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  1. Great pick up this morning in Four Star LB Trenilyas Tatum out of Georgia. Having he and Steele on board and potentially landing Penn out of MD would be a huge haul at LB this class. Add in Kaba from last year along with Jahmar Brown and Louis gives us a good, young room next year.
  2. FEBRUARY 3, 2020 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 204 | Cocks Take Care Of Biz Against Mizzou + Ethan Carter
  3. THE DAILY CROW | February 3rd, 2020 Chris takes your questions on a beautiful Monday afternoon.
  4. JANUARY 30, 2020 by CHRIS TSUS Ep. 200 | Breaking Down The Gamecocks Shortstops Heading Into The 2020 Season + Remembering Kobe Bryant Chris breaks down South Carolina’s shortstops for the 2020 season including key losses, who’s back, why George Callil is USC’s best shortstop since Bobby Haney and more. Plus, Chris takes time to reflect on the passing of Kobe Bryant, Gigi Bryant and seven others in the tragic plane crash that occurred Sunday afternoon.
  5. POSTED ON DECEMBER 30, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | December 30th, 2019
  6. POSTED ON DECEMBER 30, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 181 | All-Decade Awards, God “Favors” Clemson and More + Garrison Gist We’re backkkkkkkk. As we wrap up the decade, Chris hands out awards including the team of the decade, player of the decade, the best moment and more. Also, Chris gives his thoughts on the CFP including Clemson’s dynasty being guided by a higher power. Finally, former Gamecocks fullback Garrison Gist joins the show to talk about his path to USC, being a walk-on, his passion for art, current state of USC football and much more.
  7. DECEMBER 16, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 176 | Clemson Recap + MarShawn Lloyd Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 67-54 win over the Clemson Tigers including guard play, suffocating defense, AJ Lawson’s impressive showing, momentum heading into SEC play and much more. Plus, future USC running back Marshawn Lloyd joins the show to break down his recruitment, why he chose Carolina, playing in a Mike Bobo offense, his relationship with Will Muschamp and much more.
  8. GAMECOCKFANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina vs Clemson Final: Clemson Tigers (12-0) 38 - South Carolina Gamecocks (4-8) 3 South Carolina concludes its 2019 season with a 38-3 loss in Williams-Brice Stadium to its in-state rival Clemson, to fall to 4-8. The Gamecocks struggled to mount any consistent offense, and will now look to an off-season full of personnel changes and finding answers to questions. The players of the game for this week, beginning with the Gamecocks’ picks: OFFENSE PK Parker White: Parker is the unexpected beneficiary for the offensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time in 3 weeks, due to the Gamecock offense’s inability to generate anything. White provided the sole points of the game for the Gamecocks, with a 49-yard successful kick in the 2nd Quarter, his only attempt for the game. Honorable Mention: RB Tavien Feaster: Feaster rushed 12 times for 47 net yards, and caught 4 passes for 8 yards. DEFENSE S Jammie Robinson: Robinson led the Gamecock defense with 11 total tackles - 9 of them solo tackles – and tied for the lead with 1.5 tackles for loss. Honorable mention: DE J.J. Enagbare: Enagbare had 6 total tackles, as well as 1.5 tackles for loss, and the only QB sack of the game for the Gamecocks. For Clemson OFFENSE QB Trevor Lawrence: Lawrence completed 26 of 36 passes for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns, and also rushed 8 times for 66 net yards, which led his team in rushing. Honorable Mention: WR Tee Higgins: Higgins caught 3 passes for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. DEFENSE LB Isaiah Simmons: Simmons led the Tiger defense with 10 total tackles – 7 solo – with 2 tackles for loss, a QB sack, and a pass break-up. Honorable Mention: CB Derion Kendrick: Kendrick made a momentum-turning interception for the Tigers, after the Gamecocks had made a successful goal-line stand at their one-yard line to stop a Clemson score at the beginning of the game. Kendrick’s pick was on South Carolina’s next offensive possession, and gave the ball back to Clemson deep in USC territory, where they would capitalize in scoring a touchdown, and killing any positive momentum the Gamecocks had just secured.
