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Gamecocks Capital One Bowl Shopping Spree at Best Buy

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IMG_3738.JPGThe Gamecocks got the chance to enjoy their Capital One Bowl experience a little more today. Part of their bowl gift was a $420 gift card for a shopping spree at Best Buy. The NCAA places a $550 limit on the monetary value of the gifts bowl games can provide for participating student-athletes.

The players dispersed across the store very quickly, with many making a beeline for items like the iPad 2 and televisions. In my very non-scientific poll, the iPad 2 seemed to be the winner as the most popular purchase among the players. Gaming systems such as Xbox, Playstation and Wii also made their way into players' baskets. HD TV's  and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones were also popular choices.

Click here to check out more photos from the event.

While some players chose to use their card on the big ticket items, others decided to use theirs to purchase several lower priced items like video games, movies, phone covers, various cords and adapters, or accessories for items they already owned, such as cell phone covers and screens.

A few players actually used their cards primarily for presents for others. Shaq Wilson bought several video games for family members and an iPhone for his girlfriend for Christmas, Stephon Gilmore bought an iPod for his little brother and Kelcy Quarles bought an iPad 2 as a gift for his girlfriend.

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The clear winner for the most unique purchase is T.J. Johnson. He piqued my curiosity when I saw him by himself in the home appliances section getting help from a Best Buy staffer. One of Johnson's favorite activities is hunting and he was choosing out a top of the line mixer and meat grinder to process his own meat from his efforts.

Thank you to the Capital One Bowl and Best Buy staff members who made today's event possible and helped the guys with their selections and purchases.

IMG_3602.JPGCan't get to a weight room? No problem, they'll bring the weights to you.

If you've been keeping up with our pictures from practice here in Orlando, you've seen the mobile weight room the guys have been using. It's all hands on deck as the strength staff, equipment staff and even a few football coaches join in to help set up 24 workout stations on concrete outdoor basketball courts at our bowl practice location in Orlando, Celebration High School.

Left: Staff unloading the truck and setting up the weight stations.




"Our approach as South Carolina Strength & Conditioning is 'no stone unturned'," said Craig Fitzgerald, a.k.a. Coach Fitz, the Gamecocks' Director of Strength & Conditioning. "The first year we did this our players were a little shocked and maybe even a little upset when they saw their weight room come from Columbia to our bowl site but now they're used to it and get a good laugh about it."

Each day upon arrival at the school the staff gets to work setting up over 8,500 pounds worth of weights and equipment, including bars, blocks, three different sizes of weight plates, bands, ropes and more. And they're doing it twice - anything that goes up must come down. As soon as the lifting session is over after practice the crew is right back at it loading all the equipment back into the truck.

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Assistant strength coach Dan Austin setting up a station

With the bowl practice schedule the football staff tries to keep preparation as similar to a regular game week as possible - same daily meetings, same practices, same lifts. For example, today is Saturday, but it's the team's "Thursday" because we're two days before gameday.

"We usually do two [lifting sessions] for the travel squad for a regular game week," explained Fitz. "We're here for an extra couple days so we actually got three in which I was really happy about and we got three good conditioning sessions in too so we've had a good work week."

"We run off the practice field and come right on to these basketball courts. We had all 110 guys lifting together, cheering each other on, we're getting after it."

The Gamecocks kick off vs. Nebraska on Monday, Jan. 2, in the Capital One Bowl at 1:00 p.m. airing live on ESPN. Tickets remain available through GamecocksOnline.com.


Capital One Bowl Day 4 - Dolphin Experience at SeaWorld

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Senior Gamecocks and roommates Rodney Paulk and Travian Robertson had a unique experience at SeaWorld today as part of their Capital One Bowl trip.

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The duo had a chance to feed some of the park's dolphins and demonstrate tricks with them. A handler helped show them how to feed them and how to do a variety of cues for their tricks. They got several laughs out of the dolphins' noises and antics and at one point had to dart backwards quickly when their new aquatic friends sent a few surprise splashes their way.

Paulk, who has already graduated from Carolina and holds a degree in Marine Science, described the moment as "remarkable". Paulk has always had a keen interest in animals and hopes to become a herpetologist (a type of scientist/zoologist who studies amphibians and reptiles) after his football career. Robertson was blown away by how smart the animals are.

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Doing a cue to which the dolphins respond with squeaking noises and "laughing"


You can see even more photos of Rodney and Travian with the dolphins here on our Facebook page and check out the video highlights below:




Stay tuned tomorrow for more coverage of the Gamecocks' trip to the Capital One Bowl! 

Capital One Bowl Day 4 - Day for Kids at DisneyQuest

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IMG_3550.JPGThe Capital One Bowl events continued today as the Gamecocks went to the bowl's "Day for Kids" event at DisneyQuest, a massive five-floor building filled with arcade games and all kinds of virtual reality games. Everywhere you turned was a different game and the side of the building describes it as "5 Floors of Virtual Fun".

The Day for Kids event was a private charity event for disadvantaged children from around the Orlando area made possible by the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation. Florida Citrus Sports is the organization that hosts both the Capital One Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl.

Upon arrival, each kid was paired up with one to two Gamecock football players and later the Nebraska team joined the fun as well. The group had DisneyQuest all to themselves, spending over an hour and a half playing as many games as they wanted.

"It's good for the kids, they can enjoy themselves and hang out with the football players," said Alshon Jeffery. "They just want to play games and have fun."

One of the most popular games was a virtual pinball game where players had to use their body weight on a platform to move their digital pinball around a large screen in front of them to score points. Several of the Gamecocks said that game was a workout in itself!

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Check out more photos from the Day for Kids event at DisneyQuest here.

Marcus Lattimore's young friend for the day was a girl named Erica, who Marcus said was very sweet and even beat him in a couple games.

"I love it. I wish we could stay longer," said the sophomore running back.

After the Day for Kids event the Gamecocks made their way back to Celebration High School for practice and a lifting session. Check out photos from practice here as well as post-practice interview videos in today's practice recap.

Video highlights from the event:


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Bruce Ellington made it to practice today after scoring 17 points for the Gamecock basketball team in last night's win over Wofford. After catching an early morning flight to Orlando he joined the rest of the football team to head to practice at 11:00 a.m. Coach Spurrier Jr. (with Bruce, left) said after practice that he wasn't concerned about Bruce being able to get right back in the swing of things with football saying, "he's an intelligent kid." The team held a spirited practice with another day of beautiful weather - perfectly sunny skies and temps in the 60's. Check out more photos from practice here.

All practices are closed except for the first 15 minutes which is open to media (and when we take these pictures). We don't talk too much about specifics other than practice going well - not trying to give the Huskers the game plan!

Coach Spurrier Jr., Coach Mangus, Brandon Wilds, Kyle Nunn and Terrence Campbell all spoke with the media after practice and a quick lift session in our makeshift mobile weight room.

 You can check out the practice recap and post-practice interview videos here.


After practice the team had some free time and several of the guys decided to head over to Universal Studios. A special thank you to Lindsey Mammen and the staff at Universal who helped show the guys around. They were pretty intimidated by the 90 degree incline of the RockIt roller coaster, but they hopped on anyway!

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Rodney Paulk (left) and Byron Jerideau (right) share a look before they take off on the RockIt. And they were right to be nervous - the initial incline is straight up in the air!

You can check out more funny photos from the team's trip to Universal here.

There were several "Go Gamecocks" cheers heard as the team walked around the park in their Capital One Bowl South Carolina warm-ups and a couple alumni asked the guys for a picture.

Check out the GamecocksOnline.com video highlights:




The evening wrapped up with a special bowl edition of "Carolina Calls" with Todd Ellis, Coach Spurrier and Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin live from the atrium at the team hotel, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

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Ellis and Spurrier share a laugh during the show.

Stay tuned tomorrow as the Capital One Bowl trip continues with an event called Day for Kids at Walt Disney World at DisneyQuest, another team practice and a visit to SeaWorld.

Go Gamecocks! Beat Nebraska!


Not going to lie to y'all, it's been awhile since I've been awake before the sun.

But today it was for a good reason that we left our hotel at 6:30 a.m. as several members of the football team joined team chaplain Adrian Despres at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Breakfast at First Baptist Church here in Orlando.

Student-athletes from both schools shared their stories while we ate breakfast. Kaleb Broome (pictured below) represented the Gamecocks, sharing about his faith and how he overcame a difficult childhood of foster care to get to Carolina and Division I football. It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a large group and speak, and even more so to share a personal story, and the junior transfer from Georgia Military College did a great job despite being nervous and did all of Gamecock Nation proud.

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Click here to check out more pictures from today, including the FCA Breakfast, the first practice and Disney World.

After breakfast the team held meetings back at the hotel and around 10:00 a.m. we loaded up the buses to head over to Celebration High School to hold our first bowl practice in Orlando. We enjoyed beautiful weather - sunny skies and 50-60 degree temperatures.

I can't even really explain how much work goes into setting up a mobile practice from scratch in a new location. College football is a large operation with a lot of people and a lot of moving parts. Several departments and functions have to be picked up from Columbia and established in temporary fashion in Orlando for a week. Athletic training/sports medicine, equipment, ticketing, video, media relations, the football staff and office... everything. You're picking it all up and moving it. The equipment and athletic training staffs got to the high school early to have shoulder pads and gear, practice equipment (such as tackling dummies), coolers, Gatorade, and more totally set up before the team arrived. Scissor lifts were rented and in place for the video crew to film practice for the coaches.  We even had a mobile weight room as the strength and conditioning staff brought equipment from Columbia to set up 24 weight stations with bars and plates on an outdoor basketball court. The team would hit the weight stations for a lifting session after practice, after which the staff broke it all back down and loaded everything back in the truck until tomorrow.

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Stretching before practice begins

Select coaches and players spoke with the media after practice like we normally do in Columbia followed by lunch. After a good practice the team got some free time to head over to Disney World. Many of them had never been to Disney World before (myself included) so everyone was pretty excited. Now, Disney World after Christmas is apparently a pretty popular attraction even more so than other times of the year. It was PACKED but still a very cool trip. Several football players were stopped for pictures or just friendly conversations with fans on the monorail. Fun to hear some folks in the Sunshine State have decided to root for the Gamecocks on Monday!

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Exploring Magic Kindom


All that being said, perhaps the most surprising part of the day was talking with Josh Blue, a walk-on from Tatum, South Carolina (don't be alarmed if you haven't heard of it, Josh said there are only 63 people in the small town in Marlboro County). Blue caught everyone's attention in the lobby as we waited for our buses as he sat down at the piano to play. Blue taught himself how to play the piano simply by ear less than two years ago and is now playing songs he hears on the radio and even creating songs of his own. He's never had formal instruction; he knows the keys but hasn't even learned how to read sheet music yet. It was unbelievable and inspired several shouts of, "You're my boy, Blue!"

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Blue playing the piano much to his teammates' amazement

All in all a long but great day today and past time for this kid to head to bed! You can check out more pictures from today here on our Facebook page. Stay tuned with us tomorrow for Day 3. The team will practice and lift again and have some time at Universal Studios in the afternoon.

Also be sure to tune in to a special bowl edition of "Carolina Calls" radio call-in show with Coach Spurrier from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network. We'll be airing live from right here in the atrium at the Renaissance Orlando! 


There's still time to get tickets for Monday's Capital One Bowl match-up with Nebraska on Monday. Go to GamecocksOnline.com to order.

