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  1. I know a lot of the traffic here is due to the troubles at Cockytalk. Let me say first that it is a classy site and been around a long time. I know a lot of the moderators and Chuck. Have not always agreed, but still really a nice site and hope it is able to overcome the recent hacking and come back strong. I know it will affect traffic here but I do not want to gain popularly by one site trying it's best to get back up in running. I am so happy to see none of the members putting down CT as I have seen on some sites. I wish nothing but the best for COCKYTALK and hope they are back soon. For the members who have migrated here, I hope you can have room for the both of use. Thanks again and all are welcome here. WE ARE ALL GAMECOCK FANS WANTING THE SAME THING ENJOYING OUR GAMECOCK SPORTS AND EACH OTHER. GO COCKS!! Henry Fusco AK FeaderedCock
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  4. Starting offensive lineman Donell Stanley has made his decision regard the NFL draft January 01, 2019 One of South Carolina’s players mulling leaving for the NFL draft has made his choice. (MORE)
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    All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year finalists announced VOTE HERE Four finalists have been announced for the All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year award, which is presented to the top offensive player in the country and chosen by the All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The award will be presented at the All-American Bowl Awards Show in San Antonio on Jan. 4, the night before the bowl. RELATED Four finalists announced for All-American Bowl Coach of the Year Award Four finalists announced for Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year
  6. They arrived in one of South Carolina’s darkest hours. What these seniors mean to USC November 17, 2018 From South Carolina football’s 2015 recruiting class, only four will walk Saturday. It speaks to attrition. It speaks to a few redshirts. It speaks to the bounces and the journey the Gamecocks football program has gone through in their time on campus. And perhaps it also speaks to what’s coming next. In Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night against Chattanooga, a total of 20 players will walk in senior day festivities. The makeup of the group is in itself rather remarkable, though perhaps not so much given all the program has been through. ▪ Four true seniors ▪ Six redshirt seniors ▪ Four junior college players ▪ One graduate transfer ▪ Two walk-ons who earned scholarships ▪ Three walk-ons “Looking back at it, it’s kind of crazy,” senior guard Zack Bailey said. “Just coming in and we had a bunch of guys. A lot of them transferred out or had issues going on at home for whatever reason. So looking at it now, just a small group, it’s kind of amazing that we’re here. “I love it and I love the close knit that we have and just how we’ve made this team progress to come from 3-9.” Bailey is one of those true seniors, along with Rashad Fenton, Blake Camper and Christian Pellage, who has not played in a game since 2015. Overall, nine scholarship players from that class remain. Bailey and Camper were both forced into action, getting starts in 2015. Fenton and Pellage each had roles as true freshmen. There was a special message for the team about that group of 20, as they head into the Chattanooga game. “It’s really just about our seniors and what they have done for this program,” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “They’ve been through a lot since they’ve been here. Really just battled and optimized what we want as a culture here. “Coach Muschamp challenged everyone, from the players, coaches, support staff to put all their effort in for the seniors to make this week special for them.” They’ll leave as part of a group that helped turn things around. Year 1 was the program’s lowest point since Lou Holtz’s 0-11 debut. They watched the Steve Spurrier era end with a thud, the short-lived Shawn Elliott tenure and the arrival of Muschamp, a coach with plenty of questions. They helped, each in their own way, South Carolina go from three wins to six, and then to nine. This year hasn’t been what was projected, but the team is on course for at least 7-5, a taste of stability for a program that seemed to have almost none when they arrived. They were important to what Muschamp was aiming to build, and he sees Saturday as a moment to share with them. “Appreciate them,” Muschamp said. “A small gesture of thank you for what they’ve done. It’s certainly not goodbye. “Mean an awful lot, especially in a coaching change, transition and helping build a foundation of the program moving forward.” In terms of moving forward, the small size of the group means USC should have a fair amount coming back. Of the 20 listed seniors, eight are currently starting. Two are hoping to come back next year after being injured, and another is deciding between a sixth season and a shot at the NFL. There’s the risk of a junior or two making the jump, perhaps Javon Kinlaw, Bryan Edwards or maybe Jake Bentley if he gets really good draft feedback. But most likely, this team will return a lot of pieces going into next season. Some of them will soon enough take on the mantle of seniors, leaders and stewards of the program, and in doing that, they’ll likely take a little something from the small group set to depart. “I hope to leave my legacy, what I’ve done here, I hope to leave that to the young guys,” Bailey said. “For them to build off of what I’ve done and help them progress, so that when I progress, they can step into that next role.” Seniors being recognized: Bryson Allen- Williams, Ben Asbury, Jacob August, Zack Bailey, Blake Camper, K.C. Crosby, Dennis Daley, Javion Duncan, Rashad Fenton, Danny Gordon, J.T. Ibe, Steven Montac, Keisean Nixon, Christian Pellage, Deebo Samuel, Michael Scarnecchia, Jason Senn, Donell Stanley, Eldridge Thompson and Malik Young.
