig said. Spurrier bought two condos in 2006, according to county property records. One of them was a two-bedrooom, two-bathroom unit that Spurrier purchased for $221,160. Similar condos in Carolina Walk were going for more than $400,000 at the time, according to property records. Spurrier sold the 1,206-square-foot condo in 2008 for $268,000 — a profit of almost $47,000. The coach joked in 2006 about the growth of condominium complexes around the stadium: “We are making a lot of money for somebody.” The Gamecocks’ going on another good run could help Muschamp with his latest real-estate investment. “If the Gamecocks get better, hopefully that improves the market,” said real estate agent Loretta Starr with Russell & Jeffcoat, who is selling a unit in Carolina Walk. THE STATE Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article70412582.html#storylink=cpy
  12. Recruiting Notes March 31st DE Tyreek Johnson of Lakewood, who has been on commitment watch for USC for several weeks, plans to make two trips to Columbia this week. He’s coming in Thursday without his parents to watch practice so he doesn’t plan to commit then. But he’s returning for Saturday’s practice with his parents and it’s then he’s planning to make his pledge to Will Muschamp. Johnson has always maintained it is important to him to have his parents with him when he commits. DB Lummie Young of Westside will visit North Carolina Saturday and Duke Sunday. If possible, he will also make a stop at NC State while on Tobacco Road. DE Brad Johnson of Pendleton was at USC’s practice last Saturday and the Gamecocks continue to recruit him the hardest. He is going to Mississippi State this Saturday. Georgia and Florida are also increasing their interest and North Carolina is close on an offer as well. DB Tre’ Shaw of Ellenwood, GA released a top ten list on Wednesday. In no order he has USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and NC State. Shaw said these are the ten schools recruiting him the strongest. WR Austin Connor of Dutch Fork will be at USC’s practice Thursday. Georgia is a new offer and he said he might visit there April 9th instead of competing in a track meet.
  13. Thursday morning recruiting notes Jan. 28, 2016 2017 DE Tre Lawson of North Augusta was offered Wednesday by USC. He also has offers from Tennessee and UNLV. RB Justin Crawford of Northwest Mississippi CC will visit West Virginia this weekend instead of USC. The Gamecocks pulled off Crawford after getting a commitment from JUCO RB Tyren Jones giving them three running backs in the class. QB Tylin Oden of Columbia, TN, who drew interest from USC, committed to Rutgers Wednesday. Former USC commitment DB JJ Givens of Mechanicsville, VA committed to NC State Wednesday. DE Jacoby Hill of Atlanta will visit USC this weekend. The Gamecocks, Memphis and Indiana are his top three. According to TheBigSpur, DL Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia will make an official visit to USC this week. Wednesday Dioubate went to Michigan State for an official visit.
  14. After a big weekend, Steve Spurrier, South Carolina Gamecocks (slowly) turning the recruiting tide July 26, 2015 The HBC's message looks like it might be getting through, but there's still work to be done. This weekend turned out to be pretty good for the South Carolina Gamecocks on the recruiting front. And they needed it. They felt the stinging effects of Steve Spurrier's "two to three more years" comments months ago, the negative recruiting working against them in the loss of several big ticket players. Sure, he had Brandon McIlwain and Bryan Edwards, but there's no doubt that if he had chosen his words more carefully back in December, he would have so much more, and, potentially, much better recruits to add to that list. Kyle Davis, once a Carolina pledge, re-opened his recruitment in May and is thought to be heading toward Auburn; Arden Key flipped from USC to LSU. I probably don't need to continue because you get the point by now. So, with a big weekend that included the program's first invite-only recruit cookout and the final summer camp session of the season, the HBC went all-out damage control on Wednesday to help salvage what was turning out to be a OK-but-not-great 2016 recruiting cycle. And it looks like it might be starting to work. First came Chris Smith, a relative trickle in the faucet but a good pickup from a powerful in-state program that already had his eyes set on Columbia. Then came Akeem Cooperwood, one of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country and a player that could very well start in 2016. But the icing on the cake was probably two-fold: first, the commitment from Alabama defensive player P.J. Blue (who had USC in the lead), then stud DB Marlon Character slotting USC ahead of Auburn on his top-two list before finally deciding on Carolina. Add that to the reports that Nyles Pinckney, once a strong Clemson lean, may be closer to choosing the Gamecocks as once thought, and a program that was mentioned to be on a downward slop received a boost. Now, I'm not ready to declare this period a complete success. Far from it. There's still work to do with the Gamecocks still ranking toward the bottom of the 2016 SEC recruiting ratings. It's tough to compete in this league if you have the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the conference...out of thirteen. The damage that has been caused will remain irreparable. But the past few days have been a start. They aren't where they were before, but they're a lot better off than they were just a few days ago. Message received? Well, it looks like it for now.
