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  1. Ray Tanner writes letter to fans about coronavirus, ticket refunds, football deadlines March 16, 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner penned a letter to fans Monday explaining where things stand with spring sports refunds amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. The letter deals with baseball, softball and football. Full letter: (VIEW LETTER)
  2. Ray Tanner writes letter to fans about coronavirus, ticket refunds, football deadlines March 16, 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner penned a letter to fans Monday explaining where things stand with spring sports refunds amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. The letter deals with baseball, softball and football. Full letter: “Gamecock Fans – The last week has represented a series of unprecedented challenges for not only Gamecock Athletics and our University, but also the state, nation and the entire globe. As you have likely heard by now, Governor Henry McMaster has temporarily closed all schools in the state, including the University of South Carolina. This closure is in effect starting today, March 16, through the end of March, and will cause our athletics department to close its doors as well. I’d like to take this time to explain to our loyal Gamecock fans how we will be dealing with this challenge and our efforts to continue servicing your needs. During this period of closure, we will not be able to have any guests visit the Rice Athletics Center. However, our athletics staff will work diligently to respond to any messages left by our fans on the Gamecock Club (803-777-4276) or Gamecock Ticket Office (803-777-4274) phone lines during the closure. Additionally, donors who prefer to communicate via email can reach us at: gctix@mailbox.sc.edu or gcclub@mailbox.sc.edu. Lastly, we will also be available to any donors with questions by virtual chat through visiting: http://alivech.at/797zqq. Additionally, as it relates to those contests that have been cancelled and other upcoming deadlines, any donor with season tickets for Gamecock baseball and softball will be refunded via check for both their season tickets and any related seat premiums/donations for all cancelled contests. Those fans who have purchased a “go pass” will not be charged their upcoming April and May monthly payments. As it relates to all future payments, please understand that our department’s goal will be to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible throughout these uncertain times. At this point, the upcoming April 3 deadline for football season ticket renewals will be extended to Friday, May 8. Additionally, in order to help provide a further level of financial flexibility, a football season ticket only payment plan option, allowing for payments spread between May, June and July, will be available to any donor that registers for this renewal option before Friday, May 8. To enroll in this payment plan, or our existing 10-month payment plan, simply email us at either of the addresses listed above and we will reach out to complete the process. Lastly, the pre-selection process for those directly impacted by the stadium improvements coming online in 2020 will continue as scheduled for the last week of April, as it is run virtually and does not require any face-to-face interaction. In so many of the trying times facing our country before, sport has united our communities and played a tremendous role in the healing of a nation. While there may not yet be a place for public sporting events to serve in that capacity during this crisis, we look forward to getting through these times together and bringing our Gamecock student-athletes back to the classroom and their fields of competition as soon as it is responsible to do so. In the interim, please be safe and do not hesitate to reach out to Gamecock Athletics with any questions that you may have. Forever to Thee, Ray Tanner”
  3. Where South Carolina’s seasons stood before the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak March 16, 2020 South Carolina athletics came to a halt last week as all team activities and competition were shut down until at least April 15 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. That, and the NCAA canceling winter and spring championships, meant a set of seasons were either ended early, had every remaining scheduled even canceled or interrupted without much sense as to if and how things might resume. Here’s a look at where some promising seasons stood when they were interrupted: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dawn Staley’s squad had arguably the most exciting season of all USC sports cut short the Gamecocks were set to be named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament after going 32-1 overall, 16-0 in the SEC, claiming both regular season and conference titles. Staley and star forward Aliyah Boston were named SEC Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and ESPN gave them national recognition for both of those awards as well. Senior guard Tyasha Harris was named first-team All-SEC, and senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan was leading the team in scoring. After helping USC win its first national title as freshman in 2017, they were set to lead another potentially deep postseason run when the NCAA tournament was canceled. BASEBALL Coach Mark Kingston’s club was entering SEC play at 12-4, with two disappointing series losses to Northwestern and Clemson but winners of five in a row, including a sweep of Cornell. Set to open things up against a Tennessee squad slipping a bit in the rankings, the Gamecocks were hoping to keep that momentum going and build its NCAA tournament case after missing the postseason last season. Staff ace Carmen Mlodzinski, a projected top-10 pick in the MLB draft, was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts and is a strong candidate to turn pro this year. Sophomores Wes Clarke and Brady Allen were leading the lineup in home runs and batting average, respectively. The Gamecocks have 18 regular season games and the conference tournament still yet to be