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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

Men's Basketball: Former Gamecocks Ross and Conrad Still In The Game (WLTX.com)

Women's Basketball: Third time a charm? (GamecockAnthem.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks pitcher Belcher out for season with elbow injury (Post & Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Swimming & Diving: Forcucci, Ridenour Advance at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Baseball: Nolan Belcher To Miss 2011 Season With Elbow Injury

Men's Soccer: Molinary Receives National Coaching Honor

Women's Basketball: Late-Game Dry Spell Costs Gamecocks at Auburn

Equestrian: Gamecocks Beat No. 8 Baylor 12-6 on Coach Major's Birthday



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach McGee Moody recaps Saturday's final regular season Swimming & Diving meet. The Gamecocks fell to Georgia, but swept Alabama. Watch here.


ROOSTER CROWS

Men's Basketball leads the country in blocks per game with a 6.9 average.

Senior Sam Muldrow is just 11 blocks shy of breaking the career blocks record at South Carolina.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Tonight's guests on "Inside the Roost" at 7:00 PM

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Tonight's guests joining Athletics Director Eric Hyman on "Inside the Roost" will be Women's Basketball head coach Dawn Staley and Assistant AD for Compliance, Jennifer Stiles.

Coach Staley will be talking Women's Basketball, naturally, and Stiles will speak about National Signing Day coming up this Wednesday and related rules.

You can listen to "Inside the Roost" on 107.5 FM The Game on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College.
The Gamecock Club office will stay open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday to accept renewals on the January 31st deadline. Members may call the Gamecock Club at 803-777-4276 (option 1) from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, or they may visit the Gamecock Club office in the Roundhouse at 1300 Rosewood Drive during those hours.

Recently renewed but still getting reminders?


All Gamecock Club donations are processed through the University's Gift Processing office. Because of the high volume of renewals that are coming in for the January 31st deadline, they are backed up about a week. Our reports are based on gifts that are processed and entered in the system, which means that a member who mailed a check last week may still show as not renewed. Although we try to catch as many of those as possible, members who fall into that group may still receive renewal reminder emails and calls from the Gamecock Club. If you have recently submitted your renewal, please disregard our reminders and know that we appreciate your support!

Not sure about renewing?

Don't just let your membership lapse. Gamecock Club members will always maintain their priority points as long as they continue their gifts each year with a minimum of $55 (Roost level).  We encourage anyone who is considering dropping their membership to at least maintain a Roost level membership, so you will still retain your priority points.  If you decide to be involved in the Gamecock Club more in the future, you will still have credit for all of your past giving. Call the Gamecock Club office and they can help talk with you about your options.

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane



Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/28 Gamecock Weekend!

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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


***THIS WEEKEND AT HOME***

Swimming & Diving vs. Georgia, Auburn, 10:30 AM (Diving), 12:00 PM (Swimming)
Carolina Natatorium in the Blatt P.E. Center
Admission is free
Senior Day festivities will start at approximately 11:30 AM


Men's Basketball vs. Auburn, 1:30 PM
Colonial Life Arena
Tickets: from $15
TV: SEC Network, ESPN3.com (Click here for SEC Network affiliates)
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College (affiliates)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Lady Gamecocks upset Georgia (Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: Courtney Newton's 3-pointers help South Carolina snap Georgia's win streak (ESPN)

Men's Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks look for perfect season (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks to hold open scrimmages (Post & Courier)

Men's Tennis: Goffi guiding men's tennis resurgence (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball: First Day of Practice for Defending National Champions

Men's Tennis: Goffi Takes Team to Ohio State for ITA Kickoff Weekend

Track: Gamecock Quick Sprints - Week 2

Men's Soccer: Men's Soccer To Hold 12th Annual C.A.P.S. Clinic

Football: Football Walk-on Orientation Meeting Set

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops Concludes Three-Game Homestand Versus Auburn On Saturday

Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks Host Georgia, Alabama on Senior Day

Women's Basketball: Newton's Hot Hand Guides Gamecocks Past Georgia, 57-48


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Great! We'll see you there! Season tickets for Baseball and Softball available now on GamecocksOnline.com

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from last night's upset win over #20/24 Georgia in Women's Basketball. Great job, Gamecocks! Watch here.



ROOSTER CROWS

Courtney Newton set a season high for points with 16 after hitting 5 of 5 three point shots to lead the team to a win over #20/24 Georgia last night.

South Carolina is participating in Coaches vs. Cancer this weekend. Basketball coaches nationwide will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games this weekend to show their support.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Chris Langston shared this photo of his son Cam with a special gift. An autographed ball made out to him! Thanks for sharing, Chris. Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Auburn

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes you "Inside the Chart" with pre-tip reads for tomorrow's Men's Basketball game vs. Auburn at 1:30 PM in Colonial Life Arena. Check out the excerpt below, then read the full post and listen to the Auburn Scene Setter.


Man to Stop: Auburn sophomore guard/forward Earnest Ross. The Tigers' leading scorer (12.9 ppg) and rebounder (7.0 rpg) can trace his success to former USC Director of Basketball Operations L.J. Hepp, who coached him at Panther Creek HS in Cary, N.C. A physical defender, Ross has a good body (6'5," 215 lbs.) and is especially effective when he establishes his three-point shot. Fragile offensive teams take their cues from their best player - if he struggles, they generally struggle, too. The Gamecocks can't let Ross get a bolt of confidence early.

Jasper Brinkley returns to Carolina

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Jasper Brinkley.jpegHe was a big fan favorite at Carolina so I couldn't help but be happy when I heard Jasper Brinkley (Gamecock LB, 2006-2008) was in town. I caught up with him yesterday at the Gamecock Indoor Open track meet. Brinkley came out to the Field House for the meet to support some of his friends from his time at South Carolina.

Currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, Brinkley has returned to Columbia during the off-season to finish his degree. He has just one class to complete this spring to earn his degree in African-American Studies and credited Raymond Harrison, Associate A.D. for Academics/Life Skills, for helping him get everything set up to finish and graduate.

"I always knew I wanted to come back and finish. I got so far, only had one class left and I will be the first one out of my household to have a college degree," said Brinkley. Brinkley has plans to help twin brother Casper Brinkley, who also played football at Carolina, return to finish his degree.

Brinkley played in all 16 games this season for the Vikings backing up Pro Bowler E.J. Henderson at middle linebacker. He stepped in to start for the injured Henderson as a rookie in the final 4 regular season games of 2009, then saw extensive playing time in both of the Vikings' playoff games.

In his first season at Carolina in 2006, the Georgia native was the team's leading tackler with 107 total tackles, more than double any other player on the team. An amazing 79 percent of those (85 of 107) were solo tackles. Following that performance Brinkley was named pre-season first team All-SEC going into the 2007 season. One of the nation's top linebackers and on several national award watch lists, he played in only four games in 2007 before a season-ending knee injury. Brinkley would return for his senior season as a team captain in 2008 and earn 2nd-Team All-SEC honors after ranking third on the team in tackles (interestingly, behind two other guys currently in the NFL: Emanuel Cook (NY Jets) and Eric Norwood (Carolina Panthers).

Now having completed his second season in the NFL, Brinkley is adjusting to life in Minnesota. "It was hard, especially my first year, being so far away from home and family, just settling in. You're really in the real world now, so you have to take care of everything by yourself." Former South Carolina teammate Sidney Rice, who plays wide receiver for the Vikings, helped Brinkley settle in. "When I first got there I stayed with Sidney for a couple weeks until I found my own spot. He showed me the ropes, what to do and not to do there. He made the transition a lot easier."

While he hasn't been able to return for any Gamecocks home football games as of yet (in 2009 the Gamecocks played at Arkansas during his bye week and this past season the bye weeks coincided), Brinkley is excited about the future for the team. He broke into a big smile as he explained, "Carolina is on the rise - you can tell by this past season. I will always be a Carolina fan from the bottom of my heart. I bleed Garnet and Black forever."

Couldn't have said it better, Jasper! Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane

Behind 5-for-5 three point shooting from junior guard Courtney Newton, the Gamecocks Women's Basketball team took down No. 20/24 Georgia tonight, 57-48, to improve to 12-9 overall and a 4-4 record in SEC play. Full recap to come on GamecocksOnline.com

Newton set a season high with her 16 points. Her five three-point field goals were also a career high, beating her previous high of three 3-pointers set in 2007.

Newton said post-game, "With all my injuries I just kept working hard. As a player you just want to be able to contribute to a win so I'm glad I was able to do that."

Newton's main role this season has been her defensive play, scoring just 13 points total so far this season before tonight. Coach Staley said, "The basketball gods were good to her today....I'm happy for her because she's worked her tail off after multiple surgeries. You want her to be able to see her work result in something tangible, defense you can't always see in the stat sheet."

Staley was asked in post-game if this win over Georgia qualifies as a signature win. Staley considered the question and agreed - it avenges our first loss to Georgia this season in which we played a very poor first half and it's a win over a top 25 team.

Women's Basketball hits the road next to take on Auburn in their brand new arena this Sunday, January 30th, at 3:00 PM.

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane
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***

Women's Basketball vs. #20/24 Georgia, 7:00 PM
Colonial Life Arena
General Admission Tickets $7, youth under 18, $4
Radio: WISW 1320 AM, GamecocksOnline.com


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: USC looks for revenge against Georgia (Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: Newton finds her way back (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: SEC "12-To-1": Ashley Bruner (SECDigitalNetwork.com)

Baseball: Mural celebrates national title (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball: Associate Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook Named No. 10 Recruiter In College Sports

Baseball: Gamecocks Ranked No. 7 In Baseball America Preseason Poll

Baseball: Gamecock Baseball To Hold Scrimmages This Weekend

Women's Soccer: Women's Soccer Announces 2011 Spring Schedule

Equestrian: Gamecocks Travel to Texas for Three Competitions this Weekend

Track: Track Competes At Gamecock Indoor Open



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Baseball season starts February 18. Season tickets available now on GamecocksOnline.com.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Gamecock great and Oakland A's catcher Landon Powell visits with GamecocksOnline.com. Watch here.



