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Throwback Thursday: Kip Bouknight

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Kip Bouknight is the only Golden Spikes Award and Rotary Smith Award winner in South Carolina Baseball history. He was a two-time All-American including one of the greatest single seasons in college history in 2000, posting a 17-1 record to help lead the Gamecocks to a 56-10 record and an SEC Title. Bouknight remains the winningest pitcher in South Carolina history with a 45-12 career record in a four-year span, pitching a school-record 482 innings and starting a school-record 66 games. He also holds school records for strikeouts (457) and decisions (57).

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As the Gamecocks prepare to face rival Clemson this weekend in a three-game series (full notes and preview here), Coach Holbrook and his players shared some of their thoughts on one of, if not THE, best rivalries in college baseball. Check them out below:

Holbrook: "It's a great series...I think it showcases college baseball and what it's all about."

Tyler Webb: "I just think there are good players on both sides. You diffidently want to perform well on this big weekend with the opponent and the whole state is watching. I feel like on both sides the all the players on each team step up. ... You just need to have fun; it's just another game. Although it is a pretty big game it is still baseball and putting that extra pressure on yourself doesn't do any good and you still need to get out there and play and perform. When you get out there playing you don't worry about the opponent; you want to focus on what you need to do to win."

LB Dantzler: "It's huge. They are a great team, and it is just awesome to be a part of. The whole rivalry is exciting and it really is just a great time of year for us."

Max Schrock: "I'm definitely anxious. [The older players] say it's just like a completely different game. They can't describe it to me really. ... They told me that the fans will definitely play a role and they will be talking, they said to try to block it out and play the game. ... I wanted to be a part of the best rivalry in college baseball and I believe that's what this is."

Graham Saiko: "Obviously when you hear about South Carolina athletics, you here about the South Carolina, Clemson rivalry. I know it's a very big deal around here and I am very excited to play this weekend. I'm ready for the first experience and I think it's going to be fun."
 

Throwback Thursday: Dual-Sport Star Bobby Bryant

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It's Throwback Thursday! This week we take a look at Bobby Bryant, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. Bryant was a two-sport athlete at Carolina, lettering in football in 1964-66 and in baseball in 1965-67. Bryant was a first-team All-American and All-ACC at defensive back in 1966 and was named the ACC's outstanding athlete in 1967 with the Anthony J. McKelvin Award. He still holds the school record for longest punt return (98 yards vs. NC State, 1966). He was the first pitcher at Carolina to strike out 100 batters in a season and was drafted by the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in baseball. He played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings for 14 seasons from 1968-1981.

Bryant was among almost 50 former Gamecocks who played in the NFL who returned to Columbia for a "Gamecock Pros" luncheon on Monday. For more on the luncheon, click here (photos, video interviews, etc.)


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Carolina's 1977 College World Series Team Recognized

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A special group returned to Columbia to be recognized this Saturday. The Gamecocks' 1977 baseball team was recognized on the field and received rings for their appearance in the CWS. The 1977 team went all the way to the national championship game at the College World Series under first-year head coach June Raines. 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.

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The team gathered at Carolina Stadium early before the game with their families to take a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and catch up with each other. We talked with pitcher Randy Martz, who battled several inches of snow to make the long drive to Columbia from Illinois just outside of St. Louis, about what it meant to be back. Martz had a 14-0 record (best undefeated record in school history), was named National Player of the Year, unanimous first team All-America, won the Lefty Gomez Plate given to the top amateur baseball player in the country, and was a first round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs. He pitched four years in the major leagues. Martz shared that he has been back to Columbia for two alumni games, one at Sarge Frye and one at Carolina Stadium before it was totally completed, so this was his first time seeing the completed stadium (with added decor from two national championships.)

"I was pleased to be recognized," Martz said. "It's been a good situation for all the guys coming back and seeing each other. That's the biggest thing - getting to see all the players you haven't seen in a long time...To come down and see Carolina again, it's a good thing."

Martz said his favorite memory was beating Clemson in Clemson, 2-1, snapping a 26-game winning streak for the Tigers. After that win the Gamecocks compiled a 30-6 record the remainder of the season for a final mark of 43-12-1. The late season surge included two more wins over Clemson for a sweep of the season series.

In addition to Martz, the 1977 team had several other players go on to Major League Baseball.  Mookie Wilson was second team All-America and played 1,403 major league games in 12 seasons with the Mets and Blue Jays. Ed Lynch played eight years with the Mets and Cubs and became general manager of the Cubs. Jim Lewis made it to the big leagues for brief stints with the Mariners, Yankees and Twins.

Today the landmark team gathered together to receive their rings and reflect back.  

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Watch video of the pre-game recognition:


Looking Back at the 1977 Gamecock Baseball Team

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*Written by Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick. See more, including the 1977 roster, statistics, and individual notes for each game of the season, in this weekend's game notes.

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Two years after their first trip to the College World Series, the Gamecocks found themselves back in Omaha under a different head coach.

Bobby Richardson, who in seven seasons built the South Carolina program into a national power, resigned and June Raines was brought in to continue the success forged by Richardson. That included South Carolina's first three bids to the NCAA Tournament and first trip to Omaha.

For Raines, it was a return to the Gamecock Roost. Fol¬lowing a 10-year career as a catcher in the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators minor league systems, Raines had served as a student assistant coach under Jack Powers and Richardson while earning bachelor and masters degrees.

Raines inherited a good nucleus from Richardson whose final team, 1976, had compiled a 38-14 record. Richardson's previous two teams were 48-8 in 1974 and 51-6-1 in 1975.

Raines added some outstanding talent in outfielder Mookie Wilson, catcher Johnny Long and right-handed pitcher Randy Martz from the Gamecock football squad to the returnees left by Richardson.
Through his first 20 games, Raines won 68 percent of the time, excellent under most criteria but somewhat short of Richardson's .828 percentage over his final three seasons. After winning 10 of his first 11 games, Raines saw his team lose five and tie one over the next nine. Arch rival Clemson, on the other hand, was unbeaten after 26 games with the best record in the nation.