Dec. 28, 2011

 

The banners still hang in Johnson Gymnasium, but the players most responsible for raising them have left.  The Wofford Terriers come into Colonial Life Arena Wednesday, but with a different profile than the one that brought them back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  Three-time All-SoCon forward Noah Dahlman (20.1 ppg '10-11) has graduated.  So, too, has SoCon leading rebounder Tim Johnson (8.5 rpg).  Four starters and 80% of their scoring are gone, but Darrin Horn insists the "residue of winning" remains on the Terriers.  Holiday breaks can also be an exasperating equalizer, as teams look to return to their game rhythm.  For a post-holiday opponent, 7-5 Wofford offers some punch.

 

Pre-tip reads before the Gamecocks and Terriers jump center in Columbia:

 

Man to Stop:  Wofford 6'6" senior guard Kevin Giltner.  A reserve the past two years on Wofford's NCAA Tournament teams, Giltner has elevated his scoring to a team-high 16.9 ppg.  Last Wednesday vs. High Point, Giltner connected for a career-high 28 points on 8 three-pointers in a 87-79 loss.  Assistant coach Mike Boynton recruited (and signed) Giltner from Kingston Springs, Tenn., while still a member of Mike Young's staff.  Ironically, one of the schools Boynton had to parry in landing Giltner was Western Kentucky - led by Darrin Horn and assistants Neill Berry and Cypheus Bunton.

                                                                                                                  

Kevin Giltner.jpgWith the graduation of Dahlman, Johnson, and burly forward Terry Martin, Wofford has become a more perimeter-oriented team than a year ago.  The Terriers will try to loosen Giltner on a medley of picks, mainly stagger-screens, screen-the-screener plays, and baseline pin-downs (where a teammate will come from the top of the key to the corner, leaving Giltner to curl over top over him).  Malik Cooke, a fellow 6'6" multi-faceted athlete, played the role of Giltner in recent practices.  The Gamecocks will need to stay attached to Giltner in their 2-3 zone, talk through screens, and "be there on the catch," in South Carolina coachspeak.

 

 

 

Bang The Boards:   They haven't always turned gyms into shooting galleries - witness the 1st half vs. Southeastern Louisiana - but the Gamecocks' effort on the offensive glass has remained consistent.  South Carolina has its highest national ranking in Offensive Rebounding Percentage (% of missed FGA on which the shooting team grabs its rebound), checking in at 29th nationally (38.4%).

 

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South Carolina has posted its best numbers nationally in offensive rebounds.

 

Darrin Horn described the offensive rebounding technique he teaches to his players:

 

"We talk a lot about going 'baseline and out.'  It's a quirky little thing.  Guys are used to just turning around and finding a guy to box out.  If you go toward the baseline first, you at least force that player to commit to that, which then gives you an opportunity to change angles, or you get behind him and you're on your way to the glass," Horn said.

 

Despite its downshift to a guard-oriented offense, Wofford still has impressive size (6 players in the rotation 6'6" or taller).  The Terriers also lead the Southern Conference in field goal percentage defense (42.0%).  A similar effort on the glass may be required Wednesday.

 

Reserves Running Low?:  Wofford ranks 335th in the nation in bench scoring, getting only 20.8% of its points from its reserves.  South Carolina, by contrast , ranks 25th (39.4%).  The Terriers may seem ready-made to have their depth exploited, but it's far from a guarantee.  Which team ranks last in the nation in bench scoring percentage?  Providence, which beat the Gamecocks December 1.

 

Bench Scoring %

Rank                                                       % of Pts. from bench

25.  South Carolina                              39.4%

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Speaking of which...

I Am Ironman:  Wofford's Brad Loesing ranks 3rd in the nation, averaging 38.583 minutes per game.  Loesing, a Cincinnati native, has logged 463 of a possible 480 minutes.  Along with fellow yeoman Kevin Giltner (37.917 mpg), the Gamecocks will have quirkily faced 4 of the top 9 players in the nation in minutes per game.

 

NCAA Leaders - Minutes/Game

        Rank                               School                                   Mins./Game

1.       Maurice Jones      Southern Cal                       39.077

3.        Brad Loesing        Wofford                               38.583

6.     Kevin Giltner        Wofford                               37.917

9.     Bryce Cotton         Providence                          37.462             

 

And that list doesn't include Presybterian's Khalid Mutakabbir, who finished 2nd in the nation last year in minutes per game.

 

  Geathers.jpegDo The Carlton:  Care to guess which Gamecock leads the team in rebounds and blocks per 40 minutes?  Redshirt freshman Carlton Geathers.  The soft-spoken, raw center from Carvers Bay HS came to South Carolina as a quintessential "project" (he only played two years of organized basketball).  One-on-one skill sessions with assistant Cypheus Bunton capped almost every practice last year.  Though Geathers only averages 8 minutes per game, Darrin Horn is pleased with the way he has maximized his minutes.

 

"Honestly, Carlton is probably a year ahead of schedule in my mind," Horn told me, referring to their long-term plans for his.  "Everything that he brings us is positives.  He doesn't turn the ball over, he's solid on defensive assignments, and he's bringing us a physical presence rebounding the basketball."

 

 With R.J. Slawson's numbers dipping after his sore foot vs. Providence (see below), Geathers' play has steadied the Gamecocks' front line.  Can he continue his solid minutes, and give himself a for SEC play?

 

R.J. Slawson          PPG                         RPG

Before injury        7.5                          5.7

After injury (4g)   1.8                          1.5

 

And Finally... Part therapy, part personal challenge, and with a manager dutifully feeding him, Darrin Horn will occasionally shoot free throws before practice or during water breaks.  Pure form clearly does not age.  Another revelation from Coach Horn on "Carolina Calls":  he made 62 straight free throws before a practice this year.

 

Join us Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  We'll see you then.

 

Day 1 - We're Heeerrrrre! Gamecocks Travel to Orlando

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The Gamecocks departed Columbia early this afternoon to make our way to Orlando to continue preparing for the Capital One Bowl vs. Nebraska on Monday, January 2.

After a short flight we landed at the Orlando airport to a warm welcome from Florida Citrus Sports staff (the organization that puts on both the Capital One Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl), who helped us find our way to our buses, not that we would have been able to miss the custom ride:

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The organization and planning that go into bowl travel is extensive on both sides, both the bowl and our staff. As a caravan of five buses of players, coaches and staff, we made our way to our team hotel, the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Equipment staff helped sort out baggage and get players ready to condition while everyone got checked in. 

And who needs a football field when you have Coach Fitz? Carolina shook off the travel rust with stretching and conditioning in a large ballroom at the hotel.



Before the team started running, Coach Spurrier told them that Lorenzo Ward was no longer just the "interim" defensive coordinator, but that he had been selected to take over the position full time. The players were excited and many surrounded Coach Ward for congratulatory fist and chest bumps.

After conditioning Coach Spurrier and Coach Ward talked to the media to announce his hiring (watch video here).

The team would then re-convene for a welcome/introductory meeting with the coaches, bowl and hotel officials and more to round out Day 1 in Orlando.

Check out more photos from Day 1 here.

Tomorrow we'll have our first day of practice and the team will have some fun at Disney World!


Stay tuned to the blog here and to @SpursUpBlog on Twitter throughout the week leading up to the Capital One Bowl on Monday!


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball records their 10th win of the season with a victory over Savannah State, Men's Basketball hosts Southeastern Louisiana, Bradlee Baladez earns region honors, the SEC Digital Network takes a look at the Gamecocks, and more!  

Note: Spurs Up Daily Round-Up will take a brief hiatus for the holidays with special bowl edition round-ups starting next week from Orlando. We'll return to our regular postings on January 3rd. Thanks for reading and GO GAMECOCKS!


***TONIGHT***

Men's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 7:00 p.m.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: The Shootaround (ESPNW) - "Five names you should know, but probably don't"
*2. South Carolina. The Gamecocks aren't exactly unknown, but Dawn Staley's team has had trouble cracking the realm of the national elite. Defeating No. 16 North Carolina and holding the Tar Heels to their lowest offensive total since January 2010 is a good start.*

Football: Reminiscing: Rokevious Watkins (TheBigSpur.com)

Football: Photos: An Evening with the Gamecocks (GoGamecocks.com) - Children's Chance families have dinner and meet the Gamecocks



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball. South Carolina Basketball Holds Fourth Annual Alumni Reception

Swimming & Diving. Forcucci Falls Short of Three-Meter Finals at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Men's Soccer. Baladez Garners All-South Region Honors

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Roll in 65-39 Win Over Savannah State



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Check out today's blog post on the dominance of the SEC on television.


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Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecocks Benefit from SEC Television Dominance

Photos: Work Underway on Farmer's Market Renovations

This Week's Home Events: Basketball for the Holidays!

Record-Setting "Read with the Gamecocks" Segment a Hit

Donate Capital One Bowl Tickets to Wounded Warrior Project

The Ultimate Team-Building Group: Gamecocks Continue to Develop Relationship with Fort Jackson



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Take a look at today's edition of "SEC Today" from the SEC Digital Network as they look at the Gamecocks' season as well as the bowl match-up with Nebraska. They also share their picks for Carolina's top five plays of the season. What do y'all think?





ROOSTER CROWS

The 2011 football team is only the second Gamecock team in history to be nationally ranked for the entire season. The 2001 team was the first, finishing the season ranked No. 13 in the AP poll.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's Fan Photo is from Tina, who says baby Brantlee is a Carolina fan already at three months old! Well, she does look mighty cozy in her Gamecock gear!

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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!





Gamecocks Benefit from SEC Television Dominance

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Thumbnail image for SEC_ESPN.PNGYou've heard it in person, it's been audible on television broadcasts... the ubiquitous "S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C" chant that rings down from the stands towards the end of any SEC win over a nonconference opponent. Perhaps more so than any other league, fans of schools in the Southeastern Conference have a "stick together" mentality and an eye on the greater good of the conference as a whole. In part due to its dominance on the gridiron, the SEC has positioned itself as the premier athletics conference in the nation. The SEC is guaranteed its sixth consecutive BCS title this season as either LSU or Alabama will take home the crystal football and will more than likely deliver a monster television rating to ESPN for college football.


CBS Sports has reaped the benefits of their television rights agreement with the SEC. For the third straight season, the "SEC on CBS" package is the highest-rated regular season college football coverage on any network averaging a national household rating/share of 4.2/9, topping ABC's season average of 3.5/8 for college football. The three highest-rated college football telecasts of the season were all SEC teams on CBS (all involving No. 1 ranked LSU) - LSU vs. Alabama (regular season), LSU vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and LSU vs. Arkansas.

As Clay Travis wrote on his "Outkick the Coverage" blog, "it proves that the SEC is becoming more and more of a national brand." Within the rights agreement, CBS generally gets the first pick of SEC games to broadcast as the "SEC Game of the Week". With a good portion of the league taking up near-permanent residence in the Top 25 rankings, the network often has a chance to broadcast a game with significant national relevance, attracting interested viewers from across the country, not just the southeast region. ESPN then fills several premium slots in their line-up with SEC games.

Such prominent national television exposure on CBS and ESPN all season long puts the SEC front and center with recruits across the country on a weekly basis. When viewed from a recruiting perspective, the impact of the conference's television agreement is even more profound.

Travis points out that prospective student-athletes in the class of 2013 were born in the mid-1990's (yeah, don't worry, reading that made me feel old too). He hypothesized that if the average child starts to truly pay attention to college football around age eight or nine, the next several classes of high school athletes and football players grew up during a period of SEC dominance. By Travis's count, the SEC has signed 28 of the top 55 Rivals.com-ranked recruiting classes over the past five seasons.

