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As we get into summer and fewer Gamecock teams currently competing, the Daily Round-Up will come out weekly or every few days and return to a daily schedule in the fall.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: USC sets sights on Georgia Southern (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Former Lancaster star becomes jack of all trades for Gamecocks (The Herald - Rock Hill)

Baseball: Commentary: Take Five (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Tanner: Gamecocks draw tough regional opponents (Anderson Independent Mail)

Baseball: Breaking Down the Columbia Regional (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Team Includes Gamecocks (GoUpstate.com)

Football: One more chance for Gamecocks' Garcia (ESPN SEC Blog)

SEC Spring Meetings: Kicking Off the SEC Spring Meetings (ESPN SEC Blog)

SEC Spring Meetings: SEC Spring Meetings Open in Destin (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

MLS: Blake Brettschneider had the assist for fellow Gamecock alum Josh Wolff's game winner in DC United's 3-2 victory over Portland Sunday. Blake had two assists in the match, on the first goal, and Wolff's game winner.  Read more.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Field Set for 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional in Columbia

Baseball. Roth Named Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award

Baseball. Michael Roth Named To SEC All-Tournament Team

Track. Six Gamecocks Qualify For Des Moines On Final Day of Preliminary Round

Track. Three Gamecocks Punch Tickets To NCAA Outdoor Finals

Football. Gamecocks Prominent on Steele's Teams

Football. Garcia to Participate in Summer Workouts

Men's Basketball. Bunton To Fill Assistant Coach Position, Phelps Named Director Of Operations

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Help KICK Cancer with Lemonade



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Updated Ticket Availability Information for Baseball NCAA Regional

Photos from Gamecock Fan Fest Tour at Darlington Raceway

Travian Robertson: It's Great To Be A Gamecock Video

With Degree in Hand, Travian Robertson Focusing on Football

1993: Brandon Bennett Goes "Over the Top" for the Gamecocks

Carolina Receives College Sports Media Awards Nomination



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch Coach Tanner's press conference after yesterday's NCAA Tournament bracket was announced:
http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=246174



ROOSTER CROWS


This will be Carolina's 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. South Carolina has reached nine College World Series as well as eight NCAA Super Regionals. South Carolina's 12 consecutive trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) is the longest current streak of the 12 SEC schools.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Candi Sparks Osborne or Grant and Hayden Osborne with Cocky at a Greenville Drive game fresh off of the Gamecocks' College World Series National Championship win last summer.

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


You can check out all the Fan Photos of the Day and more daily content from the Gamecocks on our Facebook page!

-Brittany


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for BSB vs. Georgia 3-18-11.jpegThere was a lot of excitement over the Memorial Day weekend as we were selected as a host site for an NCAA Regional and learned which teams the Gamecocks would face first in the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. South Carolina is the #4 national seed and the #1 seed in the Columbia Regional. Games begin at Carolina Stadium this Friday, June 3rd, with No. 2 Stetson vs. No. 3 NC State at 1:00 p.m. and No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Georgia Southern at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information on the Regional, including game times for the entire weekend.

Baseball season ticket holders and Gamecock Club members were able to order Regional Booklets in advance. If booklets were purchased prior to Wednesday, May 25th, they were mailed. All others will be available for pick up at will call at Carolina Stadium. Regional booklets went on sale to the public on May 25th at 10:00 a.m. Booklets have now been broken up for single game sales and only Outfield Bleachers and Standing Room Only tickets remain. Single game tickets are $15 each.

Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online and print them at home to avoid wait time or will call lines. Fans can also order single game tickets via phone at 800-4SC-FANS though tickets would have to be picked up at will call, or purchase in person at the Colonial Life Arena box office (before Friday).

Go online to GamecocksOnline.com to get your NCAA Regional tickets.

Please note that NCAA regulations state that every person must have a ticket to enter the stadium. Although Carolina Stadium is the venue and we are the host institution for the event, this Regional is an NCAA event, not a normal Carolina home game. Some aspects of the game atmosphere will be different. We'll have more information on what to expect in a blog post later this week.

Looking forward to seeing a great Gamecocks crowd at Carolina Stadium this weekend!

-Brittany


_1AS4072.JPGDuring the 30 minute break between the Alabama/Florida game and our SEC Tournament game vs. Vanderbilt tonight stay tuned to SportSouth. They are debuting Spotlight: 2011 SEC Spring Football at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET depending on the end time of the Alabama/Florida game.

Spotlight: 2011 SEC Spring Football is a 30-minute special highlighting seven of the 12 SEC football programs as they prepare for the upcoming season, including South Carolina.  Host Ray Goodrich sat down with the seven head coaches this spring to discuss the current status of their teams, the coaching philosophies they're using approaching the new season and what their teams have and need to be successful in 2011. Schools and head coaches included in the show are:

University of Alabama; Nick Saban
Auburn University; Gene Chizik
University of Georgia; Mark Richt
University of Kentucky; Joker Phillips
University of South Carolina; Steve Spurrier
University of Tennessee; Derek Dooley
Vanderbilt University; James Franklin
 
Joker Phillips, James Franklin, and our own Coach Spurrier wore microphones throughout practice to give viewers an all access pass to the preparation for next season.
 
So tune in tonight for a little taste of football in between the SEC baseball action. South Carolina will take on Vanderbilt on the diamond in the final game of today's SEC Tournament action. Game time is set for approximately 9:00 p.m. ET, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game between Alabama and Florida.


Spotlight: 2011 SEC Spring Football
premieres on SportSouth on Thursday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET and has additional airings on:
May 28 at 5:00 p.m. ET
May 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET
May 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET

 
Thank you to all the fans who joined us on the in-field at Darlington Raceway last night for the final stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club!

Check out photos below:



-Brittany
Check out the second video in our "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" series, featuring fifth year senior defensive lineman Travian Robertson.