ROOSTER CROWS

In SEC play, junior guard La'Keisha Sutton's scoring and assists have generated 33.5 percent of the team's points - 9.4 ppg by Sutton and 9.9 ppg by teammates from her assists.

In SEC games, sophomore guard Ieasia Walker is ranked among the league's top 15 in six categories, including points per game (4th, 15.6 ppg).



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

One of my favorite shots from last week's halftime performance by ACRODUNK - a slam dunk following a leap through the "Go Gamecocks" sign. Nice! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Life Skills program hosts Fall Sports Etiquette Dinner

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This week the Academics/Life Skills department hosted an Etiquette Dinner for all sophomore student-athletes playing fall sports. Sophomores playing spring sports participated in the same event last September as part of the Life Skills program's commitment to personal and career development for our student-athletes.

"The goal of the Etiquette Dinner is to prepare student-athletes for internships and job hunting by emphasizing table manners and other etiquette appropriate for interviewing situations in an interactive, formal dinner setting," said Erica Nelson, who helped coordinate the event for the Life Skills department. In addition to a presentation by expert Rick Gant, the event featured an interactive component where selected student-athletes participated in real-life scenarios where their fellow student-athletes in the audience commented on their dining behavior (correct or incorrect).

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From my observer standpoint, the student-athletes seemed to enjoy the lesson, as well as keeping score on their peers. Tips included things such as your drink always being on your right, always pass items to your right, not to put your elbows or napkin on the table, how to hold utensils correctly, etc. I must admit I got a couple good reminders myself. I asked a few students what they thought and what they learned after the event:

"It was really beneficial because when I do end up meeting with a future boss or employer I think if it's between someone else and me, I'll have the upper hand because I'll know the right things. You never know what might be someone's pet peeve." - Christina Glover, Volleyball

"It was beneficial, something new. I didn't know a lot of this stuff. I never knew which fork, spoon, or knife to use, I just picked one up." - Matt Coffee, Football

"It was a good reminder of where everything should go. At my parents' house when we set the table at home I never set it right so it's nice to know for hosting parties, not just ones you go to but hosting yourself. It sets a good example." - Emma Borowicz, Track

 "I didn't know I should stand up when a woman gets to the table or leaves." - Aldrick Fordham, Football (We'll be watching you, Aldrick. Ha!)


- Brittany Lane

New "Gamecock Confidential" series earning praise

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"Love love love it!"

That's one reaction on our Facebook page from fan Liz Rother to the new "Gamecock Confidential" series going behind the scenes with South Carolina Softball as they prepare for the 2011 season under new head coach Beverly Smith. Have you seen the series? We'd love to know what you think and hear your feedback. What do you like most? Anything you might want to see more or less of? What do you think of the behind-the-scenes/reality concept in general? Leave a comment here with your thoughts.

More from Facebook:

"Wow, that was awesome. Go get em girls!! From a past player, bring the winning tradition back. Go out there and prove yourselves on the field!! Good luck and we'll be out there supporting you!! GO COCKS!" - Sky Brown Strickland

"I think the series is great! Kudos to the staff for putting together a quality series!" - Andy Aydlett

Episode 1:



Episode 2:
 


Brittany Lane
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

Football: Lawing enjoys life on the road (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball: Three-Game Home Stand Closes Thursday Against #20/24 Georgia

Baseball: Landon Powell at the Raleigh Hot Stove League Banquet

Men's Basketball: Tickets Available For Remaining Men's Basketball Contests

Women's Tennis: Gamecocks Fight Past Furman for 6-1 Victory



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Then hopefully we'll see you at the Women's Basketball game vs. Georgia tomorrow night where perhaps you can have the best of both worlds?

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out this video from the SEC Network broadcast of Women's Basketball's win over Alabama this past Sunday. Junior guard Markeshia Grant used a Flip cam to get some behind the scenes shots with her teammates. Watch:





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is of members of the Garnet Army getting their student ID's scanned for the Gamecock Student Rewards program at last Saturday's game. Students, be sure to come out for Men's Basketball vs. Auburn this Saturday at 1:30 PM for double student rewards points! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!


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Swimming & Diving prepare for intense final home meet

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Swimming & Diving hosts its final regular season meet this Saturday in a big SEC match-up with Georgia and Alabama. This is a rare opportunity to see our swim team in action at home and will serve as somewhat of a preview of the SEC Championships in mid-February. With all three men's teams competing ranked in the Top 25, all eyes in the college swimming world are on this marquee match-up this weekend. The Gamecock men's team is currently ranked #22 in the country and will be putting their undefeated 9-0 record up against the #9 Bulldogs and #16 Crimson Tide men's teams. On the women's side the Gamecocks will face a tough test in #2-ranked Georgia and an Alabama squad just outside the Top 25.

"This is the biggest total meet of the season for our men and women," said head coach McGee Moody. "We match up really, really well with Alabama and I think we're going to have some great races with Georgia. We're pretty excited about it; it's an opportunity where we're going to have to step up."

As the last home meet it will also be Senior Day for 10 seniors, so cheer a little extra for our graduating swimmers and divers. The Swimming & Diving teams will also be recognized at halftime of the Women's Basketball game vs. #20 Georgia on Thursday night.

The intensity level of the meet is not lost on Coach Moody: "This is the finale. This is our last opportunity to race in a dual meet setting before the championship season starts with SEC's and NCAA's. ... It will be fun. It will be high energy. We had a huge crowd for our Clemson meet and I think this will be the same way."

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Standing room only crowd at the meet vs. Clemson, which SC won


Let's prove him right, Gamecock fans! See y'all there!



WHO: Swimming & Diving vs. Georgia and Alabama

WHEN: Saturday, January 29th.
10:30 AM: Diving
11:30 AM: Senior Day (approximate time)
12:00 PM: Swimming

WHERE: Carolina Natatorium in the Blatt P.E. Center

TICKETS: Admission to all South Carolina Swimming & Diving meets is free.


- Brittany Lane

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/25

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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

Men's Basketball: Early's experience proves beneficial (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Morris: USC stands at a crucial point for this season (The State)

Men's Basketball: Back to basics (GamecockAnthem.com)

Football: Rice not worried about future (Spartanburg Herald Journal, GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Gamecocks in the NFL - Final Statistics (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Track & Field: Sanura Eley-O'Reilly Named SEC Female Freshman of the Week

Softball: Second Opening of the Gamecock Softball Squawk Box

Men's Tennis: Goffi Discusses 2011 Signing Class

Swimming & Diving: Gamecock Men Move Up to No. 22 in CSCAA Poll

Women's Basketball: Follow the Gamecocks to Auburn This Sunday



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Fourth in the country in blocks, led by senior Sam Muldrow.  

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Did you miss the second episode of "Gamecock Confidential"? Go behind the scenes with South Carolina Softball and new head coach Beverly Smith as they prepare for the 2011 season. Watch:





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina Football led the SEC in interceptions returned for touchdowns this season with five. The Gamecocks had 10 interceptions on the season, meaning that 50% of our INT's became touchdowns. Stephon Gilmore, D.J. Swearinger, Chaz Sutton, Devin Taylor, and Antonio Allen each had one pick-6 this season.

Only nine Freshmen in SEC history have run for at least 1,000 yards in a season, with South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore and Auburn RB Mike Dyer joining the list in 2010.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Tiffany Ervin (Hendersonville, NC) & Jeanette Jackson (Florence, SC) are "tailgate neighbors" during football season & recently met up to enjoy the Gamecocks overtime basketball victory over Arkansas! Thanks for sharing your picture, Tiffany! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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This Week in Gamecock Country:

Swimming & Diving hosts its final home meet of the season this Saturday in a big SEC match-up with Georgia and Alabama. This is a rare opportunity to see our swim team in action at home and will serve as somewhat of a preview of the SEC Championships. As the last home meet it will also be Senior Day, so come on out to bid farewell to our graduating swimmers and divers. The Swimming & Diving teams will be introduced at halftime of the Women's Basketball game vs. #20 Georgia on Thursday night. Georgia is the fifth Top 25-ranked opponent Women's Basketball has faced this season and the Gamecocks can pull to .500 in conference play with a win. After checking out the events at the pool on Saturday, head on over to Colonial Life Arena to cheer on your Gamecock Men's Basketball team vs. Auburn as we look to continue our winning record in the SEC. There was a great atmosphere spurred on by the Garnet Army in particular the last two games; looking forward to keeping that going this Saturday with double Student Rewards Points. The first of just three opportunities to see our Gamecock Track & Field program compete at home is also this week as they host the Gamecock Indoor Open at the Field House on Wednesday.  

See y'all there!


Wednesday, January 26

Track & Field: Gamecock Indoor Open
Field House
Click here for Schedule of Events
Free admission
*First of just three opportunities to see the Track & Field team at home in 2011!


Thursday, January 27

Women's Basketball vs. #20 Georgia, 7:00 PM
Colonial Life Arena
Radio: WISW 1320 AM, GamecocksOnline.com
Tickets: $7 general admission, $4 youth (under 18)
*Swimming & Diving will be introduced at halftime


Saturday, January 29

Swimming & Diving vs. Georgia and Alabama, 12:00 PM
Carolina Natatorium at Blatt P.E. Center
Free admission
*Senior Day, last home meet of the season

Men's Basketball vs. Auburn, 1:30 PM
Colonial Life Arena
TV: SEC Network/ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College, GamecocksOnline.com
Tickets: $18 lower level, $15 upper level
*First 400 Fans receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Safe Federal Credit Union
*Double Student Rewards points for all students


Sunday, January 29

We're taking Gamecock Country on the road! Join the fan bus heading to Auburn with Women's Basketball for their 3:00 PM game Sunday. More info here


How to get tickets for Gamecock Athletics events:
Online at GamecocksOnline.com
By phone: 800-4SC-FANS
In person at the Colonial Life Arena Box Office

Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane

directors cup.jpegAfter the fall sports season, South Carolina is currently ranked 31st in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Football, Men's Soccer, and Women's Soccer all generated points for the Gamecocks with their strong performances. All three teams competed in the Championship Game for their sport, with Men's Soccer winning the Conference USA Championship with their tournament win.

