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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/30 Bring on the Tigers

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Auburn's in town, Men's and Women's Soccer host a doubleheader, Basketball announces more television games, and more!


***COMING UP AT HOME***

Friday, September 30, 2011
Women's Soccer vs. Kentucky - 6:00 p.m.
- Bojangles gift card for the first 150 fans
- $1 Hot Dog Night!

Men's Soccer vs. Tulsa - 8:30pm
- Boys & Girls Club Night
- $1 Hot Dog Night!

Saturday, October 1, 2011
#9/10 Football vs. Auburn presented by Little Caesars - 3:30 p.m.
- Gamecock Village: Women's Basketball autograph session
- First 50,000 fans receive a rally towel courtesy of University of South Carolina Trademark and Licensing

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Women's Soccer vs. Vanderbilt - 3:00 p.m.
- Kick for the Cure- Pink shirts for the first 300 fans to support the fight against breast cancer



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Good to Go: Byrd cleared to make his debut (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Chizik: Lattimore's balance is his secret (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Saturday's showcase: Auburn's Michael Dyer vs. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (The Post and Courier)

Football: Behind enemy lines: Five Questions with the Auburn Plainsman (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: 10 questions for USC-Auburn (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Gameday info: USC vs. Auburn (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Ready for victory: Gamecocks looking for first win over Auburn since 1933 (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: When South Carolina last beat Auburn (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Gamecocks Host Auburn Saturday

Men's Basketball. Harris Out With Foot Injury

Men's Basketball. Game Times, Television Details Released For Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Add Four Games to Television Schedule



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Sidney Rice proves a valuable commodity (The Seattle Times)



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Women's Soccer's Sisterly Connection with Kentucky

Gamecock Student-Athletes Participate in "Week of Play" Events

Basketball Participates in "Beat Hunger" Carnival Event

Tale of the Tweets: Marcus Lattimore vs. Vandy Storified

This Week's Gameday Program Cover: T.J. Johnson

"Inside the Roost" Radio Show Highlights the Wounded Warrior Project

This Week's Home Events: Soccer Doubleheader, Wounded Warrior Project at Football



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Melvin Ingram highlights from last week's win over Vanderbilt. Melvin helped lead the defense in one of their greatest performances in the Steve Spurrier era, limiting Vandy to just 77 yards of total offense. Can Melvin and the defense come up big again vs. Auburn this week?





ROOSTER CROWS

With the combination of all 16 Southeastern Conference contests televised, South Carolina Men's Basketball will be featured in at least 29 television broadcasts during the upcoming regular season.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's Fan Photo was submitted by Terry Scaturro of Florence County Gamecock Club chapter president Scat Scaturro and son, Reid, at last year's Alabama game. Look forward to seeing even more Gamecock Club folks next week at the Kentucky game for Gamecock Club Appreciation Day!

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!


 

Women's Soccer's Sisterly Connection with Kentucky

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A small percentage of youth athletes actually get the opportunity to play their sport in college. Even fewer get the opportunity to play at the highest level in Division I. Quite rare is it to have two siblings both make it into Division I athletics. So what about two sets of siblings? With one from each set each playing at the exact same schools? That's the case with our Women's Soccer team and Kentucky, the Gamecocks' opponent Friday night. Gamecock senior defender Ellen Fahey and sophomore forward/midfielder Danielle Au were both the second people in their families to play Division I soccer as both of their older sisters played for the University of Kentucky.  Ellen's older sister, Katie Fahey, played for the Wildcats for the 2006 through 2009 seasons, while Samantha "Sam" Au, Danielle's older sister, was with the team from 2007-2009.

Only two years apart, Ellen has played against her older sister, Katie Fahey, and the Wildcats twice (two Gamecock wins, for the record.) Danielle and her older sister, Sam, are three years apart and did not have to face each other in a game.

"Our first game was at Kentucky so she was really nice and left me cookies and a little note. She drew me a picture of a little wildcat eating a Gamecock and left that in the locker room with the cookies," Ellen shared. "The second year she was a forward and I was a defender and that got a little nasty. We were separate for most of the game but then the ball started coming down on us, she went after the ball [and so did I], and my sister is bigger and stronger than me so she just bulldozed me and tackled me and basically sat on my head. I got really mad and popped up screaming at her [laughing]...My mom just had to pace back and forth, and got very nervous."

Growing up with older sisters who not only played, but were very skilled at soccer as well, helped drive Danielle and Ellen to work hard at soccer and want to play in college.

"It was really competitive because we both played at the same high school and we play the same position," said Danielle. "She pushed me to be better, she helped me in every way she could."

"When my sister started playing club soccer, I was like, 'I wanna play club, I want to be like Katie, I want to do what she does,'" explained Ellen. "Then we got older into high school and started playing together and it was fun, but hard at times because we both knew that each of us could be better so we'd push each other to be better and we would butt heads."

Now that both Sam and Katie are no longer at Kentucky, the sibling rivalry is quieted slightly.

"She still likes Kentucky and wants them to do well, but she'll cheer for me now when we play Kentucky just because I'm her sister," said Ellen, smiling.

Check out Gamecock Spotlights on Danielle and Ellen:





 



Student-athletes from Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Men's Basketball joined forces with the University of South Carolina's GoodBodies program to participate in their "Week of Play."

The university's Exercise Science department in the Arnold School of Public Health oversees the GoodBodies program, which promotes exercise and healthy, active lifestyles for kids. The "Week of Play" was planned to celebrate nickelodeon's "Day of Play" on September 24th, an annual worldwide event designed by Nickelodeon to encourage kids and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors.

Gamecock student-athletes went to area elementary schools before the school day started to talk about being active and participating in sports, along with several fun group activities to get the kids up and moving.

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Men's Basketball student-athletes leading activities

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition the Gamecocks continue preparations for this weekend's game against Auburn, Men's and Women's Soccer prepare to host conference rivals this weekend, a very a-maze-ing cornfield, and international Fan Photo of the Day, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: USC D-Line takes a step forward (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Auburn, USC familiar with close calls (The Greenville News)

Football: Talented runners reigning over Southeastern Conference offenses again (The Washington Post)

Football: Elliott wants O-Line to step up(GamecockCentral.com)

Equestrian: Equestrian prepares to host TCU (The Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: Infield starting to come together (GamecockCentral.com)

General/Baseball: Gamecocks are a-maze-ing (GoGamecocks.com)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Tigers seek win against Gamecocks (The Auburn Plainsman)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Soccer. Heyward Street Parking Garage Open For Gamecock Soccer This Weekend

Women's  Soccer. South Carolina Hosts SEC East Rivals Kentucky & Vanderbilt

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Set To Host Tulsa Friday

Equestrian. Equestrian Hosts TCU on Friday at 2 p.m.

Women's Tennis. Six Gamecocks Head North for Wildcat Invitational

Volleyball. Gamecocks Hit Road to Face Georgia, Auburn



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Basketball Participates in "Beat Hunger" Carnival Event

Tale of the Tweets: Marcus Lattimore vs. Vandy Storified

This Week's Gameday Program Cover: T.J. Johnson

Under Armour Presents Ray Tanner with Congratulatory Plaque

"Inside the Roost" Radio Show Highlights the Wounded Warrior Project

This Week's Home Events: Soccer Doubleheader, Wounded Warrior Project at Football



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Women's Soccer's Kayla Grimsley and Sabrina D'Angelo catch you up on the team going into this weekend's games. The Gamecocks take on Kentucky at 6:00 p.m. on Friday (in a double header with Men's Soccer vs. Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.) and follow up with Vanderbilt at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Kick for the Cure Pink Game on national television on ESPNU.

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ROOSTER CROWS

2011 marks the fourth straight year South Carolina Women's Tennis has participated in the Wildcat Invitational, which has seen the Gamecocks post some impressive results. In 2008, South Carolina topped all the participants with a combined record of 28-4, and the Gamecocks followed it up with a 22-7 showing in 2009. Last year, Carolina recorded a 17-5 mark to bring its three-year record in the event to 67-16 (.807).



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo was sent in by Jennifer Platts of her son, Jake Platts, who is in the SC National Guard showing off his Gamecock pride in Frankfurt, Germany. Jennifer shared that her husband is alumni of the University of South Carolina (class of 1983) and that her daughter, Julie, is in her senior year, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism.

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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Basketball Participates in "Beat Hunger" Carnival Event

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IMG_0662.JPGCarolina Dining's "Beat Hunger" campaign took over Greene St in front of the Russell House Wednesday afternoon for their third annual carnival event to collect money and canned goods to donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Meredith Fievet of the university's Continuing Education and Conferences office helped Carolina Dining with the event and reached out to get Gamecock athletics teams involved. 

Student-athletes from Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball came out to the event to show their support for the festivities. Students could donate five canned goods or five dollars to the cause to earn tickets to play a variety of carnival-style games. Winners were able to pick out prizes such as Gamecock t-shirts, water bottles, and more.

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"Beat Hunger is a great event that brings together the student body and we felt it was an important cause for our guys to be a part of," explained Men's Basketball Director of Operations Justin Phelps. "This offseason we made it our goal for our guys to double the amount of community service they're doing this year and they've really done a good job of taking that on and getting involved in things."

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Women's Basketball begins official practice on October 3. Men's Basketball begins practice on October 14. Season tickets are available for both teams on GamecocksOnline.com.


 



Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: more buzz about the Gamecocks' custom Wounded Warrior Project uniforms we'll be wearing against Auburn, Marcus Lattimore gets "Storified", two Cross Country student-athletes earn a university grant, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Gamecocks to support Wounded Warriors on Saturday (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Butler pleased by the growth of special teams (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Slow-Building Gamecocks Have Chance for Historic Win (The Free Times)

Football: Byrd the solution for USC's struggles? (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Heisman Watch: Where Lattimore Stands (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Gamecocks feel ready to face Dyer (The Post and Courier)

Women's Soccer: Women's soccer returns home to face Kentucky (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Participate In Notah Begay III Traveling Banner Project

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer Weekly Report

Cross Country. Cross Country's Rheinlander, Fedewa Receive Grant for Carbon Neutral Sporting Event

Cross Country. Gamecocks Travel to Charlotte Invitational

Football. Gamecocks Work Out on Wednesday

Football. Gamecock Spotlight: T.J. Johnson

Baseball. Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule

Men's Soccer. Gamecock Spotlight: Alex Long



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Tale of the Tweets: Marcus Lattimore vs. Vandy Storified

This Week's Gameday Program Cover: T.J. Johnson

Under Armour Presents Ray Tanner with Congratulatory Plaque

"Inside the Chart" by Andy Demetra: Wounded Warrior Notes and More

"Inside the Roost" Radio Show Highlights the Wounded Warrior Project

This Week's Home Events: Soccer Doubleheader, Wounded Warrior Project at Football



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the Sights & Sounds from last week's win over Vandy... we're halfway to our next gameday, folks!





ROOSTER CROWS

The South Carolina baseball team continues fall practice this weekend with three more scrimmages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Carolina Stadium. All three scrimmages are open to the public. Friday's scrimmage will start at 3:45 p.m. with Saturday's scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is from Sgt. Randy Robinson of himself (left) and Sgt. David Beaton (right) deployed in Afghanistan showing off their Gamecock pride. Love it, guys!

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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Tale of the Tweets: Marcus Lattimore vs. Vandy Storified

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Social media has ushered in a whole new way for fans to watch and talk about sporting events and their favorite athletes, it's like a virtual sports bar with millions of people in the room to potentially join the conversation. Sporting events are some of the most popular discussions on Twitter, college football included, regularly trending on Twitter across the globe during events. This past week vs. Vanderbilt I decided to take a look at the social media buzz about one of the most talked about Gamecocks, Marcus Lattimore.








The Gamecocks take on Auburn this week, followed by Kentucky on October 8th in the last of four straight home games. Tickets for the Auburn game are sold out, but tickets are available for the Kentucky game on Ticketmaster.com.  

This Week's Gameday Program Cover: T.J. Johnson

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Junior center T.J. Johnson is featured on the cover of this week's gameday program for South Carolina vs. Auburn presented by Little Caesars.

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Johnson will be the featured profile in the program. Linebackers/Spurs will also be profiled in this week's program along with our Equestrian and Swimming & Diving teams.

Kayla Grimsley (Women's Soccer) will be the focus of the Carolina's Finest section. Last weekend Grimsley scored her 100th career point and broke the program record for career assists (25).

For more on T.J. Johnson check out this week's Gamecock Spotlight focusing on the good country boy from Aynor, South Carolina:




South Carolina vs. Auburn presented by Little Caesars is sold out. Game time is 3:30 p.m. airing nationally on CBS.  
 

Under Armour Presents Ray Tanner with Congratulatory Plaque

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Under Armour representative Ryan McDermond stopped by Carolina Stadium Wednesday morning to present South Carolina Baseball Head Coach Ray Tanner with a congratulatory plaque for his National Coach of the Year honors and back-to-back National Championships.


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The plaque reads, "Under Armour Congratulates Ray Tanner for being selected 2010-2011 National Coach of the Year while simultaneously leading the University of South Carolina to back-to-back National Championships."

Coach Tanner was named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America in 2010 and by Diamond/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Collegiate Baseball again in 2011.  

Check out today's entry of "Inside the Chart" by Andy Demetra. You can check out the excerpt below and the full post here.



More on Wounded Warriors: Saturday's Wounded Warrior game holds extra meaning for Gamecock middle linebacker Rodney Paulk. His father, Leonard, spent 22 years in the military, reaching the rank of First Sergeant. Paulk was born in Savannah, Ga., and befitting a military brat upbringing, he lived in Columbus, Ga. (where his younger brother Leonard III was born), Hawaii, North Carolina, and the Mojave desert of California - literally criss-crossing the country four times - before moving to Columbia in the ninth grade. Rodney told me it took his family four days to drive from Ft. Irwin in California to their new home in Columbia.

A sixth-year senior, Paulk has graduated with a degree in one of the more unusual disciplines at South Carolina: marine science. This week, Paulk finally satisfied my curiosity on why he chose marine science as his major. His parents grew up in Miami, and when they'd visit their relatives, they'd always check out the wildlife in Florida. That, and a lifelong love of animals, spurred Paulk to his major. The years of study have served him well - few possess more animal instincts on the field than Paulk.

Sixth-year senior Rodney Paulk has a special connection to Saturday's Wounded Warrior game.

Family Tradition: It seems poetic that a star quarterback would raise a wide receiver son. Junior Emory Blake, the Tigers' top wideout, is the son of former East Carolina quarterback and 14-year NFL veteran Jeff Blake. The soft-handed Blake has caught a touchdown pass in seven consecutive games, the second-longest streak by an Auburn receiver in school history. If past is any prologue, the Gamecocks may torment the Blake family again. Jeff Blake played at Williams-Brice Stadium twice, losing both games by a combined score of 84-21. His numbers don't paint a rosy picture:

Jeff Blake passing numbers at Williams-Brice Stadium

YearAtt-Comp-Yds.-TD-INTScore
19897-15-89-0-037-7 (L)
19902-15-25-0-147-14 (L)
Total9-30-114-0-1 (30% comp.)84-21

In addition, the man who schemed against Jeff Blake in those blowout wins will try to do the same against his son. Brad Lawing, in his first tour of duty with the Gamecocks, coached the defensive line in both of those wins.

The Gamecocks will try to do to Auburn WR Emory Blake what they did to his father, former ECU QB and NFL veteran Jeff Blake.
Written by Spurs Up Blog and digital/social media intern Rebecca Duensing


On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show Associate Athletics Director Charles Waddell, Under Armour Sports Marketing Manager Ryan McDermond, and host Derek Scott discussed the Gamecocks' collaboration with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Two years ago, Under Armour approached South Carolina with the idea of supporting the Wounded Warrior Project by coming out with new uniforms that incorporated camouflage panels and a military theme to support the young men and women who put their lives on the line every day. McDermond said that the idea sparked from the trend of special game uniforms.

"[Under Armour] wanted one with a significant cause and teaming up with the Wounded Warrior Project just made perfect sense," explained McDermond. "It was a chance to really make a difference in the lives of men and women who are putting themselves in harm's way so we can talk about college football."

The Wounded Warrior jerseys sport name plates that replace the player's name with the core values of Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, and Service. McDermond said the concept was to "go away from the individualism that football tends to have and to show everyone what the Wounded Warrior Project is about."

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Ryan McDermond (left) and Coach Spurrier display the WWP gear at Tuesday's press conference. Photo courtesy of Allen Sharpe.

For those of you here in Columbia, you know that military pride is strong and very much a part of this community and this state. Scott pointed out that Coach Spurrier and Jamie Speronis, the Director of Football Operations, have recognized many people who are serving or have served  in the military prior to kick-off. Waddell agreed that Spurrier is 100% in on the Wounded Warrior Project and has brought in veterans to speak to the players.

This year's uniforms feature a Stars-and-Stripes pattern instead of the 2009 digi-camo unis to give it "more of a USA feel". This year's uniforms support the WWP's "Believe in Heroes" campaign that runs from September 11 to Veteran's Day.

If you're wondering why there wasn't a Wounded Warrior game last year, it's because Spurrier wants to keep it something special for us to participate in, not something that gets saturated as a yearly thing. Waddell mentioned that the team is excited to be wearing a new uniform, but more importantly they're honored to be a part of the project.

There will be an auction held after the game for every jersey on GamecocksOnline.com. Waddell joked that they are "literally taking them off the players as they come off the field," but don't worry, they'll be cleaned before you get them! All proceeds from the jersey auctions will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Under Armour has also put out a wide variety of t-shirts, polos, hats, and other merchandise that mimic the design that are available for sale online and at area retailers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of merchandise will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Make sure to catch "Inside the Roost" every Monday night starting from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics with Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman along with weekly guests.


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/27 Auburn Week Underway

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition, Coach Spurrier talks Wounded Warrior Project and Auburn at his weekly press conference, buzz about Marcus Lattimore, Baseball is coming to Charleston, a new Gamecock Spotlight, and more!  



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: SEC Heisman watch: Week 5 (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Latt: Perfect record is possible (TheBigSpur.com)

Football: Freshman safety's return a boost (The Post and Courier)

Football: Slowing S. Carolina's Lattimore a priority for Auburn (The Republic)

Equestrian: Equestrian opens season with romp over Fresno State (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes & Videos

Football. Gamecocks Return to Practice Fields Monday

General News. Gamecocks Assist in SEC Food Drive

Swimming & Diving. Coach Moody Press Conference

Baseball. South Carolina & Clemson Baseball Announce Neutral Site Games For The Next Two Seasons

Softball. Gamecock Softball Squawk Box: Learning About Teammates

Softball. Gamecocks Debut New Turf in First Fall Action

Volleyball. Coach Swanson Press Conference



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Gamecocks in the NFL (GamecockCentral.com)



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Soccer Doubleheader, Wounded Warrior Project at Football

Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Vandy, 21-3

Defense Steps Up in Win Over Vanderbilt

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Marcus Lattimore 52-yard Touchdown

Behind-the-Scenes at the Basketball Intro Video Shoot

Indoor Football Practice Facility, Video Board Advance in Approval Process



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Today's Gamecock Spotlight on men's soccer goalkeeper Alex Long:





ROOSTER CROWS

A win over Auburn on Saturday would be the Gamecocks' first in six tries since joining the SEC in 1992.

