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Julie Roberts: "Sweet Carolina"

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

From the University's press release:

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

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


Check out the video here:

 



Cocky's Junior Sportscaster Winners on ABC Columbia

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

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Video: ABC Columbia

South Carolina Athletics with Military Ties

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In honor of Veteran's Day on Thursday, the SEC collected a list from each school of their staff and student-athletes who have immediate family members who are veterans or actively serving our country in the military. Several Gamecock student-athletes and staff members had parents and grandparents to list and there were even a few who had served themselves.

Football
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Billy Byrne - Grandfather, Norman Duseault, served in the Marines
Ryland Culbertson - Father, Glenn Culbertson, served in the Navy
Patrick Fish - Father, Woody Fish, served in the Army
Travis Ford - Grandfather, Allen Price, served in the Korean War
Matt Grooms served in the Marines during the Iraq War; Brother, Donald Grooms, serves in the Marines and is a member of the Presidential Guard
Josh Hinch  - Grandfather, Buster Bailey, served in the Army
Seth Strickland - Grandfather, Albert Thomas, served in the Air Force
Adam Yates - Father, U.A. Yates, served in the Army
Andy Boyd  - Father, Robert D. Boyd, served in the Army
Coach Brad Lawing  - Father, Bill Lawing, served in the Army
Jamie Speronis  - Father, Peter Speronis, served in the Air Force and flew B-17's in World War II

Men's Soccer:
Chris Duzan  - Grandfather served in the Army
Hunter Howayeck  - Father, James Steven Howayeck, is a chaplain in the Air Force; Brother, James Ross Howayeck, serves in the Air Force
Daniel Lynch  - Grandfather served in the Navy
Will McGinnis  - Grandfather served in the Air Force
Antoine Parris  - Father, Michael Parris, served in the Army; Mother, Maureen Paris, served in the Army
Chipper Root  - Grandfather served in the Army
Hunter Wyer  - Grandfathers served in the Marines and Air Force
Bert Molinary  - Father, Roberto Luis Molinary, Sr., served in the Army

Women's Soccer:
Lolly Holland  - Grandfather, John P. Holland, served in the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge / D-Day; Grandmother, Laurine Wages, was an Army Nurse
Natalie Aaron  - Billy Wayne Aaron served in the Air Force
Danielle Manning  - Father, Daryl Manning, served in the Army
Roya Mojarab  - Grandfather, served in the Marines during the Korean War
Ali Glemser  - Grandfather, Carl Glemser, served in the Air Force; Grandfather, Mitch Sepaniak, was a member of the Air Force
Christine Watts  - Grandfather, Preston King Watts, served in the Marines
Kelsey Barr - Grandfather, Philip Paradise, served in the Army
Maria Petroni  - Grandfather, Harold Dye, served in the Army and helped liberate Dauchau concentration camp; Grandfather, Bill Keoho, served in the Army and received four Purple Hearts
Maddy Kill  - Father, Luke Kill, served in the Army; Grandfather, Mathias Kill, served in the Army; Grandfather, Richard Rieger, served in the Navy
Brooke Jacobs  - Grandfather, William Robertson, served in the Army
Jocelyn Spurrier - Father, John Spurrier, served in the Army; Grandfather, Gene Spurrier, served in the Army
Taylor Leach - Father, Rodney Leach, served in the Navy

Softball:
Audrey Broyles - Father, Johnny Broyles, serves in the Army Reserves
Evan Childs - Brother, Josiah Childs, serves in the Army
Dana Hathorn - Grandfather was a Purple Heart recipient
Beverly Smith - Father was a Vietnam War veteran

Swimming & Diving
Aileen Atzhorn - Father, Dave Atzhorn, served in the Air Force
Whitney Ayers - Father, Randall Ayers, served in the Navy; Grandfather, Early     Ayers, served in the Army
Ryan Connolly - Grandfather, Frank Connolly, served in the Air Force
Kelly Kirchler - Grandfather, Herman Kirchler, served in the Navy; Grandfather,     Raleigh Huddleston, served in the Marines
Claire Shannon  - Grandfather, Raymond Shannon, earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star
McGee Moody has served in the Navy

Volleyball:
Megan Kent - Father, Bobby Kent, served with the Navy Seebees
Hannah Lawing - Stepbrother, Monroe Lawing, served in the Army
Kellie Schmidt - Father, Steven Schmidt, served in the Air Force; Grandfather was a Purple Heart recipient
Amy Pauly - Grandfather, Marvin Gates, was a Purple Heart recipient
Ben Somera - Father served in the Army

Thank you to all the veterans and active duty military who are a part of South Carolina Athletics. Military Appreciation Day at Basketball this Friday will include a photo slideshow on the videoboard - send in your photos of yourself or loved ones who are veterans or active duty to Gamedaypics2010@gmail.com to be included. Tickets for the games are also still available: http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/tickets/ticket-office.html

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Funeral services for the legendary "Voice of the Gamecocks", Bob Fulton, will be held Tuesday, November 9th at 2:00 PM at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., in Lexington. Visitation will follow at the church. Fans are welcome to attend.

The GamecocksOnline.com production group put together a nice feature on Fulton, check it out below:




- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog



It started off innocently enough.
ESPN commentator Brad Nessler,
Nessler_Brad_cropped.jpg in town to cover Saturday's game vs. Arkansas, just thought he'd help out a local charity. And now he'll be going home to Atlanta with a classic car.

Nessler returned to his hotel Thursday evening where a local charity event was going on. In the lobby was a white, beautifully reconditioned 1940 Dodge Coupe, a big ticket item in a silent auction. Nessler decided to put in a bid of $10,000, thinking he would just be helping out the charity by bumping up the price a bit and another vintage car enthusiast would surely outbid him for the valuable classic.

So he was thrilled, albeit a little shocked, when he heard that he had actually won. His wife of 32 years perhaps not so thrilled. Said Nessler, "I just hope she's still my wife when I get home!"

Nessler will have the car shipped home and add the Coupe to his current collection of three classics: a 1956 Thunderbird, a 1961 Corvette, and a 1965 Ford Mustang. I very kindly offered to take the '65 Mustang off his hands if he needed space in his garage for the Coupe. Ha!

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

South Carolina kicks off vs. Arkansas at 7:06 PM tomorrow evening. The game will air on ESPN.


Carolina student-athletes attend Networking Seminar

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The Life Skills department of South Carolina Athletics holds events every year to help student-athletes develop their career paths and professional skills.

On October 1st, the department hosted a Networking Seminar for senior student-athletes to teach them about networking skills, building professional relationships, interviewing "do's and don't's", and the importance of things like promptness and preparedness in presenting a professional image.

