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  1. Gamecocks all along making improvements’ now coming to light Nov. 22, 2021 Gamecocks going bowling. Saturday’s with a 21-17 win over Auburn made the Gamecocks 6-5 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2018. It also marked the first time in history that South Carolina has beaten Auburn in back-to-back meetings. Here are key areas that have made the season more successful them most thought and are now just coming to light to see: SOUTH CAROLINA’S SECONDARY IMPROVENET The Gamecocks lost both Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu from last year’s secondary. Gamecocks are now second in the SEC in passing defense. DB Jaylan Foster has been a transformation at safety and a legitimate All-American candidate. Cam Smith who went down with a knee injury Saturday is still one of the better cover corners in the league. Carlins Platel, Marcellas Dial and Darius Rush, too, have had their moments. Saturday, Rush recorded a pair of pass breakups, as did Platel. Dial shined in spurts as well. South Carolina’s defense felt like it might have issues in the preseason. Eleven games in and it’s a group that continues to keep the Gamecocks in games. WR JOSH VANN HAS FULL FILLED HIS POTENTIAL Vann responded by showing off his skills starting with his performances against East Carolina 127 yards vs. Georgia 128 yards. Then he went silent for five consecutive games in which he recorded just 45 yards or less. Vann finished, yes just 37 yards on Saturday, but his 7-yard touchdown reception gave the Gamecocks a lead they wouldn’t give up. He’s now recorded 15 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns over his last three contests. Heading into Saturday’s date with Clemson, Vann remains South Carolina’s best big-play threat. If his form continues as it has the last three weeks, the Gamecocks offense should find plenty of points. ZAQUANDRE WHITE THE RUNNIN BACK Kevin Harris might’ve led the Southeastern Conference in rushing in 2020, but ZaQuandre White is on another level at the moment. White entered the game averaging 7.4 yards per touch on his last 31 carries. Saturday, he picked up right where he left off; finishing the night with 99 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also added another 69 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. South Carolina’s running game has been a mess most of the season, but the way White is running right now inspires confidence the Gamecocks can figure it out late in the season. 3RD STRING STARTING QB JASON BROWN A GAME MANAGER Saturday was not a night where the QB stole the spot light for a Gamecock starting quarterback. After a dip in his play at Missouri, Jason Brown was largely accurate and precise against Auburn. Brown completed 10 of 15 throws for 157 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The former St. Francis (Pennsylvania) star told reporters he simply didn’t see safety Donovan Kaufman over the top when Brown fired a pass right into Kaufman’s hands. Brown has been best when the Gamecocks just simply need him to be consistent compared to a home run hitter. The run game got going again on Saturday night, and it opened lanes for Brown in the passing game. If the Gamecocks can keep that flow, it’ll have a chance at an upset when Clemson comes to town next week. SHANE BEAMER SHOWING SOME MAGIC IN YEAR 1 Coach Beamer choked up during his postgame press conference Saturday. For a man not often lost for words, it was an endearing moment in a up and down season. Beamer has spent months preaching a vision for the program and he insisted the Gamecocks were fighting to win this year. It largely fell on deaf ears particularly around SEC circles, where media members picked the Gamecocks to finish second-to-last in the SEC East. Whatever Beamer is doing, it has worked. The Gamecocks have six wins with a game to go and reached the six-win bowl eligibility threshold for the first time in three years. It’s hard to overstate how impressive the job Beamer has done this fall is with a team many predicted to have a bottom-of-the-barrel finish in the league. Saturday, South Carolina’s first-year head coach put an exclamation point on what has been a season filled with overachieving moments.
  2. WATCH: Wednesday's presser with OC Satterfield and DC White Oct. 13, 2021 Wednesday morning, offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield met with the media to discuss the turning point in the game. OC Marcus Satterfield meeting with media said they had pre-planned for the Burch pass play that went awry the first time they got inside 5, 8 or 10 times he said that play works, just sticking to the plan, second guess he said should have stuck with the run. “Once we got to a certain part of the field, we were going to run that play. It was a good play. If we ran it ten times, it would work eight times. That time it didn’t work,” Satterfield said in explaining the decision to have Burch throw the football. “If I had my do-overs, I would have tried to run it in.” The offense wasn’t the only unit put under scrutiny during the matchup in Knoxville. Carolina’s defense gave up 38 first-half points and allowed a total of 472 yards of offense to the Vols, though played much better in the second half of action. Gamecock defensive coordinator Clayton White was also part of Wednesday’s media availability to recap Saturday’s loss and to update the progress of his unit going into game number seven against Vanderbilt.