South Carolina broke the Tigers' win streak with a 2-1 victory at Clemson behind Martz and the Gamecocks compiled a 30-6 record the remainder of the season for a final mark of 43-12-1. The late season surge included two more wins over Clemson for a sweep of the season series.

South Carolina was awarded its fourth consecutive regional site but quickly fell into the losers' bracket with a 7-6 loss to nationally second ranked South Alabama. Starter Ran¬dy Martz left the game with the lead but the bullpen couldn't hold it. Carolina would have to win four consecutive games over the next three days if it was to win the regional.

The uphill trek began with a 4-1 win over East Carolina behind a six-hit complete game by right-hander Jim Lewis. The task ahead required two Sunday victories to force a show¬down game on Monday.
Ed Lynch, from the Gamecock basketball team, drew the first assignment and stifled South Alabama. He scattered seven hits in an 11-2 rout. Sophomore right-hander Hal Hutchens caused some anxious moments when he allowed 12 hits and walked four but was tough with runners on base. With ninth inning relief help from Lewis, Hutchens came out with a 5-2 win over Wake Forest. With two days rest, Randy Martz got the call vs. the Demon Deacons. Although he allowed 10 hits, he struck out 12. Johnny Hinkel, Mark Van Bever and Mookie Wilson homered as the Gamecocks won 6-1 to clinch a spot in Omaha.
The opening game of the 1977 College World Series was a classic. With undefeated Randy Martz pitching for South Carolina, and Panamanian right-hander Jaime Cocanower for Baylor, the score was tied 1-1 after nine innings with both starters still on the mound.

Martz retired the first two Baylor batters in the top of the 10th but three successive ground ball singles produced a run and the Bears took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the 10th inning.
Van Bever lashed a double down the left field line and advanced to third when Wilson grounded out to deep short¬stop. That brought up left fielder Chuck McLean who hit a line drive on the first pitch that carried over Baylor center fielder Burl Coker's head.

Raines said later that he would have held McLean at third if he had been the third base coach. However, after nine innings, he had turned third base coaching duties over to assistant Johnny Hunton "to change over the luck" and Hunton waved McLean past third base. He slid home safely with an inside the park home run and a 3-2 Gamecock victory.

Lewis scattered eight hits and struck out 14 defeating Cal State-Los Angeles 6-2 and Martz came back on short rest to down Southern Illinois Carbondale 5-4 earning Carolina a bye to the championship round as the only undefeated team.

A shoulder injury to power hitting first baseman Johnny Hinkel (15 home runs) left the Gamecocks a little short. Lynch pitched well in a complete game effort but lost 6-2 to Arizona State setting up another meeting with the Sun Devils. Lewis also pitched well but was on the short end of a 2-1 score and for the second time in two tries, South Carolina finished second in the College World Series.

Martz, with a 14-0 record, was named National Player of the Year, first team All-America and first round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs. He pitched four years in the major leagues. Wilson was second team All-America and played 1,403 ma¬jor league games in 12 seasons with the Mets and Blue Jays. Lynch played eight years with the Mets and Cubs and became general manager of the Cubs. Lews made it to the big leagues for brief stints with the Mariners, Yankees and Twins.

**The 1977 team will be recognized and receive rings for their College World Series appearance prior to this Saturday's game vs. Albany at Carolina Stadium. Game time is now set for 4:00 PM.



LB Dantzler Explains The Bieber Fever

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BSB-12 LB Dantzler vs. Alabama.jpegFans in the ballpark for Opening Day last Friday were surprised by one Gamecock Baseball player's choice for his walk-up music. Third baseman LB Dantzler went with a choice one might expect more coming from a pre-teen instead - "Baby" by Justin Bieber. His unique choice even made him the winner of our Twitter poll during the game for fans' favorite walk-up song. See a full list of the team's walk-up songs here.

Dantzler explained that he wanted to do it last year, but with it being his first year he was a little nervous about pulling it off. This year he decided to go for it.

"I figured it would be something funny, that fans would get a kick out of it, and just keep everything light," Dantzler explained. "A lot of times I can't even hear my walk-out song so I'm not concerned with picking something to pump me up. Into the season I wouldn't really get pumped up by the same song anyway. Just something fun for fans."

The song seemed to be successful as Dantzler crushed one to right field for a home run in his first at bat of the season (also the Gamecocks' first run of the season!) and made all Gamecocks "Beliebers".

"I think it could have been an omen. I think I need to keep it. I have the fever."

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 GamecocksOnline.com preview for this weekend's series vs. Albany.


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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 Tweetarchivist.com.  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?

Hitters:

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


Pitchers:

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



"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!  

Throwback Thursday: #SCOpeningDay 2009

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Throwback Thursday! Check out this picture taking us just a few years back to Opening Day in 2009, the first-ever game at Carolina Stadium! The Gamecocks went on to beat Duquesne 13-0 and are undefeated on opening weekends since then.


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Baseball Intro Video Screenshot

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Get a sneak peek at the 2013 Baseball intro video (done by Justin King) with this screenshot:


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Can't wait til Opening Day on Friday! Game time is 3:00 but be sure to get to your seats by 2:30. You don't want to miss the pre-game festivities!

Gamecock IMG Sports Network FAQ's

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GamecockRadio.jpgAnswers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio broadcasts.  Thanks for listening! 

-Andy Demetra, "Voice of the Gamecocks"/Director of Broadcasting, Gamecock IMG Sports Network

 

 

1.)    Where can I listen to the game in [my town here]?

      

        We keep our affiliate list for all sports here.

 

 

2.)   What if I live in an area that doesn't carry Gamecock baseball?  Can I listen to games on my computer?

