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Note following children's hospital visit

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The Chick-fil-A Bowl folks passed along this email to us that they received regarding the football team's visit to a children's hospital on Wednesday:

"My grandson, Chase Wilkins, is undergoing chemotherapy at AFLAC Children's Cancer Center at CHOA, Egleston. Wed, Dec 29, 2010 Chase was undergoing treatment and had the opportunity to visit with the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The experience was a highlight of Chase's life  The team was so warm and encouraging and just great for Chase  They loaded him up with team and Chic Fil A gear and played WII with him and just made him feel like a Rock Star!  They called him by name and that just amazed him-to think they'd remember his name just awed hm.  I realize the players are just young men, not superstars (yet!), but they conducted themselves in exemplary fashion.  Please pass my comments on to Coach Spurrier, the team and anyone else who should know.  Tell the team and Coach Spurrier that they have converted this DAWG (at least for the bowl game:)).   Thank you again for this experience for my grandson.  Much Love-Judy, Covington, GA".


Love that the Gamecocks helped make Chase's day! 

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog 



From The Chick-fil-A Bowl:

South Carolina and Florida State fans anticipating their match-up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 can get an early taste of competition between their two head coaches in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament which airs nationally tonight, December 29th at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a charity golf tournament that matches top NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni in two-man teams against their rivals for scholarship money. The April 2010 event featured 12 teams from the ACC and SEC, including both Steve Spurrier and Jimbo Fisher who will face each other in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. Spurrier played with Gamecock great Sterling Sharpe; the duo finished third, bringing home $50,000 in scholarship money.

Other university teams in the Challenge included Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ole Miss, North Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

This year's event provided more than half a million dollars in charity and scholarship to the 12 participating teams and other beneficiaries.

"It really is a spectacular day on the golf course and this incredible group of coaches and celebrities represented their universities in a first-class way," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "But the privilege was all ours in being able to give so much back to these great schools and great competitors."
 

Chick-fil-A Bowl Day 2 Photos

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Chick-fil-A Bowl Practice: Day 1

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Watch a highlight video from yesterday's first practice in Atlanta under Gamecock All-Access: click here.


Photo Slideshow from the first practice in Atlanta!



Chick-fil-A Bowl Schedule of Events - Updated

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Tuesday, December 28th


7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom

College Football Hall of Fame and legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden speaks on his faith and dedication through his college football coaching career, while guests enjoy a plated breakfast. TNT personality Ernie Johnson, Jr., will emcee the event.. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call 770-507-1928.


Wednesday, December 29th

7:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors
Philips Arena
Bowl ticket holders are eligible for discounted tickets by clicking on the link below.  When prompted, enter the special code CFA for a 34% discount for bowl fans. To purchase tickets click here.


Thursday, December 30th

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Georgia Power Chalk Talk and Football Feud Presented by the AJC
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom

Fans will get to enjoy an action-packed lunch full of fun as they watch South Carolina and Florida State go head-to-head in a game-show style competition. Fans will also have the chance to interact with South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier and Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher as they share insight on preparing for the Bowl. (Sold Out)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl Fan Night at the Georgia Aquarium
   
Mix and mingle in the world's largest aquarium among the largest collection of aquatic animals in over 8 million gallons of water. Food Court will be open until 9 p.m. and a cash bar available. To purchase tickets, click here.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl Fan Night at the World of Coca-Cola

"The World of Coca-Cola welcomes Chick-fil-A Bowl fans to Atlanta!  Visit us on 12/30/10 from 6pm - 8pm and receive $3 off general admission.  Tickets will also be available at walk-up.  Please note that our attraction will close at 9:30pm, given that the last ticketed admission will be at 8pm.  A live DJ will be present at the venue. For more information, visit us at www.worldofcoca-cola.com.  To purchase tickets, click here."

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Gamecock Club and Alumni Association hosting all Gamecock fans
STATS Restaurant and Bar, 300 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313

Free gathering for Gamecock fans, featuring drink specials and live music by Gamecock alum Patrick Davis (of "I'm Just a Big Old (Game)Cock" fame, www.PatrickDavisMusic.com) starting at 9 p.m.
Notes:
-Get 3 hour validation at parking garage across from STATS when you spend $20
- The December 30th edition of the weekly "Carolina Calls" call-in show will also broadcast live from STATS from 7 - 8 PM with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs, and Terry Cousin.


Friday, December 31st

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade

Begin game day by celebrating one of the Chick-fil-A Bowl's traditions! The parade will include participating teams' bands, cheerleaders, mascots, floats, and other vehicles that capture the spirit of the game. A one-mile route, the parade will begin at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Baker St., and will end at the Georgia World Congress Center outside FanFest Made Possible by Coca-Cola Zero.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl FanFest Made Possible by Coca-Cola Zero
Georgia World Congress Center Building C-Halls C1-C4

The ultimate pre-game family activity, FanFest Made Possible by Coca-Cola Zero is the place to go for food, drinks and interactive games all leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Each participating school's band, mascot and cheerleaders will be on hand for the ACC vs. SEC Pep Rallies and Team Walks. Get the first glimpse of South Carolina and Florida State players and coaches as they head towards the Georgia Dome.
To order tickets, click here.

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl MVP Tailgate Presented by BB&T
Georgia World Congress Center Building C-Level 3 Georgia Ballroom
To order tickets, click here.

4:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Official South Carolina Pre-Game Party
Georgia World Congress Center Building C, Rooms 304 and 305
Includes dinner buffet and entertainment
www.gamecocksportstravel.com for tickets


7:30 PM
Chick-fil-A Bowl

Watch #19 South Carolina take on #23 Florida State at 7:30 PM live in the Georgia Dome or on ESPN! Go Gamecocks!



Need help getting around Atlanta or the Georgia Dome?

Atlanta Visitors Bureau: http://www.atlanta.net/
Georgia Dome Chick-fil-A Bowl information page (including directions and parking info): http://www.gadome.com/events_ticketing/events/all/1012024.aspx

Restaurant Guide from The Chick-fil-A Bowl: http://www.chick-fil-abowl.com/FanInfo/RestaurantGuide/tabid/90/Default.aspx


 

SEC Academic Special, tonight at 7:00 PM on ESPNU

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Gamecock fans, tune in or set your DVR's for ESPNU tonight at 7:00 PM. The SEC Academic Special will be taking a look at a great story from each of its 12 member institutions.

For SC's segment, they'll examine the legacy of South Carolina's legendary basketball coach Frank McGuire, and
see how his contributions to society, more than 40 years ago, are paving the way for Gamecock students today.

Tune in tonight!

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to everyone from Spurs Up Blog and South Carolina Athletics!

Hope everyone has a joyous holiday season with family and loved ones. Send us your pictures of any Gamecock gifts you give or receive to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com.

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane
The Gamecock Softball team sponsored a family in need this Christmas through the "Families Helping Families" program. They all chipped in and took care of Christmas gifts for a mother and her three children, ages twelve, nine, and three. The team shopped in four groups, with each group taking care of one family member. They also gave the family a grocery store gift card so they could enjoy a holiday meal and get other essentials.

After doing their shopping the whole team came together to wrap the gifts as part of their team Christmas party. Head Coach Beverly Smith said she liked that it was something they could do together as a team and that every team member was able to participate.

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Merry Christmas from and to Gamecock Softball!

On a personal note, remember to use this time of year to be thankful for your own good fortune, no matter how big or small, and help those in need around you.

Take care and have a wonderful holiday!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
There has been a lot of talk lately about the upgrades and improvements we've made in our facilities the past few years and how that has been a big contributor to some of the on-field successes we've seen over the past year. The Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center was the first piece of the Athletics Village at the Roost to be completed and work is continuing on the other projects for the area including a parking garage, coaches support building, and tennis complex. Now is a great time for us to build because interest rates are low and bids are coming back roughly 20% less than expected. The department can save money to reinvest in other areas. For example, the bid for the tennis complex came back $1 million lower than expected and renegotiating Colonial Life Arena bonds saved $75,000 annually. Some priorities moving forward include a new football video board and improvements to the football practice fields and softball stadium. I got to wondering about the work behind the scenes that goes into making these projects happen.

I sat down with Executive Associate Athletics Director Kevin O'Connell who oversees all of our building projects to find out more about how the process works and how the athletics department goes about building new facilities. All of our proposed building projects have to go through an extensive approval process. O'Connell explained the process to me step by step using the Farmers Market renovation project as an example.

