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  1. 2021 Possible wins and loses remaining in the last six games of the schedule Oct. 13, 2021 Through six games, the Gamecocks have largely been what we all expected: some good, some bad and some head scratching moments, But over all for a team that won just two games a season ago and hasn’t won more than four since 2018, a 3-3 start is a step in the right direction. With the back half of the schedule on deck, here’s a look at what our Gamecocks have facing them down the stretch and what ESPN’s Football Power Index thinks about the Gamecocks’ chances in each game. (ARTICLE)
  2. Early look South Carolina vs Vanderbilt football game Oct. 11, 2021 The Gamecocks fell 45-20 to Tennessee last Saturday. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, continues to struggle in the basement of the SEC. What the Gamecocks will see in Vanderbilt...In the SEC, Commodores are last in total offense, last in scoring offense, next to last in total defense, last in pass efficiency, next to last in rush defense. Vandy was shut out by two conference opponents, Georgia and Florida, and has eked out wins over Mountain West Colorado State and now 0-7 UConn. South Carolina carries a 12-game winning streak into this week’s homecoming matchup against the Commodores and has won 26 of the matchup’s 30 all-time meetings. The Gamecocks came up with a 41-7 victory over Vanderbilt last year in Nashville, one of their two wins in 2020. Saturday’s afternoon kick coincides with the the first weekend of the S.C. State Fair. EARLY LOOK GAMECOCKS South Carolina still needs to sort out its struggles on offense. The Vanderbilt game may be its best chance to get things going before the slate intensifies with Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, Auburn and Clemson closing out 2021. Vanderbilt is at 14th of 14 SEC programs in terms of total offense, averaging 310.7 yards and 13.3 points per game, but South Carolina is barely ahead, at 13th in the conference with 335.3 yards and 22 points per game. Take away the 46-0 Week 1 game against now 1-5 FCS opponent Eastern Illinois, and the Gamecocks have mustered just 17.2 points per game. South Carolina had opportunities to score and could’ve kept last week’s Tennessee game within their reach if they had executed a first-quarter goal-line trick play. Instead, it ended with defensive lineman Jordan Burch throwing an interception and a 14-0 deficit quickly turned into 28-0 after a quick Volunteer touchdown drive and a fumbled snap in USC’s next possession. South Carolina improved in the second half of last week’s game but still has plenty of room to grow in terms of consistency and offensive identity. The good news is that Vanderbilt has a laundry list of its own problems, giving the Gamecocks a great chance to sort things out. GAMECOCK PLAYERS TO WATCH RB Kevin Harris: Entering Saturday, the Gamecocks hadn’t run for more than 100 yards since the season opener against FCS foe Eastern Illinois. But against the Volunteers, running back RB looked closer to the form that helped him lead the SEC in rushing a season ago. Harris wasn’t perfect — his 16 carries for 61 yards left something to be wanted. That said, the Georgia native found the end zone twice and dodged tacklers with the strength and speed onlookers grew accustomed to a season ago. South Carolina finished the afternoon with 153 rush yards the most any opponent other than No. 20 Florida has accumulated on Tennessee this season. It’s only one game, so it’s not quite worth overreacting to, but Harris and USC’s running game clearly looked closer to the part on Saturday. QB Luke Doty: Continues to look like the long-term answer under center despite a handful of bobbled snaps and an interception on a two-point conversion try that he attempted to toss out of the end zone. 69 of 119 for 733 yards, three touchdowns and one interception but they’ve been good enough to keep South Carolina in games (think Kentucky three weeks ago). WR Josh Vann: The most productive offensive player, though, Josh Vann. For the year, Vann leads the team in yards from scrimmage with 394, including three carries for 62 yards and 16 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Vann has lost a fumble, but he’s still an elite target. EARLY LOOK VANDERBILT COMMODORES First-year Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea inherited a program with few if any expectations, but Vanderbilt hasn’t shown much proficiency in any phase of competition, especially in conference play. The Commodores have yet to score a single point against an SEC team in 2021. Granted, their first meetings were with top-ranked Georgia and on the