  7. South Carolina bowl projections: More enthusiasm for a return trip to Florida November 05, 2018 With its victory this weekend over Ole Miss, South Carolina football solidified its chances of going to a bowl game, which already improved late last week with the announcement of a 12th game against Akron. Now at 5-3, the Gamecocks will almost certainly defeat Chattanooga on Nov. 17 to clinch bowl eligibility and will be favored to take down Akron for a seventh win. The question now becomes whether Will Muschamp’s squad can now knock off Florida on the road this upcoming Saturday to set itself up for another eight-win season and an even strong bowl bid. It seems as thought a plurality of bowl projectors from major national media outlets like South Carolina’s chances. Of nine predictions released by Monday, four have the Gamecocks visiting Florida for a second consecutive postseason, playing in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against a variety of Big Ten opponents. Since the SEC re-partnered with the game in 2010, every conference representative has had at least seven wins, with five of those eight teams having eight wins or more. USC has played in the Gator Bowl four times in program history, losing every game. If Carolina doesn’t wind up in Jacksonville, two bowl projections each have it going to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl or just up the road to Charlotte for the Belk Bowl. Where the Gamecocks end up will also depend on how the rest of the SEC shakes out — currently, seven teams sit in front of South Carolina in the conference standings. SOUTH CAROLINA BOWL PROJECTIONS ▪ ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura — Liberty Bowl (Memphis) vs. Oklahoma State, Dec. 31 ▪ ESPN’s Mitch Sherman — Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) vs. Purdue, Dec. 31 ▪ Sports Illustrated — Belk Bowl (Charlotte) vs. Duke, Dec. 29 ▪ CBS Sports — Liberty Bowl (Memphis) vs. Baylor, Dec. 31 ▪ SB Nation — Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) vs. Purdue, Dec. 31 ▪ 247Sports — Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) vs. Penn State, Dec. 31 ▪ College Football News — Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) vs. Michigan State, Dec. 31 ▪ Sporting News — Texas Bowl (Houston) vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 27 ▪ Bleacher Report — Belk Bowl (Charlotte) vs. Boston College, Dec. 29
  8. Bryan Edwards catches one-handed TD bomb to extend Gamecocks’ lead over Ole Miss November 03, 2018 Bryan Edwards didn’t have a catch or a target for South Carolina football through the first quarter and a half against Ole Miss. That changed in a hurry. With under eight minutes to play before halftime and the Gamecocks winning 17-13, junior quarterback Jake Bentley stepped back in the pocket on first down at the 25-yard line and unleashed a bomb down the right sideline to the junior receiver. Edwards leaped and made the one-handed grab, then broke the tackle and waltzed into the end zone for a 75-yard score to make the game 24-13. The touchdown was Edwards’ sixth of the year, a new career best. The pass was the longest of Bentley’s career, topping another long ball he threw to Edwards last week against Tennessee.
  9. Fast start: Deebo Samuel takes opening kick for TD against Ole Miss Nov. 03, 2018 Slow starts had been a concern as of late for South Carolina football. That wasn’t an issue Saturday against Ole Miss, as star senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for his fourth career return touchdown and first of the season to give the Gamecocks a 7-0 early lead. The Rebels seemed to attempt a short kick to specifically to avoid Samuel, but redshirt freshman offensive lineman Eric Douglas attempted to catch the ball and fumbled it. Samuel then scooped the ball up and sprinted nearly untouched the length of the field. Samuel last returned a kick for a touchdown on Sept. 9, 2017, against Missouri. He now has two more kicks returned for scores than any other player in program history, and is tied for the most in SEC history. In 2018, Samuel has had five receiving touchdowns, a career high. With Saturday’s touchdown return, his total touchdown total at USC now stands at 18.