The lessons extend to professional dress, what makes a good handshake, and even to having a professional-sounding voicemail message or email address. Student-athletes are also given tips on how to maximize the services provided by the University's Career Center, where all students have access to a wide range of career assistance including mock interviews and job listings. Watch video of the event from GamecocksOnline.com. to hear Life Skills Assistant Erica Nelson explain more about the program.

The department hosted a make-up seminar for several student-athletes whose schedule or class conflicts prevented them from participating in the first event. I caught up with the Life Skills department at their make-up seminar this past week, held in "the Dodie", SC's new Academic Enrichment Center. I found it interesting to be a fly on the wall as student-athletes worked on the "student" role and were able to interact with representatives from BP Barber, Coke, Spirit Telecomm, Target, BB&T, AXA Investments, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Convention Center, and University of South Carolina Academic Services. Photos below:


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Men's Basketball player Sam Muldrow speaks with Gary Baker of Target
By Samantha Swinehart and Katie Rose Higgins
(Edited by Wes Todd, Asst. Media Relations Director)

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The South Carolina women's golf team was afforded the opportunity to play a round of golf with Darius Rucker, lead singer for "Hootie and the Blowfish" and one of the world's biggest and most visible Gamecock fans. Director of Golf Puggy Blackmon and head coach Kalen Anderson presented Rucker with a personalized South Carolina golf bag and named him an "honorary coach," which delighted the Charleston native. In this blog, freshmen Samantha Swinehart and Katie Rose Higgins talk about their experience last Friday at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.)


When you first think of the name Darius Rucker, what do you think of? Well, you are probably thinking of an exceptionally talented musician, the lead singer for "Hootie and the Blowfish" and also as an outstanding new country artist. Well, now when I think of the name Darius Rucker, I think of a kind, outstanding, down to earth person who is a joy to be around. This is due to the opportunity the South Carolina women's golf team was given to play with Darius at Bulls Bay on our fall break (Oct. 15).

We (Sam and Katie Rose) anticipated the day so much, we posted a written countdown of days until playing with Darius on the front door of our dorm. The countdown started with five days and eventually went down until only a 1 was posted on our front door. This was when the excitement really began and the reality of playing golf with Darius Rucker finally set in.  Finally, Thursday arrived and we headed down to Bulls Bay as our excitement and anticipation continued to grow. Rickey Sullivan, the teaching instructor from Bulls Bay, set up the date and graciously hosted dinner for the team on Thursday night before we spent the night in the cottages at Bulls Bay.

On Friday morning, we had breakfast at the clubhouse and then proceeded down the long cart path to The Ranch where Darius awaited. He was so cordial and immediately introduced himself to each one of us. Then he began to joke around with us and talk with us as if he is just a normal guy. We were so impressed with how personable Darius was. He had flown in late the night before and had to fly out right after he played with us. Yet he acted like he was so happy to play with us and made it a very enjoyable and memorable round.

He reminisced on his times as a student at South Carolina, and talked about how great it is to be a Gamecock. Throughout the round he got to know each of the players. Sam (Swinehart) and Darius became friends quickly after finding they had the same laugh. Darius immediately nicknamed Amanda (Strang) "Controlled Fury" after feeling a wind gust after she swung the golf club. He switched threesomes after the turn, and posed for pictures with the team. After the round, we headed to the clubhouse, where Katie Burnett was honored with a cake and a Happy Birthday song from Darius. It truly was a treat and an experience we will cherish. Even with numerous No. 1 hits and sold-out shows, Darius stays down to earth and an avid supporter of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

260.JPGThe South Carolina women's golf team poses with Darius Rucker after completing a round of golf at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C., on Friday, Oct. 15. L-R: Katie Rose Higgins, Samantha Swinehart, Meredith Swanson, Rucker, Suzie Lee, Amanda Strang, Katie Burnett, Head Coach Kalen Anderson, Bulls Bay Director of Instruction Rickey Sullivan.

"Inside the Chart" With Andy Demetra

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Be sure to check out the Gamecock ISP Sports Network's "Inside the Chart" blog with Andy Demetra each week. The "Voice of the Gamecocks" for men's basketball and baseball offers inside analysis, notes, quotes, and more on Gamecock football during the week. Click HERE to catch up on Andy's blog.

Also, be sure to visit the new home page for the Gamecock ISP Sports Network. You'll find lots of helpful links such as the Carolina Calls schedule, the Steve Spurrier TV Show schedule, and radio affiliates. You can download content from the Gamecock ISP Sports Network via iTunes as well.

Together We CAN Drive

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The Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is coordinating its fourth annual league-wide food drive during the dates of Sept. 17-26. All 12 SEC institutions will participate by collecting food and financial donations at various sporting events, community locations and on campuses.
 
Led by student-athletes, the SEC Together We CAN Drive is designed to support food banks and shelters throughout the southeast. And since the project began in 2007, more than 236,000 pounds of food and money have been donated by SEC fans to the community.
 
The SEC SAAC is comprised of two student-athletes from each institution. The SAAC was established in 1992 to serve as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student-athlete welfare and community service.
 
Members of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2010-11 are: Calli Johnson (Alabama, volleyball); Kyle Weeks (Alabama, men's swimming & diving); Terry Prentice (Arkansas, men's track & field); Gina Bargiachi (Arkansas, women's swimming & diving); Addison Ragsdale (Auburn, women's soccer); Morgan Murphy (Auburn, softball); Bobby Walsh (Florida, men's swimming & diving); Alicia Goodwin (Florida, gymnastics);  Travis Voyles (Georgia, men's cross country/track & field); Taylor Adams (Georgia, women's cross country/track & field); Kayla Sergesketter (Kentucky, women's swimming & diving); J.D. Horton (Kentucky, men's track & field); Lauren Saucier (LSU, women's track & field); Shanna Spears (LSU, women's swimming & diving); Juliana Smith (Ole Miss, women's track & field); Morgan Springer (Ole Miss, volleyball); Renee Masterson (Mississippi State, women's cross country/track & field); Caleb Reed (Mississippi State, baseball); Samantha Arbaugh (South Carolina, softball); Michael Roth (South Carolina, baseball); Julie Edwards (Tennessee, women's soccer); Derek Paul (Tennessee, men's swimming & diving); Rebecca Silinksi (Vanderbilt, women's basketball) and Caleb Welchans (Vanderbilt, football).
 
A list of Together We CAN Drive events and donation locations is available on the SEC's official website, www.secsports.com <http://www.secsports.com/> , and below.
 

University-Specific Collection Information and Food Banks to Benefit

South Carolina
* Benefiting the Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia
* Events with Collections: Men's Soccer at Stone Stadium on Sept. 19; Volleyball at Competition Facility on Sept. 26
* Other Places to Donate: Colonial Life Arena on Assembly Street from Sept. 17-25; and Gamecock Bi-Lo Store on Devine Street on Sept. 19 and Sept. 26

SEC Gets It Done in the Classroom

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The Southeastern Conference had 15 of its student-athletes earn first-team ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-America status in 2009-10, more than any other Division I conference in the nation.