If you missed the first video, which featured Alshon Jeffery, you can click here to watch it.

Three more videos in the series will be posted over the next few weeks. We release them first on our Facebook page at noon each Wednesday.


We had our second to last stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club in Sumter on Tuesday. Thank you to all the Carolina fans who made their way out to USC Sumter for the event featuring several head coaches speaking to the crowd, autographs, Cocky and the cheerleaders, kids activities and tailgating games, photo opportunities with championship trophies, and more.

Fans in the Darlington/Florence area come out tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, to Darlington Raceway for the final stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour! We'll be on the infield for the event from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Check out photos and videos below from the Sumter event.





-Brittany
After completing shooting for his feature role in an "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" video, I talked with Travian Robertson about all the work he's putting in during the offseason to get ready for this fall. (Did you miss the first video featuring Alshon Jeffery? Click here.)

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He has another year of eligibility remaining, but Robertson was among 67 student-athletes who graduated this spring.  After graduation he took about a week off to spend time with family before returning to campus to continue working out. He completed a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice this spring and will continue classes in the fall.

"I'm still thinking about [what classes I'll take]," said Robertson. "Either grad school classes or I'll declare another major in sociology and finish that up if I can. It would be good to start grad school but I also always wanted to do sociology as well so I'm going to think about it and make a decision in the next few weeks, then go from there."

With his degree in hand, Robertson will use the summer offseason to focus on football and working out. He will work out with the strength and conditioning staff four days a week and he also plans to watch film on his own on days off from working out to prepare for the season. Although he's focusing on football, he's still going to take advantage of available classes.

 "I'm taking one class each summer session, so it's not too bad," explained Robertson. "I'm taking Pilates. I'm graduated so I'm not going to stress myself over the summer. I'm focusing on football, getting healthy, and working out."

During the summer, student-athletes are allowed to work out with the strength and conditioning staff, but coaches are not allowed to run practices or be present at workouts. It's up to the team members themselves to continue to do work over the summer.

"The past few years a lot of guys have been dedicated," said Robertson. "We'll just send a text out saying, we're doing this at this time if y'all want to come. The past few years if class didn't conflict, a lot of guys show up."

As a senior on the team some of that leadership role naturally falls to Robertson. When he came in as a freshman he had older players to guide him and set an example and now it is his turn to be that role model. Robertson feels that the push he got from older players helped him come into the fall more prepared and even though he wasn't a starter yet, he felt game-ready.

"It's important that we do this," Robertson said emphatically. "Everybody can't be a starter but you got to play a role somehow so it's important that everybody do the offseason work. As a leader I guess if they see 'well he did it, he came to these workouts, I'm going to do it and maybe it'll work for me.' That's the kind of role I'm trying to play - lead by example and show them it really helps. By the time they get with the coaches in the fall it will be a lot easier for them to coach you the more you know."

So what can fans expect to see from one of the anchors of our defensive line next year?

"I'm going to step up and be a great leader. Obviously I'm going to work on my game more, continue to work hard to try to be a better player than I was last year."

Tune in Wednesday at NOON on our Facebook page for the next video in our "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" series featuring Travian Robertson.

-Brittany

As we get into summer with fewer Gamecock teams currently competing, the Daily Round-Up will come out weekly or every few days and return to a daily schedule in the fall.


The Gamecock Fan Fest Tour has been going great with lots of fans at each stop. The final two stops are this week. Tuesday, May 24th, we'll be at USC Sumter at the Nettles Building and on Wednesday, May 25th, we'll be at Darlington Raceway. Each event is 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information. See you there!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Back on top: Gamecocks No. 1 (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Presser Recap: Roth Will Start (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Success likely will breed more success for baseball Gamecocks (Anderson Independent Mail)

Men's Soccer: Soccer Must Replace Mainstays (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: More props for Gamecocks' Jeffery (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Jeffery top SEC player on 2012 Big Board (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Lattimore is an ultimate workout warrior (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Byrnes, USC star Lattimore pays visit to Wellford school (GoUpstate.com)

Member Profile: Doug Adams, '07 (MyCarolina Alumni Association)

New Band Director Plans Overhaul (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Former Goose Creek star Shell ready to help bring glory to Gamecocks (The Post & Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Gamecocks Claim SEC Championship with 3-2 Win Over Alabama

Baseball. Walker Selected To USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Baseball. Roth & Price Named Semifinalists For Howser Trophy

Football. Johnson Named to Rimington Watch List

Track. South Carolina Track Earns 30 Bids To NCAA East Preliminary

Men's Basketball. South Carolina To Host Providence In Big East/SEC Challenge Matchup

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Finish 18th at NCAA Women's Golf Championship



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The Gamecocks are also ranked #1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Carolina Receives College Sports Media Awards Nomination

Video from Gamecock Fan Fest Tour in Greenville

Over 650 Gamecock Fans Descend on Fluor Field in Greenville

Women's Golf Continuing to Build Program Success Playing in NCAA Championship

Alshon Jeffery: It's Great To Be A Gamecock Video

Photos & Video from Gamecock Fan Fest Tour in Charleston



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Tanner's post-game comments after clinching a share of the SEC Championship after the win over Alabama on Saturday: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=245426



ROOSTER CROWS


Sophomore first baseman Christian Walker has been selected to the 22-man roster for the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.  It is the 11th time in school history for a player to be selected to the collegiate team and it is the second straight season a Gamecock has been on the team as Jackie Bradley Jr. played last year.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photos are from Darrell Linder of Madeline (top) and Mikayla (bottom) enjoying their first South Carolina Baseball game vs. Kentucky:

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


-Brittany


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For a trip back in time today, check out this video of a great moment in Gamecock Football history - Brandon Bennett "Over the Top", a last-second touchdown that gave the Gamecocks a 23-21 win over #14 Georgia in Athens in 1993. Audio from two legendary announcers, the Dawgs' Larry Munson and our own Bob Fulton. Would love to see some comments from Gamecock fans who were at this game! Anyone???