At 31st, we are third-highest in the SEC, just behind Auburn and Florida who are tied at 27th.  Clemson is currently 131st. Last year at this point we were 58th to Clemson's 85th.

In last year's final official standings released at the end of the spring season, we finished 41st with Clemson trailing at 48th.

Unofficial standings are published throughout the seasons. Official final standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.

Congratulations to our fall sports teams, now let's keep it going through the winter and spring seasons! Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/24 Happy Monday!

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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: "Inside the Roost" Radio Show at 7:00 PM, 107.5 FM The Game


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Defense carries USC to league triumph (Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: Muldrow Has Finally Arrived (Side Line Blog, Columbia Free Times)

Men's Basketball: Kratch: Carolina's youth shows in loss (Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Swimming & Diving: Time Change for South Carolina-Georgia-Alabama Swim Meet

Men's Tennis: Goffi's 2011 Signing Class Ranks Third in the Nation

Women's Tennis: South Carolina Travels to Furman on Tuesday

Track & Field: Gamecock Indoor Open Schedule of Events

Volleyball: Volley Voices Episode One



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Baseball opens the season February 18th vs. Santa Clara.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

If you weren't a part of the sold out crowd at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, you missed a great speech by Coach Spurrier at halftime recognizing the 2010 season. Travian Robertson, Cliff Matthews, Devin Taylor, Alshon Jeffery, Stephon Gilmore, Stephen Garcia, and Marcus Lattimore were on hand to represent the team. Watch below:




ROOSTER CROWS

With his three blocks against Kentucky, Sam Muldrow is now just 16 blocks away from breaking the Gamecocks' career blocks record currently held by Brandon Wallace (249). Muldrow also had his fifth double-double of the season vs. Kentucky.

In the Women's Basketball win over Alabama, South Carolina held the Crimson Tide to just 30.4 percent shooting and held Tierney Jenkins, who entered the game averaging a double-double, to just two points and one rebound, all acquired in the first half.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Audrey Broyles posted this photo on our Facebook page after getting her Garnet Army t-shirt. Thanks for sharing Audrey and welcome to the Garnet Army!!! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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

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Tune in tonight to "Inside the Roost" at 7:00 PM on the 107.5 FM in Columbia on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College.

Tonight's guests are Men's Tennis head coach Josh Goffi, Gamecock Productions Director Paul Danna, and Patrick DiMarco from the football team. Danna will be talking about our new web series, "Gamecock Confidential", taking you behind the scenes with Softball under new head coach Beverly Smith. Catch up on the first and second episodes. DiMarco will talk about his experience at the East-West Shrine Game.
Lakeem Jackson rebound.jpegFrom my perspective the past two home games the crowd energy has played a huge role, as it usually does, particularly when the team went to overtime... and came away with two wins over Vanderbilt and Arkansas. So I asked sophomore forward Lakeem Jackson for his thoughts on the home crowd energy and how it helps the team, his great rebounding, and the Kentucky match-up tonight:






On feeding off the crowd energy:
"The last couple games the crowd has been phenomenal supporting us. For the team that comes into play us it kind of takes the soul out of them when we go on a run because they can't really adjust to the loud noise, so it really does play a part."

"Against Vandy in overtime when we went on a run, the crowd really helped us out because you could see it in Vanderbilt's eyes. When the crowd got loud they kind of faded away."


On what will be most important for the Gamecocks in tonight's match-up vs. #12 Kentucky:
"Not changing anything, sticking to our game plan like we have the past couple weeks."

On what has helped with his rebounding and how other teams try to contain it:
"Taking pride in it, wanting it more and focusing on it has helped. Opposing teams try to double me or match me up with one of their best rebounders, but it just frees up someone else."


WHO: Men's Basketball vs. #12 Kentucky
WHEN: TONIGHT, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Colonial Life Arena, gates open at 4:30 PM. Walk-up sales for any remaining tickets will begin at 3:30 PM
TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College or GamecocksOnline.com


And for the record... "it takes the soul out of them" is now my new favorite line this year, right up there with Alshon Jeffery's "do something to be great".

Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane

(Photo courtesy of Mary  Ann Chastain/AP)
 
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


MAKE IT A GAMECOCK WEEKEND:

Men's Basketball vs. #12 Kentucky - TOMORROW, 6:00 PM (only 900 tickets remained as of late this afternoon)

Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - Sunday, 2:00 PM

Online: Click Here to Get Basketball Tickets 
By Phone: 800-4SC-FANS
In Person: Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office in the Main Lobby

Women's Tennis vs. S.C. State - Saturday, 2:00 PM (Field House, FREE)

Men's Tennis vs. Georgia Tech - Sunday, 1:00 PM (Field House, FREE)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gap closing between UT, USC (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Fight to the Finish (GamecockAnthem.com)

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

Men's Basketball: USC basketball climbing the ladder after big wins (WIS TV)

Football: USC's football team posts best-ever GPA (Post & Courier)

Swimming & Diving: Carolina focuses on SEC championships, not historic start to season  (Daily Gamecock)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Cats hope to quiet 'Sandstorm,' road troubles (UKAthletics.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops To Host No. 12/12 Kentucky On Saturday

Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks Set Three ECU Pool Records in Sweep of Pirates

Men's Golf: Gamecocks on Tour - 2011 Edition

Women's Tennis: Gamecocks Open Season Hosting South Carolina State

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Battle No. 5/6 Tennessee to the End



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

It's a new year and a different team, but it's still fun to reminisce on the last time we played host to Kentucky... a huge upset and the Gamecocks' first ever win over a No. 1-ranked team.





ROOSTER CROWS

Junior forward Malik Cooke collected his second career double-double, and his first as a Gamecock vs. Arkansas, scoring 11 points and collecting a team-best 11 rebounds, including five offensive boards.

The football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday's Men's Basketball game vs. Kentucky for their 2010 season.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Some of the Garnet Army at Wednesday's game vs. Arkansas. Look forward to seeing them out in force again tomorrow! Students, don't forget to wear your Garnet Army t-shirts and thanks to The Retreat Apartments for sponsoring the shirts! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Interesting read over on Kentucky's web site about the atmosphere at Carolina and last year's upset. Check out the excerpt below about how the crowd atmosphere and a little ditty called Sandstorm threw the 'Cats off their game.


"Since I've been here, we haven't had much success on the road at South Carolina," senior forward Josh Harrellson said. "They've got a great crowd, real loud, real intense, real vocal, and they can definitely get you out of your game quick with chants and stuff."

Since a lot of the players weren't even around for last year's defeat that ended the undefeated dream, the loss doesn't sit as particularly bad with this bunch as last year's team. But for those that were, one thing seems to reverberate in their minds about that loss, and it may not be what you think.

"They played it like Rocky Top," sophomore guard Jon Hood said.

What Hood is referring to is "Sandstorm," a techno song that became the unofficial rallying cry of Devan Downey and the South Carolina faithful.

"It was every timeout," Hood said. "The last 12 minutes, it's nothing but Sandstorm. They only play it when they're up and they only play it when they come back, so if you stay away from Sandstorm, you're playing well, you're taking care of them."

Although it's just a song, the hostile crowd at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., played off it and made things difficult for the visiting Wildcats. With each momentum-changing basket  from South Carolina, the South Carolina staff blared "Sandstorm" and the fans went wild.


See y'all there tomorrow night when Kentucky comes to town once again! Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane



Men's Tennis hosting Kid's Day at Sunday match

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Men's Tennis will host Kids Day this Sunday at their match vs. Georgia Tech. Great opportunity for kids and families to meet the players and watch some good tennis!

Go Gamecocks!

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Kentucky

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes you "Inside the Chart" as Men's Basketball prepares to take on #12 Kentucky this Saturday at 6:00 PM. Approximately 900 tickets remain, get them online, by calling 800-4SC-FANS, or at the Colonial Life Arena ticket office. Read the full "Inside the Chart" post here.


Usually, the rebounding battle isn't won because one frontcourt dominated the other; it's because the guards made a concerted effort to get involved. Remember, Devan Downey and Brandis Raley-Ross had 5 rebounds apiece in last year's matchup in Columbia. Kentucky has plenty of oversized guards, from 6'3" Brandon Knight to 6'4" Doron Lamb to 6'6" DeAndre Liggins to 6'7" Darius Miller. Neglect to box them out at your own risk. South Carolina has gang-rebounded exceedingly well in its wins, as documented on "Inside The Chart". The Gamecock guards can't drift back on shot attempts in anticipation of stopping Kentucky's transition, and abandon their rebounding responsibilities.

One Other Thing... As stated earlier, Kentucky ranks 4th in the nation in TO% (15.9%). The Gamecocks have faced two other teams this year that rank in the Top 15 nationally in TO%: Boston College (7th) and Ohio State (13th). Total rebounding margin in those 2 games: -23. If South Carolina can't turn Kentucky over, controlling the boards and forcing one-and-done possessions will be absolutely critical.


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It's a big week of home events this week... BE THERE!