road at Florida. Combined, they were outscored 104-0 and outgained 1,011-364 in total offense regardless. Vanderbilt’s 62-0 loss to Georgia was the fifth-worst margin in the football program’s history and the loss to Florida included three missed field goal attempts from 39, 41 and 33 yards. Silver linings aren’t necessarily easy to come by for Vanderbilt. But if there’s anything, it’s that the most recent trip to Florida on Oct. 9 showed a glimmer of hope. The Commodores pressured Gator quarterbacks Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson fairly well, totaling six quarterback hits, and came up with two interceptions. Vanderbilt’s offense, meanwhile, drove all the way to Florida’s 1-yard line before halftime. Vandy’s best touchdown opportunity fizzled out when receiver Chris Pierce lost possession of an end zone reception as he hit the ground on fourth-and-goal. Initially ruled a touchdown, the touchdown was overturned after review. VANDY PLAYERS TO WATCH Will Sheppard, WR: Sheppard is the SEC’s 11th-best receiver through six games, splitting receptions with teammates Chris Pierce, Devin Boddie and Cam Johnson. Sheppard has totaled 333 yards on 31 catches with two touchdowns, averaging 10.7 yards per catch. The 6-foot-3 sophomore’s best game included a 38-yard touchdown reception in Vanderbilt’s 30-28 win over UConn on Oct. 2. Dashaun Jerkins, S: Jerkins intercepted Florida quarterback Emory Jones at the Gators’ 30-yard line last Saturday and has created turnovers throughout his time with Vanderbilt. Last season, the Commodores’ safety forced two fumbles and recovered one, finishing 2020 tied for fifth in the SEC in forced fumbles per game. Ken Seals, QB: Seals is in his second year at the helm of Vandy’s offense and has passed for 1,086 yards through the Commodores’ first six games. In his best game of 2021 against UConn, Seals completed 27 of his 40 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He went 22-of-43 passing for 192 yards with two interceptions against Florida. HOW TO WATCH SOUTH CAROLINA VS VANDERBILT FOOTBALL GAME Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4, 0-2 SEC) Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. When: 4 p.m. Saturday TV: SEC Network THIS WEEK’S BETTING ODDS South Carolina opened as a 16-point favorite against the Commodores, but the line shifted to favoring the Gamecocks by as many as 20 points in other sportsbooks. The VegasInsider consensus was up to USC by 20 Sunday evening but Monday dip to 18.
  3. With 10 starts our more from a P5 team with acceptable stats. Seems working in other programs might be the way to go here. Thoughts??
  4. Game one in the books big win score wise over a very subpar opponent time for a poll vote. Do you feel very optimistic or optimistic that the Gamecocks can win 7 or more or less optimistic and why very or less after tonight's win?
  5. If they can here is the road to six wins SEC wins required: Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. If the Gamecocks lose one of those, the Gamecocks have a chance here to pick off Kentucky or Auburn None SEC wins: East Carolina, Eastern Illinois, Troy. Would lead to a six win season and a bowl trip would get the Gamecocks program on the tracks and bust recruiting right off the bat.
  6. Coach Beamer takes over a team coming off consecutive 4-win and 2-win seasons. And, the Gamecocks weren't even a competitive 2-win team this season. Add into that, the recruiting disaster this year. The class currently sits at 107th, with 9 total recruits, all 3*. The highest ranked player is 619th in the nation. Vandy, by comparison, checks in at #48. The only P5 team with a worse class is Oregon State. On top of that, Clemson has been in the top 10 for the last 3 recruiting cycles and has played in 4 national title games, winning 2 since 2015. UGA is also on a run, pushing for the CFP each year. Looking back at Holtz entry here, he also inherited a disaster in 1999. However, Clemson was not nearly what they are now. While we went 1-10 in 1998, Clemson only went 3-8. Clemson at that time was in a pretty bad funk, though not as bad of a funk as ours. It was a bad team, but the environment was more manageable than it is now. And, let's face it, there's not really any difference between 2-8 and 1-10. When you consider the overall state of our team/program, the absolutely catastrophic recruiting situation and the environment with Clemson being a juggernaut and UGA being near-elite, I don't see where an incoming coach has faced a more daunting task. Just far warning keep exception low give it time. This is going to be a hard road ahead yet, but with the right staff emplace and some luck can be done.
