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  1. Report saying Gamecocks set to hire two from Tennessee staff & what we know about them Feb. 10, 2020 The Gamecocks are reportedly staying within the Nick Saban coaching tree when searching for replacements. VolQuest, the Tennessee Rivals site, reported Drew Hughes will join South Carolina’s staff to replace Matt Lindsey as a director of player personnel. Lindsey has not left yet, but is reportedly headed to Ole Miss and will stay on for the transition. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. Report saying Gamecocks set to hire two from Tennessee staff & what we know about them Feb. 10, 2020 The Gamecocks are reportedly staying within the Nick Saban coaching tree when searching for replacements. VolQuest, the Tennessee Rivals site, reported Drew Hughes will join South Carolina’s staff to replace Matt Lindsey as a director of player personnel. Lindsey has not left yet, but is reportedly headed to Ole Miss and will stay on for the transition. Both The Big Spur and Gamecock Central reported Monday morning that Vols defensive line coach Tracy Rocker will be tabbed to replace John Scott Jr., who took the same job at Penn State over the weekend. South Carolina also reportedly lost running backs coach Thomas Brown to the LA Rams of the NFL, while wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Vols are currently coached by Jeremy Pruitt, who worked his way up Saban’s staff and had ties to the likes of Lindsey and other Gamecock staffers. Rocker is a longtime veteran of the SEC, having coached at Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas and Ole Miss since 2003 (he also had a three-year stint with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans). He played his college ball at Auburn and won the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy as a senior before a brief NFL career with Washington. Rocker was a member of 2010 Auburn staff, which helped the Tigers to a national title, and he worked with eventual top-15 pick Nick Fairley. Rocker will be the team’s third defensive line coach in as many years. Scott was only in Columbia for a single season after replacing Lance Thompson. Hughes worked as a recruiting specialist for Alabama and Saban as an undergrad between 2007-11 season. He then had one-year stints at UCF and N.C. State before joining Muschamp in Florida for his last season there. Hughes stayed on with Jim McElwain in Gainesville and then landed in Knoxville in 2018. With Hughes on board, the Vols pulled in the No. 13 class in the country off a 5-7 season and the No. 10 class the the country in the last cycle.
  3. Assistant coaches John Scott Jr. and Thomas Brown moving on Feb. 08, 2020, GCF Staff Report Assistant coaches John Scott Jr. and Thomas Brown are leaving the South Carolina football team after just one season, heading to Penn State and the Los Angeles Rams, respectively, according to reports. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic first reported Brown’s move, while The Big Spur had the news of both departures. Football Scoop had previously reported Scott was a strong contender for the Penn State job. Brown’s move comes after a season where he gave a boost to South Carolina’s running back room, which saw four of the top five tailbacks average at least 5 yards a carry. He was also key in recruiting MarShawn Lloyd, a four-star back and one of the top players in The Gamecock class of 2020. Earlier this offseason, he was rewarded with a raise from $300,000 to $500,000, as head coach Will Muschamp sacrificed his annual raise to pay Brown more. Brown previously coached at Miami, Georgia and Wisconsin, as well as Marshall and Chattanooga. He is considered a rising star in the profession after a collegiate playing career at Georgia and three years in the NFL. Scott oversaw the Gamecocks’ defensive line, including Javon Kinlaw, who enjoyed an All-American senior season and has risen up NFL draft boards to be considered a likely first-round pick. The Gamecocks ranked 10th in the SEC in yards allowed per rush and 11th in sacks per game. Before he came to South Carolina, Scott spent two seasons at Arkansas, also coaching defensive linemen. Prior to that, he spent two years in the NFL, with the New York Jets, after stops at Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and Western Carolina, all for three seasons or fewer.
  4. Gamecocks return experience on the offensive line, but still could see changes February 03, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks offensive line enters an offseason that balances some crucial unknowns with a slew of familiar faces. In one way, the team is returning a massive amount of experience, with only one 2019 starter out of eligibility. From another standpoint, many of those experienced players did have there share of struggles at point or another last season.