There are two Phases in the approval process. Phase 1 is initial approval for the project to be investigated further (e.g. hiring an architect, verifying the estimated cost, etc.) The proposal first goes to the Building and Grounds Committee of the university Board of Trustees. The general concept of the proposal at that point is, "we want to develop the Farmers Market and here is what we think it will cost." After the Building and Grounds Committee approves it, the project goes to the full Board of Trustees for approval. Next, the project must go before three individual state boards in the following order: the Council on Higher Education, the Joint Bond Review Committee, and the Budget and Control Board. Again, Phase 1 of the approval process is all to approve just the initial stages of the project. After Phase 1 approval was granted for the Farmers Market project, we began a selection process where we advertise for conceptual plans from architectural and engineering firms.   A selection committee, including representatives from the Board of Trustees, campus construction, and the athletics department among others, select the winning firm.  In the case of the Farmers Market, that was Cox and Dinkins, a company located here in Columbia. Their architects and engineers develop a conceptual plan and verify the initial estimate, then the project must go back through the entire approval sequence again, which is Phase 2.
 
Phase 2 goes in the exact same order as Phase 1, only now it is a schematic plan from the architect as well as a verified estimated cost. In October 2010, the Farmers Market project was approved by the Building and Grounds Committee and then the full Board of Trustees of the university. It was then sent to the Council on Higher Education, then to Joint Bond Review Committee in early December. The final step in the approval process came on December 14th as the Budget and Control Board approved the project and the funding.

Now that the project has received final approval we can move forward with the work on the Farmers Market renovation and development. O'Connell explained how the plan has been laid out so the work can be completed without impacting football parking accommodations. Prior to the 2011 football season, the current buildings on the Farmers Market lot will be demolished or sold as surplus. It's a careful process as the buildings and lots are tested for asbestos and other hazardous materials, which impact how they can be removed. For the 2011 football season, the area will be flattened out into basically a 53 acre parking lot. After the 2011 football season the area will be developed and be ready for the 2012 football season as a state of the art football parking and tailgating area.
 
From the fan perspective, the plans for the lot look amazing. O'Connell explained how the athletics department and the Gamecock Club consulted with members when developing the plans. The university's Moore School of Business helped out by conducting an online survey that garnered over 500 responses from Gamecock Club members from a variety of levels and parking areas. The survey helped identify several priority areas (e.g. ample trash receptacles, permanent restrooms, landscaping/shaded areas) that were addressed in the plans. O'Connell says the new Farmers Market lot will have 661 trees, one every 40 feet, and provide 3,009 parking spaces (comprised of VIP, permanent, and temporary parking areas), approximately the same as the current number of available spaces. Most  spaces are 10'x18' with a 10'x10' tent area. The Farmers Market will also have several additional uses beyond just football parking, including possibly being used for hosting other outdoors events, an indoor football facility, commercial development, intramural fields, and more in the future.

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Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra goes "Inside the Chart" with some pre-tip notes for tonight's game against Furman in Greenville. Read the full post here.

"Player to Stop: Furman senior forward Amu Saaka. Saaka initially pledged to Furman out of Decatur, Ga., but a terrific senior season sent his stock skyrocketing -- and his college plans changing. Saaka reneged on his Furman commitment, signing instead with USF in the Big East Conference. After head coach Ray McCallum was replaced by Stan Heath, Saaka was granted his release from USF, and welcomed back by Furman (good thing their staff let bygones be bygones). Now in his senior season, Saaka has delivered on his prep promise, averaging a team-high 15 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. I asked Chuck Hussion, the "Voice of the Paladins," to give me a primer on Saaka's talents."

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/21

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The Daily Round-Up is a daily feature on Spurs Up Blog, where I'll bring you news and tidbits from around the digital world about the Gamecocks. Let me know what you think!  - Brittany Lane


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Four S.C. teams in preseason Top 40 (Rock  Hill Herald)

Football: Ranking the SEC coaching jobs in 2010 (ESPN)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks blast Butler (GamecockCentral.com)


GAMECOCKS IN THE NFL

John Abraham (DE, Atlanta Falcons): 4 solo tackles, 1 sack in W over Seattle

Jasper Brinkley (LB, Minnesota Vikings): 1 solo tackle in L to Chicago

Sheldon Brown (CB, Cleveland Browns): 5 tackles (3 solo, 2 asst) in L to Cincinnati

Jared Cook (TE, Tennessee Titans): 3 receptions for 42 yards in W over Houston

Emanuel Cook (S, New York Jets): 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 asst) in W over Pittsburgh

Andre Goodman (CB, Denver Broncos): 3 solo tackles in L to Oakland

Johnathan Joseph (CB, Cincinnati Bengals): 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 asst) in W over Cleveland

Lance Laury (LB, New York Jets): 1 solo tackle in W over Pittsburgh

Captain Munnerlyn (CB, Carolina Panthers): 7 solo tackles in W over Arizona

Eric Norwood (LB, Carolina Panthers): 1 solo tackle in W over Arizona

Sidney Rice (WR, Minnesota Vikings): 2 receptions for 23 yards in L to Chicago

Dunta Robinson (CB, Atlanta Falcons): 3 solo tackles in W over Seattle

Shaun Smith (DT, Kansas City Chiefs): 2 solo tackles in W over St. Louis

Darian Stewart (S, St. Louis Rams): 2 solo tackles in L to Kansas City

Ryan Succop (K, Kansas City Chiefs):  2/2 on Field Goals and 3/3 on PAT's in W over St. Louis


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Gamecocks Practice Tuesday

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops Travels To Furman For Mid-Week Contest

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Soar Past Bulldogs 67-54


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

From @GamecockFB practice today:

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Happy Holidays from Coach Horn!





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Send in any gameday pics from football, basketball, or any Gamecock sporting event to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/20

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Lattimore's latest feat: Leadership (Post and Courier)

Football: Garcia, Gamecocks eager for bowl redemption (Post and Courier)

Football: Quick Practice Recap (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Consistency at last (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: USC going No.1s-on-No. 1s to amp up bowl practices (Anderson Independent Mail)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Gamecocks Continue Bowl Practice

Football: Gamecocks Sign Broome To NLI

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Close Pre-Holiday Slate Tuesday Night

Women's Soccer: Mollie Patton Tabbed As Goalkeeper Prospect for WPS Draft

Men's Basketball: Holiday Hoopla Ticket Package Available

Men's Basketball: Ellington Named Candidate For 2011 Bob Cousy Award

Baseball: Gamecock Baseball Ranked No. 14 In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40

Softball: Chrissy Schoonmaker Added to Softball Staff as Volunteer Assistant

Women's Golf: Toumpsin Earns Ladies European Tour Card for 2011


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

From @GamecockFB practice today:

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Spurrier's comments post-practice today: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=218396


ROOSTER CROWS

On our Facebook page I asked fans, "what is the best Gamecock gift you've ever gotten for the holidays?" We got more than 100 great responses so I'll be sharing a few here over the next few days.

"This wasn't a gift i received, but a gift I gave. When I was in school ('04) my roommate had a class/knew Renaldo Balkman. He happened to be my brother's favorite player so we asked if Renaldo would sign a shirt for my brother. He did and h...e also wrote a personalized message and drew a giant smiley face on it. My brother's reaction to opening that on Christmas morning was the best!" - Katie Bagwell

"my father passed on Dec 7 and my Christmas gift was watching EVERY USC game even the SEC Championship game and him asking for his USC hat 3 days before he passed away and l am soooooo glad that he got to see us have a rocking season! l love you daddy and know you are watching over "our boys" the Gamecocks! Gooooooo Gamecocks!" - Emily Sanderlin


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Dale Hewitt and his son at Carolina vs. Troy. Send in any gameday pics from football, basketball, or any Gamecock sporting event to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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***WEEKEND EVENTS***

Men's Basketball @ #2 Ohio State: Saturday, December 18, 2:00 PM, TV: CBS. Listen to the Scene Setter posted on our Facebook page!

Women's Basketball vs. #10/11 UNC (Myrtle Beach): Sunday, December 19, 3:00 PM, Radio: WISW 1320 AM


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Gamecocks prep for bowl game against Florida State (WIS)

Football: Gamecocks hit practice field after long layoff (Anderson Independent Mail)

Men's Basketball: Ohio State vs. South Carolina Preview (CBSSports.com)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Soccer: 2010 Men's Soccer Season Recap

Football: Gamecocks Continue Bowl Practice

Baseball: Bradley Jr. & Price Named To Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Travel To No. 2/2 Ohio State For CBS Matinee Saturday

Swimming & Diving: Gamecock Men Move Up in CSCAA Poll


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Great! Go Gamecocks!