  7. Coach Beamer details his plan for 'that program in the Upstate' 12/10/2020 HF When Shane Beamer was last on the Gamecock staff, the Gamecocks at that time had a firm grip on the rivalry with Clemson and on the instate recruiting battles. In the decade since he left, Clemson has flipped the script, and the Tigers are currently on a six-game winning streak in the rivalry. (READ ON)
  8. Best Defensive line up 2021 if and it is an IF keep these guys out of the portal path. Like the look. What you fine folks see? Starting DE : Pickens Starting DE: Burch Back ups : Hemingway and Anderson Starting DT: Sandidge Starting DT: Huntley Backups : M. Scott. And True freshman Starting LB: Jones , JBrown , Kaba Backups : Louis , Green and any transfers Starting CB: Dixon and Smith Backups : Hill and Hunter Starting safeties : Sanders and Dickerson Backups : leg gette and Fortune
  9. THERE WAS NO STEVE SPURRIER HIRE TO BE HAD THIS TIME AROUND... Campbell and Freeze were probably the closest thing to hitting the "home run" hires. Tanner made a serious effort to go after Campbell and he simply didn't want to take on another rebuild - totally understandable. Freeze had the baggage and you can brush it off, but it does concern folks, but he doesn't want to be hear either. On Steve Spurrier - as good as he was - he only won the East once and NEVER won the SEC. What makes Napier or Chadwell more special than that guy? NOTHING REALLY. This program is in a desperate need of a complete culture change and that became even more obvious after Muschamp was fired. There are many of us who believe it takes a unique skill-set to bring in that change and to be successful - yes there's a good foundation here with our facilities, resources, and passionate fans but that's not enough. We need someone who gets/loves this job cause that is the level of commitment is what it will take to get us over the freaking hump. Shane gets this. Many on the BOT get this. Caselen/Tanner get this. Many in the coaching circles pushing for Shane get this. Many former players get this. Welcome to South Carolina coach Beamer and I wish nothing but success for Chadwell, Napier, and the rest of them.
  10. Does Bobo stay on as the OC. Beamer keep anyone else from the old staff on board? Who would you like to see Beamer hire to the staff? Can Beamer hire much needed talented staff? My last though what do you think of this hiring? Can Beamer do it? Your confidence level at this time that Tanner is making the right choice? Lot's to talk about. I know nothing is signed but we know enough that we can inquire about the above topics.
  11. Seems it is heading that which means another assistant needing hire by Muschamp. STEELERS Report: Steelers hire WR coach McClendon
  12. Tanner Muse gives latest on his brother, Gamecock tight end Jan. 13, 2020 Gamecock tight end Nick Muse isn’t off crutches yet following his torn ACL, but he is moving around the country some. Saturday he was on his way from the Carolinas to New Orleans to watch his brother, Tanner, and Clemson face LSU for a national title. Saturday morning, the older brother gave a little update. “He’s on crutches still,” Tanner Muse said. “(He will) need them another week or so, the crutches, and then they’ll be off. But he’s still good. He’s with his parents. The guy is back home with mom and dad to take care of him, so he’s living the dream.” Nick Muse, spent his first two seasons at William and Mary before transferring to the Gamecocks this summer. He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA after South Carolina’s first game. He rose to the role of No. 2 tight end at a thin position before tearing an ACL late in the season. With Kyle Markway choosing to forego his sixth year of eligibility, Muse heads into 2020 as the starter. Muse posted 158 yards on 17 catches in 2019.
  13. Muschamp said all 10 assistants will recruiting SC, Cox will have the Rock Hill area, Muschamp said they will continue to have multiple coaches recruiting in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
  14. How McClendon is handling his new role Dec. 24, 2019 When the Gamecocks announced the official hiring of Mike Bobo earlier this month, it created what could be an awkward situation at least on paper with his predecessor Bryan McClendon on staff. But, as Bobo takes over trying to fix an offense that finished near the bottom of the SEC in most statistical categories last year, McClendon is handling his new role as well as he possibly could. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL
  15. South Carolina’s all-decade football team: Connor Shaw, Clowney and who else? Dec. 24, 2019 We pick the best of the best for South Carolina football from the 2010-19 seasons. OFFENSE QB: Connor Shaw The numbers: Threw for 6,074 yards, 56 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He won a record 26 games as a starting QB. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  16. Breaking down the 2020 recruiting class "Stars & sleepers" Dec. 19, 2019, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks signed 17 recruits Wednesday and are now officially a part of South Carolina’s 2020 recruiting class. Let's take a peek at possible stars & sleepers THE POSSIBLE FUTURE STARS Five-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch: For the second year in a row, The Gamecocks have reeled in an in-state superstar defensive lineman. In the class of 2019, it was Zacch Pickens, who wound up being ranked No. 8 nationally. Burch is even higher, at No. 5, and his recruitment was fiercely contested by the nation’s biggest heavyweights — Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and LSU were his other four finalists. So the impact of his decision to stay home and play for the Gamecocks is hard to overstate, especially for embattled head coach Will Muschamp. At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, Burch is big and has the frame to add even more weight if needed, but also fast and quick with his feet, like the very best edge rushers. (He is committed to USC but has not officially signed yet.) With him in the fold, South Carolina’s defensive line has as much talent as just about anyone. Four-star running back MarShawn Lloyd: Lloyd is a very important peace to the puzzle Just as Ryan Hilinski was last year as the future quarterback, Lloyd is the Gamecocks’ next great hope at running back. The highest-rated running back the program has had in a decade, Lloyd is a powerful, punishing back with experience in one of the top high school leagues in the country. His speed (4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and explosiveness (37.9-inch vertical jump) are also top-notch, and in a running back room losing its top three players by yardage, he’ll have the chance to step in and play right away. Four-star quarterback Luke Doty: Doty continues two strong traditions for Gamecock recruits goes, he’s the program’s third consecutive Elite 11 finalist, and he’s the third future Gamecock in a row to win South Carolina’s Mr. Football award. The nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, Doty committed to USC in July 2018 and has steadily climbed in the rankings since then with outstanding junior and senior campaigns in which he threw for a combined 4,913 yards and 61 touchdowns and rushed for 1,109 yards and 11 more scores in 23 total games. He and Hilinski have developed a friendship over the past year or so, but there could very likely be a quarterback competition brewing if Doty plays to his potential right away. SLEEPERS IN THE 2020 CLASS Three-star athlete Eric Shaw: He was listed as a tight end when he first committed, but when Shaw signed Wednesday, the Gamecocks had him down as an athlete. That’s because Shaw might be just as good at defending passes as he is at catching them. Playing linebacker as a senior, he had 128 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions on defense, while also catching 26 passes for 445 yards and four touchdowns as a hybrid tight end/wide receiver. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, the raw physical tools are there, and he could be a star on either end for the Gamecocks. Three-star cornerback Dominick Hill: Will Muschamp has gone all-in on tall defensive backs over the past few years, with most of the Gamecocks’ secondary now standing 6-foot or taller. Hill continues that trend, listed at 6-foot even and likely to be an inch or two taller in cleats. What’s more, the three-star DB comes from a strong high school program that won three consecutive district titles and reached the state title game this year in Florida, always a talent-rich area. Hill led the way on defense with six interceptions, but yet he still ranks outside the top 850 in the 247Sports Composite ratings. Three-star defensive lineman Makius Scott: Oregon made a late push for Scott, a star in the making? Scott hovers right above the No. 1,000 mark in the composite rankings. He’ll be a big, big presence inside, coming in at 6-foot-3 and 306 pounds, but he complements that with speed and athleticism that is rare for a player his size. A three-sport athlete in high school, Scott already has girth comparable to the likes of the departing Javon Kinlaw and Kobe Smith.
  17. Breaking down the 2020 recruiting class "Stars & sleepers" Dec. 19, 2019 The Gamecocks signed 17 recruits Wednesday and are now officially a part of South Carolina’s 2020 recruiting class. Let's take a peek at possible stars & sleepers. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  18. Tanner on Muschamp “Very positive “I think it’s only fair that you would say, yeah, there’s a few negative people out there Dec. 17, 2019 To hear Ray Tanner tell it, he’s been hearing from South Carolina football fans since it became clear he would retain football coach Will Muschamp for the 2020 season. And most of the reaction he’s heard was positive, USC’s athletics director said. “Very positive,” Tanner said. “I think it’s only fair that you would say, yeah, there’s a few negative people out there. But I think that it’s been recognized from the time that he’s been here what he puts into this program. I had a lot of people reach out to me before there was any conversation that, ‘I don’t know what you’re thinking, but don’t make any moves. He’s a great man and he’s going to be very successful here.’ (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  19. QB coach Dan Werner has $700,000 coming his way since his contract runs thru 12-31-20, and former S&C coach Jeff Dillman is owed $425,000 for a contract running thru 5-31-20. Stay or leave Your former Gamecocks OC Bryan McClendon, ok, the demotion back to WR coach hurts the pride, but you're under contract for a million a year thru 12-31-21. Are you going to find that kind of position coach money elsewhere? Probably not. You stay put, don't you?
  20. Former USC coach Steve Spurrier: Let him work with QBs, not recruit, call plays on Saturdays and play a little golf. It’s totally unrealistic and fantastical, plus they’d have to figure out his buyout as University of Florida ambassador. Not going to happen, move on.
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