The Big 12 had 14 while the Big Ten and Pac-10 had 13 student-athletes each earn the honor.

The SEC had 36 total student-athletes earn either first, second or third team mention.  That total is second overall to the Big 12 Conference, which had 39.  The Big Ten was third with 34 total student-athletes earned first, second or third team mention.

The SEC had three of its student-athletes earn the Academic All-America of the Year award in their specific sports - more than any other conference.  Mississippi State softball player Chelsea Bramlett, Florida football player Tim Tebow and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright earned Academic All-America of the Year in their sports.

To be eligible for ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.  Voting for the teams is done by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

 Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The SEC's academic success of its student-athletes in 2009-10 was not just Academic All-Americans.  The league honored 2,424 of its own student-athletes who made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  The league also honored Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright with its McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year as well as naming a scholar-athlete of the year in each of its sports.  

Among honors given by the NCAA, SEC student-athletes also shined.  Three student-athletes from the SEC - Florida's Tim Tebow (football), Georgia's Courtney Kupets (gymnastics) and Alabama's Brittany Rogers (softball) were honored this past year with the Today's Top VIII Award from the NCAA.  Since 2004, the SEC has had 10 student-athletes awarded this honor, more than any other conference in the country.

 The SEC also had 13 student-athletes receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2009-10, more than any other conference in the nation.

  The SEC academic honorees for 2009-10 are listed below:

  SEC 1st Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (15)



Sport                    Name                                   School                 Year       Hometown                        GPA       Major

M. Swimming         Jordan Anderson                    Auburn                   Sr.            Roanoke, Va.                          3.92         Biomedical Sciences

W. Track & Field     Jackie Areson                         Tennessee              Sr.            Delray Beach, Fla.                  3.62         Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Softball                  Jessica Bachkora                    Arkansas                Sr.            Overland Park, Kan.               3.94         Kinesiology-Biomechanics

W. Basketball         Angie Bjorklund                     Tennessee              Jr.            Spokane Valley, Wash.          3.80         Psychology

Softball                  *Chelsea Bramlett                 Mississippi State   Sr.            Cordova, Tenn.                       3.64         Physical Education

W. Swimming         Lisa Caprioglio                       Georgia                  Sr.            Highlands Ranch, Colo.          4.00         International Business / Marketing

W. Soccer               Blakely Mattern                     South Carolina       Sr.           Simpsonville, S.C.                  3.85         Business Admin/Int. Bus.

M. Track & Field     Lee Ellis Moore                      Ole Miss                 Jr.            Cordova, Tenn.                       4.00         Biological Science

Softball                  Charlotte Morgan                  Alabama                Sr.            Moreno Valley, Calif.             3.75         Criminal Justice

Football                  Colin Peek                              Alabama                Sr.            Ponte Vedra Beach,Fla.         3.79         Finance

Gymnastics            Kassi Price                              Alabama                Sr.           Plantation, Fla.                      4.00         Marketing & Advertising

W. Track & Field     Katie Stripling                        Arkansas                Sr.           Jonesboro, Ark.                      3.95         Kinesiology

Gymnastics            Grace Taylor                         Georgia                  Sr.            Aiken, S.C.                              3.97         Health Promotion

Football                  *Tim Tebow                           Florida                    Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.                    3.66         Family, youth & community sciences

W. Track & Field     *Phoebe Wright                     Tennessee              Sr.            Signal Mountain, Tenn.         3.96         Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology

* - ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in specific sport

SEC 2nd Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (8)

Sport                    Name                                   School                 Year       Hometown                        GPA       Major

Softball                  Kelsey Bruder                         Florida                    Jr.            Corona, Calif.                         3.70         Heath Studies

Volleyball               Sarah Cline                             South Carolina       Sr.            Rock Hill, S.C.                         4.00         Exercise Science

W. Track & Field     Evelien Dekkers                      Florida                    Sr.           Etten-Leur, Netherlands         3.84        Food Science & Human Nutrition

M. Track & Field     Elliott Haynie                         South Carolina       Sr.            Atlanta, Ga.                           3.56         Management

Softball                  Tiffany Huff                           Tennessee              Sr.            Saugus, Cal.                           3.78         Special Education

Football                  Barrett Jones                         Alabama                So.           Memphis, Tenn.                     4.00         Management

Men's Soccer          Jimmy Maurer                       South Carolina       Jr.           Lawrenceville, Ga.                 3.90         Finance

Gymnastics            Rebekah Zaiser                      Florida                    Sr.            Mars, Pa.                                3.97         Biology / Pre-Professional

SEC 3rd Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (13)
Sport                    Name                                   School                 Year      Hometown                        GPA       Major

Men's Soccer          Sam Arthur                            South Carolina       Jr.            Roswell, Ga.                          3.78         Business

Softball                  Stephanie Brombacher          Florida                    Jr.            Pembroke Pines, Fla.             3.53         Health Studies

M. Track & Field     Nathaniel Corder                   Alabama                So.           Pickerington, Ohio                 4.00         Mathematics

Baseball                 Zack Cox                                 Arkansas                So.           Louisville, Ky.                         3.34         Communications

W. Swimming         Teresa Crippen                       Florida                    So.           Conshohocken, Pa.                 3.71         Economics

M. Track & Field     John Egan                               Georgia                  Sr.            Atlanta, Ga.                           3.88         Journalism & Education

Baseball                 Greg Houston                        Mississippi State   Sr.            Hoover, Ala.                           3.96         Mechanical Engineering

W. Swimming         Elizabeth Hughes                   Alabama                Sr.           Maryville, Tenn.                     3.99         Psychology

M. Track & Field     Jager Livingston                     Auburn                   Sr.           Scottsboro, Ala.                     3.82         Chemical Engineering

M. Tennis               Saketh Myneni                       Alabama                Sr.            Andhra Pradesh, India           3.79         Finance and Economics

W. Tennis               Catherine Newman               Vanderbilt              Sr.           Greensboro, N.C.                   3.89         Civil Engineering

Volleyball               Sarah Rumely                        Kentucky                 Sr.            New Palestine, Ind.               3.63         Kinesiology/Exercise Science

Baseball                 Russ Sneed                            Mississippi State   Gr.           Senatobia, Miss.                    3.52         Master of Bus. Administration


OTHER SEC ACADEMIC AWARDS (2009-10)

Football                  Tim Tebow                             Florida                    Recipient - William V. Campbell Trophy (given by National Football Foundation to nation's top football                                                                                                                              scholar-athlete)


W. Track & Field     Evelien Dekkers                      Florida                    Recipient - 2010 Outdoor Women's Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross                                                                                                                      Country Coaches Association


W. Track & Field     Phoebe Wright                       Tennessee              Recipient - 2010 Indoor Women's Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

NCAA Postgraduate Recipients

(These scholarships are awarded by the NCAA to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.)