WIN - Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas (Last night, 81-74 SC win in OT)

Women's Basketball vs. #5/6 Tennessee - TONIGHT, 7:00 PM

Men's Basketball vs. #12 Kentucky - Saturday, 6:00 PM (only about 2,000 tickets remain)

Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - Sunday, 2:00 PM

Click Here to Get Basketball Tickets

Women's Tennis vs. S.C. State - Saturday, 2:00 PM (Field House, FREE)

Men's Tennis vs. Georgia Tech - Sunday, 1:00 PM (Field House, FREE)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks take on No. 5 Vols tonight (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Muldrow, USC edge Arkansas in OT (Sumter Item)

Men's Basketball: USC jumps to top of SEC East (Post & Courier)

Men's Basketball: Garnet Army returns in full force (Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: Preview: Power shift expected in SEC (Yahoo! Sports)

Baseball: USC hero Whit Merrifield back in Columbia, giving back (WIS-TV)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Academics: Gamecocks Set New Standard in the Classroom

Softball: South Carolina Softball Has One Game Picked for ESPNU National Broadcast

Baseball: Baseball To Have Four Games Televised On ESPN Family Of Networks

Swimming & Diving: Swimming & Diving Travels to ECU, UNCW This Weekend *Click here to watch Coach Moody Preview the Meets

Equestrian. Photo Gallery: Fifth Annual Spurs & Saddles Event

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Outlast Arkansas in Overtime, 81-74

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Host #5/6 Lady Vols Thursday Night


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Good job, Football! The department-wide average GPA of 3.146 was also a new school record.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from last night's win over Arkansas. Click here.



ROOSTER CROWS

Men's Basketball is now 3-0 in overtime games with wins now at Western Kentucky, home vs. Vanderbilt and Arkansas.

An upset win over Tennessee tonight would be the Gamecocks' first win over a nationally-ranked team this season after topping ranked teams three times in 2009-10.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

This young Gamecock fan met the Equestrian team as well as one of their horses at last night's Spurs & Saddles event prior to the Men's Basketball game. Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Heading into tonight's game against #5/6 Tennessee, I wanted to talk with a couple of our Women's Basketball players who have helped drive the team. Sophomore guard Ieasia Walker and junior guard La'Keisha Sutton are both in the Top 30 of the SEC for scoring and steals. Sutton is 7th in the league in assists and Walker has led the team in scoring in seven games so far this season.

Since the girls are from New York (Walker) and New Jersey (Sutton), I had to ask what made them decide to head down south to South Carolina (though in my mind, why wouldn't you??). Their answer was quick and simple and echoed the answer I previously received from sophomore forward and Oklahoma native Ashley Bruner: "the coaching staff." The Gamecocks are led by Dawn Staley, one of the most decorated players in U.S. women's basketball history. Associate Head Coach Lisa Boyer and Assistant Coaches Nikki McCray and Darius Taylor all boast impressive resumes. The staff combined has 46 years of coaching experience, 20 years of playing professionally in the U.S. and four Olympic gold medals.

Both of the northern natives have settled into being in South Carolina, though Walker laments the Columbia area being more spread out since, like many Carolina students, she doesn't have a car. Like a good roommate, Sutton quickly chimed in to say, "OUR car", when referring to her own vehicle. As the two have gotten to know each other, their on-court play has thrived. Knowing each other's style of play well helps each of them notice if the other may be off her game. Sutton said that at one point during the Ole Miss game (an eventual road W for the Gamecocks), Walker told her, "attack the basket, you're not playing like yourself." The comment helped Sutton turn it on and remember to stay focused on her game.

Off the court, Sutton said spending time with her teammates at football games, at the Russell House, and in the dorms are some of her favorite times so far. Both said they like when the team plays road games up north because of the opportunity to play in front of more family and friends. But not one to let distance slow her down, Sutton's mother, Melinda, travels to almost every game from her home in New Jersey, even when we're playing on TV.

About tonight's matchup with #5/6 Tennessee, Walker emphasized that the Gamecocks just need to "stay focused on doing what we're doing, not let Tennessee's height or depth get in the way of us playing our game, using our speed and playing aggressive defense. Sutton agreed, saying, "we just need to play with confidence...we're not going to let the name Tennessee scare us away, we'll keep attacking the basket and doing what we do best." Sutton has seen past success against the Lady Vols having scored in double figures in the last two games against Tennessee.

From tonight's Game Notes, looking at the tandem success of Walker and Sutton:

"One look at the Gamecock roster entering the season, and it was no secret that guard play would the key to the team's success. Rising to the head of that class are junior La'Keisha Sutton and sophomore Ieasia Walker. Roommates and good friends off the court, the two have meshed their games together seamlessly, especially in SEC action. In the tandem, Sutton dominates the roles of driving and dishing. She is seventh in the SEC in assists per game (3.9) on the season, a number that rises to 4.4 per game in league play, which is fourth-best in the conference. Assuming just two points for the Gamecocks for every assist she hands out and including her personal 9.8 points per game, Sutton's play accounts for at least 17.7 points per game - 29.7 percent of the team's season average. She has scored in double figures eight times this season, including three of five SEC contests, and has handed out four or more assists 11 times, including three of five league outings. Sutton's 41.8 field goal percentage is the highest among the team's guards. Walker has been the team's leading scorer since a 30-point outing against Clemson just three games into the schedule. She has scored in double figures a team-high 12 times in 18 games, including four of five SEC contests. The team's top scorer seven times this season, she has netted 20 or more points three times, including two of the last three games. A triple threat to pass, drive or spot up for a jumper, Walker has her outside game dialed in since SEC play tipped off five games ago. Shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range against league opponents, she ranks third in the SEC, and her 2.0 3-pointers made per game are seventh-best in conference play."

WHO: Women's Basketball vs. #5/6 Tennessee
WHEN: Tonight at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Colonial Life Arena
TV: SportSouth
Radio: WISW 1320 AM or GamecocksOnline.com  
Tickets: $7 General Admission

SportSouth:
Time Warner Cable    
Columbia, SC    Channel 21
Florence, SC    Channel 65
Myrtle Beach, SC    Channel 45
Summerville (Charleston), SC    Channel 21
DirecTV    Channel 649
Dish    Channel 437
AT&T Uverse    Channel 728/729
Charter Cable    Channel 35

Hear more from both Sutton and Walker from our Gamecock 360 series shot before the season:
 




Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


Athletic Facilities Improvements & Construction Update

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If you've driven anywhere around the southern end of campus you've likely seen a lot of the construction going on around the Roost and the new Athletics Village area. We wanted to give everyone an update on all of the current projects we have going on. Improving and renovating current facilities and building new facilities when necessary is a priority for Athletics as we grow and continue to see success. Our competition venues and support facilities such as academics, sports medicine, offices and meeting areas all factor in to recruiting top-notch student-athletes to represent our university and providing an environment where they can be successful.

We have several facilities projects either currently under construction or planned to begin at the end of the team's season, totaling over $53 million in upcoming facilities projects:


- Beckham Field renovation (Softball) - We are renovating the field to install better turf and a drainage system, similar to our Baseball and Soccer facilities - Summer 2011 after Softball season wraps up

- Colonial Life Arena Men's and Women's Basketball locker room renovations - will begin after this season and be completed prior to next season


- Farmers Market development - I wrote previously about the plans for the Farmers Market. For next football season it will be flattened and available for parking. The full development of the area will be complete for the 2012 football season.


- Athletics Village

- Tennis Complex - to be completed this fall.
- Coaches Support Building - an office building for most sports and support services to be completed in the summer of 2012
- Parking Garage - a multi-use facility that will be completed this May
- Infrastructure - upgrades to the South Energy Plant to support the new and existing buildings, laying pipes for steam and chill water, an underground water storage tank for irrigation and landscaping.  
- To see the full master plan for the Athletics Village, click here.


We've already completed several other important projects not included in that $53 million. The $12.6 million Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center was the first piece of the Athletics Village and has been open for almost one year now. Another piece of the Athletics Village, the Roost Athletic Training Center, is a renovated building that now houses a new athletic training room for our spring sports and new locker rooms for softball, men's and women's track and men's and women's tennis. In addition to the opening of "the Dodie" and the new Athletic Training facility, we recently saw over $5 million in improvements to the football areas of Williams-Brice Stadium (locker rooms, lobby, recruiting room, etc.) and renovations of restrooms and suites. We also made improvement to the Swimming & Diving facility in conjunction with Student Affairs. Carolina Natatorium in the Blatt P.E. Center received approximately $1 million to renovate the pool deck and lighting. The Frank McGuire Club in Colonial Life Arena has been refurbished and the Carolina Field House received electrical and fan upgrades. The department spent $15 million to acquire the Farmers Market land to eventually develop the planned state of the art, multi-use tailgating and parking area for fans.  Another $15.5 million will be spent developing the property for the 2012 football season as mentioned above.

It's important to note that South Carolina Athletics is self-supporting. We rely on private donations and our athletics revenue to run the department, including making these facility improvements to continue to grow as a nationally prominent program. We do not rely on state tax money for our athletics expenses and in fact Athletics has donated money to the university's academic budget.

It's being a national leader.
It's recruiting and supporting our student-athletes.
It's seeing success in all venues of competition.
It's the Garnet Way.


Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Football to be honored at halftime of Kentucky game

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We will be honoring the Football team for their 2010 season at halftime of this Saturday's Men's Basketball game vs. #12 Kentucky at 6:00 PM. Beating then-no.1 Alabama at home, beating SEC East rivals Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida all in one season on our way to winning the SEC Eastern Division Title, beating Clemson for the second consecutive year... the highlights go on.

Men's Basketball currently has a 12-5 record overall and 3-1 in SEC play after last night's overtime win over Arkansas. #12 Kentucky is currently 14-4 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are playing very well at home (only 1 of the 5 losses came on our home court) so it should make for an interesting match-up. The Garnet Army was out in force for last night's game, hope to see another great crowd on Saturday.