With conference expansion and realignment much of the focus has been on TV money, but as Travis wrote, "the SEC has been slowly building a national brand via its television contract with CBS. Along the way more and more viewers across the country are selecting the SEC as their preferred game of choice over local or regional teams."

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The Gamecocks celebrate their first SEC Eastern Division title in 2010.

South Carolina has had all of its games on TV in some fashion every season since 2005 and the arrival of Steve Spurrier. However, one doesn't have to look back very far to remember a season when it wasn't a given that every game would be on TV. Go back just 10 years prior, to 1995, and only six of Carolina's 11 games were aired on television and only one was a national broadcast on ESPN. In 2001, one of the Gamecocks' most successful seasons in recent history, Carolina was televised for eight of its 12 games. Just seven years ago in 2004, two games did not make the air. On October 9, 2010, the Gamecocks became the epicenter of the college football world, hosting ESPN College GameDay and delivering a 35-21 win over No. 1 Alabama on national TV on CBS.

Come back to the present in 2011 and not only was South Carolina on TV for every one of its games, nine of the 13 will air on national television. The Gamecocks appeared on CBS twice this season (vs. Auburn and Florida) and will appear on ESPN/ESPN2 seven times including the Capital One Bowl match-up against Nebraska on January 2 (ESPN, 1:00 p.m.) South Carolina also played on the SEC Network twice this season, which airs on network affiliates across the country.

The television attention on the SEC spurred by the league's rights agreements helps put the Gamecocks in front of potential fans and recruits across the country who just a few years ago would not have had the opportunity to watch South Carolina every week. As Coach Spurrier says, "we're not there yet," and there is still work to be done. However, with their first SEC Eastern Division title in 2010 and a historic sweep of their SEC East opponents in 2011 and a 10-2 regular season record, these are not the Gamecocks of 10 years ago.

When people discuss the progress in the South Carolina football program, several key factors are often quickly pointed out: the arrival of Coach Spurrier, multiple facilities improvements, and a significant recruiting uptick, especially with top in-state talent choosing to stay at home, such as three consecutive South Carolina Mr. Football award winners in Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore and Stephon Gilmore. All of those factors tie in with being a member of the Southeastern Conference and enjoying television rights revenue and exposure.

As the SEC brand continues to take root across the country, so go the Gamecocks.

Dec. 16, 2011

 

On the seventh day, he rested. 

 

And on the eighth day, he beat Clemson again.

 

Sophomore Bruce Ellington capped a memorable eight-day run December 4, scoring 9 points in a 58-55 comeback win over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum.  That joined his 3-catch, 71-yard, 1-touchdown night in a 34-13 victory over the Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium in football.

 

Ellington may shrug his thickly-cabled shoulders at his dual-sport achievements (and based on his press conference comments, he has).  But perhaps he shouldn't be so non-chalant.  According to my research, the last Gamecock to letter in football and basketball in the same year happened 61 years ago.*

 

"You just figured it was part of what you did."

 

Before Ellington, there was another Lowcountry native, John "Lip" Latorre, who played defensive end and guard for South Carolina in 1950.  Chuck Prezioso of Columbia also played both sports in 1950.

 

 

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Now 82 years old, Latorre is retired in Mt. Pleasant following a long career in the transportation industry, most recently as an East Coast sales rep for Swift Transportation.  But back in September 1948, he arrived at South Carolina on a basketball scholarship after a standout career at Bishop England HS in Charleston.  He also brought along a distinctive nickname, which still appears next to his name in the South Carolina media guide.

 

"I got that ['Lip'] in high school.  I think it was because I gave officials a hard time.  Also, one time I got in a fight on my way to basketball practice, and had a [speaking] impediment because my lips were split.  But mostly it was because I made noise to officials," Lattore recalls with a chuckle.

 

Latorre and Prezioso played freshman football and basketball in 1948 (their freshman football team went undefeated).  After a redshirt year in the fall of 1949, Latorre pulled his first varsity double-duty in 1950, playing defensive end for Rex Enright and guard for Frank Johnson.  Though he came to Carolina on a basketball scholarship, his transition on the hardwood wasn't as smooth:   

 

"I was a 6'1" center in high school.  When I got there, [Jim] Slaughter was 6'11."  I had a hard time adapting, because you play with your body to the back of the basket as a forward," Latorre said.

 

He has fond memories of battling former national champion Long Island University at Madison Square Garden, and dueling against Duke's Dick Groat, the future World Series MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Like Ellington, there was the satisfaction of a 76-61 drubbing at Clemson.  Still, Latorre's re-cast role as a guard left his playing time diminished:  he only scored 6 points in 3 games in 1950.  After the season, he approached coach Frank Johnson with a proposition.

 

"I went to Frank Johnson and said I'm not sure I belong on the team.  I didn't feel I was accomplishing much, and I was doing well in football.  Can you let me concentrate on football?  And he said yes," Latorre said.

 

 

Dedicated full-time to football, Latorre captained Rex Enright's 1952 squad, and beat Clemson by a combined 26-0 his final two seasons.  After South Carolina, he enlisted in the service, playing two years of football with the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit, Md.  He took a correspondence course in Spanish to complete his degree at Carolina, then returned to Charleston to take over the head coaching position at his alma mater, Bishop England HS.  Latorre has been a Gamecock Club member for 44 consecutive seasons, still has season tickets, and follows the Gamecocks ardently.  

 

Back in Columbia, I asked Ellington to guess the last time a Gamecock lettered in football and basketball in the same season.

 

He cocked an eye to the ceiling in contemplation. 

 

"1997, maybe?"  he replied.

 

When told of his once-in-60-years athletic achievement, the normally mild-mannered Ellington let out an exaggerated "Gawwwwd!"

 

Ellington paused to reflect on his connection with Latorre.  "That's crazy.  I just thank God for giving me the ability to play both sports right now." 

 

Before he headed in for practice, Ellington added one last thought.

 

"But you know there are some great athletes who come out of Charleston."

 

Ellington and the Gamecocks battle Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena.  Join us beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.

 

* - Derek Watson played 1 game (2 minutes) for South Carolina during the '01-02 season before being declared inactive.  Thus, he is not considered a letterwinner and is not recognized as an official "dual-sport athlete" at South Carolina.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball Gamecocks earn more preseason All-America honors, Men's and Women's Basketball host a double header on Wednesday, a great feature on Gamecock and current San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver, the newest Softball Gamecock, an update from the Farmer's Market, divers advance at Winter Nationals, and more!

Check out Chris Culliver on the front page of ESPN.com this morning!

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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Clowney, Ingram 'keep pushing' (The Post and Courier)

Football: Johnson officially named Southern Miss coach (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Ward expects stars to return (GamecockAnthem.com)

Football: Reminiscing: C.C. Whitlock (TheBigSpur.com)

Baseball: SEC expands baseball tourney field (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Cully in the House (49ers.com)

Gamecocks in the NFL (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Price, Roth & Walker Earn Preseason All-America Accolades From Collegiate Baseball

Football. Gamecocks Practice Report

Football. Post-Season Honors Recap

Football. Gamecocks Practice Twice on Monday

Swimming & Diving. Brennan, Forcucci Advance at USA Diving Winter Nationals

Softball. Charity Watson Joins Gamecock Softball for 2012

Women's Basketball. Women's Hoops Hosts Savannah State in Noon Tipoff

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Host Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday



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Photos: Work Underway on Farmer's Market Renovations

This Week's Home Events: Basketball for the Holidays!

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jeff Grantz, Todd Ellis

Record-Setting "Read with the Gamecocks" Segment a Hit

Donate Capital One Bowl Tickets to Wounded Warrior Project

The Ultimate Team-Building Group: Gamecocks Continue to Develop Relationship with Fort Jackson



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Hear from Coach Spurrier, Kenny Miles, Brandon Wilds and Mike Matulis in today's practice recap:

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/122011aaf.html



ROOSTER CROWS

The Baseball team earned a preseason ranking of No.2, coming in just behind Florida. Carolina owns more overall wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years and more conference wins than any SEC team in the last 12 years with a 222-137 conference record.

South Carolina is the only SEC school to record 40 or more wins each season from 2000-present and the only SEC school to reach the NCAA Regional every season in the last 12 years. The Gamecocks also have the most NCAA Super Regional appearances of the 12 SEC schools in the last 12 years.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

We've heard the Elf on the Shelf likes to get into mischief sometimes... glad to see Alfie just likes to go fishing with our best bird, Cocky! Send in any holiday-themed Gamecock photos to gamecockathletics@gmail.com for a special holiday album!

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Photos: Work Underway on Farmer's Market Renovations

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The renovation of the Farmer's Market is officially underway! Check out some photos below from earlier today. Right now it's a lot of dirt and concrete being lifted... but by next season it will be a nicely landscaped area with trees, grass, great parking layout for tailgating, restrooms and more.

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These original trees will be a part of the new Farmer's Market, along with a lot more
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Looking south toward the practice fields
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View from the back of the press box. Can't wait to see the finished product!
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Here's a look at the conceptual design of the new Farmer's Market (subject to change, click to enlarge)
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Stay tuned for more updates on the Farmer's Market and other facility improvements at Carolina!
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: coverage of the Women's Basketball team's dominating upset win over #18/16 North Carolina, La'Keisha Sutton is SEC Player of the Week, Football started bowl practice over the weekend, Baseball earns a high preseason ranking, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks knock off Tar Heels (ESPN Graham Hays Blog)

Women's Basketball: SEC Women's Hoops Players Of The Week (SEC Digital Network)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks hammer Tar Heels, 79-48 (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: USC aims to sustain success (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Women's basketball crushes North Carolina 79-48 (Associated Press)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks knock off North Carolina (TheBigSpur.com)


Football: 10th-ranked Gamecocks back on the field to start preparations for Nebraska at Capital One Bowl (The Washington Post)

Football: Jeffery making good progress (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Fire on All Cylinders to Knock Off No. 18/16 North Carolina

Women's Basketball. Sutton Earns SEC Player of the Week Honors

Football. Gamecocks Work Out on Sunday

Swimming & Diving. Miller Qualifies for Canadian Olympic Diving Trials

Swimming & Diving. Ridenour Advances to Quarterfinals of USA Diving Winter Nationals

Men's Basketball. No. 2/2 Ohio State Survives Scare at South Carolina, 74-66

Volleyball. 2011 South Carolina Volleyball Season Wrapup

Baseball. South Carolina Ranked No. 2 By Collegiate Baseball



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This Week's Home Events: Basketball for the Holidays!

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jeff Grantz, Todd Ellis

Record-Setting "Read with the Gamecocks" Segment a Hit

Donate Capital One Bowl Tickets to Wounded Warrior Project

The Ultimate Team-Building Group: Gamecocks Continue to Develop Relationship with Fort Jackson

Congrats to the Latest Gamecock Grads!



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Spurrier spoke for over 10 minutes after football practice on Sunday, listen to what the HBC had to say here:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=288948



ROOSTER CROWS

In the win over UNC, Women's Basketball held the nation's highest scoring defense 39.5 points below its season average. It was the third-largest margin of victory over a nationally ranked team in Gamecock history.

Last week was a big week for senior La'Keisha Sutton as she scored her 1,000th career point in a win over SC State, followed by posting a team-high 21 points in the upset victory vs. #18/16 North Carolina.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Now THIS is an impressive creation. Check out the model Williams-Brice built out of food and candy sent in by Kay Stogner:

"Four lovely Gamecock ladies, 3 dedicated hours, 2 group pictures, 1 Williams-Brice.  Football season is year round for us.  From left to right of picture: Dianna Colvin, Rachel Jackman, Kay Stogner, Mary Ray." 

