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Gamecock Swimmers Help Give Hope to Harper

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Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing


The Women's Swimming and Diving team has their eyes set on a big event coming up, but it's not a swim meet. In a few weeks they will participate in Relay for Life on campus, with a very special motivation for their walk.

Her name is Harper Doughtie, a seven-year-old girl living in North Carolina who they have never met. Harper was diagnosed with leukemia on September 9th, 2011.  The form of leukemia that Harper has is very rare, attacking her immune system. While she is undergoing chemotherapy, her immune system is so weak that she isn't allowed to have visitors.

Maryn Bieganski_crop.jpegHead Coach McGee Moody and Harper's mother, Vickie Doughtie, were friends in college and he learned through Facebook about her daughter's illness. Moody thought that it would be a good idea for the team to support her and Maryn Bieganski (left) and several other members agreed. Bieganski said that the idea of helping Harper really "hit the hearts" of the team. Over the last six months, Moody says that "Harper has become an integral part of our women's team and they talk about her often."

According to Moody and Bieganski, it was senior captain Mallory Cage who really organized the effort and assigned members to send Harper cards, games or books at least four times a month. Bieganski said that for every holiday the team would send a basket of crafts they made or activities for her to do. Doughtie said the team "took the ball and ran with it," that the women all of a sudden started sending letters to cheer Harper up. Doughtie knows it's hard for Harper, who isn't able to be around children her own age, to be cooped up at home all the time with her and her dad. Doughtie said that the team has been "really great," and that "she [Harper] loves getting her packages in the mail."

The team made a video to send to Harper as an introduction. Moody said it was "nothing major, just an introduction where they all talked for a second, said hey, and let her know they were sending some gifts."  Bieganski said it was a chance to let Harper know they were "praying for her and fighting for her." The team also sent Harper a swim team shirt that Doughtie notes has become her favorite nightgown.


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From Harper's Facebook page: "Harper in one of her t-shirts from the Univ of SC swim team - she loves to wear it as a nightgown. Thank you to the ladies swim team for all the support for Harper! We really appreciate it!"















Doughtie remembers one package specifically; it came around Thanksgiving, right when Harper got sick again and had to be admitted to the hospital. The package was full of hand-drawn turkeys made from the team's handprints. Doughtie said the best thing about it was being able to see Harper smiling and laughing because the team took time to make them. She loves that the things Harper receives from the team aren't generic. They "take time to make it personal; that's what's so cool."

"Anytime anybody takes interest in your child and does anything to make your child happy when they're going through something so tough, I can't even express it. It just means a lot," said Doughtie.

Moody believes that Harper has given the team some perspective of what is really important. Bieganski noted that the team comes to practice every day a little bit happier.

"Our situations aren't as bad. You could be having a bad day at school, you could have a bad exam, but you aren't in quarantine," said Bieganski. "It's something you really have to think about."

For Bieganski individually, Harper has really come to mean a lot. Bieganski shared that she thinks about Harper daily because she has loved ones with cancer, some of whom have passed away. Bieganski said it affects her and helps her be "grateful to be able to go through daily life without complications like that, and to be thankful for all that I have."

Bieganski and teammate Rachel Elliot organized a Relay for Life team in Harper's honor and have chosen to name themselves "Harper's Helpers." They have designated the money they raise to go toward research in the field of childhood cancers.

Moody and Doughtie both hope to be able to bring Harper to a meet in the future once she is well enough to travel. Doughtie was enthusiastic that there was "no doubt" about whether they would come down.

"[Harper] can't wait to make it down there and give all of them hugs," said Doughtie. "They've got to be a pretty special group to do this for a little girl that they've never met."

Even though they live in Tar Heel country, Doughtie says they've become a whole household of Gamecock fans.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball heads to take on the Commodores, Men's Tennis host their final home matches, Softball faces Longwood, 2012 Southern Equestrian Championships begin, Football prepares for a second scrimmage on Saturday, a great feature on left tackle Brandon Shell, buzz continues about Men's Basketball Coach Frank Martin, and more!


Happy Friday Gamecock Country! Hope everyone has a great weekend!


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Hosts Final Home Matches This Weekend

Baseball. Baseball Heads To Nashville To Face Vanderbilt

Equestrian. 2012 Southern Equestrian Championships Begin Friday

Football. Gamecocks Set to Scrimmage Saturday Morning

Football. Gamecocks Practice Thursday Afternoon

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Set to Face Tough Field at Augusta State Invitational

Women's Golf. Gamecock Women's Golf Set for Liz Murphey Classic

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Take on Alabama and Auburn

Softball. Gamecock Spotlight: Kaitlin Westfall

Softball. Gamecock Bats Bounce Back with 12-2 Win in Five at Winthrop



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

Tomorrow at 10:30, the Gamecocks will hold their second scrimmage at Williams Brice. Coach Spurrier is encouraging fans to come on out and watch. Info

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The Gamecocks will hold spring practice today at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!

More coverage:
South Carolina's Shell improves pass blocking, sits atop USC depth chart at left tackle (The Post and Courier)

Photos: Spring Practice No. 8 (GamecockCentral.com)

Spurrier Jr. glad Ellington's back on the field (Greenville News)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Gamecocks face important series at Vandy (Anderson Independent Mail)

Softball: Softball to play Longwood Saturday (The Daily Gamecock)

Fan Support: Baseline Jesus hands out assists to his other team (Carolina Reporter)



BUZZ ABOUT COACH MARTIN


Martin's high-school experience a plus (GamecockCentral.com)

Gamecocks make a splash on the hardwood (Chatsports.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!

http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

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Gamecock Swimmers Help Give Hope to Harper

Former SC Student-Athlete Featured in National Commercial

Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin

This Week's Home Events: Men's Tennis Plays Final Home Matches

Gamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame





VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know senior outfielder Kaitlin Westfall in her Gamecock Spotlight as she talks about her future career plans (note: not cake decorating) her style of play and more. Softball hosts a doubleheader Saturday vs. Longwood starting at 1 p.m.






ROOSTER CROWS


The Baseball team leads the SEC in opponents batting average, keeping it at just .190 with a team ERA of 2.75. The Gamecocks are also at the top of the conference in defense; South Carolina is fielding .980 with only 18 errors for the season and has 13 errorless games on the year.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's Fan Photo of the Day is of Kennedy Sandifer (nine months) ready for the Gamecocks to play baseball! Family friends Dan and Ashley Cloninger sent in the photo while parents Will & Andrea Sandifer added, "She is a Carolina girl through & through!!"

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


For those who have been tuning in to March Madness, you've probably seen this Enterprise commercial featuring former NCAA student-athletes, including a Gamecock!

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South Carolina graduate Christine Mudd (Cross Country, 2003-06) is shown holding a picture of herself in her South Carolina Cross Country uniform around the :08 second mark and has a quick speaking line later in the commercial. All the employees featured in the spot were former student-athletes. 

"Shooting the commercial was a lot of fun.  We took multiple takes of the different scenes.  It was interesting to see the process and how much goes into filming a commercial," said Mudd. "My family, friends, and former teammates are definitely excited about seeing me on TV. I have gotten many phone calls, texts, and messages from different friends and teammates who recognized me. It is not something I had ever envisioned myself doing so it is it was a very unique opportunity and being able to represent my Gamecocks is exciting."

  
In the heart of spring training, the Red Sox followed Gamecock Jackie Bradley Jr. (one of their top picks in last year's MLB draft) through a typical day in his life.





Bradley Jr. goes through weights, team meals, stretching & drills, batting cages, a game, and lets the world in on his love for Chick-fil-A.

We're sure all of Gamecock Country will keep an eye on Bradley Jr. as he makes his way through the pros! 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/28 Pro Day Coverage

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Gamecock Football hosts NFL scouts for Pro Day and Alshon silences the doubters, Baseball wins in Charleston and prepares to face Vanderbilt on the road, Softball heads to Winthrop tonight, 24 Men's Soccer players recognized for outstanding academic performance, Men's Tennis prepares for their final two home matches this weekend, and more!


FOOTBALL PRO DAY COVERAGE

2012 Pro Day Stats

Pro Timing Day Held Wednesday

GamecocksOnline.com Photo Gallery

Facebook Photo Gallery


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Alshon Jeffery


South Carolina wide receiver Jeffery impresses at Gamecocks' pro day (CBS Sports)

Alshon Jeffery's stock is back on the rise (National Football Post)

Ingram, Gilmore look like Top 15 picks at South Carolina Pro Day (Pro Football Talk)

SC Pro Day report (SI.com)

South Carolina Pro Day Wrap-Up (Panthers.com)

The Panthers had several people in the house from just up the road:

 



Gamecock Productions video highlights:





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Football. Gamecocks Work Out Tuesday

Baseball. Gamecocks Earn 7-3 Win Over The Citadel

Softball. Gamecocks Take Break from SEC with Game at Winthrop, DH vs. Longwood

Men's Soccer. Conference USA Announces Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Video: Spurrier on coaching (FOX Sports South)
*Coach Spurrier sits down with FOX Sports South and talks about his love for coaching and the "firsts" with the Gamecocks.

Men's Basketball: Audio: Frank Martin on the Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio)

Men's Basketball: Gamecocks have huggable Martin (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: South Carolina hammers Citadel in baseball (The Post and Courier)



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold their next spring practice Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



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Fans continue to be excited over the hiring of Frank Martin, check out the #FrankMartinSC hashtag for more and follow Coach Martin's account, @FrankMartin_SC







Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin

This Week's Home Events: Men's Tennis Plays Final Home Matches

Gamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know freshman Andrew Adams as Men's Tennis prepares to host their final two home matches this weekend against Alabama (Friday, 5pm) and Auburn (Sunday, 1pm).





ROOSTER CROWS

Twenty-four South Carolina Men's Soccer players have earned recognition from Conference USA for their outstanding academic performances for the 2011-12 school year. Student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Marty Markett had a stellar showing at today's Pro Day recording a 40.5" vertical jump and a 10'10" broad jump.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Stephanie Molick, a 2004 graduate and a former Gamecock cheerleader. She sent in this photo of her two nephews, Heydan on the left and Connor on the right, at spring football practice.

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/27 Welcome Frank Martin

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South Carolina and the hire of Frank Martin as the new men's basketball head coach dominated coverage of the Gamecocks today. Bruce Ellington also made headlines after he appeared to have reversed course about playing two sports and participated in football practice today. Baseball is on the road at The Citadel.



IT'S GREAT TO BE A GAMECOCK - FRANK MARTIN

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Go to GamecocksOnline.com/FrankMartin for complete coverage.

Spurs Up Blog: Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Baseball. South Carolina Set To Face The Citadel In Charleston

Softball. Gamecocks Take Break from SEC with Game at Winthrop, DH vs. Longwood

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Claim Sixth at Hootie at Bulls Bay

Women's Basketball. Grant to Participate in State Farm Women's 3-Point Contest


GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB - FRANK MARTIN

It's Martin! (GamecockCentral.com)

Martin's hiring could have recruiting fallout (GamecockCentral.com)

Hyman Goes Yard (GamecockCentral.com)

Great Day to be a Gamecock (GamecockAnthem.com)

Frank Martin: Best Gamecocks coach ever? (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog)

New South Carolina coach Frank Martin looks to re-energize program (Associated Press)



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

GamecocksOnline.com: Tuesday Practice Report with Full Video

The Gamecocks will hold their next spring practice Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Men's Tennis Plays Final Home Matches

Gamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch today's press conference introducing Frank Martin:





Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin

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With the official announcement Tuesday morning that Frank Martin would be the new head coach for South Carolina Men's Basketball, fans took to social media to share their excitement. Check out some of the comments:



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Over on the official South Carolina Gamecocks Facebook page,


Bob Horner: "Welcome to Columbia. Watched the press conference and he is impressive"

Katie Guenther: "Spurrier, Tanner, Staley and now Frank Martin. Good luck finding a better group of coaches at any institution in the US."

Joel Umanzor Jr.: "Frank Martin is the type of disciplined coach the Gamecocks need."


Garret Suggs: "Nice tie, Coach! Looking forward to your success as a Gamecock. Welcome to the family!"

Larry King: "Welcome Frank Martin!!! GO GAMECOCKS!!!!"

Kimberly Hallums: "Welcome to the USC family, Coach Martin"


On Twitter "Frank Martin" was a trending topic almost all day as everyone buzzed about the hire. Gamecock fans used the #FrankMartinSC hashtag on Twitter to join the conversation. Here is a sampling, but check out all the tweets here, there was a lot of excitement!


















Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: several stories on the Gamecocks' first spring scrimmage, Markeshia Grant earns our weekly honor, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take an in-depth look at Stephon Gilmore, Track & Field earn 10 wins at their Weems Baskin Invitational, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Track & Field. Gamecocks Post 10 Wins At Weems Baskin Invitational

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Posts 4-0 Win Over Mississippi State

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Fall at No. 12 Mississippi State

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Ninth Through Two Rounds at Hootie at Bulls Bay

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

Women's Basketball. Gamecock Run Ends in Sweet 16

Baseball. South Carolina Set To Face The Citadel In Charleston

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Softball. Gamecocks Suffer 5-0 Setback in Game Two against LSU

Volleyball. Volleyball Take Six Sets in Gamecock Spring Bash



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

GamecocksOnline.com: Gamecocks Hold First Scrimmage on Saturday

The Gamecocks will hold their seventh spring practice Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!

More coverage:

Young Gamecocks take over first spring scrimmage (Anderson Independent Mail)

Reviewing the weekend scrimmages (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

Spurrier looks to spring to sort out offense (SportingNews.com)

Gamecocks' search for the next Alshon under way (The Post and Courier)

New and improved Clowney? (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Prospect Watch: Stephon Gilmore (Buccaneers.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



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No disagreement here! We're tremendously proud of everything the women's basketball team accomplished this season.




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Men's Tennis Plays Final Home Matches

Gamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Hear more from Christian Walker in our latest Gamecock Spotlight.





ROOSTER CROWS

The Gamecocks swept the men's and women's 400-meter dash at the Weems Baskin Invitational, as sophomore Clayton Gravesande won the men's race at 47.42 and senior Nadonnia Rodriques won the women's race at 53.79. South Carolina also had the runner-up finishes on both sides of the event. On the men's side, Andre Carter took second overall at 47.72, and on the women's side Christal Green took second at 55.00.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Check out these two adorable ladies at Saturday's baseball game! Check out our full album of fan photos from the game here on our Facebook page.

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


1075 the game logo.jpgSeveral great guests will join host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman on "Inside the Roost" tonight at 7 p.m. From Women's Basketball, head coach and senior guard La'Keisha Sutton will be on to discuss the season and the team making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Following hoops, Jamie Speronis, Associate AD for Football Operations, will be on. Speronis directs the administration and day-to-day operations of the football program and, among numerous other duties, serves as a liaison with NFL personnel including Wednesday's Pro Timing Day here on campus.

Tune in on 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m.You can also listen online.

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Men's Tennis hosts their final home matches of the season with a Kids Day event at Friday's match vs. Alabama and Sunday's match vs. Auburn serving as Senior Day. Admission is free at Carolina Tennis matches. It's Dads & Daughters Day at Softball on Saturday as we host a doubleheader with Longwood. Football spring practice continues this week.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

#40 Men's Tennis vs. Alabama - 5 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Kids Day: Free pizza for the first 50 kids, a poster-making station, prizes and more


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Softball vs. Longwood   (doubleheader)  1 p.m./ 3:15 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Dads & Daughters Day - Get your free photograph taken for Dads and Daughters


Sunday, April 1, 2012


#40 Men's Tennis vs. #19 Auburn - 1 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Final regular season home match
*Senior Day: Ivan Machado, Henry Walker


Football spring practice schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday, March 27 - 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 - 4:15 p.m.
Friday, March 30 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 - 10 a.m.

All spring practices are open to the public unless stated otherwise. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes of practice only. No autographs are allowed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Gamecocks on the road...

Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Monday, Tuesday
Baseball @ The Citadel - Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Softball @ Winthrop - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Equestrian vs. Auburn - Southern Equestrian Championships - Fri., 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis @ Alabama - Friday, 4 p.m.
Women's Golf at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic  - Friday - Sunday
Men's Golf at Insperity Augusta State Invitational - Saturday - Sunday
Women's Tennis @ Auburn - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Baseball at Vanderbilt - three game series - radio broadcast available for all games on Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.  TV: CSS   (also on Time Warner Cable channel 506)
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball readies for Stanford, Melvin Ingram's legend grows, Football continues spring practice, Baseball takes down the No. 1 Gators, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

AMJ_8837.jpgWomen's Basketball. Gamecocks Bound for Sweet 16 Game vs. Stanford

Baseball. No. 6/8 South Carolina Defeats Florida 9-3 In Series Opener

Softball. South Carolina Welcomes LSU to Beckham Field for Weekend Set

Track. Weems Baskin Invite Schedule

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Take on Top-15 Foes This Weekend

Women's Tennis. South Carolina Takes on Ole Miss on Friday, MSU on Sunday



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks continued spring practice this afternoon and have a scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. Stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com for any potential time changes due to weather.

Friday post-practice comments from Steve Spurrier Jr. and Shawn Elliott


Photos: Spring Practice No. 5 (TheBigSpur.com)

Gamecock FanFest Returns to Garnet & Black Game
*Join us at the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: South Carolina's women find themselves loved as they make trip to round of 16 (Associated Press)

Baseball: Gamecocks Win Round One Over Gators (Baseball America)

Baseball: Price is right once more as USC tops No. 1 Florida (GamecockCentral.com)

Softball: South Carolina to face LSU in weekend homestand (The Daily Gamecock)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Women's Basketball: VanDerveer, Staley Match Wits, Mutual Respect (GoStanford.com)

Women's Basketball: Stanford's Orrange is as good as gold (Palo Alto Online)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football. Pro Timing Day Set for March 28



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



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Fans across the country (this guy lives in Portland!) got a glimpse of the Melvin Ingram Gamecock Country knows all about courtesy of ESPN Sport Science.


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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

FB-11 Melvin Ingram vs. Georgia.jpegGamecock Melvin Ingram's Athleticism Analyzed on ESPN's Sport Science

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the highlights from last night's big win over No. 1 Florida:





ROOSTER CROWS

ESPN Sport Science findings: Coming out of his spin move, in just three steps Melvin Ingram accelerates to almost 18 miles per hour. At 264 lbs. he's capable of generating hits of more than 2,500 lbs. of force. More

Stanford Women's Basketball is fifth in the nation in scoring, averaging 76.7 points a game, while South Carolina is fourth in the nation in defense, allowing 50.7 points a game.The Gamecocks have held a team below its scoring average 33 times this season, holding a team at least 10 points under that mark 21 times, including 10 of 16 SEC games. Only seven games have seen an opponent score 60 or more points.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

In honor of the baseball team's win over Florida last night, today's Fan Photo of the Day is from the win over the Gators during football season! Ginger Holdeman of Irmo sent in this photo of Gamecocks playing nice with our Gator friends.

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

The legend of Melvin Ingram's freakish athleticism continues to grow, but it's not just anecdotes anymore. ESPN's Sport Science team decided to put him to the test putting him through agility drills, a cutting drill, and more.


Check out a couple notes from the data they collected:

- Ingram can cut and change direction in 0.3 seconds, on par with data they collected from NFL running back LaGarrette Blount.

- Coming out of his spin move, in just three steps he accelerates to almost 18 miles per hour. At 264 lbs. he's capable of generating hits of more than 2,500 lbs. of force.

- His 34.5" vertical jump outshines the NBA average of 28".

 

Watch the full video below including clips of Melvin's standing back flip, throwing the football 20 yards right on target, dunking a basketball in pads and more:




Click here to check out Melvin Ingram highlights.
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball got a great send-off from fans today as they head to Fresno to play Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. against Stanford, the Gamecocks and Gators face off on the baseball diamond, Softball prepares to host LSU for the weekend, both tennis teams in action, the SEC releases conference schedules for next year, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

AMJ_8837.jpgWomen's Basketball. Gamecocks Bound for Sweet 16 Game vs. Stanford

Baseball. Gamecocks & Gators Meet On Diamond Tonight

Baseball. SEC Releases 2013 Conference Baseball Slate

Softball. South Carolina Welcomes LSU to Beckham Field for Weekend Set

Softball. Softball Announces SEC Slate for 2013

Track & Field. Weems Baskin Invite Schedule

Women's Tennis. South Carolina Takes on Ole Miss on Friday, MSU on Sunday

Women's Tennis. SEC Releases 2013 Conference Women's Tennis Schedule

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Take on Top-15 Foes This Weekend

Men's Tennis. SEC Releases 2013 Conference Men's Tennis Slate

Volleyball. Gamecock Spring Bash Set for Saturday

General News. GamecocksOnline.com Launches Spring Update For Mobile Applications



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

FB-11 Byron Jerideau vs. Florida.jpegThe Gamecocks continue spring practice tomorrow (Friday) at 4:15 p.m. followed by a scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Grateful Gamecock: Jerideau working way back into USC's starting lineup (The Post & Courier)

Gamecock FanFest Returns to Garnet & Black Game
*Join us at the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Dawn Staley first pitch 2012.jpegVideo: Dawn Staley Throws Out First Pitch (GamecocksOnline Official  YouTube)

Women's Basketball: Off WLTX Goes to Fresno to Cover the Gamecocks (WLTX.com)

Women's Basketball: 'It's a proud time to be a Gamecock' (The State)

Baseball: Pankake enduring growing pains for Gamecocks (Anderson Independent Mail)









GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Jamon Meredith.jpgFootball: Former Gamecock Jamon Meredith Signs With Tampa Bay (WCSC)


Track & Field: Lashinda Demus clears obstacles on and off the track (Los Angeles Times) **Lashinda has her sights set on the London 2012 Olympics. Thank you to reader Deni Pulte who emailed us about this story!








VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET
 
National writer Kendall Rogers in town to cover baseball this weekend as the back-to-back national champs host No. 1-ranked Florida.



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Vote Daily for Staley, Team USA in Olympic Hall of Fame

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Thank you to all the fans who came out to today's send-off as women's basketball left Columbia to head to Fresno for their Sweet Sixteen match-up with Stanford.






ROOSTER CROWS

If the women's basketball team upsets Stanford on Saturday, it would be head coach Dawn Staley's first win over her former USA Basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer, who coached both Staley and assistant coach Nikki McCray in the Olympics.

A win would also give the Gamecocks 26 victories on the season, the most for the program since the 1979-80 squad won a school-record 30 games en route to the AIAW Final Four.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Everyone knows we're a sucker for Gamecock babies and kids. Today's photo is from Chelsea of her six-month-old Gamecock fan, Isaiah, sporting his new hat and polo!

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

As we've mentioned a few times here on Spurs Up, women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as part of the 1996 Team USA squad that won the gold medal. The 1996 team also included the Gamecocks' assistant coach, Nikki McCray.

The public vote will be part of the consideration for who is a part of the Hall of Fame class. Fans are allowed to vote once per day, per category (Staley is nominated as an individual; Staley, McCray and the 1996 squad are in the Team category) through April 9, 2012

Bookmark this link for the Hall of Fame voting page and return daily to submit your vote!

Vote for Dawn Staley in the Individual category (nominees are listed in alphabetical order by last name), then for the 1996 U.S. Women's Basketball Team in the Team category.

Led by head coach Tara VanDerveer (Stanford's head coach, the Gamecocks' opponent this Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen!), the 1996 gold medal squad roster reads as a "who's who" list of women's basketball: Jennifer Azzi, Ruthie Bolton, Teresa Edwards, Venus Lacey, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Katrina McClain, Nikki McCray, Carla McGhee, Dawn Staley, Katy Steding and Sheryl Swoopes. The team compiled a remarkable 52-0 record over a 10-month training period and traveled to seven countries, logging more than 100,000 miles. The team dominated its competition and claimed the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta, rolling to an undefeated 8-0 Olympic record. The USA won by at least 15 points each game.




Both Staley and McCray were selected for induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012, and Staley was also part of the Class of 2011 for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Staley was named to the WNBA's Top 15 in 2011 and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Staley is a three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004) while also helping the 2008 team to a gold medal as an assistant coach. She was selected by her fellow Olympians from all sports to carry the U.S. flag in the 2004 Opening Ceremonies. In her U.S. Olympic women's basketball team career, during which she led her three teams to a perfect 24-0 record, Staley is second in career assists, third in games played, seventh in free throw percentage and eighth in steals. McCray helped the U.S. to Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000.




Get to voting and set reminders to do it daily through April 9 to help honor Staley, McCray and the 1996 team for their accomplishments. 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/21

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball will play Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. against Stanford, Coach Tanner recorded his 1,100th career with a win over Furman, Coach Staley will throw out the first pitch as Baseball hosts Wofford tonight at 7 p.m., Softball is on the road to face the Tar Heels, Chalese Davis earns dual SEC Track Athlete of the Week honors, a feature on cornerback Victor Hampton, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Set in Fresno Regional Bracket

Softball. Border Battle Set for 61st Meeting on Wednesday at North Carolina

Baseball. Tanner Tallies 1,100th Career Win As Gamecocks Defeat Furman 8-5

Track. Chalese Davis Earns Dual SEC Track Athlete of the Week Honors

Women's Tennis. Morgina Named SEC Player of the Week

Equestrian. 2011-2012 Equestrian Photo Galleries

Volleyball. Gamecock Spring Bash Set for Saturday

Volleyball. SEC Releases 2012 Conference Volleyball Slate

Women's Soccer. SEC Announces 2012 Women's Soccer League Schedule

General News. GamecocksOnline.com Launches Spring Update For Mobile Applications



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

Defensive coaches and student-athletes spoke with the media yesterday after practice, check out video of their post-practice interviews here.

The team's next practice is set for Friday, March 23, at 4:15 p.m. The team will have their first scrimmage so far in spring practice at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Both are open to the public.

More coverage:


Hampton working on off-field, on-field performance in spring (The Daily Gamecock)

Gamecock FanFest Returns to Garnet & Black Game
*Join us at the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: USC wants to take offense with it (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Women's hoops feels spotlight in Sweet 16 (The Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: USC snaps losing skid, beats Furman (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC beats Furman in baseball (Anderson Independent Mail)

Softball: Softball prepares to play coach's former team at UNC (The Daily Gamecock)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Baseball: Terriers travel to Columbia to face defending champion USC (GoUpstate.com)

Softball: Tar Heels Clash with Gamecocks (Tarheelblue.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Dawn Staley to Throw Out First Pitch for Baseball vs. Wofford

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know men's tennis freshman Ben Barnette!






ROOSTER CROWS

Freshman Chalese Davis earned the dual honors of SEC Female Runner of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week. Davis won the 100-meter hurdles with the fourth-best freshman mark in the country, took the long jump with the top freshman mark in the SEC, and ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay to set a meet record that ranks atop the SEC. 



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Debbie Hendrix from Gilbert, SC, sent in today's fan photo:

"This is a photo of my son Aaron and me at the Carolina - App State baseball game...in front of the 2010-2011 Back-to-Back National Championship Trophies.  I go to lots of Carolina football games but this was my very first Carolina baseball game ever, and it was great... I LOVED IT !!  Thanks to my son for inviting me to go with him... Love You Aaron !!   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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/20 How Sweet It Is!

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball advances to the Sweet Sixteen, baseball takes on Furman at Fluor Field, football spring practice continues, and more!


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GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Ballin' With Brett - Gamecocks Advance to Sweet 16

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Defeat Purdue, 72-61, to Advance to Sweet Sixteen

Baseball. Baseball To Face Furman At Fluor Field On Tuesday

Softball. Coach Smith Press Conference

General News. Gamecock Productions Collects Seven International Awards



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks are holding practice this afternoon at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Practice recap will be available this evening with post-practice video comments on GamecocksOnline.com.

More coverage:

Shaw settling in nicely as Gamecocks' No. 1 quarterback (Anderson Independent Mail)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: USC-Purdue Hoops Extra (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Too Sweet! (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Defense propels USC women past Purdue (Associated Press)

Baseball: USC begins busy stretch tonight (GamecockCentral.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: Mariners' Justin Smoak says key to hitting homers is not trying to hit homers (The Seattle Times)

Football: Melvin Ingram's YouTube highlights have over 41,600 views as NFL fans across the country want to learn more about the Gamecock projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL Draft.



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Hearing from several Golden State Gamecocks who may try to make it to Fresno to cheer on the women's basketball team on Saturday - if you're one of them send me an email with your info and story to gamecockathletics@gmail.com!