Approximately 2,000 tickets remain for the Kentucky game. You can get tickets online, by calling 800-4SC-FANS, or at the Colonial Life Arena ticket office in the main lobby.

See y'all there!

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


Thank You Garnet Army! Gamecocks beat Arkansas in OT

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A big thank you to the Garnet Army who showed up in force for the Garnet Army Game tonight! The team definitely feeds off the crowd energy. The building came alive as the Gamecocks took Arkansas to overtime, eventually coming away with the 81-74 win. 

Five Gamecocks scored in double figures, led by Ramon Galloway with 21 and Sam Muldrow with 20. Malik Cooke added a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Horn praised the "total team effort" of the win. Full recap to come on GamecocksOnline.com.

Go Gamecocks! Be sure to be in the house this Saturday as we take on #12 Kentucky at 6:00 PM. Approximately 2,000 tickets remain. You can get tickets online, by calling 800-4SC-FANS, or in person at the Colonial Life Arena ticket office.

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/19 Garnet Army Game tonight!

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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


It's a big week of home events this week... BE THERE!

Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas - TONIGHT, 8:00 PM *Garnet Army Game* - First 1,000 students receive a free Garnet Army t-shirt
TV: SEC Network (Click here for list of affiliates), ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College (Click here for list of affiliates)
Tickets available at the CLA Ticket Office before the game

Women's Basketball vs. #5/6 Tennessee - Thursday, 7:00 PM

Men's Basketball vs. #12 Kentucky - Saturday, 6:00 PM (only about 2,000 tickets remain)

Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - Sunday, 2:00 PM

Click Here to Get Basketball Tickets

Women's Tennis vs. S.C. State - Saturday, 2:00 PM (Field House, FREE)

Men's Tennis vs. Georgia Tech - Sunday, 1:00 PM (Field House, FREE)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: SEC East loaded with powerhouses (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Men's Basketball: USC returns home to face Arkansas (Anderson Independent Mail)

Men's Basketball: Kratch: Upcoming homestand of utmost importance for Gamecocks (Daily Gamecock)

Men's Soccer: Gamecocks taken in MLS Draft (The Big Spur)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball: Gamecock Softball Helping Out at Basketball Games This Week

Track: LaKya Brookins Named SEC Female Runner of the Week


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Thanks for the support, Zack! Go Gamecocks! We'll see you there!

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Garnet Army Game is TONIGHT vs. Arkansas. The first 1,000 students receive a free Garnet Army t-shirt. Be there and be loud!




ROOSTER CROWS

Tonight's game highlights two of the SEC's top shot blockers in Sam Muldrow and Arkansas' Delvon Johnson. The two have blocked a combined 112 shots this season, as Johnson paces the league with 59, with Muldrow blocking 53.

The seventh-ranked, two time national champion Equestrian team will be by the fountain in front of Colonial Life Arena starting at 6:30 PM tonight for the fifth annual Spurs & Saddles events. Meet the team, get autographs, and take photos with the team along with some of their four-legged friends.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

The final shot in our series of photos for tonight's game vs. Arkansas at 8:00 PM, the Garnet Army Game. See the full series on our Facebook page.

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes us "Inside the Chart" with some pre-tip read for tonight's game vs. Arkansas. Read the full post here and enjoy the excerpt below about Bruce Ellington:

A friend recently asked me about Ellington's free-throw percentage (a modest 64.3%), and why it lagged behind his other numbers. Traditional statistics, though, don't account for how many clutch baskets Ellington has made in his freshman season. After studying the box scores, I found this: Ellington's "clutch" free throw percentage - loosely defined as a player's FT% in the last five minutes of a game - surges to 76.4% (13-17). Look at Ellington's free throw numbers in the "clutch zone" compared to the first 35 minutes of a game:

Time in game    FTM-FTA    FT%
40:00-5:00               14-25    56.0%
5:00-0:00 (& OT)    13-17    76.4%

Ellington's "clutch" three-point percentage is even more startling. In South Carolina's most tightly-contested wins of the season -- Florida, Vanderbilt, Wofford, Clemson, and Western Kentucky -- Ellington has a "clutch" 3pt.% of 61.5% (8 for 13), well above his season average of 41.5%.

Darrin Horn told me earlier this year that Ellington epitomizes a "brighter the lights, bigger the player" guy. Few moments require steelier nerves than icing a game with a three-pointer or a free throw. Ellington has delivered on both.

Just ask Billy Donovan.

Are you ready for the Garnet Army Game?

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Tomorrow night's Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas game marks the first home game for the team since classes started again for the spring semester. To welcome the students back this will be the Garnet Army Game, where the first 1,000 students to arrive will receive a new Garnet Army t-shirt. With the Garnet Army leading the way, let's create a great home court advantage with a loud and energetic Gamecock crowd. A few thousand tickets remain for the game, buy online, call 800-4SC-FANS, or buy at the Colonial Life Arena ticket office. 

Below is one of a series of photos for the game. You can see the full series on our Facebook page, with the final two photos to be posted tomorrow.

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In addition to the game itself, the fifth annual Spurs & Saddles event will take place starting at 6:30 PM by the fountain in front of Colonial Life Arena. Fans will have the opportunity to meet our two-time national champion, seventh-ranked Equestrian team, get autographs, and take photos with the team and the horses.

At halftime, we'll have a special performance by ACRODUNK, "America's Favorite Dunk Team". 

One of the main goals this season is to "protect this house", to protect our home court advantage by winning our home games. Be there and be LOUD, the team definitely feeds off the crowd energy.
 





WHO: Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas
WHAT: The Garnet Army Game
WHEN: Wednesday, January 19, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Colonial Life Arena
TV: SEC Network (Click here for list of affiliates), ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
Tickets: Online, 800-4SC-FANS, Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office


See you there! Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/18 Big Hoops Week

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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


Big week of home events this week... BE THERE!

Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas - Wednesday, 8:00 PM *Garnet Army Game*

Women's Basketball vs. #5/6 Tennessee - Thursday, 7:00 PM

Men's Basketball vs. #12 Kentucky - Saturday, 6:00 PM (only about 2,000 tickets remain)

Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - Sunday, 2:00 PM

Click Here to Get Basketball Tickets

Women's Tennis vs. S.C. State - Saturday, 2:00 PM (Field House, FREE)

Men's Tennis vs. Georgia Tech - Sunday, 1:00 PM (Field House, FREE)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Complete team effort keys win over Florida (GamecockAnthem.com)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks pull off road upset (The Big Spur)

Men's Basketball: Commentary: Let's wait on Ellington vs. Downey (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Inside SEC basketball: East strong top to bottom  (al.com)

Mens & Women's Basketball: Big Weekend For Gamecocks (GamecockAnthem.com)

Football: The SEC's top 10 moments in 2010 (ESPN)

Football: Gamecocks turn focus to new year (Daily Gamecock)

Football: USC's Lattimore, Clemson's Bowers exceed expectations (GoUpstate.com)

Football: Gamecocks' Spurrier shuffles staff duties, unveils 2011 schedule (Post & Courier)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Men's Basketball: Ellington becoming SEC star (NWAonline.com)

Men's Basketball: Freshman Ellington's confident play helps USC (Gatorsports.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Soccer: Three Gamecocks Selected in MLS Supplemental Draft

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops To Host Arkansas In Midweek Matchup Wednesday

Equestrian: Meet The Equestrian Team Prior to Wednesday's Basketball Game

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Battle Past Ole Miss, 63-58 in OT

Men's Tennis: Gamecocks Split Season-Opening Doubleheader



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

ESPN College Football reporter Joe Schad lists South Carolina vs. Alabama as one of the best game atmospheres he attended this past season. Couldn't agree more, Joe!

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

The first episode of Gamecock Confidential, a new web series about our Softball team debuted this past Friday. It's a great behind-the-scenes look into the program as we start a New Chapter under new head coach Beverly Smith.




ROOSTER CROWS

Freshman point guard Bruce Ellington scored South Carolina's final six points, including a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line over the last 17 seconds to secure the Gamecock win over the Gators. Ellington led the squad with 23 points, his sixth 20-point effort of the season.

Senior Valerie Nainima scored seven of the team's 11 points in overtime as the Gamecocks knocked off Ole Miss 63-58 on the road. Sophomore Ieasia Walker turned in her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs, while adding three assists and two steals.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

One in our series of photos for this Wednesday's game vs. Arkansas at 8:00 PM, the "Garnet Army Game", with new Garnet Army t-shirts for the first 1,000 students. See the full series on our Facebook page, the final pictures will be posted tomorrow.

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Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show with Athletics Director Eric Hyman will feature several great guests. From Men's Basketball, assistant coach Neill Berry and freshman guard Bruce Ellington will be on the show. Former Gamecock kicker now in the NFL kicking for the Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan Succop will join the show by phone.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:00 PM on 107.5 FM for this great line-up!

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


***WEEKEND EVENTS***

Saturday, January 15th

Men's Basketball @ Florida, 1:30 PM,
TV: SEC Network (check local listings for affiliates), ESPN3.com, Time Warner Cable Digital Ch. 506
Game Notes

Swimming & Diving vs. Duke, Queens (at Duke), 1:00 PM

Indoor Track & Field at Hokie Invitational (at Virginia Tech)

Sunday, January 16

Women's Basketball @ Ole Miss, 3:00 PM
Radio: WISW 1320 AM or GamecocksOnline.com All-Access

HOME EVENT: Men's Tennis vs. Wofford (10:00 AM) and Elon (4:00 PM), Carolina Field House Indoor Facility
 


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Tennis: Men's tennis opens season in Columbia (Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: Poor shooting leads to bad defense (The Big Spur)

Men's Basketball: Offense has to come from defense (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Halftime lead doesn't hold up for Carolina (Daily Gamecock)

Track & Field: Track and field squads to compete at Virginia Tech (Daily Gamecock)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Continue SEC Play At Florida

Football: Gamecocks Announce 2011 Football Schedule

Football: Steve Spurrier Press Conference Quotes

Football: DiMarco To Play in East-West Shrine Game

Volleyball: Gamecock Signee Hanna Forst Adds MaxPreps First-Team All-American to Resume

Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks Look to Carry Momentum to Duke

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Fall at Kentucky, 66-48



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Spurrier mentioned recruiting in his press conference today, saying we'll definitely have a "good" year and hopefully a "great" one if we can get some of these last few guys.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Horn discusses loss to Alabama and previews tomorrow's match-up with the Florida Gators down in Gainesville. Watch video here.