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Marcus Lattimore speaking with the media after practice this morning: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=218000



ROOSTER CROWS

Last night on our Facebook page I asked fans, "what is the best Gamecock gift you've ever gotten for the holidays?" We got more than 100 great responses so I'll be sharing a few here over the next few days:

"When I was stationed overseas (late 80's), I wrote a letter to Joe Morrison and he sent me one of his hats and a nice note. Never forgot that, RIP Coach Joe." - Stan Sandair

"Just got an early Christmas present from my loving daughter. We're going to the Chick Fil A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Hotlanta !! GO COCKS !" - Lj Hutchings


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Great shot of Garcia scoring a TD in the Troy game sent in by Janice Jones. Send in any gameday pics from football, basketball, or any Gamecock sporting event to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes a look at #2 Ohio State today as the Gamecocks prepare to face the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow at 2:00 PM on CBS.

Interesting tidbit here about OSU freshman Jared Sullinger. Read the full post here.

"Man to Stop: Ohio State's freshman wunderkind, Jared Sullinger. Draft Express' Jonathan Givony has an Gamecock excellent scouting report on Sullinger on his front page this week. A freshman from Columbus, Ohio, Sullinger lit up IUPUI for 40 points last weekend, the second-highest point total in college basketball this year.

The number that stands out most from Givony's profile: in back-to-the-basket situations, Sullinger converts 50% of his field goals and gets fouled an additional 25% of the time. The Gamecocks may need to follow the blueprint that brought them success against Clemson's Jerai Grant: keep Sullinger out of the paint, and force him to shoot one-on-one over the tops of defenders. The second part may be especially important with Jon Diebler, Ohio State's all-time leading three-point shooter, lurking outside. Florida-Gulf Coast tried to pack it in against Sullinger, leaving Diebler to convert a school-record 9 3-pointers on Wednesday. Offensively, can Sam Muldrow knock down a few early perimeter shots (2-2 3pt. vs. Wofford), and force Sullinger out of his defensive comfort zone? It could make for a terrific matchup."


Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


The Daily Round-Up is a daily feature on Spurs Up Blog, where I'll bring you news and tidbits from around the digital world about the Gamecocks. Let me know what you think!  - Brittany Lane


***TONIGHT***
Carolina Calls with Darrin Horn, 7:00 PM, Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista. Listen live on 107.5 FM The Game.


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Men's Basketball: Opportunity knocks for Dawgs, Gamecocks (ESPN)

Men's Basketball: Quick Hoops Recap  (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Freshman All-Americans in the SEC (ESPN)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Gamecocks begin bowl practice



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Interesting to note - 10 of South Carolina's 12 opponents this season are headed to bowl games, including BCS-bound Auburn and Arkansas.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

We'll go with several videos of the day- multiple post-practice interviews from today's first bowl practice: Coach Lorenzo Ward, Cliff Matthews, Coach Shane Beamer, Akeem Auguste, and Ladi Ajiboye.

 
ROOSTER CROWS

Phil Steele's full strength of schedule rankings with Gamecocks at #5 toughest overall and #2 among bowl teams: http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2010/Dec10/DBDec14.html

Several travel packages are available for fans heading to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Check them out here: http://www.gamecocksportstravel.com/


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Sent in by Amy Newland from the Troy game! Send in any gameday pics from football, basketball, or any Gamecock sporting event to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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delethea quarles.jpegGamecock Track & Field assistant head coach Delethea Quarles has been selected by USA Track & Field as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2011 IAAF World Championships. Quarles will travel to Daegu, South Korea, in Fall 2011 to coach multi-event performers and jumpers at the international competition.
 
This is Quarles fifth time being selected as a Team USA coach, having previously worked with Team USA as head coach at the Pan American Junior Championship (2007) and as an assistant coach for the World Cup (2006), Pan American Championship (2005), and Team USA vs. the Netherlands (2002).

Quarles responded, "It is a tremendous honor to be selected to represent our country. South Carolina has prepared me well and I'm excited to represent our university in this capacity." Quarles shared that it gives her great personal pride as well to be involved since many of our former Gamecock Track & Field student-athletes continue to compete on the international level. South Carolina will be well represented on Team USA in 2011 by both Coach Quarles and our student-athletes.
 
South Carolina opens up the Indoor Track & Field season on January 14th, 2011, at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Outdoor Track & Field will start in the spring with the March 18th Shamrock Invitational in Conway. Go Gamecocks!



It's winning the school's first ever NCAA title in 2002.

It's alumni becoming Olympians and World Championships medalists.

It's having a nationally recognized program.

It's the Garnet Way.



Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Great story today from Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra about SC men's basketball assistant coach Orlando Early's past with current Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and their time together at Western Carolina University for the 1995-96 season - the Catamounts' first and only trip to the NCAA Tournament. Read the full post here.

"In May of 1995, Phil Hopkins, recently elevated to the head coaching job at Western Carolina, needed to fill two full-time assistant positions on his staff.

From a crowded field of applicants, two young candidates stood out. One had spent three seasons at Hopkins' alma mater, Gardner-Webb, and was hungry to make the leap to a Division I program. The other, born and raised in the serendipitously named Hoopeston, Ill., worked with Hopkins as a graduate assistant at Indiana State.

Together, Phil Hopkins and his hand-picked assistants, current Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and current Gamecocks assistant Orlando Early, took Western Carolina to unprecedented heights. During their lone season in '95-96, the Catamounts won their first-ever Southern Conference Tournament, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Their careers converge again Saturday, when South Carolina faces Matta's #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus (2:00 p.m. EST).

"I learned so much from them," said Hopkins, now the athletic director and basketball coach at Walhalla Middle School in Walhalla, S.C. "We were three different personalities, all striving and working for the same goal. We picked each other up.""


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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/15

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Sporting News college football awards (Sporting News)

Football: Sack-Fest in Atlanta? (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Surprising Gamecocks Face #2 Ohio State Saturday (WLTX)

Men's Basketball: Young Gamecocks fit Horn's style (GamecockAnthem.com)

Women's Basketball: Beach Ball Classic games to be broadcast live (The Sun News)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Lattimore Named Sporting News Freshman of the Year

Football: Jeffery, Lattimore Earn Phil Steele Honors

Baseball: Bradley Jr. & Price Named to 2011 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

From Fox Carolina in Greenville - Pro-Baseball Player Visits Children's Hospital (Landon Powell): http://www.foxcarolina.com/local-video/index.html?grabnetworks={videoid:4458469}


 
ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina vs. Georgia was the most-viewed college football telecast on ESPN2 this season.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Little Jayden's dad sent in this picture of his son cheering on Gamecock football vs. Clemson! Send in any gameday pics from any Gamecock sporting event to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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*ESPN SportsNation Chat with Darrin Horn*
http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/36084/sc-darrin-horn
Send in your questions now and join in the ESPN chat with Coach Horn tomorrow at 11:50 AM ET.


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: COMMENTARY: Staley deals with another loss (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Lattimore named National Freshman of the Year (WCBD)

Football: Alshon Jeffery Named 2nd Team AP All-American (WLTX)

Football: Bowl bonanza: Ranking all 35 bowl games (al.com) (Chick-fil-A Bowl is #8 on their list)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Florida State's Ponder Still Idled with Arm Injury (WCTV)


GAMECOCKS IN THE NFL

John Abraham (DE, Atlanta Falcons): 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 asst) and 2 sacks in W over Carolina

Fred Bennett (CB, Cincinnati Bengals): 1 solo tackle in L to Pittsburgh

Jasper Brinkley (LB, Minnesota Vikings): 1 solo tackle in L to NY Giants

Sheldon Brown (CB, Cleveland Browns):  6 tackles (5 solo, 1 asst) in L to Buffalo

Jared Cook (TE, Tennessee Titans): 1 reception for 9 yards in L to Indianapolis

Andre Goodman (CB, Denver Broncos): 1 solo tackle in L to Arizona

Lance Laury (LB, New York Jets): 1 asst tackle in L to Miami

Captain Munnerlyn (CB, Carolina Panthers): 6 tackles (5 solo, 1 asst) in L to Atlanta.

Sidney Rice (WR, Minnesota Vikings): 5 receptions for 60 yards in L to NY Giants

Dunta Robinson (CB, Atlanta Falcons): 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 asst) in W over Carolina

Shaun Smith (DT, Kansas City Chiefs): 7 tackles (5 solo, 2 asst) in L to San Diego

Darian Stewart (S, St. Louis Rams): 2 solo tackles and 1 sack in L to New Orleans

Rod Wilson (LB, Chicago Bears): 2 solo tackles in L to New England


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Lattimore Headlines CFN All-Frosh Team

Football. Lattimore Headlines Rivals All-Frosh Team

Football: Jeffery, Gilmore Earn AP All-America Honors

Football: Graham Finalist for Football Scoop Award

Softball: Gamecock Softball Announces 2011 Schedule


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Because I think I'm going into football withdrawal... really? I have to wait until September to see this live again?