102 days until kickoff...

-Brittany


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Video from Gamecock Fan Fest Tour in Greenville

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We had our largest crowd yet on the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour when we stopped in Greenville on Wednesday and over 650 Gamecock fans made their way to Fluor Field for the evening. Thanks to the Gamecock Club for all their hard work putting on these events.

Check out video from the event below. There are two Fan Fest Tour dates left, this Tuesday, May 24th in Sumter at the USC Sumter Nettles building and Wednesday, May 25th at Darlington Raceway. Each Fan Fest lasts from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
 
Congratulations to the Gamecock Productions staff - Director Paul Danna and Assistant Directors Kyle Lewis and Justin Stoll - and their student assistants on being nominated for a 2011 College Sports Media Award!

South Carolina's nomination is in the "College Athletics: Special Feature" category for the Gamecock Confidential series that took fans behind the scenes with the Gamecock Softball team and new head coach Beverly Smith as they prepared for their new season. The six-episode series was something new here at South Carolina and it garnered thousands of views on YouTube and GamecocksOnline.com. Other nominees include features by Michigan, Oregon, Dayton, Stanford, and the ACC.

The CSMA winners will be announced at the College Sports Video Summit on June 7th in Atlanta. Danna and his crew will also be presenting a case study on the Gamecock Confidential series to their peers at the College Sports Video Summit.

Check out Episode 4 below (the episode specifically nominated) and the rest of the series on YouTube or GamecocksOnline.com.

 
The Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club continued Wednesday evening in Greenville. Over 650 fans came to the event at Fluor Field, the Greenville Drive's stadium.

South Carolina head coaches Scott Swanson (Volleyball), Beverly Smith (Softball), Darrin Horn (Men's Basketball), and Steve Spurrier (Football) all spoke to the crowd along with running back Marcus Lattimore, who did a Q&A with Derek Scott.

Fans played tailgating games and wiffle ball on the field, took photos with various championship trophies, Cocky and the cheerleaders, got autographs from coaches, and more.

There are just two stops left on the tour! We'll be in Sumter in the Nettles Building on campus at USC Sumter on Tuesday, May 24th, and at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday, May 25th. Each Fan Fest event runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Photo slideshow from last night's event:



-Brittany
Katie Rose Higgins.jpegWomen's Golf begins play Wednesday in their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, their third appearance in four years. While Head Coach Kalen Anderson's squad has some veteran experience from last year's NCAA East Regional Championship win in Katie Burnett and Amanda Strang, the performance of three freshmen in this year's Regional propelled the Gamecocks on to the Championship round. Katie Rose Higgins (left), Suzie Lee, and Samantha Swinehart all put up solid scores to help the Gamecocks to a sixth-place finish in the Regional, qualifying them to advance.

"It bodes great for the future," said Anderson. "They really stepped up, I'm so proud of our freshmen. They're a big reason we're going to the NCAA Championship. ... Katie Rose played her steadiest golf in the Regional Championship, which was really key to our success. Sam and Suzie had a top-15 finish in the Regional Championship, that's big time golf right at the most important time of the season. They're going to gain a lot of confidence from that."

For their part the three freshmen are enjoying the ride and their first experience with the NCAA Tournament. With classes complete for the semester they are able to focus solely on golf and having fun as a team.

"It's exciting; it's a great opportunity, something that we work for all year," said Higgins. "I was happy to contribute to the team each day. I was happy with my progress emotionally and playing a steadier round of golf and not making any big numbers. There were some tough conditions, it was raining every day. We had to just keep going at it."

After the cold and rainy weather they experienced at the Regional near Seattle, the team is looking forward to going to College Station, Texas, for the Championship.

"It'll be exciting to compete for a national championship," said Swinehart. "It's a different tournament that I haven't experienced yet so I'm looking forward to going to Texas and having a good week."

One strength of this young group is their ability to bounce back from a bad shot or tough start, a mental skill one doesn't always see with freshmen. All three freshmen had a tough hole or two during the Regional, but were able to keep their composure and finish well.

"That's what some of my progress as a freshman has been," explained Higgins. "At the beginning of the year my heart would be racing and I'd be so flustered and emotionally distraught, but now just through the constant repetitions and being in the situations over and over again you realize it's golf and crazy things happen and you just move on to the next shot. It's over and done you just keep going and don't let it affect your next shot when there's still plenty of holes to make up for it."

Anderson focuses a lot on the mental aspects of the game and preparation for each shot and each hole. One of the keys to their success the past couple years has been peaking at the right time and coming up big when it matters the most at tournament time.

"We always hammer them on the wedge game and the short game. We do a lot of on-course practicing with that. They seem to embrace that. It takes awhile for them to understand the importance of it and to get comfortable with it," said Anderson. "We seem to peak at the right times with our short games and mental games. They've developed in terms of their strengths. They get comfortable in their pre-shot routines, which is one of the things we really worked on going into SEC's and Regionals. We're making sure we're seeing our shots and seeing good images before we hit our shots. We're committed on where we're going to land the ball and if we don't see good shots, to back off and make sure we see the positive image before we hit it. They did a great job with that going into SEC's and Regionals. The mental side of it is just so important because they have just as much physical talent as every other team."

Before coming to South Carolina in 2008, Anderson was an All-American and later an assistant coach at Duke University. As a player she was part of the team's first national championship and would be a part of two more as a coach. She has brought that championship mentality to South Carolina.
 
"I came from a championship program at Duke and my goal is to build a national championship program here. The more times we can get ourselves into position to contend for championships [by making the tournament], the more likely we'll have the ability to do that. I want to keep moving my program in the right direction and keep getting ourselves to the national championship. We still have a little ways to go but the more steps we're moving forward the closer we're getting. We're getting better and better every year and that's all I can ask for. We'll keep recruiting hard and if our freshmen keep stepping up the way they do then we're moving in the right direction."