  9. NOVEMBER 28, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 167 | Clemson Preview + Langston Moore
  10. TSUS Ep. 163 | What Is The Psyche Of Gamecock Fans Heading Into Rivalry Week? + MBB Takes On Gardner-Webb In Cancun Challenge THESPURSUPSHOW Rivalry week is almost here. Chris takes a deep dive into the mindset he’s seeing from Gamecock fans and how he feels heading into another rivalry week before South Carolina takes on Clemson. Plus, Chris breaks down the Gamecocks game against Gardner-Webb as Frank Martin’s squad looks to bounce back from a disappointing loss against Boston University.
  11. GAMECOCKFANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina vs Appalachian State Final: Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-1) 20 - South Carolina Gamecocks (4-6) 15 South Carolina turned in a lackluster performance against a quality non-conference opponent tonight in losing to Appalachian State 20-15. The loss drops the Gamecocks to 4-6, and barring miracles for the rest of the season, ensures that the team will stay home this holiday bowl season. Rash of Injury is once again the reason for the loss, as this time the team came in with starters Shi Smith nursing a hamstring, and Josh Vann out for the season with a broken hand. Top receiver Bryan Edwards was also out for much of the game with injury, although he came back for the 2nd half. The team however was reduced to relying on former/current QBs Dakereon Joyner and Jay Urich, and a walk-on in Trey Adkins to be targets for Ryan Hilinski, until Edwards returned. The run game - which did have some depth - was essentially a non-factor, making the need to throw the ball even more desperate. But despite the final offensive possessions of the game which produced a scoring drive and another that saw the game end with the Gamecocks a mere 9 yards from the end-zone and a improbably come-from-behind win, the Gamecocks were not able to generate much scoring offense all night long. The Gamecocks will now head on the road next week to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M, kickoff at 7:30 pm. The players of the game for this week, beginning with the Gamecocks’ picks: OFFENSE WR Bryan Edwards: Edwards has won most of these picks this season I believe, but he has been possibly the one Gamecock on offense that consistently stepped up this season. Despite missing ample time in the game with a knee injury, he still finished with 9 receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown. With his yardage, Bryan became the top career yardage receiver in program history, moving past Alshon Jeffrey. Enough said. Honorable Mention: QB Ryan Hilinski. Hilinski was 32 for 57 for 325 yards, the lone touchdown to Edwards, and an interception. A large percentage of the passing yardage came in the final two offensive drives of the game. The interception was very critical in the game, as it was a pick-six touchdown deep in South Carolina territory in the first half, but really Edwards and Hilinski were the only substantial offensive producers in the game. DEFENSE LB Ernest Jones: Jones led the Gamecocks defense with 10 total tackles – 8 of them solo – with 2 tackles for loss, 1 QB sack, and 1 interception. Honorable mention: LB Sherrod Greene: Greene was 2nd with 7 total tackles - 5 of them solo – with 3 tackles for loss and one half credit for a QB sack. For Appalachian State OFFENSE RB Darrynton Evans: Evans was consistent throughout the game – 23 carries for 85 yards, albeit no touchdowns. But he was able to provide the Mountaineers the rushing half of offensive balance they needed to be effective, despite the fact that App. State was held to only 202 total yards for the game. Honorable Mention: QB Zac Thomas: Thomas was a workmanlike 9-15 for 105 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. He also scored a rushing touchdown. DEFENSE LB Jordan Fehr: Fehr led the Mountaineers defense with 12 total tackles – 6 solo – with 2 tackles for loss and one sack. Honorable Mention: DB Nicholas Ross: Ross had only 2 solo tackles, but also grabbed a pick-six interception off of Hilinski late in the first half that changed the feel of the game and gave the Mountaineers great momentum heading into the halftime break that they would not surrender for the rest of the game.
  12. NOVEMBER 4, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 149 | Vanderbilt Recap + Josh Brown Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 24-7 win over Vanderbilt including Ryan Hilinski’s play, Deshaun Fenwick shows out, the dominating defense, updated bowl outlook and much more. Plus, former Gamecocks kicker Josh Brown joins the show (45:01-1:18:25) to chat about his path to USC, playing for Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier, his game winner in Knoxville and much more.