  3. Justin Stepp Named Wide Receivers Coach 1/4/2021 | Football | FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF Columbia native Justin Stepp has joined the University of South Carolina football staff as the wide receivers coach, head coach Shane Beamer announced today. Stepp, who was born in Columbia and graduated from nearby Pelion High School, has spent the past three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Arkansas. During his time in Fayetteville, he had five players combine for six 400-yard seasons and 26 touchdowns. In 2020, sophomore Treylon Burks became the first Arkansas wide receiver to earn All-SEC recognition since 2015 after hauling in 51 catches for 820 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2019, Burks and Trey Knox were one of the top freshmen receiving tandems in the nation, combining for 57 catches and 860 yards, most among SEC freshman duos. Off the field, Stepp was named as one of the nation's Top-25 recruiters by Rivals thanks to the addition of four four-star receivers. The Razorbacks were the only team in the nation to sign four four-star wide receivers in the 2019 class. In Stepp's four recruiting classes on the Hill, he's brought in seven 4-stars recruits. In addition, Stepp was selected to participate in the 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute, a prestigious program aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. He was also named a finalist for the 2017 FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award. "I'm happy to welcome Justin back home," said Coach Beamer. "He has accomplished so much as a recruiter and as a coach already in his career. I knew him before I got hired, but after numerous conversations with people across the country, it became clear he would be a fantastic addition to the staff." "I'm honored to be part of Coach Beamer's staff at South Carolina," said Stepp. "Obviously, it's a chance for me to get back home. I grew up going to Gamecock games and it will be a dream come true to be able to coach on the sidelines at Williams-Brice Stadium alongside Coach Beamer." Prior to his arrival in Fayetteville, Stepp spent three seasons (2015-17) as the wide receivers coach at SMU under head coach Chad Morris. Stepp's protégés Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn were two of the most dynamic wide receivers in college football in 2017 and each went on to be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Mustangs boasted one of the most prolific passing attacks in the nation with All-Americans Sutton and Quinn each posting 1,000-yard receiving seasons. SMU was one of only two schools with multiple 1,000-yard receivers in 2017. In addition, Sutton and Quinn were the only pair of teammates to rank in the top-10 in touchdown receptions and combined for a dozen 100-yard receiving games. In 2016, Sutton led the SMU offense for the second-straight season, hauling in 76 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 TDs to become SMU's first 1,000-yard receiver since 2013. In addition, James Proche, caught 57 passes for 709 yards and six scores on his way to Freshman All-America honors. Stepp's first season at SMU saw him develop Sutton into a Freshman All-American in 2015 after leading all FBS freshmen with nine receiving touchdowns. He set an SMU freshman record for receiving yards with 862 and tied for the most touchdowns by a freshman. Stepp's first full-time collegiate role came as the wide receivers coach at Appalachian State University from 2012-14. While at App State he coached three players who combined to earn five All-Southern Conference honors, including All-American Sean Price who set NCAA Division I FCS freshman records with 81 receptions and 1,196 receiving yards in 2012. Stepp starred at Pelion High School, helping the Panthers to an unbeaten regular season in 2000, before becoming a standout wide receiver and punt returner at Furman from 2003-06. He earned All-SoCon recognition as a junior and senior and finished his playing career with 1,568 yards, 10 touchdown catches and 118 receptions, good for No. 4 on the school's career list at the time. Stepp's professional career began as wide receivers and strength coach at Fort Mill (S.C.) High School in 2007 before becoming the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II North Greenville in 2008. He worked as a graduate assistant at Clemson from 2009-11. Born July 5, 1983, Stepp and his wife, Brooke, have a son, Courtland Spencer, and a daughter, Allison Blair. His twin brother, Josh, is an assistant football coach at Georgia State. 2021 SOUTH CAROLINA COACHING STAFF (As of Jan. 4, 2021) Shane Beamer, Head Coach Mike Bobo, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Will Friend, Offensive Line Erik Kimrey, Tight Ends Des Kitchings, Running Backs Pete Lembo, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Mike Peterson, Outside Linebackers Tracy Rocker, Defensive Line Justin Stepp, Wide Receivers
  4. Coach Beamer adds Arkansas receivers coach Justin Stepp to the offensive staff at South Carolina 01/ 03/2021 Bio: Justin Stepp The move will mark a homecoming, Stepp who was born in Columbia and went to school a short distance from WB stadium. His coaching career actually began at Fort Mill HS (SC), where he worked with the receivers and in strength and conditioning. Stepp, in his third season with the Razorbacks, was the lone holdover on Sam Pittman’s staff from the previous staff under Chad Morris. Beamer now has his offensive staff set. He still has to named his defensive coordinator, widely rumored to be former Vanderbilt head coach Derrick Mason, and his secondary coach. The USC Board of Trustees has a meeting set for 3:00 PM Monday to approved contracts for the new assistant coaches.