Follow live scoring from the NCAA Championship today here. You can also follow along with @GamecockWGolf on Twitter.


- Brittany

Alshon Jeffery: It's Great To Be A Gamecock Video

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The first video in our "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" series debuted at noon Wednesday on our Facebook page. There were over 100 views on YouTube in just a few minutes!

Check out the video below and be sure to share the link (http://youtu.be/R0pfGaEysC4) with your friends! How many views do you think we can get in one day?


 

-Brittany
At noon on Wednesday, May 18th, be sure to tune into our South Carolina Gamecocks Facebook page. We'll be releasing the first video from our new series, "It's Great To Be A Gamecock", on Facebook first. The series will feature multiple Gamecock football players this offseason and continue with new releases each Wednesday at noon. Looking forward to hearing what y'all think!

As far as who will be in the first video debuting tomorrow, I'll just give you a hint... who better to be first than No.1?

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- Brittany
Check out the photo slideshow and highlight video from last night's stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club in Charleston at the RiverDogs Stadium.

Great crowds at both the Charlotte and Charleston events. Looking forward to tonight in Aiken (USC Aiken Convocation Center) and tomorrow in Greenville (Fluor Field - Greenville Drive Stadium).

Next week we'll be in Sumter (Tuesday at USC Sumter Nettles Building) and Darlington (Wednesday at Darlington Raceway). You can check out information on all the events on our Facebook page.

Can't wait to see everyone and go Gamecocks!!

 





- Brittany
The Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club continues this week! We were in Charleston tonight, at the USC Aiken Convocation Center tomorrow and at Fluor Field in Greenville on Wednesday. Each event is 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information. See you there!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: Gamecocks climb in Top 25 (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Horn Solid at South Carolina (Courier-Journal)

Football: Fans pick Alshon Jeffery as impact player (ESPN SEC B log)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Women's Golf. Gamecocks Set to Tee It Up at NCAA Championship

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Hosts UNC Asheville On Tuesday

Baseball. Colby Holmes Named SEC Pitcher Of The Week

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Equestrian. AQHA Congress Champion Samantha Chiodo Signs with Gamecocks

Swimming & Diving. Schaffer's Strong 200 IM Highlights Final Day of UltraSwim

Track & Field. South Carolina Earns Four Medals On SEC Outdoors Final Day


   
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Great night with all the fans tonight! Looking forward to Aiken and Greenville!

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Great Brian Winters: SI.com's Best Beards in Sport History

Battle Over "Carolina" Dates to At Least 1936

Over 500 Fans Attend First Stop of Gamecock Fan Fest Tour at Knights Stadium

Gamecock Productions Staffer Earns Second Emmy Award

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason



VIDEO OF THE DAY

South Carolina vs. Arkansas Baseball  Highlights: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=244862



ROOSTER CROWS

Baseball  is now 41-11 overall and 20-7 in the SEC. The wins this weekend gave South Carolina 40 or more wins for the 12th consecutive season. The Gamecocks are the only team in the SEC to win 40 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is from Mellisa Head of baby Jacelyn Ellisa:

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Miljana Jocic2.jpegPlay begins today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for Women's Tennis. Head Coach Arlo Elkins and the Gamecocks will take on Arizona in the first round of play. #2-overall seed Florida and South Carolina State round out the region. Of the 30 years the NCAA has held a championship tournament for Women's Tennis, South Carolina has received a bid 21 times, including the current impressive streak of 17 consecutive tournament berths, which is the 11th longest active streak in the country

"It's all a part of the process," Elkins said of the keys to the streak. "You have to have good recruiting, you have to have good players, and we have to develop them the best we can and we've been able to do that the past 17 years. We hope that we can establish to do better than just going to NCAA's every year. I think 15 of those 17 we have won first round or more but I think it's time we establish ourselves at a higher level than that and get into the final 16 as much as we can. But the NCAA Tournament is what we strive for every year."

The team's lone senior, Miljana Jocic (above left), has now been to the NCAA Tournament all four years at Carolina.

"It means a lot to me that the program is very good and we are all on the same page," said Jocic. "Everyone understands that we are not done when the conference tournament is done. We have to play very well the entire season to get to NCAA's because only the top teams get in. It is always our goal to do well in the NCAA Tournament. [In 2009] we made school history making it to the quarterfinals. Now when new freshmen come in we're trying to explain to them what a great experience it is. Your college career is only four years, you want to make it count, especially in the NCAA Tournament."

After the NCAA Tournament Jocic plans to take a break over the summer before returning to Columbia to complete an internship with the Sheraton Hotel to complete her degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management for graduation in December.

"I'm not going to play pro after this so it's crazy to me that this big chapter of my life is ending," said Jocic. "I've been playing tennis practically all my life, since I was seven, so [this year's NCAA Tournament] will be different."

Junior Anya Morgina was the only Gamecock to also receive a berth in the 64-person NCAA Singles Championship Tournament, to be played at Stanford after the completion of the team championship. She tied a school record for victories at No. 1 singles this season and was named All-SEC First Team.

"Making the NCAA Tournament has been the goal for the team and for myself throughout the season practicing and playing," said Morgina. "I'm trying to get in some extra work to get ready to play in the singles tournament as well as the team tournament. Hopefully this year will be even better than last year."

Even when you've made the Tournament for 17 straight years, it's still exciting every time.

"It's a sense of accomplishment," said Elkins. "It's what we strive for every year. We're looking forward to it. We gotta get by our first round and if we get by Arizona then we will most likely play Florida again. It would be the third time in three or four weeks that we've played them so we should know their games pretty well. If we play well we'll be able to hold our own with them."

"I'm excited because it's the biggest tournament of the year both for the team and for me individually in singles," said Morgina. "I'm also excited to go to San Francisco, I've never been there and I've always wanted to visit California."