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This Week's Home Events: Basketball for the Holidays!

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Basketball season is in full swing as we look toward the holiday break with several games here at home in Colonial Life Arena the next two weeks. Please note there will not be a "This Week's Home Events" post next Monday, Dec. 26, so next week's events are included below as well. Heading into the weekend we have a doubleheader Wednesday as Women's Basketball hosts Savannah State at noon and Men's Basketball will take on Southeastern Louisiana at 7:00 p.m. After taking time off for the holidays, the Gamecocks return to action next Wednesday as Men's Basketball takes on in-state foe Wofford at 7:00 p.m. Then you can start off your New Year's Eve festivities early at CLA as the men's team takes on USC Upstate at noon on December 31. To kick off the new year, Women's Basketball will take on their first conference opponent of the season, hosting Alabama at 3:00 p.m. on January 1.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Women's Basketball vs. Savannah State - 12:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Play Basketball Bingo for a chance to win a Coach Staley bobble head
*SEC Player of the Week La'Keisha Sutton is coming off scoring her 1,000th career point vs. SC State and a team-high 21 points in the upset of #18/16 North Carolina on Sunday.

Men's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 7:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*Senior Malik Cooke tied his season-high and was just one point off his career-high as he recorded 21 points against #2 Ohio State Saturday, playing through a laceration to his eye area suffered during the game.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Men's Basketball vs. Wofford - 7:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards

On the road: Women's Basketball @ Drexel - 5:00 p.m.
*In Coach Staley's hometown of Philadelphia. Gamecocks in the area, come out and cheer!



Saturday, December 31, 2011

Men's Basketball vs. USC Upstate - 12:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - 3:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Play Basketball Bingo for a chance to win a Coach Staley bobble head
*First conference opponent of the season.



Monday, January 2, 2012

Football vs. Nebraska - Capital One Bowl - 1:00 p.m.
TV: ESPN
Tickets are still available through the South Carolina ticket office. Go to GamecocksOnline.com/tickets or call 800-4SC-FANS.


"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jeff Grantz, Todd Ellis

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show with AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott as they are joined by two Gamecock greats and South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame members, Jeff Grantz and Todd Ellis.

Grantz, former South Carolina quarterback (1973-75) and shortstop/second baseman (1973-76), was the co-captain of the 1975 squad that earned a berth in the Tangerine Bowl, the Gamecocks' lone appearance in the Orlando bowl game now known as the Capital One Bowl. Grantz was a second team AP All-American in '75 and amassed over 5,000 yards of total offense in his career. On the baseball side, he played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1975 squad that advanced to the finals of the College World Series.

Ellis, former South Carolina quarterback (1986-89), can still be heard every week as the Gamecock Radio Network's play-by-play caller. A co-captain in 1989, Ellis re-wrote the record books during his career at Carolina and remains the program's all-time leading passer and winningest quarterback. He earned second-team All-America honors in 1986 and was the team MVP three of his four years. Ellis led the 1987 team to a Gator Bowl berth and No.15 ranking. 1987 was also the last season the Gamecocks faced Nebraska, their upcoming opponent in the Capital One Bowl on January 2.

Listen in on 107.5 The Game tonight to hear from Grantz and Ellis as well as discussion on the latest topics in Gamecock Athletics and college sports.

"Inside the Roost" airs every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game. You can also listen online!



 

Record-Setting "Read with the Gamecocks" Segment a Hit

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Excited cheers rang through Colonial Life Arena all afternoon Wednesday as several thousand area school children watched South Carolina Women's Basketball take on South Carolina State at a special noon tip-off time. The field trip to the game was part of their reward for participating in the first segment of this year's "Read with the Gamecocks" program. There are three total segments each year (there's still time for schools and organizations to participate in the third segment, click here for more information)

Over 6,000 students from 46 schools and one organization read over two million pages from October 31 through November 11. The total was a new program record for pages read and a 90% increase from the first segment last year. The top readers at each participating school received awards and the top readers from each grade level statewide received plaques and were recognized on the court at halftime.

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Click here to check out more photos of the winners on the court at halftime.


The overall winning school was Burton-Pack Elementary from right here in Columbia. Almost the entire school participated and as a whole they read 282,009 total pages. About 470 Burton-Pack students, dressed in matching t-shirts by grade, attended Wednesday's game. Rose Stevens, the school's reading teacher, served as program coordinator and promoted the entire school getting involved, complete with decorating her door with a Gamecocks and reading theme.

"We did it last year and we had some very high readers, but we thought that this year we would try to be the top school, and we are! The children are very excited about it," said Stevens. "Reading is so important and you can do that all the time, at any time, and I'm thrilled we got the whole school to participate."

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Students from Burton-Pack enjoying the game.

Click here to see more fan photos from Wednesday's game.

Women's Basketball hosts Savannah State next on Wednesday, December 21, at noon in Colonial Life Arena.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's Basketball readies to host No.2 Ohio State tomorrow, Women's Basketball travels to Myrtle Beach to face No.18 North Carolina, news from Tori Gurley in the pros, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: USC's high five: Top five moments in Gamecocks' run to the Capital One Bowl (The Post and Courier)

Football: Gamecocks gearing up for bowl (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Cooke leading young Gamecocks (TheBigSpur.com)

Men's Basketball: Ellington will go bowling, miss one hoops game (GoGamecocks.com)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Men's Basketball: Pregame Glance: South Carolina (The Buckeye Battle Cry)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Better career move: Packers practice squad or Vikings roster? *Tori Gurley*



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Eye No. 18/16 North Carolina Sunday Afternoon

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops To Host No. 2 Ohio State In Saturday Matinee



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Donate Capital One Bowl Tickets to Wounded Warrior Project

The Ultimate Team-Building Group: Gamecocks Continue to Develop Relationship with Fort Jackson

Congrats to the Latest Gamecock Grads!

"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Staley talks about Sunday's match-up with UNC:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=288759



ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina Women's Basketball set a school record for fewest points allowed in a game in a 66-21 win over South Carolina State Wednesday afternoon. The game also saw senior guard La'Keisha Sutton record her 1,000th career point as she netted a total of 12 in the first half.


December 16, 2011

 

Say this about the Gamecocks:  they don't dodge a fight.  Of the 344 teams in Division I, South Carolina is the only school that has scheduled regular-season games against the Associated Press' preseason #1-, #2-, and #3-ranked teams this year.  In the middle -- but far from middling -- the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes roll into Columbia Saturday, bringing an impressive catalogue of players and stats.  Can a raucous atmosphere at Colonial Life Arena make life unruly - and a Gamecock team coming off its best shooting half of the season make life uneasy - for the Buckeyes?

 

Pre-tip reads before the Gamecocks and Buckeyes jump center:

 

A Cat's Cradle Defense:  What makes Ohio State's defense (56.2 ppg allowed) so treacherous?  The Buckeyes rank 3rd in the nation in Turnover % Defense, forcing turnovers on 29.5% of possessions.  When teams do fire off shots, the Buckeyes are ready and waiting:  they also rank 7th in the nation in Offensive Rebound % Defense, allowing opponents to grab an offensive board on only 23.4% of their misses.  

 

Statistic                                                                  %                             NCAA Rank

Offensive Rebound % Defense                         23.4%                    7th

Turnover % Defense                                           29.5%                    3rd                          

 

Translation:  when you're not turning the ball over against OSU, you're not getting second chances on them, either.  Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton had the most definitive take on the OSU defense.  Last year, the Seminoles - a future Elite Eight team - managed only 44 points in a loss to OSU. 

 

 

 

OSU Defense.jpgSaid Hamilton:  "They make you make plays.  Some teams overplay and deny and do a lot of things, trap and things of that nature.  They're just solid.  They don't reach.  They don't gamble.  They make you earn everything." 

 

The Gamecocks will need to make crisp cuts away from the ball, be strong with the ball, and shy from contact when they penetrate.  Can Bruce Ellington (15 pts. vs. Presbyterian) create his

shots against sophomore guard Aaron Craft, acknowledged as one of the better backcourt defenders in America?  

 

Did You Know:  Ohio State head coach Thad Matta was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) when Eric Hyman served as athletic director.

 

Man to Stop:  Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger.  Back spasms limited Sullinger to 25 minutes against USC-Upstate, but the 6'9," 280-pounder still carries a heavy payload.  Beatified by Mike Krzyzewski as "the best player in the country," Sullinger bulldozed for 30 points and 19 rebounds in last year's 79-57 win in Columbus.   This year, he ranks 2nd in the nation in Defensive Rebound %, boarding 32% of other team's misses. 

 

 

 

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"I think the big thing is always being alert and staying down and not losing sight of your man and letting him slide in there.  We tell our guys it's going to be a fistfight down on the block,"

Darrin Horn said on "Carolina Calls."  "And good post defense actually begins on the perimeter.  We have to have good ball pressure so they can't throw it in there too easily." 

 

Defending The Buckeyes:  Unlike Ohio State, which plays an orthodox man-to-man, the Gamecocks should play plenty of their new-look, 2-3 matchup zone.  The zone will need to be effective against  Ohio State's 6'6" senior guard William Buford, who shoots a team-high 40% from three-point range.  Buford loves to go right, and has shown a greater knack for scoring off the dribble this year. 

 

Against a zone, Ohio State likes to start Buford from the corners, where 6'5" Lakeem Jackson and 6'6" Malik Cooke generally station themselves.  The Gamecocks will need Jackson and Cooke to play their rugged, bulldog perimeter defense.

 

Inside Job:  Give Carolina credit for attacking into defenses more, rather than settling for long-range shots.  In South Carolina's four wins, only 26.2% of its field goal attempts have come from three-point range (56 of 213).  In Carolina's five losses, a whopping 42.7% of its field goal attempts have been triggered from three (123 of 288).

 

Three-Point Distribution

                                3pt. FGA                                Overall FGA                           %

Wins                       56                                          213                                         26.2%

Losses                    123                                        288                                         42.7%

 

I asked Jackson for the reason behind the upswing.  He says it boils down to a simple philosophy:  just because you're open, doesn't mean it's a good shot.

 

 

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"We're not settling.  We're working the ball around, looking to drive the ball but shooting the open shot.  We're not forcing our shots," Jackson said.

 

And Finally... A day before the Presbyterian game, senior Malik Cooke had other business to tend to at Colonial Life Arena.  The Charlotte, N.C., earned his degree in Sociology, becoming the latest Gamecock basketball player to earn his cap and gown.  Afterwards, Coach Horn had some good-natured ribbing at Cooke's expense.

 

"I joked with him afterwards that he looked pretty serious for a guy that should be happy.  He said, 'I was just thinking about not falling, Coach.  I don't want to fall in front of all those people,'" Horn said. 

 

 The Gamecocks don't plan on any trip-ups tomorrow.  In fact, they hope they've hit their stride.

 

Our pre-game coverage versus Ohio State begins at 11:30 a.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you at Colonial Life Arena.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Melvin Ingram becomes only the third Gamecock football player ever to earn consensus All-American status, Jadeveon Clowney and Mike Matulis named to the Sporting News All-Freshman team, more honors for Kayla Grimsley and Sabrina D'Angelo, new names approved for athletic facilities, more on the Gamecocks' relationship with Fort Jackson and donating bowl tickets to Wounded Warrior Project, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Ingram only 3rd Gamecock consensus All-American (WIS TV)

Football: Trust the Visor (TheBigSpur.com)

Women's Basketball: SCSU women blasted by USC (The Times and Democrat)

Women's Basketball: Sutton hits milestone in 66-21 win  (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Soccer: 5 questions facing women's soccer team (GoGamecocks.com)

Athletics Facilities: Facility names set as donors step to the plate (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Ingram Named to Sporting News Squad

Women's Soccer. Grimsley and D'Angelo Earn Soccer America Top Honors

Equestrian. Equestrian Adds Hunt Seat Rider Sally Henry for 2012-2013

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Announces 2012 Winter Camp Dates

Women's Basketball. Read with the Gamecocks Part 1 Winners

Women's Basketball. Sutton Hits Milestone in 66-21 Win Over SC State



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The Ultimate Team-Building Group: Gamecocks Continue to Develop Relationship with Fort Jackson

Congrats to the Latest Gamecock Grads!