  5. Gamecocks return experience on the offensive line, but still could see changes February 03, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks offensive line enters an offseason that balances some crucial unknowns with a slew of familiar faces. In one way, the team is returning a massive amount of experience, with only one 2019 starter out of eligibility. From another standpoint, many of those experienced players did have there share of struggles at point or another last season. Gamecock Center Donell Stanley, with his six seasons on campus and three in the starting lineup, is the only loss from the lineup. He left with a sense of belief about what was coming up. Stanley said. “I believe that we’ve got a good program. We’ve just got to put some good pieces together. We’ve got some guys that can make some plays. Got guys that are growing up, too. I’m looking forward to seeing those young guys play. I’ve got all the faith in the world in this program.” The four players who started on both sides of him most of the year are back, but how they align is a big question now: ▪ Right tackle Dylan Wonnum: A former four-star recruit who broke into the lineup as a true freshman in 2018 and played both sides last season. ▪ Right guard Jovaughn Gwyn: A player who showed promise before a foot injury ended his freshman season. He went into the starting lineup in 2019 and showed some nice mobility with a lot of strength. ▪ Left tackle Sadarius Hutcherson: Last year was his first on the outside after starting at guard the year prior. He moved back to guard for the Clemson game and could end up there this season. ▪ Left guard Jordan Rhodes: Thrown into the lineup after the group struggled in a big way in the opener. More of a road grater than finesse pass blocker and got benched for Hutcherson at the end of the season. That’s to say nothing of a batch of younger players who got some work, including center Hank Manos, who started the 2018 bowl and 2019 opener; tackle Jaylen Nichols, who started four games and showed some talent despite some pass-blocking questions; and Jakai Moore, who came on late and worked his way into the lineup against Clemson. The bigger questions needing answering, involve how things shake out at center and what to do with the logjam at tackle. Stanley had to step in at center after Manos struggled in the opener last fall. Without him, Manos or redshirt freshman Vincent Murphy seem the natural fits. But the staff sometimes wants more bulk at the pivot (neither Murphy nor Manos is heavier than 300 pounds), and perhaps one of the guards who can snap has the chops to help there. At tackle, Gamecocks do have options, enough that it makes some sense Hutcherson would return to guard. Wonnum is a shoo-in to start on one side or the other. Nichols and Moore each showed enough to be possible starters next season. The team also added junior college lineman Jazston Turnetine (6-foot-7, 337 pounds), and JUCO players tend to be brought in to make an immediate impact. Stanley got to see Moore up close in practices, and after his last college game he spoke well of the Northeast product who ended up with several starts as a freshman. Stanley said. “He started the Vanderbilt game, so I had confidence going in with him there. Thought he produced; he played well. He made some little mistakes, but for the most part, he played well. He’s another one of those young guys that you can look forward to having a special career well.” The Gamecocks will start spring football practice Feb. 26.
  6. Football 1/27/2020 |GCF Staff Report Football Newcomers To Be Introduced at Saturday's Basketball Game Tickets Remain Available for 3:30 pm SEC Showdown with Missouri A few thousand tickets remain for Saturday's SEC men's basketball contest between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers. Game time is set for 3:30 pm at Colonial Life Arena. With National Signing Day just around the corner, fans attending the game will get their first look at the Carolina football team's newcomers, who will be introduced at halftime. Among those mid-year enrollees expected to be on hand are Luke Doty, O'Donnell Fortune, Collin Hill, Dominick Hill, Trai Jones, Mohamed Kaba, Vershon Lee, MarShawn Lloyd, Adam Prentice, Chuck Strickland, Jazston Turnetine, Tyshawn Wannamaker, Darryle Ware and Michael Wyman. The remainder of the 2020 class will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Gamecock basketball squad, under the direction of Frank Martin, is 11-8 overall and 3-3 in SEC play this season heading into Wednesday night's contest at Arkansas. The Gamecocks are trying to make a late season surge to propel themselves into the conversations for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Missouri is 9-10 overall and 1-5 in conference action, and hosts Georgia on Tuesday.