The Gamecocks are off to a 4-0 start for just the eighth time in school history and for the first since the 2001 season.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Russel Carpenter submitted today's Fan Photo of the Day of his son, Tyler, overjoyed after receiving a #21 Carolina jersey for his sixth birthday! Enjoy, Tyler! Go Gamecocks!

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Melvin Ingram named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Kentucky game time set, AgSouth Athlete of the Week Kayla Grimsley scored her 100th career point, and somewhere 'over the rainbow' you'll spot a magical place...



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Melvin Ingram deserves to be considered for Heisman Trophy (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: SEC helmet stickers: Week 4 (ESPN SEC Blog) *Defensive Coordinator, Ellis Johnson*

Football: Defense lifts Gamecocks past Commodores (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Defense Slams the 'Dore on Vandy (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: SEC players of the week (ESPN SEC Blog) *Melvin Ingram*

Football: Five Key Plays (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: USC's Ingram earns another SEC honor(The Greenville News)

Football: USC-Vandy Notebook: Ingram Again! (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Defense dominates as USC topples Vandy (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Soccer: Lady Vols lose to Gamecocks in double overtime(Tennessee Journalist)

Women's Soccer: Grimsley's magical feet cement legacy (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Carolina - Kentucky Game Set for 12:21 p.m.

Football. Ingram Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Football. Gamecocks Climb in Polls

Football. Carolina - Auburn Set for 3:30 p.m.

Football. South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Post-Game Quotes

Football. South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt Post-Game Notes


Football. Gamecocks Shut Down Vanderbilt, 21-3

Women's Soccer. Gamecock Spotlight: Ellen Fahey

Women's Soccer. Kayla Grimsley Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Women's Soccer. Georgia Upends South Carolina In Double Overtime, 2-1

Men's Tennis. Adams Closes Southern Intercollegiates with Consolation Win

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Score Three Wins at Southern Intercollegiates

Volleyball. Gamecocks Fall to Kentucky in Four Sets

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Finish 11th at Mason Rudolph Championship

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Win Two Singles Titles at Furman Fall Classic



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Gamecocks in the MLB (GamecockCentral.com)



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Vandy, 21-3

Defense Steps Up in Win Over Vanderbilt

Spurs Up Play of the Game: Marcus Lattimore 52-yard Touchdown

Behind-the-Scenes at the Basketball Intro Video Shoot

Indoor Football Practice Facility, Video Board Advance in Approval Process



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Today's Gamecock Spotlight is on Women's Soccer senior defender Ellen Fahey:




ROOSTER CROWS

AgSouth Athlete of the Week Kayla Grimsley reached two milestones during this past weekend's SEC openers. Grimsley assisted the game-winning goal to defeat No. 11 Tennessee and  by doing so became the school's all-time leader for career assists (25). During the match against Georgia, she scored her fifth goal of the season which also happened to be her 100th career point as a Gamecock. Grimsley is only the second Gamecock to score 100 points in their career.

A Gamecock has earned one of the SEC weekly awards after each of the first four games of the season. Melvin Ingram is the latest after being named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance in Saturday's win over Vandy. He was the Special Teams player of the week following the Georgia game. The other weekly award winners were Rokevious Watkins (offensive line - East Carolina game) and Marcus Lattimore (offense - Navy game). Keep it up, Gamecocks!



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

This photo made the rounds on Twitter yesterday and today. After a nasty thunderstorm ripped through Columbia, leaving power outages and flooding in its wake, a rainbow emerged over a spectacular place:

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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This week in Gamecock Country the South Carolina Football team continues with the third of four straight home games, taking on Auburn on Saturday, October 1st, at 3:30 p.m. The game is sold out and will air nationally on CBS. The Gamecocks will be wearing custom uniforms in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project Believe in Heroes campaign. Friday afternoon the Equestrian team looks to follow up their season-opening win over Fresno State taking on TCU at 2:00 p.m. at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. On Friday night, bring your appetite with you for $1 Hot Dog Night at Stone Stadium for a soccer doubleheader with the Women's Soccer team taking on Kentucky at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Men's Soccer team vs. Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. Women's Soccer will then finish out the weekend on national television on ESPNU, hosting Vanderbilt on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The first 300 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt as part of our Kick for the Cure game to support the fight against breast cancer. Let's have a large and excited crowd in pink for TV! Go Gamecocks!

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The Gamecocks will wear custom uniforms on October 1st.






Friday, September 30, 2011


Equestrian vs. TCU - 2:00 p.m.

- Team posters available
- Competitions are free and held at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. (Map/Directions)
*Last week the Equestrian team defeated Fresno State, 16-3, and swept the MVP awards.

Women's Soccer vs. Kentucky - 6:00 p.m.
- Bojangles gift card for the first 150 fans
- $1 Hot Dog Night!
*Women's Soccer is currently 1-1 in the league after two double overtime games this past weekend, a 2-1 win over Tennessee on Friday and a 2-1 loss at Georgia on Sunday.

Men's Soccer vs. Tulsa - 8:30pm
- Boys & Girls Club Night
- $1 Hot Dog Night!
*The Gamecocks are currently 1-0 in C-USA after a 3-2 victory over Memphis on Saturday.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

#9/10 Football vs. Auburn presented by Little Caesars - 3:30 p.m.
- Gamecock Village: Women's Basketball autograph session
- First 50,000 fans receive a rally towel courtesy of University of South Carolina Trademark and Licensing
*Carolina is off to a 4-0 start for the first time under Steve Spurrier and the first time since the 2001 season.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Women's Soccer vs. Vanderbilt - 3:00 p.m.
- Kick for the Cure- Pink shirts for the first 300 fans to support the fight against breast cancer
*Senior Kayla Grimsley broke the record for career assists (25) with her assist to Kortney Rhoades in the Gamecocks' win over Tennessee and scored her 100th career point at Georgia on Sunday.

Check out our Gamecock Spotlight on senior Women's Soccer player Ellen Fahey:


 


Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Vandy, 21-3

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Check out photos from the Gamecock Walk, Gamecock Village, tailgating, pre-game pageantry, and fan photos during the game. Thank you, fans, for a great atmosphere tonight!! Go Gamecocks!

 

 

Defense Steps Up in Win Over Vanderbilt

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Jadeveon Clowney vs. Vandy.jpegThe South Carolina defense took the brunt of a lot of fan and media criticism over the past few weeks. They faced a difficult challenge in taking on three very different offenses in three straight weeks and despite the Gamecocks producing wins, many expressed concern over the number of points opponents were putting up. Tonight, the defense came out with something to prove vs. Vanderbilt. And prove a point they did.

The Gamecocks held Vanderbilt to just 77 yards of total offense (73 passing, 4 rushing) to record the lowest opponent yardage total since Steve Spurrier became head coach. The Commodores only managed three points on a first quarter field goal after an interception that gave them great field position on the Gamecocks' 22-yard line. In fact, Vandy would only make it into South Carolina territory twice more for the entire game, with drives ending at the Carolina 44-yard line twice in the 2nd quarter. They got no closer than their own 41-yard line in the second half. They would punt on five of their six second half possessions (with the other ending in a Larry Smith fumble forced by Jadeveon Clowney and recovered by Quin Smith.)

"I think tonight we went out there and showed what we can do when we play well and together and sound on defense," said defensive end Devin Taylor after the game.

The defense also got the scoring started for Carolina in the 2nd quarter. Jadeveon Clowney sacked Larry Smith who coughed up the football in the process. Antonio Allen recovered the fumble and scrambled for 20 yards before a fumble of his own, which was fortunately recovered by Melvin Ingram in the end zone to give the Gamecocks the score. It wasn't pretty, but it still counts.

In addition to the touchdown, his third of the season, Melvin Ingram had two sacks, four total tackles (three for loss) and a pass break-up.

"I watch Ray Lewis before every game and he always talks about having an obsession of getting around the ball and I just clicked with that," said Ingram after the game. "I like that so I'm just trying to be like that - be relentless and have an obsession with getting to the ball." 

Ingram said the defense wanted to improve after their play the first few weeks.

"We wanted to get our identity back. We got to let everyone around the country know who we are. When people look at us on film we want them to think about us, that all 11 people are relentless to get around the ball," said Ingram. "I challenged [the rest of the defensive line]. People wrote all these articles about us before the season, how we were going to be this or that and I felt like we fed into it a little bit. I told them we gotta catch amnesia about that and get back to what we were doing last year."

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When you need a big play, you go to your playmakers. Carolina did just that in the final seconds of the first half vs. Vanderbilt tonight. The Gamecocks' offense had struggled in the first half after three interceptions turned the ball over. Fortunately, strong play from the defense held the Commodores to only three points.

With about 30 seconds on the clock, the Gamecocks were facing 2nd and five on their own 48-yard line. Stephen Garcia found Marcus Lattimore over the middle who, with some great blocks, darted down the field to the end zone to put the Gamecocks up 14-3 after Jay Wooten's extra point with 13 seconds left to play in the half.

"We wanted to get a field goal at least going into the half with some momentum and he called the screen," explained Lattimore. "They dropped back in zone and I knew it was going to be some space out there. Alshon made a good block, Nick Jones made a good block, and both my linemen made a good block, I got right through there and scored."
 




The Gamecocks would ride that momentum shift into the 2nd half, holding the 'Dores to just 77 total offensive yards for the entire game. Vandy rushed for only 63 yards on the game anyway, but then lost 59 yards rushing to end with just four net yards rushing.

"It really amped up the momentum," Lattimore said of his touchdown before the half. "We were amped up going into halftime, defense was playing great and they came out [in the second half] playing great, got us the ball back. We still struggled a little bit but we got the win and that's all that matters."

The Gamecocks return to Williams-Brice Stadium again next week to take on Auburn on October 1st. Game time is still TBA at this time. The game is sold out.    

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/23 Bring on the 'Dores

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition the Commodores arrive to Columbia, the approval process for a new indoor football practice facility and new video board are in motion, and more!



***THIS WEEKEND AT HOME***


Saturday, September 24

#10/12 Football vs. Vanderbilt presented by South Carolina Education Lottery - 7:00 p.m.
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster.com or on gameday at the Williams-Brice ticket window



Sunday, September 25

Volleyball vs. Kentucky - 1:30 p.m.
Receive $1 admission with your ticket stub from the Vandy football game. Check out the Video of the Day for a special message from junior Taylor Bruns



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Kicker Wooten on target early for Gamecocks (Greenville News)

Football: Vandy-South Carolina is bigger than ever (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Behind enemy lines: Five questions with the Vanderbilt Hustler (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: Offensive emphasis: Nick Jones to get first career start at wide receiver (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: Weekend Watch List: In Lattimore South Carolina trusts (CBSSports.com)

Football: Here Comes the Boom (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Reeves busy outside football (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Five Keys to Victory: Vanderbilt (TheBigSpur.com)

Women's Basketball: SEC announces eight USC women's hoop games to be televised (The Times and Democrat)

McLeod Farms to unveil Amazin' Field of Dreams Corn Maze (SCNow.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Gamecocks Host Vandy Saturday Night

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Begins Conference USA Action At Memphis



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Louis Day to be Honored at Halftime vs. Vanderbilt

Behind-the-Scenes at the Basketball Intro Video Shoot

Indoor Football Practice Facility, Video Board Advance in Approval Process

"What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. Vandy Edition

Vandy Gameday Program Cover: Travian Robertson

Gameday Tips for Carolina Parents on Parents Weekend



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Come out to support Volleyball on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. vs. Kentucky! Receive admission for just $1 with your football ticket stub from Saturday's game vs. Vandy!





ROOSTER CROWS


South Carolina Women's Basketball will have eight games on television this season across four networks - a pair on the ESPN family of networks, three on FSN, two on the SEC Network (SECN) and one on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).

This weekend, the Men's Soccer team begins Conference USA play as they travel to face Memphis at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Tennessee. This will be the first time that Carolina has returned to the complex since their November win of the 2010 Conference USA Tournament.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Here's one of the great fan photos we took at last week's game vs. Navy. Be sure to check back here on Spurs Up Blog or on our Facebook page after tomorrow night's game for more fan photos from during the game, tailgating, and more. Go Gamecocks!

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Louis Day to be Honored at Halftime vs. Vanderbilt

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Louis Day.jpegAt halftime of Saturday's game pay special attention and give a great round of applause to Track & Field's Louis Day, who will be recognized on the field. Day won both the SEC Sportsmanship Award and the NCAA National Sportsmanship Award for 2011 for a great act of sportsmanship and integrity at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships last February.

Day was competing in the weight throw competition. After his throw, Day realized immediately that event officials misread the distance of his throw, giving him an advantage that placed him into the nine-personal final. With the true distance of his throw, Day would not have made the finals.

"I knew as soon as they read my distance. I saw how far it was; it was a bad throw," said Day. I would've known if it had been a good throw, it felt wrong. When they announced it, I was like that's definitely not right."

Day alerted his coach, Mike Sergent, to the error. When the officials didn't correct the error on their own, Sergent officially protested Day's performance to ensure the true top nine throwers could compete for the SEC Championship. After a review, officials determined the most appropriate thing to do was to advance both Day and the true ninth place finisher, setting up a ten-person final.

"Although Louis did not win a championship during this event," said AD Eric Hyman, "his sportsmanship is that of a champion."

Day is a junior athletically but a senior in the classroom at South Carolina, majoring in Exercise Science. Day is planning on going to medical school and is interested in a career in sports medicine.

Day said that although he is a little nervous to be recognized in front of so many people on the field at Williams-Brice, he's also pretty excited. His parents are making the trip to Columbia from New York for the game. 

As for his teammates, Day says they have all been supportive of him and the sportsmanship award in their own ways. One teammate jokingly says, "it's the first time someone's been praised for not throwing far enough."


Behind-the-Scenes at the Basketball Intro Video Shoot

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Last night Gamecock Productions, our in-house video production crew, and a team from NASCAR Media Group took over Colonial Life Arena to shoot this year's intro videos for both Men's and Women's Basketball. They used several different locations, lighting techniques, and effects to put together some pretty cool shots. The team also recorded special video segments to show during games and online here at GamecocksOnline.com.

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot below and stay tuned for the finished video product!





Season ticket deposits for both Men's and Women's Basketball are available now on GamecocksOnline.com. Season ticket renewal information is also available online. Click here for more info.
Check out today's pre-snap reads from Andy Demetra's "Inside the Chart" blog. Here's an excerpt below and you can check out the full post here.



Matchup to Watch: Though quiet last week (2 rec., 35 yds.), the sight of a Commodore tri-corner hat sends Alshon Jeffery into a froth. Over the last two seasons, Jeffery has the two highest receiving-yard games by an FBS opponent against the Vandy defense - by a wide margin.

Player (School)YearReceiving Yards
Alshon Jeffery (SC)2009161
Alshon Jeffery (SC)2010158
Shay Hodge (Ole Miss)2009122
Aaron Hernandez (UF)2009120
Embry Peeples (GT)2009117
Kris Durham (UGA)2010112

Elon's Aaron Mellette caught 180 yards in the Commodores' season opener, but they were mostly inconsequential in a 45-14 Vanderbilt blowout.

Jeffery will likely oppose senior cornerback Casey Hayward, who finished third in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 17 pass deflections in 2010. If Vanderbilt blitzes as persistently as it did in its first three games, that could leave Jeffery in single-man coverages.


Did You Know Pt. I: Vanderbilt weakside linebacker Tristan Strong is the nephew of former Gamecocks offensive linemen Tami Tarbush ('75-77) and Ricky Payne ('74-75, '77). Tarbush and Payne lined up alongside each other at "quick guard" and "quick tackle" in Jim Carlen's triple-option offense. Tarbush married Payne's sister, meaning the Gamecocks had in-laws who played side-by-side on the O-Line. Strong's mother is Ricky Payne's sister.

No Give-and-Takes: The Gamecocks do not want some cheeky franchise owner in the West End to post a similar sign if South Carolina coughs it up against the Commodores. Vanderbilt's 3-0 record has come off a torrent of turnovers - the `Dores lead the SEC with a +6 turnover margin and lead the nation with 10 interceptions. The Commodores defense has scored as many touchdowns (3) as it has allowed (3).

That play has caught the attention of Steve Spurrier. "All 11 of their players are active and play well," Spurrier said this week. "They have good athletes back there. They play their assignments. When they get into a zone, they're spread out nicely across the field. They don't mess up. I'm impressed watching them play." Can the Gamecocks - who have been vexed by points off turnovers this season - cut off the spigot on Saturday?

Stat Showdown of the Week: They've had their stumbles - a Connor Shaw fumble, a goal-line interception by Stephen Garcia, a failed 4th-and-2 - but when the Gamecocks have crossed into the red zone, they've punched it home. South Carolina has 10 red zone touchdowns this year, compared to 0 red zone field goals. Translation: the Gamecocks' drives haven't stalled out, forcing them to settle for chip-shot field goals. Only Northern Illinois, San Diego State, Army, and Northwestern have as many red-zone TD's without a red-zone field goal.


TeamRed Zone TD'sRed Zone Trips
South Carolina1013
Vanderbilt Opps.15

They now face a Vanderbilt team that has allowed 1 red zone touchdown in 5 trips, a 20% rate that ranks 5th in the nation. Can the Commodores keep it close by forcing the Gamecocks to trade "7's" for "3's"?

Did You Know Pt. II: Vanderbilt defensive tackle Rob Lohr leads the Commodores with 5.0 Tackles for Loss (TFL). He may also be the only player South Carolina will face this year who was home-schooled.


The first step of the approval process for an indoor football practice facility at the Farmer's Market is complete, as the Building and Grounds Committee of the University's Board of Trustees gave Phase I approval to the project last week. The next step in the approval process is for the project to go before the full University of South Carolina Board of Trustees in early October. If it is approved by the board, in early November the project will then go before three individual state boards: the Commission on Higher Education, the Joint Bond Review Committee, and the Budget and Control Board for final Phase I approval. Phase I approval is initial approval for the project to be researched further (e.g. hiring an architect to develop plans). After Phase I, should approval be granted, the university would move forward with selecting an architect, who will develop a plan and verify the initial estimate before the project is ready to go back through the same sequence for Phase 2 of the approval process.