  15. With the start of fall practice three days away, every South Carolina fan probably is thinking the same thing: Which freshman will be the Next Big Thing? We’re going to give you five candidates for the upcoming season, but first an explainer: The names you see below are concentrated at two positions – cornerback because the Gamecocks badly need cornerbacks and wide receiver because it’s a position where youngsters can get on the field early. BRYSON ALLEN-WILLIAMS 6-1, 231, LB The Gamecocks have lots of good linebackers on campus, but defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward keeps talking about Bryson Allen-Williams (not to be confused with senior safety Brison Williams). That says something, which is that Ward will be shocked if Allen-Williams doesn’t play this year. The four-star Georgia native will get a look at the new Bob (Big Ol’ Backer) position in the 3-4 defensive lineup. AL HARRIS JR. 5-11, 162, CB The only cornerback signee to qualify in time for both summer sessions, Harris has nearly two months of study under his belt. He’s the son of a longtime NFL cornerback (Al Harris), and South Carolina secondary coach Grady Brown says he’s a quick study. The leg injury that cost him his senior season of high school is long-ago healed, Brown says, and the Gamecocks need cornerbacks. D.J. SMITH 5-11, 189, CB See above. Smith has a chance to be a play simply because he’s a cornerback. The Georgia native is expected to be a pretty good one on top of that. A four-star prospect, he’s bulkier than Harris Jr., which could give him an advantage in certain defensive packages. Smith enrolled in time for the second summer session. SHAQ DAVIDSON 5-11, 170, WR Meet South Carolina’s latest quarterback-turned-wide receiver. The last one, Pharoh Cooper, worked out well last year. Davidson played quarterback for Gaffney High because he was the best athlete on the field, and he’ll probably play at wide receiver for the Gamecocks this year because of that athleticism. A four-star prospect, he’ll have a chance in Bruce Ellington’s slot position. TERRY GOOGER 6-4, 210, WR Googer is 6-4. That’s enough to get him a long look in a wide receiving corps that doesn’t have anyone taller than 6-foot-1 in the current two-deep depth chart. With the loss of red zone-friendly quarterback Connor Shaw, South Carolina will be looking for new ways to score from inside the 20. “Throw It To The Tall Guy” might be a good one.
  16. August 27 Midnight --- Alabama at South Carolina, 2010 2 a.m. --- Georgia at South Carolina, 2012 4:30 a.m. --- South Carolina at Florida, 2010 11 a.m. --- South Carolina at Missouri, 2013
  17. Tanner tweeted this picture of W-B from his office. Click on image to enlarge Twitter / RayTannerSC: Great Gam Connect with your friends and other fascinating people. Get in-the-moment updates on the things that interest you. And watch events unfold, in real time, from every angle. https://twitter.com/RayTannerSC/status/489896223097495552/photo/1
  18. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has lost a few football games during his time but he boasts an undefeated record of the golf course against his former players. This is the time of year when he's swinging the sticks a little bit and the Head Ball Coach, if he's hitting the links against Ryan Succop or anyone else who has taken the field for him, is winning. "I'm a big believer that you can last a long time in your profession if you have outside activities," Spurrier said. Link to article: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11167553/steve-spurrier-other-college-football-coaches-get-away-grind-relax-golf
  19. Happy birthday feathered, wish you the best and to be healthy, and thanks for offering us this great forum!
  20. Remember when Spurrier got to Columbia and changed the focus of the program by immediately ordering all the "Beat Clemson" signs? Seems Dabo is again doing opposite of Spurrier. Larry Williams tweeted this today: @LarryWilliamsTI: Cole Stoudt told me there's a clock in each meeting room counting down time until game against South Carolina.