canceled. WOMEN’S GOLF A promising season was wiped away as the Gamecocks had come in third at the IJGA Collegiate Invitational in February and sixth at the Darius Rucker Invitational. They were set for two more tournaments, one in Athens, Georgia and another in Browns Summit, North Carolina before the SEC tournament. Both those regular season tournaments are canceled, and the SEC event came right after the end of the April 15 deadline. South Carolina was No. 9 in the most recent GolfWeek rankings, with freshman Pau Roussin-Bouchard ranked No. 5 in the country, and Ana Pelaez and Lois Kaye Go also in the top 50. SOFTBALL Beverly Smith’s team was coming off a pair of mid-week wins and a series loss at Georgia, but had been in solid shape at 17-6. USC was ranked No. 16 nationally in the most recent USA Today coaches poll. The team was led offensively by Haley Simpson, Kenzi Maguire, Lauren Stewart and others, while Karsen Ochs and Karly Heath were the team’s most-used pitchers after Kelsey Oh was lost for the year. The team had 10 games that have yet to be canceled. South Carolina had gone to seven consecutive NCAA tournaments. MEN’S BASKETBALL Frank Martin’s squad was set to play its opener in the SEC tournament when word came down canceling that event and soon enough the whole of March Madness. The Gamecocks sat at 18-13, likely needing a run to the SEC tournament final to have an outside chance at an at-large spot and realistically needing to win the auto-bid to ensure a trip. They still would have been a likely NIT participant for the first time since 2016. The Gamecocks finished with their fourth season at .500 or better in five years, but also were a long shot to a second NCAA tournament berth in Martin’s eighth year. (USC has made one NCAA tournament since 2004.) WOMEN’S TENNIS The Gamecocks were sitting at 8-4 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC, including wins against top-50 teams in LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Auburn. They were No. 19 in the most recent ITA rankings. The team is led by Megan Davies (No. 25 in the country), Mia Horvit (No. 39) and Emma Shelton (No. 92), plus the No. 24 doubles pairing in the country. The SEC’s cancellation through April 15 encompasses the rest of the regular season and start of the conference tournament. WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL South Carolina had struggled early in the season, posting a 5-7 record, 1-3 in conference play. They had upset No. 4 Southern Cal, and beat other ranked teams in College of Charleston, Long Beach State and Stetson. USC was ranked No. 14 in the final poll of the season. The full rest of the season had been canceled. TRACK AND FIELD The spring season had not yet started, and the winter season had not even wrapped, as the NCAA indoor championships set for last weekend were canceled. There are two meets, the USC Open and Penn Relays, still on the schedule after the SEC’s moratorium on play until April 15, but teams cannot train between now and then. The NCAA outdoor championships in late May have been canceled, but the SEC championships in mid-May have not been canceled yet. EQUESTRIAN The Gamecocks were No. 3 in the country as of the most recent rankings. They held a 7-5 record, but had recently knocked off top-5 teams in Georgia and Texas A&M. The losses included a pair to No. 1 Auburn and one to No. 2 Oklahoma State. USC had capped the regular season with a win against Delaware State and were headed into the now-canceled SEC Championship. MEN’S GOLF South Carolina’s last action of the season was finishing ninth at the 2020 Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach. USC came in seventh in its other spring event. The Gamecocks were No. 37 nationally, according to the GolfWeek rankings. Senior Jamie Wilson was the No. 57 player in the country. MEN’S TENNIS The Gamecocks were sitting at 9-5, No. 18 in the latest Oracle/ITA rankings. They’d topped ranked Oklaoma and Georgia and three of the five losses were to top-10 teams. South Carolina sat at 2-2 in conference. Defending national singles champion Paul Jubb was the No. 5-ranked player in the country, with a 7-4 record.
  4. Coronavirus impact on Gamecock Sports The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events. And then the ban was pushed to April 15. A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo. The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events. And then the ban was pushed to April 15. A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo. Total remaining games, matches or events still listed as scheduled after April 15, not counting conference or NCAA events (in parenthesis, games before April 15 that the SEC has already canceled): ▪ Men’s basketball: Lost the SEC tournament and potentially a postseason after that ▪ Women’s basketball: Lost the NCAA tournament ▪ Baseball: 18 games scheduled after April 15 (20 canceled) ▪ Softball: 10 games scheduled after April 15 (19 canceled) ▪ Men’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (3 canceled) ▪ Women’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (2 canceled) ▪ Men’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (10 canceled) ▪ Women’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (9 canceled) ▪ Equestrian: Conference and NCEA championships both canceled ▪ Men’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled) ▪ Women’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled) ▪ Women’s Beach Volleyball: Zero matches after April 15 (17 canceled, conference tournament canceled)
  5. Tanner said he expected teams to be in postseason play, not every year, but often. Jay from 107.5 said that he thought 8 wins a year was appropriate for football and he knew Tanner had said in the past he wanted teams to be competitive. Tanner would not commit to a number. Jay then said the team lost by an average of 17.3 points a game, that was not competitive. Tanner responded by saying that it was a small sample and some games skewed that. Jay said, ok, but five of the losses were by over 20 points. Tanner seemed not to have a comeback for that but changed the discussion from season wins to postseason qualifying.
