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Gamecock Shares Haiti Mission Trip Experience

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The following blog post was written by rising junior student-athlete Taylor Josserand from the swimming & diving team about her mission trip to Haiti.


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On May 19th I returned from Titanyen, Haiti (just north of the capital, Port-au-Prince) where I was working at the Mission of Hope Haiti Organization.  While there I helped at the orphanage, worked on construction projects and went to different villages surrounding the area to visit with the kids, minister, and pray with the families. It was truly a remarkable experience and one that I can say has changed my life.

I was in Titanyen for one week and stayed on the main campus of Mission of Hope (MOH). MOH has two other campuses as well, but the main one, located in Titanyen, consists of an orphanage, church, schooling from kindergarten through high school, a prosthetics lab, staff and guest housing, as well as their Three Cords building. Three Cords is a business of headbands, housing supplies, recipes, bags, and much more all designed by disabled Haitian women.  All of the proceeds go to these women to support them.

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Josserand with a young girl in a Titanyen orphanage


It's hard for me to put my experience into words, as I'm still in the process of taking in everything that occurred and I experienced and much of what I felt cannot even be described through words.  Many have seen photos of this third world country, but you truly cannot be impacted to the full effect without having been there and seen it with your own eyes.  Many assume the worse about Haiti and when people heard that I was going there for mission work they automatically asked if I was scared or nervous. Yes, I was both, but I can tell you I felt so safe while there and the people of this country are so genuine, happy, and appreciative of what they get. I have never seen so much happiness and joy, especially in the children, while having absolutely nothing.  Life over there is so hard and people have absolutely nothing, yet they somehow manage to find hope and put a smile on their face. I honestly was shocked. I don't know how they live the lives they do.  Most do not have food, do not have homes, and do not have much clothing. The children I saw out in the villages rarely had both a shirt and pants on, and most did not have shoes on. The homes they lived in, if they had homes, were made of plywood or tent-like structures, serving very little purpose except to maybe supply some shade and coverage during the rain. It was so hot and most of these villages do not have trees to provide any type of shade, so it makes it very hard for anyone to really escape the heat.  The children I met were incredible.  I have never seen such obedient children, who were all so loving and gentle!  They flock to you and simply want your hand to be held and you to hold them, and that puts a smile on their face.

Haiti is a beautiful country, full of so many wonderful people.  The MOH Organization started in 1998 and is continuing to grow and to help the people of Haiti so that one day they can be self-sufficient and help the country become successful without MOH.  They have so much love for their country, but they just need the education, so much of this organization is focused on the younger generation, as they are the hope this country has.

Going to Haiti is one of the best decisions of my life, and I will continue to support and do all I can for Haiti through this organization, as well as planning another trip to Haiti this year, and many more to follow. It was a life changing experience full of so much love, joy, happiness, and hope. I recommend everyone to one day make a trip there, as it will change your life!

Urlacher Praises Alshon Jeffery

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After a Chicago Bears practice last week, their star linebacker Brian Urlacher had this to say about Alshon Jeffery:

"The nice thing about this rookie class is they don't say anything. They just go out there," he said with a laugh.

"Alshon Jeffery had six unbelievable catches [Thursday] in practice and just jogged back to the huddle. We're all going crazy because it was an awesome catch and he just jogs back to the huddle like it was meant to happen."


Full Bears practice recap here.

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Jeffery's impressive one-handed catch for a touchdown against The Citadel.

Julie Roberts: "Sweet Carolina"

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A lot of proud Gamecocks have shared this video over the past couple weeks since its release.

From the University's press release:

Roberts wrote and recorded the song to honor her home state and beloved university as part of USC's historic $1 billion campaign - Carolina's Promise.

"I went to the University of South Carolina-Lancaster my first two years of college and received an amazing education and strong foundation for the rest of my life," Roberts said. "I was raised a Gamecock fan and most of my family are graduates from the University of South Carolina."
 
Co-written and produced by Jason Collum, "Sweet Carolina" gives Roberts a way to help out the campaign and honor the place she calls home.
 
"Writing this song for the University felt like something I was supposed to do," she says. "The University has given my family so much and I wanted to help this campaign in a way that I could, so I wrote and recorded 'Sweet Carolina.' It was fun thinking about the University, the students, the Gamecock fans, the alumni, the sporting events, and everything that makes me proud to call Carolina my home!"
 
Carolina's Promise is USC's commitment to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the communities we serve that we will continue to lead the way to improve the quality of life for all in our state and world. The campaign will raise much-needed funding for undergraduate, graduate and professional student scholarships; faculty research and excellence in teaching; innovative, relevant programs that will help solve some of society's biggest issues; and creating a modern, state-of-the-art learning and living environment through facilities and technologies that ensure our students' success.


Check out the video here:

 



Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: all eyes on the Columbia NCAA Baseball Regional; Seven Gamecocks earn SEC baseball honors; Golf teams wrap up season; Sabrina D'Angelo earns national team call-up and more!



**As news slows down heading into the summer months, the Daily Round-Up will still be posted on a regular basis, but will not appear daily. We'll return to a regular daily schedule in the fall!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Walker_021812_VMI3_025_AS.JPGBaseball. Seven Gamecocks Honored by Southeastern Conference

Baseball. Field Set For 2012 NCAA Baseball Regional In Columbia

Women's Golf. Burnett, Tolleson Named to SEC Community Service Team

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Conclude Stellar Week in Fifth Place at NCAA Championship


Men's Golf. Burnett, Tolleson Named to SEC Community Service Team

Volleyball. Cara and Lindsey's Adventure - Carpe Diem

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo Called Up To Canada Senior National Team

Swimming & Diving. Miller Competes at Canadian Olympic Diving Trials

Track & Field. Four Gamecocks Qualify On Final Day of NCAA Preliminary Meet

Football. Johnson Named to Rimington Watch List

Football. Athletics Launches Second "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" Campaign



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It is ON this weekend at Carolina Stadium!





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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Marzilli, other juniors looking to go 3-for-3 (GamecockCentral.com)
 
Baseball: Long hours decide field (The State) *Eric Hyman on NCAA baseball committee this year*

Baseball: The Rivalry dominates Regional talk (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC and Clemson On Possible Collision Course (WLTX.com)

Men's Basketball: New coaches want aggressive play (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Enhanced game day experience eyed (GamecockCentral.com)



VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Photos: New Video Board Construction

print-ad-goGamecocks.jpgPhoto: It's Great to be a Gamecock - Marcus Lattimore

New Photos: Farmer's Market Renovation Project

Frank Martin Among Coaches at Star-Studded Dick Vitale Gala

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out yesterday's press conference at baseball including Coach Tanner and several student-athletes discussing this weekend's NCAA Regional:

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052812aaa.html



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Nikki Mullinax of her son Landon at his first Carolina baseball game.

"He loved it!  Can't wait to see him in garnet and black!!  Just wanted to share his excitement!"

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

Photos: New Video Board Construction

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Check out photos from late last week as the steel support structures for the new video board were put in place.

The orange and white flag is an aviation requirement. Don't worry, we wouldn't put it there unless we had to.

You can see more photos and keep tabs on the video board progress here on our Facebook album.

 

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Season ticket renewal deadline is this Thursday, May 31, but new season tickets are available throughout the summer.

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Golf contending for national title today; Gamecocks face Florida tonight in SEC Tournament and HAPPY FRIDAY!


**As news slows down heading into the summer months, the Daily Round-Up will still be posted on a regular basis, but will not appear daily. We'll return to a regular daily schedule in the fall!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Baseball Advances At SEC Tournament With 5-3 Win Over Auburn
*Tonight's game is vs. Florida at approximately 7 p.m. or 30 minutes after the end of the 4 p.m. game.
TV: CSS, Time Warner ch. 506/519, ESPN3 online
Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College


Women's Golf. Gamecocks Set to Contend on Final Day at NCAA Championship

Men's Tennis. Cox and Jones Fall at NCAA Doubles Championships

Women's Tennis. Morgina Falls in Three Sets in NCAA Second Round

Track & Field. Suttmeier and Hutchen Punch Tickets To NCAA Outdoor Finals

Football. Athletics Launches Second "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" Campaign



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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Diamond Extra: Grayson Gunner (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Spurrier loves speaking his mind (ESPN SEC Blog)

Football: Q&A: Jadeveon Clowney reflects on his 1st year as a Gamecock (HeraldOnline.com)

Men's Basketball: Martin seeks tough non-conference slate (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Men's Soccer: A Few Minutes With ... Blake Brettschneider (RevolutionSoccer.net)
 


VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

print-ad-goGamecocks.jpgPhoto: It's Great to be a Gamecock - Marcus Lattimore

New Photos: Farmer's Market Renovation Project

Frank Martin Among Coaches at Star-Studded Dick Vitale Gala

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

As women's golf contends for the national title today, get to know senior Katie Burnett again in her Gamecock Spotlight:






FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Sent in by David Brannen, this is Caden with Cocky at a baseball game holding the limited edition National Championship Coca-Cola bottles:

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






Check out the first photo release of the It's Great to be a Gamecock series (you can click to enlarge it.) Let us know what you think in the comments. Which line is your favorite?

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Season ticket renewal deadline is May 31. New season tickets are available now and throughout the summer leading up to the season! Get more information at GamecocksOnline.com/football2012

New Photos: Farmer's Market Renovation Project

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The renovation of the Farmer's Market area is really coming along! Check out some photos today. The Garnet Way is taking shape with brick being laid and roofs going on the restrooms near the main entrance. There are several hundred trees still remaining to be planted.

You can see more photos in our on-going Facebook photo album for the project.

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Go Gamecocks! Season ticket renewal deadline is May 31, but new season tickets are available now and throughout the summer leading up to the season!
 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 5/23 Baseball in Hoover

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Baseball opens SEC Tournament play tonight; Women's Golf playing in NCAA Championship; Frank Martin attends Dick Vitale Gala and more!


**As news slows down heading into the summer months, the Daily Round-Up will still be posted on a regular basis, but will not appear daily. We'll return to a regular daily schedule in the fall!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Baseball Begins SEC Tournament Vs. Vanderbilt On Wednesday
*Game time is TBA, it's the final game of the night so estimated to be around 9 p.m. ET. TV is CSS and online at ESPN3. Time Warner has said they will have the game available on digital channel 519 and DirecTV has said channel 210. Game available as always on the Gamecock Radio Network!


Baseball. Coach Tanner SEC Tournament Preview Press Conference

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Tied for 18th After Opening Round of NCAA Championship

Men's Tennis. Cox and Jones Open NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday

Women's Tennis. Morgina Set to Compete in NCAA Singles Championship

Football. Athletics Launches Second "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" Campaign



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Go Gamecocks!



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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Coach Tanner pleased with Gamecocks' progress (GoUpstate.com)

Baseball: Greiner fine as postseason begins (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Montgomery back on the hill as USC starts tournament (GamecockCentral.com)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: Steven Tolleson with a homer for Baltimore in a 4-1 win over Boston.- ESPN game recap
 


VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Frank Martin at Dick Vitale Gala.jpgFrank Martin Among Coaches at Star-Studded Dick Vitale Gala

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out a look at the growth of the women's basketball team after their breakout year in 2011-12:





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Airman Travis Akers tweeted us this photo during the baseball game Saturday saying:

 




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




South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin had the opportunity this weekend to attend the Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, Florida. Led by noted college basketball commentator Dick Vitale, net proceeds from the event benefit pediatric cancer research through The V Foundation. This year's event netted a record amount, over $1.6 million. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.   

Martin met Valvano early on when he was a high school coach in Miami and Valvano came to recruit his players. Once he became a college head coach he knew he wanted to get involved with Vitale and The V Foundation to use his new job title and elevated exposure to help the cause.

"Vitale has utilized his place in society to do great things and the gala is spectacular - the amount of money that is raised, celebrities who believe in him and believe in the cause," said Martin. "Even though Jimmy V has been gone for so long, it goes to show just how powerful he was that even since his passing he still continues to touch so many lives."

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Martin (right) with Coach Jim Haley of Ocala Vanguard High School at the Dick Vitale Gala (Photo courtesy of HeraldTribune.com)


Around 800 people attended this year's event, among them college basketball coaches, entertainers, professional athletes from multiple sports, governors and politicians, professional sports team owners. Several kids fighting cancer and their families also attended the gala and a separate event for them at Vitale's home. This year's coaching honorees were former Maryland head coach Gary Williams, Villanova head coach Jay Wright and legendary football coach Lou Holtz, who led the Gamecocks from 1999-2004.They each shared speeches of their own, including how their lives have been affected by cancer.

"Everybody has a great time. It's great to see people who live their lives in front of the cameras in a relaxed setting where they can kind of let their hair down and just enjoy the moment," said Martin. "I still get starstruck when I see people who have impacted the business that I'm in and made coaching a better profession to allow me to be a part of it now, whether it be Lou Holtz or Gary Williams who are retired from coaching, or Josh Freeman, quarterback for Tampa Bay who I knew from his Kansas State days there with [Pro Bowl wide receiver newly signed with Tampa Bay] Vincent Jackson. And to have Vincent Jackson come over and say he's a big fan - a guy who's that successful as an athlete to say he's a big fan of what we do is a lot of fun."

"The amount of college coaches who are there from John Calipari to Bob Huggins to guys that coach Division II, just shows how powerful it is. This time of year is down time for us - students are off campus, it's a recruiting dead period and coaches tend to relax with their families - but these coaches are traveling across the country to support Dickie V and Jim Valvano in the battle to fight cancer."

Read Dick Vitale's own recap of the event.


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: the start of the It's Great to be a Gamecock series; football preseason rankings and watch lists start to emerge; SEC East Champion Baseball heads to the SEC Tournament; Women's Golf prepares for NCAA Championship play and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Coach Tanner SEC Tournament Preview Press Conference

Baseball. SEC EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPS

Football. Lattimore Heads List on Steele's Preseason Teams

Football. Athletics Launches Second "It's Great To Be A Gamecock" Campaign

Women's Golf. Gamecocks Open Play at NCAA Championship Tuesday

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Take Eighth at NCAA Southwest Regional

General News. 2011-12 Team Gamecocks Review

Equestrian. Gamecock Equestrian Signs Samantha Kraus for 2012-2013

Volleyball. Cara and Lindsey's Adventure - Beware the Chocolate Crepes



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Great response to today's video from fans in social media:


Great twitpic of Women's Golf practicing for the NCAA Championship starting tomorrow:




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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Look Back, Look Ahead: Hoover Bound (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC drops in poll; Montgomery to start in Hoover (GoGamecocks.com)

Football: Six SEC teams in Way-Too-Early Top 25 (ESPN SEC Blog)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Football: Gilmore, A. Williams working together (BuffaloBills.com)



VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

We released the first piece of this summer's "It's Great to be a Gamecock" series this afternoon:






FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Great photo today from Larry Millstead of Aiken taken at the Gamecock Club Fan Fest event in Augusta with his daughter Kamryn.

"This was her first experience with the Gamecocks. What a wonderful Father/Daughter experience (Mommy had to work that day)."

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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: Baseball takes on LSU with SEC title implications; Men's Golf starts NCAA Regional play; Gamecocks in the NFL sign contracts and more



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. Top 10 Showdown As LSU Visits In Final SEC Series Of The Year

Baseball. Standing Room Only Tickets Available For LSU Baseball Series

Track & Field. South Carolina Track Earns 26 Bids To NCAA East Preliminary

Softball. Lackey, Hawkins Take Second-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region Spots

Women's Golf. Burnett Qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Begin Play in NCAA Southwest Regional Thursday



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Great shot from Tuesday's weather-ended game as the Gamecocks took a slip n slide adventure on the tarp:



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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

SEC: The Best Year Ever? (SECDigitalNetwork.com)

Baseball: Beal rises into setup role (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: USC ready for big series with LSU  (Anderson Independent Mail)




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: Bringing the Lumber - Jackie Bradley Jr. (MILB.com)
*JBJ noted for his .359 batting average and whopping .474 slugging percentage at the top of the lineup for the month of April with the Salem Red Sox.

*The New York Jets have signed Antonio Allen to a four year contract.

*The Buffalo Bills have signed Stephon Gilmore to a four year contract.




VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Final Regular Season Baseball Games

Gamecock Baseball SEC Championship Scenarios

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Great college football roundtable discussion on ESPN focusing on the Gamecocks:





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Dave Duffy of himself with his son, Jameson, after "watching the great Gamecock victory over Nebraska at the Capital One Bowl!"

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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: Dawn Staley earns a big award; Grayson Greiner earns national honor; Baseball readies for USC Upstate; James Darnell making a splash with the Padres in MLB and more! 



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Thumbnail image for WBB-11 Dawn Staley at Tennessee.jpegWomen's Basketball. Staley Named BCA Female Coach of the Year

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts USC Upstate On Tuesday Night

Baseball. Grayson Greiner Selected To USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Baseball. Standing Room Only Tickets Available For LSU Baseball Series

Track & Field. Campbell, Fedewa Named To SEC Community Service Team

Men's Tennis. Adams, Lucas Tabbed Among Carolina Region's Best

Women's Tennis. Alawi Named ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch



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Our most re-tweeted tweet today, not a big surprise:




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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: No scoreboard-watching allowed (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: South Carolina spring wrap (ESPN SEC Blog)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Baseball: James Darnell hits first homer with Padres (MLB.com video)



Darnell was following up this amazing play from Sunday:






VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Final Regular Season Baseball Games

Gamecock Baseball SEC Championship Scenarios

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out the new volleyball office facilities courtesy of a tour by team members Lindsey Craft and Cara Howley:





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Dawnne and Brendon Greene at last week's Gamecock Club Fan Fest in Charlotte:

"This is our second year attending the Fan Fests in the Charlotte area.  Our son, Dawson, is featured in the picture with Cocky and the cheerleaders!"

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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: Women's Golf wins their NCAA Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships; taking a look at baseball SEC Championship scenarios; ITA Region awards in both men's and women's tennis; senior Marvin Reitze medals in pole vault at SEC Championships and more!




GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

WGOLF-12 East Region champs graphic.jpgWomen's Golf. Gamecocks Finish Strong to Win NCAA East Regional Title

Baseball. South Carolina Baseball Notebook

Baseball. Baseball's Finale at Georgia Washed Out


Track & Field. Reitze Earns Pole Vault Bronze As SEC Outdoors Conclude

Track & Field. Gamecock Youth Put Up Record Performances In SEC Day Three


Men's Tennis. Adams, Lucas Tabbed Among Carolina Region's Best

Men's Tennis. Gamecocks Fall to Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament

Women's Tennis. Alawi Named ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch

Women's Tennis. No. 3 Duke Hands South Carolina Loss in NCAA Tournament



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Gamecocks must win at least two games vs. LSU to have a chance at the title.




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GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Football: Big Changes Coming In 2012 For Gamecock Football Fans (WLTX.com)

Football: Spurrier: Clowney has to step up (The Times and Democrat)

Baseball: Gamecocks move closer to top of baseball rankings (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: After Sunday rain-out, South Carolina will make final push for SEC title (The Post & Courier)

Baseball: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Georgia (GamecockCentral.com)

Baseball: Photos - Gamecocks Win Game 1 vs. Georgia (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: NEO's Wilka Montout receives Dixie Woodall Inspirational Award (GrandLakeNewsOnline.com) ***Hoops signee Wilka Montout



VOTE FOR MICHAEL ROTH

Thumbnail image for 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. 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!






SPURS UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

This Week's Home Events: Final Regular Season Baseball Games

Gamecock Baseball SEC Championship Scenarios

A Two-Sport Gamecock, But Not the One You're Thinking Of

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

PGA TOUR's Kyle Thompson on New Golf Facility, Supporting the Gamecocks



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Check out highlights of Jaklin Alawi, named ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch today:





FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Alex Quirk who says:

"Our family has been fans of the Gamecocks since my great uncle (Warren Muir) came here in the late 60's. Even though I live in Maine, I still watch every football game that we get up North. I've even come down and seen a couple of games. This one was back in 2010 when then #1 Bama came to town. It'll probably be my favorite game I've witnessed."

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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...


Michael Roth2.jpegBaseball finishes out the regular season with a nonconference match-up against USC Upstate on Tuesday followed by a showdown with LSU in a three-game series that will help determine the SEC title. Friday night's game will serve as Senior Night for Michael Roth, Adam Matthews and Logan Munson so get to the game early to give them a proper recognition and farewell! Forecast for this weekend is mostly sunny with high temps in the lower 80's. Should be a beautiful weekend for Carolina Baseball!

Standing room only tickets are available for all three games vs. LSU. Click here to purchase online or call 800-4SC-FANS.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
***Reserved seating tickets available! Purchase online.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baseball vs. LSU - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
***Series opener, click here to see what scenarios would give the Gamecocks the SEC Championship.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Baseball vs. LSU - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
***Senior Night - Adam Matthews, Logan Munson and Michael Roth will be honored before the game.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baseball vs. LSU - 1 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
***Final regular season home game


Gamecocks on the road...

Men's Golf at NCAA Regional: Norman, Oklahoma - Thursday - Saturday

Gamecock Baseball SEC Championship Scenarios

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Thumbnail image for BSB-12 Celebration vs. Alabama.jpegWith the rain cancellation of Sunday's series finale against Georgia, there was a lot of discussion about how not playing the game could affect the Gamecocks' chances at a conference title. Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick compiled the following information about the scenarios the baseball team faces this weekend.

South Carolina will enter this weekend with a 17-9 record in the SEC, one-half game behind Kentucky for first place in the Southeastern Conference with three league games remaining.  The Gamecocks have won 14 of the last 16 games played in the league entering the match-up with LSU.

Here are the standings in the conference as of today.

1) Kentucky 18-9
2) South Carolina 17-9
3) LSU 17-10
4) Florida 16-11
5) Ole Miss 14-13
6) Georgia 13-13
7) Arkansas 13-14
Mississippi State 13-14
Vanderbilt 13-14
10) Auburn 12-15
11) Tennessee 8-19
12) Alabama 7-20


The SEC champion will be determined by the team with the highest winning percentage.  Due to the rain-out on Sunday in Athens, this scenario will become a factor depending on the results of the final weekend.

If all games are played this weekend and there are no cancellations, the Gamecocks will have to win at least two games to have a shot at the SEC Championship

If South Carolina wins two games vs. LSU, the Gamecocks will need Kentucky to lose at least two games at Mississippi State to win the title.  

If South Carolina wins two and Kentucky wins one
South Carolina 19-10 (.655)
Kentucky 19-11 (.633)

If South Carolina wins all three games vs. LSU, the Gamecocks will need Kentucky to lose at least one game at Mississippi State to win the title.
South Carolina 20-9 (.690)
Kentucky 20-10 (.667)


For the first time this year, 10 teams will be represented at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.  The Eastern Division champion and the Western Division champion earn the top two seeds and byes.  LSU has already clinched at least the one or two seed depending on results from the final weekend. 
South Carolina has clinched one of the top four seeds. We'll have more SEC Tournament information for you after the games this weekend.


Win Anyway. -BL

Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Catch up on the newest NFL Gamecocks; Baseball takes on Georgia this weekend; Women's Tennis and Women's Golf open up strong in their NCAA Tournament bids; four more Volleyball Gamecocks sign on the dotted line and more!



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