  7. Gamecock Athletics Announces "Fan's Choice" Pledge for 2020 Stadium Renovation and first look at the new major changes at WB January 21, 2020, | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report They’re the first major tweaks to Williams-Brice Stadium seating since the south end zone was expanded in the mid-1990s. .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} STADIUM PROJECT TIMELINE “We had about 50 people over here the day after the Clemson game, that Sunday,” Greg Hughes of Contract Construction said. “We’ve been working seven days a week ever since and plan to do so till the end. We’ll have the $22.5 million project done in eight months.” THE CHANGES Standing inside the bowl at Williams-Brice, the main changes fans can see will be a wide-open deck on the east side of the stadium (Key Road) and a small wedge of new seating on the southwest corner of the stadium called the 2001 Club — as the name suggests, it’s right where the Gamecocks enter the field during “2001.” The bigger change comes underneath the surface, beneath the seats, where four enclosed club areas offer places where fans in those sections can duck indoors to buy food or a drink, or to cool off from the late-summer heat. Those clubs are under the three aforementioned areas, plus the West Club seats. The prices for tickets with access to those club areas range from $715 per season ticket in the south end zone to $1,165 on the east side club seats (that includes game ticket price). The change is between $29 and $65 more per game compared with previous prices. The $22.5 million project is expected to generate about a million dollars a year in extra revenue. Around 8,000 existing seats are being affected, and the changes will lower the stadium’s capacity by a few hundred people, according to Eigenbrot. The 2001 Club adds 138 seats in loge boxes, but that doesn’t quite offset some of the seats coming out for the deck on the east side. "Fan's Choice" Pledge for 2020 Stadium Renovation The east side changes will take out some regular seats to create a patio area, while the wedge in the corner will include a set of new loge seating — open-air, suite-like seating areas that fit between four and eight people. “If you have a loge box up there and it has eight seats in it, you can have some guests if you’re a business person or a person in the community,” Eigenbrot said. “And whether they’re corporately owned or not ... the loge box piece, there’s 70 loge boxes, but they’re all four-seaters, so you’re talking about 300 seats.” University of South Carolina Athletics is announcing the "Fan's Choice" pledge aimed at accommodating the existing season ticket holders in the areas that will be improved for the 2020 season thanks to the ongoing renovations of Williams-Brice Stadium. The program features three tenets that not only give fans access to the most affordable club seating in the SEC, but also ensure that any donor not wishing to buy club seats can purchase tickets elsewhere in the lower bowl at or below the price they're currently paying.The pledge states that any existing season ticket holder in these areas affected by the renovations will: have the first right to stay in their seating area and will be provided a discount on the purchase of each existing season ticket that they have in the area until the 2022 season; have an early option to re-select seats in the stadium if they'd like to move thanks to the Fan's Choice pre-selection process, an early selection window designed to accommodate these fans; have the opportunity to relocate to a seat in the stadium's lower level at, or below, the price they are currently paying. "We're excited about the changes," said Bob Cleary of Lexington, a 39-year member of the Gamecock Club, who is opting to remain in his 400 level seats. "We've sat there for quite a while. Having a nice place to sit and nice amenities is very attractive to us. When they announced what this was and the cost, we thought, 'shoot yeah, this is good!' We don't have to increase our scholarship, and the cost is phased in, so I think the University has done a good job in trying to allow people who currently sit in the 400 level to keep sitting in the 400 level. Now, if it gets too hot or too cold, we can go back inside, have a drink, and enjoy the game that way.""In this project, it was important for us to prioritize the game day experience for fans while also creating funding opportunities that will have a long-term benefit for fans and student-athletes," said Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "Some of these renovations will also directly impact game day recruiting for future student-athletes in a positive way. I believe our fans will appreciate the new amenities in these areas, especially for games with excessive temperatures or inclement weather."The renovations project keeps eye on affordability while increasing the overall fan experience. Under the project, South Carolina offers the most affordable club seats in the SEC by over 30%. The addition of exciting new areas, such as the South Club, provides existing seat holders access to the air-conditioned space featuring upgrades concessions, new restrooms and an array of TVs for less than $25 more per game. "The renovations project at Williams-Brice Stadium is the culmination of a plan that was five years in the making," said Steve Eigenbrot, Executive Associate Athletics Director for Development and CEO of the Gamecock Club. "We worked with two national firms to get us where we are for renovations in a way that would minimize any negative impact on fans while also maximizing the impact of our investment."Also of note, South Carolina Athletics will dedicate the increased revenue from sales in new areas to fund future investments and stadium upgrades. These future upgrades will focus on making an impact well beyond the areas improved by this project. They will include improvements to sound and video systems, restroom and concessions areas. More details about the scope and timeline for these improvements are expected to be released later this year.