Moving forward the Gamecocks hope to continue their string of success and the new tennis facility being built in the Athletics Village at the Roost will play a role.

"It will help recruiting. We have been by far one of the worst facilities in the SEC and in the country for a team that's done as well as we have. So first of all it will help recruiting when we get a better facility up to the standards of other SEC and national-level programs," explained Elkins. "I think it will also improve our fan base, which also helps recruiting. It's hard to park at our old courts and not very comfortable. Now we'll have a first-class facility not just for our players but for our fans and spectators as well."

Good luck to the ladies as they begin the NCAA Tournament today in Gainesville!

Go Gamecocks!

-Brittany
 
Kudos to the Gamecock fan community on various message boards for uncovering this gem, specifically "ipull4usc" who appears to have first posted it... Gamecock Basketball great Brian Winters was selected by SI.com as one of the Best Beards in Sport History.

Winters was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. From that release:

"Winters lettered in basketball from 1972-74. He starred for Coach Frank McGuire, scoring 1,079 points despite being hampered by injuries and mononucleosis. Known as a smooth-as-silk clutch performer who was deadly from long range, Winters also became very adept at heaving the ball from his own baseline to a teammate breaking under the opponent's basket. Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, Winters was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He became a scoring machine in Milwaukee and eventually had his jersey retired by the NBA franchise."

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Football Season Tickets Renewal Deadline

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2010 Football season ticket holders, the deadline is MAY 13TH, 2011, to renew your tickets and ensure you keep your 2010 seat location!

The ticket office and Gamecock Club will be open until 7:00 p.m. this evening to accept renewals. We encourage fans to renew online. It's quick, easy, and you save money on handling. Also, please be mindful that due to high call volume it may be difficult to get through on the phone (800-4SC-FANS) so please be patient. 

You can also renew in person at the Colonial Life Arena box office.

Parking renewals are also due today. Be sure to request whatever parking you would like. Have questions about parking availability, pricing, or where your spot may be? Click here for more information.

Please note, this is the deadline only for renewals. If you didn't have season tickets in 2010 but you're interested in becoming a season ticket holder for the upcoming 2011 season, you still have time and we have availability. Click here for information on how to get new season tickets for 2011.


Battle Over "Carolina" Dates to At Least 1936

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I was looking through some old South Carolina documents and photos today and came across this game program from 1936 (wowzers!). The first thing I noticed was the way we referred to our opponent that day... the game program says "North Carolina vs. Carolina", making it very clear to our friends in the Tar Heel state which state was simply, "Carolina".

It was interesting to see the old advertisements in the program for local delis and dairies, even cigarettes and beer (how times have changed!). Municipal Stadium was the original name of what we now call Williams-Brice Stadium, first built as part of a federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in 1934 with a capacity of 17,600 people.

The "Carolina" debate will always rage on... but we'll take this little piece of history on our side!

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A look at Municipal Stadium/Williams-Brice Stadium at its beginning in 1934:

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 Photo courtesy of South Carolina Archives.
Great crowd last night at the first stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour at Charlotte Knights Stadium - see y'all Monday in Charleston!


***2010 Football Season Ticket Holders - the renewal deadline to ensure you retain your 2010 seat location is TOMORROW, May 13th! The ticket office will have extended hours until 7:00 p.m. accepting renewals. Parking applications/renewals are also due!***



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Athletics: Inside the video board issue (TheBigSpur.com)

Baseball: Smoak Becoming Solid Major Leaguer (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC cruises past Charleston Southern (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Poll: Biggest SEC impact player (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

Football: South Carolina spring wrap (ESPN SEC Blog)

Fan Fest/Football:  Spurrier: Garcia has a 'chance of being back' (The Post & Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Summer Camps Start in June for Gamecock Softball

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Hosts Arkansas This Weekend

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Earns 11-1 Win Over Charleston Southern

Track. Michael Zajac Places Fifth In Hammer Throw At SEC Outdoors

Track. Gamecock Quick Sprints - SEC Outdoor Championships


   
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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Over 500 Fans Attend First Stop of Gamecock Fan Fest Tour at Knights Stadium

Gamecock Productions Staffer Earns Second Emmy Award

Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Who else remembers the great fan video in 2005 set to Coldplay's "Fix You" after the transition from Lou Holtz to Steve Spurrier as head coach? It quickly made the rounds among fans then (here's a rough version still on YouTube). I remember it giving me chills then and I came across another one someone made just this past December... chills again. Just fast forward to the 2:30 mark if you want to skip to the good stuff. :)





ROOSTER CROWS

Senior Scott Wingo has now played in 234 career games and is two short of Mac White (1991-94) at 236 for fourth highest in school history.

All-Time Games Played List
255 Michael Campbell 2003-04-05-06
251 Landon Powell 2001-02-03-04
238 Andrew Crisp 2005-06-07-08-09
236 Mac White 1991-92-93-94
234 Scott Wingo 2008-09-10-11



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Several photos will be Fan Photo of the Day today after a great turnout from our fans at the first stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club at Charlotte Knights Stadium last night.





Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!



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The first stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club attracted a great crowd to Charlotte Knights Stadium last night. Over 500 people attended the event, taking photos with Cocky and the cheerleaders and our championship trophies, playing tailgating games, participating in kids activities, listening to live music from Tokyo Joe, and more.

Head Coaches Shelley Smith (Women's Soccer), Mark Berson (Men's Soccer), Darrin Horn (Men's Basketball) and Steve Spurrier (Football) all spoke to the crowd. Local football players Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman (both graduates of nearby South Pointe High School in Rock Hill) also spoke about the upcoming season.

Hope to see another great crowd on Monday in Charleston!

Check out photos from the event below:



Here is the schedule for the rest of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour. Each event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and admission is $5. You can also keep up with the Fan Fest Tour on our Facebook page. 