  13. GAMECOCKFANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina vs Vanderbilt Final: South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5, 3-4) 24 – Vanderbilt Commodores (3-6, 2-4) 7 The South Carolina Gamecocks bounce back into the win column with a 24-7 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores in front of a home crowd in Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night. The win improves USC to 4-5 overall, and 3-4 in the SEC, keeping their very slim bowl prospects on life support. Vanderbilt’s struggles continue, as they fall to 3-6, 2-4 on the season. The Gamecocks now turn their sights to next week, as they host a ranked non-conference opponent in Appalachian State. Now let’s get to the players of the game, starting with the Gamecocks: OFFENSE WR Bryan Edwards: Edwards was unstoppable tonight, with 14 receptions out of 16 targeted passes, for 139 yards and a touchdown. The 14 nabs tied the school single-game record (held along with Edwards by Zola Davis, Kenny McKinley, Tori Gurley, and Deebo Samuel: Davis and Gurley also set their records versus Vanderbilt) . Edwards also had 3 punt returns in the game for 53 yards, including a 35-yard return. Honorable Mention: Tie between RB Deshaun Fenwick – Fenwick returns from limited duty this season to rush for 102 yards on 18 carries – and QB Ryan Hilinski. Hilinski was a very efficient 24 for 31 passing for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, with zero interceptions. DEFENSE LB TJ Brunson: Brunson led the defense with 6 total tackles; all 6 being solo tackles, with 1 tackle for loss and 1 interception late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. After Vanderbilt moved down the field for a 77-yard scoring drive – helped by three Gamecock penalties on defense – the Gamecock defense stiffened and held the Commodores to 112 total yards the rest of the way. Honorable mention: DE Aaron Sterling: Sterling had 3 total tackles – all solo – with 2 being tackles for loss by way of QB sacks, the only sacks of the game. For Vanderbilt OFFENSE RB Key’Shawn Vaughn: Vaughn was the majority of the Commodore offense, rushing 20 times for 87 yards, and also reeled in two receptions for 11 yards. Honorable Mention: QB Riley Neal: Neal only appeared in one offensive possession before missing the rest of the game due to injury, but he made it count for Vanderbilt’s only score, passing 3 for 4 for 46 yards and one passing touchdown. Once he left the game, the Commodore offensive effectiveness fell off the proverbial cliff. DEFENSE S Tae Daley: Daley was a machine for Vanderbilt, totaling 16 tackles, with 12 of them solo. Honorable Mention: LB Dimitri Moore: Moore had 11 total tackles – 9 solo – with one tackle for loss.
  14. OCTOBER 23, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 141 | “Best Bet” For Cocks-UT, SEC Gambling Picks Week Nine + Will Muschamp Presser Notes Chris gives his “best bet” for USC-Tennessee including why Gamecocks +4 isn’t a for sure thing, Tennessee’s offensive woes, South Carolina’s powerful defense and more. Plus, SEC Gambling Picks for this weekend including breaking down the game of the weekend in Baton Rouge, LA. Finally, Chris breaks down Will Muschamp’s press conference including update on Rico Dowdle’s health, the passing game, the SEC’s response to Saturday’s officiating and much more.