The new video board for Williams-Brice Stadium is also currently in the approval process. It was approved by the Budget and Control Board on September 20th, and will go back to the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees on October 7th.

Early planning indicates that the proposed indoor practice facility would be 86,000 square feet and located in the southwest corner of the Farmers Market lot. The facility would feature a full-size football field made of field turf with approximately 20 feet of additional turf all the way around for safety purposes.

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Please keep in mind that these images are initial sketches only and are subject to change.





Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/22 Ready for the Weekend

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition, previews of several Gamecock teams in action this weekend (is it the weekend yet??), AD Eric Hyman loves being a Gamecock, Heisman buzz and praise for Marcus Lattimore continues, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Lattimore takes right steps on and off field (The Houston Chronicle)

Football: Jones set for first career start (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Continuity has USC's offensive line faring well (The Post and Courier)

Football: Heisman Trophy Watch: Marcus Lattimore bolts ahead (The Orlando Sentinel)

Football: Elliott: 'I want a mean bunch of guys' (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Tennis: Men's tennis travels to Southern Intercollegiates Tournament (The Daily Gamecock)

Women's Tennis: Women's tennis to play in Furman Fall Classic (The Daily Gamecock)

Athletics: Hyman staying at USC (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Gamecocks Continue Vandy Preparations

Equestrian. 15th Season of Gamecock Equestrian Begins Friday

Volleyball. South Carolina Opens SEC Home Slate vs. Tennessee, Kentucky

Cross Country. Gamecocks Prepared for Prestigious Roy Griak Invitational

Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Heads to Mason Rudolph Championship

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Head to Southern Intercollegiates

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Prepares for Challenging Field in Greenville

Women's Basketball. SEC Announces Eight South Carolina Games to be Televised

Women's Soccer. South Carolina Opens SEC Play With Top Division Rivals

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Match Versus Wake Forest Postponed

Volleyball. Gamecock Spotlight: Juliette Thevenin



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. Vandy Edition

Vandy Gameday Program Cover: Travian Robertson

Gameday Tips for Carolina Parents on Parents Weekend

"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Read Up on Vanderbilt

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Opens Home SEC Play

Gamecocks Surpass 190,000 Fans on Facebook



VIDEO OF THE DAY





ROOSTER CROWS

Just past the one-third mark in the season, South Carolina Volleyball is among the nation's best in a few stat categories. They rank second in the country in digs (19.15). Offensively, South Carolina is eighth in both kills (14.69) and assists (13.72) and 27th in hitting (.267).

Volleyball hosts their first two SEC home matches this weekend, starting Friday night against Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. and continuing Sunday with Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. Students will earn double Student Rewards points and free pizza at Friday's match and fans can enjoy $1 admission on Sunday with their Vanderbilt football ticket stub. Check Volleyball's Facebook page and follow @GamecockVolley on Twitter for a chance to win prizes this weekend!



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Jessica Garrett in front of Williams-Brice!

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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Thumbnail image for SEC_ESPN.PNGOur weekly "what channel is the game on?" post continues with Game 4 - your #10/12 Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt. Every week we'll bring you this post to try to help out those in Gamecock Nation who can't make it to the game in person.

This will be the third game in a row the Gamecocks are on an ESPN network, so hopefully fans should be able to find the game pretty easily. We will air nationally on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will also be available nationwide online at ESPN3.com (depending on your internet service provider). Mark Neely and Ray Bentley will be calling the action.


Game Information:
Who: #10/12 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt presented by South Carolina Education Lottery
When: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster.com or on gameday at the Williams-Brice ticket window


While we don't know the exact channel number for ESPN2 for every location in Gamecock Nation, hopefully most of you know where to find ESPN2 on your respective providers. Here are a few local channel listings:


Local Channel Listings for ESPN2 (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):

Time Warner Cable   

    Columbia, SC                                Channel 27
    Florence, SC                                 Channel 28
    Myrtle Beach, SC                          Channel 26
    Summerville(Charleston), SC     Channel 27

DirecTV                 Channel 209
Dish                        Channel 144
AT&T Uverse         Channel 606
Charter Cable        Channel 33


If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game (Who wouldn't? Especially if it's a Carolina win!) catch the re-broadcast of the game on Sunday, September 25th, at 8:00 p.m. on SportSouth following The Steve Spurrier Show at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin on the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). The game is also available via satellite radio (Sirius 219/XM 200).

Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.

Vandy Gameday Program Cover: Travian Robertson

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This week's gameday program cover star is Travian Robertson. The senior defensive lineman from Laurinburg, North Carolina, is helping anchor this year's solid defensive line. Robertson will be the feature profile piece in the program, which will also include features on the offensive line, Cross Country, Volleyball, and, as the "Carolina's Finest" feature, Track & Field's Louis Day.

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You can also check out today's Gamecock Spotlight on Travian to get to know him a little better before Saturday' game.




Tickets for Saturday's game vs. Vanderbilt are still available via Ticketmaster.com for $50 each. Click here. 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! The buzz all day was about the release of the Gamecocks' Wounded Warrior Project uniforms (very positive reviews so far from both fans and even national media), Men's Soccer set to host Wake Forest, Equestrian preps for its season opener, a new Gamecock Spotlight, and more!


*The release of the WWP uniforms on our Facebook page today generated over 1,000 "likes" and over 200 comments from fans, almost all positive, about the look.*



***TONIGHT AT HOME***

Men's Soccer vs. Wake Forest - 7:00 p.m.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Lattimore not worried about wear and tear (The Post and Courier)

Football: Heisman Watch: Where Lattimore stands (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: S. Carolina unveils Wounded Warrior Project unis (CBSSports.com)

Football: Commodores and Gamecocks square off in battle of unbeatens (SportsNetwork.com)

Football: One year later: McKinley's smile lives on (AP)

Football: Same group wants different results (TheBigSpur.com)

Men's Soccer: Men's soccer set to host Wake Forest (The Daily Gamecock)

Equestrian: Equestrian prepares for season opener against Fresno State (The Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: Staley's team is 4 Coach Summitt (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Baseball lands nation's No. 1 recruiting class (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football. Uniforms Unveiled for Wounded Warrior Project Game on Oct. 1

Football. Rain Affects Wednesday's Practice

Baseball. Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule

Equestrian. Q&A With Freshman Katherine Schmidt



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

You can also enjoy $1 admission to Sunday's Volleyball match vs. Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. when you show your Vandy ticket stub!

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gameday Tips for Carolina Parents on Parents Weekend

"Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Read Up on Vanderbilt

This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Opens Home SEC Play

Gamecocks Surpass 190,000 Fans on Facebook

Spurs Up Player of the Game - Offense: Marcus Lattimore

Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Navy, 24-21



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Juliette Thevenin is the focus of today's Gamecock Spotlight! After hearing from her I definitely want to try some french fries in Belgium!






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wounded warrior jerseys 2011 a.jpgAs many of you probably saw today, we revealed this year's version of the Wounded Warrior Project uniforms by Under Armour that the Gamecocks will wear vs. Auburn on October 1st. The uniforms highlight WWP's latest campaign, entitled Believe in Heroes, which began on the tenth anniversary of September 11 and will culminate on November 11, Veteran's Day. In an effort to recognize the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces as well as to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, this year's uniforms will embrace the American spirit by incorporating a custom "USA stars and stripes" head-to-toe design. To further support all veterans, each team will replace their last names on their jerseys with a core value embellishment - Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, or Service - and will be led on field by selected wounded warrior honorary captains.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Ashton Capps sent in today's Fan Photo of herself with her dad, Eddie, at a game last year - a great father-daughter time with the Gamecocks!

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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Gameday Tips for Carolina Parents on Parents Weekend

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This weekend one of the largest groups of Carolina parents ever will be in Columbia for Parents Weekend with their University of South Carolina student. We've put together some gameday tips that might help some of our Carolina newcomers!

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Parents Weekend Gameday Tips:

 
-Take the shuttle!
While there is some gameday parking available near the stadium, parents and students can also take advantage of our shuttle service. Parking is free at the Colonial Life Arena/Carolina Coliseum lots where fans are picked up. The shuttle drops off on Rosewood Dr. next to the main gate of the Fairgrounds and picks up in the same location post-game. The shuttle service is free to SC students with ID and just $3 round trip for others. Service begins 3 hours prior to kickoff and runs for 1. 5 hours after the end of the game with limited service during the game. 
 
-Be there for the Gamecock Walk!
The team arrives at Williams-Brice Stadium at Gate 11 a little over two hours before kickoff. This week's Gamecock Walk is scheduled to be around 4:40 p.m. Cheer on the team as they arrive along with the marching band and cheerleaders.
 
-Check out Gamecock Village
Gamecock Village is a free tailgate across from the stadium off Bluff Rd. featuring several activities for fans. This week the Palmetto Health Gamecock Village will host the GEICO Football Tour, featuring a "You Make the Call" Referee Challenge, Finger Flip Football, and the Gecko. The Coca-Cola Inflatable Football Toss will also be on site and the South Carolina Volleyball team will be signing autographs. Grab some free nachos from Qdoba, check in on college football action from around the country at the Time Warner Cable Viewing Tent, and enjoy live music by Modern Disruption. Gamecock Village opens at 2:30 p.m. and closes approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.
 
-Get in your seats early for pre-game and the best team entrance in college football, "2001"
Teams take the field for pre-game warm-ups approximately one hour prior to game time. Pre-game festivities, including the South Carolina Marching Band, begin approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff. You don't want to miss the excitement that leads up to the start of the game... especially the best entrance in college football as the team takes the field to "2001: A Space Odyssey"
 
-Be loud for GAAAME...COCCKSS!!!
Right before the "2001" entrance a special celebrity guest will lead off the crowd in a cheer where one half of the stadium yells "GAME" and the other half follows with "COCKS". Fans on the West side of the stadium yell "Game" and fans on the East side of the stadium yell "Cocks". The cheer breaks out during the game as well so don't hesitate to chime in!
 
-Clap along with "Sandstorm"
Don't worry, when you hear this techno tune you'll know what to do... start clapping along! You'll usually hear it after touchdowns and other key moments in the game.
 
-Spell out C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A GOOO COCKS!
Toward the end of the fight song is the Carolina spell out, you'll shout it out loud with a spurring hand motion (watch the band and the student section, they'll show you how!)
 
-Williams-Brice Stadium info
There are a few rules such as no re-entry, no tobacco, etc. For more information please check the Gameday Information link under the "Fan Zone" tab on GamecocksOnline.com.
 
-Still need tickets?
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com


What are some other gameday tips you'd want to share? Leave a comment to add to the list!
 

Go "Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra as he takes a look at the match-up with Vanderbilt this week in preparation for their Gamecock IMG Sports Network broadcast.


These aren't your father's Commodores.

Heck, these aren't even your older brother's Commodores.

Head coach James Franklin has engineered a rapid turnaround in his first season at Vanderbilt, already surpassing the Commodores' win total from 2010 (2-10). When he hasn't whipped up the masses for bowling trips, Franklin has whipped a formerly downtrodden outfit into a team that plays with energy, fire, and - clutch the pearls - swagger. It might even cause this woebegone Vanderbilt fan to change the name of his blog. Vandy's 30-7 beatdown of Ole Miss Saturday was its largest margin of victory in an SEC game since 1971. The Commodores lead the nation with 10 interceptions, three of which they've returned for touchdowns. With a lineup populated by redshirt upperclassmen, the Commodores have shown they aren't a team to be taken lightly. Steve Spurrier needs no reminder of that: though 4-2 against Vanderbilt as head coach of South Carolina, his average margin of victory is a mere 4.2 points.

First-year head coach James Franklin has Vanderbilt playing inspired.

After a 3-0 start, the Commodores will try to (Franklin) mint a win over the Gamecocks. South Carolina will try for the complete game that has eluded them this season. Your father, your older brother, and the rest of the family will be watching.

More notes from our broadcast prep:

Third's The Word: Franklin had a built-in advantage when he arrived at Vandy after a stint as offensive coordinator at Maryland: Vanderbilt returned 21 starters, tops among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. Thick on experience, they've proven quick studies in Franklin's system.

However, Vanderbilt also has some statistics that defy gravity:

  • Vandy ranks 111th in the nation in sacks allowed (10), the only team in the bottom 30 of that stat nationally with a 3-0 record.
  • Vandy ranks 109th in the nation in 3rd-down conversions (24.4%), the only team in the bottom 20 of that stat nationally with a 3-0 record.

    After combing through Vanderbilt's play-by-play charts, I found another troubling number: the Commodores have converted just 1 of their last 14 3rd-down plays from 7 yards or longer. Vanderbilt does not have a big-play receiver like Alshon Jeffery, and top wideout John Cole will miss Saturday's game with a leg injury. It's an old trope of coaching, and it could apply to any game, but South Carolina needs to force 3rd-and-longs from the Commodores.

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's Soccer prepares for a weekday match up against Wake Forest, Volleyball preps for their SEC home opener and Student Night, while Football sets their sights on the Commodores, and more!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: SEC Heisman watch: Week 4 (ESPN SEC Blog) *No. 1-Marcus Lattimore*

    Football: Hampton to play vs. Vandy (The Post and Courier)

    Football: Vanderbilt will hear the noise (The Tennessean)   

    Football: Past weekend proves option is a brilliant offense (The Daily Gamecock)

    Football: Lawing looks towards Vanderbilt (TheBigSpur.com)

    Football: Lattimore's Heisman run on track (Anderson Independent Mail)

    Football: One year later (GamecockCentral.com)

    Baseball: Meyer returns home (GamecockCentral.com)

    Baseball: Tanner recaps opening weekend (TheBigSpur.com)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Lands Top Recruiting Class

    Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes & Videos

    Football. Gamecocks Return to Practice Fields Monday

    Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Set To Host Wake Forest In Mid-Week Matchup

    Men's Soccer. Gamecock Spotlight: Chipper Root

    General News. USC Receives Official NCAA Notice

    Volleyball. Coach Swanson Press Conference



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Gamecocks in the NFL (GamecockCentral.com)



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Opens Home SEC Play

    "Inside the Roost" tonight: Judy Van Horn talks NCAA, Scott Swanson on Volleyball

    Gamecocks Surpass 190,000 Fans on Facebook

    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Offense: Marcus Lattimore

    Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Navy, 24-21

    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Defense: Antonio Allen



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Coach Spurrier held his weekly press conference today, addressing the media along with five football student-athletes. Check out the videos here.



    ROOSTER CROWS

    Men's Soccer faces Wake Forest on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. While the Demon Deacons have a slight 14-12-1 upperhand in the all-time series against Carolina, the Gamecocks took the most recent contest 1-0 on the road at Dennie Spry Stadium last year.  



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Kaylee and Kelly are ready for football!

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!



    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Marcus Lattimore is the talk of college football, Men's Soccer wins in a comeback, Women's Tennis goes undefeated at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, and more!


    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: Lattimore runs away with weekly honors (Rivals.com)

    Football: Lattimore earns SEC honors (FoxSportsCarolina.com)

    Football: More and more, Lattimore (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: Gamecocks solve triple-option just in time (The Post and Courier)

    Football: Weekend Review: Ohio State's in trouble, FIU's on a roll (CBSSports.com) *Marcus Lattimore- best running back in college football*

    Football: SEC players of the week (ESPN SEC Blog)* Co-Offensive Player: Marcus Lattimore; Outstanding Performance: Antonio Allen*

    Football: South Carolina defense rises to the occasion late in win over Navy (The Daily Gamecock)

    Football: Carolina game balls (GamecockCentral.com)   

    Football: First Look: Vanderbilt (The Daily Gamecock)

    Football: In 1961, USC frat boys spoofed Clemson big-time (The State)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Football. Six-Day Window For Games of October 1

    Football. Marcus Lattimore Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

    Football. Lattimore Honored For Performance

    Football. Gamecocks Move Slightly in Polls

    Football. Lattimore Carries 10th-Ranked Gamecocks Past Navy, 24-21

    Women's Tennis. South Carolina Finishes Milwaukee Tennis Classic With 33-0 Mark

    Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Wraps Up Weekend Events

    Men's Tennis. Adams Win Highlights Saturday Tennis Action

    Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Drop Hard Fought Match To #13 Wake Forest, 2-0

    Equestrian. Black Team Wins Equestrian Scrimmage on Sunday

    Volleyball. South Carolina Falls in Five at Mississippi State

    Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Earns 2-1 Win Over High Point At Gamecock Classic

    Cross Country. Photo Gallery for 2011 Gamecock Invitational Now Available



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    "Inside the Roost" tonight: Judy Van Horn talks NCAA, Scott Swanson on Volleyball

    Gamecocks Surpass 190,000 Fans on Facebook

    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Offense: Marcus Lattimore

    Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Navy, 24-21

    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Defense: Antonio Allen

    Michael Roth Debuts as First Celebrity Guest Mic Man



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Everyone else is talking about him, why not us? Check out our Spurs Up Player of the Game (Offense): Marcus Lattimore






    ROOSTER CROWS

    Women's Tennis got off to a strong start to their fall season, winning the Milwaukee Tennis Classic without dropping a single match for a perfect 33-0 record on the weekend. The Gamecocks return to action next weekend playing in the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, Sept. 23-25.

    Marcus Lattimore, currently averaging 178 yards per game, is individually averaging more yards rushing per game than 76 of 120 FBS schools. He is also has the most rushing yards so far this season of any player in the country.

    On defense, the Gamecocks held Navy over 125 yards below their average rushing yards per game. The Mids entered Saturday's game averaging over 400 rushing yards per game. Carolina held them to 274 yards, a season low.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's Fan Photo submitted by Christa Likes is pretty impressive (not to mention adorable!!) Seven cousins, all under the age of four, and ALL Gamecock fans!

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    This Week's Home Events: Volleyball Opens Home SEC Play

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    THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

    Several South Carolina teams are in action at home this week! In our only mid-week event, Men's Soccer will take on ACC foe Wake Forest Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Equestrian starts off the weekend with their first home competition on Friday at 2:00 p.m. vs. Fresno State. Volleyball returns home this weekend for their first home SEC matches on Friday and Sunday. Friday night's 7:00 match vs. Tennessee is Student Night, featuring free pizza for the first 100 students and double Student Rewards points. The Volleyball team will also be in attendance at Gamecock Village (free tailgate directly across from the stadium off Bluff Rd) before Saturday's football game vs. Vandy. Fans can then take their football ticket stub with them to Volleyball at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to receive $1 admission to the match with Kentucky!

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    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Men's Soccer vs. Wake Forest - 7:00 p.m.
    - Bojangles Gift Cards for the first 150 fans
    -Rally Towel Giveaway
    * Braeden Troyer and Mike Mangotic were selected to this weekend's All-Tournament team for the Gamecock Classic.


    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Equestrian vs. Fresno State - 2:00 p.m.
    -First home competition of the season
    -Hosted at One Wood Farm in Blythewood
    -Team posters available

    Volleyball vs. Tennessee - 7:00 p.m.
    -SEC home opener
    -Student Night: Free pizza for the first 100 students & double Student Rewards points
    -Garnet, Black, & Green Night
    -Parents Weekend
    -Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the Volleyball Facebook fan page for a prize
    - The Gamecocks hold the nation's top average in digs, second in kills, and third in assists per set; ranked 17th in hitting percentage (as of 9/19 @ 9am)


    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    #10/12 Football vs. Vanderbilt - 7:00 p.m.
    -Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com for $50 each
    -Parents Weekend
    -Gamecock Village: Volleyball autograph session


    Sunday, September 25, 2011


    Volleyball vs. Kentucky - 1:30 p.m.
    -$1 admission with Sept. 24 Vanderbilt football ticket stub
    -Public Service Appreciation Day
    -Retirement & Grandparent Day
    -Parents Weekend
    -Post-match autographs
    -Twitterific Sunday- Mention @GamecockVolley on Twitter on gameday for a prize


    1075 the game logo.jpgTune in Monday at 7:00 p.m. for the weekly "Inside the Roost" radio show hosted by Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman. Guests scheduled for tonight's show will be Judy Van Horn, Senior Associate AD, discussing NCAA procedures, and Scott Swanson, Head Volleyball Coach, discussing the volleyball season so far.

    The show airs live from the Hilton in the Vista from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 FM The Game here in Columbia. Fans outside of Columbia can listen online.

    Gamecocks Surpass 190,000 Fans on Facebook

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    About three hours before kickoff Saturday night vs. Navy, we were exactly 700 fans away from 190,000 total fans on the official South Carolina Gamecocks page on Facebook.

    Now one day after the Gamecocks hard-fought win over the Mids behind a career-high rushing performance from Marcus Lattimore and thousands of likes and comments, we have surpassed the 190k mark with 190,079 fans... and counting!!! We currently have the 13th-highest Facebook following among NCAA institutions according to sportsfangraph.com.

    Thank you, Gamecock Nation, for all your support.

    Feel free to let us know what you would like to see more or less from us in social media. Your feedback is always helpful.

    Go Gamecocks!

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    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Offense: Marcus Lattimore

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    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Offense:

    Marcus Lattimore: Rushing- 37 carries, 246 yards, 3 touchdowns. Receiving- 4 catches, 25 yards


    Marcus lattimore navy.jpegAll week leading up to this game the focus has been on Navy's triple option offense leading the nation in rushing yards, averaging over 400 yards per game. The praise was deserved, as the Mids are very good at what they do. But, folks may have forgotten that the Gamecocks aren't too shabby running the ball either behind sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore.


    Lattimore showed tonight why he's a preseason All-America selection and in the discussion for other top college football honors such as the Heisman, Doak Walker, Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.

    The sophomore from Duncan, South Carolina, powered his way through tackles to rack up a career-high 246 rushing yards on 37 carries with an additional 25 yards receiving for a total of 271 yards on the night. Lattimore delivered all three of the Gamecocks' touchdowns.

    "We still haven't played to our potential, but we're getting better every week," said Lattimore after the game. "We got a tough Vandy team coming in. They just blew out Ole Miss so we definitely have to get ready for them this week."




    Even after 37 carries, Lattimore reported he felt good after the game.

    "With the conditioning we did this summer there's no reason for me to be tired," said Lattimore. "I feel like I just get stronger as the game goes on."

    Both Marcus Lattimore and T.J. Johnson had a lot of praise for Navy in their post-game interview with Todd Ellis for Gamecock IMG Sports Network (video below).

    "I'm glad they're not in the SEC, I can tell you that," Lattimore said post-game about Navy. "As far as assignment-wise and playing where they're supposed to be, that was the best football team fundamentally sound that I've ever played." 




    The Gamecocks take on Vanderbilt next Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets still available via Ticketmaster.com.
     


    Pre-Game and Fan Photos: South Carolina Beats Navy, 24-21

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    Check out pre-game photos from the Gamecock Walk, Gamecock Village, and tailgating as well as fan photos from during tonight's 24-21 win over Navy in the home opener at Williams-Brice Stadium! These are also on our Facebook page, feel free to tag yourself both there and on Flickr:






    Tonight was the first of four straight home games for the Gamecocks. Coming up: Sept. 24th vs. Vandy at 7:00 p.m.; Oct. 1st vs. Auburn, time TBA; and Oct. 8th vs. Kentucky, time TBA. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com






    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Defense: Antonio Allen

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    Spurs Up Player of the Game - Defense:

    Antonio Allen - 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 assisted), 1 FF, 1 INT


    Antonio Allen.jpegWho else? Three games into the season, three wins for the Gamecocks, and three straight big games from senior Spur Antonio Allen.

    I gushed about Allen's big game against ECU in week one with a career-high 16 tackles and two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown. He followed up with six tackles and an interception for a touchdown in Athens. Now, in the home opener win over Navy, he's my Spurs Up Player of the Game on defense for his team-high 10 tackles and interception that ended Navy's last chance drive in the fourth quarter.




    "It was a rough game. I tried to make all the tackles I could," said Allen after the game. "Guys were flying around, they were cutting. I'm just blessed and lucky enough to go out and catch a pick and make a big play."

     About that pick, unlike the last two games Allen didn't attempt to return it and went down on the Gamecocks' 45 yard line.

    "I just looked it in and caught the ball and tried to get on the ground," Allen said, laughing. "I didn't try to score this time because the game was too close."

    Great job, Antonio!

    Michael Roth Debuts as First Celebrity Guest Mic Man

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    We started a new gameday feature this season that debuted today in the home opener vs. Navy - a celebrity guest as the mic man to get the crowd started with GAAAME.... COCCKSSS before the team's entrance to "2001"!

    This week's guest was senior pitcher Michael Roth on the mic, accompanied by teammates Christian Walker and Adam Matthews. Who better than back-to-back National Champions to lead things off for the crowd? The crowd knew exactly what to do and it was electric!!!

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    We have some more special guests lined up throughout the season so we hope y'all enjoy it!!! For now it's going to stay a secret til they take the field!

    Go Gamecocks! Beat Navy!


    2011 Hall of Fame Class Q&A: Jeff Kefalos, Men's Tennis

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    Seven new Gamecocks were inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday at the annual banquet held by the Association of Lettermen in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, only 131 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen. We'll catch up with each of the new inductees here on Spurs Up Blog. Be sure to give a loud round of applause when they are recognized on the football field between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game vs. Navy.

    Jeff Kefalos (1973-76)
    Stood out in both men's tennis singles and doubles from 1973-76, earning Team MVP honors all four years and was a finalist for the Rafael Osuna Award for outstanding sportsmanship in 1976... holds the school record for career singles winning percentage, coming out on top in 88.1 percent of his matches (104-14) and owns three of the top five season singles winning percentages in school history, including the record .929 (26-2), which he set in 1972-73... his 81 career doubles victories is the second-highest mark in school history, as is his career doubles winning percentage (.844; 81-15)... the combination of singles and doubles prowess makes him the program record-holder in combined career winning percentage as he lost just 29 of the 214 matches he played in his four-year career for a .864 winning percentage.

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    Jeff currently works at the Columbia Tennis Center, where he has been for 34 years. He came to school here in 1972 and has been in Columbia ever since and comes to Gamecock Athletics events all the time.

    Brittany Lane: What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Carolina?

    JK:  As far as playing, probably my freshman year, beating Clemson. Clemson at that time was 2nd in the ACC, and we hadn't beaten them in 4 years and we upset them. That was a really important match and the football coach/athletic director Paul Dietzel was there. It was important to beat Clemson; that was probably one of my better memories.

    BL: How did you react when you heard you being inducted into the Hall of Fame?

    JK: Obviously I was really excited. One of the first things I did was look up who was in the Hall of Fame and there are only a couple of tennis players, and really there aren't that many athletes. And that's what surprised me, since I've been here so long. I've seen so many good athletes come through that aren't in the Hall of Fame yet, and that made it even more special. It's a pretty small group, and there's a real deserving group of people that aren't in it yet, it really is an elite group.

    BL: With still being here in Columbia, what do you think of the current program and the new facility?

    JK: I think the new facility will help with recruiting and the conference is clearly the best conference in men's tennis. I think that it's going to take a few more years of recruiting and then they should be fine.

    BL: What are some of the biggest changes you've seen at Carolina between then and now?

    JK:  I think that the one thing that is to the university's advantage now is that we're in a conference, the best conference to be in in the country. When I was in school we weren't in a conference. We were already out of the ACC and I think that makes a really big difference, because you have the opportunity to go for a conference championship.

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    2011 Hall of Fame Class Q&A: Siew Ai Lim, Women's Golf

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    Seven new Gamecocks were inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday at the annual banquet held by the Association of Lettermen in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, only 131 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen. We'll catch up with each of the new inductees here on Spurs Up Blog. Be sure to give a loud round of applause when they are recognized on the football field between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game vs. Navy.

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    Siew Ai Lim (1992-96)
    Originally from Malaysia... earned first-team All-America honors in 1995 and second-team honors in 1994... was the SEC Player of the Year in 1995 when she recorded a 74.35 stroke average... tied for fifth at the 1995 NCAA Championships, helping the team to a tie for ninth place in the team competition... earned second-team All-SEC honors in 1993, then was a first-team member for her final three campaigns... was a medalist at the 1995 NCAA East Regionals as well as at the Carolyne Cudone Intercollegiate... played on the Duramed FUTURES Tour from 1997-2000 and on the LPGA Tour from 1999-2008.

    Brittany Lane: Where are you now?

    SAL: I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, teaching golf at the Greystone Golf and Country Club you for the Hank Johnson Golf School.

    BL: What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Carolina?

    SAL: My best memories of Columbia was really just the people. I had a great team, I loved golfing. It was a great mix of ladies and we just had a great time, traveling, practicing together. That's what really made the entire experience special.

    BL: How did you react to the news that you were being inducted into the Hall of Fame?

    SAL:  It was unexpected! I was surprised but I was honored obviously to have been recognized by the university, I've been out of college for a while so it was unexpected. I came into town Wednesday and stayed with [former coach] Kim Abbott. She was the coach that recruited me when I came to Carolina, so I hung out with her and her family. I'm headed down to the Roost area, I'm going to meet up with Dr. [Ron] Kasper. We worked together some while I was in college, so I'm just catching up with people while I'm here. I was excited because this is a nice time for me to wander around campus and see what changes have been made. It's nice to come back and touch base.

    BL: Are you excited about the football game?

    SAL: I am, I'm staying for the weekend. I took the week off from work. My boss said, "you don't get inducted into the hall of fame every day!" so I left!

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    2011 Hall of Fame Class Q&A: Kent DeMars, Men's Tennis

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    Seven new Gamecocks were inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday at the annual banquet held by the Association of Lettermen in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, only 131 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen. We'll catch up with each of the new inductees here on Spurs Up Blog. Be sure to give a loud round of applause when they are recognized on the football field between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game vs. Navy.

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    Kent DeMars: spent 26 of his 37 years at Carolina as the men's tennis head coach, ending his tenure in Spring 2010... led the Gamecocks to 18 NCAA Tournaments, including a stretch of 13-straight appearances (1994-2006)... his Gamecock teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 six times, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 1989... is the program's all-time winningest coach with 390 career victories... guided the team to six conference championships in his first seven seasons... coached seven Gamecocks who accumulated nine All-America selections and saw at least one Gamecock on an all-conference team in 18 of his 26 seasons at the helm... was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 and was a 1996 inductee into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Brittany Lane: How is retired life?

    DeMars: I've been doing a fair amount of travelling, actually just got back from Reno [Tuesday], spent a few days out there; mainly visiting family. I joined a club and so my wife, Dawn, and I are doing some golf and tennis in some different leagues that we've enjoyed. The house that we moved into was just finished a little over a year ago, so there are a lot of things to go shopping for. We went to a furniture place in North Carolina a few times, trying to get the house in order. It's actually been more of a whirlwind. I made a little bucket list of things I'd like to do. I've got a grandchild who's a little over two years old so I enjoy taking her to the zoo and different places and spending time with her. It's easier to spend family time than it was before, now that I've got time. I feel like sometimes you don't spend as much time with your family as you should have with your job, now you can make up for it a little bit and do some things for the kids. I've enjoyed the retirement time. I also feel like being in my late sixties I don't know how long these legs will be good for [laughs], and I'm going to try and do some things in my life that I want to do while I'm still capable. I think it worked out perfectly, staying as long as I did, 26 years at South Carolina, and now trying to do something a little different.


    BL: Where are some of the places you've been traveling? Any dream places?

    DeMars: I've never taken a cruise, Alaska or a couple places, a little bit more abroad traveling. I have several that I'd like to go to that I haven't yet I'd like to go to Prague I think that would be really interesting, and places that I've already been and want to get back to like Hawaii, I'd like to go to the Australian Open tennis and New Zealand. I've been to Paris and it wouldn't take very much to convince me to go back.


    BL: Are you still involved with tennis?

    I wanted to do some things locally to give back a bit, I've joined a couple boards that have taken some time and require me to do some things with tennis, one is the South Carolina Tennis Association board, the other is the ITA, which is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association board of directors. So each of those I've picked up some duties and responsibilities. It's almost like a mentoring program, we get hold of several young coaches and talk to them about our experiences and things we did, try to answer questions for coaches just getting into the business. We're working here locally with kids 10 and under. The whole long tennis court isn't made for kids so we've taken the court in half and we've done a few things to make it a lot more fun for young kids because it's harder for them to pick up the sport at a young age. It's much easier for them to kick a ball around like soccer or do a little softball, its much harder for them to hit a tennis ball 78 feet over the net. We're trying to develop a system, some of the things which I think are good for the game, giving back a little bit I think is fun.


    BL: You had a long career at Carolina, any favorite memories?


    DeMars: Well, the furthest we went was the semi-finals of the NCAA tournament back in 1989, and our team then finished tied for third in the country so we got one of the national championship trophies for third place, and that's a real nice trophy and in that same year, I got National Coach of the Year, so 1989 other than Hugo coming in here and setting us back a bit, those were probably the highlights for the team. There are certainly many others, we had a player make it to the semi-finals of the NCAA in singles as well, a French player.... And we're excited about the new facilities coming together, the new tennis complex is beautiful. Pretty anxious to get over and watch a match in there, it's going to be really outstanding, so that will be fun.


    BL: What's it feel like to learn you're going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? How did you react to the phone call?

    DeMars: Well, it's really, really nice needless to say. I know Tommy Moody and he's the one who called. I guess the reaction is surprise initially and then when it's your peers deciding it makes it extra special. Columbia, USC...this  is home and being put in the same group as football, basketball, baseball, etc. it's nice that they include us in this group as well. I think overall it's really gratifying to be chosen.

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    Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/16 Bring on the Mids

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Soccer started off the weekend's Gamecock sports action with an overtime win over Charlotte, Coach Quarles reflects on her time at this year's Track & Field World Championships, the Midshipmen arrive to town, and more!


    THIS WEEKEND'S HOME EVENTS


    Friday, September 16

    Men's Soccer vs. Brown - 7:30 p.m.


    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Football vs. Navy - 6:00 p.m.
    Less than 3,300 tickets are left for the game. Tickets available online via Ticketmaster.com! Let's have a full house for the home opener!


    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Men's Soccer vs. High Point - 1:00 p.m.
    - $1 admission with Sept. 17 Navy football ticket stub
    *For this doubleheader, one ticket is good for entry into both games.*

    Women's Soccer vs. #18 Wake Forest - 5:00 p.m.
    - $1 admission with Sept. 17 Navy football ticket stub



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


    Football: Scoring the unconventional way (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

    Football: Lettermen Roundtable (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: Finishing Touches Made to Williams-Brice Stadium for Saturday  (WLTX)

    Football: The other side: For Eric Rutherford and Navy, the 1984 meeting with South Carolina was a tremendous triumph  (The Daily Gamecock)

    Baseball: Gamecocks look for leaders to step up (The Post and Courier)



    FROM THE OTHER SIDE

    Football: Spurrier sparkles on college stage (The Capital)

    Football: The other side: For Eric Rutherford and Navy, the 1984 meeting with South Carolina was a tremendous triumph  (The Daily Gamecock)


    Football: Navy football again hopes to bring down a giant, this time South Carolina (The Washington Post)

    Football: Navy Perspective: Five Questions with GoMids.com (The Daily Gamecock)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Track & Field. Quarles' World Championships Experience

    Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Go 12-0 on Day One at Milwaukee Tennis Classic

    Volleyball. Gamecocks Begin SEC Play at Mississippi State

    Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Community Service Feature

    Men's Basketball. Fourth Annual Darrin Horn Ladies Clinic To Be Held Oct. 22

    Football. Gamecocks Look to Sink Middies

    Women's Soccer.Grimsley's Golden Goal Gives Gamecocks 2-1 Win



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

    "What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. Navy Edition

    Gamecock Village Features George Rogers This Week, Plus Gameday Timeline Info

    Farmer's Market Parking Will Be Open as Scheduled Saturday

    This Week's Gameday Program Cover: Marcus Lattimore

    Alumni Association Profiles Gamecock Great Brandon Bennett ('95)

    Be LOUD for the Gamecocks' New Fight Song Arrangement!



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Women's Soccer won in overtime last night against the Charlotte 49ers off a golden goal delivered by Kayla Grimsley. Check out the highlights below and come on out to Stone Stadium Sunday as they take on #13 Wake Forest at 5:00 p.m. Admission is just $1 with a ticket stub from the football game vs. Navy.






    ROOSTER CROWS

    Volleyball heads to Starkville to take on Mississippi State in their SEC opener tonight. The Gamecocks boast a league-best 9-1 record going into the start of conference play.

    Congrats to South Carolina Women's Tennis on opening up the fall season with a perfect 12-0 record on day one of the Milwaukee Tennis Classic! The Gamecocks registered eight victories in singles and four in doubles playing Kansas State, Western Michigan and Marquette.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's photo from Amanda Jordan of her son, Brice, with "Cocky" and a few other Gamecock-named photos we've gotten raises the question... how many people out there have named their child after something or someone related to the Gamecocks?


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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!


     

    Thumbnail image for SEC_ESPN.PNGOur weekly "what channel is the game on?" post continues with Game 3 - your #10/11 Gamecocks vs. Navy. Every week we'll bring you this post to try to help out those in Gamecock Nation who can't make it to the game in person.

    Like last week's game on ESPN, this week should hopefully be pretty easy for folks, as we will air nationally on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The game will also be available nationwide online at ESPN3.com (depending on your internet service provider). ESPN's Mike Patrick, Craig James, and Jeannine Edwards will call the action.


