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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 2/21

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's Basketball wins against Ole Miss; Baseball to host Albany this weekend; Football spring practice dates released; Swimming and Diving send four to SEC finals; and more!


Men's Basketball: Gamecocks Win Thriller Over Ole Miss 63-62

Baseball: Baseball Hosts Albany This Weekend

Football: Annual South Carolina Football Coaching Clinic Set

Football: Gamecocks Set Spring Practice Dates

Men's Golf: Gamecocks Open Play Friday In Bayou City Collegiate Championships

Women's Golf: Golf Week Magazine Features Carolina Women's Golf

Swimming & Diving: Gamecocks Send Four To Day Two Finals At SEC Championships

Swimming & Diving: Flach, Kranz Medal On Day Two At SEC Championships

Men's Tennis: Gamecocks Battle Out 4-3 Win Over No. 37 UNCW

Women's Tennis: South Carolina Picks Up 6-1 Victory at Furman


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Gamecock Spotlight: LB Dantzler - 2013

Get to know South Carolina Baseball senior LB Dantzler in his Gamecock Spotlight!


Golf Week Magazine Features Carolina Women's Golf

Throwback Thursday: 1977 Baseball Team


Junior guard Eric Smith hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining and freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius blocked the final Ole Miss shot to give South Carolina (13-13, 3-10 SEC) a 63-62 conference win over Ole Miss (19-7, 8-5 SEC) at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night.

The South Carolina swimming and diving teams will have three swimmers and one diver in tonight's finals after posting three NCAA B cuts and 18 career bests in the preliminaries Wednesday morning at the 2013 SEC Championships.


This Fan Photo Of The Day was sent to us from Casey Floyd. This is picture is of her son Carter Lee Bic, posing for the camera in his Gamecock gear after the Gamecocks won the 2013 Outback Bowl against Michigan!

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Golf Week Magazine Features Carolina Women's Golf

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South Carolina's coaching duo of Puggy Blackmon and Kalen Harris.

A recent Golf Week article took a look at the Gamecocks' "odd couple" in Director of Golf Puggy Blackmon and Head Women's Golf Coach Kalen Harris and sung the praises of the program. Check out an excerpt below and read the full article here.

Kalen Harris doesn't look quite old enough to be in charge of a perennial top-30 team. The petite South Carolina coach blends in with her players on the course. Her hat is always pulled down low, sunglasses on, presence unassuming.

Harris, at 34, doesn't fit the mold in the SEC coaching circle. She's among the youngest coaches in a league that is one of the most competitive in the nation. Still, the age jokes that fly good-naturedly around the team are directed more at director of golf Puggy Blackmon, 62, who also travels with the team.

It's an unusual dynamic, but it works at South Carolina. Since Blackmon sought out Harris for the head coaching position when it opened up in the spring of 2008, the Gamecocks have made four trips to the NCAA Championship. They won the NCAA East Regional in 2010 and again last year - as the No. 8 seed. That team went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championship.

Women's Golf hosts The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate tournament in Hilton Head starting March 8. Debuting last year, the Carolina tourney has quickly become one of the nation's most attractive tournaments for teams.

Throwback Thursday: 1977 Baseball Team

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It's Throwback Thursday! The 1977 South Carolina baseball team went all the way to the national championship game at the College World Series. June Raines' first squad made a statement. After losing its first game in the postseason, the Gamecocks won four straight at Sarge Frye Field to win the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. The squad won three straight games in Omaha to advance to the finals of the CWS and finished with a 43-12-1 record. This Saturday, they will receive College World Series rings recognizing their achievements in a pregame ceremony.

For more notes on the 1977 squad, check out the preview for this weekend's series vs. Albany.

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 2/20

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Check out this weeks home events; men's swimming and diving sets two school records; Track and Field member  named 2012 sportswoman of the year in home country; take a look at the 2013 baseball walk up songs; fan photo of the day; and more!


Men's Basketball: Gamecocks To Host Ole Miss In Midweek Matchup Wednesday 

Swimming and Diving: Gamecock Men Set Two School Records On Day One Of SEC Championships

Men's and Women's Golf: Rotella Honored By Gamecock Golf


Gamecocks Meet Ole Miss in Match Up  Wednesday (


Baseball - Jackie Bradley Jr.


Gamecock Spotlight: Men's Tennis - Teammates  



The South Carolina men's swimming and diving team posted a pair of school records at the finals on Tuesday night, giving the Gamecocks a strong start at the 2013 SEC Championships at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center.
South Carolina junior high jumper Jeannelle Scheper was named the 2012 Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the 32nd annual St. Lucia National Sports Award Ceremony this past weekend. Scheper earned the nod over swimmer Sion Huxley, who was given the honor last year.


This picture was sent to us from John and Debra Dugas. This is a photo of their son John J Dugas Jr. in the Kunar Providence showing his Gamecock Spirit. Thank you for everything you do for our country, John Jr.! 


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More pre-tip reads before the Gamecocks and Rebels meet in Columbia, where Carolina has gone 9-1 all-time against Ole Miss (7:00 p.m. EST, Gamecock IMG Sports Network):


On Ole Miss:  Head coach Andy Kennedy can set Ole Miss' career record for wins Wednesday with his 145th.  For all his accolades, though, one thing has eluded Kennedy in his seven seasons in Oxford: an NCAA Tournament appearance.  That seemed a foregone conclusion three weeks ago when the Rebels started a school-best 6-0 in SEC play.  Since then, Ole Miss has dropped four of six to fall to 19-6, 8-4 SEC.  An 84-74 overtime win against Georgia righted the ship Saturday, but the Rebels still enter Colonial Life Arena precariously close to the bubble. 


Martin says that Kennedy "has this ability to instill unbelievable confidence in his players.  He does a phenomenal job of getting players shots from areas where they're really efficient."  The Rebels' 79.5 points per game ranks 5th in the nation, and their 71.2 possessions per game only trail Arkansas for fastest tempo in the SEC.  Guard Marshall Henderson, a charismatic, unrepentant three-point gunner, leads the SEC in scoring (19.7 ppg).  Senior Murphy Holloway, whose odyssey to (and from) South Carolina has been well-documented, leads all active SEC players with 34 double-doubles.  Point guard Jarvis Summers binds the offense with an SEC-leading 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, and senior Nick Williams, a player Martin once recruited, has a versatile game that can fill any role.


Marshall Henderson.jpgLook for Ole Miss to base most of its action off screens for Henderson and isolations for the left-handed Holloway.  A living, breathing definition of a "volume shooter," Henderson has attempted 266 three-pointers, the third-highest total in the nation - and when he's on, he's not afraid to tell everyone about it.  Key for Henderson:  force him to catch with his body facing the sideline or opposing baseline.  If Henderson is allowed to pivot into his shot, he can be deadly.  The Gamecocks can also "take out his legs" by making him chase and work in the defensive halfcourt.


Ole Miss junior guard Marshall Henderson (left) scored 14 points in the final 3:36 of regulation to send the Rebels' game vs. Georgia into overtime.  Ole Miss won 84-74.


Holloway, though, could be a prime candidate for touches.  The Columbia, S.C., native has eight double-doubles in Ole Miss' wins, but only one in the Rebels' losses.  He's athletic, active, a powerful offensive rebounder, and armed with a nifty spin dribble.


Paint Job:  At their morning shootaround in Tuscaloosa, Gamecock coaches drilled their players to sprint hard around screens.  Alabama had ridden a vise-grip defense to a #12 national ranking in points allowed (57.3 ppg).  Any lapse in energy, and the Tide would choke the life out of the Gamecock offense. 


Carolina lost 68-58, but Martin praised his team for swinging the ball quickly, running good offense, and getting high-percentage looks in the halfcourt.  The Gamecocks scored 34 points in the paint - accounting for 17 of their 23 field goals - for their highest percentage of the season.


Opponent           Pts. in Paint        Total Points        Percentage

1.       Alabama     34                58               58.3%

2.       Arkansas    40                75               53.3%


Reginals Buckner.jpgThey'll need that discipline against the Rebels.  Ole Miss is one of a handful of major-conference schools that ranks in the Top 50 nationally in both Steal Percentage (18th, 7.9%) and Block Percentage (45th, 7.6%).  Ole Miss' guards gamble for steals, namely because Holloway, senior Reginald Buckner (296 career blocks, 6th SEC history), and 6'9" reserve Chris Perez all lurk as rebounding and shot-blocking forces underneath. 


Ole Miss forward Reginald Buckner (left) leads the Rebels in blocks.  Ole Miss' elite, athletic length allows its guards to play for more steals.




 Can the Gamecocks run good offense - not only to stay ahead of Ole Miss' harassing guards, but to get clean looks in front of the Rebels' shot blockers?  Freshman Laimonas Chatkevicius, coming off career highs in points (11) and rebounds (7) against Alabama, will need to cut a presence beyond his years.   


Return of Brenton:  In addition to his 14 points, junior Brenton Williams collected four steals in 26 minutes against Alabama.  Williams had five steals in his first 162 minutes of SEC play.


With the Rebels playing an uptempo pace, the Gamecocks will need to have their scorers ready.  Williams might need a repeat of his performance in Tuscaloosa.


And Finally...  Trivia time:  How many Venezuelan native play in NCAA Division I?


Venezuela flag.jpgAnswer:  Five.


Two of them will meet at Colonial Life Arena Wednesday.  Freshman Michael Carrera (Anzoategui, Venezuela) will oppose Ole Miss freshman forward Anthony Perez, a native of Cumana, on the northern coast.


The country of Venezuela will have 40% of its NCAA Division I players on the floor Wednesday.


Carrera isn't the only Gamecock with a connection to Perez:  freshman Mindaugas Kacinas was his teammate at Word of Life Traditional School in Wichita, Kan.


Our pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  See you at CLA.  -AD--



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Frank Martin was done with basketball.  Adrift.  "A young derelict," as he described his 19 year-old self.


He had failed to make the basketball team at Miami-Dade Community College, cut during fall tryouts.  He thought an opportunity re-appeared when eight players flunked out at the end of the semester.  When he was playing in an open gym in January, preparing for a new wave of tryouts, he tried to block the shot of future N.C. State star Chris Corchiani.  Martin tore his knee instead.


His body was broken - and so was his spirit for school.


"Ripping my knee up had put such a sour taste in my mouth with basketball that I kind of didn't want to be around school.  I had no idea about the next chapter in my life," Martin said.


He dropped out of Miami-Dade, began studying for his real estate license, and took a job at Ocean Bank.  It filled his days, but left him far from happy.  It was a steep drop for the basketball-obsessed kid whose passion for the game defined him at Miami Senior High School.


Then in September, a lifeline came.  Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez, his old varsity coach at Miami Senior, gave him a call.


"Shakey called me and up and said, 'Why don't you go back to school?'"  Martin remembers. 


He was ambivalent.  "So he said, 'Well, why don't you come by here and help us coach the kids?  Sergio could use somebody,'" Martin recalls.


"I talked to Serge, and he said yeah, I'd love to have you."


"Serge" was Sergio Rouco, a 24 year-old, Cuban-born graduate of Miami Senior who was serving as the Stingarees' head JV coach.  With a wide smile, deep-set eyes, and a swoop of slick black hair, Martin remembered Rouco (pronounced ROE-co) well.  He first coached Martin when he was 12 years old, playing in the San Juan Bosco church league in his Little Havana neighborhood.  He also coached him in a Kiwanis Club league that played its games at the Orange Bowl. 


"If it wasn't for Shakey and Sergio calling me, I never would have come," Martin said.


Frank Martin-2.jpegMartin latched on as Rouco's volunteer assistant, working alongside him during the 1984-85 season.  After he finished his shift at the bank, he'd make the 15-minute commute to Miami Senior to help the JV team's 7-9 p.m. practice.


"Serge was always very detailed.  He had an ability to relate to players.  That's what I remember - he'd make players understand what he wanted," Martin recalls.


It didn't take long before Rouco gave Martin his first head coaching shot.  In February of that year, Rouco came to school with an announcement.


"Serge had a family situation and he couldn't make a game," Martin said.  "I go up [to Rodriguez, the varsity head coach].  I'm 19 years old.  I'm like, 'Yo, what do I do here?'


"He said, 'What do you mean, what do you do?  Coach the game.'"  Martin's team won.


A more permanent opportunity arrived in the summer.  Rouco accepted a head coaching position at Miami Loyola High School, a move that initially caught Martin off-guard.


"Serge left, and I'm like, I don't know what I want to do.  Coach [Rodriguez] came up to me and said, 'Hey I need you to drive a group of 15 year-olds to Orlando for a tournament.'  I'm like, 'For what?' 'Well, if you're going to be my JV coach, this is a year-round job.  This isn't a three-month thing.


"That's how the whole thing got started."


Martin accepted the assignment.  Soon after, convinced of his former player's commitment, Rodriguez named him Rouco's successor as Miami Senior JV coach.  The "young derelict," rudderless without basketball less than a year ago, was back in the game. 


"Thirty years later, I'm still doing it," Martin added.


Rouco eventually moved to the college ranks, spending five years as the head coach at Florida International University.  In 2011, another of Martin's friends, Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy, was searching for a pair of new assistant coaches. 


Martin called him and recommended a guy.  


Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena, Frank Martin and Ole Miss assistant Sergio Rouco will meet again.


Our pre-game coverage of the Gamecocks and Rebels begins at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.  For Part II of our pre-tip reads versus Ole Miss, CLICK HERE.  -AD-


Fans Tweet #SCOpeningDay to Success

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Thank you to all the fans who tweeted along with us for #SCOpeningDay last Friday. It was so much fun to see everyone's pictures from the game and excitement about the start of baseball season. There were almost 2,000 total tweets that included the hashtag, according to metrics from  The most popular link shared along with the #SCOpeningDay hashtag was unsurprisingly the 2013 Intro Video, which has over 11,200 views on YouTube so far.

Check out some of the top users of the hashtag in the embedded chart below. Gamecock fans are the best!

Congrats to Ann, who was our grand prize winner of a Chad Holbrook autographed baseball for her panoramic photo of Carolina Stadium that she tweeted with the hashtag during the game. Five other lucky fans won game-used baseballs for their pictures and four others won 2011 National Championship hats.

Fans also used the power of Twitter to vote for their favorite walk-up songs. Fans tweeted with the hashtag #SCWalkUpSongs and the player's last name to cast their vote. The winner of the vote was LB Dantzler. His selection of Justin Bieber's "Baby" seemed to be good luck - he sent the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for a home run.

Thanks to everyone who tweets with us every day. Check our Connect page for more ways to connect with us in social media and sign up for Gamecock Social Rewards for a chance to win prizes for your social media activity.

Gamecock Baseball Walk-Up Songs List

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Now that the excitement of Opening Day is behind us, we wanted to share the full list of this year's South Carolina Baseball walk-up songs! We'll update this list with any changes throughout the season. Whose song is your favorite? LB Dantzler's choice of Justin Bieber won our Twitter poll on Friday. What do you think?


Player Song Artist
Tanner English I Want You Back Jackson 5
Connor Bright Sail AWOLNATION
Patrick Harrington Takeover Jay-Z
Shon Carson Young and Getting It Meek Mill
TJ Costen Paul Revere Beastie Boys
Joey Pankake Make Some Noise Beastie Boys
Sean Sullivan Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
Chase Vergason Money For Nothing Dire Straits
Dante Rosenberg Watch Dis Plies
DC Arendas Barry Sanders Wale
LB Dantzler Baby Justin Bieber
Grayson Greiner Thrift Shop Macklemore
Max Schrock The Stroke
Billy Squier
Brison Celek Kick In The Sticks Brantley Gilbert
Graham Saiko Satisfaction (Remix) RL Grime
George Iskendarian Bad Boys For Life P. Diddy
Erik Payne Intergalactic Beastie Boys
Kyle Martin They Just Don't Know Gyft
Curt Britt Turn On the Lights Future
Ahmad Christian Million Dollars Cash Young Jeezy


Player Song Title Artist
Joel Seddon Let's Groove Tonight Earth, Wind, and Fire
Drake Thomason Breathe Clean Fabulous
Jack Wynkoop I Can't Wait Nu Shooz
Evan Beal From Whom The Bells Toll Metallica
Nolan Belcher Let Me Clear My Throat DJ Kool
Vince Fiori Original Don Flosstradamus 
Adam Westmoreland Fat Bottomed Girls Queen
Forrest Koumas Shake Your Tail Feather Nelly
Jordan Montgomery Bust A Move Young MC
Curt Britt Black Betty Ram Jam
Josh Knab Midnight Voyage Ghostland Observatory
Tyler Webb Dead and Bloated Stone Temple Pilots
Patrick Sullivan Good Vibrations Markey Mark & the Funky Bunch
Alex Satterfield Gold Dust DJ Fresh
Colby Holmes I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift
Tyler Jackson The Next Episode Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg


Both basketball squads take on squads from the Magnolia State with the men facing Ole Miss Wednesday and the women taking on Mississippi State on Sunday at 3:00 in their next to last home game of the season. You can also catch both tennis teams at home in the beautiful Carolina Tennis Center this week. Men's Tennis looks to upset UNC Wilmington Wednesday afternoon while Women's Tennis hosts a doubleheader on Saturday against in-state foes College of Charleston and Charleston Southern. Equestrian will host their next to last home competition and hold Senior Day on Saturday vs. Texas A&M. Admission is free and fans can enjoy our annual Equifest festivities. Baseball takes on Albany this weekend in the second series of the season. We'll have a special recognition at Saturday's game as the 1977 College World Series team receives their rings.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#49 Men's Tennis vs. #39 UNC Wilmington - 2:00 PM - Carolina Tennis Center
Match Preview
-  Team Poster available
-  Fan Ball Toss - Every fan at the match will receive a numbered tennis ball.  Between the doubles and singles matches, fans will have a chance to attempt to toss their tennis ball into a basket on the court to win an iPod shuffle!

*Hear from the men's tennis team about the importance of teammates in this Gamecock Spotlight:

Men's Basketball vs. Ole Miss - 7:00 PM
-    National Love your Pet Day - First 1,000 fans receive a free pet ID tag (sorry, pets can't come to the game!)

Friday, February 22, 2013

#5 Baseball vs. Albany - 3:00 PM
-  Baseball Bingo
-  Team posters

Saturday, February 23, 2013

#30 Women's Tennis - Doubleheader - Carolina Tennis Center
vs. College of Charleston - 10:30 AM
vs. Charleston Southern - 4:00 PM

#4 Equestrian vs. #6 Texas A&M - 1:00 PM - One Wood Farm
-  Equifest - annual event sponsored by the town of Blythewood. Young fans will enjoy painting their own horseshoes and building stick ponies.
-  Free admission
-  Senior Day! We'll be recognizing this year's seniors.

#5 Baseball vs. Albany - 1:30 PM
-  Baseball Bingo
-  Team posters
-  1977 South Carolina Baseball team will be recognized and presented with their College World Series rings.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

#15 Women's Basketball vs. Mississippi State - 3:00 PM
- Halftime Mascot Scrimmage - Various sponsor mascots and Cocky will take each other on in a halftime scrimmage!
*The Gamecocks are 21-5 overall and 9-4 in SEC play after defeating Ole Miss on the road this weekend. Get to know Coach Staley better in this one-on-one interview from our Ballin' With Brett series:

#5 Baseball vs. Albany - 1:30 PM
-    Baseball Bingo
-    Team Posters

Gamecocks on the road...

Swimming & Diving at SEC Championships, at Texas A&M - Tuesday through Saturday
Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - Friday through Sunday
Men's Golf at Bayou City Collegiate Championships - Friday through Sunday

Women's Tennis at Furman - Wednesday, 5:00 PM
Men's Tennis at William & Mary - Friday, 6:00 PM
Men's Tennis at VCU - Sunday, 1:00 PM

Men's Basketball at Georgia - Saturday, 2:00 PM - TV: CBS | Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio

Softball at College of Charleston Cougar Classic
vs. Wagner - Saturday, 10:00 AM
vs. Charleston Southern - Saturday, 7:00 PM
vs. Radford - Sunday, 2:30 PM
vs. College of Charleston - Sunday, 4:30 PM

"Inside the Roost": Chad Holbrook, Marcus Lattimore

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to "Inside the Roost" tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game! Joining host Derek Scott will be Athletics Director Ray Tanner, Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook, and calling in to the show will be Marcus Lattimore.

Listen to "Inside the Roost" every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insights into Gamecock Athletics and special guests. You can also listen online!