  8. Gamecock Athletics Announces "Fan's Choice" Pledge for 2020 Stadium Renovation and first look at the new major changes at WB January 21, 2020 The east side changes will take out some regular seats to create a patio area, while the wedge in the corner will include a set of new loge seating — open-air, suite-like seating areas that fit between four and eight people. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Gamecocks backfield outlook for 2020 looking good Jan. 18, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The season of transition for the Gamecock backfield starts now. Four of the Gamecocks running backs were seniors, including the top three rushers. Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson and Tavien Feaster. After Lavonte Valentine decided to transfer during the summer "he ended up at USF", that leaves only two scholarship backs set to return for 2020. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. Gamecocks backfield outlook for 2020 looking good Jan. 18, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The season of transition for the Gamecock backfield starts now. Four of the Gamecocks running backs were seniors, including the top three rushers. Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson and Tavien Feaster. After Lavonte Valentine decided to transfer during the summer "he ended up at USF", that leaves only two scholarship backs set to return for 2020. But Carolina's departing runners are excited to see what’s next. Here are there thoughts, starting with Dowdle. Dowdle said. “I see a bright future in them. I know they got a good guy, MarShawn (Lloyd) coming in. A good recruit, five-star recruit. We still have Kevin (Harris) and Deshaun (Fenwick) returning. Deshaun, I think he played in two games. Had two 100-yard games when he played. Kevin played, six carries, 147 yards when he played. I think they’ve got a bright future. Looking forward to watching them.” Harris was a star in the spring but missed much of the season with a torn ligament in his groin. That 147-yard day, against FCS Charleston Southern, comprises the bulk of his 179 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Fenwick only played in five games, but his effort against Vanderbilt included 102 yards on 18 carries. Each of the returning backs is bigger "both are 230 pounds", while Lloyd, a top-50 national recruit, is a bit smaller and shiftier. Those three, fellow incoming freshman Rashad Amos and another running back maybe junior college recruit ZaQuandre White will have to fill in for the batch of seniors that combined for 1,416 yards and 12 touchdowns. Feaster was a late addition last year, joining the team at the start of fall camp. He came in and got to play for first-year running backs coach Thomas Brown, and it’s him who leaves Feaster with a level of confidence of what’s coming next. Feaster had this to say. “I know they got a guy coaching them who’s gonna lay it all on the line for them, every day. He’s going to go out and demand greatness from them everyday. Those two young guys are going to be great. You see the size and the ability they both have when they get into the game. So you know I’m going to be watching throughout their whole careers and I know they’re going to do great things.” LOOK AT THE RETURNING GAMECOCKS BACKS ▪ Kevin Harris: 21 carries, 179 yards, four touchdowns in six games as a freshman ▪ Deshaun Fenwick: 43 carries, 226 yards, one touchdown in seven career games GAMECOCK BACKS THAT WILL NOT BE BACK ▪ Rico Dowdle: 428 carries, 2,167 yards and 16 touchdowns in 39 games ▪ Tavien Feaste: 124 carries, 672 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games after joining the team as a grad transfer ▪ Mon Denson: 166 carries, 816 yards and seven touchdowns in 31 games ▪ A.J. Turner: 264 carries, 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns in 44 games NEW FACES AT RUNNING BACK 2020 ▪ Rashad Amos: Ran for 1,324 yards and 30 touchdowns as a high school senior and caught 28 passes for 478 yards and six scores. ▪ MarShawn Lloyd: Ran for 1,197 yards in 11 games this year and added 138 more through the air.