ROOSTER CROWS

Out of the 12 regular season football games for 2011, South Carolina will face 10 teams who appeared in a bowl game this season.

The 2011 football schedule includes seven home games (Navy, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, The Citadel, Clemson), one neutral site game in Charlotte vs. ECU, and just four road games (Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas).


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

A few members of the Garnet Army before the win over Vanderbilt. Wednesday's game vs. Arkansas at 8:00 PM is the "Garnet Army Game" with new Garnet Army t-shirts for the first 1,000 students. Be there! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra goes "Inside the Chart" to preview tomorrow's match-up with the Florida Gators down in Gainesville. Check out the excerpt below and read the full post here.

Case in point: sophomore Lakeem Jackson grabbed a team-high 6 offensive rebounds against Alabama, displaying his typically tenacious, workhorse style. Yet Jackson never went to the free throw line, and only one of his 6 offensive boards resulted in a Carolina basket (a Bruce Ellington three-pointer at the 16:40 mark of the 2nd half). South Carolina put itself on the doorstep countless times against Alabama - can it cash in on those opportunities against Florida, and string together productive possessions? Several factors can help:

  • Florida ranks 10th in the SEC in FG% defense (41.7%)
  • Florida doesn't force turnovers at a high rate.
  • Transition baskets. Darrin Horn told me on "Carolina Calls" that his team didn't do its best job finding the outlet man quickly.

Listen to the Scene Setter for tomorrow's game from the Gamecock Radio Network.

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Where to watch for Gamecocks in the NFL Playoffs

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The NFL Playoffs continue this weekend with the divisional rounds. Enjoy some football this weekend and keep an eye out for some Gamecock greats looking for a Super Bowl!

Saturday, January 15th

4:30 PM ET, CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

8:00 PM ET, FOX
Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers

*Atlanta: John Abraham (DE, #55) and Dunta Robinson (CB, #23)


Sunday, January 16th

1:00 PM ET, FOX
Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks

*Chicago: Rod Wilson (LB, #58)
*Seattle: Lemuel Jeanpierre (C, #61)


4:30 PM ET, CBS
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

*New York: Emanuel Cook (S, #27) and Lance Laury (LB, #56)


Good luck to all our former players and go Gamecocks!

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/13

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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

Women's Basketball: USC travels to Kentucky (Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: Tide rolls Gamecocks (Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: Bradley's dream continues at South Carolina (Yahoo! Sports)

Football: Quarles highlights USC early enrollees (Post & Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Tennis: GamecocksOnline.com Visits With Anya Morgina

Women's Golf: South Carolina Signs Justine Dreher for 2011-12

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Fall To Alabama, 57-47


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ROOSTER CROWS

Sophomore forward Ashley Bruner is the team's leading scorer and rebounder in SEC play with 13.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. She has scored in double figures all three games, and 13 of her 23 rebounds have come on the offensive end.

Through three conference games, Ieasia Walker currently ranks among the league's top three in 3-point field goal percentage (2nd, .462) and 3-point field goals made per game (3rd, 2.0).


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

The Holmes family gathered to watch the SEC Championship Game. Thanks to Lindsay Holmes for sharing the picture! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Ashley Bruner emerges for Gamecocks

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ashley bruner.jpegSophomore forward Ashley Bruner has emerged the past couple weeks of SEC play as a real force for the Gamecocks. She led the team in scoring and rebounding with a double-double at Georgia (16 points, 11 rebounds), had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the SEC home opener win over LSU, and went 8-for-8 shooting vs. Florida for 16 points and 6 rebounds. After coming off the bench in the Georgia game, Bruner started the past two games and is projected to start again tonight vs. No. 19 Kentucky (7:00 PM, Radio: WISW 1320 AM).

 I sat down with her after practice Wednesday before the team left to head to Lexington for tonight's game to find out more about the uptick in Bruner's play. According to Bruner, the biggest difference was "a talk with Coach [Darius] Taylor about getting more aware of the things around me and staying focused during the game."

This matches up what I've seen on the court the past two home games vs. LSU and Florida. Bruner was playing with more intensity than I saw at the start of the season, reacting to fouls and mistakes as well as good plays with more emotion and purpose. In her post-game comments, Coach Dawn Staley said of Bruner, "she's been playing great, she's been playing really inspired. Hopefully she'll continue to have the production she's having."

Asked how she hoped to keep the production going, the answer was simple: "staying focused." She also said she wants to improve her defensive play ("not letting whoever I am guarding score"), while not letting her offensive production suffer.

Looking at tonight's game vs. Kentucky, Bruner made note of the match-up between SC's Jewel May and Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap, both 6-1 senior forwards who are very athletic and should go head to head a lot tonight. What the Gamecocks can do against Kentucky's penetration defense or lack thereof will likely be another cornerstone of tonight's game.

Follow tonight's game by listening on GamecocksOnline.com or WISW 1320 AM. We'll also have occasional updates on the @GamecockWBB Twitter page.

Quick Faves from Ashley Bruner:
Fave class: Theater, I recently changed my major to theater and I really think it fits my personality. I hope to maybe mix it with sports broadcasting.
Fave food: Steak and potatoes (She is from Oklahoma after all)
Fave moment at SC so far: Beating LSU. It was our first time beating them in awhile [since 1998] and it was a total team effort with five of us in double digits, everyone was hype and excited.

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As we sit recovering from the snow and ice it's hard to imagine sitting in the sunny stands of Carolina Stadium for baseball, but it's just around the corner. The home opener is a three game series vs. Santa Clara starting February 18th at 3:00 PM.

No one will soon forget the celebrations this summer when baseball won the National Championship, the school's first NCAA title in a men's sport. Now we head into a new season in a new position - the school everyone wants to beat.

Roster changes create a few questions heading into the 2011 season, but there are a lot of high hopes for this team's performance. The team is ranked in various preseason polls, including No. 7 by College Baseball Lineup and No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball. As the season draws closer the Gamecocks will likely appear in more preseason rankings.

Individually, junior outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. and sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Price are garnering a lot of attention in the preseason. After being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 College World Series and leading the Gamecocks in hitting last season, Bradley, Jr. was named to the first team of National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Team as well as the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball. With a 5-1 record and a school record 13.41 average strikeouts per nine innings, Price was named to the second team of both lists. Both Price and Bradley, Jr. were named top prospects for the 2011 MLB Draft by Baseball America.

Another point of pride for the team, South Carolina ranked No. 4 in the NCAA for attendance for the 2010 season. This is the 11th consecutive season that South Carolina has ranked among the top 15 in the nation in attendance and 2011 will likely be no different. Season ticket sales are humming along at a fast pace. We have already surpassed last year's total and with five weeks left until the start of the season we hope to sell all of our season ticket availability for the 2011 season. 


Reminder: The deadline to order baseball season parking is TOMORROW, January 14th, 2011.
Click for baseball parking information or click to go directly to the baseball parking application form.

Spring is just around the corner!


It's a history-making National Championship.

It's more overall wins than any SEC team over the last 11 years.

It's a beautiful day at Carolina Stadium.

It's the Garnet Way.



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Several new student-athletes recently joined the Gamecocks family for the spring semester. Part of their first few days as students at South Carolina included an orientation session held at the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center, a.k.a. "The Dodie".

The program included sessions covering academic advisors and attendance policies, classroom etiquette, a panel discussion with current student-athletes, sports medicine, the "Consequences For Your Actions" program, and smart use of social media (given by yours truly). The main focus of the social media segment was reminding our newcomers about maintaining a positive image when using social media.

Raymond Harrison, Associate Athletics Director for Academics/Life Skills, said, "the goal of the orientation is to acclimate every incoming student-athlete to the available resources the university and athletics department has to offer. It is also important that we clearly communicate to them the expectations and blueprint to success. Every session is capped by the 'Consequences For Your Actions' program which discusses their high visibility as student-athletes and the importance of sound decision making."

Student-athletes are often reminded of the importance of and responsibility that comes with representing the University of South Carolina - not just the buildings and campus, but its people, the alumni, faculty, staff, students, and fans who take great pride in their university. I present a personal example. The words and logos of South Carolina are on my diploma and my business card, so I, like many others, take a lot of personal pride in our athletics department and university and want it to be represented well. The thorough orientation hosted by Harrison and his staff gets our new members of the Gamecock family started on the right path to do just that.

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Alabama

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes you "Inside the Chart", looking at tonight's match-up with Alabama in today's entry, including the following bit about freshman Brian Richardson. Read the full post here.

Turnaround Jumper: Anthony Grant recruited freshman Brian Richardson while head coach of VCU, and offered the slender sniper one of his first scholarships. Richardson continued his relationship once Grant left for Tuscaloosa, and considered Alabama before signing with Carolina. Handcuffed by two early fouls while chasing Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, Richardson was held scoreless in 9 minutes of play. I wouldn't expect that trend to continue. Richardson is shooting 41% from 3-point range on the road this year, a nearly 10% increase from his percentage at home.

At home, you need to make free throws. On the road, you need to make three-pointers. Richardson will factor prominently into those plans.