Monday, May 16 - Charleston RiverDogs Stadium
Tuesday, May 17 - USC Aiken Convocation Center
Wednesday, May 18 - Fluor Field/Greenville Drive Stadium
Tuesday, May 24 - USC Sumter Nettles Building
Wednesday, May 25 - Darlington Raceway

Go Gamecocks!

-Brittany
The first stop on the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club is tomorrow at Charlotte Knights Stadium! Click here for more info. See you there!



***TONIGHT***

Baseball vs. Presbyterian - WIN, 6-1



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: USC Hosts Presbyterian After Short Turnaround (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. South Carolina-Alabama Saturday Afternoon Baseball Game To Be Televised

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Hosts Presbyterian On Tuesday

   

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No better place to be in Columbia tonight than at Carolina Stadium!

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Productions Staffer Earns Second Emmy Award

Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

For current season ticket holders, don't forget the deadline to renew your season tickets and ensure you keep your 2010 seat location is THIS FRIDAY, May 13th. Parking applications are also due at this time. The ticket office will have extended hours (9:00 AM through 7:00 PM) Wednesday through Friday both via phone (800-4SC-FANS) and at the Colonial Life Arena box office.

Want to guarantee your seats for the entire 2011 season and save on single game ticket prices? Click here for more information on how to become a season ticket holder.





ROOSTER CROWS

Coming into tonight's game, Christian Walker leads the Gamecocks in batting average (.372, 68-for-183), third best in the SEC.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Tracy Gandy of the sun setting before the 2009 game vs. #4 Ole Miss... I'm sure everyone remembers how that game turned out!!! 115 days until the 2011 season kicks off vs. ECU in Charlotte... don't miss it!

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!



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Justin Stoll, Assistant Gamecock Productions Director, is just 23 years old, but he already has two Emmy awards to his name. Stoll added the second piece of hardware to his shelf after last week's annual Sports Emmy awards were announced. He was among the winners for the HBO "Hard Knocks" series, which he worked on while working for NFL Films. The "Hard Knocks" series follows an NFL team throughout their preseason training camp. Stoll earned his first Emmy for the series focusing on the Cincinnati Bengals and most recently for the series on the New York Jets. Stoll has been named in nine nominations over the past three years as part of the crew working on "Hard Knocks".

This year "Hard Knocks" won for Outstanding Camera Work, Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound, and the award Stoll was a part of, Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology.

"I was a producer for the show so I'm a part of the 'series' win," Stoll explained. "I logged clips, edited segments, and put together pieces for the overall show."

Most primetime TV watchers are familiar with the Emmy awards show televised every year, but there are several divisions of the awards. This is the 32nd year the Sports Emmys have been awarded. This year's class of winners was heavily dominated by NFL-related content, including the highly regarded "Hard Knocks" series.

Stoll found out about winning his second Emmy from friends with NFL Films attending the Emmys ceremony in New York City. He was getting text message updates throughout the evening, then all of a sudden six text messages popped up from everyone there relaying the word that they had won for Outstanding Series, one of the biggest awards of the night. Stoll quickly texted his fiancée, his parents, and one of his best friends who had also won the Emmy but is out working in Los Angeles.

"The people who had the largest impact on the show - the senior producers, the coordinating producers, (NFL Films president) Steve Sabol, and a few others get their Emmy, but I'm seasonal so I got to buy mine," said Stoll. "There was no hesitation. I feel like it's a privilege to have been able to work for the show and to be able to have my name associated with it, so I will gladly take my option to buy it [laughing]."

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Stoll joined the Gamecocks this past fall and has been able to bring the skills and techniques he learned while working for NFL Films to South Carolina and the Gamecock Productions crew led by Director Paul Danna.

"Going through four hours of footage every single day for seven weeks [on Hard Knocks] will help you see what good shots are and what good shots aren't, what works and what doesn't work," said Stoll. "Being able to apply that back to South Carolina has been a privilege and a changer in the way we're starting to do things."

One example is the Gamecock Confidential series leading up to Softball season that took viewers behind the scenes with the team as they prepared for their first season under new head coach Beverly Smith and her staff. Under the supervision of Danna, Stoll and Kyle Lewis, Assistant Gamecock Productions Director, several student-assistants did much of the work to produce the six-episode series.

"The production mentality he brought from [NFL Films] helped us with Gamecock Confidential. The cinematography, helping the students develop the storyline, everything he learned from NFL production-wise, etc.," said Danna. "He's been able to teach our students shooting techniques, cinematography techniques, and editing techniques that we've seen carry over and it's helped raise the level of our productions here. We've raised the bar."

Stoll has brought a "nothing but the best" mentality from NFL Films to his work at South Carolina.

"They only accept the best at NFL Films and having that mentality going into every production that I do now only helps me get better and I think helps everyone around me get better because I expect the best out of everything that I do. I don't settle for anything less." 

Congratulations to Justin on his second Emmy award and we look forward to seeing more great work from him and Gamecock Productions!

- Brittany

Another example of work from Stoll and Gamecock Productions:


 


Check out our Facebook Events for more info on the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour stops. The first of six stops is this Wednesday at Charlotte Knights Stadium!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Video: Garcia, Brinkley, Gamecocks graduate (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Schedule analysis: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)

Baseball: Daily 5: Critical for the stretch (TheBigSpur.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks slip in baseball polls (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Soccer: Guzan's career at a crossroad (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Hosts Presbyterian On Tuesday

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Track. Gamecock Track Posts Two Wins At Dick Taylor Relays

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Advance to NCAA Championship; Finish Sixth at Regional

    

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Wednesday is the first of six stops on the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour! Check out the line-up:

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Beverly Smith Weekly Press Conference:
http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=244293



ROOSTER CROWS


South Carolina's women's golf team will compete in the NCAA Championship for the second straight year after finishing in sixth place at the NCAA West Regional.