  6. Alcohol sales begin Thursday night at CLA Jan. 01, 2020 Alcohol sales, which were officially finalized in December and will be available for purchase starting Thursday night. In preparation, here's what you need to know for alcohol sales at basketball games. Beer and wine will be sold at different portable kiosks around Colonial Life Arena but will not be sold at concession stands for hoops games in "an effort to keep the regular lines moving efficiently," according to a university press release. Those wanting to buy beer or win will be carded at the kiosks and are limited to two drinks a sale. According to the university, students are not allowed to use their Carolina Card to purchase alcohol. Alcohol sales for women's games will stop at the end of the third quarter and for men's game at the under-12 media timeout. Tip off Thursday night is scheduled for 7 p.m. against Kentucky, the start of SEC play for the women's team. No official plans for alcohol sales at Founders Park or Williams-Brice have been released yet, but those will come out closer to the start of those respective seasons.
  7. Carolina to allow alcohol sales at sporting events, details, timeline for rollout Dec. 17, 2019 Expanded alcohol sales to the general public are set to come for South Carolina fans at Williams-Brice Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and Founders Park in the very near future. The new policy, presented to and approved by the University of South Carolina board of trustees’ executive and governance committee Tuesday, is expected to be approved by the full board in the afternoon. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. Carolina to allow alcohol sales at sporting events, details, timeline for rollout Dec. 17, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Expanded alcohol sales to the general public are set to come for South Carolina fans at Williams-Brice Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and Founders Park in the very near future. The new policy, presented to and approved by the University of South Carolina board of trustees’ executive and governance committee Tuesday, is expected to be approved by the full board in the afternoon. Sales of beer and wine would begin at Colonial Life Arena on Jan. 1, 2020 and follow with baseball and football seasons. In presenting the plan to the committee, athletics director Ray Tanner suggested prices might average around $8 per beer. At Colonial Life Arena, the infrastructure for beer and wine sales is already in place for concerts. Williams-Brice Stadium is currently undergoing renovations scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2020 season. Those renovations will increase the number of premium areas where alcohol can be served regardless, and Tanner said Tuesday that the renovations will also “alleviate” pressure caused by the change in part by building more bathrooms. Tanner also told the committee that the athletics department will be “more prepared” from a security standpoint. The change comes exactly 200 days after the SEC reversed its long-standing policy prohibiting alcohol sales to the general public at sporting events on May 31, leaving that decision up to each university. By September, seven SEC athletics departments announced they would sell beer and wine. In July, athletics director Ray Tanner confirmed that South Carolina would not be joining that group, at least for the 2019 football season. At the time, he said in a radio interview on 107.5 FM, the university was still reviewing the potential impact that change would have and weighing the pros and cons. “Is it an opportunity to make a lot of money? We don’t know that for sure,” Tanner said in that interview. “You’re gonna have to increase security, you’re gonna have to probably have some renovations, you’re going to have to invest in this opportunity to change the way you’ve been doing business, so we don’t have all the answers yet, but we’ll get them before a decision is made going forward.” On Tuesday, Tanner said he was unsure how much revenue the new policy would generate, saying he hoped it would reach seven figures annually but was not certain.
  9. USC board of trustees expected to approve alcohol sales at sporting events Dec. 16, 2019 COLUMBIA — University of South Carolina officials have studied the issue long enough. They believe it can work. Pending approval from USC’s board of trustees on Tuesday, Gamecock fans will soon be able to purchase alcohol at sporting events. USC hopes to begin selling beer and wine at its arenas in January. Board of trustees sources told The Post and Courier that approval is expected during a meeting on Tuesday, where alcohol sales is listed on the agenda to be discussed by USC’s Executive and Governance Committee. The plan is to approve the sales, satisfy all the state and university requirements and begin offering the product. USC’s three main arenas — Williams-Brice Stadium (football), Colonial Life Arena (basketball) and Founders Park (baseball) — will be launchpads for the initiative. Other venues such as Stone Stadium (soccer) and Carolina Softball Stadium could eventually be considered. (view article) postandcourier.com
  10. AUDIO: In a story yesterday from the @VoiceOfPeeDee, @UofSC President @Bob_Caslen said The @GreenvilleNews "twisted my words" in a story last week about football @CoachWMuschamp. Here's the recording of exactly what he said to reporter @_ManieRobinson.
  11. Evaluating Ray Tanner tenure at the helm as AD Well we got one going for Boom. Why not Ray. First off Tanner as a baseball coach got us two World Series and excellent baseball manger. So lets keep that in mind as the thread grows. So with that said lets dig in. I give Tanner A+ for over seeing the facilities build up, the rest sad D-. The future light is a little dim at this time. Basketball 1 final 4. Yes better then any other AD that has been here. Moving on to the Boom hiring, one 9 win season and a lot of losses to Clemson in Football. Not really much better across the board in all 3 major Men's sports. It's not all Tanners fault but the buck stops with him, He oversees all sports and is accountable for the success and failures. Would be nice to talk about are chances to win titles like SEC East etc. but instead for now have to eat and taste failure across the board. So here we are at the cross roads. Time really to evaluate talk about the future the AD's future and what you want to see going forward. Need to talk honestly to the truth here. Will now turn it over to you folks.
  12. South Carolina Athletics introduces Inside Gamecock Athletics Podcast 10/3/2019 | General The University of South Carolina Athletics Department, in conjunction with Learfield IMG College, introduces a new podcast designed to inform and update fans on the latest happenings in Gamecock Athletics. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  13. South Carolina Athletics introduces Inside Gamecock Athletics Podcast 10/3/2019 | General The University of South Carolina Athletics Department, in conjunction with Learfield IMG College, introduces a new podcast designed to inform and update fans on the latest happenings in Gamecock Athletics. "Inside Gamecock Athletics" will be hosted by South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner with new episodes appearing monthly. The first episode debuted Thursday, Oct. 3 with interviews between Tanner and Gamecock Football Director of Player Development Marcus Lattimore and Beach Volleyball Student-Athlete and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member Franky Harrison. "I think Gamecock fans will enjoy these podcasts," said Tanner. "For those who listen to them, I hope they will hear stories and information that will make them feel proud to be a Gamecock and know the good things that are happening inside our athletics department." Plans call for interviews to be conducted with, not only athletics department staff members and student-athletes, but college athletics stakeholders from around the country and members of the media who can give an insight on the business of college sports. "The idea of having a podcast became intriguing to me because it's a relatively new technology and we had not done this before," added Tanner. "To be able to articulate different issues without having to worry about time constraints will hopefully allow our fans to further understand the complex issues that surround college sports." Also available on "Inside Gamecock Athletics" channel will be archives of Carolina Calls and previous shows as well as interviews and radio segments. Fans can subscribe to "Inside Gamecock Athletics" on iTunes or their favorite podcast app.
  14. The message popped up on Twitter, with a Hilinski’s Hope masthead. The tweet that seemed to get it going was from South Carolina cheerleader Gabrielle Comeau. It has a simple plan, a way to pay respect to Tyler Hilinski, the late brother of Gamecocks QB Ryan Hilinski who died by suicide in January of 2018. The memory of Tyler has been a constant presence in Ryan’s life, and after his first college touchdowns, Ryan pointed to the sky and threw up three fingers for Tyler’s No. 3. The plan is for fans in Williams-Brice to stand for the first play of of the third quarter of Saturday’s Alabama game and raise up the number three. Since Comeau’s tweet went up, it was shared by the official Hilinski’s Hope account. The organization started after Tyler’s death and is focused on raising awareness for mental health issues with student-athletes.
  15. MBB: Martin To Attend Colonial Life Employee Tailgate Thursday August 27, 2019 MEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Emily Miles | Phone: (803) 777-7743 | Email: efeeney@mailbox.sc.edu South Carolina AthleticsContact: Emily Miles, 803-777-7743, efeeney@mailbox.sc.eduColonial Life CommunicationsContact: Chris Winston, 803-678-6997, cwinston@coloniallife.comMBB: Martin To Attend Colonial Life Employee Tailgate ThursdayColonial Life, UofSC kick off new season of partnership with employee tailgate, Gamecock starsWHAT: Colonial Life's 1,200-plus Columbia employees will join with University of South Carolina stars to kick off a new season of partnership with a tailgate on the grounds of the company's headquarters. The program includes the debut of a new Colonial Life video starring unexpected moments in Gamecock sports history and spoken remarks by the Gamecocks' all-time winningest QB Connor Shaw, Gamecock men's basketball coach Frank Martin and Colonial Life President/CEO Tim Arnold. The video will be shown at halftime of UofSC home football games this fall, during the weekly coach's show with Will Muschamp, and at UofSC men's and women's home basketball games this season at Colonial Life Arena.WHO: Connor Shaw, former Gamecock QB and Colonial Life agentCody Gibson, former Gamecock lineman and Colonial Life agentFrank Martin, UofSC men's basketball coachTim Arnold, president and CEO, Colonial LifeWHEN: Noon, Thursday, August 29, 2019WHERE: Colonial Life headquarters, 1200 Colonial Life Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210INTERVIEWS: Connor Shaw and Tim Arnold will be available for interviews at 11:30 a.m.Frank Martin will be available for interviews at 11:45 a.m.PARKING: Parking will be available for media along the front of the building.BACKGROUND: Colonial Life's partnership with the University of South Carolina's athletics department dates back to the naming rights of the Colonial Life Arena (originally the Colonial Center) in 2003. But the company's support of the University of South Carolina and its educational programs goes much deeper. Colonial Life has donated $150,000 over the past three years to support the CarolinaTIP program for S.C. teacher retention. And the University of South Carolina and Colonial Life have also partnered on the Education Leaders Experience, an annual program to connect educators and business leaders to help prepare 21st century workers.