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***TONIGHT***

WATCH: Men's Basketball @ Alabama, 9:00 PM
TV: CSS, ESPN3.com, Time Warner Cable Digital Ch. 506
Game Notes


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Consistency key for Muldrow (The Big Spur)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks set to travel to Bama (GamecockAnthem.com)

Men's Basketball: USC heads to Alabama (Anderson Independent Mail)

Men's Basketball: Business as usual for Gamecocks (Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: Precocious point guards set for showdown as Tide plays host to Gamecocks (al.com)

Men's Basketball: Tide's perfect home record on line against Carolina (Eprisenow.com)

Football: Kratch: Could 2011 be USC's year? (Daily Gamecock)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Head to No. 19 Kentucky for Thursday Showdown

Football: Matthews Declines Invite To Shrine Bowl

Football: Gamecocks Welcome Four Newcomers

Softball: First Edition of the Gamecock Softball Squawk Box


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Thanks for the support, Tammy! Women's Basketball hits the road to Lexington to take on #19 Kentucky tomorrow night.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Staley spoke with the media following practice today previewing tomorrow's match-up with #19 Kentucky. Watch video here.


ROOSTER CROWS

Carolina's 6.6 blocked shots per game rank third in the SEC and sixth in the nation (Jan. 10 NCAA stats), with Muldrow (2.6) tied for second in the league and 11th in the nation.

South Carolina's 14.4 offensive rebounds per game rank second in the SEC, trailing only Tennessee (14.5).


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Very cool shot sent in by Kevin Strickland, who said it was his favorite picture from this past football season. Thanks for sharing, Kevin! Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Storylines abound as new season arrives (Yahoo! Sports)

Men's Basketball: SEC honors USC's Muldrow, Ellington (Anderson Independent Mail)

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

Men's Basketball: USC faces next challenge - the road (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Muldrow, Ellington lead the way (GamecockAnthem.com)

Football: Commentary: Top 10 of '10 (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Gamecocks finish in top 25, first time since 2001 (WIS TV)


FROM THE OTHERSIDE...

Men's Basketball: Muldrow will provide test for Alabama (The Dispatch)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football: Matthews To Play in East-West Shrine Game

Football: Gamecocks Finish 22nd in Both Major Polls

Football. Lattimore Named to FWAA All-Freshman Squad

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops Travels To Alabama For First SEC Road Contest


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Always like to see universities take advantage of social media... SC used Twitter and Facebook to keep students and staff informed about closings:

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ROOSTER CROWS

Sam Muldrow's 10 blocks were the most by a single player this season in the SEC, eclipsing the previous high of eight blocks collected by Arkansas' Delvon Johnson vs. Seton Hall.

Carolina (40.6) leads the SEC and is one of three teams in the league to average at least 40 rebounds per game. Kentucky (40.3) and Vanderbilt (40.1) are the other two.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! Here are some of the Gamecock faithful at Sunday's Women's Basketball game.

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More TV options for Gamecock Basketball

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Now more ways to watch the Gamecocks this basketball season! Time Warner Cable gave us the heads up that they will offer three South Carolina basketball games on their SEC Alternate Digital Channel 506. These games were previously only going to be available on CSS and ESPN3.com.
  
  1/12- South Carolina @ Alabama, 9pm     
  2/16- South Carolina @ Tennessee, 7pm     
  2/17- South Carolina @ Tennessee, 7pm (Women's)

Go Gamecocks!

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/10 Snow!

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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

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks gear up for road test (The Big Spur)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks looking to build on solid win (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Tough non-conference schedule pays off for Gamecocks (Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks let one slip away (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Carolina shouldn't dwell on loss (Daily Gamecock)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Sweep SEC Player Of The Week Awards

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Upset No. 22 Vanderbilt in OT, 83-75

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Fall to Florida in Nip-and-Tuck Game

Swimming & Diving: Gamecock Swim & Dive Sweeps Charleston; Splits with Kentucky

Softball: Gamecocks Start Spring with Sunday Practices

Track: South Carolina Women's Track Ranked In Preseason Poll


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball won their SEC home opener in an upset of No. 22 Vanderbilt on Saturday. Watch the highlights here.


ROOSTER CROWS

Sam Muldrow's triple-double on Saturday was just the second ever in South Carolina history.

South Carolina senior forward Sam Muldrow was named the SEC Player of the Week, while point guard Bruce Ellington was named the Freshman of the Week. It was the first-career weekly honor for both players. This is the first time South Carolina has swept the weekly awards.


PHOTO OF THE DAY

Bruce Ellington celebrates the win over Vanderbilt (Courtesy of Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press). Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Senior forward Sam Muldrow had 16 points, 14 rebounds, and a season and career-high 10 blocks for just the second triple-double in South Carolina history to help lead the Gamecocks to a 83-75 win over No. 22/24 Vanderbilt to open SEC play.

Bruce Ellington had a big night with a team-leading 22 points, matching his season high with six three pointers. Malik Cooke also set a season and career high with 13 rebounds. Full recap and stats to come on GamecocksOnline.com.

South Carolina faces Alabama next in Tuscaloosa on January 12th, 9:00 PM ET on CSS/ESPN3.com. The next home game is January 19th vs. Arkansas at 8:00 PM in our Garnet Army game. Be there! Click here for ticket information.
Gamecock Men's Basketball, the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and PalmettoPride are bringing anti-litter messages to Colonial Life Arena visitors during SEC games this season starting with tomorrow's game vs. Vanderbilt. Eight Boys & Girls Club members will attend games and help Arena fans throw their trash away.  

In its third year, the Keeping the Colonial Life Arena Clean program coordinated by SC and PalmettoPride has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to help the kids learn about keeping the environment clean and to inform the public on the importance of proper disposal of their trash.

"We thought it was a great opportunity to work with a local non-profit to not only help educate the kids, but to also be able to provide some entertainment to this great group," said Linda Shadel, Director of Operations for PalmettoPride.  

During one timeout in the second half of each game, a video board feature will remind fans about the initiative while members of the Boys & Girls Club walk through the stands with trash bags, encouraging Arena visitors to dispose of their trash responsibly.  The Boys & Girls Club volunteers receive complimentary tickets to the game and a t-shirt, courtesy of PalmettoPride.

See y'all there! Go Gamecocks!

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Vanderbilt

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes a look at the SEC opener vs. #22/24 Vanderbilt, including Lakeem Jackson's improved free throw shooting, among other topics. Read the full post here.

"Space your fingers wider." That simple piece of advice has led to a free throw-shooting renaissance for sophomore forward Lakeem Jackson. After a 4-for-5 performance against S.C. State (which last year would've prompted me to race to Corner Pantry and buy a lottery ticket), Jackson's free-throw percentage stands at 50.0% (19-38).

Jackson explained his improved mechanics to me Thursday. "I didn't have my fingers wide, and my thumb was in more [last year,]" Jackson said. He credits head coach Darrin Horn with reconstructing his mechanics over the summer. "His thumb would almost be underneath the ball," Horn demonstrated, almost like a person making the number 4. That caused the ball to roll erratically off Jackson's thumb on his release, resulting in free throws that sprayed like buckshot toward the rim.
Extreme Makeover: Free Throw Edition.

(Coach Horn should know about free throws. He told me he made 20 in a row before Thursday's practice.)

The best proof of Jackson's improvement? When he swished a free throw at the 13:00 mark of the 1st half against S.C. State, it made him 16-of-34 at the foul line. Last year, Jackson went 16-of-59 total at the free-throw line.
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***TOMORROW AT HOME***

Men's Basketball vs. #22/24 Vanderbilt, 5:00 PM, Colonial Life Arena
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com, Tickets: $15-18


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks Top Tigers in Thriller (GamecockAnthem.com)

Women's Basketball: Sizzling comeback nets first SEC win (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: South Carolina brings young squad into SEC play (Associated Press)

Men's Basketball: Coach opens up about young USC basketball team (WIS-TV)

Men's Basketball: Road to March: SEC Preview (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: 2010 Must Be Considered a Success for USC Football (Side Line Blog/Columbia Free Times)  

Football: By the numbers (The Big Spur)

Football: Morris: Now might be a good time for Gurley to go pro (The State)

Baseball: Gamecocks' baseball drew a huge crowd last season (Post & Courier)
 
Men's Soccer: Gamecocks off to MLS Combine (The Big Spur)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Host No. 22/24 Vanderbilt In SEC Opener Saturday

Men's Basketball: Video: Darrin Horn Press Conference

Women's Basketball: Stifling Defense, Clutch Free Throws Deliver 63-61 Win Over LSU



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from the SEC home opener win over LSU last night for Women's Basketball. Watch here.



ROOSTER CROWS

The all-time series for Men's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt is 23-23. Tomorrow's game will give one team the edge.

Carolina's 15 blocked shots vs. SC State in Men's Basketball were the most in a single game by any SEC team this season so far.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

The pet theme continues! Kimberly Denton (Class of 2009) sent in this photo of her cocker spaniel, Millie, in her Gamecock attire. Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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Five different Gamecocks scored in double figures as South Carolina came back from being down as many as 18 points in the first half to beat LSU, 63-61. Full recap and statistics to come on GamecocksOnline.com.

This was the Gamecocks' ninth straight home win and first win over LSU since a 76-61 victory in the 1998 SEC Tournament.

Markeshia Grant led the team with 12 points including going 3 for 4 from three point range. Ashley Bruner, La'Keisha Sutton, and Marah Strickland each scored 11 points and Ieasia Walker added 10. Clutch free throw completions down the stretch were a big difference maker for the Gamecocks who overall shot 76.5% from the foul line.

Next game is this Sunday vs. Florida at 3:00 PM. Be there!

Go Gamecocks! 