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Dawn Staley to Throw Out First Pitch for Baseball vs. Wofford

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Exclusive GamecocksOnline.com locker room celebration video and post-game comments from head coach Dawn Staley (her comments start around the 0:55 mark)





ROOSTER CROWS

Last night's women's hoops win was the Gamecocks' sixth over a ranked team this season, the most since the 2001-02 squad upended seven en route to an NCAA Elite Eight berth.

This will be South Carolina's third appearance in the Sweet Sixteen in program history. It is the first of her career for head coach Dawn Staley.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Amanda Mitchell of Evans, Georgia, sent in today's photo of her son with Michael Roth, along with a thank you to the players and coaches who are always great with the fans.

"This is one of our favorite Carolina photos.  This is a picture of our son, Bryan Mitchell, with Michael Roth after he pitched in Carolina's 3-2 win over Clemson at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston on March 2nd.  Bryan was so excited to meet him after the game (as you can see by that huge smile on his face).  Michael made his night, when he took a few minutes to autograph his baseball and take a quick photo.  The baseball players and coaches are always great with their fans, and we really appreciate it!"

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

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011



South Carolina Women's Basketball head coach Dawn Staley will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Carolina Stadium on Wednesday, March 21.

South Carolina Baseball hosts Wofford at 7 p.m. so be sure to be in your seats early to give Coach Staley a big round of applause as she prepares to take her squad out to Fresno, California, for a Sweet Sixteen match-up against No. 1 seed Stanford on Saturday, March 24. It is just the third Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and the first of her career for Staley.


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Coach Staley has plenty of experience with opening Carolina athletic events - she did a great job as one of our special spirit captains to lead off the GAME-COCKS cheer at Williams-Brice Stadium last fall.

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

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In partnership with ABC Columbia, young Gamecock fans auditioned for Cocky's Junior Sportscaster contest both online and at two South Carolina basketball games earlier this year. Check out the winners, Avery Williams and Madison Alexander, in their sportscasting debut along with a little help from Cocky and South Carolina Baseball Head Coach Ray Tanner.

More info




Video: ABC Columbia
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball continues NCAA Tourney play tonight vs. Purdue, Baseball looks to rebound from the weekend, Men's Tennis gets a Palmetto State sweep on the week, Senior All-American diver Courtney Forcucci named AgSouth Athlete of the Week, features on quarterback Connor Shaw's inspiration, Travelle Wharton finds a new home, Coach Spurrier on "Carolina Calls," and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

WBB-11 Markeshia Grant vs. Eastern Michigan.jpegWomen's Basketball. Gamecocks and Boilermakers Battle for Sweet 16 Spot

Women's Basketball. Ballin' With Brett - Sunday at the NCAA Tournament

Women's Basketball. NCAA Tournament First Round Sights & Sounds

Swimming & Diving. Courtney Forcucci Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Swimming & Diving. Rutqvist Finishes 15th in 200 Breaststroke to Conclude NCAA Championships

General News. Gamecock Productions Collects Seven International Awards

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Sweep Double Header with 5-2 Win over Chants

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Score 6-1 Victory over College of Charleston

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Wrap Up Chris Schenkel Invitational in Eighth Place

Softball. Gamecocks Drop Series Finale at No. 4 Florida, 7-3

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Sweeps Old Dominion 7-0



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

FB-11 Connor Shaw vs. Kentucky2.jpegThe Gamecocks will hold practice tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!

Tune in from  7:00-8:00 p.m. tonight on 107.5 The Game for a spring football edition of "Carolina Calls" with Coach Spurrier.

More coverage:

Shaw studying Brees in offseason (The Daily Gamecock)

Gamecocks QB looking to remain in pocket longer (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Women's Basketball: Gamecocks play Purdue in second round (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks shut down James, shut off Eastern Michigan in 80-48 women's tourney rout (The Washington Post)

Women's Basketball:  South Carolina women rout Eastern Michigan (Associated Press)

Women's Basketball: SEC Women's Basketball in the NCAA Tournament - March 17 (SECDigitalNetwork.com)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE


Women's Basketball:

Women's Basketball to face South Carolina in second round (PurdueSports.com)

Purdue Women ready for home finale vs. Gamecocks (SportsIllustrated.com)

Boilers battle Gamecocks for Sweet 16 slot (The Purdue Exponent)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Travelle Wharton3.jpgFootball: Wharton feels at home (Bengals.com)
*Travelle Wharton ends his eight seasons with the Panthers but has found a new home with the Cincinnati Bengals - one that might feel closer than you would guess.







COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Game time is 7:20 p.m. - tune in!


Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

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

"Carolina Calls" Tonight with Coach Spurrier

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Go behind the scenes with Shelbretta Ball and the women's basketball team at the NCAA Tournament!





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina's first-round win over Eastern Michigan marked the 14th time this season the Gamecock defense has allowed 48 or fewer points in a game this season.

The Gamecocks reached the 80-point plateau against Eastern Michigan, the first time they reached that mark since posting an 80-68 win at Alabama on Jan. 10, 2010. The 32-point win over Eastern Michigan was the third-largest margin of victory for the Gamecocks in the Dawn Staley era.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Brandon Branham sent in today's adorable Fan Photo of the Day:

"This is me with my daughter Caroline when she was 9 months old, right at the beginning of her very first Gamecocks football season. We love our Gamecocks!"

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

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After tough road series last weekend, both baseball and softball return home to Gamecock Country to face SEC foes this weekend. Baseball will welcome top-ranked Florida for a three game series, Thursday through Saturday. Softball will host LSU for the weekend, with free Gamecock bandanas at each game while supplies last. Saturday's softball game is $1 Hot Dog Day. For Sunday's game, Junior Gamecock Club members and Little Leaguers can get $1 group admission rates. Cocky's Bounce House will be on hand and all kids can run the bases after the game. South Carolina Track & Field will host their primary home outdoor meet of the season with the Weems Baskin Invitational. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. Wofford - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Thursday, March 22, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 7:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, March 23, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#48 Men's Tennis vs. #15 Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed official team poster
*Men's Tennis went undefeated last week against three Palmetto State opponents - Clemson, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.

Softball vs. LSU - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the Softball Facebook page at the game for a prize

Get to know sophomore Dana Hathorn in her Gamecock Spotlight:




#8 Baseball vs.#1  Florida - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. LSU - 2:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-$1 Hot Dog Day
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House


Sunday, March 25, 2012

#35 Women's Tennis vs. Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

Softball vs. LSU - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Twitterific Sunday- Mention @GamecockSoftbll on gameday for a prize
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Little League and Junior Gamecock Club Day (Get $1 group admission)
-Kids Run the Bases
-Cocky's Bounce House



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Basketball - NCAA Tournament

#5 South Carolina vs. #4 Purdue - Monday, 7:20 p.m. ET
Second Round
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
Radio: 1320 AM, GamecocksOnline.com live audio stream
Click here for more important info on TV/radio coverage for the game
Full game notes and preview


Baseball @ Furman (Fluor Field) - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. TV: Sport South
Softball @ UNC - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.  Listen Online
#35 Women's Tennis @ #20 Ole Miss - Friday, 3:00 p.m.
#48 Men's Tennis @ #11 Mississippi State - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Men's Golf @ Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Sunday - Tuesday

No. 5 seed South Carolina Women's Basketball takes on No. 4 Purdue tonight at 7:20 p.m. ET in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They'll be playing on the Boilermakers' home court, but we think the Gamecocks are up to the challenge as the winner will move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Click here to check out the full game preview and notes. The Gamecocks

You can check out the full bracket and keep up to date on the latest news on our NCAA Tournament Central page.


Coverage options for South Carolina vs. Purdue:


TV:  ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

The game will air in its entirety on ESPN2 in its "home market", the state of South Carolina and portions of Indiana and that region (the blue areas on the map below). The rest of the country (black areas in the map below) will be part of ESPN2's national telecast, which will shift among several games to show the most compelling action. So if you're not in the state of SC, don't be alarmed if you don't see our game on ESPN2 right away. What we discovered during Saturday's game is that even within the state of South Carolina, some satellite providers had the national telecast feed, so please check with your satellite service provider on whether you will have the game on ESPN2 or perhaps on another alternate channel. We have heard from reps that our game should be available in full on channel 733 for DirecTV subscribers.


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This split coverage means the ESPN3.com online option will be even more important for those Gamecock fans outside of South Carolina who want to watch the whole game.

ESPN3 availability is dependent upon your internet service provider. For example, if you get your internet service from Time Warner Cable, you have access to ESPN3. You can also watch the ESPN3 broadcast right on our Facebook page on the ESPN3 tab


Radio: 1320 AM, online at GamecocksOnline.com, 107.5 FM*

Tonight's game will air on 1320 AM or you can listen online for free with GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.

*107.5 The Game will join the game in progress after Carolina Calls with Steve Spurrier airs from 7-8 p.m.


Other options

You can also follow along with the action with GameTracker live stats online or with @GamecockWBB on Twitter. 

Need to go mobile? Download our free official mobile app to stay updated on all your Gamecocks news.


Go Gamecocks!  

"Carolina Calls" Tonight with Coach Spurrier

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1075 the game logo.jpgHead Coach Steve Spurrier will headline a spring football edition of "Carolina Calls" tonight, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game and Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates.

Carolina Calls will air in place of our normal Monday show, Inside the Roost.

The Gamecocks have three practices scheduled this week - Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., Friday at 4:15 p.m. and a scrimmage on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. All practices are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball prepares to take on Eastern Michigan in the NCAA Tournament tomorrow, Baseball faces an undefeated Kentucky in Lexington, Softball heads to Gainesville to face the Gators, Diver Courtney Forcucci earns All-America Honor on One-Meter Springboard, a feature on TJ Johnson as Football holds their third spring practice today, don't forget to keep voting for Coach Staley and the 1996 gold medal team for the Hall of Fame, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Set for NCAA Tournament Saturday

Women's Basketball. Ballin' With Brett - Episode 7 NCAA Tournament

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Opens SEC Play At Kentucky

Softball. Gamecocks and No. 4 Gators Tangle in Gainesville This Weekend

Equestrian. No. 6 Gamecocks Close Out Regular Season at Delaware State

Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Set for Return to Chris Schenkel Invitational



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold their third spring practice, the first in full pads, today at 4:15 p.m. at the Proving Grounds practice fields on Bluff Rd. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation!

More coverage:

Johnson looking to become a leader (TheBigSpur.com)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Spirited send-off for lady Gamecocks (WACH Fox)

Baseball: Gamecocks head to Kentucky (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: UF, USC top of SEC class (Associated Press)

Baseball: Evan Marzilli quite a catch for No.2 Gamecocks (The Post and Courier)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Baseball: No. 16 Baseball Hosts 2-time NCAA Champs, No. 2 S. Carolina (UKathletics.com)

Baseball: Baseball's perfect record to be sternly tested by defending champs (UKathletics.com Cat Scratches Blog)

Softball: No. 4 Florida Softball Welcomes South Carolina for Weekend Series March 16-18 (GatorZone.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Green Bay Packer & Gamecock Tori Gurley wishing women's basketball good luck in the NCAA Tourney. South Carolina takes on Eastern Michigan at 11:05 a.m. tomorrow! Watch on ESPN2 or ESPN3.com.



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

"What Channel is the Game On?" Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament Edition

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

This Week's Home Events: Baseball & Softball Mid-Week Games, Weekend Tennis

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get a glimpse of the winter workouts the Gamecock football team has been doing during the offseason.





ROOSTER CROWS

Senior leftfielder Kaitlin Westfall leads the SEC with 13 doubles this season, two shy of making South Carolina's single-season top-10 list.

Junior Hunt Seat Kimberly McCormack was featured in last week's Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section, which highlights amateur athletes. McCormack earned the nod for her championship win last month at the Collegiate Equestrian Challenge, where she won the title in the Equitation Over Fences bracket. McCormack currently leads the Gamecocks in wins, a mark she has held since her freshman season.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is from Sarah Maddox.

"This is my family before a game. Me and my husband (Sarah and Chad Maddox) and our three boys (Jake, Luke, and Jax). Its simply a tradition to dress in Gamecock apparel the Friday before games as well as wearing our jerseys the day OF the game ...its good luck ;)"

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011




South Carolina Women's Basketball will make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2003 starting tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. ET. The No. 5 seed Gamecocks are taking on No. 12 seed Eastern Michigan in West Lafayette, Ind. Check out the game preview here with broadcast info and game notes.

You can check out the full bracket and keep up to date on the latest news on our NCAA Tournament Central page.


Coverage options for South Carolina vs. Eastern Michigan:


TV:  ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

The game will air in its entirety on ESPN2 in its "home market", the state of South Carolina and portions of Michigan (the red areas on the map below). The rest of the country (black areas in the map below) will be part of ESPN2's national telecast, which will shift among several games to show the most compelling action. So if you're not in the state of SC, don't be alarmed if you don't see our game on ESPN2 right away.
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Click here to see coverage maps for the rest of the day's NCAA Tournament games.



This split coverage means the ESPN3.com online option will be even more important for those Gamecock fans outside of South Carolina who want to watch the whole game.

Click here for a direct link to the ESPN3 broadcast. ESPN3 availability is dependent upon your internet service provider. For example, if you get your internet service from Time Warner Cable, you have access to ESPN3. You can also watch the ESPN3 broadcast right on our Facebook page on the ESPN3 tab


Radio: 107.5 FM, 1320 AM, online at GamecocksOnline.com

Many thanks to IMG and the folks at Cumulus Media who have worked out a special opportunity to have additional radio coverage for tomorrow's game. In addition to our normal station, 1320 AM, the game will also air on 107.5 FM The Game. As always, you can also listen online for free with GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.

You can also follow along with the action with GameTracker live stats online or with @GamecockWBB on Twitter.

Go Gamecocks! 



Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball heads to Indiana to start the NCAA Tournament; Baseball and Softball hit the road to take on conference foes; Men's Tennis beat Clemson yesterday; Aleighsa Welch's ascent;  Landon Powell signs with the Astros and football spring practice continues.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Set for NCAA Tournament Saturday
*Photo Gallery from the team's send-off.

Women's Basketball. Grant, Sutton Earn All-SEC Honors from AP

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Opens SEC Play At Kentucky

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Rallies For 6-4 Win Over Appalachian State

Softball. Gamecocks and No. 4 Gators Tangle in Gainesville This Weekend

Softball. Gamecocks Score Second Comeback Win of Week, 6-5, over Charlotte

Equestrian. No. 6 Gamecocks Close Out Regular Season at Delaware State

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Rip Victory from Rallying Tigers

Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Set for Return to Chris Schenkel Invitational

Swimming & Diving. Forcucci Earns All-America Honor on One-Meter Springboard

Swimming & Diving. Gamecocks Head to NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

Football. Annual South Carolina Football Coaching Clinic Set



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks held their second spring practice today. Several former players stopped by practice to check in including Chris Culliver, Patrick DiMarco, Darian Stewart, Terrence Campbell, and pictured below, Travian Robertson and Cliff Matthews.







More coverage:

GamecocksOnline.com practice recap and post-practice videos:
Gamecocks Work Out Thursday

Gamecocks happy with Holloman's versatility (The Post & Courier)

Photos: Spring Practice No. 2  (GamecockCentral.com)




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: The SEC "Numbers Game": Volume 3 (SECDigitalNetwork.com) *Discussing the league as conference play begins this weekend.

Baseball: Marzilli dispatches Mountaineers (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Marzilli's masterful stretch continues (GamecockCentral.com)

Softball: Softball rallies to top Charlotte with walk-off hit (The Daily Gamecock)



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Baseball: Streakin': Kentucky Stands Alone In Ranks Of Unbeaten (Baseball America)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

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VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Fans praised former players, including Chris Culliver mentioned here, for being at practice and supporting the Gamecocks.




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

This Week's Home Events: Baseball & Softball Mid-Week Games, Weekend Tennis

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know Dominika Kanakova and cheer on the women's tennis team this weekend. They have matches on Saturday (Georgia State, 1 p.m.) and Sunday (Old Dominion, 11 a.m.)





ROOSTER CROWS

With yesterday's win in Men's Tennis, the Gamecocks now hold a 10-3 record vs. Clemson for the 2011-12 season with no regular season match-ups left between the two rivals.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Caroline Thornton sent in today's photo, "Game Day with Daddy!"

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


For South Carolina Women's Basketball, a single player leads the team in both rebounding and field goal percentage (also first in the SEC) and is third on the team in overall scoring. That might not sound all that surprising... until you realize that player is a freshman.  In her first season, as the Gamecocks prepare for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003, freshman Aleighsa Welch's rapid ascent has been remarkable.  

Welch was one of the top recruits in the state last year after leading Goose Creek High School to their first state championship in program history her junior year and being named South Carolina Miss Basketball and the 4A Player of the Year after her senior season. Everyone - the Gamecocks' coaching staff, her family and Aleighsa herself - knew she could contribute this season, but no one expected the level of impact she would have or for it to happen so quickly. Though Welch (a.k.a. "Muffin", but we'll get to that later) had already had several strong games in non-conference play, anyone who may have still been sleeping on the 6-0 forward was awakened on Thursday, January 5th. Welch came off the bench to score a career and team-high 19 points in a 65-55 upset win over then-#24/21 Vanderbilt.

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Welch celebrates after the win over Vanderbilt



"I didn't think she would come in and have this immediate effect in long stretches," head coach Dawn Staley said after that game. "I didn't know how smart of a player she was. I knew she was athletic. I knew she could get to the basket. I knew she could rebound in traffic. But she has an ability to just be a sponge. Anything that we give her she's able to pick it up and she plays it as if it's second nature to her. She's very coachable and I'm very happy for her. I'm very happy she chose the University of South Carolina for sure [smiling]."

WBB-11 Aleighsa Welch vs. Alabama A&M.jpegWelch would go on to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors after following up the Vandy outing with a 10 point, 7 rebound performance on the road against Florida, a 49-44 Carolina victory. By the end of the season Welch had solidified her place among the league's top newcomers with a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team, named by the league's coaches. She has a bubbly personality fitting of an 18-year-old, yet carries herself with a maturity and intelligence well beyond her years. With maturing came confidence, a feeling Welch believes is the biggest factor in her success this season. She reached a point where everything clicked.

"When I came in, I wasn't as confident as I am now," Welch said. "As we went along with more practices and more games, I learned my role. I learned what [the coaches] wanted me to do; I learned what they expected of me. So now that I know what they need from me, it's easier for me to do what they need me to do."

Her growing confidence was helped along by a smooth transition into being a college student and a student-athlete, something that can be tough on freshmen. Welch said she had to learn how to balance her schedule with the increased demands of being a college student-athlete vs. playing sports in high school. Welch's favorite class so far at Carolina was her University 101 class, specifically for that reason. The University 101 course is designed to help new students adjust to life on campus and start out successfully.

"I loved my professor, Ms. Moffitt; she made that class fun for me," said Welch. "That was a class that I really got to learn about campus and about the history of it and really just meet new people."

Welch also has the built-in guidance of her basketball teammates, a tight-knit group whose team chemistry was pointed to as part of their success before the season even began. She's also close with her roommate, fellow freshman Elem Ibiam (6-3, forward, Fayetteville, Ga.), who she played against in AAU ball. Their families have grown close and the duo took their official visit together and committed around the same time as well.

Welch's choice to stay close to home for college delighted her mother, Sharell Welch, who maintains a very close relationship with her "Muffin" and is able to make the short drive from the Lowcountry to come to games.

"It's a dream come true," Mrs. Welch said. "Of course she had options galore farther away, but I said with her being home she can have the family support and have the fan support. I think it opens the path for more South Carolina athletes to stay at home and support our state. I'm in heaven with the fact that she's here, it made a big difference for us."

Mrs. Welch was in the U.S. military for 22 years. Aleighsa Welch was actually born in Florida and even lived in Spain as a young child before the family moved to Goose Greek where her mother later retired from the military and now works as a consultant at the naval brig in Charleston. Understanding bosses help keep her work schedule flexible enough to come to Columbia for almost every home game - you can usually spot her cheering loudly in her custom #24 Garnet jersey a few rows behind the bench.
("She's very vocal...I block her out during games..I know she's back there and she's being a mom," said Welch, laughing.) Welch even chose the #24 because it is her mom's favorite number and the one her mom wore when she played softball growing up.

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"I won't have it any other way," said Mrs. Welch. "When I come I always try and see all of the girls and I always bring cookies for them, because this is my family and this is her family. When I took her as being a part of this program, I took all of them as being a part of our family."

Mrs. Welch has seen the same growth and maturation in her daughter and their relationship has grown even closer in the months since Aleighsa has been at South Carolina. 

"I've seen a transition in maturity as a person and a maturity as a player, but more so the maturity of a person," said Mrs. Welch. "She's always my baby at heart, but there's a difference now. I see more of that independence and more of that young woman come out now and I love it.

Welch's sentiments were similar, saying, "I didn't understand what she did for me and why she did it for me when I was in high school and finally when I did get here and I was away from her, it made me realize how much my relationship with her meant to me. Having her be at every home game and make some trips to away games and just getting a random text from her every now and then, it means a lot...Just last night she sent me a text and it was just 'I love you'. It's stuff like that that shows she's always going to be here, she supports me 110 percent. Our relationship has definitely gotten a lot better because I'm more mature now."

No matter how much she may grow up and mature though, Welch can give up on shedding her less-than-tough "Muffin" nickname that even some of her coaches and teammates have picked up on. While Welch denied knowing the origin of her nickname, we knew mom would tell without hesitation:

"It's from the day I brought her home, I gave her that name because she was an 8 lb., 4 oz. baby, she was so chunky and I just thought about a chocolate chip muffin and have called her that ever since," Mrs. Welch explained, laughing.

"It fits her. She said, 'I'm 18 now and I'm in college!' I said, 'Too bad, you're Muffin for life.'"



Tune in along with Sharell Welch and all of Gamecock Country to watch Aleighsa and the Gamecocks take on Eastern Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 11:05 a.m. airing live on ESPN2. 



Hear more from Aleighsa in her Gamecock Spotlight:




Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Join us to send off Women's Basketball to the NCAA Tournament, Baseball tops Charleston Southern, Men's Tennis is on the road to face Clemson, don't forget to vote for Coach Staley & the 1996 gold medal team for the US Olympic Hall of Fame, several Gamecocks among the 2012 South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame class, and more!


TONIGHT:

Softball vs. Charlotte - 6:00 p.m.
Baseball vs. App State - 7:00 p.m.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Team Send-Off Planned for Thursday

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Open NCAA Tournament with Eastern Michigan

Softball. South Carolina Closes Home Stand with Charlotte

Softball. South Carolina Falls in Five to Mississippi State 9-0

Softball. Gamecocks Fall in First Game of Evening Doubleheader


Equestrian. Equestrian Ranked Sixth in Latest Coaches Poll

Women's Tennis. Gamecock Spotlight: Dominika Kanakova

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks and Tigers Face Off Wednesday

Baseball. Gamecocks Earn 5-2 Win Over Charleston Southern

Men's Soccer. Spencer Lewis Hired As Assistant Men's Soccer Coach



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: South Carolina returns to NCAA women's basketball tournament for first time since 2003 (Associated Press)

Football: Confidence is high at South Carolina in 2012 (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

Football: The SEC's top 25 players (ESPN SEC Blog)
*No.5 Melvin Ingram, No.24 Alshon Jeffery

Baseball: USC tops Charleston Southern in midweek matchup (The Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: Westmoreland sharp as Gamecocks win (GoGamecocks.com)

Men's Tennis: Men's tennis prepares for archrival Clemson (The Daily Gamecock)

General: Raines, Wilhelm headline 2012 class (The State)
2012 South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame - Gamecocks Hootie Johnson, Jim Hunter, Duce Staley and June Raines among the inductees



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Check out former South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak in a new Seattle Mariners commercial:






VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

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Spurrier spoke with the media after practice yesterday, watch the full video here:  GamecocksOnline.com: Gamecocks Open Spring Drills Tuesday

First day for Gamecocks a good one (GoGamecocks.com)

Notebook: Gamecocks start spring football practice (The Daily Gamecock)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Baseball will head to Lexington to take on the Wildcats for this weekend's opening SEC series!




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

This Week's Home Events: Baseball & Softball Mid-Week Games, Weekend Tennis

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tyler Ruthven Signs with New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

The new Gamecock Club Playbook is arriving in mailboxes this week. Check out the video with information on what comes in the playbook and all your new options.





ROOSTER CROWS

Adam Westmoreland allowed just one run on four hits in 5.2 innings to earn his first win of the season last night as Baseball defeated Charleston Southern, 5-2.

Men's Tennis is on the road at Clemson today. The Gamecocks lead the series 60-40-2 overall, but the Tigers snapped a three-match skid to their arch rival with a 5-2 win in Columbia last season. South Carolina is 23-21 when playing at Clemson and has won the last two times the teams have met on the Tigers' home courts.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Theresa Stratford sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day. Is there anything better than a baby Gamecock?

"My son, Grady, was born a few days before the Carolina/Clemson game in 2011! We were very happy that we won!!"
 
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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

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Playbook cover screengrab.JPGThe new 2012 Gamecock Club Playbook will begin arriving in mailboxes this week.  The Playbook includes your 2012 membership cards and decals, all 2012-2013 season ticket and parking applications (football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball), and the 2013 Gamecock Club renewal application. You can also check out a sample Playbook online right now.

The goal of this new Playbook is to simplify the renewal process and get all your information in one place. The Playbook also gives members a new payment option - the 11-Month Payment Plan. You can combine ALL your Gamecock goodies (season tickets, parking, membership renewal) into one lump transaction and spread the payments out equally over 11 months. Since it's considered one transaction, you only pay one handling charge instead of paying fees for every transaction throughout the year. However, to select the 11-Month Payment Plan, you will need to sign up by March 30, 2012. The Playbook includes step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in this payment plan.

For example, let's say I'm a 2012 Gamecock Club member at the Half Scholarship level. I have four football season tickets, parking in the new football parking facility on the former Farmer's Market site, two men's basketball season tickets, two women's basketball season tickets, two baseball season tickets, and I want to move up to the Full Scholarship giving level for next year, 2013. If I enroll in the 11-Month Payment Plan by the March 30 deadline, all of those items would be lumped together into one total amount for the year and divided into equal payments automatically charged to my credit or debit card at the end of each month from March 31, 2012, until January 31, 2013. All my payments are established for the next year and I can sit back and enjoy cheering on my Gamecocks. I don't have to worry about renewal deadlines; everything is already set. If I decide I want to change my football seat location during my online seat selection time in June, no worries, I can still do that. Any changes in the total amount due at any point will be prorated over the remaining months of the payment schedule.

If I don't want to do the 11-Month Payment Plan, I can also still choose to pay in full for everything separately. I can still pay for my football season tickets and parking by the May 31 deadline, then wait to pay for my basketball season tickets until the October 12 deadline, baseball by the December 7 deadline and my 2013 Full Scholarship membership by the January 31, 2013, deadline.

It's totally up to you which payment method you prefer, but keep in mind that if paid individually, each transaction would incur a separate handling charge ($10 online, $15 mail/phone) and it is your responsibility to make sure you have paid in full by the deadlines.


Seat selection for football will still be online and your selection time will be included in the Playbook (in June or July). Football parking may also be selected online for the first time ever. The Playbook includes paper request forms for football parking and season ticket seat location/relocation, but you only need to submit these if you do NOT want to participate in online selection.

Information on Gamecock Club member benefits, priority points, ticket limits and distribution are also included in the Playbook so you should hang on to it for long-term reference.

Check out the video below for an introduction to the Playbook:




Still need help? Call the Gamecock Club at 803.777.4276 or email gamecockclub@sc.edu with any questions. 

 


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:  coverage of women's hoops headed to the NCAA Tournament, Baseball and Softball host home games tonight, AD Eric Hyman announces men's basketball coaching change, football spring practice begins, and more!



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Women's Basketball celebrates with hundreds of fans in the McGuire Club as the Gamecocks are among the first announced in the NCAA Tournament selection show.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Open NCAA Tournament with Eastern Michigan

Softball. Softball DH vs. Mississippi State Delayed Til 5 PM

Softball. South Carolina Closes Home Stand with Miss. State DH, Charlotte Game

Baseball. Baseball Hosts Charleston Southern On Tuesday

Track & Field. Gamecock Track Earns Four USTFCCCA All-America Honors

Swimming & Diving. Coach Moody Press Conference

Men's Basketball. Ellington Announces Decision

Men's Basketball. South Carolina Makes Men's Basketball Coaching Change

Men's Basketball. Eric Hyman Press Conference Quotes




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks return to the big dance (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: Let's Dance! (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Scouting the first two rounds (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Ellington is back in the hoop to stay (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: South Carolina inches closer to 'elite' status (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

Baseball: Westmoreland takes the mound tonight (GamecockCentral.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

Thumbnail image for steve spurrier_spring2011.jpgGamecocksOnline.com: Gamecocks Open Spring Drills

Opening spring: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)

South Carolina starting spring football practice (The Post & Courier)










COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Gamecocks' first spring practice this afternoon:




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Baseball & Softball Mid-Week Games, Weekend Tennis

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tyler Ruthven Signs with New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know Chip Cox in his Gamecock Spotlight. Men's Tennis has two matches in a doubleheader this Sunday, taking on College of Charleston at 10:00 a.m. and Coastal Carolina at 4:00 p.m.





ROOSTER CROWS

Softball senior leftfielder Kaitlin Westfall leads the SEC with 12 doubles this season, three shy of making South Carolina's single-season top-10 lis

Women's Basketball is 23-9 entering their first NCAA Tournament since 2003, including 10 SEC regular-season wins, which tied the school record originally set in 2001-02.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Amanda Fender sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day from Carolina Stadium!

"This past weekend I surprised my husband with tickets to the Carolina/Princeton baseball game.  We are big Gamecock fans, and he is a baseball fanatic.  Believe it or not, this was his very first South Carolina baseball game at the home field.  We had a blast!"


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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After earning series wins over the weekend, both Baseball and Softball will host games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week before hitting the road next weekend for conference play. Men's Tennis faces rival Clemson on the road Wednesday before returning home for a doubleheader on Sunday vs. two more Palmetto State foes, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina. Women's Tennis also hosts two home matches this weekend, facing Georgia State on Saturday and Old Dominion on Sunday. Sunday will be a great day to catch both teams in action as we will be putting the Carolina Tennis Center to its max capacity for the first time with both sides of the 12-court facility in use - men on one side , women on the other.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Women's Basketball NCAA Selection Show Watch Party - 6:30 p.m.
McGuire Club at Colonial Life Arena
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
First 200 fans receive a free t-shirt
More Info


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Softball vs. Mississippi State (DH)  - 4:30 p.m., (6:45 p.m. approx. )
-Garnet, Black, & Green- Free recyclable grocery bags while supplies last
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*The Gamecocks are coming off a series win in their SEC opener vs. Arkansas this past weekend taking wins in game 2 and game 3 after an extra inning 5-4 loss in game 1.

#3 Baseball vs. Charleston Southern - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*South Carolina swept Princeton in their final non-conference weekend series.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Softball vs. Charlotte - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Appalachian State - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*App State is off to a strong start with a 13-2 record, including two victories and the series win over LSU.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Georgia State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Sunday, March 18, 2012

#33 Men's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 10:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Old Dominion - 11:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#33 Men's Tennis vs. Coastal Carolina  - 4:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Check out the latest Gamecock Spotlight on Men's Tennis sophomore Chip Cox:




Gamecocks on the road...

#33 Men's Tennis @ Clemson - Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Swimming & Diving - Women's NCAA Championships, Auburn, AL - Thursday - Saturday

Track & Field - Shamrock Invitational, Conway, SC - Friday - Saturday

#5 Equestrian @ Delaware State - Friday, time TBA

Men's Golf @ Chris Schenkel Invitational, Statesboro, GA - Friday - Sunday


Softball @ #3 Florida
Live audio for all games available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (free)
Friday - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: Sun Sports
Sunday - 1:00 p.m.


#3 Baseball @ Kentucky
Live radio for all games available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium)
Friday - 7:00 p.m.  - TV: CSS
Saturday - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday  - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: FS South/FS Carolinas

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball awaits their NCAA Tournament bid during tonight's selection show; Baseball earned a sweep of Princeton; Softball takes the series over Arkansas with some late-game heroics from Evan Childs and more!


***TONIGHT: Women's Basketball NCAA Selection Show Watch Party
Frank McGuire Room at Colonial Life Arena, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7:00 p.m. More Info



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Women's Basketball awaits new target (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC baseball holding steady at No. 3 (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks sweep with new man on second (The Daily Gamecock)

Baseball: Princeton feels the Payne as USC sweeps (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks keep Tiger-tamer label (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Payne, Bright stabilize middle infield (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Price, Gamecocks top Tigers, take series (GoGamecocks.com)

Softball: Softball opens SEC play with win over Arkansas (The Daily Gamecock)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/




GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks to Gather in McGuire Club for NCAA Selection Show

BSB-12 Colby Holmes vs. Elon.jpegBaseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecocks Sweep Princeton With 3-1 Victory

Baseball. Gamecock Baseball Defeats Princeton 6-1

Baseball. Gamecocks Earn 2-1 Win Over Princeton

Softball. Childs Leads Gamecocks in 8-7 Comeback Win over Arkansas

Softball. Gamecocks Bounce Back with 7-2 Game Two Win over Arkansas

Softball. Gamecocks Fall in Eight Innings to Arkansas 5-4


Women's Soccer. Canada U-20's Secure Shock Silver in CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Suffer Narrow Defeat at Vanderbilt

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Drop Kentucky for First SEC Win

Track & Field. Marvin Reitze Wins Silver At NCAA Indoor Championships



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

steve spurrier_spring2011.jpgFootball spring practice is set to begin tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. Practices are open to the public and photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only. Autographs will not be allowed, we appreciate your cooperation.

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"Carolina Calls" with Ray Tanner Tonight

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tyler Ruthven Signs with New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Senior Evan Childs hit a clutch two run walk-off homer to give the Gamecocks the 8-7 victory over Arkansas as well as the series win in their SEC opener.






ROOSTER CROWS

The South Carolina Baseball pitching staff limited Princeton to just three runs on 18 hits for the weekend with 35 strikeouts and just three walks. It was a 1.00 ERA for the staff as well. Princeton batted just .182 for the weekend.

Senior Evan Childs posted her second two-homer day of her career on Sunday, the final one a two-run shot coming in the seventh to give Gamecock Softball the victory and series win.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's fan photos are from Katie Middleton about little Jason's first trip to a Gamecock Baseball game:

"Jason Sullivan went to his first game with his mom and dad and we were even able to get him a foul ball signed by some talented players before the night was through. It is his dad's hope that he is on the field one day! Adam Matthews was one of the players that signed the ball and posed for a picture. Future Gamecock athlete in the making! Especially if it is up to his dad :)  These two pics were my favorites so I sent them both. The first of Jason is so cute but I also thought Adam was so polite!"


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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

"Carolina Calls" with Ray Tanner Monday

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1075 the game logo.jpgWith two midweek games and traveling to Kentucky at the end of the week, baseball has quite a busy schedule this week! Thursday's "Carolina Calls" show has been moved to tonight, Monday, at 7:00 p.m. "Carolina Calls" will replace our regular Monday show, "Inside the Roost". 

Tune in on our flagship station, 107.5 The Game, or any Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliate to listen to the show.

If you're not in the Palmetto State, you can also listen to "Carolina Calls" on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium content).

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: previews of the weekend action in baseball, softball and tennis; a great feature on "comeback kid" Sean Sullivan and a view from the other side from Princeton; Stephon Gilmore rising on NFL Draft boards; Molly Brossart in the Gamecock Spotlight and more!  

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Baseball vs. Princeton - Click here for more information on all this weekend's home events.

















GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Sean Sullivan: The Gamecocks' comeback kid (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC set to face a different breed of Tigers (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Let the competition commence (TheBigSpurs.com) *Coach Mangus talks QB's*




FROM THE OTHER SIDE....

Baseball: Team visits defending national champions (The Daily Princetonian)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Gilmore.jpgFootball: Stephon Gilmore could be fit for Lions in Round 1 of NFL Draft (Detroit Free Press)

"CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) is on the rise and now challenging Dre' Kirkpatrick (Alabama) as the second-rated corner. He looks like a solid first-round pick now. Gilmore's strong 40 time at the combine (4.4) helped show recovery speed, which when paired with how physical he plays, is a nice combination." - ESPN NFL Blog

Men's Soccer: Q&A with Tyler Ruthven (NewYorkRedBulls.com)





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Ballin With Brett - Episode 6: SEC Tournament Part-2

Softball. Gamecocks Open SEC Play, Hosting Arkansas

Baseball. South Carolina Welcomes Princeton For Weekend Series

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Hosts Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Fall to Alabama in SEC Tournament

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Travels to Kentucky and Vanderbilt

Track & Field. Gamecock Quick Sprints - NCAA Indoors Live Online



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tyler Ruthven Signs with New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know softball senior Molly Brossart (first base) in her Gamecock Spotlight. Gotta love the story about building her own batting cage!





ROOSTER CROWS

Did You Know? South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner and Princeton head coach Scott Bradley earned All-ACC honors at third base in 1980. Bradley was a first-team selection for North Carolina and Tanner a second-team selection for NC State.

Softball combined to hit 13 homers in the seven-game stretch from Feb. 28-March 4. That total matches what the 2009 team did in 45 games that season and surpassed the outputs of both 2008 and 2010. Twenty-two games into 2012, South Carolina has hit 23 homers, two shy of the 2011 team's total. The program record is 38 long balls in a season, set in 2003.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Lisa Liddle sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day with the following (very appropriate) caption:

"Watts Liddle....​did some serious cheering for the Gamecocks this year!"

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

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Thumbnail image for IMG_5317.JPGThree Gamecock sports are in action at home this weekend, come cheer them on! Softball opens SEC play vs. Arkansas while Baseball plays their final nonconference weekend series of the season vs. Princeton. Women's Tennis takes on SEC foes, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.






Softball vs. Arkansas - Beckham Field
Friday: 6:00 p.m. - **Free pom poms for first 100 fans**
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.

Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Youth (17 and under), $1 each for groups of 15 or more

TV: none
Web: Live audio available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access
Twitter: @GamecockSoftbll

Game Notes and Preview


#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - Carolina Stadium
Friday: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
**Tickets Available**

TV: none
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College
Web: Live video and radio broadcast audio on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium)
Twitter: @GamecockBasebll

Game Notes and Preview


#38 Women's Tennis - Carolina Tennis Center
Friday: 3:00 p.m. vs. Kentucky
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. vs. Vanderbilt

Free Admission

Live Scoring available on GamecocksOnline.com
Match Preview



-Click here for maps and directions to facilities.


***Reminder: fans are encouraged to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward Street beside the Dodie for softball and tennis events. Parking in the garage is FREEClick here for a map including the pedestrian walkway.

Gamecocks' SEC Great Henry Martin to be Honored

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MartinH.jpgAt this week's SEC Tournament in New Orleans, the conference will recognize a new "SEC Great" at each school's first game. The Gamecocks face Alabama at 3:30 p.m. ET today in the first round. (TV: SEC Network, Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network).

South Carolina will honor Henry Martin, Forward, 1943; 1947-49. Henry Martin played basketball at Carolina during the 1943 season and again from 1947-49. He was the first Carolina basketball player to score 1,000 career points, finishing his career with 1,082 points, an average of 12.2 points per game. He scored at a clip of 16.0 points per game during his senior season. He capped off his career with a 32-point performance as the Gamecocks defeated archrival Clemson in 1949. Martin was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Martin was no longer able to make the trip to New Orleans while recovering from an injury, but members of Martin's family will be on hand at halftime to accept the recognition on his behalf.
Tyler Ruthven pro.jpgYesterday we had good news with Blake Brettschneider joining the New England Revolution, today we have more as former South Carolina defender Tyler Ruthven signed with the MLS New York Red Bulls earlier this week.

Ruthven was an All-Conference USA performer for Carolina his senior year in 2009 and played for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL last season. 

Check out his Q&A with NewYorkRedBulls.com welcoming him to the team. 

 
Blake Brettschneider DC United.jpgFormer South Carolina Men's Soccer player Blake Brettschneider signed with the New England Revolution Tuesday.

Brettschneider made his Major League Soccer debut last summer after being selected by D.C. United in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Despite making 15 appearances (nine starts) as a rookie he was released by D.C. in February. Just days later Brettschneider was snatched up by New England who put him on trial and officially made him a part of the roster Tuesday.

Read more about Brettschneider's new gig in this feature by New England Soccer Today: http://nesoccertoday.com/?p=10041

We discussed Brettschneider's first year in professional soccer with him last fall, catch up on that post here.

Good luck, Blake!


 


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: fan voting will help get Coach Staley into the Olympic Hall of Fame, Women's Basketball will host a NCAA Selection Show watch party on Monday, some tips and tricks for the new GamecocksOnline.com layout, Courtney Forcucci breaks another school record, Baseball and Softball in action today, Men's Basketball in New Orleans for the SEC Tourney and more.    



Dawn Staley Olympic gold.jpegVOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/











GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Seddon gets his chance tonight (GamecockCentral.com) *Freshman Joel Seddon set to make his first career start as a Gamecock on the mound tonight.*

Men's Basketball: Outside distractions not an issue (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Women's hoops team hosts Selection Show party (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Men's Soccer: Brettschneider Revved Up For 2012 (New England Soccer Today)  **Gamecock Blake Brettschneider signed with the NE Revolution in MLS yesterday.



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Staley and 1996 Team Nominated for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks to Gather in McGuire Club for NCAA Selection Show


Baseball. South Carolina Hosts UNC Asheville On Wednesday

Softball. Gamecocks Fall on Walk-off Homer in Game One at Coastal 2-1

Women's Tennis. Gamecock Spotlight: Anya Morgina

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Set To Face Alabama In SEC Tournament First Round

Swimming & Diving. Forcucci Claims Second with School Record on 3-Meter at NCAA Zone B Meet

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Claim Third at Palmetto Intercollegiate



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

"Inside The Chart" with Andy Demetra - March 7, 2012

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Go behind the scenes at the women's SEC Tournament in Part 1 of this special edition of "Ballin' With Brett":





ROOSTER CROWS

Dawn Staley is a three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004) while also helping the 2008 team to a gold medal as an assistant coach. She was selected by her fellow Olympians from all sports to carry the U.S. flag in the 2004 Opening Ceremonies. In her U.S. Olympic women's basketball team career, during which she led her three teams to a perfect 24-0 record, Staley is second in career assists, third in games played, seventh in free throw percentage and eighth in steals.

Nikki McCray helped the U.S. to Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000. As part of the first and only resident national team program in USA Basketball history, the 1996 team amassed a 52-0 record during a 10-month training period and added an 8-0 slate en route to the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta, Ga. The team's popularity, which saw it draw an average of 25,320 fans during the Olympics, is credited for helping launch two women's professional basketball leagues in America.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Kella Walker sent in today's sweet Fan Photo of the Day of her sister, Kristen Stephenson, with her son, Walker, on the beach sporting his SC hat.