  5. Gamecocks' will not play in Gasparilla Bowl 12/22/2020 South Carolina will not play in the Gasparilla Bowl after all. According to a report from Mike Uva of WACH-FOX, the Gamecocks will not face UAB in Tampa on Saturday after all because of two reasons. There are rising COVID-19 contact tracing concerns, but also that the players were not excited to play for interim coach Mike Bobo. “I’m told COVID tracing was a concern but following a player’s only meeting today and a meeting with Ray Tanner, some players did not want to play for interim HC Mike Bobo,” Uva reported. Earlier this week, Bobo asked if South Carolina held a vote to play a bowl game. “There’s no vote in the SEC,” Bobo said. “When you come to play in the SEC, you come to play ball. I told them we are going to play in a bowl game. Guys that want to play, weGamecocks' are the second team in the SEC to reportedly not play in a bowl game. Tennessee canceled its appearance in the Liberty Bowl following rising cases of COVID-19 in the Vols program, including several people on the coaching staff. Statement from South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner From South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner: Our football team has been on campus since the summer preparing for a football season that saw change being the only constant. They had to go through strict COVID testing protocols that were as varied and numerous as any group of young people has had to do. We had a season that was cut short but had to play more Southeastern Conference games than any year in history. Our players, who thrive on the energy from a full Williams-Brice Stadium, played in front of just 20 percent of a stadium, as dictated by state regulations. Our team competed hard all season, despite injuries, positive COVID tests and contact testing, and several opt outs late in the year. When the NCAA announced in October that it was waiving the minimum wins requirement to participate in bowl games, we knew that the SEC had enough bowl tie-ins, that we would likely get to play in a bowl game. The team was excited to learn Sunday that it would play in the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa on Saturday. However, between members of the coaching staff and student-athletes, COVID and contact tracing has taken a toll too high for us to overcome. I have notified the bowl and the SEC office that we are not able to play in the game on Saturday. I am proud of this team. Their commitment to represent their program and University, themselves, their families, and their coaches, is second to none.
  6. Football 12/22/2020 FROM USC SPORTS / GCF STAFF REPORT Football Quintet Named to Coaches' All-SEC Team Kingsley Enagbare makes the first team at the defensive line. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – South Carolina football team had five players selected All-SEC by the league's 14 head coaches, the Southeastern Conference announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 22). Junior defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare was named to the first team, while sophomore running back Kevin Harris and junior cornerback Jaycee Horn were second team selections. Linebacker Mohamed Kaba and punter Kai Kroeger were named to the coaches' all-freshman team. Enagbare, a 6-4 junior from Atlanta, Ga., played and started eight games for the Gamecocks in 2020 and led the SEC with three forced fumbles and was second in the league with 6.0 sacks. Enagbare had 30 tackles on the year, seven of them for a loss. In the season opener against Tennessee (Sept. 26), he had a career-best nine tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. He had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble at Ole Miss (Nov. 14) and had a pair of quarterback hurries in a win over Auburn (Oct. 17). Harris, a 5-10 sophomore from Hinesville, Ga., played and started in all 10 games and led the SEC in the regular season and was seventh nationally with 1,138 rushing yards. He had 15 rushing touchdowns and 16 total touchdowns, which is third in the SEC. Harris had five 100-yard plus performance and a pair of 200-yard plus games against Ole Miss (243) and Kentucky (210). Harris had five touchdowns in the Ole Miss win, which set a Carolina single-game record and scored in eight of Carolina's 10 games in the SEC. His 6.2 yards per carry average leads the nation for running backs with more than 160 carries and Harris just the third Gamecock, joining Marcus Lattimore and George Rogers, to have multiple 200-yard rushing contests. Horn, a 6-1 junior from Alpharetta, Ga., played and started in seven games in 2020 and had 16 tackles, six pass breakups, a pair of interceptions and a tackle for loss. Horn's big game came in a win over Auburn (Oct. 17), when he had two interceptions, a pass deflection that led to a third pick, four total pass breakups and three tackles in the 30-22 win. Kaba, a 6-2 freshman from Clinton, N.C., played in nine games with three starts for the Gamecocks his first season and had 13 total tackles to go along with a half tackle for loss. Kaba had a season high five tackles against Georgia (Nov. 28) and had four stops at Kentucky (Dec. 5). He had a pair of tackles and a half tackle for loss in the win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 10). Kroeger, a 6-3 freshman from Lake Forest, Ill., played in 10 games at punter for the Gamecocks and had a 43.3-yard average on 39 punts. He was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after having five punts for a 48.4-yard average and three punts pinned inside the 20 in the win over Auburn (Oct. 17). He had a long punt of 53 yards this season and had seven punts of 50 or more yards. The Gamecocks are preparing for the 2020 Gasparilla Bowl, facing off against UAB. The game is set for Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon in Tampa, Fla.