  10. http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/ FULL RANKINGS TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 3 RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW 1 Alabama 2-0 1571 59 1 – 1/1 2 Clemson 2-0 1481 3 2 – 2/2 3 Georgia 2-0 1437 0 3 – 3/4 4 Ohio State 2-0 1391 1 4 – 3/4 5 Oklahoma 2-0 1319 0 5 – 5/5 6 Wisconsin 2-0 1252 0 6 – 6/7 7 Auburn 2-0 1221 0 7 – 7/10 8 Notre Dame 2-0 1029 0 8 – 8/11 9 Stanford 2-0 1010 0 9 – 9/13 10 Penn State 2-0 930 0 10 – 9/10 11 Virginia Tech 2-0 862 0 14 3 11/17 12 Washington 2-0 852 0 11 -1 6/12 13 Louisiana State 2-0 850 0 15 2 13/24 14 Texas Christian 2-0 743 0 16 2 14/16 15 West Virginia 2-0 727 0 17 2 15/20 16 Mississippi State 2-0 650 0 18 2 16/18 17 Boise State 2-0 507 0 19 2 17/22 18 Central Florida 2-0 438 0 20 2 18/23 19 Oklahoma State 2-0 325 0 23 4 19/25 20 Miami 2-0 296 0 21 1 8/21 21 Southern California 1-1 295 0 12 -9 12/21 22 Michigan 1-1 270 0 22 – 14/22 23 Oregon 2-0 255 0 NR 3 23/NR 24 Michigan State 1-1 152 0 13 -11 12/24 25 Arizona State 2-0 92 0 NR – 25/25 *Hi/Low Rankings Hi/Low = The highest and lowest ranking each team has held during the designated season. Any team that starts the season unranked and/or falls out of the top 25 during the season will reflect a "NR" (not ranked) designation as its lowest rank. Schools Dropped Out No. 24 South Carolina. Others Receiving Votes Texas A&M 87; Utah 86; Houston 46; South Carolina 43; Boston College 37; Kentucky 34; South Florida 27; Washington State 21; Colorado 20; Florida State 17; NC State 16; Iowa 15; Duke 13; Appalachian State 12; Cincinnati 11; Hawaii 10; Maryland 9; Missouri 8; Vanderbilt 3; Memphis 3; Arkansas State 1; Texas 1.
  11. OK guys Tony just finished the betting so we have two games up each member has 4000 points enjoy.
  12. USC spends more in buildup of football under Muschamp. ‘It’s part of the evolution’ August 25, 2018 THE STATE Progress comes at a price. And it’s a hefty one in major college football. South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp has repeatedly referred to the school’s nearly completed $50 million football operations building as an “investment,” the kind of investment he and his bosses believe is mandatory to be competitive in the Southeastern Conference, but brick and mortar are only part of what the Gamecocks are pouring into their football program. “When you invest in your program, you get a return,” Muschamp said. Two years into his rebuilding of that program, the Gamecocks are doing just that. For the 2018 football season, South Carolina will employ 56 percent more people and spend 37 percent more money on employees devoted to the sport than it did in 2015, Steve Spurrier’s final season. “There’s been an evolution across college sports. Certainly football leads the charge in many ways,” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner told The State. “I wouldn’t necessarily go back and say, ‘This was Coach Spurrier and now it’s Will Muschamp.’ I would say it’s part of the evolution.” In Spurrier’s final season, South Carolina was spending $8,247,677 on annual salaries in the football program. This season, the Gamecocks will spend $11,327,878. The team finished 3-9 in 2015 and 9-4 a year ago. “I knew we were behind in numbers (of staff members in the Spurrier era), but that doesn’t necessarily equate to wins,” Tanner said. “A couple years before that, we didn’t have as big a staff as some of the other schools, but we had won 33 games in three years, so more’s not always better.” It was clear, though, during Tanner’s interview with Muschamp that bringing the Gamecocks into line with most of their SEC brethren was going to take more people and more money. “Part of the conversation was, ‘What does your staff look like?’ ” Tanner said. Muschamp and his coaching staff account for most of the difference in spending. Muschamp makes $4.2 million annually, $200,000 more than Spurrier did in his final season, and his 10-person coaching staff earns a combined $5.05 million compared to the $2.96 million paid to Spurrier’s nine-man staff in 2015. (NCAA rules allowed a 10th on-field assistant to be hired beginning this season.) Muschamp’s staff also employees four analysts, two on offense and two on defense, who make between $60,000 and $82,600 annually. Those staff members are usually in charge of watching film of the Gamecocks and opponents and passing ideas onto the on-field staff. Spurrier’s staff had no analysts. The analyst position is a relatively new addition to most college football staffs. Alabama has 13 coaches, including former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, listed as analysts in its 2018 media guide. “Two analysts on each side is plenty. I don’t think more is better,” Muschamp said. “You hire coaches and you pay them pretty good to do a job. Part of your job as a coach is to research your position, research your side of the ball, study your opponents. I like doing that instead of asking somebody else to do it.” The biggest reason for the disparity in staff size is hiring Muschamp has done in two areas — recruiting