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  1. 2021 Gamecock Women's Soccer Season Thread The 2021 season is underway! The Gamecocks came into the season ranked 17th nationally per the United Soccer Coaches Poll after finishing the 2020 season 1st in the SEC East (6-2-0) in a COVID-19 altered 2020 campaign that ended with an 11-5-0 record in the second round of the NCAA Tournament . They were also picked 3rd in the Southeastern Conference by the league's head coaches, behind a tie for 1st place between Arkansas and Texas A&M: Preseason Coaches' Poll 1. Arkansas 1. Texas A&M 3. South Carolina 4. Vanderbilt 5. Tennessee 6. Ole Miss 7. Auburn 8. Alabama 9. LSU 10. Florida 11. Mississippi State 12. Missouri 13. Georgia 14. Kentucky Their 2021 Schedule is as follows: Aug 12th (Thu) 6 p.m. - at Wake Forest (Exhibition) Winston-Salem, N.C. - WIN 2-0 Aug 19th (Thu) 7 p.m. - vs The Citadel Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - POSTPONED Aug 22nd (Sun) 7 p.m. - at College of Charleston Charleston, S.C. - WIN 3-0 (1-0) Aug 26th (Thu) 7 p.m. - at East Carolina Greenville, N.C. - WIN 3-1 (2-0) Aug 29th (Sun) 1 p.m. - at North Carolina State Raleigh, N.C. - WIN 2-1 (3-0) Sep 2nd (Thu) 7 p.m. - vs Boston College Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - WIN 1-0 (4-0) Sep 6th (Mon) 7 p.m. - vs Charlotte Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - WIN 4-1 (5-0) Sep 9th (Thu) 6 p.m. - at Clemson Clemson, S.C. - - LOSS 1-2 (5-1) Sep 12th (Sun) 5 p.m. - vs Virginia Tech Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - LOSS 0-1 (5-2) Sep 16th (Thu) 7 p.m. - SEC - at Missouri Columbia, MO. - - WIN 2-1 (6-2, 1-0) Sep 23rd (Thu) 7 p.m. - SEC - vs Vanderbilt Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - WIN 1-0 (7-2, 2-0) Sep 26th (Sun) 2 p.m. - SEC - at Kentucky Lexington, KY - - WIN 2-1 (8-2, 3-0) Oct 1st (Fri) 7 p.m. - SEC - vs Auburn Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - WIN 3-2 (9-2, 4-0) Oct 7th (Thu) 7 p.m. - SEC - at Mississippi Oxford, MS - - LOSS 1-2 (9-3, 4-1) Oct 10th (Sun) 2 p.m. - SEC - vs Tennessee Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - LOSS 0-1 (9-4, 4-2) Oct 15th (Fri) 7 p.m. - SEC - vs Georgia Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - TIE 0-0 (9-4-1, 4-2-1) Oct 21st (Thu) 7 p.m. - SEC - at Louisiana State Baton Rouge, LA - - LOSS 0-4 (9-5-1, 4-3-1) Oct 24th (Sun) 1 p.m. - SEC - vs Alabama Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium - - WIN 4-0 (10-5-1, 5-3-1) Oct 28th (Thu) 6:30 p.m. - SEC - at Florida Gainesville, FL - - WIN 2-1 (11-5-1, 6-3-1) Oct 31st (Sun) - Nov 7th (Sun) (TBD) - SEC Tournament Orange Beach, Alabama Nov 1st (Tue) 8:30 p.m. - SEC - vs Auburn Orange Beach, AL - - LOSS 1-2 (11-6-1, 6-3-1) Nov 12th (Fri) - Dec 5th (Sun) (TBD) - NCAA Tournament Nov 13th (Sat) 2:00 p.m. 1st Rd. - vs #2 Seed North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. - - WIN 1-0 (12-6-1, 6-3-1) Nov 19th (Fri) 2:00 p.m. 2nd Rd. - vs Hofstra (Regional Site - Soni McAllister Field Los Angeles, CA.) - WIN 3-0 (13-6-1, 6-3-1) Nov 21st (Sun) 3:00 p.m. Sweet Sixteen - vs Penn State (Regional Site - Soni McAllister Field Los Angeles, CA.) - - WIN 2-0 (14-6-1, 6-3-1) Nov 27th (Sat) 7:00 p.m. Elite Eight - vs Brigham Young (Provo, UT.) - - LOSS 1-4 (14-7-1, 6-3-1)
  2. First of all never would of thought it back in August. Shane Beamer should be SEC Coach of the year? Why not? Who is a better candidate in your mind? But preaching optimism, Beamer breathed life into an otherwise listless program that had won just six games over its last two seasons. The former Oklahoma and Georgia assistant told reporters Sunday he liked a handful of the cards he was dealt in Columbia. The defensive line could be elite. Secondary pieces like Jaylan Foster and Cam Smith felt primed for breakout seasons. Quarterback would be a question, to some degree. But a quartet of talented tailbacks gave the Gamecocks enough offensive options to play with. Preseason prognosticators gave South Carolina little, if any, benefit of the doubt. The Gamecocks were picked to finish ahead of only Vanderbilt in the SEC East. Most national outlets slotted USC’s projected win total somewhere around three or four. With one game remaining against