  7. Shane Beamer’s days of double duty are quickly coming to an end 12/17/2020 Beamer has spent the majority of his time since being hired in Oklahoma finishing his duties with the Sooners, but that should be ending this week after the Big 12 championship. “We play in that game Saturday in Dallas and I get on that plan first thing Sunday morning and my family’s coming with me on Sunday,” Beamer said. “In my mind, I’m full speed ahead and there for good.” Beamer and the Sooners play in the Big 12 title game against Iowa State Saturday (noon, ABC) and it should be the end of Beamer’s obligations to Oklahoma. Win or lose Beamer will be heading back to Columbia to begin his full-time work at South Carolina. He’s already devoting the majority of his afternoons and evenings to the job now but once in Columbia will have 100 percent of his resources to putting together his staff and filling out the rest of the 2021 class. What he might also get to do is be there for bowl practices and can use those as an evaluation tool heading into the offseason. “From a selfish standpoint for me I’m excited to be able to get over there and watch practice and get around these guys and get to know them and see them on the field and watch them practice and help me learn more and more about them as individuals, position groups and teams.” The Gamecocks haven’t gotten a bowl bid yet—those will be handed out Sunday—and could get one despite being 2-8 this year. Beamer doesn’t have an opinion one way or another on going to a bowl, but said the feedback he’s gotten from the team is players are excited for a chance to compete.
  8. DB Shilo Sanders enters transfer portal 12/14/2020 GCF STAFF REPORT New Jackson State coach Deion Sanders. Big news coming out today from the Gamecock football team is that South Carolina DB Shilo Sanders has entered the transfer portal. About two months ago during a media availability, the younger Sanders didn’t reveal much when asked if the new coach has offered him a scholarship yet, except a laugh. “I’m proud of him, he’s finally being a head coach,” Sanders said. “I played for him, so he’s definitely going to get on your tail if you mess up.” Sanders made 32 tackles with a pass breakup this past season for the Gamecocks as he played in all but one game. Last season, he appeared in four games as a true freshman, and redshirted. He saw his most action against Charleston Southern, but also appeared briefly against Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. He registered one tackle in the CSU game, and was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
  9. 18 South Carolina 2-8 , 2-8 41 Kentucky 4-6 , 4-6 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 3 0 7 8 18 Kentucky 10 17 7 7 41 Game Recap: Football | | By GARY B. GRAVES | AP Sports Writer GCF DTSFF REPORT Rodriguez Scores 3 TDs, Kentucky Beats South Carolina 41-18 Kevin Harris Tops 1,000 Rushing Yards for Gamecocks Story Links STATISTICS (PDF) POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) WATCH: MIKE BOBO WATCH: KEVIN HARRIS WATCH: JABARI ELLIS LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for three touchdowns, Terry Wilson and A.J. Rose each rushed for one, and Kentucky rolled South Carolina 41-18 Saturday night in the regular season finale for both schools. Looking to halt a two-game slide and remain in consideration for the postseason, the Wildcats (4-6, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) scored on five of their first seven possessions to lead 27-3 at halftime. Their highest first-half output this season was aided by 10 points off two of their three takeaways, including two fumble recoveries by Jordan Wright. Rodriguez returned from a two-game absence to rush for first-half TDs of 1 and 2 yards around Rose's 8-yard score