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  1. NOVEMBER 4, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 149 | Vanderbilt Recap + Josh Brown Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 24-7 win over Vanderbilt including Ryan Hilinski’s play, Deshaun Fenwick shows out, the dominating defense, updated bowl outlook and much more. Plus, former Gamecocks kicker Josh Brown joins the show (45:01-1:18:25) to chat about his path to USC, playing for Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier, his game winner in Knoxville and much more.
  2. OCTOBER 23, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 141 | “Best Bet” For Cocks-UT, SEC Gambling Picks Week Nine + Will Muschamp Presser Notes Chris gives his “best bet” for USC-Tennessee including why Gamecocks +4 isn’t a for sure thing, Tennessee’s offensive woes, South Carolina’s powerful defense and more. Plus, SEC Gambling Picks for this weekend including breaking down the game of the weekend in Baton Rouge, LA. Finally, Chris breaks down Will Muschamp’s press conference including update on Rico Dowdle’s health, the passing game, the SEC’s response to Saturday’s officiating and much more.
  3. OCTOBER 18, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Quick Hitters From South Carolina Baseball’s Thursday Scrimmage The Gamecocks scrimmaged for three innings Thursday afternoon at Founders Park. LHP Will McGregor and LHP Josiah Sightler started the game and pitched the entire duration of the scrimmage. McGregor had his moments in three innings of work, showing potential for a youngster. The freshman southpaw from TL Hanna HS showed a plus changeup on Thursday afternoon, getting many swings and misses from some of USC’s top hitters. His biggest issue is control. He’ll need to live ahead in the count and locate his pitches down more consistently to see significant innings this upcoming spring. Overall, he has the moxie of a kid who has been at this level for years, something that will carry him far in his first season. Sightler continues to work through the growing pains of being a pitcher, as he looks for a way on the field in 2020. While the breaking ball needs work and you would like to see more velocity, his changeup has shown a lot of promise in my opinion. He needs to work on the “spread” his changeup has (MPH differential between fastball and offspeed). However, there is good movement there and his arm action mimics that of his fastball. OF Noah Myers had a fantastic day on Thursday, starting the scrimmage off with a leadoff double. I could see him fitting very nicely into that leadoff role, as he has shown to be a tough out and a speed demon on the bases. He made arguably the play of the fall in the final inning, robbing Andrew Eyster of extra bases with an incredible catch up against the wall. Myers has had a great fall thus far and I’m putting my money on him to be the Gamecocks starting center fielder on Opening Day. INF Brennan Milone continues to impress me both at the plate and in the field. Milone followed up Myers double with a nice backside double of his own. He showed great patience at the plate and the ability to drive the baseball the other way. He also made a really nice barehanded play on a slow roller. His defense seems to be coming along and he plays the position with confidence and poise. Overall, I’ve noticed a few things USC really needs to work on and things that I’m sure Mark Kingston is preaching to his team. Situation hitting left a lot to be desired Thursday, with the Gamecocks stranding runners in scoring position on more than one occasion. Base running also needs to improve, as South Carolina multiple times had opportunities to score on balls hit to the gap and couldn’t plate the run. Also, although it was just two pitchers, times to the plate have to get better to give USC catches a chance to throw base runners out. Simply put, being 1.8 or slower to the plate isn’t going to give any catcher a chance to make a play and throw out a guy trying to steal. All little things that I know the coaching staff is working on, but still, things that need to be shored up as we move throughout the fall. South Carolina next takes the diamond Sunday, October 20th against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Founders Park.
  4. OCTOBER 13, 2019 THESPURSUPSHOW by CHRIS Takeaways From The Gamecocks Huge Upset Win Over Georgia No, you aren’t dreaming. South Carolina actually went into Athens and beat third ranked Georgia. This game was a rollercoaster of emotions and the fact South Carolina won is just unbelievable to me and other fans. A lot of things went wrong, and a lot of things went right. Either way, a win is a win and here are my three takeaways from this shocking upset: Maybe Muschamp isn’t that bad I will admit I was extremely critical of Muschamp when the Gamecocks were 1-2 when they should’ve been 3-0, but something changed when Muschamp put on the glasses. Maybe they’re like Peter Parker’s God’s eye glasses in Far From Home, but either way this team has looked completely different in the last two games. The dominant win over Kentucky to end the losing streak was great, but this win was the biggest win in Muschamp’s tenure easily. I still think he needs to do a better job of managing injuries, especially taking out your star quarterback when he’s already limping. He’s going to have a tough road ahead with so many injuries, but this win gives me a lot more confidence in him. Israel Mukuamu is the real deal Fromm had not thrown an interception all season until this game. Mukuamu has a 6’4” wingspan, and it certainly showed today when he reached up to pick off Fromm and run it back for a touchdown. I can’t remember the last time I heard an announcer say that a quarterback shouldn’t throw to a certain South Carolina defender. This secondary has been torn apart all season, but this performance by Mukuamu will certainly be a memorable one. He was my player of the game. Joyner was a big part of this win He didn’t have the best stats, but Dakereon Joyner stepped in and managed the game well enough to help South Carolina win. The Hilinski injury is going to heavily affect this offense for at least the next few weeks, but I believe Joyner will step up and play well. It honestly amazes me how Joyner has stayed with this team instead of transferring, but now is finally his time. It doesn’t get any easier as South Carolina has to play Florida next week, but I’m excited to see how this offense changes when it’s centered around Joyner. Conclusion I think the last time I was this happy after a win was the 2014 win over Georgia. I honestly think this was the greatest upset in South Carolina history because it was on the road as major underdogs. I didn’t expect the Gamecocks to have a chance, but I’m happy they proved me wrong. It will definitely be a fun game against Florida next week.