 
ROOSTER CROWS

Did you miss a football game this season? You can still get official game programs through the auctions section of GamecocksOnline.com. They are the same price as in the stadium on gameday ($5).


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Young South Carolina fans watch the W over Troy! Send in any gameday pics from football season and now basketball season to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Less than 1,000 tickets remaining for Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Thumbnail image for chick fil a bowl logo.jpgWe have less than 1,000 tickets remaining for the Chick-fil-A Bowl available for anyone to purchase. Tickets are $80 each and will be in the South Carolina allotment sections. Buying through the South Carolina Athletics ticket office guarantees that you will be sitting in a South Carolina section.

We encourage fans to order tickets online here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/pack_home.htmI?team=gamecocks&l=EN

You can also order tickets by calling the South Carolina Athletics ticket office at 1-800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena box office between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

All Gamecock Club and university faculty/staff ticket requests placed before the November 15th deadline will be fulfilled first, followed by Gamecock Club and faculty/staff requests placed by the second priority deadline of 5:00 PM this past Friday, December 10th. That fulfillment process will start tomorrow and tickets will be in the mail by December 17th. After those requests are all fulfilled all additional requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Interesting look for 2011 SEC East (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Florida State, South Carolina a natural fit in Chick-fil-A Bowl (Orlando Sentinel)

Men's Basketball: Observations from the week that was (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog)

Women's Basketball: Wolfpack can't keep pace (Raleigh News & Observer)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks overwhelm Wolfpack (Charlotte Observer)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball: Coach Ray Tanner Nominated For 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards

Women's Basketball: Guards Pour It On in 77-63 Win Over NC State

Men's Basketball: South Carolina Shuts Down Wofford, 64-53

Football: Jeffery Named to FWAA All-America Team


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Current Gamecock Football players who received their degrees today! For a full list of Gamecock student-athletes who graduated today click here.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from the Women's Basketball win over NC State on Sunday: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=217324


 
ROOSTER CROWS

Lakeem Jackson leads the SEC in steals, both total (16) and average per game (2.3). As a team the Gamecocks rank third in the SEC in steals and 40th in the nation.

South Carolina's 44.3 rebounds per game ead the SEC and rank fourth in the nation.

*Stats from games played through December 9th.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

This picture of a "future cheerleader" was sent in by Janice Jones. Thanks, Janice! Send in any gameday pics from football season and now basketball season to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Several Gamecock student-athletes graduate today

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Congratulations to several Gamecock student-athletes who graduated today!

Austin Steed - Men's Basketball
Blake Baxley - Football
Brandan Davis - Football
Hutch Eckerson - Football
Jarriel King - Football
Spencer Lanning - Football
Brian Maddox - Football
Charles Turner - Football
Nick Prochak - Football
Addison Williams - Football
Jimmy Maurer - Men's Soccer
Schuyler Reardon - Men's Soccer
Chelsea Leroux - Women's Track & Field
Sallie Gurganus - Women's Track & Field
Kayla Parker - Women's Track & Field
Krystle Robinson - Softball
Blakely Mattern - Women's Soccer
Meridith McKee - Women's Swimming & Diving

And an additional kudos to Corey Jenkins who played football for Carolina in 2001 and 2002, returned this year to finish his degree, and who joins the graduates on the stage today!

Congratulations again to all of our Gamecock student-athletes graduating today on all your accomplishments.

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"Inside the Roost", tonight at 7:00 PM on 107.5 FM

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Interesting line-up for tonight's "Inside the Roost" show at 7:00 PM. The show broadcasts live from the Hilton Columbia Center in the Vista on 107.5 FM The Game.

We will get an update on the Chick-fil-A Bowl ticket situation from Lance Grantham, Director of Ticket Operations. Charles Waddell, the Associate AD who oversees football, will discuss coordination of travel for the bowl game, and offensive lineman Garrett Chisolm will be on to talk about his All-SEC senior season and all of the things he has gotten through to make it to this point. Reminder that this is the last day for online fan voting for Garrett for The Rudy Award. Get your votes in!

Listen to "Inside the Roost" tonight at 7:00 and go Gamecocks!

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Approximately 1400 tickets available for Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Thumbnail image for chick fil a bowl logo.jpgWe have approximately 1400 tickets remaining for the Chick-fil-A Bowl available for anyone to purchase. Tickets are $80 each and will be in the South Carolina allotment sections.

We encourage fans to order tickets online here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/pack_home.htmI?team=gamecocks&l=EN

You can also order tickets by calling the South Carolina Athletics ticket office at 1-800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena box office between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

All Gamecock Club and university faculty/staff ticket requests placed before the November 15th deadline will be fulfilled first, followed by Gamecock Club and faculty/staff requests placed by the second priority deadline of 5:00 PM this past Friday, December 10th. That fulfillment process will start tomorrow and tickets will be in the mail by December 17th. After those requests are all fulfilled all additional requests for the remaining 1400 tickets will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra 12/10

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Go "Inside the Chart" with Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra - interesting bit below about Wofford's turnover rate. Read the full post with more insights.

"Patience, Grasshopper: South Carolina loves to create havoc with its pressing and trapping. Wofford may be the most pressure-allergic team the Gamecocks will face all season.

The NCAA only recognizes turnovers per game as an official statistic, but that number has several flaws. Mainly, it does not account for tempo -- teams that run and take risks are far more likely to throw the ball away than teams that plod in the halfcourt. A more accurate indicator is turnover rate, or the percentage of a team's offensive possessions that result in a turnover. As of Friday, Wofford's turnover rate of 18.4% ranks 63rd in the country -- roughly in the top 20% nationally. South Carolina hasn't faced a team with a turnover rate higher than 164th this year (Delaware St). Michigan State, widely regarded as the best team the Gamecocks have faced all season, ranks a putrid 322nd.

If Wofford can adjust to South Carolina's pressure and play turnover-free, can the Gamecocks still do the things (contesting shots, boxing out, talking through screens, etc.) that result in empty possessions?"
 
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***WEEKEND EVENTS***

Men's Basketball vs. Wofford, 7:00 PM, Saturday, Colonial Life Arena, Tickets

Women's Basketball vs. N.C. State, 2:00 PM, Sunday, Colonial Life Arena (TV: Fox Sports Carolinas, Radio: WISW 1320 AM), Tickets


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Commentary: Horn's team growing up fast (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: USC bowl tickets selling fast (WACH)

Football: Two Gamecocks named Walter Camp All-Americans (Live5news.com)

Football: Gamecocks to have new practice regimen (The Big Spur)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE:

Chick-fil-A excited for matchup (Tallahassee.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops Set To Host Wofford Saturday

Women's Basketball: Nainima Begins Practice This Week

Women's Basketball: Kayla Brewer to Leave Gamecocks

Football: Two Gamecocks Named to Walter Camp Team


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Today's official Chick-fil-A Bowl press conference: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=216508


ROOSTER CROWS

The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in charitable & scholarship donations, including a $100,000 scholarship donation to each participating school. The Chick-fil-A Bowl gave an all-time high $1.2 million to organizations in need in 2009. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has given $5.8 million to various charitable organizations over the last eight years.

With few tickets remaining, the Chick-fil-A Bowl is closing in on its 14th consecutive sellout for this year's game.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Young Gamecocks by the Cockabooses before the Troy game this season. Send in any gameday pics to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Garrett Chisolm named to SEC Community Service Team

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garrett chisholm.jpegSenior Offensive Lineman Garrett Chisolm has been named to the 2010 SEC Football Community Service Team, which recognizes superior community service efforts of the league's student-athletes. One student-athlete from each SEC institution is named to the team.

"These student-athletes have worked hard outside of the classroom and practice fields to make a positive influence in their communities," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The student-athletes who comprise the SEC Community Service Team are symbolic of what is good about intercollegiate athletics. I am proud to have these student-athletes represent the SEC."

Congratulations to Garrett on this honor. Also, please remember to keep voting for Garrett for The Rudy Award, awarded to an inspirational and motivational college football player who best defines "The Four C's": Character, Courage, Contribution & Commitment. Fans can vote once per day through December 13th, 2010.