before sealing the rout with a 79-yard burst down the left side with 4:56 remaining. Wilson added a 1-yard TD run early in the third quarter as the Wildcats outgained the Gamecocks (2-8, 2-8) 492-404. Wilson, the senior quarterback, finished 17 of 26 passing for 201 yards and rushed for 46 to break 1,000 career. Rodriguez had 139 yards on 14 carries and Rose 101 on 14 carries as Kentucky dealt South Carolina its sixth consecutive loss. Kevin Harris rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to become the 11th Gamecock with 1,000 in a season. Luke Doty's 30-yard TD pass to Dakereon Joyner and two-point conversion to Nick Muse with 5:12 left made it 34-18 before Rodriguez's big TD run. GAME CHANGER South Carolina looked to get on the board on its first possession, but a holding call negated the score and led to a missed field goal. Kentucky had a field goal on its first possession, scored 10 points in the first frame and had 27 in the first half on its way to victory. KEY STAT 1,138 – Kevin Harris became the ninth Gamecock to reach 1,000 yards in a season as the Hinesville, Ga., native rushed for 210 yards on 21 carries in the Kentucky game. Harris now has 1,138 yards in 2020 and it's the 11th time a Gamecock has had 1,000-plus rushing yards in a season. Harris also rushed for 200-plus yards for the second time this season (245 vs. Ole Miss). UP NEXT Carolina ends the regular season and will find out on Sunday, Dec. 20 if it is selected to play in a bowl game.
  10. Tuesday weekly news conference with Bobo and selected players Bobo sees a physical opponent coming up in Kentucky 12/01/2020 Gamecocks preparing to play its final game of the season this Saturday night at Kentucky, that is unless the SEC needs the Gamecocks to fill a bowl slot. It looks like the SEC will need 12 or 11 teams for the bowl season, depending on if two teams make the College Football Playoff. (READ MORE WITH VIDEOS)
  11. Tuesday weekly news conference with Bobo and selected players Bobo sees a physical opponent coming up in Kentucky 12/01/2020 Gamecocks preparing to play its final game of the season this Saturday night at Kentucky, that is unless the SEC needs the Gamecocks to fill a bowl slot. It looks like the SEC will need 12 or 11 teams for the bowl season, depending on if two teams make the College Football Playoff. So, a two or three win Gamecock team could find itself in, say, the Birmingham Bowl lor the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. In fact, the latest bowl projections by CollegeFootballNews.com has the Gamecocks matched up with Wake Forest in the Gasparilla Bowl December 26th in Tampa. But right now Mike Bobo is just trying to get the Gamecocks a win and end their five game losing streak. Key comments from Bobo’s press conference Tuesday Impressed with Kentucky, physical team on both sides of the ball, their line is one of the better ones in the league, loves the center, very good running backs. Wilson can hurt you with legs and arm, Kentucky is very physical on offense, going to have to be able to stop the run. Defensively they base out of a 3-4, aggressive guys outside who can run, they are huge, big guys who can anchor the point. Kentucky plays a lot of zone so you have to be accurate with your passing, Stoops has done a great job with the program. Going to have to play more physically than they have been. Shi Smith did practice in yellow today, day three for him in protocol, Enagbare and Jones remain out. Getting Harris to a thousand rushing yards is a point of pride for the offensive line, something to build on for the future Not sure who will start at left tackle, both guys will play. Did not expect Smith to do as much in practice as he did today. Darius Rush was also back today, been dealing with injuries and Covid.