Lisa Caprioglio, Women's Swimming & Diving, Georgia
Thomas Davis, Men's Cross Country, Vanderbilt
Lauren Degirolamo, Volleyball, LSU
Saketh Myneni, Men's Tennis, Alabama
Evelien Dekkers, Women's Track & Field, Florida
Lillian Hammond, Softball, Tennessee
Tiffany Huff, Softball, Tennessee
Hunter Lainhart, Men's Swimming & Diving, Georgia
Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama
Katelyn Rodrigue, Women's Track & Field, LSU
Joey Sorrentino, Football, Florida
Grace Taylor, Gymnastics, Georgia
Phoebe Wright, Women's Track & Field, Tennessee

NCAA Today's Top VIII

(The Top VIII is awarded by the NCAA to eight outstanding senior student-athletes each year.)

Courtney Kupets, Gymnastics, Georgia
Brittany Rogers, Softball, Alabama
Tim Tebow, Football, Florida

NCAA Elite 88 Recipients

(The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.)

Brooke Pancake, Women's Golf, Alabama
Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama

2,424 SEC student-athletes named to SEC Academic Honor Roll (2009-10) Each student-athlete must 1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship or a letter winner; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.

McWhorter SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Recipient - Jordan Anderson, Swimming, Auburn.  The 11 other male recipients are:  Saketh Myneni, Tennis, Alabama; Thomas Hauskey, Baseball, Arkansas; Joey Sorrentino, Football, Florida; Hunter Lainhart, Swimming & Diving, Georgia; Eric McGinnis; Swimming & Diving, Kentucky; Lyle Hitt, Football, LSU; Andy Hartmann, Football, Ole Miss; Tyson Lee, Football, Mississippi State; Patrick Rada, Golf, South Carolina; Matt Maloney, Track & Field, Tennessee; Thomas Davis, Cross Country, Vanderbilt.

McWhorter SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Recipient - Phoebe Wright, Track & Field, Tennessee.  The 11 other female recipients are:  Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama; Katie Stripling, Track & Field, Arkansas; Melissa Marik, Swimming & Diving, Auburn; Rebekah Zaiser, Gymnastics, Florida; Grace Taylor, Gymnastics, Georgia; Sarah Rumley, Volleyball, Kentucky; Lauren DiGirolamo, Volleyball, LSU; Danielle Johnson, Soccer, Ole Miss; Chelsea Bramlett, Softball, Mississippi State; Blakely Mattern, Soccer, South Carolina; Catherine Newman, Tennis, Vanderbilt.

SEC Sport-by-Sport Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Baseball - Cory Luckie, Auburn
Men's Basketball - Ray Shipman, Florida
Women's Basketball - Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee
Football - Tim Tebow, Florida
Men's Golf - Bank Vongvanij, Florida
Women's Golf - Brooke Pancake, Alabama
Gymnastics - Krissy Voss, Auburn
W. Soccer - Blakely Mattern, South Carolina
Softball - Jessica Bashkora, Arkansas
Men's Swimming & Diving - (Co-Recipients) Jordan Anderson, Auburn; Geoff Sanders, Tennessee
Women's Swimming & Diving - Lisa Caprioglio, Georgia
Men's Tennis - Saketh Myneni, Alabama
Women's Tennis - Catherine Newman, Vanderbilt
Men's Track & Field - Matt Maloney, Tennessee
Women's Track & Field - Phoebe Wright, Tennessee
Volleyball - Sarah Cline, South Carolina

News and Notes from Rain Delay

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•    Oklahoma's Bob Stoops was seen wandering through the press box. South Carolina counters with Darrin Horn, who was making his first trip to the College World Series. Coach Horn indicated they will be back on the road recruiting in early July.

•    Kansas State head basketball coach Frank Martin and former Xavier and Virginia head coach Pete Gillen were also spotted at Rosenblatt Stadium today.

•    Ray Tanner, Mark Calvi and Chad Holbrook spent an hour this morning visiting with the ESPN talent calling today's game, including Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra, and Kyle Peterson. No sign of Erin Andrews, who will be doing the sidelines for tonight's Clemson-Arizona State game.

•    TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle was named the National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association. He joins Gary Patterson as Horned Frog coaches to capture National Coach of the Year honors this year. Incidentally, both were hired at TCU by Eric Hyman.

•    Finalists were named for several other postseason honors in baseball. Christian Colon of Cal State Fullerton, Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia and Ryan Soares of George Mason are the finalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. 2010 Pitcher of the Year Award finalists are Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss, Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast and Alex Wimmers of Ohio State. Pomerenz, Miami's Yasmani Grandal and Anthony Rendon of Rice are the finalists for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy. Interesting that despite their individual accomplishments, none of the national award finalists are playing here in Omaha this week.

•    In a football note, each SEC school will take three student-athletes to SEC Media Days next month in Birmingham, one more than what has been done in the past. The Gamecocks will be represented by Patrick DiMarco, Cliff Matthews and Shaq Wilson.

DiCaprio a Gamecock fan?

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Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted at Game 2 of the Lakers-Celtics game last night wearing what appears to be a South Carolina hat.

What do you think? Think we'll see him at Williams-Brice Stadium this fall?


The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

7:00 p.m.: Inside the Roost at Staybridge Suites on Huger St. in Columbia


Tuesday

6:30 p.m.: Union Gamecock Club Spring Meeting hosted by the Gamecock Club at the USC-Union Truluck Gym


Wednesday

7:00 p.m.: Sumter Gamecock Club Spring Meeting hosted by the Gamecock Club at the USC Sumter Nettles Gym.


Thursday

7:00 p.m.: Florence Gamecock Club Spring Meeting hosted by the Gamecock Club. The location will be announced later this week.


Friday

7:00 p.m.: Baseball hosts Alabama in Columbia, SC at Carolina Stadium.


Saturday

1:00 p.m.: Baseball continues the series against Alabama at Carolina Stadium.


Sunday

1:30 p.m.: Baseball closes out the series against Alabama at Carolina Stadium.

Senior Dessert and Ring Ceremony

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As the 2009-10 academic year comes to a close, so do the college athletic careers of the class of 2010. Last night senior student-athletes gathered in the Frank McGuire Room at Colonial Life Arena for their Senior Dessert and Ring Ceremony.

The student-athletes spent the first part of the evening sitting at tables eating their ice cream and discussing their college careers, favorite college moments and future plans.

"It's always really fun to hang out with my senior girls," equestrian Carly Babcock said. "I'm really excited to celebrate the last four years we've had together."

Senior pole vaulter Vica Shobe talked about how the senior ring ceremony represents one more step toward graduation, but went on to say how much she will miss her teammates and her college team experiences.

"I want to go on with track, and I want to continue to pole vault," Shobe said. "You don't get the close-knit feeling when you are running professionally like you do on a college team."

Several of the student-athletes mentioned that in their years as Gamecocks they were able to make South Carolina their home. Being a student-athlete for the last four years has created a bond and family-like mentality among the student-athletes that they know they will always be able to return to. Their friends and teammates that sat beside them last night will still be their friends and teammates in the years to come.

Athletics Director Eric Hyman opened the senior ring ceremony by pointing out that receiving a senior ring marks the culmination of a long journey. The senior ring for student-athletes is a gift of appreciation from the University, a thank you for contributing to the athletic program and working so hard for the University of South Carolina. 

"The reason we give them rings is because we are so proud of the way they have represented the University," Hyman said after the ceremony. "Obviously they come in here very young, and they leave as young women and young men. It's so exciting to see them finish up and to be so close to graduation".

Student-athletes listened intently as Hyman, W.J. Jordan, President of the South Carolina Association of Letterman, Aaron Lucas, Assistant Director for the Gamecock Club, and Moe Brown, senior football player all spoke and offered appreciation and advice to the graduating student-athletes.

After the ceremony Brown said, "The ring ceremony was great. It was marking the end of a great career here. It's kind of a bittersweet feeling. Bitter in that I don't want to leave because these have been some of the best four years of my life and probably will be the best four years of my life. The sweet part is you're about to close that chapter and move on to the next one. Being a competitor you always want to see the next challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

All of the student-athletes shared Brown's feelings as they closed the chapter of collegiate athletics in their lives. Everyone admired their rings as they posed for a final picture together as a senior class and left as a close-knit group of friends, knowing that they will always be able to look at their rings and appreciate the journey that led them to wear the Garnet and Black and call the University of South Carolina their home.

Carolina Girls Auditions This Weekend

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The Carolina Girls will hold auditions for next year's squad this Sunday at noon at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. For details on the tryout, click here. 


Ron Morris from The State wrote a great article about South Carolina Board of Trustee member Michael Mungo's impact and influence on athletics during his service to the university. Mungo, 82, passed away early Sunday morning. Click here to read Morris' article.

Mungo helped persuade the board of trustees to authorize interim USC president Art Smith to negotiate the deal with the SEC, according to Johnny Gregory, special assistant to the USC president. In so doing, the board did not have to approve either the move or any financial needs to make the move.

As it turned out, according to Gregory, the SEC charged USC only $50 to cover the cost of changing the league's charter.

"It was probably in the history of South Carolina athletics one of the most pivotal decisions ever made," said Eric Hyman, USC's director of athletics. "It was through his leadership and guidance that the University of South Carolina was able to get into the Southeastern Conference, which speaks volumes, and his legacy in that role will go for years and years and years."



Mangus & Calvi on Inside the Roost Tonight

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Tune to 107.5 FM tonight for "Inside the Roost"  at 7 PM with host Derek Scott from Staybridge Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.

Tonight's guests are assistant baseball coach Mark Calvi and assistant football coach G.A. Mangus. You can also listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

7 p.m. The Richland Gamecock Club Spring Meeting will be held at Seawells on Rosewood Dr. in Columbia

7 p.m. Inside the Roost at Staybridge Suites on Huger St. in Columbia. Monday's guest is South Carolina's pitching coach Mark Calvi.

 

Tuesday

7 p.m. The Clarendon Gamecock Club Spring Meeting will be held at the Cypress Center

 

Wednesday

5 p.m. Softball heads to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on USC Upstate

7 p.m. Baseball travels to Charleston to play The Citadel

 

Thursday

7 p.m. Carolina Calls with Ray Tanner at Wild Wing Café in the Vista (Columbia)

All Day Women's Equestrian competes in Waco, Texas

 

Friday

7 p.m. Baseball battles Mississippi at home.

All Day Men's Golf participates in the SEC Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga. at the Sea Island Country Club

All Day Women's Equestrian continues to compete in Waco, Texas

All Day Women's Golf participates in the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala at the North River Yacht Club

All Day Track heads to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the International Friendship and Freedom Games

 

Saturday

1 p.m. Men's Tennis competes against Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

1 p.m. Women's Tennis hosts Florida in Columbia. Come get a free drawstring bag!

1 p.m. Softball kicks off Alumni Day against Mississippi State in Columbia. There will be free food for students, and free ice cream cups for the first 100 fans.

3 p.m. Baseball takes on Mississippi at home in Carolina Stadium

3:15 p.m. Softball completes its double-header against Mississippi State in Columbia

All Day Women's Golf continues to compete in the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa Ala.

All Day Track participates in the International Friendship and Freedom Games in Greensboro, N.C.

All Day Men's Golf continues to compete in the SEC Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga.

All Day Women's Equestrian competes in Waco, Texas

 

Sunday

1:30 p.m. Baseball closes out the series against Mississippi in Columbia

2 p.m. Softball wraps up the series against Mississippi State in Columbia

All Day Men's Golf continues to compete in the SEC Championship in St. Simons, Ga. At the Sea Island Country Club

All Day Women's Golf continues to compete in the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the North River Yacht Club

 

Cheer & Dance Teams Head to Nationals

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The South Carolina Cheerleaders and the Carolina Girls departed Columbia today for NCA/NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Both teams hosted a showcase on Saturday as a final rehearsal of their routines. Here's some video interviews with cheerleading head coach Erika Goodwin and Carolina Girls head coach Lindsay Sprague.


The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Tuesday

5 p.m. Softball hosts USC Upstate at Beckham Field. It is Team Picture Day as well as Faculty/Staff Day. Come out to support the Gamecocks and have some fun bouncing around in Cocky's Inflatable Bounce House!

Wednesday

7 p.m. Baseball hosts College of Charleston at the Carolina Stadium. They will be going into the game at 14-2 after beating Mississippi State on Sunday. The game will be covered on TV's SportSouth network.

All Day Track participates in the Gamecock Open Meet hosted at home.

Friday

2 p.m. Men's Tennis matches up against the Georgia Bulldogs. The match will take place at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. Fans will receive free Drawstring Backpacks.

5 p.m. Women's Tennis faces the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

7 p.m. Baseball is on the road to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt. 

All Day Track competes in the Spec Towns Invitational hosted in Athens, Ga.

Saturday

1 p.m. Softball is on the road to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.

3 p.m. Baseball is in Nashville, Tenn. competing in their second game against the Commodore's. 

4 p.m. Football participates in the Garnet & Black Spring Game set for Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Admission to the game is free to the public - The stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and the annual spring football awards will be presented at approximately 3:45 p.m. Actual kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

All Day Track competes in the Spec Towns Invitational hosted in Athens, Ga.

Sunday

1 p.m. Women's Tennis travels to Knoxville to match up against Tennessee. 

1 p.m. Men's Tennis hosts Tennessee at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. It is "Senior Day" - Coach DeMars will recognize the team's seniors.

2 p.m. Softball finishes the series against Kentucky.

2 p.m. Baseball closes out their series against Vanderbilt. 

Around the Diamond in the SEC

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Here's what happened in the SEC this weekend as the Gamecocks took two of three from visiting Mississippi State:

Alabama @ Auburn (10-5 Bama, 6-5 Bama, 7-1 Auburn)
-Auburn won Game 3 of the weekend series to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Crimson Tide.

Vanderbilt @ Florida (3-2 UF, 7-3 UF, 7-0 Vandy)
-Gators took two of three from the Commodores in Gainesville to keep pace behind the Gamecocks in the SEC East.

Tennessee @ Ole Miss (7-3 Ole Miss, 5-2 UT, 10-6 UT)
-Vols picked up their first SEC wins of the season and took a road series win in Oxford against the Rebels. 

Kentucky @ Arkansas (12-8 UK, 10-1 Ark, 17-16 Ark)
-Razorbacks won two of three against the Wildcats in a high-scoring series.

Georgia @ LSU (4-3 LSU, 12-6 UGA, 15-5 LSU)
-LSU won its 7th straight SEC series, winning two of three at home against the visiting Bulldogs.


SEC Standings

EASTERN DIVISION    Conference Overall
School W-L Pct. W-L   Pct.
South Carolina   7-2 0.778 22-6   0.786
Florida   6-3 0.667 20-7   0.741
Vanderbilt
  5-4 0.556 24-6   0.800
Georgia   2-7 0.222 10-17   0.370
Kentucky   2-7 0.222 18-11   0.621
Tennessee   2-7 0.222 15-14    0.517
WESTERN DIVISION     Conference Overall
School W-L Pct. W-L Pct.
LSU    7-2 0.778 23-4   0.852
Arkansas    6-3 0.667 22-6   0.786
Auburn    5-4 0.556 18-10   0.643
Ole Miss    5-4 0.556 21-8   0.724
Alabama    4-5 0.444 19-8   0.704
Mississippi State    3-6 0.333 15-13    0.536



Stop by the Gamecock Basketball Practice Facility on Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Carolina Girls Dance Team and the Carolina Cheerleaders perform the routines that they will take to NCA/NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

7 p.m.: Inside the Roost at Staybridge Suites on Huger St. in Columbia. Listen live on 107.5 FM or www.1075thegame.com. Tonight's guests are Eric Norwood and South Carolina Equestrian Head Coach Boo Major.

All Day: Men's Golf heads to Awendaw, S.C. for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate

Tuesday

5 p.m.: Softball travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to play North Carolina

7 p.m.: Baseball hosts The Citadel in Columbia.

All Day: Men's Golf continues in competition in Awendaw, S.C. at the Hootie and Bulls Bay Intercollegiate

Thursday

7 p.m.: Carolina Calls with Ray Tanner at Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

Friday

2 p.m.: Women's Tennis takes on Kentucky at home. Free shakers will be given out at the match.

4 p.m.: Men's Tennis heads to Lexington, Ky. to play Kentucky

5 p.m.: Softball hosts Tennessee at Beckham Field to open the weekend series. 

7 p.m.: Baseball competes against Mississippi State in Carolina Stadium

All Day: Track participates in the Florida Relays.

All Day: Women's Golf travels to Browns Summit, N.C. to compete in the Bryan National Collegiate

Saturday

1 p.m: Softball kicks off its Strike Out Cancer double-header against Tennessee in Columbia. Pink T-shirts available with donation and silent auction benefiting Susan G. Komen Foundation. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt.

3:15 p.m.: Softball wraps up its Strike Out Cancer double-header against Tennessee in Columbia

4 p.m.: Baseball continues the Mississippi State series in Columbia

All Day: Track continues to compete in the Florida Relays.

All Day: Women's Golf continues to compete in Browns Summit, N.. at the Bryan National Collegiate

All Day: Men's Golf heads to Augusta, Ga. to participate in the Administaff Augusta State Invitational

Sunday

1 p.m.: Women's Tennis takes on Vanderbilt in Columbia

2 p.m.: Men's Tennis travels to Nashville, Tenn. to play Vanderbilt

2 p.m.: Baseball completes the Mississippi State series in Columbia

All Day: Women's Golf finishes competition in Browns Summit, N.C. at the Bryan National Collegiate

All Day: Men's Golf continues to participate in the Administaff Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.

Monday Musings from The Editor

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Monday Musings - Bracketolgy style:

No. 1 Seed - SEC play on the horizon for the baseball team

The South Carolina baseball team returned to winning ways last week with five straight wins in series sweeps of Valparaiso and Brown. The Gamecocks travel back to Fluor Field on Tuesday to face Furman. South Carolina is 4-0 all-time at the Greenville ballpark.

After hosting Davidson on Wednesday at Carolina Stadium, South Carolina opens Southeastern Conference action against Tennessee with a three-game series over the weekend at Carolina Stadium. The Vols are picked to finish in sixth in the SEC East and were 11-19 in league play and 26-29 overall in 2009.

Preseason All-Americans Cody Hawn and Blake Forsythe will be the Tennessee hitters to watch out as both players had strong offensive campaigns in 2009. Hawn became just the 10th Vol ever to win the team Triple Crown in 2009, leading the Vols in batting average (.364), home runs (22), RBIs (81), hits (72), doubles (15) and slugging percentage (.773). 

Forsythe started 53 of 55 games behind the plate for the Vols last spring, hitting .347 with 68 hits, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in addition to leading the team with 40 walks and a .486 on-base percentage and collecting 19 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI contests. For more preview info on the Vols, read this pre-season outlook from SECSports.com.

No. 2 Seed - Downey racking up postseason awards

Devan Downey continues to pile up the hardware from his impressive senior season with the Gamecocks. After becoming the first Gamecock to win the league's scoring title, Downey was also named to the first-team All-SEC team by the league's coaches and by the media. The honor marks the third-straight season Downey has been a first-team choice by both the coaches and media. His selection marks just the second time a South Carolina player has been named to the AP first team in three seasons (BJ McKie was the last to do so).

Downey was also named to the league's All-Defensive team along with junior Sam Muldrow. The guard departs the program's as the school's all-time leader in steals. In addition, he was named to the USBWA All-District (III) squad, the Sporting News Fourth-Team All-American team and as a Yahoo! Sports Honorable Mention All-American.

You can hear Devan tonight on Inside the Roost with Athletics Director Eric Hyman and Derek Scott at 7 p.m.