Clemson, South Carolina is 6-5 overall, 5-1 at home, bowl-eligible and playing with more house money than could be lost by even the most mediocre of gamblers. “Shane Beamer leading South Carolina to wins over Auburn and Florida in Year 1 is one of the biggest upsets of this wild 2021 season,” Sports Illustrated national college football reporter Ross Dellenger posted to Twitter on Saturday night. Beamer spoke at length Sunday evening about the increasing pressure on head coaches in this modern day and age. So far, 14 FBS head coaching jobs have come open. Two SEC schools LSU and Florida are seeking new coaches. Take Dan Mullen as the preeminent example of modern-day college football. Mullen brought Mississippi State to heights it had rarely, if ever, seen during its decades-long football history. He parlayed that success into the head coaching gig at Florida, where he went 34-15 and reached the SEC title game a season ago.
  3. Post your pix, recollections, or stories of "The Lost Carolina" here! Here's a pic from 1980 I found online, 3 years before I moved in to Douglas, of the crucial real estate right across the street; all are gone now. 7-11, The Big Bird (and DSP), and Stuffy's. http://columbiaclosings.com/pix/08/09/thebigbird.jpg
  4. Thought this was interesting pay scale for coaches. Shane Beamer’s pay rank among SEC head coach salaries Shane Beamer is one of the Southeastern Conference’s lowest-paid head coaches, according to USA Today’s coaching salary database that was published Thursday afternoon. Beamer, who was hired in December to replace Will Muschamp, is earning $2.75 million in the first year of his contract, Buy out $7,298,958 and ranked 58 out of 130 coaches according to the compiled data. That salary ranked 13th among SEC head coaches in total pay though Clark Lea was not included as Vanderbilt is a private school and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Beamer is also the fourth lowest-paid coach of a Power Five team included in the database according to scheduled pay (Baylor’s Dave Aranda, Boston College’s Jeff Hafley, Miami’s Manny Diaz and Lea were not in the database). Only Arizona’s Jedd Fisch ($2.3 million), Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith ($2.5 million) and Maryland’s Mike Locksley ($2.71 million) are slated to make less this year Alabama head coach Nick Saban was the highest-paid coach in the league according to total pay at $9.5 million per year Buy out .$38,400,000 LSU’s Ed Orgeron ($9.01 million), No buyout Florida’s Dan Mullen ($7.57 million) Buy out $12,000,000 Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher ($7.5 million) Buy out $95,575,000 Georgia’s Kirby Smart ($7.13 million). by out close to15 mil. Kentucky's Mark Stoops 5.2 by out close to 20 mil. O'Miss Lane Kiffin 5.0 No buyout Coaches Gamecocks courted to replace Muschamp Texas’ Steve Sarkisian ($5.45 million) Louisville’s Scott Satterfield ($3.25 million) are the highest paid of the bunch this year, according to USA Today’s database. Louisiana’s Billy Napier ($2 million), Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell ($871,250) Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz ($779,000)
  5. Seems the boards are on fire. Just took a look at several of them. Well the only few left. But anyhow a lot of anger wanting to have Satterfield tard and feathered and run out of town on a pine. Looking at numbers money wise, Beamer HC $2.75 million (5-year deal) lets break that down. hmm hire a very good OC on the cheap end 1 million if lucky most likely say 1.3 or more say 2 year contact that's 2.6. no way you can hire a top notch OC here that would make more money then the HC. No way asking for trouble and a dumpster fire to start. This is what you call catch 22. Best advice hope for the best expect less. But anyhow, those in search who do you hire that is proven winner to come here to take over the OC where coaches come to die? Not going to happen. Throw some names out their. This was a bargain hire with bargain coaches hoping that you hit a vain of gold. win Saturday over Vandy, Beat mizzu and close out the season with a win over the Tatars. 6-6 could happen. All preseason prediction Gave at best a 4 win season and that is a very real expect right now.