    Game Information:
    Who: #10/11 South Carolina vs. Navy
    When: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 6:00 p.m. ET
    Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
    TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
    Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
    Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster.com or on gameday at the Williams-Brice ticket window


    While we don't know the exact channel number for ESPN2 for every location in Gamecock Nation, hopefully most of you know where to find ESPN2 on your respective providers. Here are a few local channel listings:


    Local Channel Listings for ESPN2 (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):

    Time Warner Cable   

    Columbia, SC                                Channel 27
    Florence, SC                                 Channel 28

    Myrtle Beach, SC                          Channel 26
    Summerville(Charleston), SC     Channel 27
    DirecTV                 Channel 209
    Dish                        Channel 144
    AT&T Uverse         Channel 606
    Charter Cable        Channel 33


    If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game (Who wouldn't? Especially if it's a Carolina win!) catch the re-broadcast of the game on Sunday, September 18th, at 8:00 p.m. on SportSouth following The Steve Spurrier Show at 7:30 p.m.

    In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin on the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). The game is also available via satellite radio (Sirius 219/XM 200).

    Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.
    We're just one day away from the first home game of the season!! It has been a very busy week around here getting ready, but we're all excited! Check out the info below about what's going on at Palmetto Health Gamecock Village this week and the gameday timeline.

    Gamecock Village is a free tailgate for all fans to enjoy. It is located on Bluff Road just across from the stadium and opens at 1:30 p.m. this week and closes approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The highlight of this week's event is the Travelers Insurance Tailgate Tour, which will feature George Rogers and his 1980 Heisman Trophy. They are hosting the Travelers Chipping Challenge, where fans attempt a golf shot at a floating green (photo below) for a chance at a hole-in-one to win prizes and a Travelers donation to the George Rogers Foundation. The Travelers experience will also include an area where fans can take a souvenir picture with George Rogers and his 1980 Heisman Trophy. George Rogers will be at the Chipping Challenge from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. prior to kickoff.

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    Members of the South Carolina Men's and Women's Soccer teams will be in attendance to autograph posters and official apparel will be on sale at the Addam's Bookstore tent. Fans can check in on the day's college football action from around the country at the Time Warner Cable Viewing Tent while at Gamecock Village.


    Gameday Timeline:
     12 p.m.     Farmers Market parking lots open
     1 p.m.       Stadium Parking Office opens
     1 p.m.       Armory, ETV, Fairgrounds, and Stadium parking lots open
     1:30 p.m. Gamecock Village opens
     2 p.m.       Stadium Box Office opens (Tickets available)
     3:40 p.m.  Gamecock Walk (Gate 11)
     4 p.m.        Stadium Gates 4, 14, 16, 22, and 25 open
     4:30 p.m.   Remaining Stadium Gates open
     6 p.m.         Kickoff vs. Navy
     Halftime     Fireworks Show

    While tailgating or visiting Gamecock Village, be sure to come welcome the team outside Gate 11 during the Gamecock Walk - the cheerleaders and band will be hard to miss. Then be in your seats early to help recognize this week's Legendary Fan of the Game. You also won't want to miss the special celebrity guest in attendance to help warm up the crowd! Another special aspect of this week's game is the introduction of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class, which will take place between the 1st and 2nd quarters.

    See y'all on gameday and GO GAMECOCKS!!!

    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: the Gamecocks get ready for the Mids to come aboard, getting to know Marcus Lattimore, Men's and Women's Woccer kick off a weekend of home games, and more!


    **TONIGHT AT HOME**

    Women's Soccer vs. Charlotte - 7:00 p.m. - Stone Stadium
    - $1 Hot Dog Night
    - Garnet, Black, & Green Night - first 50 fans receive a free re-usable grocery bag




    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: Walk-up traffic strong for USC tickets (GoGamecocks.com)

    Football: Heisman Watch: Where Lattimore stands (GoGamecocks.com)

    Football: Gamecocks continue preparations for Navy (WIStv)
        
    Football: 10 new things on gameday (GoGamecocks.com)

    Women's Soccer: Women's soccer returns home to face Charlotte (The Daily Gamecock)

    Men's Soccer: Men's soccer prepares to host Gamecock Classic (The Daily Gamecock)

    Cross Country: Cross country to compete in Winthrop Invitational (The Daily Gamecock)

    Baseball: Gamecocks Team Up to Fight Cancer (WLTX)

    Men's Basketball: Hall-of-famer Watson makes it work (GoGamecocks.com)



    FROM THE OTHER SIDE

    2011: A Football Odyssey (NavySports.com)

    Secret Weapon (The Capital)

    Mids relish memories of '84 SC upset (The Capital)

    Navy slotback going home (The Capital)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Football. Williams-Brice Stadium Information

    Football. Gamecock Spotlight: Marcus Lattimore

    Cross Country. Gamecocks Set to Compete at Winthrop Invitational

    Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season at Milwaukee Tennis Classic

    Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Set To Host Annual Gamecock Classic

    Volleyball. Tops in the Nation: Gamecocks Dig

    Equestrian. Equestrian Scrimmage Set for 2 p.m. on Sunday



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

    Farmer's Market Parking Will Be Open as Scheduled Saturday

    This Week's Gameday Program Cover: Marcus Lattimore

    Alumni Association Profiles Gamecock Great Brandon Bennett ('95)

    Be LOUD for the Gamecocks' New Fight Song Arrangement!

    "Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Alshon Jeffery Clutch

    Social Media Tells the Story of the Gamecocks' 45-42 Win Over Georgia



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Today preseason awards candidate Marcus Lattimore shares his love of home cooking, his hometown of Duncan, bowling, his playing style, and more:





    ROOSTER CROWS

    With a third of the season down, South Carolina Volleyball leads the country in digs per set (that means #1 out of 328 NCAA Division I teams!)



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's fan photo is a family affair! Check out the story from 2LT Richard Dickson of his family decked out in their Gamecock gear:

    "This is a photo of me, Richard, my wife Jessica, and our two girls, Shealynn Rae and Kaleigh Ann. We are from Arizona. I'm a graduate of Arizona State, but while stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, fell in love with USC. My wife is from South Carolina originally. Hope y'all enjoy. Go Cocks!"

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    Farmer's Market Parking Will Be Open as Scheduled Saturday

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    Crews have been hard at work getting the Farmer's Market ready for the first home game of the season Saturday! Check out part of the flattened out area below (and start imagining how nice it's going to look when all the landscaping and renovating is complete for next year!):

    IMG_5464.JPGThe Farmer's Market has 3,000 parking spaces, some of which can be purchased on gameday. There is limited first-come, first-served gameday parking available in both the Fairgrounds and Farmer's Market lots at $35 per space. The Farmer's Market lot opens six (6) hours prior to game time. The Fairgrounds and the other controlled Athletic department lots open five (5) hours prior to game time. The Armory lot and The Fairgrounds lot close two (2) hours after the game ends. Gas grilling is permitted in the parking lots but charcoal grilling is prohibited.

    Fans in the Farmer's Market will also have easy access to Gamecock Village, a free tailgate for all fans. The highlight of this week's event is the Travelers Insurance Tailgate Tour, which will feature George Rogers and his 1980 Heisman Trophy. Members of the South Carolina men's and women's soccer teams will be in attendance to autograph posters, and official apparel will be on sale at the Addam's Bookstore tent. Check in on college football action from around the country at the Time Warner Cable Viewing Tent while there. Gamecock Village opens at 1:30 and closes approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.

    Tickets are still available for Saturday's game for $40 each via Ticketmaster.com. See y'all there!


    This Week's Gameday Program Cover: Marcus Lattimore

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    After two games on the road, we're finally gearing up for the home opener at Williams-Brice Stadium!

    Be on the lookout for the gameday program on Saturday. This week's program for the Navy game features Marcus Lattimore on the cover as well as a feature profile on the sophomore running back inside. Profiles on the defensive backs (with D.J. Swearinger and Akeem Auguste on the cover as well) and the Men's and Women's Soccer teams are also included.

    Another special part of the program this week is the Carolina's Finest section, which will feature this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. This year's class will be recognized on the field during the game.

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    Get to know Marcus a little better with today's Gamecock Spotlight:



    The Gamecocks take on Navy at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.com for $40 each.

    Brandon Bennett.pngMy Carolina Alumni Association recently caught up with Brandon Bennett (class of 1995) for a member profile to update Carolina fans on this Gamecock great:

    "Brandon Bennett, '95, may best be remembered by University of South Carolina football fans for his last-second touchdown against the University of Georgia to give the Gamecocks a win in Athens back in 1993. Despite a hall-of-fame career with the Gamecocks and a ten-year career in the NFL, Brandon is quick to point out that earning his degree from Carolina is one of his most important achievements.

    'Carolina helped me to go play ball, but also to get an education and see a lot of things that I wouldn't have had the chance to experience," Brandon says. 'The camaraderie and brotherhood with all my friends is all part of that.'

    Growing up in Taylors, SC, Brandon frequented Columbia to watch his older brother, Bralyn, play football for the Gamecocks, so making Carolina his choice for his education and to play for the Gamecocks wasn't too difficult. The Bennett brothers were able to play for the Gamecocks at the same time for one season.

    Brandon finished his career as Carolina's second all-time leading rusher and holds the single-game mark with 278 yards in 1991, while leading the Gamecocks in rushing in each of his four seasons. While there were many great moments on the field, there are a few that will always jump out first, including the game winner in Athens.

    'Going over the top in Georgia of course was big,' Brandon says. 'Everybody was just scrambling just trying to get lined up, then I looked around, and I knew I was in the end zone. We were still new to the SEC, so that was really something for us to go in there and beat a good Georgia team. Of course, we beat Clemson twice in Death Valley while I was there, too.'

    Because he played for the Gamecocks in the days before the Internet and camera phones, Brandon may not be as recognizable to fans of all ages.

    'Sometimes older people know who I am, but these younger kids now have no idea," Brandon says. "So I can walk anonymously on campus sometimes.' "

    Check out the rest of the profile here.


    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: the Gamecocks are preparing to take on Navy's triple option attack, Volleyball heads to Mississippi State for their SEC opener, Softball will welcome back the NPF All-Stars again this fall, Women's and Men's Soccer prepare for two home matches each this week, and more!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: USC prepares for Navy's triple-option rushing attack (Anderson Independent Mail)

    Football: South Carolina vs. Navy (CBSSports.com)

    Football: Heisman watch: Lattimore in the running (Rivals.com)

    Football: Navy vs. No. 10 S. Carolina: Mids up for the challenge (Washington Examiner)

    Football: Option to test USC: Gamecocks look for defensive improvement with run-heavy Navy on deck(The Post and Courier)

    Football: Spurrier agrees with group's payment plan for college athletes (The Daily Gamecock)

    Volleyball: Volleyball travels to face Mississippi State in SEC opener (The Daily Gamecock)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Football. Gamecocks Continue Preparations For Navy

    Softball. Gamecock Softball Host NPF All-Stars Again During Fall Slate

    Women's Soccer. South Carolina Renews Rivalry With Charlotte Thursday

    Women's Basketball. Coaches Clinic Slated for Oct. 15

    Men's Soccer. Reminder: Gamecock Men's Soccer Alumni Weekend



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Former Gamecock Meredith Signed By Steelers (WCSC)



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    In response to the new fight song arrangement moving the C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A GOOOO COCKS! cheer:

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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

    Be LOUD for the Gamecocks' New Fight Song Arrangement!

    "Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Alshon Jeffery Clutch

    Social Media Tells the Story of the Gamecocks' 45-42 Win Over Georgia

    This Week's Home Events: Football Home Opener, M.Soccer & W.Soccer Host Two Games Each

    Vote for Melvin Ingram for Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week

    [VIDEO] Ace Sanders Post-Game with Todd Ellis

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. Georgia - Melvin Ingram Takes Fake Punt for Touchdown



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    The Gamecock Spotlight series continues with senior midfielder Vance Benson, who talks about his competitive family's motto that drives his style of play, and more. Men's Soccer has two games this weekend as part of the Gamecock Classic, vs. Brown on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and vs. High Point on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.






    ROOSTER CROWS

    Women's Soccer has posted shutouts in all five of its wins and is second in the SEC with three goals against and a 0.42 goals against average.

    Women's Golf set a new program record with a low round score of 279 (-9), improving the previous record by three strokes. It also tied for the second lowest round in Cougar Classic history. The Gamecocks' tournament total was the fourth best 54-hole total in program history.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Amusing photo sent in by Harry George... as seen in Aiken... the Tiger just didn't quite make it...

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    Be LOUD for the Gamecocks' New Fight Song Arrangement!

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    The home opener vs. Navy this weekend will be the first glimpse for many Gamecock fans at the Carolina Band under new director, Rebecca Phillips.

    SC.edu reports that Phillips has "added 11 players to the ranks of the sousaphones for a total of 28 of the low-brass members of the tuba family that bring real heft to the band, which has 32 new members this year for a total of 280.

    'It allows us to have more bass sound and that will allow us to have more volume,' Phillips said. 'We were able to immediately enlarge the brass section, mainly through recruiting.' " (SC.edu)

    One of the biggest things fans will notice is a re-arrangement in the fight song. In past years, the spell-out C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A GOOOO COCKS! cheer has started up immediately after a score and led into the fight song. With all the excitement after seeing the Gamecocks put points on the board, sometimes the spell-out couldn't be heard or fans might join in about halfway through. In the new arrangement, the spell-out has been moved towards the end of the fight song, giving it a lot more "oomph". Fans will also be treated to a different halftime show from the band at every home game this year. Click here to listen to more music you may here between plays Saturday.

    We'll be counting on all the Gamecock fans in Williams-Brice this Saturday to really shout out C-A-R-O-L-I-N-A GOOOO COCKS! when we get to that point in the fight song. And don't forget to put your spurs up. :) Hopefully you will get lots of practice with it the next few Saturdays!

    Here's a short video from before the Georgia game last Saturday in Athens that will show you exactly where to expect the spell-out:




    Tickets for the home opener vs. Navy are still available via Ticketmaster. We'd love to see a full stadium for the Gamecocks' first home game of the season! Go Gamecocks!

    For other home games, tickets to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and The Citadel are also on sale via Ticketmaster. The Auburn, Florida and Clemson games are sold out, but a limited number of season ticket packages have been held available that still include tickets to those games. Call 800-4SC-FANS to order. Go Gamecocks!


    "Inside the Chart" with Andy Demetra: Alshon Jeffery Clutch

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    Andy Demetra goes "Inside the Chart" for the Gamecock IMG Sports Network finding some great notes and stats, such as this one below about Alshon Jeffery. Check out the rest of today's "Inside the Chart" here.



    Pleading the Third: There's clutch, there's extremely clutch, and there's Alshon Jeffery clutch. Of his 10 catches this season, 9 have gone for a first down or touchdown. Jeffery's greatest attributes - his strength, his body control, his airborne dominance - come together in devastating harmony on third downs. Since his breakthrough game against Kentucky in 2009, Jeffery has caught a 3rd- or 4th-down pass that gave Carolina a first down in 23 of his last 24 games. 

    Jeffery has made some phenomenal catches to move the chains, but the Gamecocks need other receivers to step up and become threats. While Jeffery has 9 catches for first downs or touchdowns, his teammates only have 3 combined (2 Sanders, 1 Lattimore). Also, take a look at how many 3rd-down catches Jeffery has made to extend a drive, compared to his teammates, over the last two seasons:

    Alshon Jeffery has caught a 3rd- or 4th-down pass that gave Carolina a first down in 23 of the last 24 games.



    Catches that have resulted in a first down (any down):

    YearJefferyRest of Team
    201193

    % of 3rd- or 4th-down passing plays that resulted in 1st down:

    YearJefferyRest of Team%
    2010202742.5%
    20113166.7%
    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Melvin Ingram continues to earn praise, Gamecocks move up to No. 10 in the AP Poll, an update on Gamecocks in the NFL, three home games sold out, a very "Navy" Fan Photo of the Day, and more!


    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB



    Football: Trinity grad Allen a star on Gamecocks' defense (Ocala.com)

    Football: SEC Heisman watch: Week 3 (ESPN College Football Nation Blog) *No. 1-Marcus Lattimore*

    Football: Melvin Ingram Reeling In Awards After Performance In USC-UGA Game On Saturday (WJBF.com)

    Football: USC makes secondary changes (The Post and Courier)

    Football: New AP poll gives Alabama 1 more 1st-place vote, moves South Carolina to No. 10 (The Washington Post)

    Women's Soccer: Women's soccer makes it four in a row against rival Clemson(The Daily Gamecock)



    FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

    Football: Gamecocks as good as Navy gets (The Capital - Annapolis)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Women's Golf. Gamecocks Post School Record 279, Finish 10th at Cougar Classic

    Volleyball: Coach Swanson Press Conference

    Football. Gamecocks Announce Sellouts for Auburn, Florida and Clemson

    Football: Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes & Videos

    Football: Gamecocks Return to Practice Fields Monday

    Football: Melvin Ingram Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

    Football: Ingram Honored by SEC

    Equestrian. Q&A With Freshman Sam Chiodo



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Gamecocks in the NFL (GamecockCentral.com)



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    Social Media Tells the Story of the Gamecocks' 45-42 Win Over Georgia

    This Week's Home Events: Football Home Opener, M.Soccer & W.Soccer Host Two Games Each

    Vote for Melvin Ingram for Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week

    [VIDEO] Ace Sanders Post-Game with Todd Ellis

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. Georgia - Melvin Ingram Takes Fake Punt for Touchdown

    Pre-Game Fan Photos and Stadium: South Carolina at Georgia



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Do you share the same love for Harry Potter and our International Business major as Danielle Au? Check out Gamecock Spotlight on the Women's Soccer sophomore midfielder/forward and see her in action on Thursday (vs. Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.) or Sunday (vs. Wake Forest, 5:00 p.m.)





    ROOSTER CROWS

    The South Carolina baseball team is set to begin fall team practice this weekend with scrimmages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Carolina Stadium. All three scrimmages are open to the public and will be six innings apiece. Friday's scrimmage will start at 4 p.m. with Saturday's scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

    South Carolina senior defender Ellen Fahey was named to the Our Game Magazine Players to Watch list for the week of Sept. 5-11 after captaining the Gamecocks to back-to-back shutout victories at the Carolina Cup. As one of four defenders on the list, it is the first career national team of the week honor for Fahey, an All-SEC selection at South Carolina.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today I couldn't even choose between the two photos so they're both in! The Roose family shared these photos and the following story that I just LOVE!

    "Last year when my husband was deployed on the USS Harry S. Truman, he took my daughter's Cocky along for the deployment and sent her pics from his ports. This is Cocky in front of the Louvre in Paris, France, and on the deck of the carrier. Taken by EMCM John Roose USN (USC Alumni)."