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

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Our new website design has been up for about a week now and we hope you have had a chance to check it out and look around. The website has been made more user-friendly with easier navigation and a cleaner look. We wanted to make the most-visited information easy to find. Check out a few tips below about new features and where to find information.


New Features:

On The Air tab
One of the most common questions we get throughout the year is, "What channel is the game on?" Last fall during football season we posted a series of blogs to answer just that question each week. Now, with the new website layout, we added an "On The Air" tab. This tab includes a seven-day calendar that will update every Monday with upcoming events with TV, radio, live online video and/or audio and live stats information all in one place. This is the one-stop-shop for all things Gamecock that you can watch on TV or listen to on the radio that week. Below the calendar are links to information about the Gamecocks on TV and SEC Network links, our radio affiliates and info on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network, and which sports have live video/audio streams or live stats.  

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Schedule tab
The schedule tab on the front page starts with the current day's date and lists upcoming Gamecock events for the next seven days. There is also a link in the top right corner of the tab for the Master Schedule, which displays every Gamecock event in monthly calendar form.

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Top Videos tab
In the new design we have a designated tab just for video. Videos will still often be in the Top Stories as well, but the latest videos will all be on the Top Videos tab. On individual sport pages, the Top Videos tab shows only videos for that sport. And you can still navigate to the full All-Access page with videos for all sports, including live events and press conferences.


Sports navigation
In the top left corner, under "Sports" there is a drop-down menu with links to pages for each sport here at Carolina. With the new design we've added several quick links here to save fans a step. You can still click the sport name to go to the sport's front page, but now you can also click on "Schedule", "Roster" or "News" right from the drop-down menu and go directly to that section.  

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"Sticky" header and footer:
Don't you hate when you read a story on a website through to the end, only to realize to get back to anything else you want to see you have to scroll alllll the way back up? Our new "sticky" header and footer solve this problem. These sections stay in a fixed position so that even when you scroll down to see more of the page (like in the screen grab below), the top and bottom navigation links stay in place:

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Things that have moved:

Auctions
In our old design, our official auction listings were on the front page underneath the top stories. Now, we've moved them to the right hand column and they are in a Shop box combined with our official online store and photo store. You can still reach the Auction main page at this link

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Ads
There are fewer ads in the new design and they are less intrusive. Don't get us wrong, advertising is important for revenue and we want to reward our great sponsors and make sure Gamecock fans know who our partners are so they can support them, but the new design helps us do that without overwhelming the information on the site. Several of our sponsors have contests and their logos displayed on the front page along with several other helpful links to university, NCAA and SEC websites:

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Spurs Up Blog
Hey, that's us! The list of recent blog posts is now a tab in the main box instead of a separate box off to the right. This tab is on the main page as well as each of the sport pages, making it easier to find since it's in the same spot throughout the website.


Let us know in the comments what you think about the new design or any questions about where something is now if you can't find it. You can also use the Feedback button in the right hand column of the front page.


March 7, 2012

 

Welcome to the postseason, where odds are a suggestion, the past does not define you, chaos always lurks at the scorer's table, and everybody stakes an equal claim to cutting down the nets.  Regular-season records may not lie, but for four days, they can definitely be ignored.

 

Thumbnail image for Ellington vs. Alabama.jpegThe SEC Tournament begins Thursday for South Carolina, and with it, a chance to redefine the ending to a difficult season.  Carolina's first-round matchup brings five-seed Alabama (20-10, 9-7 SEC), the Gamecocks' first postseason date with the Tide since 2010.  Of all the regular-season baggage the Gamecocks would like to leave behind, though, there's one thing they'd like to keep:  their 56-54 victory over the Crimson Tide January 25. 

 

Let's go beyond buzzer-beater and analyze the reasons why Carolina defeated Alabama January 25.

 

Pre-tip reads before the Gamecocks try to wreak havoc on the brackets in New Orleans:

 

SEC-ond Coming:  There was much more to Carolina's Jan. 25 win than a last-second Bruce Ellington layup.  What did we learn from South Carolina's first encounter with Alabama?  Pay attention to these four factors Thursday:

 

JaMychal Greem.jpg1.)  Carolina kept JaMychal Green in check.  Despite its reputation as a low-scoring team, Alabama has one of the trickier matchups in the SEC in Green, a 6'9," 228-pound forward.  The SEC's active leader in career double-doubles, Green only managed 6 points (on a season-low 4 field-goal attempts) with 4 rebounds against Carolina.  Even more shocking: he finished the night with a -7 plus-minus.

 

Alabama 2nd Team All-SEC forward  JaMychal Green (right).

 

"We did a pretty good job of pushing him off the block," assistant coach Neill Berry told me at New Orleans Arena Wednesday.  "We also did a good job double-teaming him and forcing some turnovers.  The way our defense is set up, if we can communicate on the back line we can limit a big man's touches."

  

2.)  Carolina made the game an "inside job."  The Gamecocks attacked the rim vigorously against Alabama, taking advantage of a paint that lacked Green's intimidation.  Carolina scored 32 of its 56 points in the paint (57.1%), which tied for the highest percentage by a Crimson Tide opponent all season.

 

Gill vs. Alabama.jpegEven though Carolina shot 32.4% from the field, the Gamecocks offensive-rebounded actively - Anthony Gill and R.J. Slawson combined for 10 offensive rebounds, one less than the entire Alabama team.  Offensive rebounds are the perfect antidote for a team with such stifling defensive numbers as the Crimson Tide's.  The Gamecocks need that same tenacity from their power forwards Thursday. 

 

Anthony Gill (left) rebounded ferociously against Alabama at Colonial Life Arena.

 

Another reason why Carolina needs to play inside-out:  Alabama allows 27.8% shooting from three-point range, tied for 2nd-lowest in the nation.  Bruce Ellington has stepped up down the stretch, driving to the rim and finishing with more frequency.  Will Alabama's artful dodger, SEC All-Defensive point guard Trevor Releford (a league-leading 2.2 steals per game), be a shutdown defender on Bruce, and force him to live on the outside?

 

3.)  South Carolina prevented easy fast-break baskets.  A particular sore spot for South Carolina lately (see Friday's "Inside The Chart").  Alabama only managed 8 points off turnovers against the Gamecocks, a season low for the Tide.  Make them earn their points in the halfcourt.

 

4.)  Carolina prevented the big run.  Unlike their recent history, South Carolina stubbornly refused to let Alabama go on a run.  The Crimson Tide's largest spurt was 5-0 -- their smallest run in a game all season.

 

Alabama ranks 9th in the nation in Points Per Possession Allowed (0.88), a more accurate indicator of a team's defensive prowess than scoring defense or field-goal percentage defense.  South Carolina was the only opponent to beat Alabama whose Points Per Possession was below the Crimson Tide's average.

 

Alabama Losses                   Opps Pts./Poss.

Dayton                                   1.23

Kentucky                               1.17

LSU                                       1.05

Georgetown                            1.02

Vanderbilt                               1.00

Ole Miss                                1.00

Kansas State                          0.99

Florida                                    0.97

Mississippi State                     0.94

Opps. Season Avg.                0.88

SOUTH CAROLINA                 0.85

 

Why was that the case?  Because Carolina never allowed Alabama to metabolize their defensive stops into a long, game-breaking run.   The Gamecocks have had trouble stanching runs lately, especially at the ends of halves.  It reared its head in Athens Saturday, when Georgia closed the first half on a 9-1 run and never relinquished its lead.  In New Orleans, a protracted run could surge the Gamecocks straight out of the season.

 

Other notes, quotes, and anecdotes ahead of the Gamecocks' SEC Tournament opener:

 

Missing Mitchell:  Since their January 25 contest, Alabama head coach Anthony Grant suspended jumping-jack forward Tony Mitchell for the remainder of the season.  It cost the Tide a dynamic, slashing wing, but after two shaky losses following his suspension, Alabama closed the regular season winning 4 of its last 5. 

 

In Mitchell's absence, Grant has started to press more, mix his man-to-man and zone defenses, and play smaller lineups.  Nonetheless, the Gamecocks may applaud Grant's enforcement of discipline:  in four career games, Mitchell averaged 12.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg against South Carolina.

 

Tony Mitchell - Career

vs. South Carolina:                 12.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg

Career:                                    14.4 ppg,  7.0 rpg

 

Alabama.jpegWho has stepped up most in Mitchell's absence?  Pay attention to freshman Rodney Cooper, a 6'6," 205-pound swingman who only played 3 minutes against Carolina.  He may not have the ceiling-scraping athleticism of Mitchell, but Cooper has more range (40% 3pt. last 4 games), and his confidence has grown down the stretch.

 

Alabama finished the regular season winning four of its last five, relying on a mix of players to fill the void of forward Tony Mitchell. 

 

Record Watch:  South Carolina finished the regular season shooting 69.912% from the free-throw line (316 of 452).  They could become the first Gamecock team to finish with a FT% of 70% or better since 1987-88. 

 

And Finally...  Does a last-place seed in a conference tournament consign a team to "one-and-done" hell?  Far from it.  In fact, l researched all the last-place seeds that won their first-round conference tournament game in the last five years (major conferences only).  It happens almost annually:

 

Year              Team                      Conf.           Record                   1st -Round

2007              Miami (FL)                ACC            4-12                        W-Maryland

2008              Georgia                  SEC             4-12                        W-Ole Miss*

2009              DePaul                     Big East      0-18                        W-Cincinnati

2010              Nebraska                  Big 12         2-14                        W-Missouri

2010              Miami (FL)                ACC            4-12                        W-Wake Forest

 

*-Won SEC Tournament

 

Further proof that in the postseason, anything can happen.  And in a city as colorful and unpredictable as New Orleans, the Gamecocks have a fitting final backdrop to make chaos of the SEC Tournament.

 

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  We'll see you Thursday.

 

(And hopefully beyond that.)

 

And with that, it's time to close the book on "Inside The Chart" for 2011-12.  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the research, stats, and anecdotes that I collect weekly during my preparation for broadcasts.  For a voluntary blog, it gave me tremendous satisfaction to write (despite a few too many late nights finishing it).  I hope it gave you some different perspectives on the Gamecocks, and I hope it encourages you to listen to our broadcasts more.  No matter what, my duty to you will always remain what happens between the lines.  Thank you for reading!     -AD 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/6 Gamecock Makes SI.com

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Equestrian's Kimberly McCormack gets recognition in Sports Illustrated's well-known "Faces in the Crowd" section for amateur athletes, baseball and softball prepare for non-conferences foes tomorrow, Damontre Harris earns SEC All-Defensive Team honors, three Gamecocks earn All-SEC honors in Track & Field, Katerina Popova accepted in top UofSC program, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Roy comes alive in three-game spurt (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Holbrook: USC not satisfied with good start (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gators, Gamecocks vanquish ACC rivals (ESPN)

Equestrian: Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (SI.com)
*Kimberly McCormack*



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. South Carolina Returns to Palmetto State to Face Coastal

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts UNC Asheville On Wednesday

Men's Basketball. Damontre Harris Selected To SEC All-Defensive Team

Men's Basketball. Cooke Named To 2012 SEC Community Service Team

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer To Host Fan Appreciation Clinic

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo Earns Player of the Match Honors For Canada U-20's

Track & Field. Three Gamecocks Earn All-SEC Track Honors

Track & Field. Gamecock Track Earns Four Entries For 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Tied for Lead After Two Rounds at Palmetto Intercollegiate

Swimming & Diving. Forcucci Qualifies for NCAA Championships



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Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Sophomore Damontre Harris learned well from last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam Muldrow. Harris was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team today. Check out some of his highlights:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=307968



ROOSTER CROWS

Softball shortstop Samie Garcia has a 19-game hitting streak heading into tomorrow's games at Coastal Carolina, the longest for a Gamecock since 2008. Garcia is hitting .500, including posting a .522 mark during the seven-game stretch from Feb. 28-Mar. 4.

South Carolina Baseball has allowed the lowest amount of stolen bases among all 12 SEC schools with just three bases stolen against seven attempts in the first 10 games.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photos is from Carrie England Lanier (2000) of Atlanta of her daughter, Sylvie Camille. Who doesn't love a smiling and happy baby Gamecock??

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

Her eyes widened in her South Carolina dorm room as she read the email. Her father in Russia on the other end of a Skype video call wasn't sure what to think.

"What happened??" he said, sounding worried.

"I got in!" she screamed.  

Thousands of miles away the father started celebrating along with his daughter, Katerina Popova, a sophomore women's tennis player at the University of South Carolina.

Popova had just learned she had been accepted into the prestigious International Business degree program at South Carolina, the No. 1-ranked program in the country for that field of study.  

Admission to the program is extremely competitive and limited to just a small number of students each year. Popova's perfect 4.0 GPA as a freshman earned her a spot on the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll and in prime position to be accepted to the program that requires a minimum 3.50 GPA and several business courses as pre-requisites. The International Business major also requires students to select a second major within the Moore School of Business; Popova chose Economics.

WTN-12 Katerina Popova Furman.jpeg"I want to do something that I will be interested in...every single day will be something different," said Popova. "I like Economics because it depends on the situation, like how the markets are today.  You just try to build your business depending on the situation in the markets and I think it's stressful but it's interesting."

Already proficient in her native Russian (she's from Moscow) as well as English, Popova chose to study Chinese to fulfill the foreign language requirement of the IB program.

"My brother lives in China and I was always interested in Asia," said Popova. "I just felt like it was something cool and interesting and then I saw online that they offer a Chinese minor and I was like okay, I'll try that."

All IB students participate in a period of study outside the United States. Many Gamecock fans are familiar with this part of the program as All-American pitcher and IB major Michael Roth famously jetted off to Spain just a few days after winning the College World Series for his study abroad program in summer 2011. Similar to Roth, Popova will aim to fulfill this requirement during a summer term after her junior year.

"On one hand I want to go to China since I'm learning Chinese," said Popova. "But on the other hand I would love to go to Australia!"