and nutrition. Spurrier’s final staff had two salaried positions outside the coaching staff devoted to recruiting. Muschamp has added a director and assistant director of creative services, a director and assistant director of player personnel and a director of on-campus recruiting. Muschamp’s new hires in recruiting mostly are in charge of organizing on-campus recruiting efforts and creating videos that allow the coaching staff to more efficiently evaluate players. “I don’t like to comment on previous situations, but we needed more work in recruiting,” Muschamp said. “We had to really build that department. That wasn’t something we necessarily had.” The Gamecocks are also putting more money into their nutrition program now and have doubled the salary of the head of that department, and that’s not the only position to be more highly valued. While Andre Goodman made $75,000 to be Spurrier’s director of player personnel, Marcus Lattimore makes $200,000 in a similar position for Muschamp’s team. Those numbers do not include the hiring of associate athletics director for new and creative media Justin King and the seven people in his office. King, whose staff is paid a total of $487,000 annually, works primarily in service of the football program, and he and his staff create promotional videos and content that Muschamp uses recruiting. “He and his staff have made a difference in our program and our athletic department and our university,” Muschamp said. “You can say what you want, whether you like social media or not, but that’s where we are. It appeals to young people. Justin and his staff have done a great job of marketing our brand.” The staff and support numbers also don’t include undergraduate student workers who receive a low hourly rate. Spurrier’s office had spots for four undergraduates, while Muschamp’s has room for 22. The Gamecocks are near the middle of the pack in the SEC when it comes to football staff size, Tanner said. “The size of the staffs have just evolved,” he said. “If you want to, you can be cynical and say, ‘There are too many people. They get paid too much.’ And go on and on and on, but it’s college athletics at the Power 5 level.” 2015 South Carolina football salaries Deke Adams Defensive Line Coach $ 320,000 Joseph Blake Nutritionist $42,001-$46,000 Kirk Botkin Linebacker Coach $ 320,000 Rita Boykin ADMINISTRATIVE COORD I $ 58,848 Grady Brown Quality Control Coordinator $ 270,000 Jordan Diaz RECREATION SPECIALIST I $ 23,660 Shawn Elliott Offensive Line Coach $ 325,000 Kim Fields ADMINISTRATIVE ASST $42,001-$46,000 Ryan Fischer SUPPLY MANAGER I $42,001-$46,000 Andre Goodman DIRECTOR/ADJUNCT $ 75,000 Jon Hoke Co-DC/Defensive Backs $ 400,000 Robbie Liles Director of Football Operations $ 120,000 G.A. Mangus OC/QBs/Tight Ends $ 300,000 Christopher Matlok ATHLETIC COACH-USC $ 99,194 Joe Robinson Special Teams Coordinator $ 300,000 Everette Sands Runnings Backs Coach $ 270,000 Patrick Shine Administrative Recruiting $42,001-$46,000 Jamie Speronis Associate AD/Football Operations $ 185,000 Scott Spurrier Quality Control Coordinator $ 61,200 Steve Spurrier Head Coach $ 4,000,000 Steve Spurrier Jr. Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator $ 325,000 Brian Turk Quality Control Coordinator $ 60,000 Lorenzo Ward Co-Defensive Coordinator $ 400,000 Travelle Wharton Offensive Line Coach $ 60,000 Shaq Wilson Quality Control Coordinator $ 61,200 GRAD STUDENT $ 5,915 GRAD STUDENT $ 23,660 2018 South Carolina football salaries Andrew Belluomini Analyst $ 80,000 Bobby Bentley Running Backs Coach $ 400,000 Taylor Burns Athletic Administrator $26,001-$30,000 Kristin Coggin Director of Football Nutrition $ 95,000 Jeff Dillman Director of Strength & Conditioning $ 425,000 Kim Fields Assistant to HC/Ass. Dir. of Ops $ 57,673 Zachary Freshe Assistant Director of Creative $38,001-$42,000 David Hall Assistant Director of Player Personnel $ 60,000 Carina Hargreaves Coordinator of Administration $38,001-$42,000 Shuler Hayes Assistant Director of Equipment $34,001-$38,000 Coleman Hutzler Special Teams Coordinator/LBS $ 475,000 Jessica Jackson Director of On-Campus Recruiting $ 125,000 Kyle Krantz ST Assistant/Nickels and Sam LB $ 125,000 Marcus Lattimore Director of Player Development $ 200,000 Matt Lindsey Director of Player Personnel $ 175,000 Landon Martin Analyst $ 60,000 Bryan McClendon Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers $ 650,000 Demarco McNeil Analyst $ 82,600 Will Muschamp Head Coach $ 4,200,000 Porter Peterson Outside Linebackers $ 300,000 Travaris Robinson DC/Defensive Backs $ 1,200,000 Kristin Sheetz Director of Creative Services $ 61,950 William Strickland Analyst $ 61,950 Lance Thompson Assistant Head Coach - Defense/DL $ 500,000 Pat Washington Tight Ends $ 300,000 Thomas Waters Director of Equipment Operations $ 92,925 Dan Werner Quarterbacks Coach $ 500,000 Eric Wolford Offensive Line Coach $ 600,000 Clyde Wrenn Director of High School Relations $ 120,000 George Wynn Director of Football Operations $ 200,000 GRAD STUDENT $ 5,650 GRAD STUDENT $ 7,710 GRAD STUDENT $7,710 GRAD STUDENT $ 7,710