  5. OCTOBER 8, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW What Are The Top Five Greatest Wins Over The Georgia Bulldogs? In the spirit of Georgia week, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable wins South Carolina has secured on the gridiron over the Dawgs. Vince Dooley led the Dawgs into Williams-Brice Stadium for a Top 15 match-up. The Gamecocks, led by legendary head coach Joe Morrison, pulled the massive upset in front of a packed house in Columbia, SC. Carolina wide receiver Robert Brooks had one of the more memorable plays of the game and of this rivalry, a one handed touchdown catch that started the scoring for USC. The Gamecocks never looked back and the route was on in Columbia for a huge early season win. 4. 2011 (#12 USC 45, UGA 42) The 2011 edition of the USC-UGA game provided plenty of fireworks. The 87 points scored still remains as the most points combined scored between the two schools in the series history. The win gave South Carolina back to back wins in the series for the first time since the 2000-2001 seasons and just the sixth time all time in the series. While the offense was explosive, it was the South Carolina special teams and defense that truly left it’s mark on this ballgame. Melvin Ingram became a star, scoring on a touchdown on a memorable 61 yard fake punt, as well as a scoop and score later in the game to seal the victory. This game also served to be Jadeveon Clowney’s coming out party, as he tossed UGA QB Aaron Murray aside like a rag doll on Ingram’s fumble return for a touchdown. 3. 2000 (USC 21, #9 UGA 10) South Carolina was picked to finish dead last in the SEC East heading into the 2000 season, and for good reason. The Gamecocks were coming off a 1-21 1998 and 1999, including 21 straight overall losses. The streak ended the week prior against New Mexico State and the goal posts would soon be torn down again on this day. Carolina fans light up when they hear the name “Quincy Carter”, a UGA quarterback who had his Heisman hopes dashed in Columbia. The USC defense picked him off five times en route to pulling off the huge upset and sending shockwaves through the college football world. 2. 1993 (USC 23, UGA 21) Simply known as “Bennett Over The Top”, there simply isn’t a sweeter sound than hearing the legendary Larry Munson begging the Dawgs to “lay down you guys, lay down”. Gamecocks running back Brandon Bennett was stuffed on the one yard line with under :20 seconds remaining, the clock ticking and no timeouts. As cited on the podcast a few weeks back by Bennett himself, Taneyhill immediately shouted “SAME PLAY, SAME PLAY!”, hurrying Carolina up to the line. The rest was up to Bennett and became forever engraved in Gamecocks history as one of the singular most spectacular individual plays by a USC running back. 1. 2012 (#6 USC 35, #5 UGA 7) I’m not sure words can describe just how magical of a night it was at Williams-Brice when the Dawgs came to town in 2012. College Gameday. The highest ranked match-up between the two teams. An outstanding quarterback. A ferocious defense. The 2012 game had the makings of one of the true classics in this series. However, it turned into arguably the greatest night in USC history for other reasons. The Gamecocks pounded the Dawgs from the start, taking an early 14-0 lead. Then, Ace Sanders happened. Still regarded by most as the loudest moment in Williams-Brice history, Ace took the punt 70 yards for the touchdown to give USC a 21-0 first quarter lead and shock the Georgia faithful who made the trip. For a single night, the college football universe centered on Columbia, SC and the Gamecocks showed themselves as the best team in the entire nation.
  6. OCTOBER 7, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Top Five Reasons Why I Hate The University of Georgia To Hell With Georgia. 1. The Fans No better place to start than with the maniacs who make the red and black fanbase. Growing up on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, my childhood was filled with countless encounters with deranged Dawg fans. I attended a church across the Savannah River in the early to mid 2000’s, during the years of David Pollack, David Green, DJ Shockley and more. Can you even imagine waking up every Sunday to the Lord’s house KNOWING you were about to get ragged for 90 minutes before, during and after Sunday service? UGA fans are widely known across college football as the worst fans in the sport, while some fans even swear to never make a return trip to Athens. Simply put, Georgia holds the title of the most obnoxious fanbase in college football. 2. 2004 The 2004 UGA game. My first SC-UGA game as a diehard fan that I truly can remember. While I had watched previous match-ups, this was the first game where I truly felt that hate for Georgia. Where I understood what this game meant. It was also my first time as a South Carolina Gamecock experiencing true heartbreak. For those of you who don’t remember, the Gamecocks stormed out to a 16-0 lead and looked primed for the upset in front of a sellout crowd at Williams-Brice. Of course, the Dawgs managed to storm back and steal a 20-16 win from USC. That was the first time I ever cried as a South Carolina Gamecock fan. True heartbreak and my hate for the University of Georgia reached new heights. 3. “Glory, Glory” First, let’s all take in what is one of the greatest renditions to a fight song of all time: As I write this, the glorious hymn of “To Hell With Georgia” sits on repeat. However, until you’ve sat in your home stadium and heard Dawg fans belt out “AND TO HELL WITH USC” you don’t understand what I’m saying. As unoriginal as fight songs come, this ole Georgia rallying cry is just another reason to hate everything the University of Georgia stands for. To Hell With Georgia. 4. That Stupid, Spoiled Dog How can you look at that smug little face and not hate this dog? Listen, I LOVE dogs. Anybody who knows me can tell you that. As for UGA? He can kick rocks. This dog lives better than most humans do, sitting his lazy butt on a bucket of ice in his air conditioned doghouse. Words can’t describe my dislike for UGA and his stupid little bulldog face. 5. Kirby Smart In case you were living under a rock in 2015, the Gamecocks were left searching for a new head coach after Steve Spurrier decided to retire mid way through the season. Ray Tanner took to the open market to make a splash with the next Gamecocks head football coach. Among the names that were thrown around, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was high on the “get list” for USC. Meanwhile in Athens, the Dawgs decided to part ways with longtime head coach Mark Richt, despite securing another ten win season. The Dawgs saw South Carolina going after Smart and made the offer, practically “stealing” Kirby away from South Carolina. Long story short, the Dawgs got Smart and the Gamecocks got Will Muschamp. Need I say more?