  11. Kyle Krantz back on the sidelines as new special team's coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach Jan. 17, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Kyle Krantz is back on the sideline after a very brief period off. Krantz, who was pushed into an off-field role for the Gamecocks earlier this offseason due to a staff shake-up, will once again become an assistant coach after the departure of Coleman Hutzler, head coach Will Muschamp announced Friday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  12. Kyle Krantz back on the sidelines as new special team’s coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach Jan. 17, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Kyle Krantz is back on the sideline after a very brief period off. Krantz, who was pushed into an off-field role for the Gamecocks earlier this offseason due to a staff shake-up, will once again become an assistant coach after the departure of Coleman Hutzler, head coach Will Muschamp announced Friday. In his new role, Muschamp announced in a statement Friday, Krantz will serve as special team’s coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach, helping defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. As a result, Muschamp will coach inside linebackers, a shift away from his usual role with the defensive backs. Assistants Mike Peterson and John Scott Jr. will continue to coach outside linebackers and defensive linemen, respectively. Krantz has been at South Carolina for four seasons now he first served as analyst for the defense, not coaching for two seasons. When the NCAA approved a 10th on-field assistant in 2018, he was promoted and assisted Hutzler on special teams while also coaching nickelbacks and SAM linebackers. Coach Muschamp Statement; “After interviewing multiple people for the position, I determined Kyle is the best fit for our staff,” Muschamp in a statement. “Kyle has assisted with our special teams for the past four years, including on the field in each of the past two seasons. He has done much of the legwork and game planning for those units, and can also bring some new ideas to that facet of the game. Having Kyle take over the coordinator duties will also make for a seamless transition for our players.”
  13. Keir Thomas has one more chance Jan. 16, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Keir Thomas graduated with his guys. The Miami product and South Carolina football defensive lineman came in with the likes of Kobe Smith and D.J. Wonnum. Javon Kinlaw joined that group out of junior college a year later. All three got their bachelor’s degrees together in December. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. Keir Thomas has one more chance Jan. 16, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Keir Thomas graduated with his guys. The Miami product and South Carolina football defensive lineman came in with the likes of Kobe Smith and D.J. Wonnum. Javon Kinlaw joined that group out of junior college a year later. All three got their bachelor’s degrees together in December. But they’re not all leaving together. Fate had other plans for Thomas, who gets another shot at a last year and will be the really old guy in the room. Thomas said this about his second chance. “It’s crazy, man. With me being old guy a little bit this year ... me, Kinlaw and Kobe. “Last year, it was like we were the older guys. [Taylor] Stallworth, [Dante] Sawyer, those guys left. It’s nothing new to me.” Thomas was set to be a part of the 2019 defensive line rotation as a senior before his offseason ankle surgery. Then came an infection, the lingering treatment and the challenge to catch up with his conditioning after being out of the strength program for so long. So the senior gets another senior year. Thomas said. “People (ask) did it hit you? I’m like, ‘Nah.’ Because, I mean, I’m still going to take classes and stuff, start grad school and things like that. It’s a plus.” Thomas was a key recruit for Will Muschamp’s first class, a Christmas Day commit who had been a Florida State pledge at one point. He started as a bigger defensive end, but the staff wanted to try him out at tackle. Instead of getting some time to adapt, he was thrown into the fire in a short line rotation, undersized at 265 pounds. He became a starter for most of the next two years, once leading the defensive line in tackles and finishing second another time. His return will give the team a certain veteran presence. The defensive front only has Brad Johnson, Aaron Sterling and Tyreek Johnson from the 2017 class. Highly rated tackles Rick Sandidge and Zacch Pickens will likely have prominent spots, while Sterling and Kingsley Enagbare project to hold down the larger end spot. Freshmen such as Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch project to play roles, and then Thomas will be in there, providing a little versatility. Muschamp said Thomas’ “leadership ability will be very valuable.” Muschamp said. “You lose two really quality leaders and seniors inside, Javon and Kobe, two guys that have been having fantastic senior years. Dennis Wonnum, he’s another guy that’s been elected team captain in previous years.” Thomas can play both end and tackle, and has bounced around where needed. He appeared in some games late in 2019, making four tackles, one for loss, as he worked back in. Not that sitting back was in any way pleasant for him. Thomas added. “It was hard to just sit down and watch, man. Not being able to get out and help my team. I got some brothers that are going to the next level and I’m happy for them. I met people that I that I got lifetime relationships with and it was a pleasure.” The trainers had a date set for his return in 2019, he said, but he just didn’t recover fast enough to get back in time. After his playing days, Thomas aims to get into coaching. He said his coaches have said he should and that his personality suits the role. Next season, he’ll be a coach in some ways. He’ll be the eldest statesman, helping guys develop and grow their games. And it will be a moment of transition, with the guys he was so close to moving on while he gets one more chance. In closing Thomas said. “We talk about it every day, like dang, y’all are really leaving me. I wish we could do it all again.”