  13. DL recruiting has some serious momentum.4* on Rivals 5 everywhere else.
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  15. National outlet pegs South Carolina football as top-15 team in 2018 March 29, 2018 Several outlets have been bullish on the 2018 South Carolina football team, putting the Gamecocks in various preseason top 25s. But College Football News raised it to another level. The outlet put the Gamecocks at No. 13 nationally as it went through a "Spring Rankings & Analysis" series. The Gamecocks finished last season at 9-4. "And now Will Muschamp is supposed to do a whole lot more," CFN's Pete Fiutak wrote. "The problem with his time at Florida was the lack of any room for error. There wasn’t any firepower and it wasn’t the most scintillating of styles, but when it works, it’s slow and steady wins the race. "Now, after closing out with a wild bowl win over Michigan for a nine-win campaign, there’s room to be far more entertaining. It starts with having the quarterback in Jake Bentley, helped by getting back top WR Deebo Samuel from injury, and there’s good upside on the lines." He added the system should work, and it will allow the Gamecocks to "push hard" in the SEC East race. The article highlighted the battle at safety and said the running game will need to do more. And in the end, it justified the high ranking with an optimistic outlook. "South Carolina will be good," Fiutak wrote. "If the team can be as sound and solid as it was throughout last season, only with more offensive pop, look out. This might just be the sleeper in the SEC East chase."
  16. Congratulations are in order for South Carolina’s Heisman Trophy winner. George Rogers tweeted a photo of himself and his new wife, Brenda Wilson of Columbia. The couple got married this week in Irmo. Rogers is South Carolina’s all-time leading rusher with 5,204. He won the Heisman in 1980 and went on to a seven-year NFL career with 7,176 yards, two Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl Championship with Washington.
  17. More on Two former four-star linemen leaving Gamecocks with video May 03, 2017 FORT LAWN - South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp kicked off his spring speaking tour with the news that two former four-star recruits on the defensive line are leaving the program. Dexter Wideman, a rising junior from Saluda, and Stephon Taylor, a redshirt freshman from New Orleans, La., both have decided to transfer, he said. “Dexter is going to go to South Carolina State. Stephon Taylor is going to get closer to home,” Muschamp said before speaking to the Lancaster County Gamecock Club. “They wanted another opportunity. Stephon wanted to get closer to home. I think a lot of both young men.” Wideman signed with South Carolina in 2014, choosing the Gamecocks over Florida State. After spending the 2014 season at Camden Military Academy, he redshirted in 2015. He rarely saw the field in 2016 and did not appear to be in the team’s defensive line rotation plans headed into the 2017 season. Taylor redshirted in 2016. Muschamp and head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley each addressed a large crowd that was lined up around the corner of the Catawba Fish Camp 30 minutes before the doors opened. Muschamp is scheduled to speak again Thursday in York, May 9 in Darlington, May 11 in Greenwood, May 16 in Atlanta and May 18 in Charleston. “To see the Gamecock Nation come out the way they have doesn’t get old,” Staley said. “It’s always amazing how much support they have given us in season and out of season.” Staley was wearing her “netlace,” which has been her faithful companion since the Gamecocks won the national championship in April. “The message is just to share in our accomplishment of winning a national championship,” Staley said. “Fortunate enough to get next to them to share in our accomplishment and hopefully lend them a piece of my net.” Staley received a standing ovation from the crowd when she was introduced. “We drove up and saw how much you guys had wrapped around the building,” she told the crowd. “I’m amazed, but I’m not because of what Gamecock Nation has done for our program over the last nine years.” Staley then listed all the support she felt through the team’s run to the title, including from Muschamp, who was seated at her side. “Coach Mushcamp used to send me short text messages… which I won’t repeat,” she said. Muschamp, who is coming off a 6-7 season in his first year as the Gamecocks head coach, received a healthy ovation when he was introduced after Staley’s speech. “When we were 2-4, y’all were standing but you weren’t clapping,” he joked. “I really appreciate the turnout. There were some dark days, and it wasn’t very good at times but we really appreciate your loyalty.” He also told the fans they were right to be excited about quarterback Jake Bentley, who will enter his second season as South Carolina’s starter in 2017. Muschamp: Gamecocks need young D-linemen to step up in 2017 “He’s a really good football player,” Muschamp said. “Jake is a guy we are really excited about. From an (offensive) skill standpoint, we will be very comparable in our league. I think we have improved on the offensive line. Moving Zack Bailey to right tackle has really helped us solidify some things.” Defensively, his team has some questions, he acknowledged. “We have some guys we feel like can come in and help us this summer,” he said. “We continue to make some strides on defense, but we’ve got some unknowns going into camp.” He also announced that the team believes it will be able to move into its upcoming football operations building in December of 2018. THE STATE