  7. OCTOBER 9, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 136 | UGA Preview + Robert Beary To Hell With Georgia. Chris breaks down the Gamecocks road trip to Athens including top storylines, keys to the game, key match-ups, prediction and much more. Plus, former Gamecocks catcher Robert Beary joins the show (41:35-1:58:22) to chat about his path to USC, playing for Ray Tanner, winning back to back national titles, life after baseball and much more.
  8. OCTOBER 4, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA THESPURSUPSHOW Best Case, Worst Case Scenario For The Rest Of The Gamecocks 2019 Season If there was one phrase I would use to describe this team, it would be cautious optimism. A 2-3 record isn’t ideal, but at least the Gamecocks snapped a five game losing streak to Kentucky. They looked pretty good last week, and I hope that Muschamp continues the game plan where they stick to the run game and play aggressive on defense. The schedule only gets harder from here on out so here are my best and worst case scenarios for the remainder of the season: Best Case The best case scenario for me is the Gamecocks go 7-5. If South Carolina can stick to the same game plan they had against Kentucky, they could hit that mark. I don’t see how the Gamecocks can beat Georgia in Athens. Georgia will win the game of trenches and will have a huge home field advantage. I think South Carolina can upset Florida at home. If Dowdle is completely healthy, I think the Gamecocks can win with the run game. I also think the defensive line will punish Kyle Trask just like they did to Sawyer Smith. South Carolina should win at Tennessee just because of the clear talent gap. Vanderbilt will be a surprisingly tough team, but I think our run defense is good enough to stop Vanderbilt’s only strength. Appalachian State is undefeated and has a win at UNC, but that’s their only quality win. App State always seems to beat the bigger teams, but I think the Gamecock defense will be too much for them. I believe South Carolina can go and beat Texas A&M on the road. Kellen Mond has looked overrated, and the whole team seems to be struggling so I think South Carolina could pull off the upset. Clemson will be way too talented to beat even at home. 7-5 is going to be tough, but it really depends on the coaching and injuries. Worst Case Let’s all remember that this is still Muschamp in control of this team. My worst case scenario for this team is 3-9. That seems really bad, but it’s more likely than 7-5 because this is still Muschamp coaching this team. South Carolina will lose to Georgia on the road. Florida is a team that Muschamp has only beat once in his time at South Carolina. I can see Muschamp blowing a lead like he did last year, but it all depends on his coaching. There is a possibility that South Carolina will lose to Tennessee on the road. Any road game is tough, and in the SEC it’s even tougher. Tennessee might get it together, and a night game could be a challenge in Neyland Stadium. If we want to talk about the associative property, you could say that App State will beat South Carolina because they beat UNC. App State will be a tough team in general and if South Carolina has to deal with late season injuries again, the Mountaineers could win. If South Carolina plays Texas A&M on the road at night, it will be a really tough atmosphere to win. The Aggies may not be as good as we thought, but Kyle Field is a tough stadium to win. South Carolina won’t beat Clemson just because the gap in talent. Conclusion I think 3-9 is more likely than 7-5 just because I don’t have faith in Muschamp yet. His job will depend completely on his game planning and preparation. This team is too talented to go 3-9, but Muschamp has yet to prove that he can pull off a meaningful season. I think the most realistic record for this season would be 5-7.
  9. OCTOBER 3, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 135 | Major Announcement, “Bye Week Blues” + More + Derek “Squeaky” Watson Chris goes over some housekeeping items including arguably the biggest announcement in the history of The Spurs Up Show. Also, he discusses what South Carolina needs to work on during the bye week, Frank Martin’s presser, the advantages of UGA being a noon kickoff, USC hockey, baseball and more. Finally, former Gamecocks running back Derek “Squeaky” Watson joins the show to chat about being a Mr. SC Football, his path to USC, playing for Lou Holtz, choosing South Carolina over Tennessee, winning back to back Outback Bowls, his professional career, his off the field issues, his growth as a man and much more.