Popova shared that she knew she was interested in International Business before she came to South Carolina, but didn't make the decision to actually apply to the program until after being so successful academically her freshman year. She says balancing academics with being a student-athlete is a challenge (she even had five exams in one week a few weeks ago!), she finds a way to get everything done, as evidenced by her GPA and strong performance on the court. Katerina has played primarily at the No. 4 singles spot this season and in various pairings in the No. 3 doubles slot. Individually she is 13-8 overall and 7-3 in dual match play. The team as a whole is also 7-3 in dual play, with two more SEC matches this weekend, Friday vs. Kentucky at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday vs. Vanderbilt at 1:00 p.m.

While Katerina and her father celebrated the big news via Skype, she said she was amused by her mom's much calmer, very motherly response:

"Well, didn't you expect you would get in?"


For more information on the Gamecock Women's Tennis team, click here.

For more information on the International Business program, click here.

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

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So far in the 2011-12 school year, South Carolina holds a 9-3 record vs. Clemson, including taking wins in each of the most visible sports: Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Baseball.

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Senior right fielder and series MVP Adam Matthews .417 (5-for-12) in the three games including a three-run homer in Saturday's victory.


The most recent wins against our rival came this weekend as the back-to-back National Champion baseball team won the first two games out of three to win the series vs. Clemson. The Gamecocks have now beaten Clemson in 16 of the last 23 baseball contests between the two schools dating back to the 2007 season.

Football has also strung together an impressive streak with three consecutive years of dominating wins over the Tigers. This year's 34-13 victory in Columbia, the 10th of the season for Carolina, is still fresh in every Gamecock's mind:




Men's Basketball collected their second consecutive win over Clemson with a 58-55 victory in December on the road at Littlejohn Coliseum just eight days after the football team's big win. Bruce Ellington was a part of both the football and men's basketball wins having joined his teammates on the hardwood at the end of the football regular season.

Women's Basketball also defeated Clemson in their house in November, led by a 19-point outing from senior Charenee Stephens and shooting 50% in the first half to help deliver a 65-48 victory.


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Women's Soccer seniors hold up four fingers to represent four straight wins over Clemson.


Other wins came in Women's Soccer with a 2-0 victory on the road at Clemson (fourth consecutive win, all shut-outs, making this year's Gamecock senior class the first to go undefeated against the Tigers); Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving (the Gamecocks won 19 of the 32 events to sweep the Tigers in the final meet between the two schools as Clemson is ending their program); and Women's Tennis (a 4-3 upset by #26 Carolina over #17 Clemson at the new Carolina Tennis Center). The Gamecocks' only losses to Clemson this year are in Men's Soccer (first win for the Tigers in the past five meetings), Volleyball, and one game out of the Baseball series. Men's Tennis is the last team to face off with Clemson in the regular season this year as they will go on the road to Clemson on March 14th at 1:00 p.m. 

GO GAMECOCKS!

Beating Clemson...

It's Passion.
It's Pride.
It's Loyalty.

It's the Garnet Way.


Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/5

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: a look back at the Gamecocks' series win over Clemson, a look ahead with some spring football information, softball goes undefeated for the weekend in California, Warren Buffett gets a personalized jersey and more.



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: South Carolina baseball team passes first big test of season (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Tanner plans to keep steering steady ship (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks remain third in baseball rankings (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks' old, new leave Tigers blue (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks take time off before selection (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Hood: My vote for Texas A&M (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: 2012 SEC Football Information (SECDigitalNetwork.com) - Media Days, spring schedules.


GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Men's Soccer: Town Linked With Villa Keeper - Brad Guzan



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Samie Garcia Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Softball. Three-Run Fourth Leads South Carolina Past UC Davis 3-2

Baseball. South Carolina Holds Rankings In This Week's Polls

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Finish Eighth at Rain-Shortened Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Travel to Palmetto Intercollegiate

Swimming & Diving. Gamecock Divers Head to NCAA Zone Championships

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo's Shutout Earns Semifinal Berth for Canada U-20's



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Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Tanner: "It's a Very Special Rivalry."

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out some of the sights and sounds from Saturday's baseball game over Clemson:





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina Baseball has defeated Clemson in 16 of the last 23 contests between the two schools dating back to the 2007 season.

Senior outfielder Adam Matthews from Lexington, SC, earned the Tom Price Award as MVP of the series for South Carolina vs. Clemson. Matthews hit .417 (5-for-12) in the three games vs. the Tigers with four runs and four RBI.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Here's a fan photo we took at the baseball game on Saturday. Send in any pics of your own to gamecockathletics@gmail.com!

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

1075 the game logo.jpgWe'll have two special guests joining Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott on tonight's Inside the Roost radio show (107.5 The Game, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)

Right fielder Adam Matthews will be on to discuss this weekend's baseball series against Clemson, won by the Gamecocks with victories on Friday and Saturday. Matthews earned the Tom Price Award as the MVP of the series after hitting .417 (5-for-12) in the three games vs. the Tigers with four runs and four RBI. He had two hits in the 9-6 victory over Clemson on Saturday, including a three-run homer to deep center field in the third inning. The senior from Lexington, SC, is one of three captains on this year's team.

Next Leslie Claybrook, SEC Assistant Commissioner, will be on. Among other duties, Claybrook handles administration and championship operations for women's basketball. She is a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee and the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee. She'll be discussing the upcoming women's NCAA Championship Tournament including the committee process, consideration for South Carolina and other SEC teams. The NCAA Selection Show is next Monday, March 12.


Tune in to Inside the Roost every Monday for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics from Eric Hyman and Derek Scott along with weekly guests. ITR airs on 107.5 The Game from 7:00-8:00 p.m. You can also listen online.  

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

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IMG_5317.JPGTHIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball opens up SEC play this weekend with a three-game series vs. Arkansas coming off a 4-0 undefeated weekend out in California at the Highlander Classic. The first 100 fans at Friday's opening game at 6:00 p.m. will receive free pom-poms. Baseball is coming off a big weekend winning the series vs. Clemson, dropping only the final game by a one-run margin, 6-5. South Carolina Baseball has defeated Clemson in 16 of the last 23 contests between the two schools dating back to the 2007 season. After a mid-week game vs. UNC Asheville, Baseball will host Princeton this weekend for their final non-conference three-game series. Women's Tennis continues SEC play with home matches on Friday vs. Kentucky (SEC home opener) and Sunday vs. Vanderbilt at the new Carolina Tennis Center.

***Reminder: fans are encouraged to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward Street beside the Dodie for softball and tennis events. Parking in the garage is FREEClick here for a map including the pedestrian walkway.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

#3 Baseball vs. UNC Asheville - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, March 9, 2012

#22 Women's Tennis vs. Kentucky  - 3:00 p.m.
-SEC home opener
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Arkansas - 6:00 p.m.
-SEC opener
-Free pom-poms for the first 100 fans
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*Undefeated at Highlander Classic this past weekend.

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Check out the Gamecock Spotlight on ace pitcher Michael Roth:





Saturday, March 10, 2012

Softball vs. Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 4:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, March 11, 2012

#22 Women's Tennis vs. #33 Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Gamecocks on the road...

NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, Auburn, AL - Monday-Wednesday
Men's Golf at Palmetto Intercollegiate, Aiken, SC - Monday - Tuesday
Softball at Coastal Carolina - Doubleheader, Wednesday, 3:00/5:15 p.m.
#22 Men's Tennis at #9 Kentucky - Friday, 2:00 p.m.
#22 Men's Tennis at #48 Vanderbilt - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Track & Field - NCAA Indoor Championships, Idaho - Friday - Saturday


Men's Basketball SEC Tournament - New Orleans
South Carolina vs. Alabama - First Round - Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network, Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


In mid-February a group of 12 undergrads and 8 grad students from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business had the opportunity to meet businessman Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska.

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They wanted to give him a thank you gift and a way to remember the University of South Carolina and decided that a baseball memento would be fitting. Mr. Buffett is a baseball fan and resides in Omaha where the Gamecocks have won back to back national championships.

They presented Buffett with a personalized Gamecock Baseball jersey signed by Head Coach Ray Tanner. Kyle Lipsey, Director of Operations for baseball and a graduate of the business school, donated the jersey.

Check out the video below of the students presenting the jersey as Buffett referenced Alshon Jeffery's hail mary touchdown pass in the Capital One Bowl and commented, "If you show this to Nebraska I'm dead."
 



Photos, video and information on the efforts to give the jersey provided by Tim Lyle, IMBA class of 2012.

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Buffett displaying his new jersey with the number 12 on the back for "2012".

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/2 Carolina-Clemson

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
Rivalry weekend kicks off for Baseball in Charleston, great features on pitchers Michael Roth and Nolan Belcher, Women's Basketball advances in the SEC tourney with a win over Alabama and will face Georgia tonight, Erika Rucker named SEC Freshman Runner of the Year, Men's Basketball heads to Georgia, and more!




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Ten places to be this weekend (ESPN) *No.2 Carolina vs. Clemson

Baseball: Showdown at Riley Park (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: South Carolina, Clemson Get Together Again (BaseballAmerica.com)

Baseball: Tigers, Gamecocks renew fierce rivalry (Anderson Independent Mail)

Baseball: USC-Clemson rivalry, not the bats, heats up (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Roth eyes more success against Clemson (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Belcher won't let surgery slow him (The Augusta Chronicle)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks whip Tide in SEC opener (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: South Carolina defense smothers Alabama (The Tennessean)

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks cruise past Alabama in SEC opener (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: Sellers has memorable game (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: USC starters rested, ready for tourney game vs. Georgia (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: USC women's hoops looking to make SEC semifinals for first time ever (The Post and Courier)

Women's Tennis: Women's tennis prepares for SEC play (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: Roland looking for redemption (TheBigSpur.com) *Signee Shaq Roland playing for basketball state championship tonight*



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Gamecocks Come Through in Sixth for 2-1 Win over Portland State

Track. Erika Rucker Named SEC Freshman Runner of the Year

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Travel To Georgia On Saturday

Women's Basketball. Women's Hoops Faces Georgia in SEC Quarters

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Advance to SEC Quarterfinals

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo Earns Shutout In First Canada U-20 Appearance

Baseball. South Carolina & Clemson Renew Rivalry On Baseball Diamond



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Info: Radio and Live Video Options for Carolina-Clemson Baseball Series

"Inside The Chart" with @GamecockRadio - March 2, 2012

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Saturday Radio Coverage Plans from the Gamecock IMG Sports Network

Tanner: "It's a Very Special Rivalry."

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics

Men's Tennis Gathering at Russell House Attracts Students

Crews Break Ground on Football Videoboard Project



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Highlights from last night's women's hoops win: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=306941



ROOSTER CROWS

For the second-straight season, No. 25 South Carolina won its opening-round SEC Tournament game. The Gamecocks (22-8) powered through a tough shooting night for a 57-38 win over 11th-seeded Alabama Thursday night. All 13 active players saw game action as South Carolina used a 22-4 run midway through the first half to build what would be an insurmountable lead. Senior guard La'Keisha Sutton was the early offensive spark, and senior Charenee Stephens matched her career high of three blocked shots in the game's first four minutes to set the tone defensively.

The Gamecocks advanced to the quarterfinals to take on No. 16/15 Georgia at 10:00 p.m. ET tonight. The game will air live on Fox Sports South.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is from David Haller:

"My 7 year old son, Jonah, and 11 year old daughter, Cady (pronounced Katie) at last season's game against Clemson.  Cady's birthday is November 26.  All summer and spring all she wanted for her birthday was to go to the game against Clemson-- and of course win.  She got both.  I graduated from USC undergrad in '94 and law school in '97/  Very proud that both of my kids are avid Gamecock fans!"

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

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011




 
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A lot of people have been asking whether the Carolina-Clemson baseball series is on TV or what channel can they find it on, so we've collected as much information as possible here in one spot. None of the games will air on traditional television, but there are several ways for you to stay tuned in and root for your Gamecocks.














Friday, March 2 - Game 1, 6:00 p.m. - Charleston

This game is available on radio on Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). There is no live video for this game.



Saturday, March 3 - Game 2, 2:00 p.m. - Columbia

Live video stream and radio will be available online on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). With some help from another IMG school, we will be able to broadcast both baseball and men's basketball on Saturday (men's basketball tips off vs. Georgia at 1:30 p.m.) This is a rare occurrence so we're pretty lucky to be able to air both! Read more about how it works here.

Below are the Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates that will air the baseball game:

WDOG-FM         93.5                        Allendale

WKSX-FM           92.7                        Aiken/Edgefield

WRIX-FM            103.1                     Anderson

WQUL-AM          1510                      Woodruff

WROO-FM          96.7                       Greenville

WRHI-AM           1340                      Rock Hill

WNKT-FM           107.5                     Columbia



Sunday, March 4 - Game 3, 2:00 p.m. - Clemson

This game will be available live on ESPN3 online. The radio broadcast will be available on Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium).


Quick links again:

Radio network affiliates are here.

GamecocksOnline.com All-Access is here.


You can also follow live stats for all three games on GamecocksOnline.com using GameTracker (click here to go to the baseball schedule page, click on the individual game then click the GameTracker icon in the game info box on the right.)

For the social media crowd, follow along with @GamecockBasebll on Twitter. You don't have to be a Twitter user yourself (but we recommend it, it's fun!) to go to that URL and see those updates.

Hope this helps Gamecock fans who can't be at the games in person keep up with the action!

GO GAMECOCKS!


March 2, 2012

 

Nothing offers greater salvation than the five sweetest words in college basketball.

 

March.

 

Trap vs. Vanderbilt.jpegThe calendar has now turned to college basketball's most glorious month, and South Carolina hopes it can also turn the page.  Hearts broken on a Mississippi State buzzer-beater, the Gamecocks can mend them with a strong finish against the Georgia Bulldogs (13-16, 4-11 SEC).  Pre-tip reads before Carolina rolls into Stegeman Coliseum (1:00 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network).

 

Turnabout on Turnovers:  Football coaches preach it religiously:  win the turnover battle, win the game.  The Gamecocks have just done that, hoarding possessions for their slow-tempo style. 

 

South Carolina has won the turnover battle, but not the points-off-turnovers battle.

 

So why have they wound up on the short end?  Despite committing 15 fewer turnovers than its opponents over the last 3 games, South Carolina has been outscored 50-38 in points off turnovers.

 

Opponent                Rebound Margin                  Pts. off TO's

Mississippi St.        +2  (14-12)                            -11  (19-8)

Tennessee               +12 (21-9)                               +6  (23-17) 

Vanderbilt                +1  (12-11)                            -7  (14-7)

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South Carolina:    47 TO, 38 points off TO

Opponents:           32 TO, 50 points off TO

 

Georgia already struggles to score.  The Bulldogs' effective FG% of 45.0% ranks 300th in the country, and last in the SEC.  South Carolina doesn't need to help them out.  The Gamecocks need to prevent the casual turnovers - coughing up dribble handoffs, getting stripped above the three-point line, etc. -- that can lead to easy transition baskets. 