  18. WATCH: Zion Williamson chants break out at MSG as South Carolina dominates Baylor March 25, 2017 Zion Williamson is a wanted man. That tends to be the case when you’re one of the top prospects in your class and have a highlight reel that would make Dominique Wilkins jealous. The 5-star 2018 prospect is from the state of South Carolina and reportedly at the Gamecocks game against Baylor. South Carolina ended up dominating the Bears to advance to the Elite Eight. It seems like more than a few South Carolina fans had heard that Williamson was in the building. And the Gamecock faithful let him know how badly they want him to stay home and go to South Carolina. Madison Square Garden was serenaded with “We Want Zion” chants. Given that Missouri landed a commitment from Michael Porter Jr. on Friday, Porter Jr. is the No. 1 overall prospect for the class of 2017, maybe it isn’t so far fetched for Williamson to end up picking the Gamecocks. Missouri was the worst team in the SEC and Porter Jr. grew up in Missouri. So imagine what Williamson could bring to a program like South Carolina, which has proven it can win at the highest levels in college basketball. Williamson is the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class.
  19. Coach Muschamp Speaks After Saturday's Scrimmage With Videos Spring Practice Number 8 Held at Williams-Brice Stadium GCF Staff Report March 18, 2017 University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp addressed the media following Saturday’s scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium. (MORE)
  20. Southeastern Conference Locks: Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina Teams that should be in: Arkansas Work left to do: Vanderbilt, Georgia Farewell, Tennessee. The Volunteers hung on for a while, thanks to a Jan. 24 win over Kentucky, as well as some truly impressive strength of schedule numbers. But the sheer number of losses on the resume always put the Vols at risk of falling off the page. On Wednesday, they lost by 10 at LSU. That made them 14-15. At this point, an NIT bid is the appropriate aspiration. Meanwhile, we can lock in South Carolina. The Gamecocks' resume is hardly inspiring, but it's more than good enough to be a sure thing on a bubble that included Tennessee until, well, until just now, actually. Huzzah? Arkansas [22-8 (11-6), RPI: 27, SOS: 57] Locking up South Carolina might cause Arkansas fans to ask why the Razorbacks -- who have a similar RPI number and beat the Gamecocks on the road on Feb. 15 -- don't get the same treatment. For starters, Arkansas doesn't have a top-25 win, let alone one as good as South Carolina's top-five RPI victory over Florida. What's more, Arkansas lost at Missouri. Best to be grateful for the RPI's generosity and the "Should Be In" status and just move on. Vanderbilt [16-14 (9-8), RPI: 47, SOS: 2] The SEC schedule was kind to Vanderbilt, serving up Kentucky and Florida for its final two regular-season games. The Commodores entered that two-game stretch by going 8-4 ahead of its trip to Rupp Arena on Tuesday, where it lost 73-67, despite playing well. That makes Saturday's visit from Florida an even more appetizing fixture, giving the 14-loss Commodores a chance to get to 10-8 in SEC play with a regular-season sweep of a potential No. 3 seed. That would be hard to ignore on Selection Sunday. Georgia [18-12 (9-8), RPI: 49, SOS: 14] Can we throw a Bubble Watch shout out to J.J. Frazier? The Bulldogs guard had 31 points in Wednesday's 79-78 escape versus Auburn, which is impressive enough, even before you consider he was held scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, it was Frazier's fourth straight game with at least 28 points. That Georgia has needed this kind of remarkable spurt from its senior guard just to get within striking distance of the bubble is telling in and of itself; but hey, if it keeps up, a win at Arkansas on Saturday and a victory or two in the SEC tournament might just get Frazier & Co. over the hump. Who knows? ESPN