  6. Gamecock Athletics Launches Carolina Committed Campaign Features proposed Williams-Brice improvements Story Links GALLERY OF PROPOSED PROJECTS The University of South Carolina Department of Athletics announced today the launch of the most aggressive fundraising campaign in department history – Carolina Committed. Aiming to generate $35 million through purely philanthropic donations by the end of 2023, the campaign will focus its resources directly on enhancing the South Carolina student-athlete and fan experiences. To date, over $5 million in gifts and pledges have been secured, including a seven-figure leadership gift for the campaign's golf clubhouse project. "Over the past decade, our commitment to improving facilities has been tremendous," said Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "In my time as Athletics Director, we have been able enhance the facilities and resources of each of our 21 programs. However, there is still work to be done updating existing facilities and constructing new ones to improve not only the experience of our student-athletes but that of our dedicated fanbase as they visit our venues." The Carolina Committed campaign is built upon three pillars – For the Fan, Program Enhancements, and Outside the Lines – and will address the departments immediate needs in improving the fan experience at Williams-Brice Stadium and Colonial Life Arena, enhancing Olympic sport facilities, as well as supporting academic and professional development opportunities for student-athletes. "We have the best and most dedicated fanbase in intercollegiate athletics, and one of the main focal points of this campaign is to improve their gameday experience," said Executive Associate Athletics Director for Development / Gamecock Club CEO Steve Eigenbrot. "There has been a tremendous focus on making sure our student-athletes have a world class experience over my 12 years here. We need to build on that success and ensure that our fans will enjoy supporting our student-athletes for years to come and that means making further investments in the fan experience." The For the Fan pillar of the campaign has already seen early investment, which could be leveraged as early as this off-season in the form of new ribbon boards and LED stadium lights at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2022 season. Additionally, fundraising efforts are ongoing for a series of renovations to the stadium's west main concourse and new west premium elevators, which could also come online for the 2022 season. The campaign's Program Enhancements pillar will build on momentum created from past fundraising efforts by enhancing program-specific facilities such as building a state-of-the-art golf clubhouse, updating the players' space in Founders Park, as well as graphics, lighting, and scoreboard improvements to the Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex, Stone Stadium, and Carolina Natatorium. The Outside the Lines pillar of the campaign will focus on broader initiatives like bolstering the Women of SC fund that was created to improve funding of women's sports and educating student-athletes on the opportunities and complexities of name, image, likeness agreements, as well as funding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. "Our development team is excited to take on the challenge of executing the most aggressive fundraising campaign in department history," Associate Athletics Director for Development Wayne Hiott said. "Our Garnet Society members have made a transformational impact on our Athletics Department over the past decade, and we look forward to continuing to build on that success during the Carolina Committed campaign." In 2012, Gamecock Athletics created the Garnet Society, which is now comprised of over 450 individuals and families who have gone above and beyond their Gamecock Club memberships. Garnet Society members have funded needed capital improvements and program enhancements through 100% tax deductible donations. Over the past 10 years, Garnet Society members have donated over $150 million to support Gamecock Athletics. The Carolina Committed campaign will build upon that work and ensure that South Carolina teams are able to compete at the highest level. For more information on the Carolina Committed campaign, please visit https://thegamecockclub.com/garnet-society/.