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!


    Check out our social media timeline of Saturday's 45-42 win over Georgia... At one point, the application I use almost froze up because so many people were tweeting about the Gamecocks, especially Melvin Ingram, who became a trending topic across the entire U.S. during the game.

    It was a roller coaster of a game and the emotion and excitement flowed right along with the game in social media.




    The Gamecocks open the season at home this Saturday, Sept. 17, vs. Navy at 6:00 p.m. with another nationally televised game on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Tickets are still available for the game via Ticketmaster for $40 each.
    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: a look back at the Gamecock's thriller against Georgia, Melvin Ingram named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, Women's Soccer shut out Clemson, and more!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


    Football: Gamecocks' Lattimore a breath of fresh air (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

    Football: USC defensive lineman Ingram says 'I try to do it all' (GoUpstate.com)

    Football: Somehow, Gamecocks find a way to win (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

    Football: Marcus Lattimore lifts South Carolina to wild 45-42 win over Georgia (The Daily Gamecock)

    Football: Gamecocks finally find special teams playmaker(The Post and Courier)

    Football: Weekly Rewind: Gamecocks' Ingram makes rare impact for DT (CBSsports.com)

    Football: Former Gamecocks Remember 9/11(WLTX)

    Football: Byrnes product Lattimore resumes role as 'The Closer' for USC (GoUpstate.com)

    Football: Breaking down the key plays (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: SEC Rewind: South Carolina, Auburn survive thrillers (USA Today)

    Football: Carolina Game balls (GamecockCentral.com)

    Women's Soccer: USC Women Defeat Clemson 2-0 (WLTX)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


    Football. Game Time Set For South Carolina-Vanderbilt Game

    Football. Gamecocks Move Up in Both Polls

    Football. Ingram Honored as Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week


    Football. South Carolina vs. Georgia Post-Game Quotes

    Football. South Carolina vs. Georgia Post-Game Notes

    Football. Gamecocks Top Bulldogs, 45-42, In SEC Thriller


    Women's Golf. Burnett's 73 Leads Gamecock Women's Golf on First Day of Cougar Classic

    Swimming & Diving. MIller Wins Bronze Medal in Three-Meter
    Synchronized Dive at Junior Pan American Diving Championships


    Swimming & Diving. Gamecock Swimming and Diving Helps Remember 9/11

    Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Finishes Tied for 11th at Carpet Capital Collegiate

    Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Post Fourth Consecutive Shutout Over Clemson, 2-0

    Women's Soccer. Grimsley Ties Assist Record In South Carolina's 2-0 Shutout Win

    Men's Soccer. Gamecock Men's Soccer Earns 2-2 Draw Against Bradley

    Volleyball. Gamecocks Sweep Winthrop in College of Charleston Invite Finale



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS


    Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    This Week's Home Events: Football Home Opener, M.Soccer & W.Soccer Host Two Games Each

    Vote for Melvin Ingram for Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week

    [VIDEO] Ace Sanders Post-Game with Todd Ellis

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. Georgia - Melvin Ingram Takes Fake Punt for Touchdown

    Pre-Game Fan Photos and Stadium: South Carolina at Georgia



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Re-live South Carolina's thrilling win "between the hedges!"







    ROOSTER CROWS

    Saturday's win gave the Gamecocks back-to-back wins over Georgia for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The 87 combined points is the most ever scored between the two schools in the series, and South Carolina's 45 points are the most it has ever scored against Georgia

    South Carolina senior Kayla Grimsley tied the program career record for assists as the Gamecocks shutout UNC Wilmington 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Historic Riggs Field.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's photo is from Desiree Moody at her first Gamecocks football game ever with her husband. They watched Carolina beat N.C. State in 2008. Anyone else out there who will be attending their first game ever at this week's home opener vs. Navy? Tickets still available via Ticketmaster.

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!


    "Inside the Roost" Radio Show Debuts for 2011-12 Season

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    1075 the game logo.jpgWith the 2011-12 season underway, our weekly "Inside the Roost" radio show with AD Eric Hyman returns.

    In addition to updates and discussion from Hyman and host Derek Scott, tonight's first show of the season will feature Men's Soccer Head Coach Mark Berson talking about the start of the season and Steve Fink, Director of Media Relations, discussing our various student-athletes (football players in particular) who are up for national awards and how we go about promoting their accomplishments.

    Tune in from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 FM The Game!



    THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY

    Kayla Grimsley.jpegBoth Men's and Women's Soccer play two games each at home at Stone Stadium this week along with football playing their home opener against Navy on Saturday at 6:00 p.m (tickets available).

    Fans with a ticket stub from the Navy football game receive admission for just $1 to the Men's Soccer game vs. High Point at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and to the Women's Soccer game vs. Wake Forest at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For the Thursday and Friday soccer games it is Garnet, Black, & Green Night, where the first 50 fans at each game receive a free re-usable grocery bag. And be sure to come hungry to Thursday night's Women's Soccer game vs. Charlotte for $1 hot dogs!!










    Thursday, September 15, 2011


    Women's Soccer vs. Charlotte - 7:00 p.m.
    - Garnet, Black, & Green Night - first 50 fans receive a free re-usable grocery bag
    - $1 Hot Dog Night!
    -
    Gamecock Bounce House for the kids
    ** Senior Kayla Grimsley (pictured above) tied the program record for career assists in the Gamecocks' 2-0 shut out of UNC Wilmington. Keep an eye on her (forward, #4) this week to see if she can set the new record!


    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Men's Soccer vs. Brown - 7:30 p.m.
    - Gamecock Classic tournament
    - Garnet, Black, & Green Night - first 50 fans receive a free re-usable grocery bag
    - Verizon Bandana giveaway
    -
    Gamecock Bounce House for the kids


    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Football vs. Navy - 6:00 p.m.
    - First home game of the season
    - The Gamecocks rose to #11 in both major Top 25 college football polls after their 45-42 victory over Georgia in Athens.
    - Tickets are still available for the game via Ticketmaster for face value of $40 each. Tickets are also available for remaining home games (single seats only for Auburn and Florida) with the exception of Clemson which is sold out. A limited number of season tickets with tickets to all games are still available via GamecocksOnline.com or by phone, 1-800-4SC-FANS.


    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Men's Soccer vs. High Point - 1:00 p.m.
    - $1 admission with Sept. 17 Navy football ticket stub
    - Gamecock Classic tournament
    - Men's Soccer Alumni Weekend
    -
    Gamecock Bounce House for the kids

    *For this doubleheader, one ticket is good for entry into both games.*

    Women's Soccer vs. #18 Wake Forest - 5:00 p.m.
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    $1 admission with Sept. 17 Navy football ticket stub
    - Rally Towels to the first 250 fans
    - Gamecock Bounce House for the kids
    - Check out this week's Gamecock Spotlight on Danielle Au:




    Equestrian Scrimmage - 2:00 p.m.
    - Free admission at One Wood Farm to get a glimpse of the Equestrian team scrimmage
    Defensive lineman Melvin Ingram was a huge difference-maker in Saturday's 45-42 victory over Georgia, accounting for two touchdowns (one on a fake punt and one on a fumble recovery) and coming down with the ball on a crucial Georgia on-side kick attempt. For his performance he was awarded a "helmet sticker" on ESPN's College Football Final show and nominated for the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week award. He's up against all quarterbacks for this week's award (Tyler Bray, Tennessee; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Darron Thomas, Oregon). Ingram was also announced earlier today as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.

    Go vote for Melvin here!




    [VIDEO] Ace Sanders Post-Game with Todd Ellis

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    Ace Sanders talks about tonight's win over Georgia with Todd Ellis for the Gamecock Radio Network. Sanders had three receptions tonight for 43 yards.

    Melvin Ingram has been described several times by his coaches and teammates as one of the best athletes on the team. Tonight the 6-2, 276-pounder put his talents on display all over the field, scoring TWO touchdowns and coming down with a clutch catch on an on-side kick attempt by Georgia in the fourth quarter.

    It was a tough choice, but Ingram's first of two touchdowns is our Spurs Up Play of the Game this week. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, the Gamecocks lined up to punt, but the HBC had other plans with his "Garnet" play. Next thing you know, the Gamecocks are pulling a fake and, after a great block from Byron Jerideau, Melvin Ingram is sprinting down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. The score gave the Gamecocks the lead after the extra point, 14-13. It was the second week in a row the Gamecocks scored a touchdown on special teams (after Ace Sanders' punt return last week, also 68 yards). One could argue it as an offensive touchdown, as the run does count as rush yards for Ingram, but for a team that went seven seasons without scoring on special teams, I think I'll keep Ingram's awesomeness in that category. Along with his later touchdown on defense, a 5-yard fumble recovery, Melvin Ingram's name quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, meaning he was one of the most tweeted-about topics in the entire nation tonight.




    Check out ESPN's on-demand video of the play here.

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    Only one Bulldog really came close to Ingram on his run, senior CB Brandon Boykin, but he went low and Ingram easily dodged him. Ingram would tell the media after the game that he knew the 5-10, 183 lb. Boykin would go low:

    "Why would a little guy like that try to tackle me?"

    Indeed.


    The Gamecocks open up home play at Williams-Brice next Saturday vs. Navy. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

     


    Pre-Game Fan Photos and Stadium: South Carolina at Georgia

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    Gamecocks fans in Athens were treated to an exciting game tonight, but even better, a Gamecocks win!

    Check out fan photos from the Gamecock contingent around Sanford Stadium before the game and pre-game set-up and warm-up:




    The Gamecocks open up home play next Saturday vs. Navy. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster. Game time is 6:00 p.m.


    Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/9 Bring on the Dawgs

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition Marcus Lattimore prepares to meet with some "angry defense," former Heisman trophy winner George Rogers previews the Gamecocks versus his hometown Bulldogs, Women's soccer and Volleyball match up against Clemson, Men's soccer on the road, and more!




    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB



    Football: Former Gamecock remembers "The Catch"(SCnow.com)

    Football: Lattimore, UGA defense meet for Round 2 (Anderson Independent Mail)

    Football: Praise high for South Carolina's Clowney(FoxSportsSouth.com)

    Football: No déjà vu for Lattimore: Georgia won't let USC running back sneak up on it this year (The Post and Courier) *That's what they think!*    

    Football: USC line learned its lesson(Greenville News)

    Football: George Rogers on the record (TheBigSpur.com)





    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


    Women's Golf. Gamecock Women's Golf Opens 2011-12 Campaign at Cougar Classic

    Equestrian. Q&A With Freshman Alexa Anthony

    Swimming & Diving. Miller Opens Competition at UANA Junior Pan American Diving Championships

    Football. Gamecocks and Bulldogs Set for 4:30 Clash on Saturday

    Football. Final Preparations Being Made For Georgia

    Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Opens 2011-12 Season at Carpet Capital Collegiate





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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    Damiere Byrd Suspended Four Games by NCAA

    Scouting the Dawgs: Players to Watch, Keys to the Game

    Going to Athens? Here's Stadium, Parking & Gameday Information

    "What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. Georgia Edition

    A Special Gameday with the Paulks [Photos]

    Single Game Tickets On Sale, Choose Your Exact Seats with Interactive Map







    VIDEO OF THE DAY








    ROOSTER CROWS


    This weekend's game against Georgia will be the 64th all-time meeting between these two bordering state schools. Only Clemson (108) has faced the Gamecocks more often than Georgia.

    Last year, Freshman Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 24th-ranked Gamecocks to a 17-6 victory over the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs on Sept. 11, 2010 in Columbia. Lattimore carried 37 times in his first SEC game, scoring twice from two-yards out. Alshon Jeffery added seven catches for 103 yards.





    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


    Today's photo is from the Men's Soccer match against Charlotte earlier this week. The Gamecocks are on the road this weekend for the Darmouth Classic, but return home to host the Gamecock Invitational on the 16th!


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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    Damiere Byrd Suspended Four Games by NCAA

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    damiere byrd.jpegCOLUMBIA, S.C. (September 9, 2011) - University of South Carolina freshman wide receiver Damiere Byrd has received a four-game suspension from the NCAA and must repay benefits as a condition of becoming eligible to compete again, it was announced today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.

    "While we respect the process, we are very disappointed for Damiere," said Athletics Director Eric Hyman. "Damiere is an outstanding individual and has been upfront with us as to what occurred during the recruiting process. He had no idea that being part of the Student Athlete Mentoring (SAM) Foundation would in any way affect his college eligibility. We continue to support him and will carefully consider appealing this decision."

    The SAM Foundation is a Delaware-based organization that provides underprivileged, inner-city athletes with help in getting scholarship offers and meeting academic eligibility requirements.

    Byrd sat out the season opener against East Carolina, and will also be sidelined for the Georgia, Navy and Vanderbilt games this season.




    Scouting the Dawgs: Players to Watch, Keys to the Game

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    It's a border battle. It's a team the Gamecocks have faced more than any other except Clemson. It's the home state of the most Gamecocks behind only native South Carolina. It's one of the closest series in the SEC, with an average margin of victory of less than seven points in seven of the last 10 meetings. It's one of just two in-conference games this weekend and the winner will have a leg up in the SEC Eastern Division, setting the tone for the rest of the season. It's one of the premier games in all of college football this Saturday, airing nationwide at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN. It's the Gamecocks looking for back-to-back wins over Georgia for the first time since the landmark 2000 and 2001 seasons.  

    It's #12 South Carolina at Georgia.

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    Game Information:
    Who: #12 South Carolina at Georgia
    When: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. ET
    Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA (Map)
    TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com (Click here for more TV and radio information)
    Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
    Tickets: Sold Out
    Click here for stadium, gameday and parking information



    BULLDOG PLAYERS TO WATCH:


    Brandon Boykin - Senior CB #2 - 5-10, 183 lbs.

    Boykin is the new career record holder in return yardage for the Dawgs after a five returns for 110 yards against Boise State and can break open a big play at any moment. Gamecock fans won't soon forget Boykin's first career kickoff return for a touchdown, a 100-yarder in our 2009 visit to Athens. As if being one of the top DB's in the league wasn't enough, Boykin got in on the offensive game last week with an 80-yard rushing touchdown. Don't take your eyes off this guy for long... I doubt our guys will.

    Orson Charles - Junior TE #7 - 6-3, 241 lbs.
    Charles had a great game against Boise State, despite the UGA loss, with six catches for a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown. He's a pre-season All-American and All-SEC selection and on the watch list for the John Mackey Award. With great size, he's a big weapon for QB Aaron Murray

    Isaiah Crowell - Freshman RB #1 - 5-11, 215 lbs.
    Coming into the season a lot of pundits were speculating that Crowell would be this year's Marcus Lattimore or Michael Dyer. He, along with the rest of the Georgia offense, didn't get off to the best start vs. Boise State, carrying  15 times for 60 yards in his debut last week. Though Junior Richard Samuel IV got the start last week and is projected to start again Saturday, Crowell had twice the carries and more yards, so expect to see him in the ballgame this week.

    Kwame Geathers - Soph N #99 - 6-6, 350 lbs. and John Jenkins - Junior NG #6 - 6-3, 351 lbs.
    The interior of Georgia's d-line will have a distinct focus on one thing - stop Marcus Lattimore. Geathers (brother of former Gamecock Clifton Geathers and a Georgetown, SC, native) is a preseason All-SEC candidate, but suffered a stinger in last week's game. Coach Richt said that Geathers would play Saturday, but he has been limited in practice this week after the injury.

    "Kwame is from South Carolina, and he wants to play so you're not going to keep him out of this game," said Richt. "We're just being wise with him the last two days, we don't want to light him up in practice and then not be able to go Saturday."

    If Geathers is limited, that may mean more playing time for junior college transfer John Jenkins, brought in to help beef up Georgia's run defense.

    And oh yeah, don't forget about star quarterback Aaron Murray - Soph QB #11 - 6-1, 211 lbs., one of the best QB's in the league and a preseason All-SEC selection. Murray is on several watch lists for national awards, including the Walter Camp, Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Manning awards. He went 16-of-29 for 236 yards, two TDs and an interception vs. Boise State.


    SPURS UP KEYS TO THE GAME:

    1 - "Special Forces"

    The Gamecocks got a monkey off their back with last week's first special teams touchdown since 2003 after Ace Sanders took one back 68 yards. Bruce Ellington also had a good first showing, averaging 27.5 yards on two returns. But Coach John Butler's "special forces" will be put to the test this week with a kickoff returner like Brandon Boykin threatening. Whether it's the Gamecocks or the Dawgs, kickoffs and punts will not be the time to hit the concession stand...

    2 - Can Georgia Stop Marcus Lattimore?
    Going into last year's game, Marcus Lattimore was still an unknown entity. He was a top recruit who everyone figured would be great, but no one really realized yet how special he would be until after the Georgia game. Lattimore carried 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks win.
    Coach Richt said after last year's game:

    "Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what the story of the game was. Number 21 Marcus Lattimore was certainly the most dominating player in the game. Coach Spurrier did a nice job planning for that young man to carry the ball. They just kept feeding him. Twenty-one carries in the first half for over 100 yards, that kid was outstanding. We knew he was an outstanding back, and I can't say I was shocked that he would have a performance like this, just because I know he is a heck of a back. When it came to tackling him, we just didn't do a good job of knocking him back and wrapping him up. But again he is a heck of a back. I think history will prove that he is one of the best."

    Needless to say, this year the Bulldogs certainly won't be caught off guard by Lattimore and the Gamecocks' run offense and Coach Spurrier has made it no secret that the offensive game plan hasn't changed much in that regard. However, just because they know it's coming, does that mean they can stop it? And oh, let's say they bring up more men and can effectively stop the run... there's this other guy out wide, you might have heard of him... Alshon Jeffery.

    3 - Better Match-Up for the Gamecocks Defense
    Despite the win over ECU last week, some Gamecock fans expressed concern over the defense allowing 37 points. However, Ellis Johnson thinks his unit will be more comfortable against the Georgia offense than the likes of East Carolina's spread offense or Navy's option style.

    "They're a lot more like our offense, which is what you see all spring and what you see all fall, and that makes it a whole lot more comfortable about the things we're repping our defense," said Johnson. "They're going to be more physical, they're going to get in the "I," they're going to run the ball and mix it a lot better. It will be something our players will be much more comfortable seeing. Week 1, week 2, week 3 - this may be the only one our kids are familiar with."


    FINAL WORD:


    Coach Spurrier said this week, "We have to play some ball. It's a huge game. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. The winner is in pretty good shape. The loser's not in terrible shape, but he's not in as good shape as the winner."


    'll be in Athens Friday and Saturday so if you have a question or need help, don't hesitate to give me a shout on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SpursUpBlog) or post on the GamecocksOnline Facebook page!