  16. Former Gamecock Athletics Director Mike McGee Passes Away 8/16/2019 | General Former University of South Carolina Athletics Director Dr. Mike McGee, who led the Gamecock athletics program for 12 years, died Friday peacefully at his home in Montrose, CO. "I owe so much to Dr. McGee for trusting me to lead his baseball program when he hired me in the summer of 1996," said current Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "I learned so much from him about athletics, administration and life, in general. He's not only a legendary coach and administrator but a Hall of Fame person as well." McGee, 80, came to South Carolina in 1993 from the University of Southern California, where he had served as athletics director 10 years. Prior to his tenure at Southern Cal, McGee was the athletics director at Cincinnati (1980-84) , the head football coach at Duke for eight seasons (1971-78), the head football coach at East Carolina for one season (1970) and served as an assistant coach at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Duke. McGee was the recipient of the prestigious Homer Rice Award in 2016 from the LEAD1 Association, given each year to a former athletics director who had made a significant and meaningful contribution to intercollegiate athletics. In 2002, McGee was presented the Order of the Palmetto by then-South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of and achievement in sports in South Carolina. McGee, a 1960 Duke graduate, was an outstanding football player for the Blue Devils, earning All-America honors and was named the 1959 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player and ACC Athlete of the Year. He was also the recipient of the 1959 Outland Award, going to the nation's top lineman. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1985, he founded and directed for 17 years, the prestigious Sports Management Institute, the leading in-service training academy for professional staff in intercollegiate athletics. McGee is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ginger, and together they had four children - Kathy, Michael, Jr., Matthew and Jerry - as well as 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services and burial for Dr. McGee will be held at Sonrise Mountain Ranch in Cimarron, CO and his hometown of Elizabeth City, NC. Mike McGee - University of South Carolina Highlights During Mike McGee's 12-years of service as the Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina, the Gamecock program experienced an era of success and accomplishment that was unprecedented in school history. Among the numerous achievements during this period included: The Gamecocks emerged as a highly competitive athletics program, across the board, with consistent top 20 national rankings for a majority of its 20 varsity teams. A record 17 teams competed in post-season competition in 2001-02, with 16 teams qualifying in 2002-03 and 15 teams advancing in 2003-04. South Carolina posted its best-ever finish in the Learfield IMG College Director's Cup in 2002 with an 11th place finish and followed it up with an 18th-place finish in 2003. The football team won three straight bowl games, including back-to-back Outback Bowl Championships against Ohio State. Those two victories catapulted the Gamecocks to consecutive Top 20 national finishes, a first in the history of the program. McGee hired high-caliber coaches at South Carolina during his tenure. Among his hires at South Carolina included Curtis Frye (track and field), Lou Holtz (football), Ray Tanner (baseball), Dave Odom (men's basketball) and Steve Spurrier (football). In McGee's final eight years at South Carolina, 13 Gamecock head coaches earned either national or SEC Coach of the Year awards. Athletics department revenues almost tripled during his tenure as athletics director, rising from approximately $18 million when he first came to South Carolina, to $52.8 million for fiscal year 2004. The women's track team won the school's first-ever national team championship, claiming the 2002 NCAA Outdoor title. In 2000, for the first time in the history of the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina had three of its athletes named National Athlete of the Year in their respective sports: Kip Bouknight (baseball); Terrence Trammell (men's indoor and outdoor track); and Miki Barber (women's outdoor track). South Carolina won nine SEC team championships, including baseball (3), women's outdoor track (3), men's basketball (1), softball (1), and women's golf (1). McGee oversaw more than $110 million in facility improvements at Carolina, including the 18,000-seat Colonial Center (now Colonial Life Arena) and major improvements and additions to Williams-Brice Stadium. McGee was a leader in addressing gender equity progress, as Carolina added two women's sports (soccer, equestrian), upgraded Olympic sports facilities and provided for major increases in budget and additional staff under his direction. McGee served for the SEC on the NCAA Management Council, a position he also held for the PAC-10 Conference when he was the athletics director at Southern California. McGee served on the SEC Task Force Committee for Compliance and Enforcement. McGee served as a member on the NCAA Academic Reform Committee on Incentives and Disincentives. McGee was a vice-chairman of the board for the Columbia Urban League
  17. General 8/12/2019 11:49:00 AM All-Sport Gamecock GO Pass Available Now $25 per month provides admission to all Gamecock Athletics home events COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Athletics introduced today the Gamecock GO Pass, an all-sport subscription-based plan similar to popular online streaming services that allows fans to attend an unlimited number of home games across all sports for only $25 per month. The mobile-only pass will assign seats prior to the game with those seat locations changing each game. "Gamecock fans are the best in the nation with a history of passionate support," South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. "No school in the nation has the fan support for all of its sports like we do at Carolina. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff appreciate the tremendous home advantage our fans give us, and the Gamecock GO Pass is an opportunity to grow that support." The all-sport subscription pass is the first of its kind in the SEC with only one other program in the Power 5 conferences offering a similar product for all fans. The popularity of subscription tickets began in 2015 with Major League Baseball and has since become a popular product for a majority of those teams. The Gamecock GO Pass is $25 per month with a 12-month commitment, or fans can make a one-time payment of $300. All regular-season home events are included, however, tickets are not available in sellout scenarios. Other features of the Gamecock GO Pass include "Sit With Friends," guest tickets and gameday seat upgrades. The "Sit With Friends" feature allows fans to link their passes in order to sit together at their selected games. Guest tickets provides the opportunity to purchase at face value extra tickets to a game with those seats located with the Gamecock GO Pass seats. Should fans want to improve their assigned seat location, upgrades are available for purchase on game day. "We are always looking at ways to make it more convenient and affordable for Gamecock fans to attend our home events," Tanner said. "The Gamecock GO Pass is the most cost-effective, user-friendly way for any fan to support our student-athletes at most, if not all, of our sports' home games." The Gamecock GO Pass is on sale now. For more information, visit ItsGreatToBeAGamecock.com/GO. Other ticket packages for Gamecock Football are still available, including a limited number of season tickets, flex plans, single-game tickets and group tickets. Information on tickets for all sports is available at GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets.