Junior left-hander Michael Roth became a 10-game winner for the season with his victory on Friday night in the 6-1 win over Ole Miss. Roth allowed one run on six hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and a walk. Roth is one of just two pitchers in the SEC with 10 wins on the year (Grayson Garvin, Vanderbilt has 10). Roth's ERA of 1.23 is second best in the league with his .206 opposing batting average third best in the league as well. He is tied for the SEC lead with 87.2 innings pitched and has struck out 78 batters, third highest in the SEC.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Eddie Stokes, of his daughter Sarah Page. Eddie reports that Sarah Page's mother had made her a Clemson fan... until she came to Williams-Brice Stadium for the Troy game last season!! Love it! Go Gamecocks!

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!



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Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook Events for which stop along the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour we'll be seeing you!!


***TONIGHT***

Baseball @ Ole Miss - WIN, 6-1

Softball @ LSU - L, 3-2



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Buscher Earns Greatest Prize (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Roth rolls; Rebels fold (GoGamecocks.com)

A perfect day for golfing, remembering (The State)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Cliff Matthews: Spring 2011 Graduate

Softball. Gamecocks Close 2011 Regular Season at No. 21/23 LSU

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Heads To Ole Miss

    

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Go Gamecocks! Game 2 is tomorrow at 3:00 PM ET airing live on SportSouth.

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Cliff Matthews Selected by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft

Chris Culliver Drafted by San Francisco 49ers in Third Round

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Spring Graduates Feature:





ROOSTER CROWS

Sixty-seven student-athletes are graduating this weekend. Congratulations, Gamecocks!!!



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's Fan Photo is of Austin and Kaitlyn Verant at the Spring Game two years ago after enjoying a snow cone (it was hot!) HUGE Little Gamecock Fans!

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See the rest of the Fan Photo of the Day series on Facebook!


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TV and Radio Information for Baseball @ Ole Miss

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Baseball @ Ole Miss

Friday - 7:30 PM ET
Saturday - 3:00 PM ET (TV: SportSouth)
Sunday - 2:30 PM ET


As always, all three games this weekend at Ole Miss will be available via radio on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network (affiliates) and live radio stream on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).

The Friday and Sunday baseball games will also feature live video streaming for GamecocksOnline.com All-Access subscribers. It will be Ole Miss's video feed, so be aware that the commentary will be from their broadcasters. We appreciate Ole Miss sharing their video stream with us for our web site as well!

The Saturday game is the only one available on TV and will air live on SportSouth.  

Go to the Baseball schedule page to follow play-by-play using GameTracker. There will also be frequent in-game updates on the Gamecock Baseball Twitter page. You do not have to be a Twitter user to be able to see those updates. 

Also, for those who have Cox Sports Television, you can catch Gamecock Softball at LSU tonight (7:00 PM ET) and Saturday (4:30 PM ET).

Go Gamecocks!!!


Our beloved Cocky is one of five finalists fans are voting on to appear in the next ESPN College GameDay commercial!!

Voting began at 7:00 PM ET today and ends tomorrow, Friday, May 5th at 5:00 PM ET. That gives us less than 24 hours to spread the word to Gamecocks everywhere to VOTE!!!

Go to the ESPN College GameDay page on Facebook to cast your vote!

Let's get our bird to the #1 spot!

Check out the script here:

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VOTE FOR COCKY!!!

Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook Events for which stop along the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour we'll be seeing you!!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Photos - South Carolina @ Wofford (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC gets in rhythm vs. Wofford (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC-Wofford Diamond Extra: Mustache May (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: USC's Matthews looks to prove himself to Falcons (WIS)

Women's Golf: College Golf: Samantha Swinehart, Allie White helping guide Gamecocks, Tar Heels to regionals (Lancaster Eagle Gazette)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


SEC to Donate $500,000 to Alabama to Aid Students, Faculty and Staff

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Battle Through Tough Conditions at NCAA Regional

Softball. Gamecocks Close 2011 Regular Season at No. 21/23 LSU

Baseball. Michael Roth Named To Academic All-District Team

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Heads To Ole Miss

    

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That word is correct!! Voting starts on the ESPN College GameDay Facebook page at 7:00 PM ET today and runs until 5:00 PM ET on Friday! The winner is set to be announced on Saturday morning. VOTE COCKY!!

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Cliff Matthews Selected by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft

Chris Culliver Drafted by San Francisco 49ers in Third Round

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Tanner previews this weekend's series at Ole Miss:
http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=243980



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Doug Simmons submitted today's photo of Tyler and Tiffany with Cocky on March 13th at the baseball game vs. Cal State Bakersfield. Great photo! Don't forget to vote for Cocky tonight and tomorrow on the College GameDay Facebook page!!!

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!



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Congratulations to our 2011 Graduates!!

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Sixty-seven Gamecock student-athletes are set to participate in graduation ceremonies this weekend at Colonial Life Arena here at South Carolina. We gathered a large portion of them for some group photos this afternoon in the beautiful 70-degree weather. 

Congratulations to all our 2011 graduates! (see the full list by sport here)

We'll be rooting for you in all that you do. Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany


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Lined up at Colonial life Arena

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Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook Events for which stop along the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour we'll be seeing you!!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Career change for USC's Disher benefits Wofford (GoUpstate.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks winning on the diamond despite injuries (SI.com/Associated Press)

Men's Golf: Legacy of Gamecocks fan lives on through tourney (The Augusta Chronicle)

Equestrian: Father and Daughter Give Healthy Horse of A Gift to Equestrians (SC.edu)

Football: Steve Spurrier talks football at Regions Tradition golf tournament (The Birmingham News)

Football: 15 Football Student-Athletes Named To NFF Hampshire Honor Society (SECsports.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Defeats Wofford 9-3

Softball. Gamecocks Collect Season-High 13 Hits in 8-3 Win over Winthrop

Softball. Sam Arbaugh Named to 2011 SEC Softball Community Service Team

Women's Tennis. Morgina Receives Invitation to NCAA Singles Championship

Men's Tennis. Coach Goffi Reflects on 2010-11

Football. Spurrier/Sharpe Tie For Third at Chick-fil-A Challenge

Gamecock Student-Athletes Set To Graduate

    

COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Cliff Matthews Selected by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft

Chris Culliver Drafted by San Francisco 49ers in Third Round

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics

Great article on Garrett Chisolm's journey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Ray Tanner gets "wired"! Coach Tanner wore a mic during the make-up game vs. Liberty.