  7. Braden Davis and Keenan Nelson will be teammates on the South Carolina football team in a few months. But on Friday night, they will be on opposing sides in a nationally televised game. Davis and his Middletown (Del.) squad will host Nelson and St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. The matchup is one of MaxPreps’ 10 high school football games to watch this week. “GAMECOCK NATION!!!! Watch me and @BradenDavis_5 compete against each other this Friday @5pm on ESPNU. #spursup,” Nelson posted Thursday on Twitter. The four-star prospects are the two highest-ranked recruits for coach Shane Beamer so far in the Gamecocks’ Class of 2022 by 247Sports Composite rankings. Davis, a quarterback, is the 18th-ranked QB prospect in the country and top prospect from the state of Delaware. Nelson is the 16th-best safety in the country and seventh-ranked prospect coming out of Pennsylvania.
  8. “I appreciate the fans that were there,” Beamer said after the game. “They were loud, and the Cockpit was rocking down there in the end zone. We appreciate those guys.” Indeed, the Cockpit student section was mostly packed Saturday, but other parts of the stadium notably the upper decks featured their share of empty bleachers. Beamer offered a nudge to anyone who had a ticket but opted to stay home instead. Saturday’s announced attendance was 60,686 in a stadium with a capacity of 77,559. “Going forward if you’re a season-ticket holder or if you’re somebody that has tickets to a game and you’re not going to come, please get those tickets to somebody else,” he pleaded. “There’s a bunch of great Gamecocks out there that would love to be in the stadium. Let me know and we’ll put it on social media and get some tickets given away, because we’ve got some great fans and we need every single one of them out there.”
  9. 2021 Gamecock Men's Soccer Official Season Thread The 2021 season represents a new era for Men's Soccer, as new Head Coach Tony Annan takes over for longtime former Head Coach Mark Berson, who retired after leading the program for 43 seasons. Coach Annan looks to build on last season's successes that saw the team finish 8-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Conference USA action. The team came into 2021 voted as the #7 team in the Conference USA by the league's nine head coaches. The league is headed by the defending C-USA and NCAA Champions Marshall, who also received all first-place votes. 2021 C-USA Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll 1. Marshall (9) 2. Charlotte 3. Kentucky 4. Coastal Carolina 5. FIU 6. Florida Atlantic 7. South Carolina 8. Old Dominion 9. UAB (first-place votes in parenthesis) The 2021 schedule is as follows: Aug 17th (Tue) 7 p.m. – vs Anderson (Exhibition) Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium Aug 21st (Sat) 12 p.m. – at James Madison (Exhibition) Harrisburg, VA Aug 26th (Thu) 7 p.m – vs College of Charleston Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 0-1 (OT), (0-1, 0-0) Aug 29th (Sun) 7 p.m. – vs Winthrop Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – WIN 4-1, (1-1, 0-0) Sep 3rd (Fri) 7 p.m. – at Clemson Clemson, S.C. – LOSS 0-5, (1-2, 0-0) Sep 7th (Tue) 7 p.m. – vs Presbyterian Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 1-2, (1-3, 0-0) Sep 11th (Sat) 7 p.m. – CUSA – vs Coastal Carolina Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 1-4, (1-4, 0-1) Sep 17th (Fri) 7 p.m. – vs South Carolina Upstate Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 0-1, (1-5, 0-1) Sep 21st (Tue) 7 p.m. – vs Mercer Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – WIN 2-1, (2-5, 0-1) Sep 25th (Sat) 7 p.m. – CUSA – at Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. – LOSS 0-3, (2-6, 0-2) Sep 28th (Tue) 7 p.m. – vs Gardner Webb Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – WIN 1-0, (3-6, 0-2) Oct 3rd (Sun) 7 p.m. – CUSA – vs Florida Atlantic Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – TIE 2-2, (3-6-1, 0-2-1) Oct 9th (Sat) 8 p.m. – CUSA – at Alabama-Birmingham Birmingham, AL – WIN 2-0, (4-6-1, 1-2-1) Oct 12th (Tue) 7 p.m. – vs Georgia Southern Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – WIN 3-1, (5-6-1, 1-2-1) Oct 16th (Sat) TBA – CUSA – vs Florida International Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 1-4, (5-7-1, 1-3-1) Oct 23rd (Sat) 7 p.m. – CUSA – at Kentucky Lexington, KY – TIE 0-0, (5-7-2, 1-3-2) Oct 30th (Sat) 7 p.m. – CUSA – at Marshall Huntington, W.V. – LOSS 0-4, (5-8-2, 1-4-2) Nov 5th (Fri) 7 p.m. – CUSA – vs Old Dominion Columbia, S.C. Stone Stadium – LOSS 2-3, (5-9-2, 1-5-2)
  10. Guess we need to get a Softball season thread started. We can post various game/series results and news here throughout the season. The Gamecocks Softball team are doing pretty well thus far in the early season: they are ranked #22 in the nation, and are 7-3 on the season, with losses to Texas Tech (1-5), Ohio State (6-8) and Washington (4-5), the current #1 team in the nation. All these losses were in the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite National Tournament in Clearwater, FL. Now the Gamecocks are hosting their own tournament - the Gamecocks Invitational - at Beckham Field, which includes #8 Michigan, Iowa St., Boston College, Liberty, and Elon. USC just defeated BC 3-2. They take on Michigan and Iowa State Saturday in a double-header format. The games start off at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM, respectively...