  15. Muschamp talking to potential candidates to replace Hutzler Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yesterday South Carolina lost its second staff member to the offseason, Hutzler now is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach job at Texas. With the departure the Head man is already looking at potential candidates. Muschamp didn't specify which coaches he talked to for the open position but said Kyle Krantz, who coached South Carolina’s nickels and SAM linebackers this season, is a candidate to replace him. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. Muschamp talking to potential candidates to replace Hutzler Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yesterday South Carolina lost its second staff member to the offseason, Hutzler now is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach job at Texas. With the departure the Head man is already looking at potential candidates. Muschamp didn't specify which coaches he talked to for the open position but said Kyle Krantz, who coached South Carolina’s nickels and SAM linebackers this season, is a candidate to replace him. Krantz was just moved back to his analyst role he held a few years ago to make room for new tight ends coach Joe Cox. Krantz has been at South Carolina since Muschamp took over and was with him at previous spots as well. Muschamp did say that there is no plan right now for when a hire will be made, saying the goal is to make the best hire possible to maximize the staff “whether that’s tomorrow or two weeks from now.” There is a little sense of urgency to make a hire with the Gamecocks able to start recruiting again this Friday as the second signing period starts the first week in February. Coaches will have a limited time about three weeks to be on the road recruiting and hosting prospects in January before the February signing period. Muschamp and the staff will all be on the road Friday and come back into town to host unofficial visitors this weekend. The Gamecocks have a few spots left in the class after signing 17 in the early period. Commitments Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch haven’t officially signed yet. Muschamp said” We have a good plan in place as far as the guys we feel like we need to sign in February. I think we have a good plan in place. We’ll be back on the road Friday and we have a big weekend this weekend with some good players coming into town unofficially.” It’ll be important to get someone in the fold somewhat quickly to help with the recruiting side of things this month. Hutzler did a lot for the Gamecocks’ staff, coaching linebackers and special teams the last four seasons and whoever replaces him will likely have a lot of responsibility as well. “We’re going to make the best hire for the University of South Carolina. We appreciate Coleman and his contributions here."
  17. VIDEO INCLUDED: Marcus Lattimore passes pantone to another Gamecock great Connor Shaw Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Coach Will Muschamp introduces former Gamecock Great with these words. “So I’d like to introduce somebody who needs absolutely no introduction.” with that said, Connor Shaw was officially back. The former Gamecock quarterback star made his public debut as South Carolina’s new director of player development on Wednesday, replacing another Gamecock great, Muschamp said that Marcus Lattimore, is leaving to study psychology in Europe. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  18. VIDEO INCLUDED: Marcus Lattimore passes pantone to another Gamecock great Connor Shaw Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Coach Will Muschamp introduces former Gamecock Great with these words. “So I’d like to introduce somebody who needs absolutely no introduction.” with that said, Connor Shaw was officially back. The former Gamecock quarterback star made his public debut as South Carolina’s new director of player development on Wednesday, replacing another Gamecock great, Muschamp said that Marcus Lattimore, is leaving to study psychology in Europe. Connor Shaw speaks. “I’m really excited to be back. I’m thankful to coach Muschamp, I’m thankful to coach (Ray) Tanner for offering me a chance to return to my alma mater,” Shaw said in his opening statement. “And it was kind of confirmed this past Sunday night in our first team meeting how much I really missed this type of environment, coach going through the goals and expectations, seeing guys take down notes, getting ready to work and compete. So I can’t wait to be a part of their journey. But as excited as I am, this is not about me.” In his new role, Shaw will continue Lattimore’s work from the past