No. 3 Seed - Track team finishes well at NCAA Indoor Championships

South Carolina's track & field teams posted strong performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men earned their best placement in five years, placing 8th overall. It was the team's first top 10 finish since 2005. The women's team finished in 19th place - the 13th time in 14 years that the Gamecocks have finished in the top 20.

The Gamecocks transition to the outdoor season this weekend with the Shamrock Invitational at Coastal Carolina.

No. 4 Seed - Gamecocks return to proving grounds

After a brief hiatus for spring break, the football team resumes spring drills Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks will practice twice this week (Tuesday and Friday) and are scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m.  For more on Gamecock spring practice, click here.

Devan Downey on Inside the Roost Tonight

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Tune into "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.


Tonight's show features one of the best to play on the hardwood for the Gamecocks - Devan Downey.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

Baseball & Softball Desktop Wallpapers

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Add some Gamecock color to your computer with one of our new desktop wallpapers - we've just added Baseball and Softball.





Monday Musings from The Editor

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Monday Musings will be a weekly feature (on Mondays, of course) that provides some reflection on the previous week in Gamecock athletics.

New format hits a home run

Count me as one of those in favor of the new format for the South Carolina vs. Clemson baseball series. While it didn't finish with the preferred winner, the buzz and excitement created by the three-game series was more than it had been in recent years.

Over 21,000 fans attended the series with Sunday's finale setting a new Carolina Stadium attendance record. But beyond the numbers at the turnstiles, the series produced some intense, drama-filled action on the baseball diamond. How often do you get the chance to experience a play-off level atmosphere over an entire weekend when you're just ten games into the regular season?

Sure, Clemson did win this year's series with their victory on Sunday. But since 2000, South Carolina leads the series with 24 wins and 19 losses. The Gamecocks have won 10 of the last 15 games against the Tigers.

The Gamecocks will have the chance to get back on track starting Tuesday with a stretch that will see South Carolina play nine of their next ten games at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks will also return to Fluor Field next Tuesday to face Furman.

Downey not done yet

Lost among the intensity of the weekend series against Clemson was another game-changing performance from senior guard Devan Downey as the Gamecocks spoiled Senior Night for the No. 13/19 Commodores in Nashville on Saturday afternoon.

Downey scored just four points in the opening half, but followed that with 22 second-half points on 8-of-12 shooting. The guard scored ten points in a 16-0 run that propelled South Carolina to the upset victory.

The win earned South Carolina the East No. 5 seed and set up a rematch with Alabama on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the SEC Tournament. A loss on Saturday would've pushed South Carolina down to the No. 6 seed and forced the Gamecocks to play at 9:45 p.m. ET on the first day of the tournament.

As the '09-'10 season winds down, I've wondered lately how Gamecock faithful will remember Devan Downey after he pulls off the garnet and black uniform for the last time. Each of us can think back to a play that he made where you turned to the person beside you and said "Did you see that?" It's hard to think of a player at the college level can wow the masses quite like Downey. 

But the one thing that I think I'll take away from the Devan Downey Era is the opportunity to watch a guy who just refused to quit. I remember interviewing Downey earlier in the season for a Q&A for the blog and he said his most treasured possession was his pride. Interesting answer, right? His response:

"I feel like I have pride and that's what really drives me - my ability to not want to fail and do whatever it takes to see that I succeed," he said.

The next quote adds more perspective to his answer:

"Being my size and considering basketball is usually for the bigger guys - I could've listened to people and told myself I wasn't good enough but instead I fought and now I am where I am today."

Athletics Director Eric Hyman has talked before about the Gamecock programs establishing a reputation of being a team that will fight to the end and wear opponents down. To me, Downey is the embodiment of that blue-collar mentality.

Hope Springs eternal

The Gamecock football team opened spring practice last Thursday and will practice thirteen more times before the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 10th. Excitement and anticipation is high for South Carolina this season as the Gamecocks return 54 lettermen and 17 starters from last year's squad.  Only seven players who saw significant playing time in 2009 have left the team.

You can follow 2010 Spring Practice with our brand-new Spring Practice Central page on GamecocksOnline.com featuring videos, links around the Web, practice reports and photo galleries.

Inside the Roost Tonight on 107.5 The Game

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Tune into "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.


Tonight's show features South Carolina men's tennis coach Kent DeMars who will be inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in May. South Carolina's Director of Sports Medicine John Kasik will also be on the show as part of National Sports Medicine Month.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

7 p.m. - Listen to Inside the Roost with host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman live from Staybridge Suites on Huger Street in Columbia on 107.5 FM or www.1075thegame.com. Monday's guests are South Carolina men's tennis Kent DeMars and South Carolina's Director of Sports Medicine John Kasik.

Tuesday

1 p.m. - Women's tennis
is in action at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center against Wake Forest.

7 p.m. - Baseball
hosts Valparaiso at Carolina Stadium in the first game of the two-game series. Listen live on 107.5 FM or GamecocksOnline.com

Wednesday

4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. - Softball opens SEC action with a doubleheader on the road against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

7 p.m. - Baseball closes out the series against Valparaiso at Carolina Stadium.

Thursday

1 p.m. - Men's basketball opens play in the SEC Tournament in Nashville against Alabama. You can watch live on the SEC Network or listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

Friday

All day - Men's golf is in Tallahassee, Fla. in the Seminole Intercollegiate.

2 p.m. - Men's tennis hosts Alabama at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center.

4 p.m. - Women's tennis is on the road in SEC play against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

7 p.m. - Baseball hosts Brown at Carolina Stadium in the opening game of the weekend series.

Saturday

All day - Men's golf is in Tallahassee, Fla. in the Seminole Intercollegiate.

1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. - Softball plays its first home SEC games with a doubleheader against LSU at Beckham Field.

4 p.m. - Baseball continues the series with Brown at Carolina Stadium.

Sunday

All day - Men's golf is in Tallahassee, Fla. in the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Noon - Softball finishes the series with LSU with a noon game at Beckham Field.

1 p.m. - Men's tennis hosts Auburn at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center.

1:30 p.m. - Baseball finishes the weekend series with Brown.

2 p.m. - Women's tennis completes its weekend road trip with a match against Auburn in Auburn, Ala. 

 

Ryan Succop on Inside The Roost Tonight

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Tune into "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.


Tonight's show features former Gamecock kicker Ryan Succop who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Women's tennis coach Arlo Elkins will also be on the show.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday
All Day -  Men's Golf participates in the SeaHawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, N.C. (Country Club of Landfall)
All Day - Women's Golf participates in the Kinderlou Forest Challenge in Valdosta, Ga. (Kinderlou Forest Golf Course)
7 p.m. - Inside The Roost radio show with host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman from Staybridge Suites on Huger St. in Columbia. Monday's guests are former Gamecock football player Ryan Succop and women's tennis head coach Arlo Elkins. Listen live on 107.5 FM or www.1075thegame.com

Tuesday
7 p.m. - Baseball faces Presbyterian at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
All Day - Men's Golf continues competition in the SeaHawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, N.C.
All Day -  Women's Golf continues competition in the Kinderlou Forest Challenge in Valdosta, Ga.