  18. Like it or not, Ray Tanner’s recipe for USC athletics success is ‘long-term’ June 04, 2019 As Ray Tanner sat in a meeting room with the other 13 athletics directors in the SEC at the Hilton Sandestin last week, he realized he was an outlier from most of his colleagues in one critical area. “There are a lot of ADs that have expectations that are short term. I probably look at it more long term than short term,” Tanner told The State. Tanner’s patience is going to be a big topic for South Carolina’s fan base in the coming year. In his second year, baseball coach Mark Kingston is sitting at home while the NCAA postseason marches toward Omaha. In his fourth year, football coach Will Muschamp has a .500 record in the SEC and maybe the nation’s toughest schedule staring him in the face. After that comes basketball season, where Frank Martin is entering his eighth season with one NCAA Tournament appearance, a 2017 trip to the Final Four. (CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE)
  19. Gamecocks Set New Standard in the Classroom 5/23/2019 | Academics The University of South Carolina Athletics Department concluded the spring 2019 semester with a departmental GPA of 3.338. It marks the department's highest GPA in history and the 25th-consecutive semester for a departmental GPA above 3.0. The previous high was 3.335, set in the fall of 2018. Seventeen of the 18 teams earned a 3.0 or better GPA during the spring semester. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  20. Gamecocks Set New Standard in the Classroom 5/23/2019 | Academics The University of South Carolina Athletics Department concluded the spring 2019 semester with a departmental GPA of 3.338. It marks the department's highest GPA in history and the 25th-consecutive semester for a departmental GPA above 3.0. The previous high was 3.335, set in the fall of 2018. Seventeen of the 18 teams earned a 3.0 or better GPA during the spring semester. Women's Tennis (3.839) earned the highest team GPA among all athletic teams. Football (3.084), Women's Tennis (3.839) and Men's Swimming & Diving (3.533) each obtained its highest team GPA on record. Men's Soccer (3.536), Women's Soccer (3.607), and Men's Tennis (3.578) all earned their second-highest team GPA to date. "Achieving success in the classroom and in your sport goes hand-in-hand," said Maria Hickman, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development. "The academic commitment of our student-athletes continues to set unparalleled numbers for our department." The department named 82 student-athletes to the President's List, 151 to the Dean's List and 392 to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0). Sport GPA Baseball 3.019 Men's Basketball 2.787 Women's Basketball 3.234 Beach Volleyball 3.644 Equestrian 3.538 Football 3.084 Men's Golf 3.274 Women's Golf 3.722 Men's Soccer 3.536 Women's Soccer 3.607 Softball 3.397 Men's Swimming & Diving 3.533 Women's Swimming & Diving 3.651 Men's Tennis 3.578 Women's Tennis 3.839 Men's Track & Field 3.143 Women's Track & Field/Cross Country 3.313 Volleyball 3.490
  21. General 4/15/2019 8:19:00 PM South Carolina Athletics Holds 2019 Gamecock Gala Shannon Williams named President’s Award Winner at annual event. COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Athletics Department held its annual Gamecock Gala on Monday evening at the Koger Center in downtown Columbia. The event honored the University's student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 campaign. Student-athletes, administrators, coaches and special guests attended the elegant event, which featured a red carpet entrance, heavy hors d'oeuvres, awards and video features. SEC Network's Alyssa Lang, a South Carolina alum, was the featured emcee this year, and she, and several student-athlete emcees began the evening with thank you's, before a season-long highlight video featuring all of Carolina's athletic teams, which was followed by a special recognition for University President Dr. Harris Pastides, and his wife, Mrs. Patricia Moore-Pastides, who will be retiring from their post at the University later this summer. The