  10. Quick Hitters From South Carolina Baseball’s Tuesday Scrimmage Oct. 03, 2019, | THESPURSUPSHOW South Carolina scrimmaged for 3.5 innings on Tuesday afternoon. Five hitters took the plate in each inning, regardless the number of outs and/or situation. RHP Parker Coyne started for one side while true freshman LHP Will McGregor started for the other side. Coyne’s breaking ball was absolutely filthy when located down in the zone. He struggled with command of it early on but found a nice groove in his second inning of work and beyond. As long as he continues to live down in the zone, I think Tringali could be a top notch arm for the Gamecocks this upcoming season. As far as the hitters go, Brady Allen jumped off the page immediately with the strides he has made from the weight room. The kid looks like a legit SEC guy now. Andrew Eyster hit a ball in the second inning that I swear was gone. He got under it just enough and flew out to the deepest part of the park in center field. Fully expect him to be a “dude” for USC once again this spring. Wabash Valley JC transfer Noah Myers was a guy who stood out to me at the plate. He looks to be a tough out and could be that spark plug at the top of the lineup USC lacked a season ago. The speed of Braylen Wimmer out of Yukon HS also stood out. In the first inning, he laced a single up the middle, then stretched it into a double due to the ball being bobbled in center field. Simply put, the kid has got wheels. Overall, this was a scrimmage dominated by the pitchers, ending in a 0-0 tie. Will be interesting to see how the hitters bounce back on Friday. Full scrimmage notes below:
  11. SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Kentucky Week: Five Things To Watch For Against The Wildcats It is week 5 of the college football season and I feel exhausted. Being a Gamecock fan is not for the faint of heart, and it’s certainly not for any casual bandwagoners either. If you represent the garnet & black, you do so knowing that it is likely to disrupt your mental and emotional wellbeing. It was like this when my dad was growing up a fan. It was like this when I was growing up as a fan. And, sadly, it’ll probably be like this when my future children grow up. It seems like a depressing reality, right? But somewhere in the midst of the near perpetual disappointment, there is a strong sense of pride for the University of South Carolina, and no matter what has happened before—even an ugly loss to UNC and Mizzou—when you walk into Willy B and hear “Sand Storm” being blasted, that love resurfaces and you become intoxicated be the joy of being a Gamecock. This is exactly what will happen this weekend as fans fill up the stadium for the first home night game in some time. Does last week’s disappointment still sting? Yes, it definitely does. But as soon as we collectively walk back into the greatest stadium in college football, those woes will take a backseat, and we will be loud, wild, and full-blown crazy over OUR team. That home field environment could give our guys the edge in what is sure to be a tough battle, but it in no way guarantees that the team will have success against the Wildcats. We hope they do, I hope they do, but the issues we have seen for weeks are likely to resurface again. The main thing to watch for in this one is how the team responds if those issues hit early. Do they give up? Or do they battle back? We will see soon enough, but in the meantime while we wait patiently, here’s five more things to watch for in Saturday’s game against Kentucky. Where does this team really stand? The most confusing thing about the 2019 Gamecocks is that due to their absurd levels of inconsistency, no one really has a clue what kind of team we have here. This is a team that, on paper, has insane levels of talent at the most important positions. It is a team that should dominate nearly anyone with a talented rushing attack. It is a team that has skilled weapons on the outside that will likely play football at the next level. It is a team that has a dynamic player on the defensive line that will be a 1st round draft pick. And yet, it is also a team that has not shown even a small amount of its full potential against a meaningful opponent. Against a less talented UNC team, the Gamecocks coughed up the lead late. Against an overpowered Alabama team, the Gamecocks looked competitive, but still lost by 4-scores. Against a Missouri team that appeared to be at a similar talent level, the Gamecocks looked terrible and lost by 20. With games like that, it’s hard to tell if the Gamecocks are on the verge of taking a huge next step (something that the Bama performance hinted at) or on the verge of tanking completely, and not winning another game this season (something that the Mizzou game hinted at). Maybe that’s why there is so much frustration with the fan base. The fans love this team, they support this team, but they have no idea what this team really is. To make matters worse, Coach Muschamp praised this group as his best yet, so when the results look as lopsided as they have thus far, the doubt about his evaluation and coaching creeps in. In this game against Kentucky, look to see what team we really have. If the team makes a big statement, starts firing on all cylinders, and shows true improvement, they certainly could win, and win big. If, however, they still look lost, this game could be another 20-point defeat, and if that were to happen, fans would know exactly what type of team this is—a 1-4 type of team. Who is actually injured, and who is healthy? In the Missouri game there was a lot of confusion about Hilinski’s performance. I have been a public advocate of his early play and will continue to be: I believe that this kid is special and that we will never see another performance that bad from him again. He’s a winner, and he will work hard to make sure that he improves each game. But, despite what good things I know will come, last week was objectively a rough game for him. The question though, is not why a freshman QB struggled in his first road start. The real question is, how bad was the elbow injury, and should the game-plan have changed, if he was hurt? The rumor going into the Mizzou game about an injury was minimized by the coaching staff. We now know that maybe it was a little more serious than previously stated. While I think that it is unrealistic to expect a full injury report from Muschamp, as some have suggested, his inability to level with fans about injuries has caused probably more harm than good, and he is getting a reputation for downplaying things that fans consider to be serious. This has led to some awkward issues with injury reporting as of late. The prime example of this coming in the form of Dakereon Joyner’s injury—and subsequent missing out on the Kentucky game—being revealed not by Muschamp himself, but by Joyner’s high school coach. Maybe it was not his place to break that news, but as a big fan of Joyner, I appreciate hearing it, especially considering that it led to it being revealed that he had been playing through this injury for some time. So, with confusion and a lingering sense of ambiguity on the injury reporting front—as well as losing more and more players (the Kevin Harris injury really hurts)—fans may not know who is healthy and who is not until the game kicks off, and even after that, they may find out later that someone was playing hurt. Look to see if Hilinski’s elbow is back to normal, and if he really is 100%. Will we ever see the run game? Dowdle is currently averaging 6.5 yards a carry. Tavien Feaster is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. In last week’s game against Missouri, the two backs had a combined for two carries in the 1st quarter, and six combined carries in the second quarter. This is a mind numbing statistic, considering that true freshman, Ryan Hilinski, looked woefully off in his first road start. By the time the third quarter began, the score had ballooned to 7-17, by in large, eliminating any realistic pursuit of a running attack in an attempt to catch up in the game. As you all know, the game ended in a 34-14 loss, and fans everywhere are still scratching their heads as to why the coaching staff did not lean on the two experienced senior running backs, especially when the young signal caller was struggling so much. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference, but with rushing averages that high, moving away from the rushing attack in a game that was considered a “must-win” seems much in the same as trying to win a road game with your dominant hand tied behind your back. In Saturday’s game look to see if the staff learned from their mistake and made the crucial change in the game plan. If we finally see a heavy dose of running the ball, it would prove that this staff does possess the ability to make key adjustments. If not…then we sure better hope Hilinski plays lights out, because the Gamecocks will certainly be handicapped in the game. Can the Gamecocks send a message to Kash Daniel? The bad boy of college football struck again during Kentucky’s game against Florida. Buried under the pile, Kyle Trask (Florida QB) was defenseless, something that Daniel allegedly tried to take advantage of. When looking at the video of the moment, it can clearly be seen that Daniel, who already has a reputation as a hot-head, grabs Trask’s foot and attempts to twist it. Daniel immediately received criticism for his actions, but denied anything intentional, saying that his, “hand was stuck”. Whether you believe his story or not, all eyes will be on every move that the senior linebacker makes during his game against Carolina. This could mean that Daniel plays a little more conservative than normal, knowing the extra attention he will receive, or, as I expect, it could mean that he tries to make a statement of his own. Either way, Carolina’s offense should be ready to send a message to a guy like that. And if they do, not only will the Gamecock faithful be cheering for them, but perhaps the rest of the College football world. I personally would love to see someone like Nick Muse prove his alpha-dog status over Daniel. Muse has the size and strength to do so, and after his statements about his mindset regarding the guy that lines up opposite of him, it appears that Muse has just as much fire as Daniel. So, will we see someone like Muse send a clear message to the alleged dirty player? I sure hope so. If we win, does it change anything? If we lose, is it rock bottom? We are in a strange place here. If we win against Kentucky, fans will be happy to have broken a six game skid, but at the same time, they will still question whether or not beating Kentucky is truly worthy of real celebration. If they lose, however, it is hard to see this team going any further south. So, is a loss rock bottom? Well, maybe so, at least to some people. Most fans will demand accountability, and rightfully so. You can support your team and still demand a better product. Losing a sixth time to Kentucky is inexcusable, and I personally see it as a new low for this program (and keep in mind, that is even including the loss to the Citadel), and something that should be seen as a direct influencer of change. Whether that is staff adjustments, coaching philosophy tweaks, line-up shifts, or even something more drastic, eventually something has to give. Blindly hoping that things just magically get better, while refusing to make tough decisions, is not a blueprint for success. This team needs accountability on all levels. If the Gamecocks lose here, we just may see how much accountability there really is. Conclusion With all of that being said, I’ll be ready to cheer on my Gamecocks Saturday, and I’m sure you will be too. When the lights of Willy B shine down on the sea of garnet, we will all temporarily forget that we are sitting at a 1-3 record, and the only thing that will matter to us is sending the Wildcats home with a loss. It’s hard to predict a game like this, since our team is so up and down this season, but I’m expecting Hilinski to bounce back in a big way. Here’s to hoping things magically improve, here’s to snapping losing streaks one by one, and here’s to running the table and finishing strong!
  12. SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | “Best Bet” For Cocks-Cats + SEC Gambling Picks Week Five
  13. SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 132 | Missouri Recap + Brandon Bennett Chris breaks down the Gamecocks 34-14 loss to the Missouri Tigers. Where does this USC program go from here? Also, Chris touches on The State newspaper and just how irresponsible their headline regarding Ryan Hilinski was. Finally, former Gamecocks running back Brandon Bennett joins the show to chat about why he chose USC, his famous “Bennett Over The Top” play, his illustrious NFL career, being inducted in the USC HOF, his “36 Elite” training business, the current state of Gamecock football, unique fraternity of great South Carolina running backs and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzpsrout
  14. Chris and the gang has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA / LINK: THESPURSUPSHOW Three Bold Predictions For Gamecocks vs. Missouri South Carolina(1-2) is coming off a hard fought loss to Alabama last week while Missouri(2-1) is coming off of a dominant win against Southeast Missouri State. South Carolina has a few things they need to fix if they want to make a bowl game this year, but the offense under Ryan Hilinski looks promising. This is also a game that Muschamp has to win if he wants the hot seat to cool down a little bit. Here are my three bold predictions for tomorrow: Kelly Bryant will have only one passing touchdown South Carolina’s defense gave up 444 passing yards and five passing touchdowns against Alabama at home last weekend. The secondary took responsibility for their disappointing performance, and I believe they’ll make the right adjustments to slow down Kelly Bryant. The biggest threat to South Carolina’s secondary is tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who has the most receiving touchdowns for the Tigers this year. I think South Carolina’s secondary is too talented to let Kelly Bryant dominate this game. Rico Dowdle will rush for over 100 yards again South Carolina has really struggled to establish a run game under Muschamp. Last week, Dowdle had 12 carries for 102 yards against Alabama’s defense and he clearly established himself as the top running back on the roster. It confuses me that Ryan Hilinski threw it 57 times when Dowdle was getting it done on the ground. Missouri has the #70 rushing defense in the country, and I expect Dowdle to run all over them. This is also Ryan Hilinski’s first road game, and it’ll be interesting to see how comfortable he is. South Carolina will score on every red zone trip The Gamecocks are struggling again with red zone offense. On the last drive of the first half last week, South Carolina had four chances to score from four yards out. The first play was a run, and Dowdle got the offense to the one yard line. The next three pays consisted of two incomplete passes and a botched run. I’m willing to bet that the coaching staff worked on red zone offense in practice this week because South Carolina put up 459 yards of offense last week and only scored 23 points. A lot of that has to do with red zone struggles. Conclusion These are BOLD predictions for tomorrow. I have to emphasize it now because most of these aren’t supposed to come true. It would be great if they did, but I can’t control the game. I do expect a very exciting game against a division opponent. I’m also expecting South Carolina to beat the Tigers, 21-10.