  21. Jake Bentley should be talking national championship at South Carolina Feb. 24, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Bentley didn’t have to say “national championship.” He really had no reason to. Nothing in the question that drew the response “I want to win a national championship” called for the South Carolina quarterback to mention such lofty goals. But Bentley said it and he darn well should have. The rising sophomore is at the forefront of the reasons the future appears bright in Columbia as he enters his second season as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. He’s one of at least a half-dozen such reasons with 2017 spring football beginning Saturday. Bentley was good enough as a true freshman that the question was asked Wednesday if he is planning on playing all four years of his college career at South Carolina or is he thinking of playing three and heading for the NFL. “I’m thinking of staying here for four years right now,” he said. OK, cool. Then the come-again moment happened. “I want to win a national championship,” he said. “However long that takes, I’m going to do it.” Hold on. It was an eyebrow-raising statement from Bentley. But it would have been a bigger eyebrow-raiser had he opted to say, “Golly, it’d be neat if we can win eight games next season and maybe play in the Belk Bowl. Charlotte is a great bowl destination. Maybe the year after that, we could reach nine wins and a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gosh, that sure would be swell.” Bentley said exactly what every high-level college football player believes when he stated he wants to win a national title. His confidence was as strong in saying, “I’m going to do it.” And it should be. After all, what coach or fan or teammate would want a quarterback who says, “I want to win a national title, but I don’t think we can do it.” That is the reality, though. South Carolina doesn’t have the look of a team at the national championship level by any means. The proof is in South Carolina’s season finale at Clemson, when it lost 56-7 to the eventual national champs. But it’s getting better and it’s doing so quickly. The proof was abundantly clear through the second half of the season as Deebo Samuel excelled, Hayden Hurst proved to be a major threat and Bryan Edwards and Rico Dowdle became forces. Oh, and the Gamecocks have a quarterback with a gunslinger mentality on the field and the moxie to expect to claim the ultimate prize within four years of a coaching change and a bare cupboard. It was fitting in many ways that Bentley’s first meeting with the media as the South Carolina quarterback came with a brilliant expression of confidence in self and others. Throughout the fall, Bentley’s teammates answered questions about his demeanor, leadership and confidence. No one — from Hurst to Perry Orth to A.J. Turner and more — expressed doubts about Bentley after he took over the starting spot at midseason. After Wednesday, it’s little wonder why they felt that way about a player who willingly puts the loftiest of goals on the table at the first chance he gets. He certainly didn’t have to talk about a “national championship.” Then again, he had no reason not to. SECCOUNTRY
  22. Jake Bentley: ‘I want to win a national championship’ Feb. 22, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jake Bentley is entering his first spring as South Carolina, just as he always was scheduled to do in 2017. Only he’s doing it with experience under his belt, having started seven games at USC last season as a should-be high school senior. He made enough of an impression that already the question was asked of the rising sophomore: Does Bentley plan on being at South Carolina for three or four years? He said four and he has a specific reason in mind. “I want to win a national championship,” Bentley said. “However long that takes, I’m going to do it.” The Gamecocks finished last season 6-7, but certainly Bentley’s optimism comes from the season the team had after midseason when he took over as the starting quarterback. The Gamecocks finished 4-3 down the stretch, reaching bowl eligibility and putting on a big offensive showing in the Birmingham Bowl. Now, South Carolina heads into the spring with a lot of players back, especially offensively, and Bentley is naming goals coach Will Muschamp has instilled in the program and then a little more. “Every year, we expect to win the east and beat the state,” Bentley said. “If we don’t do that, we fall short of our expectations we have set for ourselves. “Definitely ready to win a national championship, win an SEC championship. We are willing to do whatever it takes. We are really working hard so far and we will build on it in the spring.” South Carolina returns all its offensive skill players, including tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards. The unit posted 481 yards the last time it was on the field, a Birmingham Bowl loss to South Florida, providing some nice momentum going into the offseason and spring football. “For me and offensively, it’s really going to help us out,” Bentley said.. “We are able to build on what we can do. We know that we are explosive. We have got a lot of explosive players. We used them in some different ways in the bowl game. To be able to build on that is going to be fun.” SECCOUNTRY