  11. TODAYS VIDEOS FROM NEWS CONFERENCE WITH: Shane Beamer, Clayton White, Marcus Satterfield & Justin Stepp 01/11/2021 (CLICK TO VIEW ALL VIDEOS)
  12. Marcus David Satterfield (born April 9, 1976) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator for South Carolina. Satterfield served as the head football coach at Tennessee Tech University from 2016 to 2017. He was the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Martin (2006–2008), the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2009–2012), and Temple University (2013–2014). He was an assistant coach at Richmond during the 2004 season and Western Carolina in 2005. Satterfield played college football at East Tennessee State University.[1] FULL BIO; Marcus Satterfield Bio
  13. It seems The Garnet Faithful on all the big boards have resigned themselves that it's going to be Beamer. I think this is more a case of group hysteria than facts leading to a conclusion, but we will see.
  14. The past year for the South Carolina Women's Golf program was a story of ups and downs, and then potentially ups again. That final chapter is writing itself right now. The program has been developed into an SEC and national powerhouse under head coach Kalen Anderson: the Gamecocks were SEC Tournament runners-up in 2015 and 2018, while winning three consecutive NCAA Tournament Regionals from 2015-17. The Gamecocks finished 10th in the NCAAT Regionals in both 2018 and 2019, failing to make the final cut of best 6 team scores. Coming into the 2020 season the Gamecocks had perhaps one of their most deep and talented teams in memory. But it all came to an abrupt end in March, when the NCAA shut down all athletic program activities going forward due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This was particularly heartbreaking for two Gamecock seniors in Lois Kaye Go and Ana Pelaez. But things seemed to re-align themselves when the NCAA chose to give seniors an extra year of player-eligibility, and both Go and Pelaez - All-Americans both - chose to return to USC to make one more run at a National Championship. They join returning sophomore Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who tore up the USC record book for a freshman earning two First-Team All-America honors, breaking multiple program records, and holding on to the No. 1 spot in the women's World Amateur Golf Ranking for most of the season. It doesn't stop there. Returning players Mathilde Claisse and Smith Knaffle, and incoming freshmen Paula Kirner and Kaiyuree Moodley provide tremendous depth of talent and experience. Last but not least, the COVID-19 crisis allowed for the addition of Kent State transfer Pimnipa Panthong. Panthong, a former 2017 MAC Freshman of the Year, 2-time MAC Golfer of the Year and 3-time All-American at Kent State, was initially looking to continue her career at the professional level. But the LPGA Q-Series, which Panthong was set to join, delayed their 2020 season to begin in 2021 due to the pandemic. So with Panthong suddenly having an open year AND an additional year of NCAA playing eligibility, she chose to transfer to South Carolina. So the team returns intact from last season, and with additional talent - essentially our version of a women's golfing "Dream Team". So can they re-ignite the excitement they held for 2019-2020, before its sudden end?? https://rankings.golfweek.com/rankings/index.html?T=wt WEST POINT, Miss. – The University of South Carolina's women's golf team finished strong to secure the team championship at The Ally, while sophomore Pauline Roussin-Bouchard used a lights out performance to make history at the Old Waverly Golf Club on Wednesday. Roussin-Bouchard continued her blistering performance from Tuesday by shooting a 7-under 65, tying her lowest round as a Gamecock, to finish with a 14-under 202, the lowest 54-hole tournament score in program history. The sophomore tallied seven birdies in the final round to secure her second tournament win, joining some elite company as just the sixth Carolina golfer to win multiple tournament championships. Roussin-Bouchard now has four top-5 finishes, and six top-10 finishes in her Carolina career. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/10/21/womens-golf-gamecocks-and-roussin-bouchard-take-top-honors-at-the-ally.aspx
  15. https://www.si.com/college/2020/10/19/college-football-coach-contracts-jeremy-pruitt
  16. 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)