    A strong Gamecock contingent is headed to Athens for Saturday's SEC-opener vs. the Dawgs, so I've collected some stadium and gameday information below, including parking and shuttle information, to try to help out Gamecock Nation on their trek to Georgia! I'm thinking we Gamecock fans should go with wearing white or Garnet on gameday to match the team's white jerseys and Garnet pants - no black! Georgia's colors are red and black... don't want to be confused for a Georgia fan, now do we?

    On a more serious note, Saturday's game will include various activities recognizing the tenth anniversary of September 11.  There will be a moment of silence before the game for those affected by 9/11 and the individuals who serve our country every day. Among other honors, right before kickoff, an Air Force flyover will immediately follow the National Anthem. At halftime, the UGA and South Carolina bands will partner for the halftime show that will feature a military salute.

    Now, on to the info.....

    Game Information:
    Who: #12 South Carolina at Georgia
    When: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. ET
    Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA (Map)
    TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com (Click here for more TV and radio information)
    Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
    Tickets: Sold Out


    Directions & Parking



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    Directions: Use the map above for custom directions or check out the general directions below:

    Access to Sanford Stadium via I-20 (from Birmingham)
    Take I-20 east until you reach Exit 82 (State Route 138 at Conyers). Turn left onto SR 138 at the light. Continue for approximately 20 miles where SR 138 will merge into US Highway 78 east. Continue on US 78 east for 18 miles and turn right onto SR 316. Go approximately 4 miles until you reach the Athens Bypass (State Route 10 Loop) southbound. Take College Station Road Exit and turn left.

    Access to Sanford Stadium via I-20 (from Augusta)
    Take I-20 west and exit at US Highway 78 north (west) to Athens. Continue on US 78 to Athens. Turn left onto the Athens Bypass (State Route 10 Loop). Exit onto College Station Road and turn right at the bottom of the ramp.

    Access to Sanford Stadium via I-85 (from Atlanta)
    Take I-85 North to State Route 316 (signs to Athens). Continue on SR 316 approximately 40 miles. Turn right on the Athens Bypass (State Route 10 Loop) southbound (signs to UGA). Take College Station Road exit and turn left. Turn right on East Campus Road.

    Access to Sanford Stadium via I-85 (from Greenville)
    Take I-85 south to Highway 106 (Exit 166). Follow the road to Athens (no turns) where it becomes Danielsville Road and then North Avenue. Continue into downtown Athens on North Avenue which will become Thomas Street and then East Campus Road.



    PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE:

    Parking is limited around Sanford Stadium. Most is permit-based through UGA and there is very limited public parking near the stadium available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    The highest concentration of free public parking on gameday is available on East Campus, surrounding the Ramsey Center off College Station Road. (map to Ramsey Center) East Campus offers multiple decks and surface parking. Similarly to here at Carolina, the UGA Athletic Association provides shuttle bus service to and from the Ramsey Center parking deck. Their service is free of charge and starts 5 ½ hours prior to kickoff, dropping fans off at Gate 6 of Sanford Stadium until 15 minutes after kickoff. Return service will run continuously for two hours after the game ends. Click here for a map of UGA's parking areas.

    Overflow parking is located at the Intramural Fields and will only be used once all spaces on East Campus have been filled. Fans parking at the Intramural Fields are asked to remove their cars no later than three hours after the game ends. Cars remaining after that time will be towed at the owner's expense.

    More parking rules and information here.


    Tailgating:

    For any of you early birds, don't try to set up your tailgate before 7:00 a.m. on Saturday - it's against the rules. And please pick up your trash... it's rude to leave a mess in someone else's house!

    More tailgating info here.


    Will Call and Entry to the Game:

    The game is sold out. Anyone with a ticket problem or who needs to pick up their tickets at Will Call should go to the East End ticket window located off of East Campus Road adjacent to the Georgia Letterman's Club.

    Just like Williams-Brice, anyone entering the stadium must have a ticket regardless of age and there is no re-entry allowed.

    Stadium gates will open approximately two hours before kick-off (so around 2:30 p.m.)


    Here's a seating diagram of Sanford (click the image for a larger version):

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    I'll be in Athens Friday and Saturday so if you have a question or need help, don't hesitate to give me a shout on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SpursUpBlog) or post on the GamecocksOnline Facebook page!

    I'm looking forward to seeing plenty of other Gamecock cars heading down I-20 this weekend! GO GAMECOCKS!
    Thumbnail image for SEC_ESPN.PNGIt's easily the most common question we hear - "what channel is the game on?" So every week we'll bring you this post to try to help out those in Gamecock Nation who can't make it to the game in person.

    This week should hopefully be pretty easy for folks, as Saturday's game in Athens against the Dawgs will air nationally on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will also be available nationwide online at ESPN3.com (depending on your internet service provider). ESPN's Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will call the action.


    Game Information:
    Who: #12 South Carolina at Georgia
    When: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. ET
    Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA (Map)
    TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com
    Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
    Tickets: Sold Out


    While we don't know the exact channel number for ESPN for every location in Gamecock Nation, hopefully most of you have checked out this lil thing called ESPN on your TV's before and know where to find it! Here are a few local channel listings:

    Local Channel Listings for ESPN (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):

    Time Warner Cable
    Columbia, SC                                Channel 26
    Florence, SC                                 Channel 29
    Myrtle Beach, SC                          Channel 25
    Summerville (Charleston), SC     Channel 26
    DirecTV                  Channel 206
    Dish                         Channel 140
    AT&T Uverse        Channel 602
    Charter Cable       Channel 32


    If you miss the original airing of the game or just want to re-watch the game (Who wouldn't? Especially if it's a Carolina win!) catch the re-broadcast of the game on Sunday, September 11th, at 8:00 p.m. on SportSouth following The Steve Spurrier Show at 7:30 p.m.

    In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin on the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). Inside Sanford Stadium in Athens, fans can tune in to the game broadcast via low-frequency stations 93.3 FM (primary) and
    98.9 FM (secondary). The game is also available via national ESPN Radio and satellite radio (Sirius 219/XM 200).

    Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.


    I'll be in Athens Friday and Saturday so if you have a question, don't hesitate to give me a shout on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SpursUpBlog) or post on the GamecocksOnline Facebook page if you have a question!

    Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/8 Gamecocks Hit the Road

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! It will be a rare occasion this weekend with every Gamecock team in competition on the road. Check out discussion of the football match-up against UGA below, while men's soccer travels to Dartmouth, and women's soccer and volleyball both prepare to take on rival Clemson. Go Gamecocks!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: Video: South Carolina- Georgia preview (ESPN SEC Blog)

    Football: What to watch in the SEC: Week 2 (ESPN SEC Blog)

    Football: Bowens finally earns first start (TheBigSpur.com)
        
    Football: Former Gamecock remembers "The Catch" (SCnow.com)

    Football: Countdown 2 Kickoff: SC vs. UGA (SEC Digital Network)

    Men's Soccer: Men's soccer travels to face Dartmouth (The Daily Gamecock)

    Women's Soccer: Women's soccer set to face Clemson (The Daily Gamecock)

    Volleyball: Volleyball opens weekend tournament against Clemson (The Daily Gamecock)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Women's Soccer. South Carolina To Play Rival Clemson At Carolina Cup

    General News. New IPhone and Android Applications Launched

    Volleyball. South Carolina Closes Non-Conference Slate at C of C Invitational

    Football. Gamecocks Practice Wednesday

    Equestrian. Q&A With Freshman Adele Norton



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Brettschneider thriving at United (TheBigSpur.com)



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    A Special Gameday with the Paulks [Photos]

    Single Game Tickets On Sale, Choose Your Exact Seats with Interactive Map

    Melvin Ingram Post-Game with Gamecock Radio

    Antonio Allen's Career Night Leads the Gamecocks on Defense

    Fan Photos & Pre-Game Pageantry: #12 South Carolina vs. ECU

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. ECU - Ace Sanders Punt Return for TD



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Check out our feature video on the ECU game from Gamecock Productions:






    ROOSTER CROWS


    South Carolina Women's Soccer has one of the youngest defenses in the nation with three freshmen between the backline and the goalkeeper position with Chrisa Neary and Ali Whitney starting as defenders and Sabrina D'Angelo starting in goal. In addition, Andie Romness has earned two starts at defender early in the season.

    The Gamecock Volleyball team has people who can speak in many different tongues. Student-athletes Teresa Stenlund and Juliette Thevenin both list four languages in their grasp, while assistant coach Michelle Collier can speak three. If the staff's kids (each coach has a child aged two or under) picked up all the languages they might hear from that trio, they would be working on seven languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish).

    Check out our Gamecock Spotlight on Teresa Stenlund here.




    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's photo is from Regina Bowling, check out the story about her photo!

    "I'm from Australia but have lived in America for 5 years now. I had never been to an American football game before. My husband thought it was time for my initiation. Our very good friends are Alabama fans, we obviously are Gamecocks all the way. So we decided to go to the Carolina-Alabama game. You know the one :) Well what a beautiful introduction to my beloved Gamecocks, right? Could it get any better? My very first game was one that went down in history. It really was a good day!"

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!


    Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/7 Three Days til Georgia

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: men's soccer wins their home opener against Charlotte, the Gamecocks prepare to face Georgia this weekend, Herschel Walker loves to watch Marcus Lattimore, Gamecock Spotlight on senior linebacker Rodney Paulk, and a "Beat Georgia"-themed Fan Photo of the Day!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


    Football: USC's offensive line showing progress (Anderson Independent Mail)

    Football: USC QB Garcia redeemed in comeback (The Post and Courier)

    Football: Gamecock has nice college football debut (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog) *Bruce Ellington*

    Football: Gamecocks prepare to face Bulldogs (The Daily Gamecock)

    Football: Facilities key to South Carolina recruiting (ESPN SEC Blog)

    Baseball: Roth enjoys life outside the limelight (GoGamecocks.com)

    Men's Soccer: Men's soccer knocks off Charlotte 2-1 (The Daily Gamecock)



    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Men's Soccer. Gamecock Men's Soccer Travels To Dartmouth Classic

    Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Earns 2-1 Win Over No. 21 Charlotte In Home Opener

    Baseball. Michael Roth Press Conference [VIDEO]



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Saunders' surge continues (GoGamecocks.com)




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    Big praise from one RB to another... especially big with Walker's Dawgs next up on the schedule!

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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    A Special Gameday with the Paulks [Photos]

    Single Game Tickets On Sale, Choose Your Exact Seats with Interactive Map

    Melvin Ingram Post-Game with Gamecock Radio

    Antonio Allen's Career Night Leads the Gamecocks on Defense

    Fan Photos & Pre-Game Pageantry: #12 South Carolina vs. ECU

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. ECU - Ace Sanders Punt Return for TD




    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Our Gamecock Spotlight today focuses on senior linebacker and Columbia native Rodney Paulk. Paulk shares about his unusual pet named Brandy, his hard-nosed style of play, making the most out of opportunities, and more.






    ROOSTER CROWS

    Alshon Jeffery has the most career receptions (139), career receiving yards (2,392) and career touchdowns (15) of any active player in the Southeastern Conference.




    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Very appropriate for Georgia game week, check out today's Fan Photo, submitted by Robbie & Kimberly McLain.

    "This is a picture of my daughter Maddison Grace (yes with 2 d's) one day old.  She was born Sep 10, 2010.  the following day we were playing Georgia.  I woke up early that Saturday Morning and went down to Garnet and Black Traditions to get her ready for gameday as you can see."

    And might I add that it looks like she was already close to figuring out how to make her spur hand symbol? Ha!

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    A Special Gameday with the Paulks [Photos]

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    Before the ECU game we focused on the Paulk family - Rodney, a senior linebacker here at Carolina, and Leonard, a defensive back for the Pirates. They would continue to be a big storyline throughout the game as Rodney finished with five tackles and Leonard with six tackles and a QB hurry for ECU. 

    I caught up with their parents, Leonard and Sonya Paulk, outside the stadium before the game to get a look at their custom half-and-half jerseys.
    Their pride in both of their sons is so evident and it was a pleasure talking with them. The Paulks were also featured during the TV broadcast of the game. I joked with them that they were probably the few people in the stands who could be happy either way with the game's outcome! 

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    Rodney and Leonard, a.k.a. Busta and Scoota, were able to meet up briefly before the game after the teams arrived at the stadium as well as after the game.  Check out more pre-game photos here.

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    "I talked to him after the game," said Rodney. "I told him good job and it was an honor playing with him, an honor seeing him out there. Last time I saw him on the same field together he was a little guy now he's up there playing with the big guys. He started this game so I'm real proud of him."


    Rodney is also the focus of our Gamecock Spotlight feature today, check it out here.


    The Gamecocks take on Georgia this Saturday, Sept. 10th, in Athens. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. airing live on ESPN.


    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: the Gamecocks hold steady at No.12 in the polls, men's soccer set to host Charlotte for their home opener tonight, Coach Spurrier talks about this weekend's game against Georgia at this weekly press conference, and more!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: Gamecocks' secondary getting a boost (ESPN SEC Blog)

    Football: And now, the biggest game in South Carolina history (The Daily Gamecock)
        
    Football: Garcia is true face of college football (FOXSports.com)

    "Never one for aesthetics or the box score, Garcia has always just gotten the job done for Spurrier. He got the job done last year vs. Alabama when the Gamecocks shocked the Crimson Tide 35-21 in Columbia. He got the job done down the stretch last season with a gutsy performance with an SEC East title on the line in The Swamp. And he got the job done Saturday evening, with the weekend's biggest upset quite legitimately staring his squad of bigger-name superstars square in the face. Having completed only seven passes all evening -- to only four different receivers -- Garcia didn't exactly fill it up on the stat sheet.

    But, after entering the game with his Gamecocks in a 17-0 hole, Garcia quickly had South Carolina up 42-21 entering the fourth quarter."

    Football: SEC Heisman Watch: Week 2 (ESPN SEC Blog)

    Men's Soccer: Five men's soccer greats support current team at Clemson match (The Daily Gamecock)

    Men's Soccer: Players relive Clemson domination (TheBigSpur.com)




    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


    Football. Gamecocks Hold Steady in Polls

    Football. Steve Spurrier's Weekly Press Conference Quotes

    Football. Rain Forces Gamecocks Indoors Monday

    Softball. Alum Ashton Payne Wins ASA Women's 23-U Eastern Title with Virginia Legends

    Men's Tennis. Morning Madness Video Feature



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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    This Week's Home Events: Men's Soccer Home Opener

    Single Game Tickets On Sale, Choose Your Exact Seats with Interactive Map

    Melvin Ingram Post-Game with Gamecock Radio

    Antonio Allen's Career Night Leads the Gamecocks on Defense

    Fan Photos & Pre-Game Pageantry: #12 South Carolina vs. ECU

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. ECU - Ace Sanders Punt Return for TD




    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Our Gamecock Spotlight series continues with senior midfielder Stephen Morrissey talking about his family, what it meant to kick the C-USA championship-winning penalty kick, his style of play, and more.






    ROOSTER CROWS

    The South Carolina-Georgia football series is one of the most tightly fought in the SEC, with seven of the last 10 meetings being decided by seven points or less.

    With holding on to their #12 ranking this week, the Gamecocks have been ranked every week since moving into the Top 25 after last year's season opening win over Southern Miss.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's Fan Photo comes from Morris Massre (class of 1988) showing off his Carolina pride in the Middle East.  This picture was taken at an Arab Druse village restaurant with the owner in Israel. 

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


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    This Week's Home Events: Men's Soccer Home Opener

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    THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY

    Men's Soccer is the only Gamecock team in action at home this week as they open up their 2011 home slate vs. Charlotte Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

    Season tickets for Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and Volleyball are still available via GamecocksOnline.com.


    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte - 7:00 p.m.
    -Home opener
    -Schedule magnet giveaway
    -Charlotte was picked to be the 2011 A-10 Champs last month in the league's preseason poll. The Gamecocks hold a 13-4-3 record in the series with the 49ers. More game notes here.
     




    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Academy Sports & Outdoors - Grand Opening - 10:00 a.m.
    -Located in the Village at Sandhills mall
    -Cocky and Cheerleaders will be on-site along with team posters and schedule cards available for fans



    Remaining single game tickets for 2011 Gamecock Football went on sale Tuesday morning via Ticketmaster. Tickets are available for all games with the exception of Clemson.

    New this season, fans can use Ticketmaster's Interactive Seating Map to view availability by section and choose their specific seat(s). We already had the ISM available for basketball and baseball, but now we are one of only about 10 schools to offer this tool for purchasing football tickets. The ISM is also integrated with Facebook (if you choose to connect with your account) and will show you if any of your Facebook friends have marked their seat in the stadium. 

    The map shows you which sections have available tickets:

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     Many sections have only single seats available, while others have consecutive seating available. The sections colored in the with the darkest color blue have the most availability.

    Once you select a section the map shows you all available seats in that particular section and you can choose exactly which seat(s) you want.

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    You can click select as many seats as you want just by clicking on them and then heading to checkout.

    We're just 11 days away from the home opener vs. Navy on September 17th!!

    Go Gamecocks!


     




    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Rokevious Watkins named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Gamecocks open the 2011 season with a win against ECU, Volleyball advances to 7-0 after winning the Gamecock Invitational, Women's Soccer shut out Northeastern 4-0, and more!




    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB



    Football: SEC players of the week: Week 1( ESPN SEC Blog) *Offensive Lineman Rokevious Watkins*

    Football: Garcia sparks a rally (The Charlotte Observer)

    Football: Five Key Plays (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: Gamecocks struggle early, then romp past East Carolina (Anderson Independent mail)

    Football: Lattimore, Jeffery star for the Gamecocks (The Augusta Chronicle)

    Football: New faces abound in Gamecocks' opener (The Post and Courier)

    Football: Monday Morning Quarterback (TheBigSpur.com)




    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


    Football. Watkins Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

    Football. South Carolina vs. East Carolina Post-Game Notes

    Football. No. 12 Gamecocks Defeat Pirates in Season Opener, 56-37


    Men's Soccer. Gamecock Men's Soccer Hosts Charlotte In Home Opener Tuesday

    Volleyball. South Carolina Moves to 7-0, Wins Gamecock Invite with Sweep of UNC Asheville

    Cross Country. Gamecocks Open Cross Country Season with Victory in Gamecock Invitational

    Women's Soccer. Gamecocks Open Home Season With 4-0 Shutout

    Swimming&Diving. Gamecock Swimming Adds Harrington to Coaching Staff



    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)




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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS



    Melvin Ingram Post-Game with Gamecock Radio

    Antonio Allen's Career Night Leads the Gamecocks on Defense

    Fan Photos & Pre-Game Pageantry: #12 South Carolina vs. ECU

    Spurs Up Play of the Game vs. ECU - Ace Sanders Punt Return for TD

    Fans Flock to Wild Wing Street Party [Photos]

    Volleyball Dodges Hurricane Irene to Get Home from Philadelphia Tournament




    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Ace Sanders gave the Gamecocks their first special teams touchdown of the Spurrier era with his 68-yard return against ECU Saturday.





