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Bowl Priority Deadline Today

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Just a reminder to Gamecock Club members - today is the deadline to order your bowl tickets if you want to have them assigned by your priority. To order, call 800-4SC-FANS or click here.


 

Papajohns.com Bowl Gear

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The South Carolina Athletics Online Store has new Gamecock bowl merchandise available on the site. Click here to check out the selections and place your order.



 




Horn Building Through Relationships

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Brad Senkiw of the Anderson Independent Mail wrote a quality piece on Coach Horn and his emphasis on building relationships with his players. Click here to read the full article.

"I think a year in, and I can't speak for them, but I'd hope that they would see that we're going to believe in them, we're going to back them, support them and help them grow in every way that we can," said Horn, a father of two. "At the same time, we're going to challenge them quite a bit. They seem to be playing hard, which is how I measure it, and as long as that's happening, I think we're getting through."

Horn's basis for success is predicated on two aspects: on the court and off the court.

"I think the hardest thing to do with the way we coach is for young people to separate what happens on the court from what happens off the court," Horn said. "We're fairly demanding and we're brutally honest. That's hard for all of us -- human nature -- to accept sometimes. We feel that's what's going to make them their best on the court and we feel that's what's going to prepare them for life."

Gamecock Gift Ideas Part II

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Football Season Recap from ESPN.com

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ESPN.com's SEC writer Chris Low is recapping the seasons of all twelve SEC teams and recently posted his South Carolina review. Click here to read his recap of the Gamecocks. Low names his offensive and defensive MVPs and added this at the end of the article:
What's next: Spurrier insists he's sticking around a while longer and is intrigued by the young talent in this program. Recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer has done a bang-up job since taking over last year. Jeffery was one of the best freshman offensive players in the league, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore was one of the best freshman defensive players in the league. If the Gamecocks can improve on the offensive line, they have a chance to make some noise next season in the East.

Blakely Mattern Racking Up Awards

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South Carolina women's soccer defender Blakely Mattern might need to find more room on her mantle. The senior was named a First-Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this week. Here's a look at the honors she's picked up in her distinguished career at South Carolina:

-2009 First Team All-American (NSCAA)
-One of five members on the Lowe's Senior CLASS All-American First Team (2009)
-2009 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American
-2009 SEC Tournament MVP
-Three-time First-Team All-SEC
-2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
-2007 Fourth-Team All-American (Soccer Buzz)
-2006 Freshman All-American
Weekly Honors from 2009 Season
-NSCAA National Player of the Week
-SEC Defensive Player of the Week (twice)
-Soccer America national team of the week (four times)
-CollegeSoccer360 Primetime Performer team of the week (twice)
-Top Drawer Soccer national team of the week
Impressive, to say the least!

Holiday Hoopla

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Here's another great gift idea for your Gamecock fan - get tickets to three basketball games, food coupons and a premium gift - all for just $58! Click here to order a Holiday Hoopla Package.

• 2 Men's Basketball tickets for Baylor, Jan. 2, 2010
• 2 Men's Basketball tickets for Vanderbilt, Jan. 16, 2010
• 2 Women's Basketball tickets for Tennessee, Jan. 31, 2010
• 2 food vouchers (hot dog, popcorn, and soda)
•1 premium gift

Gamecock Gift Ideas Part I

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It's the holiday season so I'm sure you're on the lookout for some gift ideas and there's no better gift than the gift of the Gamecocks (How corny did that sound?) Here's some ideas from the South Carolina Athletics Online Store:

10. Gamecock Golf Club Headcovers
9. Under Armour Hat
8. Gamecocks Tie
7. Gamecocks Fleece Blanket
6. Carolina Basketball T-shirt