  15. SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 by CHRIS THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | Who Wins Tomorrow’s Game Between The Gamecocks And Mizzou?
  16. SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | “Best Bet” For Cocks-Mizzou + SEC Gambling Picks Week Four
  17. SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 by GC RAMEY | THESPURSUPSHOW Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! MMQB: What Went Right, What Went Wrong In Saturday’s 72-10 Win Over Charleston Southern A week ago, the ship was sinking fast, or at least that’s the way it felt, and fans were preparing to jump overboard. Going into week two, the coaching staff knew that they had to make some crucial adjustments to right the ship, and make a statement. On Saturday, against Charleston Southern, that statement was made, and wow, what a statement it was. Yes, we know who the opponent was, and yes, we are trying to remain grounded in our excitement. However, you can’t argue that it felt amazing to see the Gamecocks truly be dominant for once. With new life breathed into a fan base that was desperate for it, let’s enjoy the victory and look back at all that went right, and the minor things that went wrong. The Good A+ Debut For Ryan Hilinski With senior QB, Jake Bentley, out with a foot injury, the weight of the Garnet & Black world fell onto the shoulders of true freshman, Ryan Hilinski, as he prepared for his first start. Safe to say, the Ryan Hilinski era got off to a hot start Saturday. Ryan completed 24 out of 30 pass, throwing for 282 yards and scoring three total TD’s on the day (two passing, one rushing). With numbers like that it is easy to see why fans think that Hilinski is the much needed spark to set the offense ablaze. Not only did he look poised, confident, and accurate, but the offensive line, receivers, and backs all seemed to up their collective game, and rally around him. If Hilinski improves (which we expect that he does, considering how much upside he has), Carolina could hang with just about any team on the schedule. If the rest of the offense keeps the fire burning that we saw on Saturday— a fire that exploded for 775 total yards (a school record)— then there very well could be a few upsets in the future. The Backs Looked Incredible Simply put, the running game was unbelievable. No matter what the situation on the field was, and no matter whose number was called, the running back position found ways to be productive. Dowdle ran angry and looked as if he had something to prove. Feaster looked dynamic catching out of the backfield and elusive in open space. Denson reminded the crowd just how powerful he is with some good blocking, and Kevin Harris… oh my… Kevin Harris was perhaps the biggest surprise of the day. His 147 yards on six carries and 3 touchdowns made him look like the most talented person on the field at any position. His ability to break tackles and power through walls of defenders, certainly makes the rushing attack a huge source of optimism for games to come. Considering that before the season the backs received a large portion of criticism for the lack of production, it appears that through 2 games, there is a night and day difference. And that has to have fans excited for what’s to come. The Defense Looked Improved This past week before the game, I mentioned that the defense needed to show-off some huge improvements for the fan base to truly believe in this team (and even then the buy-in may be minimal due to the opponent). While it’s hard to parse exactly how much improvement there has been, from a fundamental standpoint of the Gamecocks looked composed, talented, and well coached. This is no small thing. Against UNC there were missed tackles, guys playing out of position, and a plethora of avoidable mistakes that made fans question defensive coaching and player development. Against Charleston Southern, however, the defense looked inspired, played with effort, and swarmed to the ball, making plays when they got there. It honestly looked as if they heard the criticism and allowed it to fuel their production on the field. When Carolina is ahead in the turnover margin, special things can happen. A three-interception-day also proves that the defense was we not just surviving, but thriving. There may come a point in time against a tougher opponent where the difference between a win and a loss is a crucial turnover. The defense has shown the ability to create turnovers, so now it’s time to see if they can do it again against tougher portions of the schedule. The Bad Two Turnovers The Gamecocks scored 72 points without having to kick a punt the entire day. That feat in itself is quite a staggering bit of information, especially from a team that was criticized so heavily in the season opener for its lack of offensive consistency. With the score as inflated as it was, and knowing that there were no punts from Charlton in the game, fans may have forgotten the two turnovers that kept the Gamecocks from scoring on every single drive. The first came early. Nick Muse caught his first pass for as a Gamecock, only to have the ball stripped away. Fortunately for Muse, the damage was limited, due to the response of the defense. In a different game, however, that fumble could have changed momentum, and led to a loss. In preparation for the Alabama game, Muschamp will be emphasizing the importance of protecting the ball, because even just one turnover can prove costly as Nick Saban’s offense will look to take capitalize on every mistake. To go along with Muse’s fumble, Ryan Hilinski threw an interception that could have also proven costly, had the opponent not been CSU. Because of the otherwise successful nature of the day, Hilinski’s lone mistake was forgiven, but limiting turnovers must be a top priority for the young quarterback if he hopes to escape next week with his first win over a ranked opponent. A Rare Sighting From Parker White Late in the second quarter, Parker White was kicking an extra point that would have given the Gamecocks a 45 to 3 lead over the Bucs. As the ball left his foot, he knew he had missed it and fans groaned. Once again, the team was fortunate that the mistake did not come back to bite them. Even so, White must remain consistent with extra points going forward. The Gamecocks will have everything against them as they move through the more difficult parts of their schedule, and every point will matter. Conclusion After the worst opening weekend in recent memory, the Gamecocks responded as well as they could have. Maybe the CSU game is not an adequate way to judge the rest of the season, but it sure is better to win by 62 points with a new QB, than to fall a second week in a row. Maybe Bama beats us and proves that the adjustments made weren’t enough, or maybe Hilinski leads us to the Promised Land. Either way, enjoy this win for as long as you can, because those boys definitely earned it.