 

Yes!  By subscribing to Gamecock All-Access.  A subscription to Gamecock All-Access lets you watch all South Carolina home baseball games that aren't televised, with the Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio call underneath.  It also lets you listen to the live radio broadcasts of all Gamecock road games.   

 

 

3.)  Can I listen on my local station's online stream?  What if I have a TuneIn, IHeartRadio, or other radio listening app?

 

No.  Our affiliates only own the terrestrial radio rights.  IMG College owns the streaming radio rights.  As part of their contract, all affiliates must disable their live streaming devices during South Carolina football, basketball, and baseball broadcasts.  That includes any TuneIn, IHeartRadio, or other apps.

 

 

4.)    Can I listen to games on my tablet or mobile phone?

 

Yes!  Gamecocks Online has an official app in the iTunes store and Android Marketplace which allows you to stream broadcasts over your phone or tablet.  The app itself is free to download, but the live content requires a premium subscription ($4.95/month, $19.99/year for iPhone, e.g.). 

 

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Search "South Carolina Gamecocks" in the iPhone or iPad Apps category of the iTunes store.

 

While it costs less than a Gamecock All-Access subscription, please note:  a subscription for your phone/tablet does not give you video.  Also, depending on your cell phone's bandwidth, your audio stream may be more sensitive to buffering.  A subscription to the Gamecocks Online app is separate from a subscription to Gamecock All-Access. 

 

Gamecock All-Access and the Gamecocks Online app are managed by CBS Interactive, Inc.,  The Gamecock IMG Sports Network does not have control over the availability, reliability, or sound quality of these streams.  Some things we can control from the booth; unfortunately, this isn't one of them!

 

 

5.)    How can I sync up the radio with the TV?

      

      Because of differences in satellite transmission times, as well as our own FCC-required 7-second delay, our radio call will not always match up to the TV feed.  There are devices you can buy, such as SportSync, that will even out the delay.  Other than that, your best bet to fix it is trial-and-error.   

 

 

6.)   Why do certain stations carry all Gamecock baseball games, while some only carry SEC and post-season games?

 

Some stations don't have the ability to run a full, 56-game broadcast schedule.  This could be due to scheduling conflicts, staffing concerns, or local programming restrictions.  To still maintain a Gamecock presence in their market, a station may elect to carry only SEC and post-season series.     

 

Beginning in 2012, the Gamecock IMG Sports Network has made all of our baseball broadcasts available "network-wide" when they don't conflict with basketball.  Essentially, our stations have a greater opportunity than ever before to pick and choose their schedules.  As always, it's best to contact your local station to find out whether a particular game will air.

 

If you live in an area that doesn't carry Gamecock football, basketball, or baseball broadcasts - or if your local station doesn't carry a full schedule - you can always approach them.  Community groundswell tends to make things happen, especially if there are local businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the extra coverage.

   

 

7.)     Why don't you have a station in my hometown?

 

Let's say you live in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Why doesn't a station there carry Gamecock football?  Simply put, there aren't enough Gamecock fans in Raleigh - and enough advertisers who want to target them -- to justify a station carrying the games. 

 

Each year, our IMG College Affiliate Relations team travels to every market in South Carolina, trying to line up new affiliates and renew our existing ones.  We always strive for 100% coverage.  However, for the same reasons listed above - scheduling conflicts, staffing concerns, or other programming obligations - in certain markets, no station may be willing to invest in becoming a Gamecock Radio Network affiliate. 

 

 

8.)   But I live in an area that has an affiliate station listed.  Why can't I hear the game?

 

You may have an affiliate station that's designated for your market, but its signal doesn't reach your home.  A station's signal is sometimes stronger in one direction than another. 

 

Also, AM radio stations have different signal strengths in the daytime and nighttime.  By law, they have to "power down" their signal at night.  Thus, you may be able to hear Gamecock baseball broadcasts during the day, but can't pick it up once the sun sets. 

 

 

9.)   If a Gamecock basketball game or coaches' show airs at the same time as a Gamecock baseball game, why do stations  have to carry the basketball game/coaches' show?

 

Inevitably, conflicts arise during the fall (when football and basketball overlap) and early Spring (when basketball and baseball overlap). 

 

As part of our radio agreement, the sport with more affiliates statewide always takes priority.  Currently, we have more basketball affiliates (21) than baseball affiliates (13).  In fairness to our affiliates -- and the sponsors who count on them -- we have to offer on our satellite channel the sport that's carried by more of our stations.  It's a common industry protocol, and from an ethical and business standpoint, it's the right thing to do. 

 

We also defer to the "ongoing" sport.  A late-season conference game should, and will, take precedence over an early-season non-conference game.  Wins and losses do not factor into this decision.  It's about staying consistent with our affiliates and our sponsors' expectations.

 

Please note:  this does not shut you out of listening to your desired game!  You can still subscribe to Gamecock All-Access or buy the Gamecocks Online iTunes or Android listening app.

 

 

10.)   Can I listen to the baseball game on XM?

      

       For selected conference games only.  XM has three dedicated SEC channels (199-201), which makes carrying every South Carolina game impossible.  After all, we have to share those channels with 13 other SEC schools.  Each week, XM selects the games that it carries.  We will notify you when they decide to pick up a South Carolina broadcast (they usually make the decision early in the week).  You can also check their programming schedule on siriusxm.com.

Sneak Peek at 2013 Baseball and Softball Posters

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Get your first sneak peek at the 2013 Baseball and Softball posters! First chance to get one is at tonight's Preview Party exclusively for My Carolina and Gamecock Club members. More info about the event here.  Let us know in the comments what you think!


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Season ticket deposits for softball and baseball are available now! Single game tickets for baseball will go on sale to Gamecock Club members on February 5. Any remaining available single game tickets (except the Clemson game) will go on sale to the public on February 8. Go to GamecocksOnline.com/tickets for more information.