  12. Lincoln Riley talks Shane Beamer 11/24/2020 As the South Carolina Gamecocks head coaching search heats up to replace Will Muschamp, one name that has gained some momentum is Oklahoma Sooners assistant head coach Shane Beamer. The son of long-time head coach Frank Beamer, Shane Beamer previously coached at South Carolina from 2007-2008 as the cornerbacks coach. Beamer has been at Oklahoma since 2018. He also serves as the team’s tight ends coach. During Monday’s Big 12 teleconference, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley was asked if Beamer’s name being floated as a potential candidate for the South Carolina job has been a distraction. “It won’t be a distraction because we’ve got guys in here that are professionals and care about this place, care about this team,” Riley said. “From a professionalism standpoint, I’ve got no concerns about that. I think Shane’s going to be a really good head coach. I do. He’s had great experience being able to work for several different guys and several different programs, different parts of the country and obviously, he’s got very inside knowledge from one of the best to ever do it in his dad, Frank Beamer. Shane’s got a good way about him, does a great job with the kids and has been fantastic. I’ll be excited for him. He’s one of those guys that, I think, certainly will get his opportunity at some point. Obviously, we love having him here and will certainly be excited for him and any of our other coaches when they get that chance to be a head coach, because those just don’t come around very often.” After South Carolina’s 59-42 loss to Ole Miss two weekends ago, the program fired head coach Will Muschamp after four and a half seasons. Muschamp finished his time in Columbia with a 28-30 record. At South Carolina, Beamer coordinated the special teams and coached outside linebackers, and in his final two years served as recruiting coordinator. He was nominated for the 2009 Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the assistant coach of the year. His special teams units recorded five blocked kicks that season, tying for the SEC lead and tying for the eighth-highest total in the nation. He also helped coach a defensive unit that ranked third in the SEC and 15th in the country in total defense, and second in the league and eighth in the country in passing defense. Beamer joined the South Carolina staff in 2007, coaching outside linebackers and serving as special teams co-coordinator in his first season. He worked with the cornerbacks in his second campaign, helping the defense finish the regular season ranked second in the nation in pass defense and 13th in total defense. Beamer’s first class as South Carolina’s recruiting coordinator (2009) was ranked as the nation’s 14th-best by the 247Sports Composite. That class featured fellow star Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery and D.J. Swearinger. A year later the Gamecocks signed Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw.
  13. New faces for Gamecocks now and how might that change things? March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report There might have been a point this offseason where it couldn’t hurt to hand out nametags to some to the new South Carolina football staffers, considering the volume of departures and arrivals. An offseason of change so far saw 40% of Will Muschamp’s core coaching staff change over, plus the man running his recruiting operation as well as the strength coach. The changes didn’t even wrap up officially until five days before the team hit the field for spring ball. Whats that mean? A break in continuity. New staffers have to be taught the way the existing staff likes to do things. In the case of new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, the new guy has to teach his staff new things. Even after two positions turned over in the month of February, Muschamp took a wider view on what they can bring. Muschamp said. “I think growth and improvement. You have a chance to grow differently with a coach. Every new coach that we bring in, I learn something from them.” Here’s rundown of the list of changes for 2020: ▪ Bryan McClendon: Went from offensive coordinator to receivers coach. ▪ Dan Werner: No longer on staff, replaced as QB coach by new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. ▪ Coleman Hutzler: Left for a job at Texas. New tight ends coach Joe Cox was hired to fill his vacancy, while Rod Wilson filled the linebacker role. ▪ Kyle Krantz: Was momentarily moved to an off-field role with Cox’s arrival, and then re-promoted to special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach. ▪ John Scott Jr.: Accepted a position at Penn State, replaced by Tracy Rocker. ▪ Thomas Brown: Accepted a role as running backs coach with the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson filled his open staff spot, while Bobby Bentley took over the running backs. ▪ Bentley: Went from tight ends to assistant quarterbacks coach to running backs, a role he held his first three years on campus. ▪ Jeff Dillman: Replaced as head strength coach by Paul Jackson. ▪ Matt Lindsey: Accepted a job with Ole Miss, replaced by Drew Hughes. Yep, that’s a lot. To help the players with any worries about the transition, Muschamp pointed to his outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson. Muschamp asked the players how many of them wanted to play in the NFL all hands went up. “’Mike Peterson, how many years did you play the NFL?’” Muschamp said. “He said 14. ‘So how many position coaches did you have?’ He said eight. So I said, ‘Do you think Mike Peterson, if he was really sensitive about this new coach that came in, and didn’t like the way he coached me, and I didn’t like it, do you think he would’ve survived 14 years?’ They all said, ‘No, he probably wouldn’t have.’ I said, “So you need to be adaptable.’” Muschamp mentioned that he’s picking up small things from the new coaches. He mentioned talking to Rocker, a longtime SEC veteran, about little things such as how a team travels or handles the long wait before a Saturday night game. Coming off a 4-8 season, Muschamp said the need to change up spring practice was no different than when the team came off nine wins in 2018 or seven in 2019. The different faces brought different experiences and expertise. He mentioned liking the changes Jackson implemented on the strength side ahead of spring workouts. “When you have some influx of new staff, you do get some new ideas about different ways to do things,” Muschamp said. “Obviously Mike being the head coach, I’ve asked him a lot of questions about some different things that they’ve done. “It all goes back to fit in what’s best for your players, and what’s going to help us win game.”
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. 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.
  24. 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)

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