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The 2010 SEC Football Community Service Team:

South Carolina - Garrett Chisolm, Sr., OT, Charleston, S.C.
               Chisolm is a natural born leader both on and off the field.  He has a given his time and compassion to the Columbia community whenever an opportunity arises.  Without hesitation, he has volunteered for community service events on a regular basis.  He has volunteered to read at elementary schools as well as feed the homeless and prepare food for the needy at Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Chisolm has a big heart and yearns to assist others with any given opportunity. 


Alabama - Greg McElroy, Sr., QB, Southlake, Texas
               McElroy has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2007-09) and has participated in Project Angel Tree, Read Across America, Hospice of West Alabama, Impact Alabama "Focus First" Child Vision Screening, Habitat for Humanity and the West Alabama Food Bank.  He has also served on the UA Athletics and Academics Committee as a student member. He has also volunteered numerous hours to speak to local school children about the importance of a quality education.
 
Arkansas - DJ Williams, Sr., TE, Little Rock, Ark.
               D.J. Williams was named the winner of the 2010 Disney Spirit Award given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspiration figure. Williams overcame a chaotic upbringing to become a star student-athlete and advocate for domestic abuse awareness. From participation in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, to the local Boys & Girls Clubs and Children's hospital, Williams has demonstrated he has a big heart and a passion for giving back to his community.  He has used his stature as a prominent college football player to raise awareness and inspire others to abandon troubled relationships and seek help. Additionally, Williams has been involved in the following events this year: Lift Up America "Feeding the Hungry", the Book Hogs Read to Win program, he spoke to 1,200 elementary children at Bud Walton Arena as part of the Red Ribbon Rally (drug awareness week), Thanksgiving Dinner at Homestyle Assisted Living Center, involved in the Sweat Hogs program and he was also active in Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center in which the Northwest Arkansas community packaged a record of more than 1.4 million meals for the starving population of Haiti still suffering from the earthquake. 
 
Auburn - Zach Clayton, Sr., DL, Opelika, Ala.
               Clayton was a special guest at the 111th EOD Army National Guard Deployment Ceremony in Opelika, where he greeted and mingled with the guardsmen and their families before the official ceremony. He was a special guest at the Sports Academy's Homers for Haiti event, speaking to kids and signing autographs. Clayton has also been active with Camp Good Grief, which is a daylong camp sponsored by Hospice of East Alabama, for children who have suffered losses/deaths in their family.  Clayton has also been active in area schools, speaking to kids on the importance of staying in school and making good grades at Samford Middle School and Richland Elementary School. He has also spent time with the Downtown Trick or Treat, Storybook Farms, SAAC's Toys for Tot and SAACs Food Drive.
 
Florida - Ahmad Black, Sr., SS, Lakeland, Fla.
               Black is a four-year Member of UF's Goodwill Gators and has visited area hospitals, schools and youth academies as well as hosting tours for children on campus.  He has also been involved with Big Brothers and has participated in Student Town Hall Meeting with Urban Meyer prior to the start of 2010 football season.  He is a three-time participant Gator Charity Challenge, a strongman competition to raise pledges and awareness for local charities and has worked with African American Accountability of Alachua task force.  He is also active in his hometown community of Lakeland, Fla.
 
Georgia - Kris Durham, Sr., SE, Calhoun, Ga.
               Durham graduated with a 3.52 grade point average in Middle School Education and currently owns a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student.  A native of Calhoun, Ga., Durham has been an active participant in numerous community service projects during his career including the St. Mary's Hospital visitation program, Habitat for Humanity, and Camp Sunshine--a summer camp program for children with cancer.
 
Kentucky - Marcus Davis, Sr., C, Union, Ky.
               Davis has been extremely active in not only the Lexington community but also around the world. During spring break 2010, Davis went on a mission trip to Nicaragua along with four other UK student-athletes, on behalf of Athletes in Action, an international Christian sports ministry organization.  Back home in Lexington, Davis volunteers one day a week at Lighthouse Ministries - a place that gives shelter to homeless and those going through rehabilitation. The offensive lineman also has participated in a service event at Johnson Elementary School and been a part of Read Across America. This fall, David joined several teammates a the Christian Appalachian Project, helping load trucks full of furniture and other necessary items for Eastern Kentucky flood victims. Davis also helped incoming UK freshmen unload their cars and move into their new dorms on move-in day on UK's campus.   Davis looks to his faith as inspiration and is a spiritual leader on the Kentucky football team, having served as a speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Lexington community.
 
LSU - Drake Nevis, Sr., DT, Marrero, La.
               Nevis is an active participant in LSU's Geaux Givers program, which is the school's community outreach program. This fall Drake visited St. Luke's Episcopal School where he talked to kindergarten through 5th grade about what it's like to be in college and playing football for LSU. He has also visited the children's hospital going around seeing patients and cheering them up. He also visited Alice Heart Elementary School in New Orleans where he gave a motivational speech to the students there. Also, on his time off from school and football, he goes back home and visits multiple schools every time he has a chance. He loves kids and enjoys giving back to his home community. Drake also leads a Bible Study each Sunday.
 
Ole Miss - Jerrell Powe, Sr., DT, Waynesboro, Miss.
               A defensive tackle from Waynesboro, Miss., Powe has volunteered with the annual National Student-Athlete Day Community Service Project and participated in the Challenger Basketball League, which offers youths and adults with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to compete and enjoy team sports. He has also visited various children's hospitals and is an active member of the "Reading with the Rebels" program where he reads to local school children and mentors students on the importance of education. In addition, Powe was nominated for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
 
Mississippi State - Derek Sherrod, Sr., OL, Columbus, Miss.
               A three-year starter at left tackle, Sherrod is a member of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Class and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business with a focus on financial risk management, insurance and financial planning in August with a 3.54 grade point average. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.  He is an active member in the M-Club, a student-athlete community service organization he joined upon his arrival to campus. He has volunteered for several events at local elementary and middle schools including Sudduth Elementary Breakfast Week (serving breakfast each morning to help raise money), Sudduth's Kids Fair (volunteering at different booths and events during a Friday-Sunday event), Bully's Book Blitz (reading to local students to encourage literacy). He's also helped organize the M-Club Thanksgiving Food Drive and participated in Clean Starkville - an initiative to pick up litter around campus and the town.

Tennessee - Daniel Lincoln, Sr., PK, Ocala, Fla.
               Lincoln has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Campus-Clean-UP Campaign and has taken visits to the local Children's Hospital and has been a speaker at various churches in area.   He talks to students at Vine Middle School program once a week to talk about character, drug prevention, reading books and being a role model.   He has been involved with iRock, which focuses to remind and inspire leaders (primarily teachers) of the power of their influence in the lives of young people, and has been active with YMCA kids program.  Lincoln is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.
 
Vanderbilt - John Stokes, Sr., LB, Memphis, Tenn.
               Stokes is on the executive board of one of Vanderbilt's largest student organizations, Manna Project International, which created service opportunities for students both in Nashville and all over the world. As a sophomore, he went to Belize on a Spring Break service trip. The following year, helped a trip to Belize and helped raise $10,000 to build the first alcohol rehab center in Belize called Jacob's Farm. Currently he is in charge of planning and creating the trips that Vanderbilt students will go on over Thanksgiving and Spring Break.  Also, during the summer prior to his senior year, Stokes spent four weeks in Africa volunteering at AIDS clinics with his younger brother, also a student at Vanderbilt.
 

2011 Baseball season ticket information

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Hard to believe it's already almost 2011. Hopefully the success of 2010 will continue for the Gamecocks! Gamecock Baseball was one of the highlights this past year with their College World Series wins that earned the team's first National Championship.

The schedule for this year's Baseball season was released last week with 35 home games for the Gamecocks at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks get things started on February 18th, 2011, with a home series vs. Santa Clara.

Season tickets are $230. The renewal deadline for current season ticket holders is tomorrow, December 10th! Gamecock Club members and season ticket holders received email reminders about renewing season tickets as well as how to purchase for the first time.

Fans who want to purchase Baseball season tickets for the first time may put in a request and deposit by clicking here.


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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/9

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Lattimore Motivates Youth At Spartanburg Teenager Program (WSPA)

Football: Spurrier earns his seventh SEC coach of the year honor (Post and Courier)

Football: Meyer's decision strengthens USC's grip (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Lattimore, Sanders Named to Freshman All-SEC Team

Men's Basketball: Carolina Calls With Darrin Horn To Begin Tonight, Dec. 9

Men's Soccer: Brettschneider And Maurer Invited To 2011 MLS Combine

Women's Basketball: Women's Hoops Announces Bus Trip to Myrtle Beach



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out ESPN College GameDay's feature on Marcus Lattimore from Saturday.