First Look at 2013 Baseball Season Ticket Booklet

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Season tickets for the 2013 Baseball season will start mailing out this week! Thank you to everyone who renewed or purchased season tickets; we even surpassed last year's total. The Gamecocks' fan support is part of what makes Carolina Stadium the best college baseball environment in the country.

Check out a sneak peek of the cover images and a few of the ticket images in this year's season tickets booklet:


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Opening Day is February 15, 2013, as the Gamecocks host Liberty at 3:00 PM. You don't want to miss it!

Single game tickets go on sale to Gamecock Club members on February 5 at 10:00 AM. Remaining single game tickets (except the Clemson game) will be made available to the public on February 8 at 10:00 AM. Ticket requests are open now for Gamecock Club members for the Carolina-Clemson match-up at Fluor Field in Greenville on Saturday, March 2.

Fort Jackson Troops Visit Athletics Facilities

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Fort Jackson trainees who didn't head home for the holidays hung out with us today! They toured Carolina Stadium and Williams-Brice (even taking time for a race on the field), then went to cheer on Women's Basketball in their 65-45 win over SC State.


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Thank you, soldiers! Go Gamecocks!



The athletics department learned Wednesday that South Carolina Baseball alumnus and longtime fan Bill Camp passed away on Sunday.


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Bill "Country" Camp lettered from 1948-51 for the South Carolina baseball team.  To this generation and past, he was known as the "Candy Man."  He tried to attend every home game and came to all contests with his pockets full of candy for all fans.  He had a long career of coaching pony and colt league baseball in the Columbia area.  One of our staff photographers, Allen Sharpe, indicated that he was the best baseball coach he ever had. 


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Camp was part of two of the best teams that Ted Petoskey coached including the 15-6 squad in 1949 and the 16-9-1 team in 1950.  He was part of a veteran pitching staff in 1950 that featured football quarterback Harold, "Bo" Hagan, Frank Sherer and Grady Faircloth. 

Camp was one of many members of that baseball team who were World War II G.I. Bill of Rights students.



From The State:
 
William E. Camp COLUMBIA - Memorial service for William E. Camp, 89, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at North Trenholm Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29206 or The Life Church, P.O. Box 4004, Florence, SC 29502. Woodridge Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Camp passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born April 1, 1923 in Athens, TN. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He played baseball at USC. Mr. Camp was known to many as the "Candy Man". Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Jacqueline Camp; daughters, Cindy Camp and step-daughter, Theresa Powell (Perry); sons, Rick Camp and step-son, Cliff Hendrix; also several beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Camp was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Dorothy Camp and five brothers. Online condolences are available at: (www.woodridge-lexington.com)


*Special thanks to Assistant Media Relations Director Andrew Kitick, photographer Allen Sharpe, and the Dugout Club for their contributions to this post.
 

Chad Holbrook: "The Perfect Opportunity"

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We had an exciting Friday as Ray Tanner was named the new Athletics Director at South Carolina last week. The news continued today as Chad Holbrook was officially introduced as the new head baseball coach in a press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium. 

"This job as South Carolina's head baseball coach could have attracted many of the top coaches across the country, but the best man and the best coach for this job is already here," said Tanner in his opening statement. "He's a great recruiter and evaluator of talent. He will be a great ambassador for the University of South Carolina."

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Holbrook had several emotional moments at the podium. With three rows of his extended family seated in the audience, Holbrook took the opportunity to thank many of the people who have helped him get to this point, including colleagues at his last coaching stop at UNC, his father (a former college basketball coach), Ray Tanner, and his wife and children. He said this wasn't just the right opportunity, but "the perfect opportunity" and "a 19-year dream come true."

Holbrook included a lot of praise for Tanner in his comments, saying that the beloved coach has "given me the blueprint on how to run a college baseball program," and thanking him for the trust and confidence Tanner has shown him.

"I'm not up here to try to replace Ray Tanner; I can't. No one can," said Holbrook. "I can only be the best Chad Holbrook that I can be."

"But when we have to make difficult decisions in the course of a game, I'm going to have a bracelet. And on that bracelet it's going to have initials - W.W.R.D. What Would Ray Do?"

Holbrook also announced two coaching promotions coinciding with him moving into the head coaching position. Current assistant Jerry Meyers will be Holbrook's Associate Head Coach, continuing to oversee the Gamecocks' pitchers, and Sammy Esposito will become a full time assistant coach working with catchers and infielders. Holbrook said Esposito's former volunteer assistant position will be filled at a later date, likely closer to the start of fall practice. Esposito and Holbrook will "take the bull by the horns" and share the bulk of the recruiting duties.

Asked whether there was any apprehension with replacing Tanner, a legendary coach who has had so much success, Holbrook said he looks at it differently.

"It's an honor that a legend has asked me to replace him. That's the best compliment I've ever received as a baseball coach."


Click here to watch the full press conference video, see the full release and photo gallery.


Ray Tanner: Excited, Honored, Humbled to Become AD

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The mood was festive this afternoon in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

In what university president Dr. Harris Pastides described as perhaps "the world's worst-kept secret", former head baseball coach Ray Tanner was named the new Director of Athletics at South Carolina, effective August 2, 2012.

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The two-time National Championship winning baseball coach took the podium after his introduction to thank the Board of Trustees, the advisory board, and Dr. Pastides, then got a little choked up expressing his appreciation for his wife, Karen, and their three children, all sitting in the front row.

Tanner will take the helm of our athletics program during a time of great success over the past few years, with more exciting things on the horizon. 

"I'm very excited to begin my new role as we continue on our path to give Carolina forward momentum," said Tanner. "It is imperative that we stay on track as we compete in the SEC and nationally. As you all know, we have tremendous coaches across all sports, and we have a great administrative staff here in place."

Tanner announced two new assignments within the athletics staff, thanking them for stepping up to help him lead the department. Charles Waddell will move into the role of Deputy Athletics Director, while Kevin O'Connell will take over as Chief Operating Officer for the department.

Tanner told a story of his time at NC State under Jimmy Valvano, when the late legendary coach encouraged Tanner to move into administration full-time, saying he had a great opportunity to become an athletics director at a young age and that as a coach he, "might not make it."

"So Jimmy V," said Tanner, with a smile. "It's not too late. And now, I'm not just at the collegiate level, I'm at the University of South Carolina. I'm a Gamecock and I bleed Garnet and Black."


Check out the full archived video of today's press conference, photo gallery and quotes from several South Carolina head coaches here.

Check out the excitement on social media among our staff and fans here on our Storify post.

Stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com; we'll have a press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. to officially introduce the new baseball head coach.
 

Info on Postseason Baseball Radio Coverage

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Our friends with the Gamecock IMG Sports Network asked to pass along some helpful tips on postseason baseball radio coverage and how to listen to the games. The Gamecocks face Kent State today at noon ET in a College World Series elimination game postponed from last night.

During our regular season, we made the Gamecock IMG Sports Network broadcast of baseball games available as premium content on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access as well as the official Gamecocks Online mobile app. However, in the postseason the NCAA holds the rights to online audio and video streaming and they have different rules.

Within the NCAA rules, we are unable to live stream or archive our Gamecock radio broadcast on our website or our mobile app.

If you want to listen to Carolina's games online, the NCAA has offered its national Westwood One broadcast available for free. Click here for the live stream audio player or click here for more information on mobile and online listening options. While it won't be our broadcast, it will still allow you to follow the Gamecocks.  

As always the game is available on our Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates, click here to check out the list of affiliates.
Since the NCAA controls postseason audio streaming rights (and IMG College holds the streaming rights during the regular season), none of these stations can stream Gamecock IMG Sports Network broadcasts online on their websites.

The game is also airing on XM Channel 91 (XM College Sports Nation). The game is televised on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3.com.

If you have further questions (including how to sync up your radio to the TV), please check the Radio Network FAQ's:  http://www.gamecocksonline.com/blog/2012/02/10-burning-questions-about-the-gamecock-img-sports-network.html

Thanks to Gamecock radio's own Andy Demetra for compiling the info for this post and GO GAMECOCKS!

Check out this data from sportsfangraph.com with the top gainers in Twitter followers among NCAA programs' official accounts. Our main account, @GamecocksOnline, comes in at fourth-highest in growth in the past 24 hours. Overall, @GamecocksOnline has the 14th-largest Twitter following among NCAA programs and conferences on the platform.

Their data only tracks the primary official account, so if you add in the @GamecockBasebll account which has our most frequent updates live from Omaha, our overall growth the past few days is probably even higher!






During almost every big game we've seen a Gamecock-related topic, whether it's #FearTheFish, a student-athlete's name after a big play or just "South Carolina" end up trending on Twitter across the country. Let's keep it going Wednesday night again Kent State! (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 8 p.m. ET)

CAMP KEMO Cheers on the Gamecocks (Video)

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Check out what the kids and staff at CAMP KEMO, a Palmetto Health summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings, came up with to cheer on the Gamecocks as they head to Omaha!




Many folks may remember last year when several Gamecock baseball players showed up at Carolina Stadium with shaved heads - they had gotten them shaved as part of an event on campus to support CAMP KEMO: 


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The Gamecocks open up play in the College World Series on Saturday, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET vs. Florida on ESPN/ESPN3.com and the Gamecock Radio Network.

264099_1890525111440_1490850286_31702143_4622388_n.jpgFor those Gamecock fans making the trek to Omaha for the College World Series, join up with your fellow fans for pre-game festivities!

The My Carolina Alumni Association and the Gamecock Club will host Carolina alumni and fans in Omaha at The Old Mattress Factory Bar and Grill, where the Garnet and Black faithful will be gathering before every game we play!

The Old Mattress Factory Bar and Grill is located at 13th and Cass streets just a half-block from the stadium. (Tent entrance is off of 13th Street.) The fan headquarters tent, featuring beverages and food available at no cost, will open two hours before game time.

The Old Mattress Factory Bar and Grill
501 North 13th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 346-9116

The first tent event will be at 6 p.m. Central time on Saturday, June 16, before our opening game vs. Florida.


#FearTheFish: Reptar Traveled by Ground to Omaha

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A lot of folks have been wondering about everyone's favorite fish, Reptar, making it safely to Omaha. Fortunately he didn't have to withstand a plane trip - he traveled safe and sound via ground with the equipment truck that left Columbia yesterday! #FearTheFish!

Check out the photo tweeted out by the equipment managers charged with driving such precious cargo:







The Gamecocks open up the College World Series on Saturday, June 16th, vs. No. 1 seed Florida at 9 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN3.com.



Coinciding with National Student-Athlete Day in April, the Southeastern Conference announced their annual H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athletes of the Year. The awards were formally presented at the SEC Awards Dinner on May 31 during SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida. Senior pitcher Michael Roth became just the fourth South Carolina student-athlete in school history to win the award,
and the second-ever Gamecock baseball player honored (Trey Dyson, 2002). The award has been presented by the SEC since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes and is considered one of the most prestigious honors given by the conference.

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Each year, all member schools nominate one male and one female student-athlete as finalists. Roth and Katie Burnett (women's golf) represented the Gamecocks this year, with Roth going on to win the overall award for male student-athletes. Georgia swimmer Wendy Trott won the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. Roth & Trott will each receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC in conjunction with AT&T and the AllState Sugar Bowl. The other remaining finalists, including Burnett, will receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. 

With the then-unknown NCAA Regional schedule, Roth almost missed the chance to accept his award in person and even filmed an acceptance speech to be aired in case of his absence. Fortunately, plans came together at the last minute for him to fly to Destin for the Thursday awards dinner and return to Columbia in time for Regional play to start Friday.

Watch video of Roth's acceptance speech in Destin, introduced by Dr. Pastides, here (please excuse the sound of plates, it was dinner after all!):




The McWhorter Award is just one of the many accolades Roth has earned as a Gamecock. Check out some of Roth's other most impressive accomplishments:

- Two-time First Team Capital One Academic All-American (2011, 2012), just the third Gamecock baseball player ever to earn the honor twice

- Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate (vote daily here!)

- 2012 President's Award winner, the highest honor given to a University of South Carolina student-athlete 

- 2012 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

- 2012 SEC All-Defensive Team

- Graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in international business and marketing

- 2011 consensus First Team All-American

- 2011 NCAA Elite 88 Award recipient, highest grade point average of all student-athletes competing at College World Series

- 2011 and 2012 Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award, presented by USA Baseball to the top amateur player in the country.

- 2011 National Player of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com

- 2011 First Team All-SEC

- In 2011, as a starting pitcher, finished with 14-3 record with a 1.06 earned run average

- Two-time Team Captain

- SEC Academic Honor Roll, Carolina's Dean's List and President's List

In addition to his athletic and academic achievements, Roth's community involvement also factored into winning the honor. Roth has visited children at various elementary schools and hospitals and took part in the "Light the Night" Walk, helping to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is also a member of Carolina's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

He has also used his academic interests in the business community. He created and executed a marketing plan to maximize textbook buybacks for Better World Books and consulted with Avwatch, a system integration company, helping it create an international market entry strategy, leading it into new markets in Canada, Chile and the United States. He spent most of summer 2011 in Alicante, Spain, for a study abroad trip, leaving the US almost immediately after the Gamecocks won their second consecutive National Championship in Omaha.


So far in the 2012 season, Roth holds a 6-1 record and a 2.68 ERA with over 107 innings pitched. He will lead the Gamecocks into the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament this weekend with the hopes of another return to Omaha for the College World Series.


 

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

Celebrating One Million Fans at Carolina Stadium

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As the home of the Gamecocks for four seasons now, Carolina Stadium has seen so many wonderful memories already. At Wednesday night's game vs. Furman, we were set to surpass one million fans in attendance at the state of the art ballpark.

We chose one fan at the game to represent the one millionth fan, rewarding him with some great prizes including a signed Opening Day print of Carolina Stadium and other Carolina Baseball gear. George Lemacks, the winner, went on air with the Gamecock radio crew during the game. He told them he never misses a game and he is even headed to Athens this weekend to cheer on the team against Georgia.

BSB-12 one millionth fan.JPG George showing one of his prizes


Thank you to ALL the fans who have attended games at Carolina Stadium and made it one of the best, if not THE best, atmospheres in all of college baseball! Go Gamecocks!



There are only four regular season home games left, May 15 vs. USC Upstate and May 17-19 three game series vs. LSU. Purchase tickets online here.


This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts Furman

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After a crucial series win on the road at Arkansas this weekend, the Gamecocks are tied with LSU for first place in the SEC, and lead Kentucky by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division. The back-to-back National Champions will return home to host Furman this Wednesday before going on the road again this weekend to face Georgia in Athens. The Gamecocks have won six consecutive weekend series in the league as well as 13 of the last 14 conference games. South Carolina is also 18-5 in the last 23 games played. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Baseball vs. Furman - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Active Gamecocks game - participating students may use their ticket vouchers for admission to this game
*Tickets are available. Click here to purchase online.


Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Golf - NCAA Regional, Penn State - Thursday - Saturday
Track & Field - SEC Championships, Baton Rouge, LA - Friday - Sunday
Women's Tennis - NCAA Tournament First Round, Durham, NC - Friday, 10 a.m. vs. TCU
Men's Tennis - NCAA Tournament First Round, Los Angeles - Saturday, 12 p.m. vs. Texas A&M

Baseball @ Georgia - three game series
Audio for all three games is available on the Gamecock Radio Network and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).

Friday - 7 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m., TV: CSS, also available on Time Warner Cable ch. 506
Sunday - 2 p.m.

 

Thumbnail image for BSB-12 Celebration vs. Alabama.jpegGamecock fans are in luck this weekend that even though both the baseball and softball teams are on the road, they are both appearing on TV this weekend. Baseball at Arkansas will be televised on Friday and Saturday while Softball at Ole Miss will be televised on Sunday. As always for baseball all three games are available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium). The live audio broadcasts for all three softball games are available for free on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.


Bookmark this link to reference through the weekend and tune in to cheer on your Gamecocks! 


Friday, May 4

Baseball @ Arkansas - 8 p.m.

TV: ESPNU
Watch online with WatchESPN (limited distribution available only to certain cable subscribers with Brighthouse, Time Warner and Verizon)



Saturday, May 5

Baseball @ Arkansas - 1 p.m.

TV: ESPN2
Watch online with WatchESPN/ESPN3



Sunday, May 6

Softball @ Ole Miss - 2 p.m.

TV: SportSouth

 
Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing and Brittany Lane

On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show third baseman LB Dantzler came on the air to talk about Carolina Baseball's newest phenomenon and catch phrase, "Fear the Fish." 

Most Carolina fans remember the "Avatar Spirit Stick" that the team considered their good luck charm during the 2010 National Championship run. This year's team has found a spirit stick of its own, but he comes in a bit of a smaller package.

Thumbnail image for Reptar1.jpgMany of you have heard the story by now - With his betta fish Reptar's normal babysitter (neighbor Kayla Gasbarro) out of town, Dantzler brought him along on the road trip to Auburn and the team's bats came alive delivering a series sweep. The team quickly saw the fish as their rallying point and a #FeartheFish Twitter hashtag spread. Dantzler said he didn't think Reptar was going to make it on the bus because he was in a "Tupperware container and was splashing everywhere." He was able to keep Reptar in the hotel room until Sunday when he had to make the decision of whether to leave him on the bus or bring him out to the field, and where on the field - the rowdy bullpen or the intense dugout.

"I figured I'd leave him with the bullpen guys and let them take care of him, and they did a good job," said Dantzler. "It was safer with them [in the bullpen] messing around than in the heat of the game [in the dugout.]"

The Gamecocks delivered an 11-7 victory, including a solo home run by Dantzler, and Reptar emerged unscathed, save for one close call during pre-game batting practice.

"Adam Westmoreland set him down and about 30 seconds later, a home run ball landed less than a foot from him," Dantzler shared. "That was a little scary."

With the Gamecocks heading to this weekend's series at Arkansas via plane instead of bus, Dantzler was once again faced with figuring out how to transport Reptar safely. Director of Baseball Operations Kyle Lipsey was able to get Reptar cleared to fly, but Dantzler remained wary of their newest mascot's air travel durability, settling on a regular container and just keeping a watchful eye during the ride. We think he'll be fine because, as Gasbarro put it, he's "a pretty tough little guy." In fact, his toughness was even part of the origin of his name.

Rugrats Reptar book cover.jpg"What's a tougher animal than a dinosaur?" joked Gasbarro. "But he's such a little guy so it had to be a littler dinosaur and [Rugrats character] Reptar came to mind."

Gasbarro was a classmate in the fall semester who turned out to be Dantzler's neighbor. Dantzler said they became friends and it was the first season she came to some baseball games. She's earned the nickname "Fish Lady" after taking care of the aquatic mascot. Gasbarro said she has been surprised by the publicity but is glad that with the school year coming to an end, she will still be here for the summer to continue helping watch over Reptar.


The Gamecocks are on TV twice this weekend for the series at Arkansas - Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday's game at 2:05 p.m. is not televised.

Be sure to catch the final "Inside the Roost" show of the season next Monday, May 7, from 7 - 8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game!

ABC Columbia's features on the "The Midlands 10 Most Fascinating People" continued this week with a feature on South Carolina Baseball head coach Ray Tanner and his wife, Karen. The series featured head football coach Steve Spurrier earlier this week.

Check out their feature below focusing on Coach Tanner's family life in particular:




ABC Columbia also shared some bonus footage that didn't make it into the newscast feature as Coach Tanner discussed how finding balance in life helped make him more successful:





Check out other South Carolina coaches who made the list:

ABC Columbia's "10 Most Fascinating...": Steve Spurrier

ABC Columbia's "10 Most Fascinating...": Dawn Staley

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

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.

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

"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.

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. 


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





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

We're sure all of Gamecock Country will keep an eye on Bradley Jr. as he makes his way through the pros! 
Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Women's Basketball got a great send-off from fans today as they head to Fresno to play Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. against Stanford, the Gamecocks and Gators face off on the baseball diamond, Softball prepares to host LSU for the weekend, both tennis teams in action, the SEC releases conference schedules for next year, and more!



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

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

Baseball. Gamecocks & Gators Meet On Diamond Tonight

Baseball. SEC Releases 2013 Conference Baseball Slate

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

Softball. Softball Announces SEC Slate for 2013

Track & Field. Weems Baskin Invite Schedule

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

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

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

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

Volleyball. Gamecock Spring Bash Set for Saturday

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



FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE

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

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

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



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

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

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

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

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









GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

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


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








VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

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



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



Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

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

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

Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

Aleighsa Welch's Ascent Helped by Confidence, Maturity

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com



VIDEO OF THE DAY

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






ROOSTER CROWS

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

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



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

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


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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


Thursday, March 22, 2012

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


Friday, March 23, 2012

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

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

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

Get to know sophomore Dana Hathorn in her Gamecock Spotlight:




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


Saturday, March 24, 2012

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

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

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


Sunday, March 25, 2012

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

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



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Basketball - NCAA Tournament

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


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

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

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



Monday, March 12, 2012

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


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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

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


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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

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


Saturday, March 17, 2012

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


Sunday, March 18, 2012

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

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

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


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




Gamecocks on the road...

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

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

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

#5 Equestrian @ Delaware State - Friday, time TBA

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


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


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

"Carolina Calls" with Ray Tanner Monday

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

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

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

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

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

















GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

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

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

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




FROM THE OTHER SIDE....

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



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

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




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

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

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

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





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

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

Softball. Gamecocks Open SEC Play, Hosting Arkansas

Baseball. South Carolina Welcomes Princeton For Weekend Series

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

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

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

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



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

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Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

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

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

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





ROOSTER CROWS

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

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



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


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

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

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

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

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

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






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

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

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

Game Notes and Preview


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

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

Game Notes and Preview


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

Free Admission

Live Scoring available on GamecocksOnline.com
Match Preview



-Click here for maps and directions to facilities.


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

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

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

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


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

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




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

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


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


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

GO GAMECOCKS!

Beating Clemson...

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

It's the Garnet Way.


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

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

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


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

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

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IMG_5317.JPGTHIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

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

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


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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


Friday, March 9, 2012

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

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

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

Check out the Gamecock Spotlight on ace pitcher Michael Roth:





Saturday, March 10, 2012

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

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


Sunday, March 11, 2012

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

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

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


Gamecocks on the road...

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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Buffett displaying his new jersey with the number 12 on the back for "2012".
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A lot of people have been asking whether the Carolina-Clemson baseball series is on TV or what channel can they find it on, so we've collected as much information as possible here in one spot. None of the games will air on traditional television, but there are several ways for you to stay tuned in and root for your Gamecocks.














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

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



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

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

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

WDOG-FM         93.5                        Allendale

WKSX-FM           92.7                        Aiken/Edgefield

WRIX-FM            103.1                     Anderson

WQUL-AM          1510                      Woodruff

WROO-FM          96.7                       Greenville

WRHI-AM           1340                      Rock Hill

WNKT-FM           107.5                     Columbia



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

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


Quick links again:

Radio network affiliates are here.

GamecocksOnline.com All-Access is here.


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

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

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

GO GAMECOCKS!


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

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



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Baseball. South Carolina & Clemson Renew Rivalry On Baseball Diamond

Baseball. Gamecock Spotlight: Michael Roth

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

Men's Tennis. Gamecock Spotlight: Ivan Machado

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

Softball. Gamecocks Travel West for Highlander Classic

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

Swimming & Diving. Rutqvist, Schaffer Invited to NCAA Championships

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

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

Football. Gamecocks Set Spring Practice Dates

General News. Carolina Relaunches Website



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Saturday Radio Coverage Plans from the Gamecock IMG Sports Network

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

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics

Baseball Parking Options in Charleston on Friday

Men's Tennis Gathering at Russell House Attracts Students

On Senior Night, Malik Cooke Reflects on Time at Carolina

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

Crews Break Ground on Football Videoboard Project

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



VIDEO OF THE DAY

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





ROOSTER CROWS

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



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

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

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

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

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


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

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

Opening statement:

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

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

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


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

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


On the intensity and uniqueness of the rivalry:

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


But is it the best in college baseball?

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


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


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

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics

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

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

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Baseball Parking Options in Charleston on Friday

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

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

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Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 2/29 Honoring Malik

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Men's Basketball honors Malik Cooke at Senior Day, four Women's Basketball players earn SEC honors, Baseball takes the win over PC, Gamecocks stand out at the NFL Combine, and more!



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Family matters (GamecockCentral.com)

Men's Basketball: USC to honor senior Cooke (The Post and Courier)

Men's Basketball: Horn urges players to stick to the plan (GoGamecocks.com)

Women's Basketball: Four USC women's basketball players earn all-conference honors (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Pankake makes the most of special day (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC edges Presbyterian; Clemson next (GamecockCentral.com)

Softball: USC bounces back in doubleheader against Charleston Southern (The Daily Gamecock)

Football: 10 who won at this year's scouting combine (Yahoo Sports)

Football: SEC combine update (ESPN SEC blog)
Todd McShay said: "Ingram... has the most explosive, violent hands in the defensive end class and he could end up being a top-10 pick."
Football: Allen chases dream at NFL Combine (Ocala.com)

Football: Former South Carolina DB Stephon Gilmore hopes to make a real name for himself (The Charlotte Observer)



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops To Host Mississippi State On Senior Day Wednesday

Swimming & Diving. Video - Coach Moody Appears on The Morning Swim Show

Equestrian. Gamecocks Ranked Fifth in Latest Coaches Poll

Women's Basketball. Gamecock Guard Trio Earns All-SEC Honors

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Ranked No. 22 by ITA This Week



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Melvin made quite an impact on folks this weekend.




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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

On Senior Night, Malik Cooke Reflects on Time at Carolina

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

Crews Break Ground on Football Videoboard Project

Men's Hoops Game to be Carbon Neutral from Student-Athlete Project

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

10 Burning Questions about the Gamecock IMG Sports Network

Women's Basketball Seniors Reflect on Final Home Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Gilmore made quite an impression at the NFL Combine running one of the fastest 40-yard dash times among the DB's, 4.44 seconds.





ROOSTER CROWS

The Gamecock's sole senior, Malik Cooke has emerged into a team leader both on and off the court during his time at South Carolina, especially over the course of the 2011-12 season. His on the court leadership shows through his efforts in leading the team in points (346), points per game (12.4) and steals (49). Cooke, who graduated in December with his degree in sociology, has collected two double-double's this season, has posted 19 double-figure scoring games, and hit the game-winning jumper vs. Georgia in a victory over the Bulldogs earlier this month.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY

Today's photo is from Leisa Reynolds of Seth hanging out with Cocky at the Navy 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
 

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 2/28 National "Pankake" Day

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Joey Pankake celebrates National Pancake Day with his first career home run and a Gamecock win over PC, Softball takes one of two against Charleston Southern, Men's Basketball Senior Day tomorrow, student-athletes spearhead carbon neutral project, and more!
 



GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB


Women's Basketball: Strong finish propels Gamecocks (GamecockCentral.com)

Women's Basketball: SEC Q&A: ESPN's Cara Capuano (SEC Digital Network)

Baseball: Pankake homer lifts USC past PC 2-1 (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: Growing Feud: Clemson- South Carolina baseball rivalry heating up a year after 'bat gate' (The Post and Courier)

Baseball: Pitchers, young guns flourish early (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Steve Spurrier on recruiting success: We're 8-0 vs. UGA, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson last two years (AJC Recruiting Blog)

Football: Photos: Gamecocks at the NFL Combine (GoGamecocks.com)

SEC Expansion: SEC Q&A: Larry Templeton, Transition Team Chair (SEC Digital Network)



GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Men's Soccer: U.S. MNT's Guzan, Torres Back in the Fray for Italy Trip (USsoccer.com)  *Alum Brad Guzan is headed to Italy with US Men's National Team



GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS


Baseball. Baseball Earns 2-1 Win Over Presbyterian

Softball. Four Homers Lead Gamecocks to 11-2 Victory vs. Charleston Southern

Softball. Gamecock Bats Stymied in 2-0 Game 1 Loss to Charleston Southern

Women's Tennis. Arlo Elkins Stepping Aside as Women's Tennis Head Coach

Women's Basketball. Gamecocks Open SEC Tournament Play Thursday

Women's Basketball. Newton Named to SEC Community Service Team

Men's Basketball. Men's Hoops To Host Mississippi State On Senior Day Wednesday



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SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Crews Break Ground on Football Videoboard Project

Men's Hoops Game to be Carbon Neutral from Student-Athlete Project

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

10 Burning Questions about the Gamecock IMG Sports Network

Women's Basketball Seniors Reflect on Final Home Game



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know Malik Cooke and come support him and his teammates on Senior Day tomorrow. Men's Basketball plays their final home ga