  18. SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 by CHRIS TSUS Ep. 128 | Charleston Southern Recap, Major Announcements And More THESPURSUPSHOW Chris gives a full breakdown of the Gamecocks 72-10 win over Charleston Southern including Ryan Hilinski’s performance, setting the school record for offensive yards, improved defensive play, what it means for the 2019 season and more. Plus, some housekeeping items to get to including huge announcements for two upcoming live shows in Columbia, SC. All that and more on a jam packed episode. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  19. SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 by CHRIS / THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | What Are The Key Match-Ups To Watch In Saturday’s Game Against CSU? Chris has a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Chris breaks down the key match-ups for Saturday’s game including Donnell Stanley, Ryan Hilinski, TJ Brunson and more.
  20. SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 126 | UNC Recap, #FireMuschamp and More + Bobby Haney Chris breaks down the Gamecocks embarrassing 24-20 loss to UNC, what needs to change, Will Muschamp, Jake Bentley and more. Plus, a ton of listener questions and voicemails as fans react to Saturday’s loss. Finally, former Gamecocks SS Bobby Haney joins the show (1:04:04-1:39:59) to chat about South Carolina football, his USC career, playing on a national title team, baseball culture, coaching and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  21. SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | The Ryan Hilinski Era Has Officially Begun – What Does It Mean For The Rest Of 2019? Jake Bentley is out for 6-8 weeks with a broken foot, which means Ryan Hilinski will get the start Saturday afternoon. What does it mean for the outlook for the rest of the 2019 season?
  22. Posted on August 30, 2019 by Noah Patheja THESPURSUPSHOW Three Bold Predictions for Gamecocks vs. UNC Gamecock football finally returns as USC takes on UNC tomorrow afternoon in Charlotte. The odds are in favor of the Gamecocks, but a lot of people, including Kirk Herbstreit, have South Carolina on upset watch. This is mostly due to the fact that UNC brought back head coach Mack Brown, who had success with them before. Despite all that, I think South Carolina will handle this one. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow, but here are three bold predictions as to what I think will happen. Rico Dowdle ends game as RB1 Yes, the Gamecocks got Clemson transfer Tavien Feaster. However, if you think that Dowdle is going to just sit back and let Feaster take his job, you’re wrong. Dowdle’s career has been plagued with injuries, but he has also shown flashes of excellence. The senior has been through some tough times, including dealing with Kurt Roper’s offense, but he will show this year that he can be the primary running back since he’s finally healthy. I expect Feaster and Dowdle to get a fair share of carries tomorrow, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Dowdle ended up as the full-time starter. 5+ sacks and 3 INT for the Gamecocks defense This seems like an impossible number for any team, but South Carolina’s defense will be hungry. They also return a lot of talent and will have fun tearing up North Carolina’s offense. The Tar Heels are starting true freshman Sam Howell, who will no doubt struggle a bit in his first collegiate game. I know that Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu will show off their skills early, and we will get to see just how good true freshman Jammie Robinson is at nickelback. As for the sacks, South Carolina will return a lot of talent on the defensive line. DJ Wonnum is finally healthy, Javon Kinlaw is back, along with freshman Zacch Pickens, will tear up the interior. UNC is also starting a freshman and two sophomores on their offensive line. The way South Carolina plays in their season openers, I see no reason why the defense can’t have a field day. 0 INT for QB1 I’m crossing my fingers while writing this because I know I’ll end up jinxing it somehow. Jake Bentley will be entering his final season as a Gamecock and he has one more chance to prove that he is one of the top quarterbacks in next year’s draft class. The biggest stat I’ve seen is that Bentley’s touchdown to interception ratio in season openers is 7-1. Bentley is by no means a perfect quarterback and his decision making isn’t always the best. However, for some reason, he always shows up in season openers. He will also have reliable targets like Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith, OrTre Smith, etc. UNC had the number 48 pass defense last year and Bentley should have the opportunity to have a big day tomorrow. Conclusion I know every South Carolina fan is excited about tomorrow’s game, but I’m sure there is also some uncertainty about how this team will look this year. Personally, I’m not worried about Muschamp’s best team losing to a two win team with a true freshman quarterback. If South Carolina wins, they will have a good start to what will be a pretty stressful and difficult year.