  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. The coronavirus outlook for Gamecocks sports for the spring of 2020 March 15, 2020/ THE STATE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner sat at a podium facing far more questions than he had answers to. His time speaking publicly Friday had been bumped back twice as new information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact continued to come in at a rapid-fire rate throughout the day. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. South Carolina Gamecocks received close to $45 million from SEC January 30, 2020 SEC commissioner Greg Sankey Thursday announced the financial payout to each member institution for the last fiscal year ending August 31st, and on average, each school received $44.6 million dollars, an increase from $43.1 million dollars the previous year. This does not include over $26 million dollars retained by those schools which played in bowl games to offset expenses. The total amount distributed was $624.2 million dollars. Here’s more from the SEC release: “The revenue distributed through the Southeastern Conference enables our 14 member universities to provide unparalleled support to their student-athletes through superior instruction, training, equipment, academic counseling, medical care, mental health and wellness support and life-skills development,” said Sankey. “It is this sustained conference-wide commitment to the student-athlete experience that makes this conference sound and its impact so meaningful.” Currently more than 5,400 female and male student-athletes across the SEC receive financial aid, and counting non-scholarship participants, more than 7,800 total student-athletes participate in sports sponsored by SEC institutions. The 2018-19 academic year was the fourth in which SEC athletics programs funded the costs associated with providing scholarships based on a student-athlete’s full cost of attendance. In addition, each SEC university utilizes a portion of the revenues to fund a wide range of academic and campus improvement initiatives, including academic scholarships, endowed faculty positions, student wellness programs, research programs, and forward-looking building projects. “In addition to supporting the overall student-athlete experience, revenues generated through SEC athletics can contribute in significant ways to the academic missions of the Conference’s 14 universities,” Sankey said. “These distributions provide each university the opportunity to make a positive impact on their respective campuses in ways unique to each institution. Past uses of this revenue on our campuses have included participation in the construction and renovation of academic facilities, support of academic scholarship opportunities, funding of academic programs and direct transfers of funds to support academic budgets.” The total distribution amount is comprised of revenue generated from television agreements, post-season bowl games, the College Football Playoff, the SEC Football Championship, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, NCAA Championships and a supplemental surplus distribution. The distribution amount does not include approximately $7.8 million of NCAA and SEC grants divided among the 14 member institutions. The total revenue for 2018-19 is an increase above the $627.1 million distributed in 2017-18. The average per school distribution increased from $43.1 million in 2017-18, not including bowl money retained by participants.
  20. Report says, South Carolina board should ‘recalibrate its engagement with athletics’ January 24, 2020, | GCF Staff report The University of South Carolina asked a national organization to review the way its board of trustees operates is its governance procedures. And in that 35-page report was a one-page warning of sorts when it came to athletics. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. Deion Sanders seems to take issue with his son's baseball tryout at South Carolina January 23, 2020 NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was one of the few two-sport stars in the history of professional sports. Sanders had an electrifying career in the NFL for 14 seasons, while also excelling at playing outfield in pro baseball for nine. Now, Sanders’ son, Shilo, is on football scholarship at the University of South Carolina. Sanders was a 3-star freshman who redshirted in 2019, and it appears that he wanted to play baseball for the Gamecocks, too. However, that doesn’t look like it will happen this spring. (VIEW ARTICLE) SDS
  22. Tanner said he expected teams to be in postseason play, not every year, but often. Jay from 107.5 said that he thought 8 wins a year was appropriate for football and he knew Tanner had said in the past he wanted teams to be competitive. Tanner would not commit to a number. Jay then said the team lost by an average of 17.3 points a game, that was not competitive. Tanner responded by saying that it was a small sample and some games skewed that. Jay said, ok, but five of the losses were by over 20 points. Tanner seemed not to have a comeback for that but changed the discussion from season wins to postseason qualifying.
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