"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the latest Gamecock Spotlight on Anthony Gill. Next up for Men's Basketball is #2 Ohio State this Saturday at noon at Colonial Life Arena.





ROOSTER CROWS

Kayla Grimsley was named to the Soccer America 2011 MVP's Second Team as one of 22 players across the nation to earn postseason distinction by the organization. Sabrina D'Angelo was the lone goalkeeper selected to the All-Freshman First Team. Grimsley and D'Angelo were the only players from the SEC represented on either list.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Area elementary students had a great time at yesterday's "Read with the Gamecocks" field trip game for Women's Basketball vs. SC State. Winners from the first segment of the program were recognized on the court at halftime. Click here to check out more fan photos from the game!

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Capital One Bowl logo2.jpgFans now have the opportunity to purchase Capital One Bowl tickets and donate them directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

To access, log in here on our ticket page, then scroll to bottom and click on "BUY PACKAGES/TICKETS." There are no fees or order charges for these donations.

Any fans who have already purchased tickets and have extra tickets they are not going to use are also encouraged to donate them for use by the Wounded Warrior Project. No refunds are being issued, but we can provide a receipt for the ticket donation.

Fans who want to donate their extra tickets may send them to the following address:

Gamecock Ticket Office
Attn: WWP
801 Lincoln St.
Columbia SC 29208

Capital One Bowl tickets are also still available for regular purchase through GamecocksOnline.com.

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On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott was joined by Colonel Clayton Sheffield, commanding officer of the 165th Infantry Brigade at Fort Jackson, and Josh Waters, Associate Director of Marketing here in the athletics department, to discuss the Men's Basketball team's recent visit and the strong relationship between Fort Jackson and Gamecock Athletics.

In the past few years, a lot has been done on both sides to grow the Gamecocks' relationship with the military, perhaps most visibly with the Military Appreciation Day during football season. But the bond and partnership goes beyond just that day. Waters mentioned that several coaches have done speaking engagements at the base and that many of the troops enjoy bringing their kids to some of the smaller sporting events at Carolina.

This Saturday's Men's Basketball game (vs. #2 Ohio State, Noon) is our latest partnership. The game will feature a military halftime presentation and COL. Sheffield will be the honorary captain. The men's basketball team's recent day out at Fort Jackson (featured in the "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" show that aired on ABC Columbia this past weekend) was another example of the relationship.

"The team was looking for a day long team-building event," said Waters. "COL. Sheffield laid out a plan for us and it worked out perfectly for those guys."

COL Sheffield decided on a program that would give the team both a taste of what they do in basic training at Fort Jackson, but also several team-building opportunities.

"We brought them in and introduced them, had them relax a little bit and then we brought the heat," said COL Sheffield.

The entire atmosphere changed as he introduced his drill sergeants as a starting lineup, calling them out by height, weight, where they've been, what they've done, and said that "when they came marching into the room with drill hats on, you could tell they meant business."

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Scott said that he got a bit of a laugh watching the team's reactions during the show, but admitted he wasn't sure what he would've done in the same situation.

"I don't think the reality hits you until you see it firsthand like that, and know this isn't a film, this is what these guys face," said Scott. "They come in for basic training and that's the way they get initiated."

COL Sheffield responded that people get a perception of what the military is either through media, through movies, or through family members who have served, but the number of people who have actually served in the military is a very small segment of the population. They brought the team-building principles they use in the military to the day's exercises.

"We're the ultimate team-building group; that's what we do. Second place is not an option for us," said COL Sheffield. "How do you build a team - you want to talk about the values you have, so you all buy into the values we're going to operate under. You have to have discipline, strict discipline from the beginning."

"If I tell you to do something, you're all going to do it together. If one guy's doing it wrong, you're all doing it wrong. One guy's got his helmet on backwards? You're all going to pay the price and do pushups. It's about learning along the way, are you doing what's right when no one is looking."

The athletics department looks forward to continuing to develop the relationship with Fort Jackson and the thousands of active military, retirees and their families in the area. COL. Sheffield is new to Columbia, having only been in his position for about five months, but says it was his top choice and he specifically asked for Fort Jackson.

"It's the first capital city that I've ever been stationed in with a large university," said COL Sheffield. "Mostly I've been in insulations that have a very good supportive community on the outside, but here it's a unique experience because you have the seat of the government of South Carolina and an SEC school which I'm a big fan of.  I'm a sports fanatic, so I'm in the right spot."

Be sure to give COL. Sheffield a warm welcome on Saturday when he is introduced as honorary captain at the Men's Basketball game vs. Ohio State. Tip-off is at noon. Tickets


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

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball defeat in-state foes, Melvin Ingram and Antonio Allen earn All-America honors from the Associated Press, several Gamecocks earn 2012 Preseason All-America accolades from the NCBWA, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Spurrier's work at South Carolina not done (ESPN)

Football: SEC Teams Among Nation's Best In Attendance (SEC Digital Network)

Football: Ingram, Allen collect AP All-America honors  (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Tale of two halves: Gamecocks awaken after break (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Carolina cuts Blue Hose (TheBigSpur.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Price, Roth & Walker Named To NCBWA Preseason All-America Team

Football. Ingram Named First-Team AP All-American

Women's Basketball. Sutton Hits Milestone in 66-21 Win Over SC State

Women's Basketball. Read with the Gamecocks

Softball. Beverly Smith Hosting Softball Coaches Clinic on Jan. 15

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Continue Winning Ways Against Presbyterian, 66-58

South Carolina Responds to NCAA Notice of Allegations



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Congrats to the Latest Gamecock Grads!


"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - December 14, 2011

"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from last night's Men's Basketball win over Presbyterian. Next up is #2 Ohio State this Saturday at noon.





ROOSTER CROWS

The Women's Basketball team set a program record for fewest points allowed in a 66-21 victory over South Carolina State in Dawn Staley's 100th game as head coach of the Gamecocks. The win puts the Gamecocks at 8-2, the best record they have had since the opening of the 2003-04 season.

Senior guard La'Keisha Sutton scored her 1,000th career point midway through the first half today en route to a team-high 12 points in the game.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Nicole Prince of her son, Lane. Nicole said, "He loves the Gamecocks as much as his mommy and daddy do." He's also sporting the always adorable shirt that says, "Hold on Gamecocks, I'm coming!"


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"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011

 

Assistant coach Mike Boynton had the unenviable task of charting the Gamecocks' missed layups against Presbyterian Tuesday.  In the first half, Boynton tallied 13 missed layups (on 22 overall FGA), prompting head coach Darrin Horn to channel his inner Dan Hawkins in the locker room ("Make a layup," he told his team.  "It's Division I basketball").  With 19 points and another halftime deficit, the aggravation was mounting.

 

By the second half, Boynton could save his ink.  The Gamecocks finished with 0 missed layups, 47 points, and a 66-58 victory over the Blue Hose.  Anchored by those close-range baskets, South Carolina shot 70.4% (19 of 27) in the 2nd half, its best shooting percentage in a half since connecting on 68.0% of its attempts in the 2nd half against.... Presbyterian December 23, 2008.

 

More notes, quotes, and anecdotes from Presbyterian and the prior week in Carolina basketball:

 

Three No More:  Once again, stifling defense set the tone in the second half.  The Gamecocks made better weak-side rotations out of their 2-3 zone, denying Presbyterian the wide-open, kickout three-pointers they had feasted on in the first half.  In the past two games - both comeback wins - the Gamecocks have thrown a fence around the arc in the 2nd half:

 

Last 2 Games

Half                         3pt. FG%

1st Half                   47.6%  (10-of-21)

2nd Half                   13.3%  (2-of-15)

 

South Carolina builds its zone around a philosophy of "switching out to take away" on the perimeter.  They've hammered that home the last two games.

 

Finding His Rhythm:  Bruce Ellington has shown that competitiveness and confidence doesn't need to be rusty, too.  In his third game back, Ellington put together his most complete game of the season against Presbyterian, dropping a team-high 15 points.  Several times against the Blue Hose, the armor-plated sophomore showed his greatest value:  with a high ball screen and the shot clock winding down, he's one of the few players who can create for himself and create for others.  The Gamecocks do not have a true pick-and-pop forward on screen-and-rolls like Sam Muldrow last season.  Those kickout three-pointers will more likely come from Ellington turning the corner on screens, getting inside, and swinging out to a shooter in the corner or "lifting" to the wing.

 

 

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Ellington also enjoyed his steadiest ballhandling half of the season.  In addition to his 8 points, Ellington distributed 3 assists without a turnover in the 2nd half.  Ellington has played 100 minutes this season - was the PC game a sign of things to come?

 

Bruce Ellington:

First 75 minutes:  3A, 6 TO

Last 25 minutes:   3A, 0 TO

 

Penny For Your Thoughts:  With Ellington's return, junior Lakeem Jackson has moved back to his natural small forward position after an early-season cameo at point guard.  I asked Lakeem, jokingly, for the point guard he modeled his game after.

 

"Penny Hardaway," he replied, cracking a smile.  His head coach was unmoved. 

 

 

Bruce Ellington scored 8 pts.

without an assist vs. PC.

 

"I played against Penny Hardaway.  He's no Penny Hardaway," Darrin Horn told me on "Carolina Calls."  "Anthony Mason, maybe."

 

(For the record, Horn's Western Kentucky team eliminated Memphis St., led by Hardaway, in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.  The game ended Hardaway's college career.) 

 

 

 

Penny Hardaway.jpgMid-90's NBA comparisons aside, Horn praised Jackson for his commitment to learning the point guard position, even if the displacement was temporary. 

 

"One of the things that attracted us to him during the recruiting process was a young man who wanted to do the right things.  A lot of guys feel like, 'I can handle [the ball] a little bit, I'm good with dishing the ball.  But there's a big difference between doing that and running the point.  [Lakeem] has learned from that, and I think he's grown from that as a player," Horn said. 

 

And Finally....:  Monday (Dec. 12!) marked the first time Darrin Horn had his entire roster healthy and available for practice.  Not only had Ellington returned, but Brenton Williams, R.J. Slawson, and Damontre Harris all healed from their separate, nagging injuries.  With a full cadre of players, Horn sensed an opportunity to turn up the pressure. 

 

"We want to pick up our pressure a little bit more.  Hopefully getting everyone back and being a little bit deeper will give us an opportunity to experiment with that and do a little more," he told me in our pre-game interview.

 

Tuesday, the Gamecocks scored their highest percentage of points off fast breaks all season (19 of 66, 28%). 

 

 Check back Friday for our preview of Saturday's showdown with #2 Ohio State. 

Congrats to the Latest Gamecock Grads!

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Nineteen current and former Gamecock student-athletes were among the graduates at the University of South Carolina's December commencement exercises on Monday.

Congratulations to all of them!