winner of this year's President's Award was decorated beach volleyball standout, Shannon Williams. She is the team's active career wins leader with 75 during her time in the Garnet and Black. That mark is even more impressive when you consider that 87 of her 128 career starts have been at the No. 1 position in the lineup. She currently has a program-record 43 career victories at number one, more than the second-and third-ranked Gamecocks combined, and is just the second Gamecock all-time to reach 75 career wins. Williams helped lead South Carolina to the eight-team NCAA Championship bracket in each of the last two seasons, and, this season, she and her partner have 16 victories, including highlight wins over No. 2 Southern Cal and No. 18 Georgia State. She holds an outstanding GPA, has earned numerous academic accolades and is also an outstanding example of leadership through her community outreach events and her involvement on SAAC each of the last two years. A complete list of award winners for the 2019 Gamecock Gala is listed below: SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Award Nominees: Emma Barksdale (swimming and diving), Fynn Minuth (swimming and diving) SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award Nominees: Allie Mueller (track and field/cross country), Jack Smith (swimming and diving) Freshmen of the Year: Jana Johns (softball), A.J. Lawson (basketball) New Student-Athlete of the Year: Wadeline Jonathas (track and field) Scholar Athletes of the Year: Ingrid Martins (tennis), Cody Bekemeyer (swimming and diving) Athletes of the Year: Aliyah Abrams (track and field), Fynn Minuth (swimming and diving) Dodie Academic MVP Award: Chris Silva (basketball) Impact Team of the Year: Beach volleyball Inspiration Award: Will Miles (golf) Gamecock Leadership Award: Simone Wark (women's soccer/track and field) President's Award: Shannon Williams (beach volleyball)
  22. Justin posted a message on Facebook the other day saying that Austin Koon is leaving the South Carolina program to open his own production company. Justin will be able to hire another really great person to refill the opening though.
  23. Deion Sanders Supports former Gamecock receiver Sterling Sharpe becoming a member of the NFL Hall Of Fame March 08, 2019 Deion Sanders got one good taste of facing South Carolina’s Sterling Sharpe in college, well before the pair had meetings in the NFL when Sharpe was with the Green Bay Packers and Sanders was with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. Sanders is a Hall of Famer, one of the best to ever play the game, and in his expert opinion, Sharpe deserves a bust alongside his in Canton, Ohio. “The guy that should be in the Hall of Fame, who is one of the most physical, one of the best route runners, one of the best receiving guys that I’ve ever played against was Sterling Sharpe,” Deion Sanders said on an NFL Network combine broadcast with Rich Eisen.” Let me tell you something, man, you went up there to bump him, he was going to take your facemask off and your shoulder pads off. And if you backed off and he caught the ball, how you going to make the tackle?” Sharpe was nominated for the Hall of Fame in September but didn’t make the cut. In seven seasons in Green Bay, Sharpe compiled 595 catches for 8,134 yards and 65 scores. He made the Pro Bowl five times and first-team all-pro three times. His career was cut short by a neck injury in 1994. In three games against Sanders’ teams, he had 283 yards. He even was able to get a handle on Sanders’ oft-loquacious style. “You didn’t want to talk to him,” Sanders said. “Oh, you didn’t want to do that. “How his he not in the Hall of Fame? I have no idea. That was a grown man that I promise you, you had to get a good breakfast that morning.” Sanders will soon join the South Carolina football family when his son Shilo enrolls in the summer. The younger Sanders might have trouble getting his father’s No. 21, as that right now belongs to Jamyest Williams. “‘He said, ‘Dad, what if 21 is taken, should I get 2?’” Deion Sanders said. “I said, ‘I promise you, you won’t get 2.’” That No. 2, Sharpe’s number.