  23. Justin King’s mission: Help Gamecocks enhance identity in a digital world Feb. 19, 2017 Justin King can pinpoint, to the day, when he became a South Carolina football fan. That day he also unknowingly set himself on a path that has both shaped his career, and brought him back to where it all began. When King, who turns 29 this month, arrived at USC from Myrtle Beach in 2006, “I knew nothing about Carolina football,” he said. “The (season-opening) game they played at Mississippi State, I was sitting in an apartment watching on TV, hearing other (students) doing cheers and chants – and then I was doing them, too.” After USC’s 15-0 win, “we ran outside, and you heard from other apartments, ‘Game!’ and ‘Cocks!’ And I thought: This is a part of who I am now.” Starting Monday, King has a newly-created position – Associate Athletics Director for New and Creative Media – and a mission to help his alma mater enhance its sports identity in the new world of social media and digital access, ranging from YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram to message boards at Williams-Brice Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and other venues. Like his own genesis as a fan, King said all of that has come as something of a surprise. After graduation in 2010 with a media arts degree, wondering where to look for work, King saw a football video on USC’s Internet message board that “was really bad,” he said. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s not as good as it could be. I think I’ll give it a shot.’ ” That effort – blending video and music, but no words, to tell a story – prompted a friend to suggest he submit it to ESPN. “I thought, ‘Yeah, right’ – and then I ended up getting a job there” as a production assistant, King said. Thus, when USC athletics director Ray Tanner and senior associate athletics director Charles Bloom were looking to bring the athletics department’s media outreach into the 21st century, they were already familiar with the handiwork. Since 2010, King had become a fan favorite by creating more Gamecocks videos – at home, on his own time. “It helped that it snowed a lot in Bristol (Conn.),” he said with a laugh. King, a senior managing producer for AL.com in Alabama since 2013, leaped at the opportunity to return to Columbia. Since ESPN, he’d been “trying to get better at editing, story-telling, creating content and how to market myself.” His hiring comes at a crucial moment at USC. Football coach Will Muschamp understands the positive impact social media can have on a team (the coach’s Twitter account has 187,000 followers, ninth among NCAA football coaches) – not just in telling the Gamecocks’ story to fans, but also in selling it to potential recruits. Basketball’s Frank Martin and Dawn Staley also are tech-savvy, while Chad Holbrook’s Twitter feed is No. 1 among college baseball coaches. For King’s primary audience – the 18-34-year-old demographic that includes high school athletes – messages that resonate come in 10-, 20- and 30-second bursts, known as “hype” videos, viewed on smart-phones and other mobile devices. “Justin provides an expertise that probably we didn’t have as a priority,” Bloom said. Before, “we were doing long-form features, written and video. What we weren’t doing was the short-form things so popular today – at least, not to the level Justin will provide.” “I need Justin to teach me how to tell a story in 10 seconds,” he said. Already, King is planning what USC’s outreach looks like in the future. For instance, Bloom said, King plans to spend time in spring practice with USC’s football grounds crew. “He wants to be there when they’re lining the fields,” Bloom said. “That video” – along with such artistic shots as close-ups of athletes’ sweating brows, or sessions in the weight room – “means we’re getting ready for the season.” With Tanner’s blessing, King will assemble a team whose job is to capture many such moments, and share them with fans and recruits. “Distribution is the key,” King said. “You have to blend creativity and analytics: what has had success, what do the numbers say. Coach Tanner and (Bloom) get it. We’ll have all the tools, and be able to change direction based on what the data tells us. “It’s more than posting a Tweet or sending out a Snap. It’s capturing moments, creating content that has heart. When we do that, we will succeed.” King and his bosses avoid comparisons, but the athletics/social media gold standard exists some 125 miles northwest, where Clemson under Joe Galbraith and Jonathan Gantt has built a reputation as industry leaders, among NCAA schools but even internationally. All those videos of Dabo Swinney dancing in the locker room after wins have been by design. And they’ve worked to build a brand. Just as Muschamp hopes to lead USC to the stratosphere the Tigers reached last season, King wants that level of media success – though, like the coach, he said the “competition” isn’t Clemson, but himself. “My job … is producing the best content I can. I’m just trying to tell the best stories possible,” he said. “And the digital landscape, there’s no better way to reach fans and recruits.” Still, as with Muschamp, the best packaging falls flat without results. King experienced some of USC’s greatest football seasons from 2010-2013, and he believes all USC sports are poised to offer him the material to tell stories that will thrill and engage his audience. How will he know his work is a success? “When South Carolina is in Atlanta, lifting up the SEC Championship trophy,” King said. That day, he plans to be there to capture the moment – and share the experience, vividly, with the world. THE STATE

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