 
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***TONIGHT AT HOME***

Women's Basketball vs. LSU, 7:00 PM, Colonial Life Arena
TV: FSN, Radio: WISW 1320 AM or GamecocksOnline.com
Tickets: $7 general admission


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Blog: 5 questions for 2011 - Defense (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Richardson re-discovers his confidence (GamecockCentral.com)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball: Baseball Ranked No. 4 In 2010 In Attendance In The NCAA

Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks Host Kentucky, College of Charleston Friday

Women's Basketball: Women's Hoops Hosts LSU Thursday Night



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College Baseball attendance for 2010.
 
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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from the dominating Gamecocks win over SC State on Tuesday night. Watch here.



ROOSTER CROWS

A win tonight for Women's Basketball would be its ninth-straight home victory, the longest the Gamecocks have gone without dropping a home game since opening the 2002-03 season with a 10-game home win streak.

Women's Basketball is 7-1 this season when scoring at least 60 points, including a perfect 3-0 mark when reaching 70 points.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Another great photo of a four-legged fan! This is Wick, a very handsome Jack Russell terrier belonging to Windi Williams-Weaver who sent in the photo. Do you have a great Gamecock fan picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: SEC appears to be tale of two divisions (Yahoo! Sports)

Men's Basketball: South Carolina 91, S. Carolina St. 56 (ESPN/Associated Press)

Men's Basketball: Photo Gallery: South Carolina vs. SC State (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Blog: Assessing the 2010 Season (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball: Women's Hoops Hosts LSU Thursday Night

Women's Tennis: South Carolina Ranked 21st in ITA Poll

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Blitz Bulldogs, 91-56

Swimming & Diving: Three Advance to Finals at Tennessee Diving Invitational


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball opens up SEC play this Saturday vs. #22/24 Vanderbilt after a dominating win last night over SC State. Game time is 5:00 PM in Colonial Life Arena. Be there!





ROOSTER CROWS

Freshman starter Brian Richardson set a season and career high last night with 17 points vs. SC State

Sam Muldrow had his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to accompany his season-high six blocks.


FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Great photo of some furry Gamecock fans sent in by Lauren Osborne! Do you have a great Gamecock picture you'd like to see here? Send it to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!


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NFL Gamecocks headed to the playoffs

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NFL logo.pngSeveral Gamecocks currently playing in the NFL are headed to the playoffs. Three play for teams with first round byes - John Abraham, Dunta Robinson (Atlanta Falcons) and Rod Wilson (Chicago Bears). They are joined by Emanuel Cook and Lance Laury with the New York Jets and Shaun Smith and Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs.

John Abraham (DE) was named as a starter on the Pro Bowl squad after his performance this season: 40 tackles, team leading 13 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception for the 11 year veteran. Abraham surpassed the 100 career sacks mark this season, now with 102.5 sacks in his NFL career. Abraham graduated ranked second on South Carolina's career sacks record list with 23.5 sacks after leading the team in sacks all four years (now third after Eric Norwood broke the record in 2009). He received the Joe Morrison Memorial Award for defense and was named team MVP and the recipient of the Captain's Cup Award as a senior captain in 1999 when he recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass defended and blocked a field goal attempt.

Dunta Robinson (CB) recorded 55 tackles and 1 interception for the Falcons this season. Robinson was team captain of the 2003 Gamecocks his senior year and recorded 114 tackles during his South Carolina career with five interceptions, including a team leading 4 interceptions in 2002. He was also named team MVP in 2003.

Rod Wilson's (LB) path at South Carolina was unique, having come in as a quarterback before moving to wide receiver and then the defensive side of the ball where he took off. The Cross, SC, native was a team captain and led the Gamecocks his senior season in 2004 with 68 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. He has logged 10 tackles for the Bears this season.

The New York Jets have safety Emanuel Cook and linebacker Lance Laury on their roster from the Gamecocks. Cook signed with the Jets on December 8th, 2010, and has 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble in his first four games. Cook had 227 career tackles at South Carolina including leading the team with 92 in 2007 and 87 in 2008. Laury has 12 tackles for the Jets in his first season with the team after several years as a special teams leader for the Seattle Seahawks. Laury was the second-leading tackler for the 2005 Gamecocks with 69 tackles in his senior season and 230 career tackles. 

Shaun Smith (DT) logged 56 tackles for the Chiefs this season along with a rare offensive touchdown for a defensive player, a one yard rushing TD for the 325-pounder. Smith was a junior college transfer to SC, playing for the Gamecocks in 2001 and 2002 posting 49 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in his career.

Ryan Succop went 20/26 on field goals this season (76.9%) with a long of 53 yards. He connected on all 42 of his extra point attempts. Succop played in 50 games at South Carolina, hitting 49 of 69 field goals (71.0%) with a career long of 55 yards. He converted 104 of 106 PATs and racked up a total of 251 points, the second-highest total in school history.

Thanks to these Gamecock greats and all our former players who represent South Carolina well in the NFL. Good luck in the playoffs, guys!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


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Gamecocks beat SC State, 91-56

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Season and career scoring highs for freshmen Damontre Harris (9 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks) and Brian Richardson (17 points, 5 of 8 from three point range) and big nights from Lakeem Jackson (17 points) and Sam Muldrow (double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds along with 6 blocks) led the Gamecocks to a dominating 91-56 win over SC State in their final nonconference game of the season.

Full recap, notes, and statistics to come on GamecocksOnline.com. 

Not the obvious choice based on numbers, but I would give Damontre Harris a nod for my player of the game. Harris was fun to watch tonight as he seemed to grow up on the court playing a season high 26 minutes. As SC State struggled to deal with his height and wingspan he played with more confidence and energy, particularly in the second half.

Said Coach Horn of Harris, "Damontre slowly continues to get better and better and get more comfortable out there. ... the more we throw him out there the more he does positive things."

The Gamecocks open SEC play this Saturday vs. No. 22/24 Vanderbilt at 5:00 PM at home in Colonial Life Arena. The game will air nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com and I'd love to see a big crowd for the guys to feed off as they face another ranked team, this time to start conference play. Click here for tickets

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 1/4 The Return!

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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

The Daily Round-Up returns today after a holiday hiatus. Men's Basketball has their final nonconference game tonight and opens SEC play on Saturday vs. #22/24 Vanderbilt.


***TONIGHT AT HOME***


Men's Basketball vs. S.C. State, 7:00 PM, Colonial Life Arena, Fox Sports Carolinas. Tickets available at the CLA box office.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: 5 questions for the 2011 Gamecocks (The Herald/The State)

Football: Losing Lattimore too much for Gamecocks to overcome (Post & Courier)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks host Bulldogs before SEC play (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE NFL

John Abraham (DE, Atlanta Falcons): 2 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss in W over Carolina

Jared Cook (TE, Tennessee Titans): 7 receptions for 58 yards in L to Indianapolis

Emanuel Cook (S, New York Jets): 2 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble in W over Buffalo

Andre Goodman (CB, Denver Broncos): 4 solo tackles in L to San Diego

Johnathan Joseph (CB, Cincinnati Bengals): 3 solo tackles in L to Baltimore

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

Captain Munnerlyn (CB, Carolina Panthers): 3 solo tackles in L to Atlanta

Eric Norwood (LB, Carolina Panthers): 2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble in L to Atlanta

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

Shaun Smith (DT, Kansas City Chiefs): 6 tackles (4 solo, 2 asst) in L to Oakland

Darian Stewart (S, St. Louis Rams): 1 assisted tackle in L to Seattle

Ryan Succop (K, Kansas City Chiefs):  1/1 on Field Goals and 1/1 on PAT's in L to Oakland

Rod Wilson (LB, Chicago Bears): 1 solo tackle in L to Green Bay


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Men's Hoops To Host SC State On Tuesday

Baseball: Gamecock Baseball Ranked No. 7 In College Baseball Lineup's Preseason Top 30

Baseball: Bradley Jr. & Price Rated By Baseball America Among Top Prospects For 2011 MLB Draft

Swimming & Diving: Forcucci Leads Gamecocks at Tennessee Diving Invitational

Women's Basketball: Second-Half Surge Falls Short at Georgia


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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Women's Basketball opens up home SEC play this week playing LSU on Thursday at 7 PM (FSN) and Florida on Sunday at 3 PM.




FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Over the holidays we asked fans to send in pictures of Gamecock gifts given or received. We got some great submissions, including this one from Katrina Phillips of her 11-month old son, Roe. Roe was given a Junior Gamecock Club membership for Christmas and apparently the lunch box is his new favorite toy!

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"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: "Validate that"

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Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra goes "Inside the Chart" with his pre-tip reads for tonight's match-up with South Carolina State at 7:00 PM. Read the full post here.

"Valet parkers do it. Fact-checkers do it. And Gamecock basketball players do it, too.

After a typically intense, competitive drill at their Blossom St. practice facility, head coach Darrin Horn will select a player from the winning team. "Validate that," Horn will instruct him. The player then toes the free-throw line with a simple set of consequences.

Make the free throw, and the losing team sprints.

Miss the free throw, and the winning team sprints as well.
For the Gamecocks, it's time to validate their early season wins.

After a choppy, 1-3 stretch over the holidays, it's time for South Carolina to validate its early-season successes. With SEC play arriving Saturday, the Gamecocks must prove that their 8 wins define them more than their 4 losses. A final chance for validation awaits tonight, as South Carolina host South Carolina State (7 p.m. EST, Gamecock Sports Network from IMG College).

On that note, let's dive into your pre-game tip reads for the Bulldogs" 

Former Athletic Trainer Dave Huffstettler passes away

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Dave Huffstettler, former football athletic trainer, passed away on Sunday at his home surrounded by his wife, Anna, and children. Dave was the football athletic trainer at South Carolina from about 1970 to 1983.

Funeral services will be held in Toledo, though details are not certain at this time and there are tentative plans for a memorial service in Columbia for those in the Gamecock family who cannot attend the service in Toledo.

Please keep Dave's family and loved ones in your thoughts as they cope with their loss.

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog