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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 4/30 Baseball Sweeps

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball continued their SEC winning streak with a sweep of Alabama; Marvin Reitze set a school record at Penn Relays and was named Outstanding Men's Athlete of the Meet; six Gamecocks were selected in the NFL Draft; Voting for a College GameDay commercial re-opens tomorrow and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS





Track & Field. Reitze Sets School Record, Named Top Individual Athlete at Penn Relays







GAMECOCKS IN THE NFL DRAFT








VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH!

Senior left-handed pitcher Michael Roth is one of 10 finalists selected for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for baseball. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through June 11. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's head coaches' votes to determine the winner.



VOTE TO BRING ESPN GAMEDAY TO COLUMBIA!

ESPN will film a College GameDay commercial this summer on a campus selected by fans. The school with the most votes wins, so vote daily to bring GameDay to Columbia! 

The voting will begin TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 1st. Get ready!




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: Gamecocks sweep Tide (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks rise into tie for first (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Gamecocks back in position for title run (GamecockCentral.com)



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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights from the Gamecocks exciting come-from-behind win over Alabama Friday night to clinch the series victory!






ROOSTER CROWS

Freshman Katherine Schmidt was named the 2011-2012 AgSouth Female Athlete of the Year. She lead the Equestrian team in regular season, postseason, and overall wins; Schmidt finished the season with a team-high 25 wins. Her 25 wins in a single season is a Gamecock record and led the entire nation in wins this year. 



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Amy Shaw who says, "We live just outside of Philadelphia, but my boys (Jake and Dylan) know there's only one college we cheer for... Mommy's alma mater!  GO GAMECOCKS!"

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

Previous fan photos may be seen here:

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: LB Dantzler

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1075 the game logo.jpgThe "Fear the Fish" story has taken Gamecock Country by storm. Tonight, LB Dantzler will be on the "Inside the Roost" radio show with host Derek Scott to talk about his pet fish, Reptar, and the team's winning streak.

Over the last seven games, Dantzler has hit .370 (10-for-27) with four doubles, three homers, six runs scored and seven RBI. Dantzler has raised his season average to .255 (42-for-165) and is tied with Christian Walker for the team lead in home runs with eight. He has 37 RBI and a .455 slugging percentage. Dantzler homered and drove in two runs in the 9-1 win over Alabama on Saturday. He also doubled twice in the 12-11 win and drove in one run.

Tune in to Inside the Roost tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game! You can also listen online

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Davidson

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


As the semester comes to an end, Gamecock sports are nearing a close for the 2011-12 school year! After sweeping Alabama this weekend, baseball will host Davidson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for our only home event of the week. They'll head to Arkansas this weekend for a three-game road series. Friday and Saturday's games will be televised. Softball hosted their final home series of the season last weekend and will go on the road to Ole Miss for a three-game series this weekend, with game three airing on SportSouth on Sunday at 2 p.m.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baseball vs. Davidson - 7 p.m.
- Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
- Official team posters and schedule cards 
- Tickets available, click here to purchase online.



Gamecocks on the road...

Baseball @ Arkansas - Audio for all games available on the Gamecock Radio Network and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium)

Friday - 8 p.m. - TV: ESPNU
Saturday - 1p.m. - TV: ESPN2
Sunday - 2:05 p.m.


Softball @ Ole Miss - Audio for all games available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access

Friday - 7 p.m.
Saturday - 3 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.  - TV: SportSouth

Official Best Of is featuring South Carolina's top attractions on The Official
Best Of South Carolina 2012
. The show will air on NBC-WIS TV here in Columbia this Sunday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. as well as on the popular OfficialBestOf.com travel website.

We wouldn't be named the BEST live sports experience in the Palmetto State if it weren't for the fantastic fans here in Gamecock Country!!! Thank you, fans!!!
 

Awarded as The Official Best this year are:

Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Best Golf Resort - Kiawah Island

Williams-Brice Stadium - Best Live Sports Experience - Columbia

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel - Best Scenic Experience - Myrtle Beach

Lakewood Camping Resort - Best Campground & RV Park - Myrtle Beach

South of the Border - Best Roadside Attraction - Hamer

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum - Best Equestrian Attraction - Aiken

Duke Energy's World of Energy - Best Educational Attraction - Seneca

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport - Best Eco-Friendly Hotel

Check out a sneak peek of the Williams-Brice Stadium/Live Sports Experience segment!




From Official Best Of:

The Official Best Of was started in 2004 by Executive Producer, Brett Allen - a TV executive from St. Louis, Missouri. He saw a need for a researched travel resource that also provided TV features online as an additional resource for both in and out of state travelers. As a result, The Official Best Of was born. Each state production showcases outstanding "best" attractions in a variety of categories located throughout each state. A
research staff studies online travel sites, state tourism information, CVB resources and other sources to determine whether an attraction merits the "Official Best" reputability. One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn't accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is entirely by merit, and lesser known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones. As with each state production, The Official Best of South Carolina for 2012 will offer a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within the State of South Carolina as well as out-of-town visitors. Official Best Of is currently working its way through all fifty states. Visit www.OfficialBestOf.com for more information.

NFL Draft Profile: Travian Robertson

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Defensive tackle Travian Robertson boasts the second-most number of games played as a Gamecock at 56, only one behind teammate and roommate at Carolina, Rodney Paulk. Robertson returned from a season ending injury in 2009 to help anchor one of the top defensive fronts in the SEC in 2010 and 2011. Referred to by head coach Steve Spurrier as one of the best team captains he has ever coached, Robertson led the defensive line with 49 tackles in 2011 after earning his criminal justice degree last May.

****UPDATE: Robertson was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round.


Get everything you need to know about your NFL team's newest player here!

NFL Combine/Pro Day Vital Stats:
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 302 lbs.
40 yd Dash: 5.32 seconds
Vertical jump: 26 inches


Check out some of Travian's highlights from the 2011 season:





Awards and Notes:

- 2011 Team Captain
- Participated in the 87th East-West Shrine Game
- Played in 56 games as a Gamecock, second most in school history
- SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after a win vs. Florida in 2011
- SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll (2010)


Features:

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep - April 4, 2012

With Degree in Hand, Travian Robertson Focusing on Football - May 24, 2011


 









NFL Draft Profile: Rokevious Watkins

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Rokevious Watkins was a leader on the Gamecocks' offensive line. The Fairburn, GA, native started all 12 games and earned first team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press.

****UPDATE: Watkins was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round.

Get everything you need to know about your NFL team's newest player here!

NFL Combine/Pro Day Vital Stats:
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 338 lbs.
40 yd Dash: 5.39 seconds
Vertical jump: 27 inches


Check out some of Rokevious' highlights from the 2011 season:






Awards and Notes:

- All-SEC First Team (2011)
- SEC Coaches' Second Team (2011)
- Started all 12 games in the 2011 season
- Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the season-opener against East Carolina









NFL Draft Profile: Antonio Allen

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Antonio Allen was the only player in the elite Southeastern Conference to rank among the league's top 10 in tackles, interceptions, fumbles forced, AND fumbles recovered in 2011. He led the Gamecocks' No. 3-ranked defense with 88 tackles on the season, 55 of them solo stops. Allen played the hybrid Spur position for South Carolina after moving from safety in 2009, where he is projected to play in the NFL.

****UPDATE: Allen was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round.


Get everything you need to know about your NFL team's newest player here!

NFL Combine/Pro Day Vital Stats:
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210 lbs.
40 yd Dash: 4.67 seconds
Vertical jump: 34 inches


Check out some of Antonio's highlights from the 2011 season:



More Antonio Allen video:

Highlights vs. Navy (10 tackles, forced fumble, interception)



Awards and Notes:

- AP All-American, second team (2011)
- All-SEC Second Team (2011)
- Led the Gamecocks No. 3-ranked defense with 88 tackles in 2011
- Second on the team in interceptions (3) behind only the No. 10 overall NFL Draft selection Stephon Gilmore (4 INT).
- Senior Bowl participant
- Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist (2011)
- Ernest Brooks MVP Award (2010)



What They're Saying about Antonio Allen:

NFL Draft:

South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day (NFL.com Blog)

2012 NFL Draft: Second-round mock draft (CBSSports.com)

Antonio Allen 2012 NFL Draft quick report (MockingTheDraft.com)

Trinity alum Allen projected as mid-round pick (Ocala.com)


Features:

Ingram, Allen Grab Attention at Senior Bowl - Feb. 2, 2012









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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

NFL Draft Profile: Alshon Jeffery

NFL Draft Profile: Stephon Gilmore

NFL Draft Profile: Melvin Ingram

Farmer's Market Renovations Update (Photos)

Fear the Fish

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Softball Series; Baseball Hosts Alabama

Fans Enjoy Annual Spurrier Ladies Clinic

Travelle Wharton Adjusting to "Home"



ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina's Andrew Adams earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Playing mostly in the Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots in the lineup, Adams leads the team with 28 victories this season, the fourth-most all-time by a Gamecock freshman.



NFL Draft Profile: Alshon Jeffery

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Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery rewrote the Gamecock record books in just three years at South Carolina, including a breakout year during the team's 2010 SEC Eastern Division Championship season which earned him All-America and All-SEC honors. His hands, height and vertical jump are huge assets for the St. Matthews, SC, native who also excelled at basketball.

*****UPDATE: The Chicago Bears selected Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round! Official story from chicagobears.com: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8777

Bears fans, get everything you need to know about Alshon here!

NFL Combine/Pro Day Vital Stats:

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 213 lbs.
Vertical jump: 36.5 inches


Check out some of Alshon's highlights from the 2011 season:



You can see more videos including Jeffery's signature one-handed catches on the Gamecocks Online Alshon Jeffery YouTube playlist.



Awards and Notes:
- 2011 team captain
- All-SEC (2010, 2011)
- First-team All-American (2010)
- Biletnikoff Award finalist (2010)
- Freshman All-American (2009)
- Holds South Carolina records in:
- single season receptions: 88 (2010)
- single season receiving yards: 1,517 (2010)
- career receiving yards: 3,042 yards (ranks 2nd all-time in SEC)
- career receiving touchdowns: 23 (tied with Sidney Rice)
- career 100-yard receiving games: 11 (tied with Sidney Rice)
- Jeffery was a playmaker from the start, including a coming out party of sorts his freshman year (2009) when he caught seven passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Highlights from that game here.
- Going through his mind when he makes a catch or turns downfield: the mantra, "Do something to be great."
- Favorite food: Lasagna



Almost everyone expected Jeffery to head to the NFL Draft after three years, though rumors about his weight plagued him early in the scouting process this off-season. Jeffery silenced critics when he weighed in at the NFL Combine at 216 lbs., then at 213 lbs. at South Carolina's Pro Day in March. He elected to perform all his drills at his Pro Day instead of the Combine and solidified his projection as a first or second round pick.


What They're Saying about No. 1:

NFL Draft:

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

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

South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day (NFL.com Blog)


Features:

Alshon Jeffery Breaks Receiving Yards Record - Nov. 12, 2011

No Gamecock fan (or college football fan) will forget this play any time soon - Alshon's 51-yard jump ball TD catch to end the first half of the Capital One Bowl.










Alshon Jeffery Photo Gallery:



NFL Draft Profile: Stephon Gilmore

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Cornerback Stephon Gilmore led the Gamecocks in 2011 with four interceptions and seven pass break-ups along with 46 tackles. He also made the 2011 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. From Rock Hill, SC, Gilmore was the first in a string of four consecutive South Carolina Mr. Football award winners (the top high school football player in the state) signing to play for the Gamecocks. An impact player as soon as he stepped on campus, in his three years as a Gamecock he started in all 40 games at CB.

****UPDATE: With the No. 10 pick, the Buffalo Bills selected Stephon Gilmore!  Official Bills story: http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-2/Bills-go-with-CB-Gilmore-at-10/e4577261-4e74-4136-9ea9-f915156512f4

Bills.com Photo:

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Bills fans check out all the Gamecocks' info on Gilmore here:


NFL Combine Vital Stats:

Height: 6'0
Weight: 190 lbs.
40-yard Dash: 4.40 seconds *Top performer*
Vertical Jump: 36.0 inches


Check out some of Stephon's highlights from the 2011 season:





Awards and Notes:
- All-SEC honors in 2010
- He was one of only six players in the conference to be named first team All-SEC and to the Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2010.
- Harris Pastides Scholar-Athlete, Spring 2011
- Started all 40 games he played in three years as a Gamecock


There was some debate about Gilmore after he announced he would forgo his final year of eligibility in favor of the NFL, but the doubters were quickly quieted after an impressive performance at the NFL Combine and South Carolina's Pro Day. His speed and athleticism saw him quickly jump up several scouts and media members' draft boards. Check out a sampling of what they said about him leading up to the NFL Draft:


What They're Saying about Stephon:

NFL Draft:

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

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South Carolina turning into Cornerback U. (Rivals.com)

2012 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 has Stephon Gilmore cracking the top 10 (SportsIllustrated.com)

Video: NFL.com on Stephon Gilmore

Video: SportsCenter Draft Special - Stephon on Getting Ready for the Draft

Video: NFL Live Segment - Stephon talks to Mike Hill, Tedy Bruschi, and Marcellus Wiley about preparing for the NFL

South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day (NFL.com Blog)


Features:

Stephon Gilmore poised to become NFL first round draft pick (Herald Online)

S.C. corner Gilmore lets play do the talking (The Charlotte Observer)


Stephon Gilmore Takes ESPN (Bristol Gamecock)


Team Specific:

Bills like CB Gilmore's ability to play multiple coverages (CBSSports.com)


Gilmore recovered a blocked extra point and showed off his speed returning it to the opposite end zone in the Gamecocks' Capital One Bowl victory. Watch it at the 0:33 mark in this video.

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NFL Draft Profile: Melvin Ingram

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After quietly leading the Gamecocks in sacks in the 2010 SEC Eastern Division Championship season, defensive end Melvin Ingram from Rockingham, NC, exploded on to the scene in 2011 as a senior. A team captain, Ingram helped lead the Gamecocks to a historic 11 wins on the season and a Top 10 finish, captivating fans with his athleticism, affable personality and big play-making ability from week to week.

*****UPDATE: Melvin Ingram was selected with the No. 18 pick by the San Diego Chargers

Photo from official Chargers Facebook page:

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Hey, Charger fans! Get everything you need to know about your team's newest player here!

NFL Combine Vital Stats:

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 264 lbs.
40 yd Dash: 4.79 seconds
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches

Check out some of Melvin's highlights from the 2011 season:



You can see more videos on the Gamecocks Online Melvin Ingram YouTube playlist.


Awards and Notes:
- Just the third consensus All-American in South Carolina Football history (named first team All-America by AFCA, Walter Camp, Sporting News and Associated Press)
- First team All-SEC selection
- Had 48 tackles including team-highs in tackles for loss (15) and sacks (10), 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions in 2011.
- Finished his career fourth on the sacks record list at Carolina
- Participated in the Senior Bowl and won every event he participated in at the All-Star Football Challenge skills competition leading up to the Draft.


With jaw-dropping plays like his 68-yard fake punt for a touchdown against Georgia, Ingram quickly grabbed attention from media and scouts. Check out a sampling of what they said about him leading up to the NFL Draft:


What They're Saying about Super Melvin:

NFL Draft:

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

"This is a defensive talent who made plays in the mighty SEC against good football players. He made them as a rush end. He made them as a stand-up linebacker. He made them in coverage. He even made them on special teams, his fake-punt run for a touchdown against Georgia is something you should watch on YouTube...Ingram has a low center and strong legs, much like Dwight Freeney the Colts. He isn't as explosive as Freeney, but he does have big-time closing speed. Ingram's best 40 time at the combine was 4.69, the same as Coples. But the 20-yard shuttle times, which show the ability to change directions quickly, give a big edge to Ingram. His best time was 4.18 seconds. Coples' best was 4.80. That's a huge difference. That's what makes Ingram special, closing speed and the ability to explode after the runner and the quarterback."

- When it comes to making plays, Ingram is best pass rusher in the draft (CBSSports.com)


*You can watch the play against Vanderbilt writer Pete Prisco highlights at the 0:37 mark of this video. The Vandy game was a breakout game for the Gamecock defense, allowing just 77 yards of offense. Ingram had four tackles in that game (3 for loss), two sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

The football version of a decathlete (Chargers.com)

South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day (NFL.com Blog)

2012 Path to the Pros: Melvin Ingram (Video - Stack TV)

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


2011 Season Features:

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






Melvin Ingram Photo Gallery:




Farmer's Market Renovations Update (Photos)

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Check out a few photos taken today of the latest work on the old Farmer's Market lot!

The Scarlet Oaks are in and have been filling out nicely with spring green leaves. The coolest thing about them will be this fall though, when their leaves should turn a beautiful Garnet-like shade. You can also see some of the brick work being done at the entrance to the Garnet Way. The look of this will be similar to the brick and iron gates on campus.

Also of note, the power lines along Bluff Rd. that are visible in these photos are scheduled to be buried underground as part of this project.

A few photos are below and you can see more here on our Facebook page:

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Trees line the Garnet Way and throughout the parking quads.

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You can see the brick entry way

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 Paved VIP parking area. Parking selection times begin in June along with season tickets. Both are available!

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: voting ends today for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year; Michael Roth named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award; two Women's Tennis players named to All-SEC second team; Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore make appearances in New York before the draft and more!



AGSOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR- Final Day to Vote!


Get your votes in for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year! Voting closes TONIGHT! There is one male and one female winner. Gamecocks who were named AgSouth Athletes of the Week throughout the 2011-12 year are eligible for the award.

Click here to cast your votes!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Michael Roth Named A Finalist For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Women's Tennis. Alawi, Morgina Named to All-SEC Second Team

Football. Official Pairings Announced for Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

General News. South Carolina Athletics Holds 2012 Gamecock Gala



VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH!


Lowe's Senior Class Award logo.jpgSenior left-handed pitcher Michael Roth is one of 10 finalists selected for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for baseball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
 
Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through June 11. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

Click here to vote!



NFL DRAFT - Tomorrow!

Final 2012 NFL mock draft (The Sporting Network)

New York Jets Draft Predictions: Melvin Ingram on New York's Radar (International Business Times)

South Carolina star Melvin Ingram's future in the NFL looks sunny (McClatchy Newspapers)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Spurrier: USC has 'pretty good team' (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Wrapping Up, Part I (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: Wrapping Up, Part II (GamecockCentral.com)



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Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore both participated in an NFL Draft event for kids today!




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


Reptar1.jpgFear the Fish

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Softball Series; Baseball Hosts Alabama

Fans Enjoy Annual Spurrier Ladies Clinic

Travelle Wharton Adjusting to "Home"

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

Demand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore



VIDEO OF THE DAY


Get to know senior third baseman Evan Childs in her Gamecock Spotlight. Hard to believe the season has gone by so fast but the softball team hosts their final home series this weekend vs. Auburn! Senior Day ceremonies will be on Sunday shortly before the games 1 p.m. start time.





ROOSTER CROWS

Women's Tennis Junior Jaklin Alawi and Senior Anya Morgina were named to the All-SEC Second Team. Alawi leads the Gamecocks in singles and doubles victories this season with a 25-8 singles record and has a 22-11 record in doubles.

Morgina has played No.1 singles all season long for the second year in a row and is 20-9 overall. She has held a national ranking all season long and earns a second consecutive nod to an All-SEC Team this year.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Check out this impressive project by David Bain!

"Last summer, our deck was in need of repainting. With my wife's consent...this is what I decided to do. Hope you enjoy. This year, another Gamecock painting will be going up on the garage wall that extends into the back yard."

If you have a Gamecock room or other Gamecock-themed area in your home, we'd love to see it! Send it to us at 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



 

Fear the Fish

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For South Carolina Baseball in 2010 it was a spirit stick. In 2012? A fish.

As many Gamecock fans learned from Gamecock Radio Network's Andy Demetra during this weekend's broadcast and David Cloninger's article yesterday, in a sport rife with superstitions the Gamecocks have found a new "mascot" of sorts to serve as a team rallying point.

Junior third baseman LB Dantzler's pet betta fish, Reptar, was uncharacteristically along for the ride to Auburn this past weekend which saw the Gamecocks find new offensive life and sweep the series. A new motto and Twitter hashtag, "#FeartheFish", were quickly born.

Check out photos of Reptar himself shared by LB:

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Reptar cozy at home in his usual bowl.



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Dantzler found a small plastic bowl as Reptar's original travel container.



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Dantzler revealed Reptar's new luxury travel accommodations on Monday.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: coverage from last night's Gamecock Gala; the NFL Draft is just two days away; a look back at this weekend's Spurrier Ladies Clinic; the latest Gamecock Spotlight and more!



AGSOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Get your votes in for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year! Voting closes TOMORROW! There is one male and one female winner. Gamecocks who were named AgSouth Athletes of the Week throughout the 2011-12 year are eligible for the award.

Click here to cast your votes!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

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Michael Roth, winner of the President's Award, with Dr. Pastides


South Carolina Athletics Holds 2012 Gamecock Gala - List of award winners, photo gallery and video!

Women's Soccer. Kayla Grimsley Signs With Professional Team In Iceland

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook




VOTE TO BRING ESPN GAMEDAY TO COLUMBIA!

ESPN College Gameday logo.jpgESPN will film a College GameDay commercial this summer on a campus selected by fans. The school with the most votes wins, so vote daily to bring GameDay to Columbia! Voting ends May 2nd!

They're taking a "time out" from voting right now after some fishy Day 1 results, so stay tuned and we'll give you the heads up once voting is live again!

http://www.gamedayvote.com/


While you're at it, let ESPN know some ins and outs of Columbia for their "Home Turf" series! Click here to fill them in!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Audio: Steve Spurrier on Marcus Lattimore (Tim Brando Show)

Women's Basketball: Wrapping Up, Part 1 (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Will South Carolina's baseball improvement be enough? (Anderson Independent Mail)

Gamecock Gala Photos (GamecockCentral.com)



NFL DRAFT - TWO days...

South Carolina turning into Cornerback U. (Rivals.com)

When it comes to making plays, Ingram is best pass rusher in the draft (CBSSports.com)

"There has been a lot of chatter lately that because of Melvin Ingram's arm length (31 1/2 inches), he is sliding down draft boards. Our sources have told us this rumor is false.

There is a consensus among our sources that their teams have the South Carolina standout ranked as the best pass rusher in the draft. Furthermore, Ingram (6-2, 264) is considered the No. 1 defensive end in a 4-3 scheme and the No. 1 outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme." - Sporting News



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

It's a nice thought! Tune in as the first round of the NFL Draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m.





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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Softball Series; Baseball Hosts Alabama

IMG_7996.JPGFans Enjoy Annual Spurrier Ladies Clinic

Travelle Wharton Adjusting to "Home"

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

Demand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest







VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the latest Gamecock Spotlight on sophomore pitcher Forrest Koumas:






ROOSTER CROWS

Ace pitcher Michael Roth won the night's most prestigious honor at Monday's Gamecock Gala, the President's Award, which was presented to him by University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides. Roth will earn his degree in international business and marketing in May.

Roth improved to 4-0 with a win in Friday night's 12-5 victory over Auburn. Roth allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts The eight strikeouts marked the most for Roth this season against a SEC team and the second highest strikeout total for him on the year. Roth has a 2.84 ERA in 66.2 innings pitched with 16 walks to 57 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .194 against him.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Check out today's great photo from the Chavous family!

This is a picture of our family enjoying a Carolina Baseball win over Auburn Saturday. It was our daughter's first Carolina baseball game.
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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

Fans Enjoy Annual Spurrier Ladies Clinic

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This past Saturday over 850 women packed The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium to kick off the 2012 Steve Spurrier Ladies Clinic. The program started with each coach speaking briefly about their position group as well as panel discussions with the wives and families of the staff and several players and players' moms.

"I was raised with sports and my father has always been a season ticket holder so I know some of the terms, but learning more about what the positions on the field actually are, what are linebackers, what are defensive backs, I didn't know all of that," said Shannon Ellison of Honea Path, SC. "It was nice to hear that; it makes you understand more about what's going on when you actually watch the ball games."

Ellison's friend, Sheila Brazeal also from Honea Path, agreed. "I didn't realize there were so many signs and signals," she said. "I thought there were just a couple little basic things, but I didn't know that every move they make meant something."

The mothers in the audience all seemed to relate as Marcus Lattimore's mom, Yolanda Smith, answered a question about battling a security guard to get on the field after her son was injured on the road at Mississippi State. Laughs roared as Kelcy Quarles' mother, Mattie, displayed her famous stare that defensive line coach Brad Lawing joked he saw far too many times during the recruiting process. Many of the fans in attendance also loved the chance to hear from the players themselves and get to know more about them off the field. Senior defensive end Devin Taylor in particular had his personality on display, opting to crown himself with a glittery blue tiara for the occasion.

"They looked like they were having fun and they didn't mind being here," said Ellison. "I'm sure coming and talking in front of a bunch of women is not their top priority especially on a Saturday. I was grateful that they were here to talk to us."

After a break for lunch and mingling, and announcing winners for various door prizes and raffles, the group broke off to check out the meeting rooms, weight room and eventually took the field to the sounds of "2001" for some (easy, don't worry) touchdown and interception drills with the coaching staff.

Longtime fan Sandy Moore of Easley (attending the Ladies Clinic for her 7th time) said there is only one problem with the event:

"I just get too excited about it. I'm ready for football as soon as I leave! I'm ready, let's go."

Check out a photo slideshow from the event:
 




Did you miss this year's clinic? Check back on GamecocksOnline.com next year for more information. The 2012 football season is only a few months away! Season tickets are available.
  
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball brings home a sweep of Auburn and prepares to host Alabama; Softball prepares for their final home series of the season and Senior Day; a great feature on Softball junior Samie Garcia; three Cross Country student-athletes earn university awards; former Women's Soccer player Kayla Grimsley goes pro, and more!



AGSOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Get your votes in for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year! There is one male and one female winner. Gamecocks who were named AgSouth Athletes of the Week throughout the 2011-12 year are eligible for the award.

Click here to cast your votes!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Soccer. Kayla Grimsley Signs With Professional Team In Iceland

Equestrian. Equestrian Team Holds End of Season Banquet

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecocks Sweep Auburn With 11-7 Win In Series Finale

Baseball. Gamecocks Take Series With 5-3 Victory Over Auburn

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Take Sixth at SEC Women's Golf Championship

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Finish 10th at SEC Men's Golf Championship

Softball. Another Home Run Record Falls in Gamecocks' 6-3 Loss to No. 8/7 Tennessee

Softball. Gamecocks Can't Hold On in 4-2 Saturday Setback to No. 8/7 Tennessee

Cross Country. Three Gamecock Cross Country Athletes Earn Awards



VOTE TO BRING ESPN GAMEDAY TO COLUMBIA!

ESPN College Gameday logo.jpgESPN will film a College GameDay commercial this summer on a campus selected by fans. The school with the most votes wins, so vote daily to bring GameDay to Columbia! Voting ends May 2nd!

http://www.gamedayvote.com/


While you're at it, let ESPN know some ins and outs of Columbia for their "Home Turf" series! Click here to fill them in!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Softball: Samie Garcia packs a punch despite small frame (GoGamecocks.com)

Dantzler_022812_010_AS.JPGBaseball: Gamecocks win 8th straight SEC game (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Streaking: USC takes eighth straight SEC game (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Fish Story (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Look Back, Look Ahead: Back in the Race (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Tanner wins another dice roll (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Frank Martin, always a fighter, embraces the challenge of USC basketball (The Post and Courier)



NFL DRAFT - 3 days...

South Carolina turning into Cornerback U. (Rivals.com)

When it comes to making plays, Ingram is best pass rusher in the draft (CBSsports.com)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

The NFL Draft starts this Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN!


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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Final Home Softball Series; Baseball Hosts Alabama

Thumbnail image for wharton_travelle.jpgTravelle Wharton Adjusting to "Home"

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

Demand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Listen in on LB Dantzler's post-game comments from Saturday's series-clinching victory over Auburn:

http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=316795



ROOSTER CROWS

Three members of the South Carolina cross country team earned honors at a university awards ceremony Thursday. Seniors Sara Hartley and Erin Fedewa were both awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in addition to being named "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities".

Junior Megan Rother was awarded the James T. Penny Award by the College of Arts & Sciences. The James T. Penny Award scholarship is for an undergraduate upper-level student-athlete who has demonstrated academic excellence while majoring in the field of Biological Sciences and competing in intercollegiate athletics.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo was sent in by Lee with the following caption:

"Pic of Mike Varner of Summerville and Lee Childs of Seneca before the Clemsux game. Thanks and 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




THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball hosts their final home series of the season as they take on Auburn this weekend. It will also be the final series ever in the current Beckham Field as construction will begin on the new stadium on the same site at the end of this season. Be sure to come cheer on your Gamecock seniors and bid farewell to Beckham Field. Baseball returns home this weekend after a road sweep of Auburn to host Alabama in a three-game series starting Thursday with the SEC Game of the Week televised nationally on ESPNU.


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This year's softball senior class



Thursday, April 26, 2012

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


Friday, April 27,  2012

Baseball vs. Alabama - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. Auburn  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the softball Facebook fan page for a prize
-High School Night
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, April 28,  2012

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

Softball vs. Auburn  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Girl Scout Night- banner competition!
-Alumni Night
-Honoring the Beckhams
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Softball vs. Auburn  - 1 p.m.
-Senior Day - final home game of the season
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Twitterific Sunday- show us your gameday mention of @GamecockSoftbll for a prize
-Little League Day
-Kids Run the Bases
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Travelle Wharton Adjusting to "Home"

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wharton_travelle.jpgFor the past eight seasons, former Gamecock offensive lineman Travelle Wharton has been able to enjoy living and working less than two hours away from his hometown of Fountain Inn, SC, a relative rarity in the NFL. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2004 and had been with the Charlotte-based franchise ever since until this spring. 

With their salary cap number looming, the Panthers chose to release Wharton, who was quickly signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, a team with a lot more cap room to maneuver within. On the surface, a move so far from home would seem like a negative. But, as it turns out, Cincinnati is almost just as much a home for Wharton as the Carolinas. After World War II his grandmother's side of the family left the South for Cincinnati and he has had family reunions both in Ohio and South Carolina his entire life.

"It's funny how life is and comes full circle," said Wharton. "All the aunts, grandparents, everybody is up there [laughing], I have a lot of cousins. They've been calling and bragging to people that I'll be up there and they can get to see me play."

While there are no other Gamecocks currently on the Bengals' roster besides Wharton, he says he still knows quite a few of the players from his time in the league.

"They have a lot of guys who are originally from South Carolina. They keep their Carolina connection," Wharton said.

After visiting the South Carolina campus some this spring, including the football team's recent Pro Timing Day, Wharton headed to Cincinnati for off-season workouts. His wife Kashema, a fellow Gamecock grad, and their three daughters, ages six, three and one, plan to join him there once the school year is out.

Even farther away with his family in Cincy, the Whartons will always be a part of the Gamecock family!


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Softball hosts Tennessee this weekend including Student Night tonight; Baseball faces Auburn on the road; Fan Fest dates announced; vote for AgSouth Athlete of the Year and more!


It's Student Night tonight at Softball vs. Tennessee at 7 p.m.! - students can earn double Student Rewards points, get free pizza and enter to win our Under Armour giveaways (pictured below). More info on all of this weekend's softball promotions here.

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AGSOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Voting is open for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year! There is one male and one female winner. Gamecocks who were named AgSouth Athletes of the Week throughout the 2011-12 year are eligible for the award.

Click here to cast your votes!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Gamecocks Begin Final 2012 Home Stand vs. No. 8/7 Tennessee

Baseball. Baseball Travels To Auburn For Weekend Series

Gamecock Club. Fan Fest Dates Announced

Football. Gamecocks Assist Wounded Warrior Project



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: USC looks to take series at Auburn (Anderson Independent Mail)

Baseball: USC tries to extend mastery of Auburn (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Pitcher Jordan Montgomery off to a hot start for South Carolina (The Post and Courier)



NFL DRAFT - 6 days...

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Stephon Gilmore's Skills in Zone Defense Fit Perfectly for Patriots If He Falls in Draft (NESN.com)

Chavous predicts Titans will pick Gilmore in draft (The Tennessean)

Chicago Bears Visit South Carolina's Melvin Ingram: A Fan's Take (Yahoo! Sports)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Happy 67th Birthday to Coach Spurrier!



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

Demand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Tennessee, Student Night Friday

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know junior men's tennis player Harry Menzies - his grandmother was a Wimbledon champion!






ROOSTER CROWS

First baseman Christian Walker became the 25th player in South Carolina history to reach the 200 career hits mark during the Vanderbilt series. After this week, he has 218 hits which is 17th overall in school history.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo was submitted by Matt Kim, who said:

"On the morning of the Capital One Bowl game, my 2 year old son Paxton sees me in my #21 Gamecocks jersey. Anytime he sees me wearing Gamecock apparel he constantly yells "GO GAMECOCKS!" The whole game he was yelling "GO GAMECOCKS" and after seeing me get excited about a play he'd yell "TOUCHDOWN" with his arms up even if it wasn't a touchdown. I'm pretty sure I can safely say he'll be a Gamecock 4 Life!"

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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




Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
Voting open for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year; Frank Martin featured on the ESPN college basketball front page; Women's Tennis advances in SEC Tournament; Baseball and Softball prep for weekend series and more!


AGSOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Voting is open for the AgSouth Athlete of the Year! There is one male and one female winner. Gamecocks who were named AgSouth Athletes of the Week throughout the 2011-12 year are eligible for the award.

Click here to cast your votes!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Softball. Gamecocks Begin Final 2012 Home Stand vs. No. 8/7 Tennessee

Baseball. Baseball Travels To Auburn For Weekend Series

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Pick Up 5-0 Win Over Kentucky to Advance at SECs

Men's Tennis. Late Surge Falls Just Short Against No. 17 Auburn

Women's Golf. Gamecock Women's Golf Set for SEC Championship

Men's Golf. Gamecock Men's Golf Looks to Contend at SEC Championship

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Revise Contract With Western Kentucky



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Frank Martin on ESPN front page screen grab.JPGMen's Basketball: Frank Martin expects to win (ESPN)

Men's Basketball: Happiness, where are you? (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: The Evolution of Steve Spurrier (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Spurrier and South Carolina evolving with the times (SportsIllustrated.com)



NFL DRAFT - One week!

S.C. corner Gilmore lets play do the talking (The Charlotte Observer)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Those would be great, close-by teams for Gamecocks! Join our mock draft discussion over on our Facebook page.




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

Thumbnail image for Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - Concert.JPGDemand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Tennessee, Student Night Friday

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images







VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out part 2 of our Gamecock Spotlight on men's basketball head coach Frank Martin including some great anecdotes about his grandmother:





WELCOME TO THE GAMECOCK FAMILY!


Assistant volleyball coach Moritz Moritz and his wife Kevann had their second child this morning. Gracyn Tide is 8 lb., 7 oz. and both mom and baby are doing well! Welcome to the Gamecock family, Gracyn!



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo was submitted by Susan Kampmeyer who said:

"Here's our 8 year old Anna celebrating her love for the Carolina Gamecocks with our Cocky statue! Her school had Red Ribbon Week to commit to stay drug free! Each day they dressed up. Friday was 'team spirit' day! She's a serious Carolina fan!!"

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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

Student-Athletes Attend Networking Event

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South Carolina student-athletes recently had the opportunity to meet with professionals from several top companies in the area. Director of Player Development Terry Cousin organized the event as a networking opportunity for student-athletes, coordinating efforts with Erica Nelson, Coordinator of Life Skills and Community Outreach, and the academics staff at the Dodie.

Student-athletes brought their resumes and talked to professionals from companies including Target, Enterprise, Chick-fil-A, Mass Mutual Financial Group and more. Check out some photos:

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Thank you to all the participants!  

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's and Women's Tennis prepare to open up SEC Tournament play tomorrow; Baseball looks ahead to Auburn this weekend; great articles on Coach Spurrier and Coach Staley; NFL Draft buzz continues with Stephon Gilmore on the front page of SI.com and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Opens SEC Tournament Action Thursday Morning

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Prepares to Open SEC Tournament Play Thursday

Baseball. Gamecocks Fall 4-3 To College Of Charleston

Softball. Gamecock Spotlight: Lauren Lackey



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Thumbnail image for FB-11 Steve Spurrier after Nebraska.jpegFootball: The Evolution of Steve Spurrier (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Spurrier and South Carolina evolving with the times (SportsIllustrated.com)

Football: Audio: Shawn Elliott on The Halftime Show (107.5 The Game)

Women's Basketball: Staley uses basketball to teach life's lessons (Carolina Reporter News)









NFL DRAFT - 8 days...

2012 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 has Stephon Gilmore cracking the top 10 (SportsIllustrated.com)


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GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: Gamecocks in MLB (GamecockCentral.com)

Track & Field:  Olympic hopeful teaches Savannah to hurdle (The TODAY Show)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Cliff has it right!



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Thumbnail image for Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - Concert.JPGDemand Grows as Darius Rucker Intercollegiate a Hit with Golf Teams

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Tennessee, Student Night Friday

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images







VIDEO OF THE DAY

You may have been to the Masters, but junior golfer Dykes Harbin has actually played Augusta National five times! Get to know him in his Gamecock Spotlight: 






ROOSTER CROWS

Men's Tennis freshman Andrew Adams leads the team with 27 singles wins this season, which is sixth all-time among South Carolina freshmen. He is also sixth in number of matches played during the freshman season with 37 matches.

Women's Tennis has boasted three ranked singles players all spring. Currently, Anya Morgina is 39th, Dijana Stojic is ranked No. 85 and Jaklin Alawi stands 89th. For doubles, Alawi is nationally ranked with Stojic at No. 37 and she holds a No. 61 ranking with Morgina.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Today's photo is from Ellis Robinson who shared this photo of his daughter Ronnie when she was nine months old in her first Gamecock hoodie.

"She is gonna be a huge Gamecock fan like her 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





Former South Carolina Track athlete and reigning World Champion in the 110-m hurdles, Jason Richardson, appeared on NBC's TODAY Show to talk about his hopes for the Olympic Games this summer in London. He also attempted to "teach" TODAY's Savannah Guthrie how to hurdle.  Richardson is among several former Gamecocks that will be looking to compete in London so keep your eye on the Olympics!

 

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Follow Jason on Twitter: @JaiRich

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - trophy.JPGIt's not every weekend you go to a golf tournament and get a concert from a famous chart-topping singer. Participants in this year's Darius Rucker Intercollegiate tournament got that and more. A concert by Darius Rucker at a college golf tournament bearing his name could have been enough on its own to launch the event as one of the best in the nation. But the tournament, put on in collaboration by Rucker, the University of South Carolina and the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, earned that status all on its own.

"We are receiving rave reviews from all participating coaches and teams following the inaugural Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. Over 50 schools have requested consideration for a 2013 invitation," said South Carolina's Director of Golf, Puggy Blackmon. "In 30 years I have never seen a [club] membership so enthusiastic and excited about an event. It is very unusual to have one of the most prestigious clubs in the country take such a role."

The three-day, 54-hole event held in early March at Long Cove Club hosted one of the strongest tournament fields in collegiate golf this season, as 12 of the 15 participating teams were ranked in the Golfweek Top 50. Blackmon and Long Cove head professional Bob Patton came up with the idea with hopes of creating one of the top women's tournaments in the country and Blackmon reached out to Rucker for his involvement. Long Cove's commitment helped take the event to another level. Tournament chairman Staunton Oppenheimer (affectionately known as "Oppie"), took care of seemingly small details that enhanced the teams' experiences, such as housing. As opposed to staying in hotels, Oppie secured housing in private homes in the area. He helped create a red carpet atmosphere for Rucker's concert, enlisted tournament sponsors and got the club membership involved. Club members volunteered with scoring, set-up, hospitality - virtually every aspect of the tournament.

"They just did an incredible job. They have one of the best golf courses in the state. It's a high-end private club that we get to compete at, and then you've got the staff -  the food and beverage, the pro shop staff, Patton and his support staff, the grounds crew that makes the grounds pristine, that helps make things a little bit different than every event that we play," said South Carolina head women's golf coach Kalen Harris. "Oppie and the membership really pulled together and made it special; they were excited to have us."

Visiting coaches also shared Harris's sentiments.

"The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate is the best regular season collegiate golf tournament in the country.  My team was blown away by The Long Cove Club, the membership's hospitality, and most of all Darius Rucker's sponsorship and involvement with this event.  This is truly a first-class event and we can't wait to return next year.  My team is still talking about this amazing tournament and the memories that they created are moments of a lifetime." - Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor

"Obviously you can't control the weather but everything that they could control was great. The golf course was in excellent shape. The whole aura of the tournament was amazing. Being able to stay as a team in one of the homes was good because I think it helped us bond a little bit. The students also really enjoyed the Darius Rucker concert. Being able to see what a fine person he is on top of being a great entertainer was a neat experience. You could see his personality and character come out in that concert and he's such a great role model for the athletes. Our host family was amazing and the members who volunteered during the tournament were phenomenal. They try to make it the best event of the year and they did a great job." --  Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - Concert.JPGRucker's involvement in the tournament was a huge attraction. He held a private concert for tournament players, coaches, sponsors, guests and Long Cove members the Thursday night before the Friday start of competition that quickly sold out.

"Darius loves the game of golf, he promotes golf, and he loves the Gamecocks. The neat thing during the concert was that he gave us a lot of shout outs and he's throwing his guitar picks and they all have Block C's on them with his signature on the back," said Harris. "A lot of the girls on our team said, 'I haven't had that much fun in a long time.'"

Rucker directs a lot of generosity towards supporting golf. His former band, Hootie and the Blowfish, already lends its name to a men's college tournament, the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, and hosts the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The Pro-Am has donated more than $4.5 million to the band's foundation, which supports education and the S.C. Junior Golf Foundation. Rucker also wanted to make a $5,000 donation to whichever school won the Darius Rucker event (No. 2-ranked Alabama took home first place in the rain-shortened tournament.)

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"To have a first class event associated with South Carolina Women's Golf is great publicity for us and it's a great thing for the future of our program," said Harris. "To have really the best tournament in the country hosted by the University of South Carolina is something that's good for recruiting and good for our school."

As word spread about the great experience, demand for invitations to next year's event have grown, which also helps South Carolina with scheduling and being able to trade invitations with other prestigious, attractive tournaments.

Fortunately those excited teams are in luck. Rucker, Long Cove and South Carolina have agreed to host the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at least through 2016.


*Photos courtesy of Long Cove Club. View more photos from the tournament and concert here.

More on South Carolina Women's Golf


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition:
Baseball preps to host CofC tonight; NFL Draft buzz on the Gamecocks as they take visits around the country; articles on Marcus Lattimore's recovery and comments after the spring game; a new Gamecock Spotlight and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts College Of Charleston On Tuesday

Baseball. Grayson Greiner Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Baseball. Mississippi State Series Sights & Sounds

Men's Basketball. Harris Requests Permission To Contact Other Institutions

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo Earns Welland (Ontario) Top Honor

Equestrian. 14 Equestrians Named to NCEA Academic All-America Team

Women's Golf. South Carolina Women's Golf Signs Couch for 2012-13



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks held their annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday in front of 34,513 fans!

Check out the game recap here featuring highlights and comments from Coach Spurrier and Marcus Lattimore

Photos: Kids Day
Photos: Tailgate Competition
Photos: Spring Game & Fan Fest
Photos: In-game action photos


More coverage:

IMG_7291.JPGFootball: Quiet spring good for South Carolina football team (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Lattimore doing 'the little things' in the spring (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: Lattimore eager to make cuts (GreenvilleOnline.com)

Football: Lattimore learns from injured knee (Associated Press/SI.com)





GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

WTN-12 Jaklin Alawi vs. Clemson.jpegWomen's Tennis: USC tennis star searching for home (GoGamecocks.com) *Feature on Jaklin Alawi and the women's tennis team

Baseball: Belcher takes the hill against Cougars (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: South Carolina hosts Cougars and aims for season sweep of Charleston-area schools (The Post & Courier)



NFL DRAFT - 9 days...

FB-11 Melvin Ingram vs. Florida2.jpeg Draft profile: OLB Melvin Ingram (ESPN NewYork)

Jared Cook has the perfect pick for the Titans (The Tennessean Titans Insider) *Gamecock Jared Cook thinks his Titans should select Melvin Ingram if they can, a totally unbiased opinion of course!

Gilmore could be 2nd CB off board (Inside the Bills Blog)

QB Tannehill, DE Ingram top Tuesdays pre-draft visits (Inside the Bills Blog)

Source: Bears to host S. Carolina's Jeffery (ESPN Chicago)

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore



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It's always fashionable.



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Tennessee, Student Night Friday

Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images

Underwood Discusses Joining Frank Martin's Staff at Carolina



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know senior golfer Katie Burnett in her Gamecock Spotlight:






FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is from Amy Penninger of Sage and Marli showing off who they cheer for, the Gamecocks of course!

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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

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

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Fans who attended Fan Fest after Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game had a chance to get their photo taken at the Block C at midfield.

How to download your picture:

1. Click this link to go to the Flickr gallery of photos.
2. Find your picture and click on it to open.
3. Right click anywhere on your picture and next to "View all sizes" click "Large"
4. Then click "Download the Large size of this photo" and click "Save" to save the file to your computer.


Check out the slideshow of great-looking Gamecock fans:




Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: lots of coverage of the Garnet & Black Spring Game; No. 9 Baseball sweeps Mississippi State and Grayson Greiner earns his first SEC weekly honor; Softball breaks a school record and returns home to host Tennessee; Track & Field makes impressive marks at Spec Towns Invitational and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

BSB-12 Grayson Greiner vs. Miss State.jpegBaseball. Grayson Greiner Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecocks Complete First SEC Sweep With 6-4 Win Over Mississippi State

Baseball. Gamecocks Take Series With 5-3 Win Over Mississippi State

Softball. Gamecocks Break Single-Season Home Run Record in 19-4 Loss at No. 2/2 Alabama

Softball. South Carolina Comes Up Short in 7-5 Loss at No. 2/2 Alabama

Track & Field. Six Wins Push Gamecocks To Strong Day At Spec Towns Invitational

Equestrian. Hunt Seat Team Drops K-State, 7-1, for Fifth Place Finish

Equestrian. Gamecocks Drop Third-Place Meet to Georgia, 5-3, on Saturday

Men's Tennis. No. 10 Gators Top Gamecocks 6-1

Volleyball. Gamecocks Close Spring Season with Thriller vs. Clemson



FOOTBALL SPRING GAME

The Gamecocks held their annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday in front of 34,513 fans!

Check out the game recap here featuring highlights and comments from Coach Spurrier and Marcus Lattimore

Photos: Kids Day
Photos: Tailgate Competition
Photos: Spring Game & Fan Fest
Photos: In-game action photos


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More coverage:


Recapping South Carolina's spring game (ESPN SEC Blog)

USC passing attack shines in spring game (Anderson Independent Mail)

Passing highlights USC's spring game (The Post and Courier)

Hundreds Enjoy Gamecock Fan Fest (WLTX.com)

Being away from football has helped make Marcus Lattimore a better player (Anderson Independent Mail)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Gamecocks sweep Mississippi State (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Gamecocks sweep Bulldogs (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Diamond Extra: Sparkling defense spurs USC (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Look Back, Look Ahead: Road beckons (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: Audio: Frank Martin on 107.5 The Game during spring game halftime (107.5 The Game)

Radio: UK's Leach, fellow radio voices, understand impact of championship call (KentuckySports.com)
"When South Carolina baseball recorded a national title repeat. [Andy] Demetra's winning words were succinct: 'They've done it again. Back-to-back for the Garnet and Black!'"


GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

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*SC alum Laura Goldman, currently working at ESPN, interviews Gilmore during his visit to ESPN filming segments for several shows last week. Here a few video links: 

Video:
SportsCenter Draft Special - Stephon on Getting Ready for the Draft

Video: NFL Live Segment - Stephon talks to Mike Hill, Tedy Bruschi, and Marcellus Wiley about preparing for the NFL




Football: Stephon Gilmore could be drafted in top 10 (NFL.com)

Football: Photos - 2012 NFL Draft attendees (NFL.com)
*12 out of 26 are from SEC, including two Gamecocks - Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore.




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The Gamecocks put on an impressive show during last weekend's Garnet & Black Spring Game with the Black team outscoring Garnet 38-24.



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Tennessee, Student Night Friday

"Carolina Calls" Tonight with Ray Tanner

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images

Underwood Discusses Joining Frank Martin's Staff at Carolina



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the Sight's and Sounds from Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game!






ROOSTER CROWS

During this weekend's match up against No. 2 Alabama, sophomore Chelsea Hawkins broke Gamecock Softball's single-season home run record when she hit the 39th home run of the season.

Gamecock Track & Field posted six wins and season best marks across the board to conclude the final day of competition at the Spec Towns Invitational at the University of Georgia on Saturday.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's fan photo is going to "The Ultimate Tailgaters", the winners of our tailgate competition at the Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday. Here they are with our special judges, Dawn Staley, Frank Martin and Jay Philips. Have a fan photo from Saturday? Send it on in 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




Draft Buzz Growing for Gamecocks' Stephon Gilmore

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Stephon Gilmore on NFL Live.jpgWhile a lot of the focus in the beginning of this off-season leading up to the NFL Draft was on Melvin Ingram and Alshon Jeffery, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has quietly been jumping up draft boards after his NFL Combine and Pro Day performances. Last week he was up in Bristol to film several ESPN segments and South Carolina alumna Laura Goldman, who now works at ESPN, sat down with him for an interview:  Stephon Gilmore Takes ESPN

Check out video from his ESPN appearances as well as other recent coverage. Gilmore, along with fellow Gamecock Melvin Ingram, is among 26 players invited to attend the NFL Draft in New York.


 

Video:
SportsCenter Draft Special - Stephon on Getting Ready for the Draft



Video: NFL Live Segment - Stephon talks to Mike Hill, Tedy Bruschi, and Marcellus Wiley about preparing for the NFL




 


Stephon Gilmore could be drafted in top 10 (NFL.com)

 
Photos - 2012 NFL Draft attendees (NFL.com)
*12 out of 26 are from SEC, including two Gamecocks - Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore.
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball returns home this weekend after eight games on the road to host Tennessee in a three-game series. Friday's game is Student Night. We'll have free pizza, double Student Rewards points and raffle prizes. Fans can also win prizes by playing Softball Bingo or by showing our Facebook Friday coupon from the Softball Facebook page. This weekend's softball games are also a reward from our Active Gamecocks program. Elementary school students from around the area who have been participating in our physical fitness program logging their activity earned a voucher for a free ticket to one of this weekend's softball games and the most active school will be recognized. On Saturday we'll have free rally towels while supplies last and on Sunday kids have the chance to run the bases after the game. It's also Twitterific Sunday - fans who show us their mention of @GamecockSoftbll on Twitter can get a prize at the game.  Baseball will host one game this Tuesday vs. College of Charleston before traveling to Auburn for a three-game weekend series. Both tennis and golf teams are also on the road this weekend as they compete in their respective conference championships. Go Gamecocks!


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Cocky cheering on the softball team at Beckham Field. Come join him this weekend!



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baseball vs. College of Charleston - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, April 20,  2012

Softball vs. Tennessee  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Facebook Friday - Show the coupon from the softball Facebook fan page for a prize
-Student Night - Free pizza for the first 100 students, double rewards points, and prizes
-Life Night - Group admission for church groups
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Softball vs. Tennessee - 4 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Free Rally Towels*
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Softball vs. Tennessee  - 1 p.m.

-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Twitterific Sunday - Show us your mention @GamecockSoftbll on gameday for a prize
-Free Rally Towels*
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Kids Run the Bases - stick around after the game for a chance to run the bases at Beckham Field
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Tennis SEC Tournament, Oxford, Miss. - Thursday - Sunday
Men's Tennis SEC Tournament, Starkville, Miss. - Thursday - Sunday
Women's Golf SEC Championship, Fayetteville, Ark. - Friday - Sunday
Men's Golf SEC Championship, St. Simons, Ga. - Friday - Sunday

Baseball @ Auburn - three game series, radio broadcast on Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).

Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m. - TV: SportSouth
Sunday, 2 p.m.


"Carolina Calls" Tonight with Ray Tanner

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game and the Gamecock IMG Sports Network for "Carolina Calls". Head Baseball Coach Ray Tanner will be on to discuss the Gamecocks' sweep against Mississippi State and looking ahead to this week's games. Carolina travels to Auburn for a three-game series this weekend after hosting College of Charleston on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Our regular Monday show, "Inside the Roost", will not air tonight.

If you aren't in listening range of a Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliate you can also listen to "Carolina Calls" with a premium subscription on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.

Click here for a list of radio affiliates.   

Jordan Montgomery Q&A

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BSB-12 Jordan Montgomery vs. Tennessee.jpegCheck out a few quick questions with freshman left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery before this weekend's series! After solid outings earlier in the season, he earned his first SEC start last Saturday vs. Tennessee. Montgomery worked a career-high eight innings and limited Tennessee to just one run on three hits on the way to a 2-1 South Carolina victory over the Volunteers. Against a Tennessee team that was on an eight-game winning streak, Montgomery kept UT at bay with 12 batters retired at one point in the game. Montgomery did not walk a batter and tallied seven strikeouts. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance. On the season, Montgomery has a 2-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in seven appearances. The Sumter native has 27 strikeouts to just two walks in 30.0 innings pitched. Opponents are batting just .204 against him. He is set to start on the mound again this Saturday in game two of the series with Mississippi State.


Q: How did you react when you learned you were going to have your first SEC start?

A: I was kind of nervous at first right when [the coaches] told me and then as the week went on I kind of understood that I just needed to go out there and pitch so I knew what I had to do.

You were one of the top pitchers in the state coming out of high school last year.  What does it mean to you to be able to stay in-state and play at a top school so close to home?

That was one of the main reasons I came here, so my family could come and watch me when I was playing.  ... Most of my family is in Sumter and my brother is about to move to Columbia, possibly, to be closer to his job.  They come to most of the games but I have to divvy it up for the four tickets so somebody different comes to every game.

*Jordan later shared that his dad was actually a Clemson fan, though his two brothers both attended Carolina. His dad has given in to wearing a Gamecocks hat.

What are your expectations as the season progresses? 

I'm going to try and keep getting people out and whatever it takes to win.  I'll do whatever the coaches say, it doesn't matter to me.... It's good that they trust me and I'm just going to try and keep earning that trust more and more.

So far, what's your favorite place on campus?

Probably the Horseshoe. I just like all the big, old trees.  It's nice.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Equestrian upset No.4 Auburn at the National Championships, Baseball hosts Mississippi State, Football Spring Practice wraps up as they get ready for Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game, and more!

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Athletics Director Eric Hyman and wife Pauline with members of the Equestrian team out in Waco, Texas, at the National Championships


Remember to join us for Fan Fest activities before and after the Garnet & Black Spring Game tomorrow! Click here for info


GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Equestrian. Western Team Upsets No. 4 Seed Auburn on Thursday Night

Equestrian. Gamecocks Fall to Texas A&M, 6-2, in Hunt Seat Bracket

Equestrian. Western Team Opens Nationals With 7-1 Win Over UT-Martin

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts Mississippi State In SEC Series

Football. Annual Garnet & Black Game Set for Saturday

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Host No. 2 Florida on Senior Day

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Close out Regular Season at Florida

Men's Basketball. Gamecock Spotlight: Frank Martin (Part 2)



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks wrapped up Spring Practice yesterday in preparation for tomorrow's Garnet & Black Spring Game!

Check out yesterday's practice recap, including comments from Coach Spurrier, Bruce Ellington, and Coach Mangus.

More coverage:


New South Carolina linebackers coach Kirk Botkin back in college after recharging (The Post and Courier)

Spring Football Notes- Ellington on two-sporting, Mangus on Thompson, Sands on Lattimore (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: Superb pitching matchup starts series (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Montgomery not feeling pressure after impressive SEC start (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Star rising for Salem Red Sox center fielder (The Roanoke Times)
*Jackie Bradley Jr.*

The football version of a decathlete (Chargers.com)
*Melvin Ingram*



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Lots of buzz for the 2012 football poster, make sure to pick one up at tomorrow's Garnet & Black spring game!




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!




SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS


Partnership with Quantz Photo Producing New Style of Images

Underwood Discusses Joining Frank Martin's Staff at Carolina

Parking Options for Garnet & Black Spring Football Game

New Record Holder Stadium Graphics Going Up

First Glimpse of 2012 Gamecock Football Poster

This Week's Home Events: Baseball, Women's Tennis at Home; Football Spring Game

Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out this weekend's Gamecock IMG Sports Network Scene Setter! The series vs. Mississippi State is not televised so tune in to Gamecock Radio or watch online with GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.






ROOSTER CROWS

For the third time in as many months, the Gamecock Equestrian team upset Auburn, as No. 5 seed South Carolina edged the fourth-seeded Tigers, 5-3, in the second round at the 2012 NCEA National Championships on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


GAME FACE! Get yours ready to practice tomorrow during the Garnet & Black Spring Game just like this example sent in by Kristi Potter:

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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


Gamecock fans have probably noticed a new style of images coming out of the Athletics Department lately in our posters, billboards and more.

The images are the result of a new partnership with a lifelong Gamecock fan, James Quantz Jr., who runs James Quantz Jr. Photography in West Columbia. His photography and editing work done for the Gamecocks have become several team posters (including women's tennis, baseball and the new 2012 football poster), digital billboards (such as our Michael Roth Opening Day countdown, welcoming Frank Martin and football season tickets), and even cover photos for fans' Facebook Timelines.

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The stylized photos are the result of painstaking composition and masterful work with Photoshop and other photo editing software. Quantz takes several different photos to form a "plate", which basically serves as the background for the final image. He then adds in players or anything else that will be the focus of the image and adds finishing touches. For example, he will shoot a stadium at different times of day, get in-game photos that include fans, hold photo shoots with players in both still and action poses, and more. He then takes parts and pieces of all those shoots and adds them to the plate he's created to produce a final image. For example, the fans in the background of this Michael Roth photo (above) are actually from photos Quantz took at Williams-Brice during the Clemson game that he placed into this image. With the 2012 football poster, the stadium was shot separately and each person featured had an individual photo shoot with special lighting (like Connor Shaw's, pictured below), then all the pieces were put together, color alterations added (such as the Garnet sky) and more finishing details to produce the final image.

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When you combine the photography itself, selecting certain files to use, the editing effects and composition, producing just one image can require several days' worth of work. However, Quantz has also adapted to the flexible and dynamic nature of college athletics. On the day Frank Martin was hired, we not only had a photo of Coach Martin as a Gamecock, we had a cool custom image for digital billboards around town, for a welcome page on GamecocksOnline.com, and for fans to post and share in social media. Quantz worked on a very quick turnaround shooting Colonial Life Arena and Coach Martin separately that Tuesday morning, then pulled the elements together for the final image that was shared throughout Gamecock Country.

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For Quantz, the process is a labor of love beyond just a job, especially when working with his beloved Gamecocks. Growing up in Columbia, his parents had season tickets to South Carolina Football and he said he has been going to games for longer than he can remember. He started dabbling in photography when he was injured during high school football, taking some sideline photos that ended up being used in the school yearbook and the newspaper. While he went to college and started a "regular job" his photography was just a hobby, something fun to do on the side. He shot a lot of landscapes which he said led into shooting fine art landscapes for golf clubs like Augusta National. After awhile he decided to make a career out of photography and shifted into the commercial realm and now, digital. While he has done work for other sports teams, being able to do work with South Carolina has been an added bonus.

"I'm invested in it as a fan," Quantz explained. "I feel like if I think it's the coolest thing I've ever seen, I want the fans to enjoy it as much as I do."

Thumbnail image for SCAR FB Poster - 2012.jpgAs a Columbia native and fan, who better to answer the question of "what will fans like?" than Quantz? He seems to have succeeded as the 2012 football poster featuring his photography has earned rave reviews so far with over 1500 likes on our South Carolina Gamecocks Facebook page and over 120 excited comments on the image.

"I hope it helps with the programs being able to show this stuff for recruiting, marketing and everything else just to give it a different splash," said Quantz. "I want other schools to look at it and say, wow, we need to step it up."

Let us know in the comments what you think and stay tuned for more great stuff from Quantz and the Gamecocks!


The 2012 football poster will be available for the first time at this Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game. Fans may get up to five posters each while supplies last from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in front of the Gameday store on the north end zone side of Williams-Brice Stadium.

Check out more of Quantz's work on his website and you can also follow him on Twitter at @quantzphoto.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: looking toward the weekend with information on the Mississippi State baseball series and the Garnet & Black Spring Game; Equestrian starts out strong at the National Championships with a win in the Western division this morning; a great Spurrier article makes the rounds; and more!  



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

EQ-12 Cody McMillion.jpegEquestrian. Western Team Opens Nationals With 6-2 Win Over UT-Martin

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts Mississippi State In SEC Series

Baseball. Gamecocks Fall 5-4 To Francis Marion

Softball. South Carolina Concludes Road Trip with Set at No. 2/2 Alabama

Softball. Gamecocks Tie No. 11/11 Georgia in Seventh but Fall, 4-3

Football. Annual Garnet & Black Game Set for Saturday

Football. Field Set for 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

Women's Golf. Gamecock Women's Golf Signs Woie for 2012-13

Men's Soccer. Men's Soccer Holds Annual Awards Banquet



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold practice Thursday at 3:15 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes only and no autographs are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation! This is the final practice heading into the Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday!

Check out Tuesday's practice recap, including video comments from Coach Spurrier, Coach Ward and Damario Jeffery.

Today's practice recap here including comments from Coach Spurrier and more.

_1AS4072.JPGCheck out more coverage from ESPN's Chris Low, in town this week to get up to date on the spring so far for the Gamecocks:

Video: South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger

No turning back for Spurrier, Gamecocks <--
Fans loved this ESPN article today from an interview with Steve Spurrier with several classic quotes, including what seems to be the favorite about not playing Georgia in the second game of the season this year:

"I don't know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended."




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Audio: Eric Hyman on the Halftime Show on 107.5 The Game

Football: Lawing proud of Ingram, Robertson (TheBigSpur.com)

Football: Famous faces at RBC Heritage Classic (WCBD TV-Charleston)
*Steve Spurrier participated in the Pro-Am on Wednesday.

Equestrian: Equestrian rides streak to nationals (Daily Gamecock)

Women's Tennis: USC women's tennis to host No. 2 Florida (Daily Gamecock)



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

Fans loved this ESPN article from an interview with Steve Spurrier.




Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Underwood Discusses Joining Frank Martin's Staff at Carolina

Parking Options for Garnet & Black Spring Football Game

New Record Holder Stadium Graphics Going Up


SCAR FB Poster - 2012.jpgFirst Glimpse of 2012 Gamecock Football Poster

This Week's Home Events: Baseball, Women's Tennis at Home; Football Spring Game

Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game






VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know men's tennis freshman Kyle Koch!






ROOSTER CROWS

Cody McMillion, a freshman from Columbia, scored the Equestrian team's first point at NCEA Nationals on Thursday, as she defeated Tennessee-Martin's Carly Lamb, 137-122. McMillion, competing for the first time at the NCEA Nationals scored a team-high for the event.

Two-time tournament winners (2008, 2009) Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe will pair up again for the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament at the end of the month looking to bring home scholarship money to South Carolina.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Lynn Cain of Rock Hill sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day featuring twins Claudia and Spencer watching the South Carolina-Florida game. Bet we know why they're smiling!

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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

Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing

6116220.jpegOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by the new Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach Brad Underwood to discuss the new staff and their transition, recruiting, and Head Coach Frank Martin (pictured left).

Underwood discussed the rest of the staff joining Coach Martin here at South Carolina including Andy Assaley, the Director of Basketball Operations, who runs the day-to-day operations of the program and Assistant Coach Lamont Evans. Evans started with Martin as a manager, continued as a graduate assistant, and became full-time when a position opened last year. Evans played overseas for eight years and Underwood says his time overseas has given him a "wealth of experience and knowledge." Also joining the staff as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator is Matt Figger, who has known Martin for a long time. Prior to his time at Kansas State, he had a brief stint at Arkansas and worked at South Alabama under John Pelphrey from 2003-07.

The last and, according to Underwood, the "unsung hero" of the staff is Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Greenawalt. Underwood says his position is "vital because he gets to spend so much time with the students...strength and conditioning is a big part of [the] program." In terms of which coach will work with which players, Underwood's main responsibility will be the "big guys- the power forwards and centers," while Figger and Evans will focus on the guards.

Martin has stressed the importance of the continuity of a program's staff and Underwood agrees. He says even though this staff is from all different parts of the country, they "all gel together" and he attributes their friendships as one of the reasons they've had success. He echoed Martin's statements that the team would always play hard.

"We're about championships, we don't strive for anything else, and that's why we're here," said Underwood. "Winning games is hard and at this level there is no guarantee, but the one thing I can guarantee is that we're going to play hard every single night out and we'll be an exciting team to watch."
When asked if it was difficult for him to leave Kansas State after spending so much time in the area (Underwood is a Kansas State grad), Underwood said it was a "no brainer...I believe in Frank, I believe in the program, and this is a great institution."

Coming into a new school can make for some tough transitions, but Underwood says the staff has two top priorities: the players and recruiting. He says their number one goal is trying to build relationships with the players who are already here.

Underwood notes the staff is "very big in terms of communication; we don't want them to feel like we don't want them." In fact, he says, they've "tried really hard to embrace them and make them feel comfortable."

Their second focus is recruiting. The staff wants to do everything they can to keep local talent coming to South Carolina; they know how important it is to keep up relationships with high school coaches. According to Underwood, "building relationship is what this business is all about."  He knows there are some needs that have to be filled now but they also need to get recruits lined up for the future. Right now they're in the middle of a recruiting period and all the coaches are out actively recruiting.

When singling in on Frank Martin, Eric Hyman wasn't sure how well the hire would be received. He said he knew "the national media would recognize Coach Martin, but [he] wasn't sure if the local media would understand the significance of someone like him, and [he] wasn't sure our fans would either."

When the hire was announced, Twitter blew up with mentions and hashtags. At one point "Frank Martin" was a national trending topic, which has given Hyman reason to be excited about fan response.

"There's a tremendous buzz in the area about Frank," Hyman noted.

Not only is Martin held in high regard for his ability to build winning programs, he's also well known for his courtside persona. The legend of his fierce look grew to simply be entitled, "The Stare", but those who know him confirm that it's not his real personality.

"Everybody sees 'The Stare'," said Underwood, "but when people get to know him and they see him away from the court and not during a game, he's one of the funniest, most likable people you'll ever know. He's as loyal as the day is long, he's got a great personality and he's great to work for."

"There's no question that the people of Columbia are going to grow to love Frank Martin," said Underwood.


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

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball heads to Florence to open Francis Marion's new ballpark after a win last night over The Citadel; ESPN's Chris Low checks in on the Gamecocks' spring football practice; lots of buzz as Melvin Ingram visits NFL teams; and more!  



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

BSB-12 Adam Westmoreland vs. Wofford.jpegBaseball. Baseball Heads To Florence To Face Francis Marion On Wednesday

Baseball. Gamecocks Earn 8-0 Win Over The Citadel

Softball. Gamecocks Face No. 11/11 Georgia in Wednesday Doubleheader

Equestrian. 2012 NCEA National Championships Begin Thursday in Waco

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Move Into Top 25 in Golfstat, Golfweek Rankings

Track & Field. Jeannelle Scheper Earns Third CARIFTA Bronze Medal



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

Thumbnail image for Clowney_09_10_11_000046_TB.jpgThe Gamecocks will hold 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! This is the final practice heading into the Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday!

Check out Tuesday's practice recap, including video comments from Coach Spurrier, Coach Ward and Damario Jeffery.

Check out more coverage from ESPN's Chris Low, in town this week to get up to date on the spring so far for the Gamecocks:

Video: Chris Low talks with South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (ESPN SEC Blog)

Checking in on South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)





GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Diamond Extra: Greiner getting the message (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Greiner's blast sinks The Citadel (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Baseball gets offense going in 8-0 win (Daily Gamecock)


FROM THE OTHER SIDE...

Baseball: Patriots ready for challenge of playing South Carolina (SCnow.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Thumbnail image for Ingram_09_10_11_000104_TB.jpgAs the NFL Draft approaches, several Gamecocks are meeting and visiting with teams, including Melvin Ingram who is projected to go among the top picks of the draft.

Pass rusher Ingram visits Jets (ESPN New York)

Ingram to Sirius: En route to Pats (ESPN Boston)

Jets have busy week of visits before this month's NFL Draft (The Star-Ledger)



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Parking Options for Garnet & Black Spring Football Game

New Record Holder Stadium Graphics Going Up


SCAR FB Poster - 2012.jpgFirst Glimpse of 2012 Gamecock Football Poster

This Week's Home Events: Baseball, Women's Tennis at Home; Football Spring Game

Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game






VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know sophomore women's tennis player (and recently admitted International Business major!) Katerina Popova:





ROOSTER CROWS

Junior left-hander Adam Westmoreland will take the mound for the Gamecocks tonight at Francis Marion. He combined with relievers Tyler Webb and Nolan Belcher in a four-hit shutout and the Gamecocks belted out 13 hits on the way to a 7-0 victory over College of Charleston last Wednesday. Westmoreland is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in five games.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Stephanie Gomez Ervin who said:

"Richard McBride and I flew in from Virginia and Texas to experience our first South Carolina Gamecock football game. The Gamecocks didn't disappoint us whatsoever as we beat the Citadel 41-20. GOOOO COCKS!!!!!  What an experience!"

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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 following parking lots will be available for the Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday, April 14:

ETV Lots will open at 8:00 AM for $10.00

Seawells will open their grass lot at 9:00 AM for $5.00

The Fairgrounds Carolina Fair Park will open Gates 6 & 10 at 9:30 AM for $10.00

Athletics' Key Road parking lot will open at 9:00 AM and is free to the public.


Reminder: There will be no parking in the old Farmers Market because of the current construction on the lot. 


Check out more information on the Fan Fest activities going on this Saturday at the spring game!

New Record Holder Stadium Graphics Going Up

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Crews were working today on applying a new graphic to the Northwest ramp at Williams-Brice Stadium. Alshon Jeffery surpassed Kenny McKinley's career receiving yards record this season, ending his South Carolina career with 3,042 career receiving yards. He also tied Sidney Rice's record for career touchdown receptions at 23.

Check it out in person on Saturday at the Garnet & Black Spring Game at 1 p.m.

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Alshon Jeffery, new record holder

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball wins series over Tennessee and prepares to host The Citadel tomorrow, Jordan Montgomery named SEC Freshman of the Week, Women's Tennis swept LSU and Arkansas, Senior Breanna Radford won the shot put at Pepsi Florida Relays, today is the last day to vote for Coach Staley into the Olympic Hall of Fame, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Montgomery Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts The Citadel on Tuesday Night

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecocks Take Series With 6-1 Win Over Tennessee

Softball. Despite Garcia's Two Homers, Gamecocks Fall at Kentucky 10-5

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Scores 4-1 Win at Arkansas

Women's Tennis. Gamecocks Complete Weekend Sweep With 7-0 Win Over Arkansas

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Take Sixth at Bryan National Collegiate

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Close Out Regular Season in Sixth at River Landing Intercollegiate

Track. Breanna Radford Wins Shot Put At Pepsi Florida Relays

Volleyball. Gamecocks Take Seven Sets in Duke Event



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold 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:

Despite obstacles, Gamecocks look to improve on record 11-win season (CBSSports.com)

USC coaches pondering moving Jadeveon Clowney around (The Post and Courier)

DT Kelcy Quarles explains the "read-out" tactic (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

BSB-12 Jordan Montgomery vs. The Citadel.jpegBaseball: SEC Baseball Players Of The Week (SECDigitalNetwork.com) *Freshman Of The Week - Jordan Montgomery

Baseball: Magnificent Montgomery earns weekend role (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC hopes corner is turned with series win (GamecockCentral.com)


Baseball: Holmes, Matthews help clinch series (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC baseball beats Tennessee 6-1 to win second consecutive series (The Post and Courier)

Women's Basketball: Sutton leaves her mark on South Carolina (The Trentonian)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY- Final Day to vote!

Dawn Staley Olympic gold.jpegDawn 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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Make sure to catch Associate Head Coach Brad Underwood tonight on "Inside the Roost" from 7-8 p.m.!




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

SCAR FB Poster - 2012.jpgFirst Glimpse of 2012 Gamecock Football Poster

This Week's Home Events: Baseball, Women's Tennis at Home; Football Spring Game

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Brad Underwood on Men's Hoops, Patrick McFarland on Fan Fest

Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know junior pitcher Patrick Sullivan and hear comments from teammate Nolan Belcher in Sullivan's Gamecock Spotlight:






ROOSTER CROWS

In his first career SEC start, freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery worked a career-high eight innings and limited Tennessee to just one run on three hits on the way to a 2-1 South Carolina victory over the Volunteers.

The Women's Tennis team had an impressive weekend of SEC play, sweeping both LSU and Arkansas at home. The Gamecocks will wrap up regular season play on Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 2 Florida at Carolina Tennis Center.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Kathy Evans sent in today's photo, taken in March as Qua Gilchrist made a special trip to see a class at Cambridge Academy during his spring break. Evans said the whole school was very excited by the visit and the picture is him with his new "fan club".

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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...

Baseball hosts four games this week including a three-game series with SEC West foe Mississippi State this weekend. Fans at Friday's game have a special chance to register to win free tickets to Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil at Colonial Life Arena on April 27. Women's Tennis will host their final home match of the season and hold Senior Day festivities on Saturday as they face No. 2 Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday's big day continues as Gamecock Football hosts its annual Garnet & Black Spring Game at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come down to the field for our Fan Fest activities about 30 minutes after the game. We also have a tailgate competition and cornhole tournament that will start before the game. Click here for more information on participating

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Freshman pitcher Jordan Montgomery earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after a stellar outing in the Gamecocks' 2-1 victory over Tennessee this past Saturday.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Baseball vs. The Citadel - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*Watch the latest Gamecock Spotlight on junior Patrick Sullivan.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Baseball vs. Mississippi State - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*Register to win for Cique Du Soleil - Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour tickets! Enter at the marketing kiosk on the concourse behind home plate.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Women's Tennis vs. Florida - 11 a.m.
-Official team posters
-Final home match of the season
-Senior Day
*The Gamecocks are coming off a winning weekend with victories over LSU and Arkansas.



IMG_1830.JPGFootball: Garnet & Black Spring Game - 1 p.m.
-Free Admission
-Official 2012 team posters available for the first time - get a sneak peek here
-Fan Fest
*Cornhole tournament, tailgate competition, photo opportunities with trophies, Cocky's Bounce House and more at the spring game Fan Fest! Click here for more info.



Baseball vs. Mississippi State - 4 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 15, 2012

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



Gamecocks on the road...

Baseball @ Francis Marion - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Softball @ Georgia (DH) - Wednesday, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Equestrian at NCEA National Championships - Thursday - Saturday
Track - Spec Towns Invitational, Athens, Ga. - Friday - Saturday
Men's Tennis @ Florida - Saturday, 1 p.m.

Softball @ Alabama - Three game series
Friday - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 2:30 p.m. 


First Glimpse of 2012 Gamecock Football Poster

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The 2012 Gamecock Football poster will make its debut at the Garnet & Black Spring Game this Saturday, April 14, but you can get a sneak peek here! The poster features the HBC, Steve Spurrier, along with four student-athletes: Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore, Connor Shaw and Devin Taylor. The photos were taken and edited by James Quantz Photography while the poster was designed by Old Hat Creative.
 

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Fans can snag the new poster from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. this Saturday in front of the Gameday store at the Floyd Football Building on the north end zone side of Williams-Brice. Fans are allowed up to five posters per person while supplies last.

Fans who can't make it to the game can still get this year's poster. It will also be available in our online poster store starting Saturday.

Don't forget to check out all the Fan Fest activities for the Spring Game as well!


1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show on 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m. as Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott discuss the latest news in Gamecock Athletics. They will be joined by two guests on air for this week's edition.

New associate head coach for men's basketball Brad Underwood will join the show.
Underwood comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as the associate head coach for Frank Martin at Kansas State during the 2011-12 campaign, while also serving as an assistant for Martin from 2007-11. Underwood is credited with playing a major role in helping to revitalize the Wildcat program, which posted 20-win campaigns and advanced to the postseason, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during all six of his seasons at KSU. Underwood brings 25 years of coaching experience in various levels of the college ranks to the South Carolina sidelines.

Gamecock Club Director Patrick McFarland will also join the show to discuss the upcoming Fan Fest. Fans are invited to participate in this year's Fan Fest surrounding the Garnet & Black Spring Game this Saturday, April 14. The bulk of the activities are on the field after the game, but the cornhole tournament and our first-ever tailgate competition will start before the game. Check out more info on how to participate here.


Tune in to Inside the Roost 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. every Monday. You can also listen online. 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Senior Michael Roth named the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Baseball hosts Tennessee this weekend, Women's Tennis faces LSU and Arkansas at home while Men's Tennis faces the same teams on the road, Softball begins an eight-game SEC road swing, Junior Kimberly McCormack named NCEA Rider of the Month, vote for the 2012 Football Gameday t-shirt, only a few days remain to vote for Coach Staley, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Michael Roth Named 2011-12 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts Tennessee In SEC Series

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Set to Host LSU, Arkansas

Softball. South Carolina Starts Eight-Game SEC Road Swing at Kentucky

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Travel to LSU and Arkansas

Equestrian. Kimberly McCormack Named NCEA Rider of the Month



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold practice on 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!

Check out yesterday's practice recap here, including comments from Coach Spurrier and several offensive players and coaches.

More coverage:
Sands unsure how to share carries (TheBigSpur.com)

Spurrier raises the bar to 12 wins for 2012 (Fox Sports South)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Roth, Trott Named 2011-12 SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year (SEC Digital Network)

Baseball: Volunteers come to town (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: South Carolina Gamecocks turn to freshman pitcher Jordan Montgomery as its third No. 2 starter in three weeks (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Why Ray Tanner is sharing his staff's detailed hitting charts with his players more often (The Post and Courier)

Women's Basketball: Women's Basketball reminisces on past season (The Daily Gamecock)

Men's Basketball: Huggins' help boosted Martin's career (GamecockCentral.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY- only 3 days left!


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

Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

Celebrating National Student-Athlete Day

Markeshia Grant Shares 3-Point Competition Experience

First Day Comments from New Men's Basketball Staff Members

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

New Video Board Construction Photos 4-3-12

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Vols



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out Part 1 of our Gamecock Spotlight on new Men's Basketball head coach Frank Martin:






ROOSTER CROWS

Senior Michael Roth is off to an impressive start this season. He boasts a 1.68 ERA, with opponents batting just .162 against him.

Roth's victory over Vanderbilt last weekend was his 20th career win, making him the 20th player in school history to tally 20 or more career victories.


Vote on the 2012 Gamecock Football Gameday T-Shirt!

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With the 2012 football season on the horizon, it's time for fans to have a chance to vote on the front design for the official 2012 gameday t-shirt. The 2012 football schedule will be featured on the back.

Options:


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Celebrating National Student-Athlete Day

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Guest post written by Life Skills & Community Outreach Coordinator Erica Nelson

Today we celebrate the 25th Annual "National Student-Athlete Day"!   Co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations, this special day honors student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.  Many schools use this day to give back to the community or to organize special ceremonies and presentations to recognize student-athletes.

Alex Holland cotton candy.JPG As our student-athletes have already created deeply rooted relationships with the Columbia community, the Life Skills department decided to use this opportunity to celebrate Gamecock student-athletes for their accomplishments. We created a party-like atmosphere for dinner at training table in the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center (affectionately known as "The Dodie").  From the D.J. spinning popular music, to cotton candy and BBQ hamburgers, to the distribution of National Student-Athlete Day t-shirts, fun was had by all! Brian Richardson, a sophomore on the men's basketball team commented, "I wish we could do this everyday!" 

The Athletics Department has good reason to celebrate our student-athletes today.  From the five consecutive years they have led the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the nine teams who finished the 2010-11 year ranked in the top 25 nationally and the over 3,700 hours they have contributed in community outreach since July 1st, our student-athletes continue to make us proud! 
 
At today's home women's tennis and baseball competitions, they will also be recognized in honor of National Student-Athlete Day and some of you driving in to campus near the Blossom Street/Huger Street intersection may also notice the kudos being paid to them today on our digital billboard.

"It is with great pride and appreciation that we recognize how admirably they have performed as student-athletes and in connecting with the community," said Athletics Director, Eric Hyman.  


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: part one of our Gamecock Spotlight on Frank Martin; previews of this weekend's action in several sports; today's football practice recap; audio of new associate men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood on 107.5 this afternoon; a feature on our record-breaking high jumper Jeannelle Scheper and more!  



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Coach Staley 2011-2012 Season Wrap-Up

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts Tennessee In SEC Series

Baseball. Gamecocks Earn 7-0 Win At College of Charleston

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Set to Host LSU, Arkansas

Softball. South Carolina Starts Eight-Game SEC Road Swing at Kentucky

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Travel to LSU and Arkansas

Track & Field. Jeannelle Scheper To Compete At CARIFTA Games

Track & Field. South Carolina Racks Up 11 Wins At Gamecock Open Meet

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Head to Bryan National Collegiate to Close Out Regular Season

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Set to Wrap Up Regular Season at River Landing Intercollegiate

Equestrian. Coach Major and Maggie Fortune Appear on WLTX News 19

Equestrian. Equestrian Update With Coach Major

Men's Basketball. Martin Names Several Staff Members



FRANK MARTIN

Check out Part 1 of our Gamecock Spotlight on new men's basketball head coach Frank Martin:





FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks were able to get practice in this afternoon before stormy weather arrived in Columbia.

Check out today's practice recap here, including comments from Coach Spurrier and several offensive players and coaches.

More coverage:

Lawing has loads to work with (TheBigSpur.com)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Men's Basketball: Brad Underwood on the Halftime Show (1075thegame.com)

Baseball: USC overwhelms College of Charleston (The Post & Courier)

Track & Field: USC high jumper already elite (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Changing from Arkansas to A&M could be good USC football (Anderson Independent Mail)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY- Only 4 days left!!

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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In addition to Alshon and Melvin, big Gamecock fan and pro golfer Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey was on hand to watch practice today.




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Markeshia Grant Shares 3-Point Competition Experience

First Day Comments from New Men's Basketball Staff Members

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

New Video Board Construction Photos 4-3-12

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Vols



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know junior women's tennis player Adriana Pereira from Paraguay!





ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina Baseball's pitching staff leads the Southeastern Conference in opposing batting average, yielding just a .196 clip on the year.

Softball shortstop Samie Garcia ranks second on the team and fifth in the SEC with a .405 batting average, and she's second in the league with 50 hits. She's also tied for fifth in the SEC in runs and in the top 15 in the conference stats in slugging percentage, doubles, triples and stolen bases.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Great Fan Photo of the Day today from Todd Marquis in Nashville who has used social media to help assemble Gamecocks in the area to attend events.

"Gamecock Nation is alive, well, and growing in Nashville, TN.  Using social media, the Gamecocks in Nashville are making their presence felt at Carolina sporting events in Tennessee.  Our Facebook group can be found by searching Nashville Gamecocks.  A large group of us held a big tailgate party across from Hawkins Field during this past weekend baseball series against Vanderbilt.  We even had the pleasure of having Matt Price's Mom Deanna tailgate with us on Sunday morning.  The picture is a group shot of us before Saturday's game.  We were loud, proud, and all agree It's Great To Be A 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


WBB-11 Markeshia Grant vs. Tennessee.jpeg"Markeshia Grant hits the three!"

Gamecock fans were thrilled to hear those words several times this season as senior point guard Markeshia Grant's three-point shooting prowess helped lead the team to victory on multiple occasions. One of the biggest nights for her clutch shooting was the victory over Tennessee in Knoxville, in which Grant hit seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 27 points.

Her shooting put her on the radar for Intersport as they looked for participants in their annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships leading up to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in New Orleans. Intersport approached Assistant Media Relations Director Diana Koval with women's basketball about Grant participating. Koval, Grant and head coach Dawn Staley all thought it was a great idea and Grant got the process rolling to be the first South Carolina player to ever participate in the event.

Grant flew to New Orleans on Wednesday, March 28, to get settled in and meet the other participants. The group had some time to walk around and explore New Orleans before heading to the gym for media interviews and pictures.

Markeshia Grant 3-point.jpg"There was an instant connection with the other girls that were competing, in particular Becky Burke from Louisville and Brittany Rayburn from Purdue (pictured left with Grant making funny faces) although we had played them like a week or so before that," said Grant. "It was just interesting to get to know everyone - know how their coaches work, practices, know how their team works.  It was like a sisterhood."

On Thursday, with the group not scheduled to leave for the gym until around 4:30 p.m. CT, Grant spent most of the day in her hotel room catching up on school work and emailing professors. While Grant didn't perform as well as she had hoped in the competition later that night, she admitted that the almost three hour gap between when they arrived and practiced and the start of the competition gave her a little too much time to think about it and get nervous.

Even just being a participant gave her a great opportunity to represent the Gamecocks on national TV on ESPN. She carefully chose her attire for the event, deciding to wear her Garnet uniform because the team didn't wear it much this season on the road and she wanted to stand out with something different. She also wore her "I Wear Garnet on Gameday" t-shirt as her warm-up shirt to make sure everyone knew she was a Gamecock.

All the 3-point competition participants stuck around for the exciting slam dunk competition then made their way to a Final Four Kick-Off Party at the House of Blues. Grant shared that it was exciting to see a lot of big names she doesn't normally get to see in person like coaches from other schools and TV commentators. She hopes to keep in contact with the friends she made, with most of the players having connected with each other on Facebook and Twitter and exchanging cell numbers.

"It was a great opportunity," Grant said happily. "I really enjoyed myself."

Frank Martin announced five new men's basketball staff members today coming to join the Gamecocks from their previous stint at Kansas State. The new staff arrived in Columbia today and had some first day comments to share.

Brad Underwood - Associate Head Coach
"We're all very excited to be here and for the opportunity and challenge to take a program that has made such significant facility changes in the last few years and bring it to the level it deserves. The SEC is a tremendous conference.  The people have been great, and we're excited about the future of Gamecock basketball."

Matt Figger - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
"I'm extremely excited about being at South Carolina, the loyalty our staff has with one another and working with Frank Martin, who I trust and who is a dear friend of mine. I grew up not far from here, so being back in the South is a great thing for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge of the SEC."

Lamont Evans - Assistant Coach
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be at South Carolina.  I'm looking forward to staying energized and bringing our work ethic to build success in the program."

Andy Assaley - Director of Operations
"We're extremely excited to be here and welcomed into the South Carolina family. To be able to bring our whole staff to a place that has made a tremendous commitment to basketball is something I look forward to. We're appreciative of the South Carolina administration and Mr. Hyman for showing faith in us.  We look forward to many years of success."
 
Scott Greenawalt - Strength and Conditioning Coach
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be at South Carolina and working with Coach Martin and the staff.  We're a very tight-knit staff and always have been.  I'm anxious to get to work with the players.  That's the most important part, getting the players better, and that is going to start today and continue. I'm excited about such a great University and great people."

 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball takes on the Cougars in Charleston, Frank Martin announces new staff members and spends time with local media, Bruce Feldman takes a look at Jadeveon Clowney "2.0", Equestrian moves up to No. 3 in latest coaches poll, former center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. earns a start with the Salem Red Sox, remember to keep voting for Coach Staley, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball. Frank Martin To Participate In NBC Town Hall With Bob Costas Wednesday Night

Men's Basketball. Martin Names Several Staff Members

Baseball. South Carolina To Face College Of Charleston On Wednesday

Equestrian. Equestrian Jumps Three Spots to No. 3 in Latest Coaches Poll

Football. Gamecocks Practice Tuesday

Softball. 2012 Beverly Smith Softball Camp Schedule Released



MEDIA ON FRANK MARTIN

1-On-1 With Frank Martin (ABC Columbia)

As he prepares to start recruiting, Frank Martin fields questions about potential transfers (The Post and Courier)



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

Clowney_09_10_11_000046_TB.jpgThe Gamecocks will hold 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!

More coverage:

Confident wide receiver Ace Sanders impressing Spurrier (Anderson Independent Mail)

Football: Clowney 2.0 ready to bring the heat from inside (CBSSports.com)








GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Baseball: Will Montgomery become third weekend starter? (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC looks to sustain momentum (GamecockCentral.com)



ARLO ELKINS

Thumbnail image for WTN Arlo Elkins.jpeg Arlo Elkins, Palmetto State tennis icon and longtime University of South Carolina women's tennis head coach, died Saturday at his home in Columbia, S.C. He was 62. Elkins stepped aside from day-to-day activities as head coach in February for health-related reasons. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tennis Coaching Legend Arlo Elkins Passes Away (GamecocksOnline.com)

USC tennis: Elkins' legacy spans decades (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's tennis grieves loss of longtime coach (The Daily Gamecock)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Salem Red Sox Announce 2012 Roster (milb.com)
*After an outstanding Spring Training, former South Carolina standout Jackie Bradley Jr. will begin the 2012 season with the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.

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Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep (Spurs Up Blog)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY- Only 5 days left!!

Dawn Staley Olympic gold.jpegDawn 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

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

New Video Board Construction Photos 4-3-12

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Vols

SEC Reigns Supreme With Another National Title

Gamecock Swimmers Help Give Hope to Harper

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



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch yesterday's post-practice comments from several football players and coaches as they get ready for next week's Garnet & Black Spring Game.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/040312aaa.html



ROOSTER CROWS

South Carolina jumped three spots to No. 3 in the latest equestrian coaches poll.The Gamecocks have won six meets in a row, and are coming off their first ever Southern Equestrian Championship over the weekend. South Carolina defeated then No. 3 Auburn on Friday, and then edged No. 1 Georgia in raw scores on Saturday handing the Bulldogs their second home loss since the beginning of the dual-meet era (2003-2004).



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Brian Connor sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day!

"This is a pic from the USC-Navy game of me (Brian Connon) and my good friend (Shane Tallant) with our great cheerleaders.  (We are both in the Navy.)  I graduated in '90 and my son is a freshman in the USC band 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

 

Travian Robertson Talks NFL Draft Prep

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Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing

On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by defensive lineman Travian Robertson to discuss participating in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February, last week's Pro Timing Day, and his preparations for the NFL Draft later this month.

For Robertson, the Combine was a first chance to go out and give it his best for scouts. Unfortunately, his Combine experience was somewhat limited after sustaining a groin injury while running a 40-yard-dash. However, he was able to complete that 40 as well as the broad and vertical jumps to turn in solid measurements. He was disappointed that he wasn't able to participate in the position drills which he feels are "the most important thing that scouts look for."

Fortunately he would have a second chance to show the scouts what he could do on the line. He joined several other former players at South Carolina's Pro Timing Day on March 28 and was able to participate fully in front of scouts and personnel from all 32 NFL teams. He said all the players were really excited to see each other again and to be "back together at home." 

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Robertson noted that it was a "piece of cake" to perform at Williams-Brice because they're used to going out on the field and playing in front of 80,000 fans. Robertson reported that he ran his 40s in an average time of 5.3 seconds, but he is not overly concerned with the actual times. Robertson joked that "you don't see too many defensive lineman running a 40 in a football game," and mentioned that several coaches don't stress the 40 for his position, but would rather see flexibility and strength. To help give him an edge, Robertson has been working out in Suwanee, Georgia, at WPI (Wellness Performance Institute). He has focused mainly on his pass rush, an area in which he believed he needed to show scouts the most improvement.

In addition to the Combine and Pro Timing Day, Robertson has had other opportunities to showcase his skills. After the Gamecocks' Capital One Bowl win, Robertson was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game in mid-January. Though he knew an all-star game was a big opportunity for exposure to scouts, especially during a full week of practice, Robertson got more from the experience than increasing his draft stock. He stressed that the most important thing about the Shrine Game was helping the kids and getting a chance to visit them at the Shriners Hospital. 

Robertson_112611_000068_TB.jpgEven with a potential NFL career on the horizon, Robertson is just as proud of a big accomplishment off the field. Robertson earned his degree in Criminal Justice last May. When people asked him last year why he didn't leave South Carolina early for the NFL Draft, he said that "would've been the stupidest thing to do because I wanted to graduate and make my parents proud."

"This NFL experience is going to expire. Football is going to expire. That piece of paper, I don't think it'll ever expire," Robertson stressed. "I'll keep that for the rest of my life."

Right now for Robertson, it's a waiting game which he deems well worth it, having learned a lot from the experience. He noted there are "guys that played at USC that didn't get their names called on draft day, [but they] made a team and are very successful today." Robertson's main goal is just to make a training camp so he can put in the work to earn a spot on a team.