  24. Gamecocks Announce Four Jersey Retirements for Spring 2019 Season 3/6/2019 The University of South Carolina Athletics Department will retire four jerseys in four different sports during the Spring 2019 athletic season, announced Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner. Softball pitcher Trinity Johnson (1995-97) will have her jersey retired in a ceremony prior to the Gamecocks' April 6 game against Alabama at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Track and fieldstars Terrance Trammell (1998-2000) and Miki Barber (1999-2003) will be recognized during the USC Outdoor Open at the Cregger Track on April 13. Baseball pitcher Earl Bass (1972-75) will have his jersey retired posthumously prior to the Gamecocks' May 4 game against Vanderbilt at Founders Park. "These outstanding individuals deserve to be recognized by having their jersey's retired at the University of South Carolina," said Tanner. "When athletes, coachesand fans walk into our venues, they'll know who set the stage for Gamecock successes. Honoring our history is something I feel strongly about, and I look forward to having more jersey retirements for years to come." By policy, there is a five-year waiting period after a former Gamecockstudent-athlete's last final season of participation before their jersey can be considered for retirement. As part of the policy, the University will retire jerseys, but will not retire numbers. Those numbers previously retired will continue to be in a retired state. There is a limit of six jersey retirements per academic year, with no more than one per sport per year. Johnson was a three-time NFCA All-American, earning the Honda Award, Fastpitch World and U.S. Olympic Committee National Softball Player of the Year in 1996-97. During the 1997 season, she was also the SEC Female Athlete of the Year, the SEC Softball Pitcher of the Year, unanimous First-Team All-SEC selection, three-time SEC Pitcher of the Week and two-time NFCA National Player of the Week. She continues to hold 11 school records and was inducted into the USC Lettermen's Hall of Fame in 2004. Trammell was a 13-time All-American, six-time NCAA champion and an eight-time SEC champion during his Gamecock career. He was a silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2000 and the 2004 Olympics and a seven-time World Championships medalist, including two gold medals. He was voted the 1999 SEC Athlete of the Year and won the 1999 Cliff Harper Trophy as the SEC Championships leader in points scored. He was inducted into the USC Lettermen's Hall of Fame in 2006. Barber was a 20-time All-American, five-time NCAA champion and an eight-time SEC champion during her time at South Carolina. She was a 2000 Olympian and a gold medalist in the 100 meters at the 2007 Pan American Games and as part of the 4x100 meter relay in the 2007 World Championships. She is part of the Carolina school record setting indoor 4x400m relay and the 4x200m relay. She has competed in 19 USATF Championships and was inducted into the USC Lettermen's Hall of Fame in 2015. Bass was a two-time ABCA First-Team All-American (1974-75) and holds the school record with a career win-loss record of 34-3. He also has the school record for career shutouts (10) and earned run average (1.34). He set a then-national record by winning 23 consecutive games over two seasons. He set a school freshman record with a 1.50 ERA. He was inducted into the USC Lettermen's Hall of Fame in 1989 and was an SEC Legend at the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament. He lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 4, 2018, at the age of 65. In order for a former student-athlete to be considered to have their jersey retired at Carolina, the recipient must have been either a University record holder, consensus All-American, consensus National Player of the Year, an Olympic medalist while a student-athlete at USC, an All-SEC first- or second-team member for three years, conference player of the year, team MVP of a national championship team, or a post-season MVP leading to a national championship. A committee of current Gamecock coaches and staff members, as well as representatives from the Intercollegiate Activities Committee of the Board of Trustees, USC Lettermen's Association and a past retired jersey retirement recipient selected this year's slate of retired jerseys. "This is the first time that we've retired a formerstudent-athlete's jersey since 2005 (B.J. McKie)," added Tanner. "I applaud the committee's work and the vast amount of research that went in to determining this year's slate of honorees. This is a process that will continue to honor our great history and outstanding former student-athletes and coaches." Jersey retirements at South Carolina prior to this year include: FOOTBALL #2 Sterling Sharpe (1983, 85-87) #37 Steve Wadiak (1948-51) #38 George Rogers (1977-80) #56 Mike Johnson (1964) MEN'S BASKETBALL #3 B.J. McKie (1996-99) #11 John Roche (1968-71) #22 Alex English (1972-76) #42 Grady Wallace (1955-57) #43 Kevin Joyce (1970-71) WOMEN'S BASKETBALL #13 Martha Parker (1985-89) #14 Shannon Johnson (1992-96) #53 Sheila Foster (1978-82) BASEBALL #1 Ray Tanner (1997-2012) FAQs / JERSEY RETIREMENT PROCESS Q. What are the criteria for being considered to have a former student-athletes jersey retired? A. A former student-athlete must have attained at least one of these achievements: University record holder A consensus All-American A consensus National Player of the Year An Olympic medalist while a student at USC An All-SEC 1st or 2nd team for 3 years Conference Player of the Year Team MVP of National Championship Team Post-season MVP, leading to National Championship A former head coach can be considered if he/she has attained at least one of these achievements: A conference championship win(s) A NCAA national championship win(s) Coach for NCAA national championship record holder(s) Iconic status within the South Carolina University community and with the general public. Q. How are jersey-retirements selected? A. Nominations are encouraged by head coaches to the selection committee. The selection committee can also act on any candidate meeting the criteria with the approval of current head coaches. There is a five-year waiting period, which begins at the conclusion of the student- athlete's final season of collegiate competition. The selection committee should include: The athletics director or designee Both a male and female head coach A former recipient (if available) A member of the Lettermen's Association Board member of Intercollegiate Activities Committee of the Board of Trustees There should be a limit of six total jersey retirements in one year, with no more than one for each sport, as not to dilute any one year of commemorations. Q. Are there any non-USC athletics activities considered? A. Non-USC athletics activities are part of the balloting process, such as post-graduate athletics success and Olympics success as astudent athlete. Other factors considered are whether the nominee is a graduate or at least in good academic standing, with a reasonable opportunity to graduate. Q. How will the jersey retirements be honored? A. A recognition of the jersey retirement will be in the honorees' venue, if applicable. In other sports, the recognition should be in a practice facility, locker room, etc. A day/game should be designated to honor the recipient.

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