Will Casey                                 Baseball
Vance Benson                          Men's Soccer
Henry Walker                            Men's Tennis
Miljana Jocic                            Women's Tennis
Malik Cooke                             Men's Basketball
Samone Kennedy                    Women's Basketball

Antonio Allen                            Football
Ladi Ajiboye*                            Football
Jason Barnes                           Football
Melvin Ingram                           Football
Rokevious Watkins                  Football
Kenny Miles                              Football
Eric Baker                                 Football
Jay Wooten                               Football
Steven Singleton                      Football
Porche' Byrd                            Track & Field
Gabrielle Glenn                        Track & Field
Hannah Lawing                        Volleyball
Annie Thomas                          Volleyball


*completed degree requirements in August, but participated in December commencement

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Graduate Malik Cooke with Men's Basketball Head Coach Darrin Horn

 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: a Q&A with All-American Melvin Ingram (who added a few more All-America team honors to his resume today), Head Coach Steve Spurrier gets a contract extension, Men's Basketball hosts Presbyterian, and more!


***TONIGHT AT HOME***

Men's Basketball vs. Presbyterian - 7:00 p.m. - Colonial Life Arena
Tickets available
TV: SportSouth
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: The SEC's best redshirt freshmen (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: SI.com's 2011 All-Americans (SI.com) *Melvin Ingram*

Football: ESPN.com's 2011 All-America team (ESPN) *Melvin Ingram*

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Football: Steve Spurrier signs through 2015 (ESPN)

Football: Two-year contract extension for Spurrier (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Today's Basketball Game: Presbyterian at South Carolina (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Ingram Named First-Team All-American by SI.com

Football. Coach Spurrier Receives Contract Extension

Women's Basketball. Read with the Gamecocks

Women's Basketball. Women's Hoops Hosts Lunchtime Contest Wednesday

General News. Senior Ring Ceremony

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops Set For Midweek Matchup Versus Presbyterian



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page



VIDEO OF THE DAY


Head Coach Darrin Horn previews tonight's match-up with Presbyterian during yesterday's media availability:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=288251



ROOSTER CROWS

Melvin Ingram was the recipient of the Banks McFadden Award (state college players of the year) along with Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins at yesterday's 58th Greenville Touchdown Club awards banquet.

Men's Basketball sophomore guard Brenton Williams is available to play tonight vs. Presbyterian after missing the last several weeks with a left knee sprain.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is from Kristin Bogle, who shared the story behind the photo:

"Here is my 2 year old daughter, Lily Bogle, and her father (Michael Bogle) at the Gamecock spirit event in Greenville at the Greenville Braves Stadium in August.  Lily was SO excited to see Cocky when I snapped this photo!   Just thought it was a sweet moment."

We agree!

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"Big Players Make Big Plays" Q&A: Melvin Ingram

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A Q&A with first team All-American and All-SEC honoree, senior defensive lineman Melvin Ingram:


Brittany Lane: Many people have said you're the best overall athlete on the team. What do you think?

Melvin Ingram: Yeah, a lot of people say that to me, but I think there are a lot of athletes on this team, so I wouldn't just point myself out. There are a lot of tremendous athletes on the team.

BL: Another thing a lot of people talk about is your versatility, that you played so many different positions in high school and do so many different things on the field for Carolina.

MI: In my eyes it came from God, it was a blessing to be able to do other things. I also played basketball and baseball in high school. I've done a lot of things.

BL: Coming into this season there wasn't a lot of talk about you, even though you led the team in sacks last year. Did you feel like being overlooked a bit served as motivation for you?

MI: That's how I feel, but it wasn't really a motivation for me because I'm going to work hard no matter what. I feel like by them praising my teammates I felt like my name was included in that, even though it wasn't said. I work hard every day and help them get better and they help me get better. So if you praise one of us, you're praising all of us, because we're a family around here.

BL: When you're lined up, what's going through your mind?

MI: Just try to defeat my opponent in every aspect of the game. I want to defeat him in the mental reps and the physical reps, just overpower him and just be the best player I can be.

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BL: What about when you come up with a big play, you've had several this year, like your two touchdowns against Georgia, for example.

MI: To be honest, I can't even remember. It's just excitement, trying to make a play. My dad always said that in big games, big players make big plays. If my team needs a play, I'm going to work as hard as I can to be the one to make that play.

BL: This team seems to have great chemistry. Is there anyone you're particularly close to?

MI: I wouldn't say I'm closer to one person more than another. I treat all my teammates the same. I'm close to all of them. I feel like all of us, we're brothers. We got a motto around here: "lay it on the line for the person beside you, because the person beside you is going to lay it on the line for you." So I feel like I'm close with all my teammates.

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BL: What is it about being on the defensive line? There seems to be a special bond there among that group.

MI: We bond together, one of our special things is our coach [defensive line coach Brad Lawing]. He teaches our "togetherness" -  it's either a team thing or nothing. If one person messes up, he punishes everyone so you won't want to mess up because you know you're going to make your teammates pay for it. That's how it is on D-Line. Coach Lawing plays the biggest role in that, it starts with him and goes with us.

BL: I've heard you're a bit of a prankster...what's the funniest thing you've done?

MI: I like to have fun [laughing]. I don't know, I've done a lot of stuff; hit people with water balloons, put baby powder in a teammate's shoes, just stuff like that, nothing too bad.

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

MI: Just being here, going through all the experiences. Being at Carolina has been the best five years of my life. I've learned a lot of things from college, from common sense to people to school to football. It just has matured me and made me a better person.


Check out more on Melvin here as well as the videos below:







Melvin Ingram and the Gamecocks are taking on Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2. Tickets are still available. Click here and log in to purchase or call 800-4SC-FANS.


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 12/12 Another All-American

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Kayla Grimsley is an All-American for the second straight year, a great feature on the football team's Head Athletic Trainer, Clint Haggard, Men's Basketball back into action hosting Presbyterian tomorrow, Nebraska excited to face the Gamecocks, a big Women's Basketball win, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Gamecocks' off-field team plays important role (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: USC adds offense to stifling defense (GoGamecocks.com)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Football: No. 19 Nebraska's players, fans more excited about Capital One meeting with No. 10 Gamecocks (Associated Press)

Football: Bowl Game Special For Husker Lineman (KETV Omaha)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Soccer. Kayla Grimsley Named Second Team All-American

Men's Basketball. Malik Cooke Takes Part In December Graduation Ceremonies

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops Set For Midweek Matchup Versus Presbyterian

Women's Basketball. Markeshia Grant Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Women's Basketball. Grant Leads Gamecocks Past Paladins, 72-33

Football. Gamecocks Set Practice Schedule



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: COL. Sheffield, Nikki McCray

This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights from yesterday's dominating 72-33 win over Furman in Women's Basketball:
 




ROOSTER CROWS

Kayla Grimsley capped her record-setting senior season by being named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's Soccer All-American, as voted on by soccer coaches across the country. It marks the second consecutive season that Grimsley has been named an All-American by the organization.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Gamecock fan Brett Jones (he's in the "Beat Florida" shirt) flew up from Fort Lauderdale for the Florida game with his Gator friend, Mitch (you can probably guess which one is Mitch.) Pretty sure it's Mitch's get-up throwing the camera out of focus! ;)

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This Week's Home Events: Basketball Returns to Action

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After a break from games last week for final exams, South Carolina Men's and Women's Basketball return to regular action this week. Men's Basketball will host Presbyterian Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. followed by their second Top-5 opponent of this young season as they host No.2-ranked Ohio State on Saturday at noon in a nationally televised game. The Ohio State game is our Salute to the Military game, including a military halftime show. Women's Basketball will take on South Carolina State on Wednesday at noon. The game is also a special field trip for students from around the state who participate in our "Read with the Gamecocks" program. Fans can also join us for a fan bus trip to Myrtle Beach on Sunday with Women's Basketball as they take on #18 North Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge.

Men's Basketball Four-Game Mini Plans are available on sale now. The Black Pack includes tickets for Saturday's game vs. Ohio State as well as home match-ups with SEC foes Florida, Alabama and Tennessee. Click here for more information and to order.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Men's Basketball vs. Presbyterian - 7:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
* First game in the last nine days due to a break for final exams. The Gamecocks will play three games - vs. PC, vs. No. 2/2 Ohio State and vs. SE Louisiana - prior to the holiday break.
* Sophomore guard Brenton Williams is available to play vs. Presbyterian after missing the last several weeks with a left knee sprain.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Women's Basketball vs. South Carolina State - 12:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Play Basketball Bingo for a chance to win a Coach Staley bobble head
-"Read with the Gamecocks" field trip game


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Men's Basketball vs. #2 Ohio State - 12:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
- Military Halftime show
- Game Sponsor: Columbia Metropolitan Airport
* South Carolina's contest vs. Ohio State will mark the second top-five opponent for Carolina this season, as the Gamecocks played then-No.1 North Carolina on Nov. 25 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
* Freshman forward Anthony Gill ranks among leaders in the SEC in field goal percentage (56.8%) and sophomore guard Eric Smith ranks among league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (48.3%).




Sunday, December 18, 2011


Bus Trip: Women's Basketball vs. #18 UNC in Myrtle Beach - 3:00 p.m.
-Travel with the Gamecocks as they take on the University of North Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge
-Bus will depart from Carolina Coliseum (Park Street side) at 10:00 a.m.
-$35 fee includes roundtrip luxury motor coach transportation, boxed lunch, and a game ticket
-More information: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/120611aac.html

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: COL. Sheffield, Nikki McCray

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1075 the game logo.jpgOn tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show,  AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott will be joined by Colonel Clayton Sheffield from Fort Jackson, Associate Director of Marketing Josh Waters and Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Nikki McCray.

COL. Sheffield and Waters will discuss the Men's Basketball team's relationship with Fort Jackson, including their training day on base that was the basis of the "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" show that aired on ABC Columbia this weekend.

They will also discuss the program's upcoming Salute to the Military day at this Saturday's game vs. #2 Ohio State (Noon tip-off, tickets available).

McCray will be on to talk about the Women's Basketball team's start to the season. The Gamecocks are 7-2 with their most recent win Sunday over Furman, 72-33, giving the squad their best record since opening the 2007-08 season with the same mark.

"Inside the Roost" airs on 107.5 The Game in Columbia every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with weekly insights on Gamecock Athletics. You can also listen online.

  
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: another All-America honor for senior Melvin Ingram, Women's Basketball prepares to host the Paladins on Sunday, "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" airs on ABC Columbia tomorrow and Sunday, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Spurrier years have become best in school history (The Greenville News)

Football: Steve Spurrier talks Capital One Bowl, Nebraska and BCS title game (The Orlando Sentinel)

Football: USC's Melvin Ingram named Walter Camp All-American (GoUpstate.com)

Football: Ingram adds another All-America honor
(GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Host Paladins Sunday at 1 p.m.

Football. 2012 Capital One Bowl Tickets On Sale To General Public

Football. Coach Spurrier & Coach Pelini Capital One Bowl Q&A

Football. Ingram Named to First Team Walter Camp All-America Squad



GAMECOCK CONFIDENTIAL: MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK TO BASICS

Anthony Gill learning about MRE's:

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Tune in this weekend for a special documentary on Men's Basketball's trip to Fort Jackson airing on ABC Columbia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Gamecock Basketball Documentary To Air On WOLO ABC Columbia




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Women's Basketball Hosts Furman

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience, Show Airs this Weekend

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the Q&A with Steve Spurrier and Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini from the Capital One Bowl press event in Orlando yesterday:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=287861

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ROOSTER CROWS

Women's Basketball will re-start an in-state battle that has been on hiatus for a decade. South Carolina holds a 10-1 lead over Furman, although the two teams have not met since Nov. 16, 2001, when the Gamecocks posted a 94-74 win in Columbia. South Carolina is a perfect 7-0 against the Paladins on our home court.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Nancy Driggers submitted today's photo of Logan & Mikayla "ready to cheer the Gamecocks to a WIN during the SC Gamecocks vs Georgia game!  Go Cocks!!"