  15. OCTOBER 13, 2019 THESPURSUPSHOW by CHRIS Takeaways From The Gamecocks Huge Upset Win Over Georgia No, you aren’t dreaming. South Carolina actually went into Athens and beat third ranked Georgia. This game was a rollercoaster of emotions and the fact South Carolina won is just unbelievable to me and other fans. A lot of things went wrong, and a lot of things went right. Either way, a win is a win and here are my three takeaways from this shocking upset: Maybe Muschamp isn’t that bad I will admit I was extremely critical of Muschamp when the Gamecocks were 1-2 when they should’ve been 3-0, but something changed when Muschamp put on the glasses. Maybe they’re like Peter Parker’s God’s eye glasses in Far From Home, but either way this team has looked completely different in the last two games. The dominant win over Kentucky to end the losing streak was great, but this win was the biggest win in Muschamp’s tenure easily. I still think he needs to do a better job of managing injuries, especially taking out your star quarterback when he’s already limping. He’s going to have a tough road ahead with so many injuries, but this win gives me a lot more confidence in him. Israel Mukuamu is the real deal Fromm had not thrown an interception all season until this game. Mukuamu has a 6’4” wingspan, and it certainly showed today when he reached up to pick off Fromm and run it back for a touchdown. I can’t remember the last time I heard an announcer say that a quarterback shouldn’t throw to a certain South Carolina defender. This secondary has been torn apart all season, but this performance by Mukuamu will certainly be a memorable one. He was my player of the game. Joyner was a big part of this win He didn’t have the best stats, but Dakereon Joyner stepped in and managed the game well enough to help South Carolina win. The Hilinski injury is going to heavily affect this offense for at least the next few weeks, but I believe Joyner will step up and play well. It honestly amazes me how Joyner has stayed with this team instead of transferring, but now is finally his time. It doesn’t get any easier as South Carolina has to play Florida next week, but I’m excited to see how this offense changes when it’s centered around Joyner. Conclusion I think the last time I was this happy after a win was the 2014 win over Georgia. I honestly think this was the greatest upset in South Carolina history because it was on the road as major underdogs. I didn’t expect the Gamecocks to have a chance, but I’m happy they proved me wrong. It will definitely be a fun game against Florida next week.
  16. OCTOBER 8, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW What Are The Top Five Greatest Wins Over The Georgia Bulldogs? In the spirit of Georgia week, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable wins South Carolina has secured on the gridiron over the Dawgs. Vince Dooley led the Dawgs into Williams-Brice Stadium for a Top 15 match-up. The Gamecocks, led by legendary head coach Joe Morrison, pulled the massive upset in front of a packed house in Columbia, SC. Carolina wide receiver Robert Brooks had one of the more memorable plays of the game and of this rivalry, a one handed touchdown catch that started the scoring for USC. The Gamecocks never looked back and the route was on in Columbia for a huge early season win. 4. 2011 (#12 USC 45, UGA 42) The 2011 edition of the USC-UGA game provided plenty of fireworks. The 87 points scored still remains as the most points combined scored between the two schools in the series history. The win gave South Carolina back to back wins in the series for the first time since the 2000-2001 seasons and just the sixth time all time in the series. While the offense was explosive, it was the South Carolina special teams and defense that truly left it’s mark on this ballgame. Melvin Ingram became a star, scoring on a touchdown on a memorable 61 yard fake punt, as well as a scoop and score later in the game to seal the victory. This game also served to be Jadeveon Clowney’s coming out party, as he tossed UGA QB Aaron Murray aside like a rag doll on Ingram’s fumble return for a touchdown. 3. 2000 (USC 21, #9 UGA 10) South Carolina was picked to finish dead last in the SEC East heading into the 2000 season, and for good reason. The Gamecocks were coming off a 1-21 1998 and 1999, including 21 straight overall losses. The streak ended the week prior against New Mexico State and the goal posts would soon be torn down again on this day. Carolina fans light up when they hear the name “Quincy Carter”, a UGA quarterback who had his Heisman hopes dashed in Columbia. The USC defense picked him off five times en route to pulling off the huge upset and sending shockwaves through the college football world. 2. 1993 (USC 23, UGA 21) Simply known as “Bennett Over The Top”, there simply isn’t a sweeter sound than hearing the legendary Larry Munson begging the Dawgs to “lay down you guys, lay down”. Gamecocks running back Brandon Bennett was stuffed on the one yard line with under :20 seconds remaining, the clock ticking and no timeouts. As cited on the podcast a few weeks back by Bennett himself, Taneyhill immediately shouted “SAME PLAY, SAME PLAY!”, hurrying Carolina up to the line. The rest was up to Bennett and became forever engraved in Gamecocks history as one of the singular most spectacular individual plays by a USC running back. 1. 2012 (#6 USC 35, #5 UGA 7) I’m not sure words can describe just how magical of a night it was at Williams-Brice when the Dawgs came to town in 2012. College Gameday. The highest ranked match-up between the two teams. An outstanding quarterback. A ferocious defense. The 2012 game had the makings of one of the true classics in this series. However, it turned into arguably the greatest night in USC history for other reasons. The Gamecocks pounded the Dawgs from the start, taking an early 14-0 lead. Then, Ace Sanders happened. Still regarded by most as the loudest moment in Williams-Brice history, Ace took the punt 70 yards for the touchdown to give USC a 21-0 first quarter lead and shock the Georgia faithful who made the trip. For a single night, the college football universe centered on Columbia, SC and the Gamecocks showed themselves as the best team in the entire nation.