ROOSTER CROWS

Softball had a season-high 13 hits in their 8-3 win over Winthrop tonight.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Mikey Kelly of his dog, Tally, "getting the job done!"

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 5/3

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GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Track & Field: Gold medal drives 'Gamecock Diva' (The State)
*Olympian Natasha Hastings*

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: Jackie Bradley Jr. hopeful of return this season (WACH)

Baseball: Injuries not holding back Gamecocks (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Mooney Settles In As Gamecocks Surge (GamecockCentral.com)

Track & Field: USC Coach Fights Against Deadly Disease Impacting His Family (WLTX)

Football: Spurrier, Swinney face off in friendlier setting (GoGamecocks.com) (Photos)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Earn 17th Consecutive NCAA Tournament Bid

Baseball. Jackie Bradley Jr. Press Conference    

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Travels To Wofford On Wednesday

Softball. Softball Hosts Winthrop to Close Home Schedule

Women's Golf. Women's Golf Heads West for NCAA Regional

Equestrian. Q&A with Equestrian Senior Chloe Gray

   

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The pair finished in a tie for third place. Of note, Spurrier & Sharpe were one stroke better than the team from Clemson, which finished -6. Go 'Cocks.

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Cliff Matthews Selected by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft

Chris Culliver Drafted by San Francisco 49ers in Third Round

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics

Great article on Garrett Chisolm's journey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the farewell video for the seniors with messages from the younger Softball teammates. We celebrated Senior Day this past Saturday, but don't miss your chance to see the final home game of the season, a make-up game vs. Winthrop tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7:00 PM at Beckham Field!





ROOSTER CROWS

The No. 35-ranked South Carolina women's tennis team earned its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid Tuesday and will face No. 34 Arizona in the first round May 14 in Gainesville, Fla.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Sean Bragan of him with his daughter, Eleanor, watching South Carolina Volleyball at LSU in November 2010! Always great to see Gamecock Nation coming out to support all our Gamecocks on away trips across the country!

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!

Have you missed a day? You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page.



- Brittany


 

Equestrian junior Taylor Singmaster was on the cover of this month's American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Journal supplement. The Journal is one of the top equine publications in the country. The photo was taken in April at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, TX, and pictured with her is Caper, one of our team horses.

Great national industry exposure for our Gamecocks!

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*Hat tip to Cory Burkarth in the Athletics Media Relations office (who works with our Equestrian team) for his help with this post!

- Brittany


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Gamecocks are No. 1 - and No. 2 (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC One of Three Teams Racing for Title (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Matthews Eager to Contribute to Falcons (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Coach Smith Weekly Press Conference

Softball. South Carolina Loses Finale to No. 5/7 Florida, 6-1

Baseball. South Carolina-Arkansas Friday Night Baseball Game To Be Televised

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Sweeps Auburn With 7-3 Win In Finale (Photos)

Football. Matthews Selected by Falcons in Seventh Round

Football. Culliver Drafted in Third Round by 49ers    

Track. Five Former Gamecocks Compete In USA vs. The World at Penn Relays

Track. Kierre Beckles National Record Paces Gamecocks At Penn Relays
    


COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Four Softball Seniors Reminisce on Their Time at Carolina

Cliff Matthews Selected by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft

Chris Culliver Drafted by San Francisco 49ers in Third Round

Alshon Jeffery Continues Hard Work in Offseason

Former Players Shadow Eric Hyman, Learn about Athletics

Great article on Garrett Chisolm's journey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from the Game 2 victory over Auburn on Saturday night with the final score, 10-2. Go Gamecocks!






ROOSTER CROWS

With this weekend's sweep South Carolina Baseball has now defeated Auburn in 12 consecutive three-game series dating back to 1998.  The Gamecocks lead the series history vs. Auburn 37-19.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo was submitted by Jason O'Neal of his son, William Brice (yes!), at the spring game. He is four years old and goes by Brice. Dad says, "he eats and sleeps South Carolina Gamecocks".

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Don't fret if you don't see your photo right away! We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Want to share your photo, either of you or by you? Any sport, any season! Feel free to send in your photos with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! We'd love to share it with the rest of Gamecock Nation!



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This Week's Home Event: Softball Hosts Winthrop

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball will host a make-up game vs. Winthrop this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Fans with tickets for the rained out March 30th game vs. USC Upstate may use those tickets for entry to Wednesday's game. Tickets are also available at the gate on gameday. This is the final home softball game of the season and the only home event this week so come on out to cheer on the Gamecocks at Beckham Field!

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Seniors Laura Mendes, P.J. Fulmer, Ashley Chastain, and April Borchardt with the coaching staff during Saturday's Senior Day celebration. Come cheer on the ladies in their last home game.



Both Baseball and Softball will be on the road this weekend. Baseball will play a three-game series at Ole Miss while Softball heads to Baton Rouge to take on LSU.


Wednesday, May 4


Softball vs. Winthrop - 7:00 PM
*Inflatable Bounce House*
*Last Regular Season Home Game
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Ticket Info for Softball:
o    Adult (persons 18+) - $5.00
o    Youth (persons 17 & under) - $3.00
o    Family (2 adults & 2 youth) - $12.00
o    Group (20 or more people) - $1.00
University faculty/staff and students free with ID



Check out Saturday's Q&A with the four seniors as they reminisced on their time at Carolina.