 
ROOSTER CROWS

Senior Men's Soccer player Jimmy Maurer is one of just five Division I goalkeepers invited to the 2011 adidas MLS Combine. Maurer was the 2007 Conference USA Freshman of the Year and a four-time all-conference honoree. This year Maurer led Conference USA with nine shutouts, matching a career high and bringing his career total to 28, second most all-time in South Carolina history.

The Gamecocks' other MLS Combine invitee, Blake Brettschneider, led South Carolina in goals (7), assists (10) and points (24) during his senior season. He was Conference USA Co-MVP and Co-Offensive Player of the Year and tallied at least one point in each C-USA regular-season match he played. His 10 assists were also a C-USA best, as he was the only player in the league to collect double-figure assists.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Pretty sweet. Send in any of your own gameday pictures to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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Gamecocks 7-1 vs. Clemson so far

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For the 2010-11 school year so far, South Carolina holds a 7-1 record vs. archrival Clemson, with wins in Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving. The Gamecocks' only loss to the Tigers this season was in Women's Volleyball on the road in Rock Hill early in the season.

For the 2010 calendar year, the Gamecocks are 11-4 vs. Clemson, including two big College World Series wins in Baseball over the Tigers en route to our first National Championship.

This is the first year since 1994 that Carolina has beaten Clemson in Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Baseball all in the same calendar year. Let's keep the winning going heading into 2011!

Go Gamecocks! Beat Clemson!



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Coach Spurrier responded today to the announcement that he was voted SEC Coach of the Year by his fellow SEC coaches as well as news out of Florida that head coach Urban Meyer is stepping down from his position after the Outback Bowl.

ON BEING NAMED SEC COACH OF THE YEAR:

"This comes as a surprise to me, but I want to thank the voters. Obviously I have a lot of good friends who are SEC coaches. The real credit though goes to the players, coaches, support staff and fans here at South Carolina."

ON URBAN MEYER STEPPING DOWN AT FLORIDA:

"I'm saddened that he is stepping down, but after stepping down for a few days last year, it's somewhat understandable that he felt that this was best for him and his family. I believe he will coach again some day, but if he doesn't, he will go down as one of the best coaches in college football history."


Congratulations to Coach Spurrier on the well-deserved honor and best wishes to Urban Meyer.

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Gamecocks' Spurrier named SEC coach of year (The State)

Football: The Key To Marcus Lattimore's Success (WLTX)

Men's Basketball: Big Sam Taking Space In Win Streak (GamecockCentral.com)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Spurrier, Lattimore Earn SEC Superlatives

Men's Soccer: Brettschneider, Maurer And Traynor Garner All-South Honors


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Mark Berson recaps the Conference USA Champion Men's Soccer team's 2010 season. Video here.

 
ROOSTER CROWS

In the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics (Nov. 28th), the Gamecocks lead the nation with 49.2 rebounds per game.

With Sunday's win over Clemson, Gamecock Men's Basketball now holds an 87-74 record vs. the Tigers all-time, including a 53-27 advantage when playing in Columbia.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Bruce Ellington celebrates with fans after Sunday's win over Clemson. Send in any gameday pics to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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"Inside the Chart" takes a look at the basketball season so far, including this bit about Malik Cooke and more. Read the full post here.

"All winter long in the Gamecocks' practice facility, I watched Malik Cooke go toe-to-toe, tooth-and-nail against South Carolina's first team. A transfer from Nevada, Cooke had to sit out the '09-10 season per NCAA rules. He seemed to channel that frustration into hard-nosed, ultra-competitive scrimmages against Devan Downey and the Gamecock starters.

Cooke's do-anything mentality has been on full display this season. At 6'6" and 213 pounds, he's quick enough to defend the perimeter, yet rugged enough to scrap for rebounds and get tough putbacks. That style has occasionally landed Cooke in foul trouble, and his three-point shooting still needs caulking (3-15, 20.0%). However, as a sophomore at Nevada, Cooke shot 44.8% from three-point range. Once that turns around, his multi-faceted game will continue to shine for South Carolina."


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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Nainima still playing waiting game (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: South Carolina season recap (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: USC turns attention to Seminoles (Sumter Item)

Football: Most Fans Ready to Head Back to the Dome (WLTX)

Football: Former Beaufort High star Taylor one of four Gamecocks named all-conference (The Island Packet)

Football: Lattimore named 1st-team All-SEC, SEC's top freshman (GoUpstate.com)

Football: USC RB freshman of the year (Post and Courier)

Football: Spurrier leads S.C. against familiar foe in FSU (Panama City News Herald)


GAMECOCKS IN THE NFL

John Abraham (DE, Atlanta Falcons): 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 asst) in W over Tampa Bay

Jasper Brinkley  (LB, Minnesota Vikings): 3 solo tackles in W over Buffalo

Sheldon Brown (CB, Cleveland Browns):  2 solo tackles in W over Miami

Jared Cook (TE, Tennessee Titans): 4 receptions for 47 yards in L to Jacksonville

Johnathan Joseph (CB, Cincinnati Bengals): 6 solo tackles in L to New Orleans

Jamon Meredith (OL, New York Giants): Played in W over Washington

Captain Munnerlyn (CB, Carolina Panthers): 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 asst), 1 interception in L to Seattle

Sidney Rice (WR, Minnesota Vikings): 5 receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns in W over Buffalo

Dunta Robinson (CB, Atlanta Falcons): 3 solo tackles in W over Tampa Bay

Shaun Smith (DT, Kansas City Chiefs): 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 asst) in W over Denver

Darian Stewart (S, St. Louis Rams): 1 solo tackle in W over Arizona

Ryan Succop (K, Kansas City Chiefs): 1/1 on FG's and 1/1 PAT's in W over Denver

Rod Wilson (LB, Chicago Bears): 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 asst) in W over Detroit


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Six Gamecocks Named To Coaches' All-SEC Team

Football: CBSSports.com Names Marcus Lattimore Freshman Of The Year

Football: Four Gamecocks Named to AP All-SEC Squads

Gamecock Radio: "Inside the Chart" Blog


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Top 5 Plays of the Week!



ROOSTER CROWS

By appearing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Gamecocks will be on national TV in primetime on New Year's Eve, with no other football games on in the same time slot.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Facebook page added almost 2,000 additional fans in one day after announcing South Carolina and Florida State as its participants.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

The Mighty Sound of the Southeast marching on the Georgia Dome field during pre-game festivities Saturday. Send in any gameday pics to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com!

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*CONGRATULATIONS* to Coach Dawn Staley on earning her 200th career victory yesterday with the Gamecocks' win over Savannah State!


TONIGHT
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Inside the Roost with Eric Hyman, 7:00 PM: 107.5 FM The Game, www.1075thegame.com


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: USC-Clemson Hoops Extra (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Morris: Horn's program is further along (The State)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks snap basketball losing streak to Tigers (Post and Courier)

Men's Basketball: USC dominance of Clemson extends to men's hoops (Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: USC defense stops Savannah State (Rock Hill Herald)

Football: Morris: USC's loss is just part of the process (The State)

Football: Chick-fil-A Bowl (ESPN)  

Football: Spurrier gets another shot at Seminoles (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Gamecocks fans proud of season despite SEC loss (WACH)

Football: Many Parallels With 1969, 2010 Gamecocks (WLTX)

FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

FSU's Fisher very familiar with Gamecocks (Tallahassee.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Gamecocks Mourn Passing of Marvin Bass

Women's Golf: Former Gamecock Toumpsin Advances to Final Stage of Q-School

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Hold Off Clemson for 64-60 Victory

Women's Basketball: Post Play Steers Second-Half Surge in Win Over Lady Tigers

Football: Gamecocks to Face FSU in Chick-fil-A Bowl


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from the Gamecocks' 64-60 win over Clemson! Video here.


ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina is now 11-4 vs. Clemson in the 2010 calendar year and 7-1 vs. the archrival Tigers since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, with wins in Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and Men's/Women's Swimming & Diving and the sole loss coming in Volleyball.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Thank you to members of the Atlanta Gamecock Club and Gamecock Cruisers RV club for volunteering on Friday to help put out 16,000 rally towels at the Georgia Dome! It was quite a sight!

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Chick-fil-A Bowl ticket requests information

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chick fil a bowl logo.jpgThe Gamecocks will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this year vs. ACC Atlantic Division Champions Florida State. Read the full release here. The game is December 31st at 7:30 PM at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the top non-BCS bowl destinations. It has sold out 13 years in a row and expects a 14th sellout this year. The Chick-fil-A Bowl ranks 2nd among non-BCS bowls in average attendance (71,886).

The deadline for bowl game ticket request applications was November 15th. Gamecock Club members who submitted their requests by the deadline will receive first priority for ticket assignment and all requests received by the deadline will be fulfilled first. Members who submitted their requests by the November 15th deadline will all receive tickets. Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets are $80 each.

Our bowl game ticket request page will re-open tonight starting at 10:00 PM. Gamecock Club members can submit requests there or by calling 1-800-4SC-FANS until Friday, December 10th, at 5:00 PM. Members are encouraged to submit their requests online. Members who submit their ticket requests at this time will be assigned tickets based on priority points only after the first group of requests received by the deadline are fulfilled.

Bowl game travel packages will also be offered by Gamecock Sports Travel.

Can't wait to go bowling! Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Gamecocks fall in SEC Championship Game

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Rough outing for the Gamecocks tonight, as we fell 56-17 to No. 1 ranked Auburn. Auburn will remain undefeated and should hold on to their No. 1 ranking to represent the SEC in the BCS Championship Game. South Carolina will move on to a bowl game to be officially announced on tomorrow's selection show on ESPN. Full recap, game notes, and statistics to come on GamecocksOnline.com.

Disappointing night for the team and for fans, but what a magical season it has been for the Gamecocks. Wins over Georgia, then no. 1 Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida all in one season to win the SEC Eastern Division for the first time in school history, as well as earn nine wins for just the third time in school history, including a second consecutive win over archrival Clemson. "Wait til next year" actually feels like a pretty positive thing right about now - more like a warning to others than a comfort for SC fans.

We'll keep you updated with bowl information as soon as it is available! Go Gamecocks!

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SEC Championship Game Schedule of Events - UPDATED

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I know a lot of my Gamecock friends are heading to Atlanta and/or Columbia this weekend to join in the SEC Championship Game fun, tickets or not, so here's a rundown of the weekend's events both in Atlanta and Columbia. Go Gamecocks!

Friday, December 3rd

NOON
2010 Regions Bank Coaches Luncheon
Centennial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency Atlanta

The official start of the SEC Championship weekend, will be streamed live
TICKETS


1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2010 Dr Pepper SEC Football FanFare
Georgia World Congress Center Halls C1, C2 & C3

Map of FanFare
*Note: Entry to FanFare is a separate ticket from the actual game ticket.

1:30 PM
Coaches Press Conference
Not open to public, will be streamed live on SECSports.com

6:00 PM
2010 AT&T Legends Dinner
Centennial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency Atlanta

South Carolina's SEC Legend: Andrew Provence


7:00 PM
Have fun the night before the game with fellow Gamecock fans!
Tavern 99 - 128 E. Andrews Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305

Join the Gamecock Club and the Carolina Alumni Association at Tavern 99 for fun and fellowship with other Gamecock fans. Drink specials will be offered and Cocky and the cheerleaders will make an appearance. Admission is free.


Saturday, December 4th

*Be advised: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is holding their Children's Christmas Parade on December 4th in downtown Atlanta on Dec. 4th from 10:30 to noon. This is a major event that will results in even more downtown traffic than normal in Atlanta, so please take that into consideration when making travel plans.*

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2010 Dr Pepper SEC Football FanFare
Georgia World Congress Center Halls C1, C2 & C3

Map of FanFare
*Note: Entry to FanFare is a separate ticket from the actual game ticket.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers will participate in an "SI Chalk Talk" session with Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Dan Patrick, followed by an autograph session from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (at Dr Pepper SEC Football FanFare)

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
South Carolina pep rally including band and cheerleaders (at Dr Pepper SEC Football FanFare)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SEC Championship Pre-Game Party
Georgia World Congress Center - Room 304

The Carolina Alumni Association will host an SEC Championship Pre-Game Party. Tickets for Saturday's pre-game party are $30 each and include a tailgate buffet, cash bar, music, and giveaways. Visit www.GamecockSportsTravel.com to purchase tickets.


1:50 PM (approximate)
Gamecock football team will arrive at the Georgia Dome by Gate C near the Loading Dock. Be there to welcome them!


3:00 PM
Watch Party in Columbia for fans not headed to Atlanta!
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC

The Colonial Life Arena will be opened for viewing of the SEC Championship Game for those Gamecock fans who do not make the trip to Atlanta but still want to watch with a lot of other Gamecocks! The arena will open at 3:00 PM for the 4:00 PM kickoff. Concessions will be available and admission is free.


4:00 PM
SEC Championship Game
Georgia Dome, TV: CBS

Watch the Gamecocks take on the Auburn Tigers for the SEC Championship!


TBA... CELEBRATE South Carolina's first ever SEC Championship! :)


- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


For fans heading to Atlanta this weekend, check out below for information on arriving to and leaving the Georgia Dome, parking, using MARTA mass transit, and tailgating policies. You can also check out the Georgia Dome SEC Championship Game info page and the GamecocksOnline.com SEC Championship Central page for more helpful information.

Georgia Dome information phone line: 404.223.INFO (4636)

Click here for a full schedule of events for SEC Championship Game weekend.


Arriving at the Dome:

• The only Georgia World Congress Center Authority owned/managed parking lots available to the public during non-Falcons games include the Green ($8), Blue ($8), Brown ($10), Orange ($10), & Yellow Lots ($8).

• The Red or International Deck ($10) and the Silver Lot ($10) are handicapped accessible.

• All lots open at 6:00 A.M.

• The Yellow Lot off of Ivan Allen Boulevard will be accessible by taking the first right traveling westbound between Marietta Street and Northside Drive.

• The Green Lot is located on Marietta Street between Andrew Young International Boulevard and Baker Street.

• The Blue lot is located off of Northside drive; across from Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center.

• The Brown, Silver & Orange lots are located off the intersections of Georgia Dome Dr. and Mangum Street.

• The Red or International Deck is located under International Plaza and can be accessed off of Mangum Street or Andrew Young International Blvd.
 
More parking, directions and traffic information for the Georgia Dome can also be found here.

Leaving the Dome:

• Ivan Allen Boulevard will use all four lanes for egress from Northside Drive to Luckie Street with the far left lane being used to turn left onto Luckie Street. The remaining three lanes will lead to Williams Street with the inside and middle lanes being used as turning lanes and access to the northbound 75/85 Connector and the right lane being used for the southbound 75/85 Connector. Please note the HOV entrance from Williams Street will be used for all travelers regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle for one hour after the ending of the event.

• Due to the Mitchell Street bridge construction project, expect delays in any parking areas within a one block radius of the Mangum Street/Mitchell Street intersection


Parking / MARTA

MARTA: The quickest, most hassle-free ride to the Dome

MARTA train passengers are encouraged to use the Dome/Philips/GWCC station for a quick hop to and from the North, South and East lines. Fans without reserved parking are strongly encouraged to take MARTA or other regional transit to the games to avoid expected heavy traffic on the highways and city traffic for other downtown activities.

*NOTE: in addition to the normal heavy traffic common in Atlanta, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has a very large and heavily attended Christmas parade in downtown Atlanta from 10:30 AM to noon on Saturday, resulting in even more traffic. Please allow plenty of time to get to the Dome and the downtown area!!!*

MARTA offers free daily parking at 21 of its stations.

MARTA Rail Access
GWCC/Philips/Dome Station (W1)

MARTA Schedule & System Maps
Check www.itsmarta.com.


RV/Bus Parking

- RV parking in now on sale for the yellow lot and marshalling yard. The cost per RV is $120 for duration of stay, which is from Thursday to Sunday.
- The tow-vehicle is included in the price.
- RV's can begin arriving at 7am Thursday, December 2nd. RV's must depart by 11am on Sunday, December 5th.


GEORGIA DOME TAILGATING POLICY
All guests that desire to tailgate must observe the following guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in loss of tailgating privileges and ejection from the parking lot.

   1. Parking spots are for vehicles only.

   2. Only one (1) vehicle per space is allowed. Additional parking spaces may not be used for tents, grills, chairs or other items.

   3. Driving lanes must remain clear at all times. No items (coolers, tents, tables, chairs, etc.) of any kind may be placed on the ground behind, in front of or around vehicles blocking these lanes.

   4. Tailgating is permitted only in the grassy areas behind parking spaces. The maximum area that any single tailgate space may occupy is 9 feet wide X 12 feet deep.

   5. Contained barbeque grills are allowed but open-flame fires are not.

   6. Charcoal must be disposed of in designated coal barrels only.

   7. All trash must be taken to the appropriate receptacles. Trash receptacles are provided throughout the lots.

   8. All guests must follow the directions and instructions provided by stadium personnel (parking staff, security, police, etc.)

PROHIBITED ITEMS & ACTIVITIES
Please be aware that fans are subject to citations or arrest if found in possession of, or participating in the following:

   1. Sales or distribution of food, beverages and products.
   2. Blocking of sidewalks and handicap-accessible spaces.
   3. Unauthorized use of stadium property.
   4. Unauthorized vehicles such as Go-carts and mini-bikes.
   5. Saving or blocking parking spaces.
   6. Open-Flame fires.
   7. Deep fryers or any oil-based cooking or frying.
   8. Amplified sound systems or the use of radios/audio devices at loud levels.


Hope that helps some folks in their gameday planning. See y'all there!

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
The Daily Round-Up is a daily feature on Spurs Up Blog, where I'll bring you news and tidbits from around the digital world about the Gamecocks. Let me know what you think!  - Brittany Lane
Note: Due to SEC Championship Game activities there will not be a normal Daily Round-Up post on Friday.


WEEKEND EVENTS:

SEC Championship Game Watch Party, 3:00 PM, Saturday, Colonial Life Arena, free admission

South Carolina vs. Auburn - SEC Championship Game, 4:00 PM, Saturday, Georgia Dome (CBS)
Click here for a full schedule of events surrounding the SEC Championship Game

Women's Basketball vs. Savannah State, 1:00 PM, Sunday, Colonial Life Arena (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Men's Basketball vs. Clemson, 4:00 PM, Sunday, Colonial Life Arena (FOX) (We're 10-4 against Clemson in 2010, be there to watch it become 11-4!)

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: A SEC championship game that has it all (ESPN)

Football: Garcia removes sling, ready to play Saturday (Post and Courier)

Football: Allen earning all A's (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Lattimore leading the way (Sumter Item)

Football: USC's Jeffery among stars ready to shine in Atlanta (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: USC wants to get Lattimore going in rematch with Auburn (Post and Courier)

Football: Morris: Spurrier right at home in Atlanta (The State)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks spring to life after trailing 37-35 at half (The State)

Men's Basketball: USC finds late touch to swat Hornets (GamecockCentral.com)

USC Band Announcer Pat Wylie Retires (WLTX.com)

In A League Of Its Own: The SEC Championship Game (Forbes)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Let's do it again (The Auburn Plainsman)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Eleven Gamecocks Named to Steele's All-SEC Teams

Football: Gamecocks Continue Championship Week

Men's Basketball: Thanksgiving Day Feature Video

Men's Basketball: South Carolina vs. Delaware State Post-Game Notes

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Cruise Past Delaware State, 74-61

Swimming & Diving: McGee Moody Press Conference Video

Volleyball: Ben Somera Resigns as Gamecock Volleyball Coach



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

I'm in a bit of a Christmas mood lately... so I'll stretch the theme a bit... check out this creative lights display to the tunes of "Sandstorm" until we can hear it again for the Gamecocks:



 
ROOSTER CROWS

With last weekend's win over Clemson, SC is undefeated (4-0) against nonconference competition this season (Southern Miss, Furman, Troy, Clemson).

A win Saturday would give Coach Spurrier his 45th at South Carolina, tying him with Jim Carlen for second all-time.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Photo courtesy of the SEC as they prepare the field for Saturday's game. Looks great!

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National media flock to Columbia

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In anticipation of this Saturday's SEC Championship Game, several national media outlets descended on Columbia Tuesday to talk with Coach Spurrier and Gamecock football players.

Popular topics included what it's like to be facing Auburn for the second time, what it means to South Carolina to be in the SEC Championship Game for the first time, the rise of Marcus Lattimore, how to stop Cam Newton, etc.

CBS was in town to shoot interviews as well as get quotes and content for their game intro's and promo's. I'm really looking forward to seeing it all come together. Their pre-game show starts at 3:00 PM on Saturday followed by the game broadcast at 4:00 PM. Erin Andrews of ESPN came in to do interviews for ESPN College GameDay (broadcasting from Oregon, not Atlanta). SEC Gridiron LIVE filmed content for their preview show and SportsIllustrated.com's College Football Tour stopped in for their "Just Askin'" segment with Coach Spurrier that I posted about earlier.

Check out the photo slideshow below:




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So far in the 2010 calendar year the Gamecocks are 10-4 vs. the Clemson Tigers including big wins in Baseball, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Women's Basketball and, most recently, Football.

After putting another win in the books tonight vs. Delaware State, improving their record to 6-1 on the season, Men's Basketball is the next team stepping up to take on Clemson. They play at home at Colonial Life Arena this Sunday, December 5th, at 4:00 PM as the tail end of a basketball doubleheader. The Women's team starts things off vs. Savannah State at 1:00 PM.

Be there to cheer on the Gamecocks vs. the Tigers and hopefully improve our 2010 record to 11-4 vs. the folks in orange!!

Hopefully we'll still be celebrating another victory from the night before over some other Tigers!

Call 1-800-4SC-FANS for Carolina vs. Clemson tickets or buy online: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E00453DD0BAA3F2?artistid=889316&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=7

See y'all there!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
Andy Demetra goes "Inside the Chart" this week to look at Marcus Lattimore's rushing production on first down vs. SEC opponents. Crazy stuff! Here's a snippet below, read the full post here.


"For all the accolades he's received, Lattimore used a modest word Tuesday to describe his contributions to the Gamecocks' offense.

"Manage the run game. That's what I try to do," Lattimore said at the Gamecocks' weekly media gathering. "We've just got to keep doing it - set up the 2nd-and-3's and 2nd-and-4's. It's easier when it's 2nd-and-4 or 2nd-and-3 rather than 2nd-and-8 or 2nd-and-9. I've just got to keep trying to do that, and get those yards."

Little did Marcus know how accurate that statement was.

Inspired by his quote, I decided to crunch the numbers on Marcus Lattimore's rushing production on 1st down versus SEC opponents. Like Alshon Jeffery's 3rd-down value two weeks ago, the numbers I uncovered once again staggered me."

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog 

SI.com's "Just Askin'" with Steve Spurrier

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SportsIllustrated.com's Maggie Gray sat down with Coach Spurrier yesterday for their "Just Askin'" feature where SI.com readers and fans have the opportunity to submit questions with the premise, "if you could ask Steve Spurrier one question, what would it be?"

Follow the link below to check out the questions that were selected as well as Coach Spurrier's answers:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/just-askin/steve-spurrier/

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/1 Hello December!

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The Daily Round-Up is a daily feature on Spurs Up Blog, where I'll bring you news and tidbits from around the digital world about the Gamecocks. Let me know what you think!  - Brittany Lane


***TONIGHT AT HOME***

Men's Basketball vs. Delaware State, 7:00 PM - Colonial Life Arena



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Muldrow looking for more (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: USC aims to stay hot (Daily Gamecock)

Football: Gamecock fans wait is finally over - after for some, more than 50 years (Rock Hill Herald)

Football: This SEC final least expected (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Football: Steve Spurrier's Success Story (Post and Courier)

Football: SEC writers discuss USC-Auburn (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: CBS crew expects USC's best (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Crunch time for USC (Sumter Item)

Football: Spurrier could make history (again) at the Georgia Dome (AJC)

Football: Spurrier's experience gives players confidence (SCNow.com)

Football: Success leads to huge sales of USC gear (The State)

Football: After 19 years, South Carolina finally breaks through in SEC title game (McClatchy Newspapers)

After much heartache, a Christmas blessing for Bayler Teal's family (WISTV.com)

FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Herndon: Gamecocks have second chance to stop Cam Newton (al.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball: South Carolina Baseball Announces 2011 Schedule

Volleyball: Christina Glover Named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team

Women's Basketball: Sharp Shooting Seals 75-53 Win Over Charleston Southern


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

2010 Regular Season Football Highlights:




 
ROOSTER CROWS

30 years ago today, the biggest name in USC football, George Rogers was named the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy. Rogers is the only Gamecock to win the coveted honor. More at WISTV.com

Saturday's game will be only the 2nd time the Gamecocks have ever played football indoors. The last time was September 21, 1973 in the Houston Astrodome vs. Houston... one day after Billie Jean King had defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match also held at the Astrodome.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Some Gamecock Christmas cheer from Kellie Jennings of her daughter, Grace, at two weeks old. Thanks for sending it in, Kellie!

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