  17. OCTOBER 7, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Top Five Reasons Why I Hate The University of Georgia To Hell With Georgia. 1. The Fans No better place to start than with the maniacs who make the red and black fanbase. Growing up on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, my childhood was filled with countless encounters with deranged Dawg fans. I attended a church across the Savannah River in the early to mid 2000’s, during the years of David Pollack, David Green, DJ Shockley and more. Can you even imagine waking up every Sunday to the Lord’s house KNOWING you were about to get ragged for 90 minutes before, during and after Sunday service? UGA fans are widely known across college football as the worst fans in the sport, while some fans even swear to never make a return trip to Athens. Simply put, Georgia holds the title of the most obnoxious fanbase in college football. 2. 2004 The 2004 UGA game. My first SC-UGA game as a diehard fan that I truly can remember. While I had watched previous match-ups, this was the first game where I truly felt that hate for Georgia. Where I understood what this game meant. It was also my first time as a South Carolina Gamecock experiencing true heartbreak. For those of you who don’t remember, the Gamecocks stormed out to a 16-0 lead and looked primed for the upset in front of a sellout crowd at Williams-Brice. Of course, the Dawgs managed to storm back and steal a 20-16 win from USC. That was the first time I ever cried as a South Carolina Gamecock fan. True heartbreak and my hate for the University of Georgia reached new heights. 3. “Glory, Glory” First, let’s all take in what is one of the greatest renditions to a fight song of all time: As I write this, the glorious hymn of “To Hell With Georgia” sits on repeat. However, until you’ve sat in your home stadium and heard Dawg fans belt out “AND TO HELL WITH USC” you don’t understand what I’m saying. As unoriginal as fight songs come, this ole Georgia rallying cry is just another reason to hate everything the University of Georgia stands for. To Hell With Georgia. 4. That Stupid, Spoiled Dog How can you look at that smug little face and not hate this dog? Listen, I LOVE dogs. Anybody who knows me can tell you that. As for UGA? He can kick rocks. This dog lives better than most humans do, sitting his lazy butt on a bucket of ice in his air conditioned doghouse. Words can’t describe my dislike for UGA and his stupid little bulldog face. 5. Kirby Smart In case you were living under a rock in 2015, the Gamecocks were left searching for a new head coach after Steve Spurrier decided to retire mid way through the season. Ray Tanner took to the open market to make a splash with the next Gamecocks head football coach. Among the names that were thrown around, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was high on the “get list” for USC. Meanwhile in Athens, the Dawgs decided to part ways with longtime head coach Mark Richt, despite securing another ten win season. The Dawgs saw South Carolina going after Smart and made the offer, practically “stealing” Kirby away from South Carolina. Long story short, the Dawgs got Smart and the Gamecocks got Will Muschamp. Need I say more?
  18. OCTOBER 9, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 136 | UGA Preview + Robert Beary To Hell With Georgia. Chris breaks down the Gamecocks road trip to Athens including top storylines, keys to the game, key match-ups, prediction and much more. Plus, former Gamecocks catcher Robert Beary joins the show (41:35-1:58:22) to chat about his path to USC, playing for Ray Tanner, winning back to back national titles, life after baseball and much more.
  19. OCTOBER 4, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA THESPURSUPSHOW Best Case, Worst Case Scenario For The Rest Of The Gamecocks 2019 Season If there was one phrase I would use to describe this team, it would be cautious optimism. A 2-3 record isn’t ideal, but at least the Gamecocks snapped a five game losing streak to Kentucky. They looked pretty good last week, and I hope that Muschamp continues the game plan where they stick to the run game and play aggressive on defense. The schedule only gets harder from here on out so here are my best and worst case scenarios for the remainder of the season: Best Case The best case scenario for me is the Gamecocks go 7-5. If South Carolina can stick to the same game plan they had against Kentucky, they could hit that mark. I don’t see how the Gamecocks can beat Georgia in Athens. Georgia will win the game of trenches and will have a huge home field advantage. I think South Carolina can upset Florida at home. If Dowdle is completely healthy, I think the Gamecocks can win with the run game. I also think the defensive line will punish Kyle Trask just like they did to Sawyer Smith. South Carolina should win at Tennessee just because of the clear talent gap. Vanderbilt will be a surprisingly tough team, but I think our run defense is good enough to stop Vanderbilt’s only strength. Appalachian State is undefeated and has a win at UNC, but that’s their only quality win. App State always seems to beat the bigger teams, but I think the Gamecock defense will be too much for them. I believe South Carolina can go and beat Texas A&M on the road. Kellen Mond has looked overrated, and the whole team seems to be struggling so I think South Carolina could pull off the upset. Clemson will be way too talented to beat even at home. 7-5 is going to be tough, but it really depends on the coaching and injuries. Worst Case Let’s all remember that this is still Muschamp in control of this team. My worst case scenario for this team is 3-9. That seems really bad, but it’s more likely than 7-5 because this is still Muschamp coaching this team. South Carolina will lose to Georgia on the road. Florida is a team that Muschamp has only beat once in his time at South Carolina. I can see Muschamp blowing a lead like he did last year, but it all depends on his coaching. There is a possibility that South Carolina will lose to Tennessee on the road. Any road game is tough, and in the SEC it’s even tougher. Tennessee might get it together, and a night game could be a challenge in Neyland Stadium. If we want to talk about the associative property, you could say that App State will beat South Carolina because they beat UNC. App State will be a tough team in general and if South Carolina has to deal with late season injuries again, the Mountaineers could win. If South Carolina plays Texas A&M on the road at night, it will be a really tough atmosphere to win. The Aggies may not be as good as we thought, but Kyle Field is a tough stadium to win. South Carolina won’t beat Clemson just because the gap in talent. Conclusion I think 3-9 is more likely than 7-5 just because I don’t have faith in Muschamp yet. His job will depend completely on his game planning and preparation. This team is too talented to go 3-9, but Muschamp has yet to prove that he can pull off a meaningful season. I think the most realistic record for this season would be 5-7.
  20. OCTOBER 3, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 135 | Major Announcement, “Bye Week Blues” + More + Derek “Squeaky” Watson Chris goes over some housekeeping items including arguably the biggest announcement in the history of The Spurs Up Show. Also, he discusses what South Carolina needs to work on during the bye week, Frank Martin’s presser, the advantages of UGA being a noon kickoff, USC hockey, baseball and more. Finally, former Gamecocks running back Derek “Squeaky” Watson joins the show to chat about being a Mr. SC Football, his path to USC, playing for Lou Holtz, choosing South Carolina over Tennessee, winning back to back Outback Bowls, his professional career, his off the field issues, his growth as a man and much more.
  21. SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Kentucky Week: Five Things To Watch For Against The Wildcats It is week 5 of the college football season and I feel exhausted. Being a Gamecock fan is not for the faint of heart, and it’s certainly not for any casual bandwagoners either. If you represent the garnet & black, you do so knowing that it is likely to disrupt your mental and emotional wellbeing. It was like this when my dad was growing up a fan. It was like this when I was growing up as a fan. And, sadly, it’ll probably be like this when my future children grow up. It seems like a depressing reality, right? But somewhere in the midst of the near perpetual disappointment, there is a strong sense of pride for the University of South Carolina, and no matter what has happened before—even an ugly loss to UNC and Mizzou—when you walk into Willy B and hear “Sand Storm” being blasted, that love resurfaces and you become intoxicated be the joy of being a Gamecock. This is exactly what will happen this weekend as fans fill up the stadium for the first home night game in some time. Does last week’s disappointment still sting? Yes, it definitely does. But as soon as we collectively walk back into the greatest stadium in college football, those woes will take a backseat, and we will be loud, wild, and full-blown crazy over OUR team. That home field environment could give our guys the edge in what is sure to be a tough battle, but it in no way guarantees that the team will have success against the Wildcats. We hope they do, I hope they do, but the issues we have seen for weeks are likely to resurface again. The main thing to watch for in this one is how the team responds if those issues hit early. Do they give up? Or do they battle back? We will see soon enough, but in the meantime while we wait patiently, here’s five more things to watch for in Saturday’s game against Kentucky. Where does this team really stand? The most confusing thing about the 2019 Gamecocks is that due to their absurd levels of inconsistency, no one really has a clue what kind of team we have here. This is a team that, on paper, has insane levels of talent at the most important positions. It is a team that should dominate nearly anyone with a talented rushing attack. It is a team that has skilled weapons on the outside that will likely play football at the next level. It is a team that has a dynamic player on the defensive line that will be a 1st round draft pick. And yet, it is also a team that has not shown even a small amount of its full potential against a meaningful opponent. Against a less talented UNC team, the Gamecocks coughed up the lead late. Against an overpowered Alabama team, the Gamecocks looked competitive, but still lost by 4-scores. Against a Missouri team that appeared to be at a similar talent level, the Gamecocks looked terrible and lost by 20. With games like that, it’s hard to tell if the Gamecocks are on the verge of taking a huge next step (something that the Bama performance hinted at) or on the verge of tanking completely, and not winning another game this season (something that the Mizzou game hinted at). Maybe that’s why there is so much frustration with the fan base. The fans love this team, they support this team, but they have no idea what this team really is. To make matters worse, Coach Muschamp praised this group as his best yet, so when the results look as lopsided as they have thus far, the doubt about his evaluation and coaching creeps in. In this game against Kentucky, look to see what team we really have. If the team makes a big statement, starts firing on all cylinders, and shows true improvement, they certainly could win, and win big. If, however, they still look lost, this game could be another 20-point defeat, and if that were to happen, fans would know exactly what type of team this is—a 1-4 type of team. Who is actually injured, and who is healthy? In the Missouri game there was a lot of confusion about Hilinski’s performance. I have been a public advocate of his early play and will continue to be: I believe that this kid is special and that we will never see another performance that bad from him again. He’s a winner, and he will work hard to make sure that he improves each game. But, despite what good things I know will come, last week was objectively a rough game for him. The question though, is not why a freshman QB struggled in his first road start. The real question is, how bad was the elbow injury, and should the game-plan have changed, if he was hurt? The rumor going into the Mizzou game about an injury was minimized by the coaching staff. We now know that maybe it was a little more serious than previously stated. While I think that it is unrealistic to expect a full injury report from Muschamp, as some have suggested, his inability to level with fans about injuries has caused probably more harm than good, and he is getting a reputation for downplaying things that fans consider to be serious. This has led to some awkward issues with injury reporting as of late. The prime example of this coming in the form of Dakereon Joyner’s injury—and subsequent missing out on the Kentucky game—being revealed not by Muschamp himself, but by Joyner’s high school coach. Maybe it was not his place to break that news, but as a big fan of Joyner, I appreciate hearing it, especially considering that it led to it being revealed that he had been playing through this injury for some time. So, with confusion and a lingering sense of ambiguity on the injury reporting front—as well as losing more and more players (the Kevin Harris injury really hurts)—fans may not know who is healthy and who is not until the game kicks off, and even after that, they may find out later that someone was playing hurt. Look to see if Hilinski’s elbow is back to normal, and if he really is 100%. Will we ever see the run game? Dowdle is currently averaging 6.5 yards a carry. Tavien Feaster is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. In last week’s game against Missouri, the two backs had a combined for two carries in the 1st quarter, and six combined carries in the second quarter. This is a mind numbing statistic, considering that true freshman, Ryan Hilinski, looked woefully off in his first road start. By the time the third quarter began, the score had ballooned to 7-17, by in large, eliminating any realistic pursuit of a running attack in an attempt to catch up in the game. As you all know, the game ended in a 34-14 loss, and fans everywhere are still scratching their heads as to why the coaching staff did not lean on the two experienced senior running backs, especially when the young signal caller was struggling so much. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference, but with rushing averages that high, moving away from the rushing attack in a game that was considered a “must-win” seems much in the same as trying to win a road game with your dominant hand tied behind your back. In Saturday’s game look to see if the staff learned from their mistake and made the crucial change in the game plan. If we finally see a heavy dose of running the ball, it would prove that this staff does possess the ability to make key adjustments. If not…then we sure better hope Hilinski plays lights out, because the Gamecocks will certainly be handicapped in the game. Can the Gamecocks send a message to Kash Daniel? The bad boy of college football struck again during Kentucky’s game against Florida. Buried under the pile, Kyle Trask (Florida QB) was defenseless, something that Daniel allegedly tried to take advantage of. When looking at the video of the moment, it can clearly be seen that Daniel, who already has a reputation as a hot-head, grabs Trask’s foot and attempts to twist it. Daniel immediately received criticism for his actions, but denied anything intentional, saying that his, “hand was stuck”. Whether you believe his story or not, all eyes will be on every move that the senior linebacker makes during his game against Carolina. This could mean that Daniel plays a little more conservative than normal, knowing the extra attention he will receive, or, as I expect, it could mean that he tries to make a statement of his own. Either way, Carolina’s offense should be ready to send a message to a guy like that. And if they do, not only will the Gamecock faithful be cheering for them, but perhaps the rest of the College football world. I personally would love to see someone like Nick Muse prove his alpha-dog status over Daniel. Muse has the size and strength to do so, and after his statements about his mindset regarding the guy that lines up opposite of him, it appears that Muse has just as much fire as Daniel. So, will we see someone like Muse send a clear message to the alleged dirty player? I sure hope so. If we win, does it change anything? If we lose, is it rock bottom? We are in a strange place here. If we win against Kentucky, fans will be happy to have broken a six game skid, but at the same time, they will still question whether or not beating Kentucky is truly worthy of real celebration. If they lose, however, it is hard to see this team going any further south. So, is a loss rock bottom? Well, maybe so, at least to some people. Most fans will demand accountability, and rightfully so. You can support your team and still demand a better product. Losing a sixth time to Kentucky is inexcusable, and I personally see it as a new low for this program (and keep in mind, that is even including the loss to the Citadel), and something that should be seen as a direct influencer of change. Whether that is staff adjustments, coaching philosophy tweaks, line-up shifts, or even something more drastic, eventually something has to give. Blindly hoping that things just magically get better, while refusing to make tough decisions, is not a blueprint for success. This team needs accountability on all levels. If the Gamecocks lose here, we just may see how much accountability there really is. Conclusion With all of that being said, I’ll be ready to cheer on my Gamecocks Saturday, and I’m sure you will be too. When the lights of Willy B shine down on the sea of garnet, we will all temporarily forget that we are sitting at a 1-3 record, and the only thing that will matter to us is sending the Wildcats home with a loss. It’s hard to predict a game like this, since our team is so up and down this season, but I’m expecting Hilinski to bounce back in a big way. Here’s to hoping things magically improve, here’s to snapping losing streaks one by one, and here’s to running the table and finishing strong!
  22. SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | “Best Bet” For Cocks-Cats + SEC Gambling Picks Week Five
  23. CALL/TEXT 1-843-790-3377 “The Coop” Call-In Show 9/24/19 1:00pm to 2:00pm Will Muschamp weekly presser, Jam Williams transfers, mood heading into Kentucky weekend, your calls and more.
  24. SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 132 | Missouri Recap + Brandon Bennett Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 34-14 loss to the Missouri Tigers. Where does this USC program go from here? Also, Chris touches on The State newspaper and just how irresponsible their headline regarding Ryan Hilinski was. Finally, former Gamecocks running back Brandon Bennett joins the show to chat about why he chose USC, his famous “Bennett Over The Top” play, his illustrious NFL career, being inducted in the USC HOF, his “36 Elite” training business, the current state of Gamecock football, unique fraternity of great South Carolina running backs and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzpsrout
  25. SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | Who Wins Tomorrow’s Game Between The Gamecocks And Mizzou?

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