 

KCP.jpg"KCP" - Keep Caldwell Pacified:  In its Feb. 8 win, Carolina held down 6'5" freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, one of the more multifaceted scoring guards in the SEC.  "KCP" managed only 9 points, and suffered through one of his more frigid three-point shooting nights in SEC play (1-7 3pt.).  

 

Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (right) averages 13 ppg. 

 

Just as impressive, South Carolina forced Caldwell-Pope into 3 turnovers.  That may not sound significant, but Caldwell-Pope ranks 20th in the nation (2nd SEC) in Turnover Rate (9.1%).  Turnover rate is an estimate of the number of turnovers a player commits per 100 plays.

 

Against South Carolina, Caldwell-Pope had a Turnover Rate of 21.1%, well above his season average of 9.1%.

 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Turnover %

Season:                                  9.1%

Vs. South Carolina               21.1%

 

Like they did against Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor, the Gamecocks never let Caldwell-Pope catch comfortably, especially when he curled around baseline stagger-screens (where they like to run him).  Caldwell-Pope and senior Gerald Robinson Jr. are Georgia's most dynamic scorers.  Take away one, and it could be difficult for Georgia to sustain its offense.

 

Dustin Ware.jpgWhat Not To Ware:  Georgia celebrates Senior Day Saturday, and like all teams, it will try to deliver a fitting send-off.  The Bulldogs will honor a pair of mainstays in its backcourt, point guard Dustin Ware and shooting guard Gerald Robinson, Jr.  Robinson, the Bulldogs' leading scorer, has an explosive first step, polish off the dribble, and an ability to affect every aspect of the floor (11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists vs. South Carolina).

 

He may not post the gaudiest numbers, but senior guard Dustin Ware (left) has been a barometer for Georgia's success.

 

But don't sleep on Ware.  The 5'11" guard from Powder Springs, Ga., led all SEC games in three-point percentage last year (49.3%), but has been mired in a season-long shooting slump.  When he makes three-pointers, though, he clearly transforms Georgia's offense.

 

Dustin Ware 3pt. FG%

Wins:                       28-65 3pt.             43.1%

Losses:                   22-100 3pt.            22.0%  

 

Under the proud lights of Senior Day, will Ware have one final, crowning performance on his home floor?  And will he lift the Bulldogs' offense with him?

 

Huh?  In its two SEC wins, the Gamecocks have shot 19.6% at the three-point line (10-51)... and 87.5% at the free-throw line (21-24).

 

Damontre Harris LSU.jpegDamontre Needs to Dominate:  Damontre Harris collected his 2nd career double-double against Mississippi State, tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds.  He'll try to carry that attitude into Athens, where Georgia's most physical post player, sophomore Marcus Thornton, has been bothered by balky knees.  No other Bulldog low-post player, such as Donte' Williams and John Florveus, prefers a crash-and-bang style.

 

How can Damontre Harris merge his strong offensive rebounding and 80% free-throw shooting?

 

As the season draws to a close, Harris needs to connect two facets of his game:  his wingspan and his improved free-throw shooting.  Harris has the length of a Marabou stork.  Combined with his nimble leaping ability, he can get to offensive rebounds in a hurry.  Too often, though, he'll attempt a stickback using a turnaround or finesse move, rather than driving his body through a defender.

 

Harris' may have ended a streak of 12 straight made free throws against Mississippi State, but his SEC FT% remains a healthy 80.8%.  If Harris can seek out contact, and grind for free throws off offensive rebounds, he'll make himself even more effective.

 

And Finally... Welcome to March.  What more needs to be said?

 

Now that we're prepared, we hope you are as well.  Our pre-game coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  We'll see you in Athens.

 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/1 Welcome to March

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: women's hoops takes on Alabama in SEC tourney, Baseball focuses in on the Clemson rivalry, two swimmers earn NCAA Championship invites, more on "SEC Great" Jocelyn Penn, football spring practice dates, Coach Goffi invites you to men's tennis tomorrow, and more! 



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Women's Basketball: Gamecocks open SEC Tournament (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Nashville offers new destiny (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: Welch says she's ready to go (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Through the eyes of a parent ... (TheBigSpur.com) *Connor Shaw*

Football: Steve Spurrier is having too much fun to think of retirement (USA TODAY)

Baseball: USC-Clemson ready for baseball battle (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Battle for bragging rights begins Friday (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: SAPAKOFF COLUMN: Baseball rivalry 101 (The Post & Courier)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. South Carolina & Clemson Renew Rivalry On Baseball Diamond

Baseball. Gamecock Spotlight: Michael Roth

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Opens SEC Play This Weekend

Men's Tennis. Gamecock Spotlight: Ivan Machado

Women's Tennis. Top Five Opponents Await Women's Tennis this Week

Softball. Gamecocks Travel West for Highlander Classic

Softball. Bats Stay Hot in 13-7 Gamecock Win at Charlotte

Swimming & Diving. Rutqvist, Schaffer Invited to NCAA Championships

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Open Play at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Friday

Men's Basketball. Overtime Buzzer Beater Drops Gamecocks, 69-67

Football. Gamecocks Set Spring Practice Dates

General News. Carolina Relaunches Website



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Saturday Radio Coverage Plans from the Gamecock IMG Sports Network

Tanner: "It's a Very Special Rivalry."

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics

Baseball Parking Options in Charleston on Friday

Men's Tennis Gathering at Russell House Attracts Students

On Senior Night, Malik Cooke Reflects on Time at Carolina

"Inside The Chart" - Malik Cooke (February 29, 2012)

Crews Break Ground on Football Videoboard Project

This Week's Home Events: Carolina-Clemson on the Diamond



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Goffi invites fans out to the Carolina Tennis Center for the men's SEC opener vs. #6 Georgia. The match starts at 2:30 p.m.





ROOSTER CROWS

Jocelyn Penn (1999-2003) will be honored tonight as the Gamecocks' 2012 representative in the "SEC Greats" program at the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Penn is the school record holder in both steals (359) and field goal percentage (.593). She is fourth on the Gamecocks' career scoring list with 1,939 and has recorded two of the program's three 50-point games, including an SEC-record 51-point outing against Stetson. Penn also holds the record for steals in a game with 11 against South Carolina State. 



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Russell Brewton of Ballentine, SC, sent in today's photo saying:

"This is a picture from the tailgating in Orlando prior to the '12 Citrus /Cap One Bowl, including myself in the middle and 2 spirited Nebraska fans who obliged a photograph. These guys are awesome fans! What a great time!"

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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!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011


2002_1122AP.JPGWhile the 2011-12 Gamecock Women's Basketball squad appears poised to receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament, we will take a look back tonight to honor an All-American who led the last Carolina women's team to the Big Dance in 2003.

During halftime of South Carolina's first round SEC Women's Basketball Tournament game tonight (10:00 p.m. ET tip-off vs. Alabama), the conference will honor this year's Gamecock representative in the "SEC Greats" program, Jocelyn Penn.

A part of the South Carolina women's basketball program from 1999 to 2003, Penn was the leading scorer on the last two Gamecock teams to make the NCAA Tournament, taking teams to the Elite Eight in 2002 and to the second round in 2003. A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, she drew All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a Naismith Award and Wade Trophy finalist in 2003.

As good defensively as she was on offense, Penn is the school record holder in both steals (359) and field goal percentage (.593). She is fourth on the Gamecocks' career scoring list with 1,939 and has recorded two of the program's three 50-point games, including an SEC-record 51-point outing against Stetson. Penn also holds the record for steals in a game with 11 against South Carolina State. 


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She was selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting with the ninth overall pick of the draft (first round) and went on to play with both the Washington Mystics and Houston Comets, among others.












The Gamecocks take on Alabama tonight in the SEC Tournament first round in Nashville. Game time is set for 10:00 p.m. ET and will air on FSN/Sport South or you can listen on 1320 AM or online right here at GamecocksOnline.com.

Tanner: "It's a Very Special Rivalry."

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South Carolina Baseball Head Coach Ray Tanner spoke to the media today at his regular weekly press conference, and understandably many of the questions were focused on the intensity of the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry, the shenanigans of last season and more. The heated series opens its next chapter this weekend with a game in Charleston on Friday, in Columbia at Carolina Stadium on Saturday and in Clemson on Sunday. Click here to watch the full press conference. Here are some excerpts from Coach Tanner's statements:

Opening statement:

"It's very exciting to be able to engage in this kind of series in college baseball. It's been one of the greatest rivalries in the country for many, many years. We changed the format the past few years and it's really fun to be a part of this. Coach Leggett [Clemson Baseball Head Coach Jack Leggett] and I have talked about it on numerous occasions that this is just a pretty good situation for two teams in the state of South Carolina that can draw good crowds and have a lot of cities with interest in getting this neutral game so it's really special. I know the players and fans are tremendously excited about it and we're looking forward to being in Charleston tomorrow."

 
On any issues with Coach Leggett lingering from last year's bat warmers conflict:

"Coach Leggett and I have had a great relationship for many, many years back when he was at Western Carolina and I was at North Carolina State we played. We've had good games, good competition and it has been that way. Last year it went awry a little bit certainly but I think as far as I'm concerned and him as well, we discussed it after it was over, put it aside and we've moved on. It's back to baseball...I don't expect anything other than great competitive baseball."


On the buzz in Charleston about hosting the neutral site game and its sold out status:

"I'm really proud of that. It's exciting to me to be a part of that. Coach Jordan [The Citadel Head Coach Fred Jordan] left me a message last night. He said, 'you know I can't remember a kind of buzz going on in Charleston like this before. This is really neat." I think it's fun to be a part of that. I know it's special certainly from a coaching standpoint but for the players and the fans to get a chance to enjoy this I think it's really neat. College baseball has come a long way. I'm glad we're able to see it happening with us and Clemson in a weekend series."


On the intensity and uniqueness of the rivalry:

"It's a great rivalry, a healthy rivalry. We're fortunate that most years both of our teams are ranked and it's pretty good baseball. We've both made it to Omaha in the same years. We took our in-state rivalry to a national stage. A lot of great things have happened...It's always been a very special rivalry."


But is it the best in college baseball?

[smiling] "I don't have the statistics to back it up necessarily. Coach Leggett and I had this conversation a few years ago. I believe Miami and Florida tee it up this weekend as well, I think you can go across the country, Bruins and Trojans, Texas/Texas A&M and keep going and see if the attendance is what it is at our place, Clemson and Charleston. Seems to me like it's a pretty special one, may not be the best but if not it's certainly among them and that's something to be proud of for our program, for our state, I think it's really neat."


Click here for game notes and preview information for this weekend's Carolina-Clemson series.


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Saturday's home game is set for first pitch at 2:00 p.m. The game is not televised, but will be available on several Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates throughout the state. You can also watch the live video stream and listen online with GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics

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With back-to-back National Championships and so many history-making moments in just the past two years, it's understandable we would already have some re-decorating to do around Carolina Stadium!

Check out some photos below of new graphics being installed yesterday in the weight room (the last picture) and lobby at Carolina Stadium.

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Weight room graphics

Baseball Parking Options in Charleston on Friday

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The folks with the Riverdogs helping put on the South Carolina-Clemson baseball game on Friday have shared the parking map below to help fans coming to the game. They said that parking is going to be tight around the ball park until the business lots empty mid to late afternoon.

Game time is 6:00 p.m. at "The Joe", Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park!

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Go Gamecocks!

March 1, 2012

Gamecock Country-

I wanted to share our coverage plans for the Gamecock IMG Sports Network this weekend.  On Saturday, South Carolina men's basketball faces Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum at 1:30 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. airtime).  Back in Columbia, South Carolina baseball takes on Clemson at Carolina Stadium at 2 p.m. (1:45 airtime).  Both games can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.

 

GamecockRadio.jpgAs we explained in our "10 Burning Questions" FAQ, the Gamecock IMG Sports Network - like all IMG schools - only has one satellite channel.  In the event of a conflict, we have to offer on our satellite channel the sport that's carried by more of our affiliates.

 

Fortunately, your unprecedented interest has also coincided with a unique opportunity for us.  Another IMG school has allowed us to "borrow" their satellite channel Saturday - an option not normally available to us, especially at such a crowded sports time of the year.  That way, we can offer both games on our network.

 

What does this mean?  Affiliates that air both Gamecock basketball and baseball will have the option of choosing the game they'd like to carry.

 

Stations that do not carry Gamecock baseball are still contractually committed to covering South Carolina basketball.

 

Below is a list of stations that will air Gamecock basketball vs. Georgia, and the affiliates that will air Gamecock baseball vs. Clemson:

 

Gamecock baseball vs. Clemson:

WDOG-FM         93.5                        Allendale

WKSX-FM           92.7                        Aiken/Edgefield

WRIX-FM            103.1                     Anderson

WQUL-AM          1510                      Woodruff

WROO-FM          96.7                       Greenville

WRHI-AM           1340                      Rock Hill

WNKT-FM           107.5                     Columbia

 

Gamecock basketball vs. Georgia

WISW-AM           1320                     Columbia

WPUB-FM           102.7                    Camden

WTMA-AM          1250                      Charleston

WVSV-FM           107.3                     Chesterfield

WPCC-AM           1410                     Clinton

WOLH-FM           98.9                       Florence

WLMA-AM          1350                      Greenwood

WSYN-FM           103.1                     Myrtle Beach

WRHM-FM         107.1                     Rock Hill

WSMW-AM        1150                      Seneca

WIBZ-FM            95.5                       Sumter

WBCU-AM          1460                      Union   

WALI-FM            93.7                       Walterboro

XM Channel 199 (Univ. of Georgia broadcast only)

 

If your preferred game does not air in your market, we encourage you to subscribe to Gamecock All-Access.  We've outlined the many advantages of having an All-Access subscription in our "10 Burning Questions."

 

I (Andy Demetra) will be in Athens covering men's basketball.  Derek Scott will fill in on baseball. 

 

We look forward to delivering a great on-air product for you in both sports this weekend.  Thanks for your support.  Go Cocks!

 

Andy Demetra

"Voice of the Gamecocks"

Director of Broadcasting, Gamecock IMG Sports Network