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: three Gamecocks make the SEC All-Freshman Team and more coverage of SEC Freshman of the Year, Jadeveon Clowney; Coach Spurrier heads to Orlando for a press conference in Video of the Day; Dalton Wilson named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team; Braeden Troyer named CollegeSoccerNews.com Third Team All-Freshman; three Women's Soccer players earn NSCAA All-South Region Honors and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: Gamecocks again pick up top honor for freshman (The Post and Courier)

Football: Clowney SEC's top freshman (The Greenville News)

Football: Clowney named SEC Freshman of the Year (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Grading the Gamecocks: An early review of how USC's basketball team is faring (The Post and Courier)

Men's Soccer: Former Rome star Snoopy Davidson proving himself at college level (Rome News Tribune)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball. Coach Horn Media Availability

Women's Basketball. Ballin' With Brett - Episode 2

Football. Coach Spurrier Speaks at Capital One Bowl Media Event

Football. Gamecocks Place Three on SEC All-Freshman Team

Football. Dalton Wilson Named to Capital One Academic All-America Second Team


Swimming & Diving. Gamecock Swimming & Diving Inks Nine in Fall Signing Period

Men's Soccer. Troyer Named CollegeSoccerNews.com Third Team All-Freshman

Women's Soccer. Three Gamecocks Earn NSCAA All-South Region Honors



GAMECOCK CONFIDENTIAL: MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK TO BASICS

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Tune in this weekend for a special documentary on Men's Basketball's trip to Fort Jackson airing on ABC Columbia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Gamecock Basketball Documentary To Air On WOLO ABC Columbia




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Women's Basketball Hosts Furman

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience, Show Airs this Weekend

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Spurrier headed to Orlando today to meet with the local media in preparation for the Gamecocks' appearance in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2. Check out his comments about being excited about the game, the match-up with Nebraska, Clowney's Freshman of the Year award, and other hot topics in college football:

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120811aad.html



ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina junior fullback Dalton Wilson earned a spot on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Wilson becomes the fourth Gamecock football student-athlete in history to gain the honor that weighs work in the classroom and on the field and is the first in 20 years, since Joe Reaves in 1991. A finance and business economics major, Wilson is one of four SEC players to make the list.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

With this COLD weather upon us, thought it would be nice to look back at a warmer weather fan photo from the Gladden family in their Gamecock gear at the beach!

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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!




THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

South Carolina student-athletes have had a break from games this week as the University winds down the fall semester with final exams. We do have one home event though after exams are over at the end of this week with Women's Basketball hosting in-state foe Furman on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.!

Also, be sure to check out "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" airing this weekend on WOLO ABC Columbia. It's a 30 minute documentary special on the team's day at Fort Jackson earlier this fall.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011


Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics
TV: WOLO ABC Columbia, 3:30 p.m.

Photos from the day at Fort Jackson

Blog: Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Women's Basketball vs. Furman - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Play Basketball Bingo for a chance to win a Coach Staley bobble head

Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics
TV: WOLO ABC Columbia, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: we're not the only ones excited about the Capital One Bowl - they are too!; Jadeveon Clowney named SEC Freshman of the Year; Women's Soccer finishes the year ranked No. 25, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Season recap: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Ingram, Clowney among SEC honorees (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Football: Clowney Named Freshman of the Year

Women's Soccer. Gamecock Women's Soccer Ranked No. 25 In Final NSCAA Poll

Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Mini Pack Ticket Packages On Sale Now

Women's Basketball. Hop on the Bus for Women's Hoops Action



GAMECOCK CONFIDENTIAL: MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK TO BASICS

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Tune in this weekend for a special documentary on Men's Basketball's trip to Fort Jackson airing on ABC Columbia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Gamecock Basketball Documentary To Air On WOLO ABC Columbia




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

Gamecocks Reflect on Fort Jackson Experience, Show Airs this Weekend

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion



VIDEO OF THE DAY






ROOSTER CROWS


The Women's Soccer team is ranked No. 25 in the final poll of the 2011 season; the Gamecocks are the only SEC team in the poll.

Football has won back-to-back SEC Freshman of the Year honors as Jadeveon Clowney garnered the award this season, following up Marcus Lattimore earning the distinction in 2010.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's fan photo is from the Heflin family! Here's their story:

"We're all gamecocks through and through. We never miss watching our GAMECOCKS play! Taz plays peewee football here in Newberry, Braydon starts flag football next year, Katrina is the "team mom" and has been every year Will has coached. Will has coached flag football for 2 years and will be head coach of a tackle football team for 10-12 year olds next season. Taz and Braydon both want to play football for the GAMECOCKS when they grow up.  Taz is a huge fan of Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery, Braydon likes the tackling - doesn't matter who it is as long as it's a Gamecock doing the tackling! Sammy and Bruiser support their Gamecocks proudly with gameday jerseys and t-shirts (they never miss a game either). This picture is also our Christmas card picture that will be sent to family all over SC and Illinois!"

Top row; Katrina, Will
Bottom row from left to right: Sammy, Taz, Braydon, Bruiser.

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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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Written by Brittany Lane and student assistant Rebecca Duensing


Capital One Bowl logo2.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by Steve Hogan, CEO of the Capital One Bowl, to discuss the Gamecocks' selection and events surrounding the game.

The Capital One Bowl has a long history dating back to when it was founded as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947, a name it held through 1982. The Gamecocks' lone bowl appearance in Orlando is in the 1975 Tangerine Bowl. In 1983 the game became the Florida Citrus Bowl and has been known as the Capital One Bowl since 2003. Hogan said that picking South Carolina was an easy decision.

"It's a 10 win program and they fought through a lot of injuries and adversity. It is clearly a deserving football team to be in Orlando," said Hogan. "It was an easy decision really and we couldn't be more excited about it."
 
Nebraska has also attended the Capital One Bowl under a different name. The 'Huskers went to the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1991. Hogan thinks that with Carolina having a 10 win season and a Top 10 BCS ranking and Nebraska finishing the season at 9 wins and in the Top 20, the match-up "is lining up to be one of the better games we've had in a while."

As far as activities for fans to participate in while they're in Orlando, Hogan had much to report.

"There's more to do than you could possibly squeeze into this trip," said Hogan.

The official events include a kickoff luncheon with the coaches ("it's going to be a blast, it is something we have a little fun with," said Hogan), a televised parade, a pep rally and Orlando Bowl Week Fan Headquarters at Pointe Orlando. On gameday there's also a large Fan Fest outside of the stadium as well as a special tailgate. You can get more information on all the fan events surrounding the game here. In addition to the bowl's planned events, there is also Disney World and Universal Studios nearby.

Hogan said they're very excited for Gamecock Nation to be traveling to Orlando.

"South Carolina has one of the best fan bases in college football and we've been threatening Orlando for a long time to get them down here, so we're jumping up and down," said Hogan.

"There was overwhelming support and excitement [among Gamecock fans] in going down to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. It's within a relatively easy driving distance and there's so much to do," agreed Hyman. "I think our fans are extremely supportive and really proud of what the football team has accomplished. We look forward to playing the University of Nebraska. It's going to be a challenge, but it's going to be a great game and I think Gamecock Nation is ready for it."

For fans traveling to Orlando, be sure to check the Capital One Bowl website for more information for fans, including things like parking.


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


 
As we get closer to the debut of "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" this weekend (airing on WOLO ABC Columbia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) we caught up with a few members of the team to hear more about the day and what the experience was like.

The 30-minute show will feature video and commentary from a day the team spent at Fort Jackson in late October before the start of the season, including a dose of boot camp from drill sergeants, team building challenges, eating MRE lunches in the field with soldier trainees on base, and concluding the day with an after-school fan experience at Pinckney Elementary School and visiting with Wounded Warriors.

The team shared with us about their day, saying it was something totally new to them and an overall good experience, but at first they didn't realize what they were getting themselves into.

"We thought we were just going in to just talk to military people but all of a sudden everything changed," said junior transfer Brenton Williams. "[When the drill sergeant came in] we were pretty clueless, looking at each other like, 'what are we about to do?'"

The team quickly adapted to the drill sergeant's orders, lining up in order and then making their way outside.

"I just expected to walk around and tour the facility," said freshman Anthony Gill. "As soon as the drill sergeant came in the room and started yelling for us to get in a line, it got pretty intense."

The team donned gear and hit the ground for some push-ups.

"I had a hard time putting the helmet on having never done that before. I put it on backwards every time they told me to put it on. I was pretty bad at it," said Williams. "Putting on all the gear was tough because it's so heavy, then doing pushups on the ground with the gear on was the hardest. I can't imagine doing that every day."

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Several players said figuring out the MRE's (stands for Meal, Ready-to-Eat) was one of the toughest parts of the afternoon. MRE's are small, pre-packaged meals used in combat or other field conditions where organized meals or facilities aren't available and include flameless heaters, a packet that when mixed with water creates a reaction to give off heat to warm the MRE entree.

"Making the food and then tying to eat it in time was the hardest part," said sophomore RJ Slawson (pictured below). "Mine wasn't that bad, I had ravioli. You just have to add the water right to heat it up."

While the MRE's definitely weren't the same as a home-cooked meal, the team said some of them were pretty good and the heating element was pretty cool.


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The team performed several challenges that required them to work together to accomplish the task, including getting a 50-lb. gas barrel from one side of a pit to another without letting it hit the ground using three wooden planks.

"You really had to think about it when we had to get the giant barrel from one side to another," said sophomore Damontre Harris. "It took a lot of teamwork."

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Another task viewers will see in the show involved using ropes to transport a wounded soldier on a canvas stretcher from one deck to another without him falling.

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"The day brought us a lot closer and communication-wise, it helped us get to know more how each other think," said Gill.

After going through all the different training exercises and team challenges the group wound down the day by visiting with wounded warrior soldiers and a fun after-school experience with students at Pinckney Elementary School at the fort.

"[Visiting the wounded soldiers] gave me a different perspective on life and reminded me how lucky we are," said Slawson. "After all they've been through you know life is short and anything can happen."

"That was a really new experience for me and to hear them talk about what they went through and how they survived it was really touching," said Williams. "We're definitely that much more thankful for where we are."

The team hopes viewers will share their new-found appreciation for the life of an Army trainee when they see the show.

"I think people will be surprised to see on the show what these trainees go through on a daily basis and the hard work they put in," said Williams. 


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Tune in this weekend to WOLO ABC Columbia to watch Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics. The show will air three times: Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball Four Game Mini Plans are on sale now.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Gamecocks earn All-SEC honors, media start to look toward the bowl game, mark your calendars for Gamecock Confidential on ABC Columbia, four game mini plans on sale for Men's Basketball, and more!


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Football: Reminiscing: Melvin Ingram (TheBigSpur.com)

Football: Get to know Nebraska (The Post and Courier)

Football: 5 facts about Capital One Bowl teams (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Lattimore among AP's All-SEC honorees (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Graham: Difficult decision to leave USC (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Graham takes assistant position at Tennessee (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Accolades continue for Ingram (TheBigSpur.com)

Men's Basketball: Good win, better week off (GamecockCentral.com)


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Men's Basketball. Men's Basketball Mini Pack Ticket Packages On Sale Now

Women's Basketball. Hop on the Bus for Women's Hoops Action

Football. Ingram Named to SEC Coaches' First Team

Football. Five Gamecocks Named All-SEC

Equestrian. Holler, Kraybill Named Waffle House All-Star Special Student-Athletes



GAMECOCK CONFIDENTIAL

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Tune in this Saturday or Sunday for a special documentary on Men's Basketball's trip to Fort Jackson airing on ABC Columbia!