    ROOSTER CROWS


    With their wins this weekend, the Volleyball team is now 7-0 under first-year head coach Scott Swanson, just the fourth time South Carolina has been 7-0 in volleyball since entering the Southeastern Conference in 1991, joining the 1992, 1995 and 2009 teams with that record.

    South Carolina Women's Soccer hits the road again next week when the team competes at the Carolina Cup in Clemson, S.C. The rivalry game between the Gamecocks and Tigers will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m., and South Carolina will play UNC Wilmington Sunday at noon.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


    Today's photo is from Janice Jones of a great group of tailgaters in Charlotte this weekend. Check out more tailgating and pre-game photos here.

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    Melvin Ingram Post-Game with Gamecock Radio

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    The man who many describe as the best overall athlete on the team did not disappoint last night. Melvin Ingram moved around in several spots on defense and came up with his first career interception.

    Check out his post-game conversation with Todd Ellis on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network, where he talks about playing in different spots, his interception, how the team responded to falling behind on the scoreboard, and more:


    Antonio Allen TD celebration vs. ECU.jpegEntering tonight senior spur Antonio Allen's career-high for tackles in a game was eight, set vs. Arkansas last year. He would more than double that total with a team-leading 16 tackles vs. ECU.

    Allen added two forced fumbles, both of which he recovered, including one that he returned 25 yards for a touchdown. It was Allen's second career touchdown and significantly shifted  momentum, giving the Gamecocks an 11-point lead.

    Even after all that, Allen still was thinking about his missed chances.

    "I still missed two or three tackles out there that I'd like back and a pick I should've had," said Allen.

    Describing his game-changing fumble return, Allen told us what was going through his mind during the play.

    "Coach just kept telling us, 'somebody make a play, make a play, make a play!' so I just got in there and did what he told me to do and fortunately it turned out to be a touchdown," said Allen. "I was actually making a tackle and a couple guys we're holding him up so I just went for a strip and it popped right out."

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    It was a great atmosphere today in Charlotte for the season opener vs. ECU. Tailgaters were all over uptown Charlotte to see the Gamecocks take the field for the first time in 2011.


    Tailgating and Fan Photos:





    In our pre-game pageantry photos, check out shots of fans greeting the team at arrival, Sir Big Spur on the field, warm-ups, and the entrance. In a special treat at a neutral site game, both teams got to take the field with their own entrances. ECU came out first to purple smoke and "Purple Haze". Then the Garnet & Black-clad crowd roared for the familiar tunes of "2001" as the Gamecocks rocked back and forth in the tunnel and took the field through the smoke.



     
    The Gamecocks hit the field next week in Athens to take on Georgia in their first SEC game of the season. We'll be there for tailgating photos too so be on the lookout! Go Gamecocks!

     
    Ace Sanders punt return vs. ECU.jpegCoach Spurrier has been stressing it all through the off-season. The Gamecocks had not scored a special teams touchdown during his entire tenure as head coach. And he wanted that to change this season.

    John Butler was brought in from Minnesota shortly before spring practice to lead what he now terms, "special forces."

    Tonight, in the first game of the 2011 season, Coach Spurrier got his wish.



    With 9:46 in the fourth quarter, sophomore receiver Ace Sanders evaded several would-be tacklers to  return an ECU punt 68 yards for the Gamecocks final score of the night. It was Carolina's first score on special teams since Chavez Donnings had a 73-yard punt return for six vs. Florida in 2003.

    "Coach Spurrier preaches it to us every day in the special teams meeting - I want to get a score on special teams," said Sanders. "He says that teams who get points on special teams more than likely win the game."

    After the touchdown Sanders said Spurrier was very excited and gave him a big hug. Sanders said the only thing going through his mind when he caught the ball was to get to the end zone.

    "After I fielded the ball I just wanted to find the open room and run."



    Great job, Ace!

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    Dominique-Davis.jpgIf there's anyone who can offer some insight on our East Carolina opponent, it's Jeff Charles, the Pirates' play-by-play announcer for 24 years now. He also knows the South Carolina program pretty well, having watched several match-ups over the years and becoming good friends with Bob Fulton while working at Furman in the early 1980's.


    Charles knew from a young age that he wanted to be a play-by-play caller and thus, a career was born.


    "It's something that gets in your blood," said Charles.


    The key to the job? Preparation.


    "Even when I started there was certainly information but absolutely nothing like it is today with all the internet stories that are available and the video that's available and everything that we have at our disposal these days," said Charles. "I try and know something about every single player that's going to be on the field that particular night.  So, it starts on Monday and I always tell people it's kind of like cramming for an exam.  You try and get that on your broadcast Saturday but I would say at best only probably about a half of what I prepare for actually gets on the air.  But if a third string tight end comes in and makes a catch you want to know who he is and you want to know something about him.  So you really have to prepare for everybody."


    Going into the game, I asked Jeff to share his thoughts on keys to the game and East Carolina players to keep an eye. Check out some of what he had to say below and be on the lookout during the game!

    KEYS TO THE GAME:

    - The Pirates wide-open offense:
    ECU runs a wide-open spread offense that Ruffin McNeill and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley brought with them from Texas Tech under Mike Leach. How the Gamecocks' defense will match up with it has been the buzz among the media all week. ECU's offense ranked among the nation's best last season statistically. However, the Pirates will be without two big weapons with WR Michael Bowman out due to a suspension and WR Justin Jones (a whopping 6-8, 264 lbs) out with a knee injury suffered during fall camp.


    -Can their young offensive line handle the Gamecocks?
    The Pirates lost four of five starts on the offensive line, giving them one of the greenest lines in the country with just 15 career starts among them (third-fewest in the country). They'll be going up against a defensive line considered by many to be one of the best in the country that also has significant depth.

    Jeff says: "The Pirates are really green up front with a lot of young guys and if this offense is going to move the ball and score points they have to protect Dominique Davis at QB. That's certainly a question mark going into the game."

    -The Pirates new 3-4 defensive scheme:
    Jeff says: "This is the first time they've played this scheme after putting it in in the spring. They've worked hard on it this fall but it's certainly an unknown. Are the guys going to be in the right positions, adapting to playing in a new system, etc. If they've caught on to it it could go very well. If they haven't or if South Carolina just has better talent it could be a long night for them. Key is how well the new defensive scheme performs."

    -Quality Depth:
    Jeff says: "When you get into the second half vs. an SEC team like South Carolina, if you're ECU you have to be aware of the depth situation wearing you down. South Carolina has more quality players than ECU does at most positions. Often times you'll see a team like ECU play a really good half or even into the 3rd quarter against a team like south Carolina, hang right in there, but 4th quarter comes and they get worn out a little bit, defense has been out on the field too long and the game just swings the other way. The Pirates are going to have to play very well, play sound football, not making mistakes in coverages and letting guys behind them for big gains and passes."

    PIRATES TO WATCH:

    Dominique Davis - QB #4 - 6-3, 210 lbs.
    -Accounted for 46 of the Pirates' 60 offensive TD's last year, ranking second behind only Auburn's Cam Newtown for the top point producer in the country. He led the country in completions per game and was among the top QB's in the country in several other statistical categories.

    Jeff says: "Dominique Davis is a very fine quarterback. I think he'll have a chance to get a good look next year in the NFL.  And he's the trigger guy, he's the most important guy out there and he's back for his senior season.  So if you're a Pirate fan, you've got to feel good about that."

    Reggie Bullock - RB #28 - 5-9, 176 lbs.
    -First game as a Pirate, after transferring from Arizona Western Community College where he was the NJCAA Player of the Year last season after leading the NJCAA in rushing yards, yards per game, rushing touchdowns, and scoring.

    Jeff says: "He is not a really big guy, but he is extremely quick so they'll try and get the ball in his hands to start the game.  He's a guy that the Pirates are hoping is going to be a big part of the offense this year."

    Lance Lewis - WR  #1 - 6-3, 209 lbs.
    -Lewis set the ECU single-season record with 14 touchdown receptions last season. He is a pre-season all-conference selection for Conference USA and on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Much like the Gamecock who wears #1, Lewis is the Pirates top "go-to" receiver.

    Jeff says: "He'll be basically playing in his hometown. He is from Concord, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte.  Lance had 89 catches last year and he'll be a big part of the offense on Saturday and also for this year, we're hoping."

    Bradley Jacobs - SS #3 - 5-10, 210 lbs.
    -ECU's defensive back of the year in 2010 and a candidate for Conference USA honors this season

    Jeff says: "He's a headhunter. He's a big hitter back there in the back end of their defense. He had a really good year last year."

    Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 9/2 One Day Away...

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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition Connor Shaw will start at QB for Saturday's opener, Volleyball hosts the Gamecock Invitational this weekend, Former Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. returns to SC to play for the Greenville Drive, and more!



    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

    Football: USC- East Carolina: Key Battles (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: USC looking to spur some Charlotte-area fans (Charlotte Observer)

    Football: Connor Shaw to start for South Carolina (ESPN)

    Football: Lettermen Roundtable (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: Five Keys to Victory: East Carolina (TheBigSpur.com)




    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Swimming& Diving. Gamecock Swimming Adds Harrington to Coaching Staff

    Track & Field. Solomon Places Fourth, Hastings Advances At World Championships

    Volleyball. Gamecocks Sweep Gardner-Webb Behind Frankie Vain's 10 Kills

    Equestrian. Coach Major - Practice Update

    Football. Football Season Opener Set for Saturday in Charlotte




    GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

    Jackie Bradley Jr. Joins Drive for Final 5 Regular Season Games (WSPA.com)




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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


    Fans Flock to Wild Wing Street Party [Photos]

    FAQ's: Bank of America Stadium and Gameday Information

    "What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. ECU Edition

    Volleyball Dodges Hurricane Irene to Get Home from Philadelphia Tournament

    Inside a Road Trip: Men's Soccer Goes to Charleston

    Info on Gamecock Fan Activities in Charlotte for ECU Game Weekend



    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Today's video of the day is the "Scene Setter" by Gamecock IMG Sports Network's Andy Demetra. So ready to kick off the season!





    ROOSTER CROWS

    Both teams will have their own entrance on to the field Saturday. The Gamecocks will take the field to the sounds of "2001", complete with smoke!

    For more information on gameday and Bank of America Stadium information, click here.


    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's photo was submitted by Ray Evans of his daughter Zoe with Marcus Lattimore at Pigskin Poets this summer.

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    Fans Flock to Wild Wing Street Party [Photos]

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    Gamecock fans came out to Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista last night for the annual Street Party & Pep Rally and the "Carolina Calls" radio show.

    Kids played in the bounce house, took their photos with our championship trophies, enjoyed the marching band and the cheerleaders and more leading up to hearing from our men's and women's soccer head coaches, Mark Berson and Shelley Smith, as well as Steve Spurrier on the "Carolina Calls" show.

    Check out the full gallery of photos on our Facebook page.


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    Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition excitement for Saturday's football season opener is growing, men's soccer prepares to face Clemson on the road, while women's soccer and volleyball get ready for their home openers, and more! 




    GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


    Football: ECU hopes new defensive scheme works against Gamecocks (Anderson Independent Mail)

    Football: East Carolina-South Carolina Preview (ESPN)

    Football: Hype has SC's Clowney nervous (AP) *He says not to worry; it's just pre-game jitters*   

    Football: Poll: Saturday's top SEC newcomer (ESPN SEC Blog) *Jadeveon Clowney*

    Football: Freshman offensive lineman makes strides  (The Post and Courier)

    Football: Spurrier enters year seven (GamecockCentral.com)

    Football: Door open for end duo to start (TheBigSpur.com)

    Women's Soccer: Women's soccer to make home opener against Northeastern (The Daily Gamecock)




    GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

    Football. Gamecocks Ready for Opener

    Football. The Steve Spurrier Show Preview

    Football.  Single Game Tickets on Sale to Gamecock Club Members
     
    Football. Tickets Remain For Opener in Charlotte

    Men's Soccer. South Carolina Men's Soccer Travels To Clemson For Friday Non-Conference Match

    Track & Field. Lashinda Demus's American Record Gives Gamecocks Second Gold

    Volleyball.  Volleyball Hosts Gamecock Invitational

    Women's Soccer. South Carolina Hosts Northeastern In Home Opener

    Swimming& Diving.  Miller Set to Compete at Junior Pan American Diving Championships




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    SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

    FAQ's: Bank of America Stadium and Gameday Information

    "What Channel is the Game On?" South Carolina vs. ECU Edition

    Volleyball Dodges Hurricane Irene to Get Home from Philadelphia Tournament

    Inside a Road Trip: Men's Soccer Goes to Charleston

    The Story of Men's Soccer at CofC... Told by Social Media

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    VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Our Gamecock Spotlight continues with senior Volleyball player Teresa Stenlund talking about her hometown, being trilingual, and more. You can see her and the rest of the squad in action in their home opener this weekend in the Gamecock Invitational.






    ROOSTER CROWS

    South Carolina Volleyball came away from the Temple Invitational with some gaudy stats and a nice new trophy. The Gamecocks enter this weekend atop the SEC standings in kills, assists and digs. Junior setter Taylor Bruns leads the league with an 11.44 assists average, while sophomore outside hitter Juliette Thevenin is third in both kills and digs.

    Men's Soccer heads to Clemson Friday for their second game of the season. The Gamecocks hold a four-game win streak over the Tigers.
    Live stats for the match will be available via Gametracker on GamecocksOnline.com.



    FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Today's photo is from Debbie Hendrix of little Bryson Mitchell enjoying his first Carolina game at just four months old!

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    We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free tosend in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com!A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!


    You can see the entire Fan Photo of the Day series on our Facebook page!

     

    FAQ's: Bank of America Stadium and Gameday Information

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    It's finally here, Gamecock fans! The 2011 football season kicks off Saturday vs. East Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. I've collected some stadium, gameday, and event information below to help Gamecock Nation find their way around Charlotte this weekend. Hope everyone has a great time in the Queen City! Charlotte is my hometown so I can't wait to see us "Paint Charlotte Garnet!"

    I'll be in Charlotte Friday and Saturday so if you have a question, don't hesitate to give me a shout on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SpursUpBlog) or post on the GamecocksOnline Facebook page if you have a question!

    Who: #12 South Carolina vs. East Carolina
    When: September 3rd, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
    Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC. Map
    Tickets: $60 each, available on TicketMaster. Click here to purchase.


    FAQ's:

    What time is the game and what channel is it on?

    Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. airing on FOX Sports Net regional channels and ESPN3.com. Check out our "What Channel is the Game On?" post for more info.


    What time do the gates open for Saturday's game?

    Gates are expected to open at 5:00 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. game.


    What if I need to pick up my tickets at the stadium, where do I go?

    Will call is located at the North Gate/Graham Street side of the stadium


    What sections are the Gamecock sections?

    If you purchased your tickets through the South Carolina ticket office, your seats are in sections designated for South Carolina.  Check out the color-coded diagram here to see the sections. We're Garnet & Black, in case you didn't figure that out, haha!

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    How do I get there? Where do I park?

    Enter your starting point here for directions to the stadium from Panthers.com. That link also has details about parking and tailgating. Another great transportation option is the LYNX light rail system, which has several stations within just a few blocks of the stadium. Click here to explore the map below.

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    Who is the home team?

    While this is still considered ECU's game and they are the host team, as part of our original contract with them the Gamecocks will actually be the home team for the game (wearing Garnet jerseys and white pants).


    Will the marching band be there?

    Yes, the Mighty Sound of the Southeast is scheduled to be at the Gamecock Club/Alumni Association pre-game tailgate event at approximately 5:00 p.m. before making their way into the stadium a little after 5:30 p.m. They will be alternating with ECU performing in the stands starting at 6:00 p.m. leading up to kickoff at 7:00 p.m.


    What about our entrance? Will they play "2001"?


    YES! Similar to a bowl game, both teams will have their entrance on to the field. Ours will include the song that gives every Gamecock chill bumps! It won't be quite like a home game, but you'll see plenty of familiar fan favorites at the game, including Sir Big Spur, Cocky and the Carolina Cheerleaders.


    Will there be beer sold?

    Yes, but only on the club level and in suites.


    Are the policies at Bank of America Stadium the same as Williams-Brice?


    Many of the policies are similar, such as no smoking and no re-entry, but please check this page on Panthers.com for all their stadium policies and guest information, including a list of prohibited items.



    Have another question you want answered or added to this page? As mentioned above, ask us on Twitter or Facebook or leave it in the comments and we'll get back to you!


    One of the most common questions we get around here and via our social media accounts is, "what channel is the game on?" so here ya go!

    Check out the TV and radio information below to make sure you can keep up with the game vs. ECU on Saturday if you can't make it to Charlotte. If you don't already have tickets for the game and want to go, they are still available for $60 each via Ticketmaster.com.

    The game is at 7:00 p.m. ET airing live on FOX Sports Network's regional channels (e.g. FOX Sports South here in Columbia) with Bob Rathbun, Tim Couch, and Kristina Akra calling the action.

    For states outside the SEC footprint, the game will be available online via ESPN3.com The states in blue on the map below will be able to watch the game on ESPN3.com if available through their internet service provider. The game will not be available online in the states in black below as it is available on the local FOX Sports Net channel in those states.

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    Channel Listings for regional FSN
    (leave us a comment if you see a different channel so we can update our list):


    Time Warner Cable in SC   

    Columbia, SC                                       Channel 31
    Florence, SC                                        Channel 25

    Myrtle Beach, SC                                 Channel 52
    Summerville, (Charleston), SC           Channel 31
    DirecTV                   Channel 646
    Dish                         Channel 420
    AT&T Uverse         Channel 724/725
    Charter Cable        Channel 34


    In addition to television, hear from your very own Gamecocks Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin on the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast. Gamecock football games are available on dozens of affiliates throughout South Carolina (click here for a list). Gamecock fans traveling between Columbia and Charlotte should be able to listen to the entire pre- and post-game shows. Listeners in Charlotte can usually pick up 107.1 FM out of Rock Hill/Lancaster. Inside the stadium, fans can tune in to the game broadcast via low-frequency stations 101.5 FM (primary) and 102.4 FM (secondary).

    Fans anywhere in the country can listen to the radio broadcast of the game with a premium account on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.


    I'll be in Charlotte Friday and Saturday so if you have a question, don't hesitate to give me a shout on Twitter
    (http://twitter.com/SpursUpBlog) or post on the GamecocksOnline Facebook
    page
    if you have a question!