two years helping players on the team developing on and off the field. He will not have an on-field coaching role. ,” Shaw added. “Every guy in that locker room chose the University of South Carolina, because they believed they would be developed into outstanding football players and get a great education and leave here as mature, respectable men. So when I look at my role ... building mental health, life skills, mentorship, you know, it certainly resonates with me, and to kind of dive deeper into that, looking at professional development ... helping them with decisions that set them up for success, and then developing a plan, while they’re student athletes of South Carolina, and that includes football, you know, I wouldn’t want to compartmentalize football and everything else, because we’re going to use football to accomplish what they want to accomplish outside of it all.” Shaw plans to be at South Carolina “for a very, very long time.” Quick glance back: Shaw won 27 games at South Carolina from 2010-2013. He’s also the school’s career leader in completion percentage (65.5 percent), second in career passing touchdowns (56) and fourth in career passing yards (6,074). He’s the 22nd all-time leading rusher in school history with 1,683 yards on the ground. He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with Cleveland Browns, starting one game in his NFL career but missed the 2015 season due to a thumb injury. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2016 but missed that season due to a broken leg and was waived by the Bears in May of 2017. After leaving the NFL, Shaw joined the Furman Paladins coaching staff as tight ends coach but left after spring practice in 2017.
  19. Gamecock commit Alex Huntley talks what’s next Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report 4 star DT Alex Huntley Coming off playing in the All-American Bowl. Huntley said. "This is an experience I won’t forget." He wasn’t at 100 percent. The talented defensive tackle and Gamecock commit had a bout of the flu before going against some of the top players in the country at the All-American Bowl where Huntley lost about 15 pounds because of the illness but was full-go in practice and in the game. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  20. Gamecock commit Alex Huntley talks what’s next Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report 4 star DT Alex Huntley Coming off playing in the All-American Bowl. Huntley said. "This is an experience I won’t forget." He wasn’t at 100 percent. The talented defensive tackle and Gamecock commit had a bout of the flu before going against some of the top players in the country at the All-American Bowl where Huntley lost about 15 pounds because of the illness but was full-go in practice and in the game. Huntley tackled Stanford signee Casey Filkins on the game’s final play. Huntley said. “I played the game at like 275 pounds. I probably haven’t done that since freshman year. I thought I was much better than expected. “I got out there and competed. I still had the speed and power moves like that.” Huntley said he enjoyed everything about playing in the All-American Bowl, especially getting to compete against some of the nation’s best players. Huntley added. “My biggest thing is where I am against the competition because that is what I am going to see for the next couple years. So just learn how to compete and how to keep going.” Since returning from Texas, Huntley is working his way into basketball shape and getting back in the weight room. He is reserve forward for the Skyhawks and had two points vs. rival Cardinal Newman an 49-44 lose. Huntley, a four-star prospect, committed to South Carolina in June but he and teammate Jordan Burch didn’t sign their letters of intent with the Gamecocks during the early signing period. The next football signing period begins Feb. 5 when Huntley, Burch and their Hammond teammates will sign with their colleges. Huntley took an official visit to Virginia last month and Georgia is continuing to show interest. During interviews at the All-American Bowl, Huntley told reporters he would likely take an official visit to Georgia. He said Friday night that he wasn’t sure if he was going to take any more visits. The Gamecocks are coming off a 4-8 season and has had a busy offseason with changes on the offensive side of the ball. Mike Bobo was named the offensive coordinator and Joe Cox is the new tight ends coach. Paul Jackson also was named strength and conditioning coach. Huntley closed it out. “I have complete trust in coach Muschamp. I don’t know much about the offensive side but I have heard great things about strength coach. I am excited.”