"It'd be nice to hear [my] name called on draft day," Robertson admitted. "But at the end of the day you still have to put in the work." 

When asked if he had a particular team in mind, Robertson said growing up he watched the Carolina Panthers, but that he'd be "blessed and proud to represent any team that calls my name or gives me a phone call."

The NFL Draft is April 26-28; make sure to tune in and keep an eye out for Travian and all our Gamecocks hoping to hear their names called!

Gamecock Spotlight: Travian Robertson





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


New Video Board Construction Photos 4-3-12

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Check out a few construction photos from the video board construction project at Williams-Brice Stadium. You can see more photos of the project here on our Facebook page.


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Taken 4-3-12

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Each of these holes for the rebar goes 100 feet down









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Gives you an idea of how big the new structure will be! Taken 4-3-12  

Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game

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After positive feedback from last year's event the Gamecock Club is hosting another Fan Fest this year for the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. Admission is free for the spring game and Fan Fest. We're changing a few things up though, with some of the fun going on before the game in addition to the activities on the field afterward.

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 Photo opportunities with various championship trophies at Fan Fest


Before the game:

Cornhole Tournament

- 32 teams - 2 persons per team; $20 per team

- Entries will be based on a first-come, first-serve manner

- Tournament schedule will be disseminated the week of April 9th to the participants

- First round matches will begin at 10:30 a.m.

- Sweet 16 will play on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium as Fan Fest begins

- Winning team gets official football helmets

- Those interested in participating should call Jordan Gardner at the Gamecock Club, at 803-777- 3226 or email at gardnej5@mailbox.sc.edu


Tailgate Competition

- Entries will be based on a first-come, first-serve manner

- Contestants will be set up on the northwest corner of the stadium parking lot

- Criteria: Creativity of tailgate setup, Gamecock spirit, and quality of food

- Access to begin setup will be at 9 a.m.

- Judging will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m.

- Winning team gets official football helmets

- Those interested in participating should call Christy Catoe at the Gamecock Club, at 803-777- 4276 or email at catoecm3@email.sc.edu

Kids Day: Pregame kids event at 11 a.m. where select Gamecock players and staff will give motivational speeches



About 30 minutes after the end of the spring game, fans will be allowed on to the field for Fan Fest. Activities include:

- Photo opportunities with trophies: Hardee's Trophy (Clemson football victory), Capital One Bowl trophy, 2010/2011 Baseball National Championship Trophies, Women's Soccer SEC Championship Trophy, Men's Soccer C-USA Trophy

- Kids activities including face tattoos, Cocky's Bounce House, and a Gamecock football and cheerleader uniform dress-up station

- Field goal attempts

- Cocky and the cheerleaders

- Photos taken on the Block C at the 50-yard line

- Cornhole tournament conclusion - Sweet 16 compete to the end!



Check out some photos from last year's Fan Fest:




 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: two Equestrian All-Americans; Men's Soccer collects academic honors; Baseball heads to Charleston tomorrow; remembering Arlo Elkins; positive buzz for three potential first-round NFL draft picks; SEC domination continues; and more!   



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Equestrian. Johnna Letchworth and Katherine Schmidt Named NCEA All-Americans

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Men's Soccer. Conference USA Announces Commissioner's Academic Medal Honorees

Track & Field. Track To Host Gamecock Open Meet Wednesday

Baseball. South Carolina To Face College Of Charleston On Wednesday

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Christian Walker Named AgSouth Athlete of the Week

Softball. Kristen Struett Named SEC Softball Freshman of the Week

Volleyball. Gamecocks Sweep Three Foes at Wake Forest Spring Invitational

General News. SEC Announces 2011-12 Post-Graduate Scholarship Nominees



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold their next spring practice today (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:

Spring shoes to fill: South Carolina (ESPN SEC Blog)

Jared Shaw back looking to achieve goals (GamecockCentral.com)

Quarterbacks battle for backup role in spring (Daily Gamecock)




GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Gamecocks' Roth Up For SEC Honor (Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch)



ARLO ELKINS

WTN Arlo Elkins.jpegArlo Elkins, Palmetto State tennis icon and longtime University of South Carolina women's tennis head coach, died Saturday at his home in Columbia, S.C. He was 62. Elkins stepped aside from day-to-day activities as head coach in February for health-related reasons. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tennis Coaching Legend Arlo Elkins Passes Away (GamecocksOnline.com)

USC tennis: Elkins' legacy spans decades (GoGamecocks.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Five most likely first-round picks: No 4 -- CB Gilmore (CBS Sports.com Bengals Rapid Reports)

A CB with Tannehill-like buzz (Inside the Bills Blog) *Stephon Gilmore


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South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day (NFL.com Blog)

"[Melvin] Ingram stayed in school for one more season and is going to make a lot of money because of it. All he did at the pro day was get weighed and measured, and did position drills. If he had entered the draft last year, he would have gone in the fourth or fifth round. Now he's a top-12 pick. In the next two weeks, he has 12 visits scheduled with teams."

"[Alshon] Jeffery had a very good pro day...Jeffery likely made himself a potential first-round pick with this workout. He could be selected anywhere from No. 25 to No. 40. He was highly touted, then his stock fell, but now it's way up again."

[Jaguars] First Round Pick: Taking A Look At Melvin Ingram (BlackAndTeal.com)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY - only 6 days left!!!!

Dawn Staley Olympic gold.jpegDawn 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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SEC continues to dominate at the highest levels (read more here):



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Vols

SEC Reigns Supreme With Another National Title

Gamecock Swimmers Help Give Hope to Harper

Red Sox Follow Day in the Life of Jackie Bradley Jr.

Former SC Student-Athlete Featured in National Commercial

Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin

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



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know Men's Tennis freshman Carl Eguez in today's Gamecock Spotlight:





ROOSTER CROWS

Kristin Struett's SEC Freshman of the Week honor is the first weekly award earned by the softball team from the conference so far this season.

South Carolina sophomore Johnna Letchworth and freshman Katherine Schmidt have been named to this year's National Collegiate Equestrian Association's All-America Team.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Courtney Lytton:

"Left to right: Bailee, Courtney, Hughes and Madison cheering on the Carolina Gamecocks! We were hanging out in "The Coop" until it was time for the game! We go early because Hughes loves watching the football team warm-up! He goes to all the home games!"

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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

SEC Reigns Supreme With Another National Title

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Info courtesy of Charles Bloom, Associate Commissioner - Media & Public Relations for the Southeastern Conference.

One of the things we talk about a lot in athletics is the strength of your conference and the benefits we see at South Carolina because of our membership in the Southeastern Conference. Check out some of these stats below from the SEC office about the league's competitiveness at the highest level - national championships - following Kentucky winning the Men's Basketball title last night. The Gamecocks have contributed to the cause with three titles in SEC-sponsored sports: women's outdoor track & field (2002) and baseball (2010, 2011).




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* - So far in 2011-12, the SEC has three national champions - Alabama (football), Florida (men's indoor track and field) and Kentucky (men's basketball).   An SEC team is currently ranked in the top three in the latest national polls in all of its remaining sponsored sports for the year - gymnastics, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, softball and baseball.

* - In its history, the SEC has won 190 national championships, 113 men's and 77 women's titles.  Since 2000, the SEC has won 74 national crowns, including 41 men's titles and 33 women's titles.

* - The SEC is currently the reigning national champions in the "big three" men's sports - Football (Alabama), Men's Basketball (Kentucky) and Baseball (South Carolina).  In those sports, the SEC has won 11 national championships during the last six academic years.

* - Since 2006, the SEC has had a national champion in 10 of its 20 sponsored sports - football, men's basketball, baseball, men's indoor track and field, women's swimming and diving, gymnastics, women's tennis, men's tennis, men's swimming and diving and women's basketball.

* - Eight of the 12 SEC schools have won national championships in the 20 SEC-sponsored sports since Fall 2006.  They include:  Alabama (football, gymnastics), Auburn (football, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving), Florida (men's indoor track, women's tennis, women's swimming and diving, football, men's basketball), Georgia (gymnastics, men's tennis), Kentucky (men's basketball), LSU (baseball, football, women's outdoor track and field), South Carolina (baseball), Tennessee (women's basketball, women's indoor track  and field)

* - The SEC has now won 11 NCAA men's basketball tournament titles with Kentucky claiming eight (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996 and 1998).  Florida has two (2006, 2007) and Arkansas has one (1994).

* - Since 1993, the SEC has won six men's basketball national championships - Arkansas (1994), Kentucky (1996), Kentucky (1998), Florida (2006), Florida (2007) and Kentucky (2012).  Only the ACC (6) has won as many men's basketball titles during this time.

* - The SEC has won 29 national championships during the last six academic years, an average of almost five per year.  

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: senior athletes Michael Roth, Katie Burnett, Chris Campbell, and Courtney Newton have been nominated for SEC Post-Graduate Scholarships, Baseball picks up wins in Nashville, Softball takes two over Longwood, Women's Tennis comes up big against Auburn, coverage of Saturday's spring football scrimmage, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

General News. SEC Announces 2011-12 Post-Graduate Scholarship Nominees

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Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Gamecocks Take Series With 6-4 Win Over Vanderbilt In 13 Innings

Softball. Westfall's Grand Slam Sends Gamecocks to 12-5 Victory over Longwood

Women's Tennis. Kanakova Clinches Gamecocks' Thrilling 4-3 Win at Auburn

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Narrowly Clipped by Tigers

Men's Golf. Harbin's Career Low Leads Gamecocks on Final Day at Augusta State Invitational

Women's Golf. Gamecock Women's Golf Claims Fifth at Liz Murphey Classic

Track & Field. Gamecocks Earn Three Wins In Rain-Shortened Final Day



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

The Gamecocks will hold their next 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:

South Carolina holds second spring football scrimmage (The Post and Courier)

Spring football odds and ends (The Post and Courier)



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Walker slams 'Dores with 13th-inning homer (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC-Vanderbilt Diamond Extra (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Two-Minute Drill with Stephon Gilmore (The Post and Courier)



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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Anyone else ready for football?



Lots of love for Christian Walker who delivered a two-run homer in the 13th inning to clinch the win over Vanderbilt on Sunday.
 


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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Vols

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Travian Robertson, Ruth Sorrel

Gamecock Swimmers Help Give Hope to Harper

Red Sox Follow Day in the Life of Jackie Bradley Jr.

Former SC Student-Athlete Featured in National Commercial

Gamecock Fans Rave About Frank Martin

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



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know Evan Marzilli in today's Gamecock Spotlight as he talks about his family, his love of music, leaving it all on the field and more:





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Baseball player Michael Roth and golfer Katie Burnett have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and track and field athlete Chris Campbell and basketball player Courtney Newton been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship.

These scholarships are presented to the top male and female scholar-athletes in the SEC. The recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter scholarship will be announced on National Student-Athlete day, April 6th, and the winners of the Brad Davis scholarship will be announced on April 5th.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Kristin Fairfax of Fort Lawn, SC, sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day, saying, "My little boy Nick was so excited to be at his first game that I had to share. He loves his 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 Vols

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Baseball returns home this weekend for a three game SEC series with Tennessee. General admission/standing room only tickets are available for all three games. Click here to order online. Women's Tennis will host a pair of home matches this weekend, two of their final three matches of the season at Carolina Tennis Center.  

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Track & Field- Gamecock Open Meet - Time TBA
-Official team posters


Friday, April 6, 2012

Women's Tennis vs. LSU - 3 p.m.
-Official team posters

Baseball vs. Tennessee - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Watch the latest Gamecock Spotlight on junior outfielder Evan Marzilli:




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Baseball vs. Tennessee  - 8 p.m.
-National television game on ESPNU
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Women's Tennis vs. Arkansas - 12 p.m.
-Official team posters

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



Remember to mark your calendar for football's Garnet & Black Spring Game and Fan Fest on April 14! More info


Gamecocks on the road...

Baseball @ College of Charleston - Wednesday, 6 p.m. TV: ESPN3.com
Men's Tennis @ LSU - Friday, 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis @ Arkansas - Sunday, 2 p.m.
Men's Golf @ River Landing Intercollegiate - Friday-Saturday
Women's Golf @ Bryan National Collegiate - Friday-Sunday
Track @ Florida Relays - Friday-Saturday

Softball @ Kentucky - Three game series
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.


1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show on 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m. as Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott discuss the latest news in Gamecock Athletics. They will be joined by two guests on air for this week's edition.


Defensive lineman Travian Robertson will be on to discuss participating in last week's Pro Timing Day, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and his preparations for this month's draft. Robertson played in 56 games as a Gamecock, the second-most in school history (one behind teammate Rodney Paulk). He was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against Florida and logged a season-best seven tackles against both Mississippi State and The Citadel. Robertson earned his degree in Criminal Justice last May.

Hyman and Scott will also be joined by Ruth Sorrel, Associate Head Equestrian Coach. Sorrel is in her seventh season as a coach with the Gamecocks. While she was a student here, she was a member of the Equestrian team and served as a captain during her senior season.  This year, the Equestrian team is 9-5 on the season and ranked No. 6. Over the weekend, South Carolina won the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship hosted by UGA. Next week, the Gamecocks will compete in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's National Championships. The Western team is 8-5 on the year which earned them the No. 5 seed in the Western Bracket and the Hunt Seat team is 12-2 and earned the No. 2 seed in their bracket.


Tune in to Inside the Roost 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. every Monday. You can also listen online.