  21. Abu Lamin has been admitted and will be on campus Sunday.
  22. Pick your winners and losers of each of this weekend's matchups. ESPN's Heather Dinich is predicting a sweep by the ACC! FSU @ Florida Wake @ Vandy UGA @ Ga Tech Clemson @ USC Andrea Adelson and Chris Low: SEC vs ACC matchups?
  23. Florida had trouble passing with third-string quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg on Saturday. RICHARD SHIRO — AP 03/19/13 GAMECOCKS VS. CHANTICLEERS ... WHO: USC (8-2) vs. Coastal Carolina (10-1) ... WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium ... WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m. ... TV: Pay-per-view ... RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5 For almost 60 minutes of football Saturday, ESPN analyst Matt Millen implored Florida to throw the ball down the field. When the Gators finally did, it became apparent why they had not earlier. The offense that Florida used during a 19-14 loss to South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium was a throw back to the days before the forward pass. If playing without the regular starting quarterback is like having one arm tied behind your back, what the Gators did Saturday was play with both hands tied and a foot hobbled. Florida ran the ball 41 times and threw it 14, but that disparity doesn’t fully explain the limited potential of the Gators’ offense. Freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, who began the season as a third-teamer and hadn’t taken a snap in a college game until Saturday, started against South Carolina due to injuries to Florida’s top two quarterbacks. Mornhinweg threw 13 of the Gators’ 14 passes, completing 10, but almost all were running plays disguised as passes, a review of the game by The State revealed. Mornhinweg’s first five passes were thrown behind the line of scrimmage. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that he threw the ball past the line of scrimmage, and that throw resulted in a 3-yard completion. “Somewhere in here, they are going to have to let Mornhinweg make a throw down the field,” Millen said during the broadcast of the game. “They have to.” The Gators did not do so until the final drive, and that did not go well. The first pass Mornhinweg threw that went further than 5 yards was a 10-yard toss that went right into the hands of Gamecocks cornerback Jimmy Legree. “We followed the script in what we thought we needed to do to win the game — ball possession, field position, eat the clock, play good defense,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said after the game. That script resulted in two touchdowns on the first two Florida drives, which totaled 17 plays (15 runs) and 142 yards. From there, it was clear the Gators could not throw the ball and thus they could no longer run it with any efficiency. Florida averaged 8.9 yards on 15 carries on its first two drives. From that point, the Gamecocks put all their defensive resources into stopping the running game, and the Gators averaged 2.5 yards on 26 carries. Other observations from The Tape include: • USC quarterback Connor Shaw did not have his sharpest night, overthrowing five passes in the first half. “His footwork and ball position were out of whack,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. • The Gamecocks’ run blocking has regressed. Discounting a 58-yard run by Shon Carson (on which Florida blitzed a cornerback and a linebacker missed his assignment in the hole Carson ran through), South Carolina averaged 3.1 yards on 34 carries. • South Carolina’s problems in the red zone were a microcosm of their larger offensive struggles, inconsistent run blocking in short yardage situations and an inability by wide receivers to separate from man coverage. The Gators’ secondary, the most talented unit on the team, smothered the Gamecocks in man-to-man coverage all night. USC twice had first-and-goal from inside the 5 against Florida and failed to get a touchdown. The first time, Shaw was sacked for a 5-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 2 on what appeared to be a quarterback draw. It was such a wreck that it was impossible to tell. Right before that play was run, a USC assistant was banging on the glass partition of the coaches’ booth next to the press box, and Shaw appeared to try to call timeout before the snap. After the snap, it was clear why. • Florida’s defensive speed cut off angles that had been there for South Carolina most of the season, particularly on the option. The Gamecocks ran their option play twice, including on fourth-and-3 in the second half, and it was stuffed both times. • Jadeveon Clowney was, of course, a major topic for the TV announcers. “Clowney’s skills are better than any that I have seen in a long, long time,” Millen said. ‘When you watch the tape of him, you see what people are so excited about. My biggest concern with Clowney is he plays when he wants to play seemingly. If that’s the case, those guys are dangerous.” • Florida studied its game plan against Texas A&M Johnny Manziel to prepare for Shaw’s running ability, Millen said during the broadcast. • The Gamecocks are 6-for-27 on third downs the past two games.
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