  23. August 30, 2019 by GC Ramey THESPURSUPSHOW UNC Week | Five Things To Watch For In Tomorrow’s Season Opener Chris and his gang have a great website along with his informative and enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Friends, we have made it. The long, unforgiving offseason has finally come to an end and now the reward for our perseverance is here: game day. As a whole, the 2019 version of Will Muschamp’s team looks a bit different from the one that we saw play against Coastal Carolina in last year’s opener. Losing key play makers such Deebo Samuel and Bryson Allen-Williams automatically changes things up. But, with some solid depth at the skill positions, a new influx of young talent, and a senior signal caller, there’s a lot to like about this version of the Gamecocks. Coach Muschamp went as far as to call it his best team. That’s bold praise for a coach that will face the nation’s toughest schedule, but maybe, just maybe, he means it. So, with “talking season” finally coming to an end, it’s time to see the real product on the field. To help prepare all the Gamecock faithful for the opener, here’s five things fans should keep an eye on in tomorrow’s season opener: Has Bentley taken that “next step”? In his 3 years as the starting quarterback, Jake Bentley has resembled a Katy Perry song with the way that he’s been “hot” then “cold”. When he was hot, he was absolutely on fire (remember him lighting up that so-called invincible Clemson defense last year?) but when he was cold, he was frigid (I’m still trying to block out that Virginia game). Bentley’s inconsistency is a great source of frustration because of how good is potential really is. Some think that if he does takes that next step in his progression he could compete with Tua as the best in the conference, but that has yet to materialize on the field. From what we are hearing, Bentley’s offseason was productive and he’s feeling as confident as he’s ever been. That’s good news, but is it just offseason talk? While early games don’t often display the most polished product— case in point, Trevor Lawrence’s shaky 2-interception performance last night— if Bentley has taking that leap in progression there should be clear signs in Saturday’s game. Look to see if his reads are solid, his passes are accurate, and his decision making is sound. If early mistakes do happen, it will be interesting to see if the senior takes it in stride, making the necessary adjustments, or if he instead regresses back into the same pattern of inconsistency. If Bentley shows those signs of improvement, Carolina could be in for a surprising season. If, however, he shows more of the same, don’t worry about postseason plans, because the Gamecocks won’t go bowling. Which back makes the greatest impact? The initial depth chart has 3 co-starters listed at running back, and fans hate that dreaded “or” in-between the names. While it is a positive thing that Carolina has 3 capable backs, the air of uncertainty doesn’t promote feelings of confidence in a positon that has been a sore spot for years. When Tavien Feaster joined the team, many assumed that due to his elite ability, it would only be a matter of time before he secured the starting role. Limitations in camp may have contributed to why a starter hasn’t been named officially, but an improved Rico Dowdle also plays a role in that decision. From what has been mentioned, Dowdle has had his best camp yet. It appears that the competitive depth at the positon has motivated him to the point of vast improvement, and a share of the starting role. And so, we as fans, are left wondering which RB will come into the game first. I’m as curious as anyone, but to be honest, I think that is perhaps the least important question in regards to the rushing attack. Instead, the thing to watch for is which running back will make the biggest impact on the field. Look to see who gets hot early. My assumption is that the one who shows the most during their time in the game will be named starter for the next game, and from there, separation could take place. Will the offense start quick? One of the most frustrating things as a fan is starting slow offensively. After dramatic build up and anxious anticipation to see the opening kick, it is absolutely mind numbing to have the offense immediately let the air out of the building with a quick 3-and-out. With Deebo Samuel’s early game sparks long gone, there will be more pressure than ever on Bryan McClendon’s offense to start hot and stay hot. With a schedule as brutal as the one Carolina will face, early possessions matter just as much as late ones. Getting behind in games like Alabama, Georgia, A&M, and Clemson, will virtually be a death sentence. To prepare for what is to come, Saturday’s game will be an appropriate time to prove that the days off sputtering around in the opening half is in the past. Look to see how the offense attacks in the first quarter. If they are productive, watch to see if they sustain it. If they don’t start hot, hold your breath and cross your fingers that McClendon makes the right adjustments before Alabama comes to town.. How much better is the defense really? We keep hearing from everyone that the defense has improved. However, the real question is this: how much really? Off-season camps are completely different than live game snaps. Defenses can look dominant in practice but when game day comes they suddenly become lost. Take for example the 2014 Carolina opener against Texas A&M. That defense was supposed to be part of a reload process, not a rebuild. With high expectations for the season as a whole, Gamecock fans had a rude awakening when they realized that that defensive unit simply could not make a tackle.It was a sobering moment that proved that “coaches speak” does not always turn into on-the-field productivity. With that being said, Saturday’s game will be a good indicator of how much of an improvement there is with this unit. We expect the secondary to be loaded with talent. We know that the D-line is stacked with depth, and we hear some great things about the linebackers, especially Ernest Jones, but is this just “coaches speak”? Or is there substance to it? When our defense takes the field for the first time on Saturday, we should know in a hurry. I think that we have all the keys to be formidable. We may even be dominant, but if we allow UNC— with its true freshman QB— to move the ball all over us, the rest of the season begins to look bleak. Who is the next great Freshman? Freshmen depth is not always considered a good thing. Typically being forced to utilize youth backfires because of the lack of experience. From time to time though, a first-year player can adjust to the speed of the collegiate game and make a name for himself. Last year, Jaycee Horn was that freshman superstar, and while we expect his sophomore season to be even better, the focus now turns to the next rotation of new-comers. The early depth chart, as well as some comments from camp, has indicated that several freshmen will be used in the opener. Jammie Robinson has won the starting nickel position and John Dixon has made the 2-deep chart at corner. Watch for both of these talented young men to make an immediate difference. Besides those two, perhaps the name that fans are most excited to see play is five star signee and true freshman Zacch Pickens. The coaching staff had great things to say about his development in camp, and with him getting a co-backup position behind Javon Kinlaw, expect to see him contribute heavily. The other name that sparks interest is first-year QB Ryan Hillinksi. As the backup, he will only see meaningful time if things go either horribly wrong or wonderfully right. While we want to see what he’s made of, let’s hope that we only see him come in during garbage-time after a Gamecock blow-out. With so many young contributors, there will be a lot to look for. If I had to put money on the next big thing, I would say that Pickens’ natural ability from the line gives him an edge, but certainly keep an eye on Jammie Robinson, because starting immediately suggests that the kid has some great potential.
  24. August 30, 2019 by Chris THESPURSUPSHOW THE DAILY CROW | Who Wins Tomorrow’s Game Between The Gamecocks And Tar Heels?
  25. AUGUST 26, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 124 | It’s Game Week, Program Expectations and More + Tim “Pops” Frisby New podcast!!! Note from Featheredcock Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! After a long off-season, game week is finally here. Chris gives his brief thoughts on Florida-Miami, the off-season finally coming to a close and more. Plus, what should the expectations be for South Carolina football on a yearly basis? Chris gives his thoughts on the topic and why he believes Will Muschamp is the right man for the job. Finally, former Gamecocks wide receiver Tim “Pops” Frisby joins the show (26:43-1:04:25) to chat about being a US Army ranger, being a 39 year old freshman, playing for Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier, importance of “culture”, the upcoming season, match-up against UNC, what he wants to see this season and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
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