Gamecock Basketball Documentary To Air On WOLO ABC Columbia



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Defense: Sack Attack

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Offense: Bruce Ellington Touchdown

Pre-Game & Fan Photos: South Carolina vs. Clemson



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Some highlights from Melvin Ingram this season. Melvin has already earned first team All-America honors from the AFCA and was named first team All-SEC by both the AP and the league's coaches.





ROOSTER CROWS


Five Gamecocks were named to the Associated Press first and second team All-SEC squads. Senior offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins and senior defensive end Melvin Ingram earned first team honors, while junior wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore and senior defensive back Antonio Allen earned second team honors. Junior defensive end Devin Taylor was an honorable mention selection.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's Fan Photo is either quadruple the trouble or quadruple the fun...we're not sure yet, but as they said in their email, "Lew Crew Ready for all 4 quarters!!"

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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!



Capital One Bowl Fan Event Information

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There are several events for fans during the days leading up to the Gamecocks' appearance in the Capital One Bowl on January 2, not to mention the numerous entertainment options in Orlando such as Disney World.

Check out the list of official events below and click here or on the image below to go directly to the Capital One Bowl website for more information or to purchase tickets for any of the fan events.

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Our bowl ticket request period ends Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:00 p.m. You can order online here or by calling 800-4SC-FANS. Ticket requests will be filled based on Gamecock Club priority points. We anticipate being able to fill all orders placed with our office, and strongly encourage Gamecock Club members and Faculty/Staff to order with us. All tickets are priced at $87 each. Any remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at a later date. More information



Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition the Gamecocks finish in the Top 10 in the BCS standings and learn they will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Melvin Ingram was selected to the AFCA All-America Team, Men's Basketball notch another win over Clemson, Women's Soccer Coach Shelley Smith Named 2011 NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: SEC Power Rankings: Week 15 (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: USC, Huskers will clash in Capital One (The Post and Courier)

Football: USC going bowling in Orlando, Capital One (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Gamecocks finish in top 10 (TheBigSpur.com)

Football: Gamecocks land 4 on AP's All-SEC teams (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks take another bite out of Clemson (The Greenville News)

Men's Basketball: Smith's clutch jumper lifts USC over Clemson (The Post and Courier)

Men's Basketball: Horn's Gamecocks are Tiger tamers too (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks topple Tigers (TheBigSpur.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Former Gamecock Men's Soccer goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who you may recognize from time spent on the U.S. Men's National Team, will make his first career start in the Premier League this Saturday for Aston Villa. Good luck, Brad!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Ingram Named AFCA All-American

Football. Capital One Bowl Acception Quotes

Football. Gamecocks Draw Nebraska in Capital One Bowl


Football. Gamecocks Ranked in Final Regular Season Top Ten

Swimming & Diving. Gamecocks Compete at Winter National Championships

Women's Soccer. Shelley Smith Named 2011 NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Win Second Straight Over Clemson, 58-55

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Drop Nail-Biter at NC State



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Hope to see lots of Gamecocks in attendance!
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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Let's Talk Bowl!

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Defense: Sack Attack

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Offense: Bruce Ellington Touchdown

Pre-Game & Fan Photos: South Carolina vs. Clemson



VIDEO OF THE DAY


Watch videos from last night's press conference as Coach Spurrier, Connor Shaw, Travian Robertson and Melvin Ingram discuss the Gamecocks earning a Capital One Bowl bid.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120411aad.html



ROOSTER CROWS


This year marks the first time the Gamecocks have been ranked among the nation's top 10 teams at the end of the regular season since the 1987 squad was 8-3 and ranked ninth by the AP.

Men's Basketball's 58-55 win over Clemson gives them two straight victories over the Tigers. As a Gamecock in two sports, Bruce Ellington is now 3-0 vs. Clemson for his career (two wins in basketball and one in football).



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Jennifer Sexton of York, SC, with a great story:

"Our house is loaded with Gamecock love!  But, for me, no seasons were as special as the years that Spencer Lanning played for the Gamecocks!  Spencer was one of my first students my first year of teaching 6th grade in York, SC.  Watching him play was very much like watching my child play!  He became my son, Landon's, hero!  Landon decided he would grow up to be a kicker just like Spencer!  Last year, for Christmas, we decided to have a jersey specially made for Landon with Spencer's number.  Spencer, being the awesome young man he is, agreed to meet Landon and sign his jersey when he came home from pre-bowl practice to celebrate Christmas with his family.  He even played football with him before we left.  I have never seen a more excited little boy - Santa was definitely one-upped!  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!


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


"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Let's Talk Bowl!

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1075 the game logo.jpgOn tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show, host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman will be joined by the Gamecocks' Director of Ticket Operations, Lance Grantham, and Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan to discuss South Carolina's trip to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl on January 2.

As Grantham will certainly remind everyone tonight, The South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office is taking requests for the 2012 Capital One Bowl until Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 at 5 pm. We anticipate being able to fill all orders placed with our office, and strongly encourage Gamecock Boosters and Faculty/Staff to order with us. All tickets are priced at $87 each. Any remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at a later date.

All requests taken from Sunday Dec. 4 until Tuesday, Dec. 6 will be filled after any requests submitted by the priority deadline of November 14. 


The following priority limits will be in place: 
Faculty, Staff, Retiree = 2 
Roost, Century, Roundhouse, Half Scholarship, Full Scholarship = 2 
Silver Spur, Garnet Spur, Lifetime = 4
 Golden Spur, Platinum Spur = 6
 Diamond Spur = 8

Student ticket information will be released by Wednesday, December 7. 



Please note there is a $10 handling fee per order online. All walk-up, mail and phone orders will be charged a $15 order fee. All orders placed are reservations only, and all seat locations will be determined according to Gamecock Club priority.

The Gamecocks seating allotment will be located in sections: 101-107, 201-207, 113-118, 215-218, and 308-310.
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition there's some good ol' fashioned competition, a "not top 10", Give the Gift of Garnet, Men's Basketball to debut a new documentary, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Neighbors deck the halls with Tigers and Gamecocks (WMBF News)

Football: Swinney lashes out; Spurrier responds (GoGamecocks.com)

Inside the Chart with Andy Demetra



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Gamecock Club. Give the Gift of Garnet

Men's Basketball. Gamecock Basketball Documentary To Air On WOLO ABC Columbia

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Suffer 76-67 Loss to Providence



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion

This Week's Home Events: SEC/Big East Challenge

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Defense: Sack Attack

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Offense: Bruce Ellington Touchdown

Pre-Game & Fan Photos: South Carolina vs. Clemson

Carolina-Clemson: 50th Anniversary of "The Prank"



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cocky's big moment in the Carolina Band's halftime show during last week's Carolina-Clemson game made ESPN SportsCenter's "Not Top 10" plays this morning!




ROOSTER CROWS

Gamecock Productions and the South Carolina Athletics Department announced Friday that a basketball documentary on the Gamecock men's basketball program's team training exercises at Fort Jackson, will air on WOLO ABC Columbia on Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m., and on Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


We updated our Cocky Across the Globe album today, including this one from Jeremy Branham (class of '97) in Granada, Spain!

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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!





New Themed Fan Photo Albums on Gamecock Facebook Page

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Each day in the Spurs Up Daily Round-Up (you can check them all out in the 'Spurs Up Daily' category list on the right hand side of this page) we feature a Fan Photo of the Day that we also post to an album on our Facebook page (come join us if you haven't already, http://facebook.com/gamecocksonline)

After getting so many great submissions, we decided the best way to showcase more fan photos would be several themed albums of different types of pictures. Each album will be updated periodically as we receive more pictures. If you'd like to submit a photo, email it with your name, names of anyone in the photo and any backstory or details (alumni class, where you're from, etc.) to gamecockathletics@gmail.com!

Check out the different Facebook albums we've started so far below as well as some on the horizon. And feel free to leave more ideas in the comments!


Cocky Across the Globe - The idea for this one generated from Jennifer Roose sharing photos that her husband, John Roose (below), took while deployed with the Navy. He took pictures of their daughter's stuffed Cocky at his different ports to send home. The album features his photos and expanded to include any photos of Gamecocks traveling the country and abroad in their Carolina gear! Click here to check out the full album.

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Military Gamecocks and Veterans - Started in honor of Veterans Day, includes both Carolina alumni and Gamecock fans who have served in the U.S. Military or are currently on duty. We've gotten some fantastic pictures of Gamecocks flying their flags while deployed, such as the one below. Click here to see full album.

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Gamecock Pets - A place for all our four-legged and furry Gamecock fans to show off their team spirit, like the example below of  Chance and Hogan sent in by Liz Kemp! Click here to check out the full album.

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Other album ideas we have on the horizon include babies/kids (we've got tons of adorable junior Gamecocks!), rooms/decor, tattoos, holidays and weddings! Remember, if you would like to share your photo,
email it with your name, names of anyone in the photo and any backstory or details (alumni class, where you're from, etc.) to gamecockathletics@gmail.com!

Have another great idea for an album theme? Leave it for us in the comments!

Thank you to all our fans for your great support! Go Gamecocks!





Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition Bruce Ellington returns to the hardwood as the Gamecocks take on Providence in the SEC/Big East Challenge, Women's Basketball tops Xavier, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Spurrier praises USC's 2011 performance (The Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: 'Bruuuuuce' is back: USC basketball bolstered by return of Ellington from football (Post & Courier)

Men's Basketball: USC's Ellington to take court for first time today (Anderson Independent Mail)

Men's Basketball: Bruce back on the hardwood (TheBigSpur.com)

Men's Basketball: Men's Basketball prepares to host Providence (The Daily Gamecock)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks skewer Musketeers (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Grant leads USC offense in win over Xavier (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Holbrook likes CBA's effect (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops Hosts Providence In Big East/SEC Challenge Thursday

Women's Golf. Gamecock Signee Schmelzel Garners Arizona Golfer of the Year Honors

Equestrian. Fall Wrap-Up with Coach Major

Volleyball. 2012 Gamecock Volleyball Summer Camp Registration Open

Women's Basketball. Gamecock Offense Clicks for 67-56 Win at Xavier



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The Men's Basketball team takes on Providence tonight at 7:00! If you can't make it to Colonial Life Arena tune in live on ESPNU or the Gamecock Radio Network!

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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion

This Week's Home Events: SEC/Big East Challenge

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Defense: Sack Attack

Spurs Up Play of the Game - Offense: Bruce Ellington Touchdown

Pre-Game & Fan Photos: South Carolina vs. Clemson

Carolina-Clemson: 50th Anniversary of "The Prank"



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Staley's comments after the win over Xavier:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=286383

Next up the team heads up to Raleigh to face NC State on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.



ROOSTER CROWS

Women's Basketball senior Markeshia Grant posted a career-high 18 points in last night's win over Xavier.

The Gamecocks shot a season-high 44.9 percent and turned 23 Xavier turnovers into 26 points in the 67-56 win on the road.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

We added a new Gamecock Pets album to our Facebook page today! Check out the whole album here, including today's Fan Photo of the Day from Liz Kemp. Her story: "Here are my two dogs Chance (black) and Hogan (white). They wear their jerseys EVERY Saturday during football season!! Chance has been doing this for 14 years, and this is Hogans first football season since he's only 11 months..but a tradition we will do forever!"

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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!