  21. The latest talking conditioning & beyond Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report In the Long Family Football Operations Center, the Gamecocks new strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson has rows upon rows of barbells, dumbbells and weight machines for working out the Gamecocks. But one of the reasons Jackson most impressed coach Will Muschamp during the interview process, and a central part of his training regimen, is much simpler, at least on the surface "sprinting." (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. The latest talking conditioning & beyond Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report In the Long Family Football Operations Center, the Gamecocks new strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson has rows upon rows of barbells, dumbbells and weight machines for working out the Gamecocks. But one of the reasons Jackson most impressed coach Will Muschamp during the interview process, and a central part of his training regimen, is much simpler, at least on the surface "sprinting." Jackson’s approach to speed work is rooted in his experience at the Parisi Speed School in the early 2000s, he said, where the former football player grew to appreciate the importance of development outside the weight room. “It was a blessing, it’s a lucky opportunity I got to work there, where we got to focus on that,” Jackson said. “A lot of strength coaches, we come up in the weight room, we come up playing football, and you just know that. You don’t really get the exposure unless you had a track background. So I was able to get that and learn how to program, learn the importance of it.” So what’s the big deal about sprinting, and how is it different than just getting a lot of running in? Jackson had this to say. “Most people who don’t have a track and field background, they look at running and they think running is all the same. And you got to differentiate between sprinting and running. So, when you’re conditioning or you’re doing anything, say, under 90% of your absolute best that you can do, for whatever reason — it’s because of fatigue, it’s because we did 20 reps, it’s because your effort if for any reason you’re running less than, say, 90% of your absolute best, and when you’re looking at velocity, you’re thinking in terms of meters per second, for whatever distance you’re looking at. “So that’s not gonna be sprinting, you’re not gonna be able to get faster running at those sub-max velocities, and you’re also not stressing the tissues the same way you will when you do run above those velocities.” Talk about soft tissue and max effort dovetails nicely with what Muschamp has said about his strength and conditioning program in the past, the Gamecocks uses a system called Catapult to track players’ actions and biometrics. Muschamp said. Using that data, the Gamecock coaching staff noted halfway through this past season that skill players weren’t getting enough sprint work during practice — they set the threshold for sprinting at 80% or higher of max effort. That, in turn, led to soft tissue injuries. With that in mind, Jackson and Muschamp will be on the same page in conditioning sessions. Jackson added. “Some coaches want to see certain things, and they’ve got goals and you may see a sprint workout, which, it’s got to be a quality-based type of workout. So it’s not going to be, maybe, guys throwing up in that particular session. We’ll have other sessions where we’re dropping guys, you know, but that is not what those are for. Starting this week, when players reported back after the winter break, and before spring practice begins, Jackson said he already has a sprint program in place for guys to jump into. Jackson also said. “We will train four days a week. Two days will be those speed days we talked about, and two days will be more of traditional conditioning days, and we progress those two days opposite. So our speed work, we’ll go from short to long where you’re working with shorter sprints, less volume, and eventually going longer sprints. “The conditioning does just the opposite. You start with longer, less intense and by less intense I mean, its hard work, but it’s fewer meters per second. Slower might be a better word. So longer, slower and then those start to get shorter, faster. So as you get closer to football, those two days start to look more similar.” Jackson on the Gamecocks nutrition setup & support Jackson and Gamecock football Director of Nutrition Kristin Coggin will work together to make sure the Gamecocks train right, recover right and eat right. Jackson talks Coggins. “I value nutritionists greatly and all of these people that are experts in their field. Her setup here is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The resources she has, the amount of food she is able to provide, the care she gives and everything she wants to get done is unbelievable. We’re going to help her in any way we can. I’m excited to see it. I’ve never been anywhere that offers this much nutritional support.” Coggin held the title of Registered Dietitian-Performance Nutrition Coordinator at Alabama for two years, she worked with football, men’s basketball, softball, and several other sports. She graduate from Tennessee with degrees in psychology in 2012 and in nutrition in 2014.
  23. 1/13/2020, | GCF Staff Report Connor Shaw Named Director of Player Development One Gamecock Great Replaces Another in Pivotal Staff Role Connor Shaw, University of South Carolina's all-time winningest quarterback, will become the Director of Player Development for the Gamecock football program, coach Will Muschamp announced today. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  24. Where did the Gamecocks offensive line gradr out nationally for 2019 Jan. 10, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks offensive line had some very rough & disappointing days in the 2019 season. Now it is time to see the final grade on how they faired nationally. (VIEW ARTICLE)

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