Wednesday
2 p.m. - Women's Tennis takes on USF in Columbia at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center.
7 p.m. - Men's Basketball hosts Alabama in their second to last regular season game at Colonial Life Arena.
7 p.m. - Softball travels to Rock Hill, S.C. to play Winthrop.

Thursday
7 p.m. - Carolina Calls with Coach Horn at Wild Wing Café in the Vista. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.  
Noon -  Women's Basketball faces Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament begins in Duluth, Ga.

Friday
2 p.m. - Women's Tennis faces LSU at home.
3 p.m. - Men's Tennis heads to Baton Rouge, La. to take on LSU.
3:30 p.m. - Softball travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to play DePaul.
6:30 p.m. - Baseball takes on Clemson in Clemson, S.C.
 
Saturday
11 a.m. - Softball faces Michigan in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2 p.m. - Baseball faces Clemson for the second game of the series in Greenville, S.C. at Fluor Field.
2 p.m. - Men's Basketball competes against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. in their final regular season game.
6:15 p.m. - Softball takes on DePaul in the second game of the series in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Sunday
10 a.m. - Softball wraps up in Tuscaloosa, Ala with a final game against Michigan.
11:00 a.m. - The Dawn Staley Show airs on SportSouth.
11:30 a.m. - The Darrin Horn Show airs on SportSouth.
1 p.m. - Men's Tennis heads to Fayetteville, Ark. to play Arkansas.
1 p.m. - Women's Tennis hosts Arkansas in Columbia, SC
2 p.m. - Baseball closes out the series against Clemson in Columbia, S.C. The First 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Verizon Fan Banners.



Curtis Frye on Inside The Roost Tonight

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Tune into "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.

Tonight's show features South Carolina Head Track & Field Coach Curtis Frye.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

All day - Women's Golf will compete in the Central District Invitational hosted in Parrish, Fla. (River Wilderness Golf & CC)

All Day - Men's Golf (Garnet Team) will compete in the Johnny Palmer Invitational hosted in  New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)

7 p.m. - Inside the Roost with Derek Scott and Eric Hyman from Staybridge Suites in Columbia. Monday's guest is men's and women's track & field head coach Curtis Frye.

Tuesday

4 p.m. Softball will host Charlotte at Beckham Field. It's the Harvest Hope Food Drive Day - $1 admission with canned food item.

7 p.m. - Carolina Calls with Coach Horn at Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

All Day Men's Golf will compete in the Johnny Palmer Invitational Garnet Team hosted in New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)

All Day Women's Golf will compete in the Central District Invitational hosted in Parrish, Fla. (River Wilderness Golf & CC)

Wednesday

2 p.m. Women's Tennis matches up against College of Charleston at home in the Indoor Tennis Facility.

4 p.m. Softball will host Campbell at Beckham Field. It's the Harvest Hope Food Drive Day - $1 Admission with canned food item.  

Thursday

7 p.m. Women's Basketball will take on Georgia at Colonial Life Arena.  

9 p.m. Men's Basketball travels to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.

Friday

3 p.m. The Baseball team will travel to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina. Gamecocks are now 3-0.

All Day Track will compete in the SEC Indoor Championships hosted in Fayetteville, Ark.

Saturday

11 a.m. Softball travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Providence and compete in the FAU Fourth Annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament.

1 p.m. Men's Tennis will host Appalachian State at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. Come out and celebrate the Outdoor Season Kickoff and get a Free Garnet T-Shirt.

1 p.m. Softball travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Loyola and compete in the FAU Fourth Annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament.

2 p.m. Women's Equestrian heads to to Bishop, Ga. to compete against Georgia.

2 p.m. Baseball is on the road to take on East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.

6 p.m. Men's Basketball will host Mississippi State at Colonial Life Arena.

All Day Track competes in the SEC Indoor Championships hosted in Fayetteville, Ark.

Sunday

11 a.m. Softball heads to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Providence and continue to compete in the FAU Fourth Annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament.

11 a.m. Tune into the Dawn Staley Show on the SportsSouth network.

11:30 a.m. Tune into the Darrin Horn Show on the SportsSouth network.

1 p.m. Baseball is on the road to take on East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.

1 p.m. Women's Basketball travels to Nashville, Tenn. to battle it out against Vanderbilt.

1 p.m. Softball takes on Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.

All Day Track competes in the  SEC Indoor Championships hosted in Fayetteville, Ark.

Spurs Up Has New Digs

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It's not difficult to notice that things look a little different around here at Spurs Up. We've moved from our original location on WordPress to a platform managed by CBS College Sports. We're still moving furniture around and hanging pictures, so you might see some things change over the next few days.

There are several advantages to our new format:

1) We are now integrated into the GamecocksOnline.com page design. So if you're reading a blog post about the Gamecock softball team and want to know when their next game is, you can just scroll right up to Schedules. Pretty helpful, right?

2) Want to share with your friends on your social networking site of choice a great Q&A with your favorite Gamecock student-athlete? Just click the Share button and select your network. Easy as pie.

3) More embedded video. With this new format, we can embed video from pretty much any source that allows it. For example, a video from ESPN.com could not be embedded on the WordPress platform. Now we can bring more content to you through the blog.

What do you think of the new format?

Find the Gamecocks on Television

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If you've ever had trouble finding a South Carolina sporting event on television, then GamecocksOnline.com has you covered. Visit the "Gamecocks on TV" page to see channel listings for each potential network for a South Carolina game.

You can find this page by clicking on the Gamecocks on TV button on the front page of GamecocksOnline.com.

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Ray Tanner on Inside the Roost Tonight

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Tune into "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.

Tonight's show features South Carolina Head Baseball Coach Ray Tanner. President of the USC Lettermen's Association, W.J. Jordan, will also be on the show.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you've got a question you'd like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we'll get it over.

The Week Ahead for the Garnet and Black

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Monday

7 p.m. - Inside the Roost from Staybridge Suites on Huger St. in Columbia. Host Derek Scott discusses issues related to South Carolina Athletics. Monday's guest is head baseball coach Ray Tanner. You can listen live on 107.5 The Game or on www.1075thegame.com.

Tuesday
3 p.m. - Softball begins their double-header against Longwood at Beckham Field.
5:15 p.m. - Softball wraps up its double-header against Longwood.

Wednesday
2 p.m. - Women's tennis takes on Winthrop at home.
9 p.m. - Men's basketball heads to Fayetteville, Ark. to face the Razorbacks.
All Day - Swimming and Diving travels to Athens, Georgia to participate in the SEC Championships.

Thursday
7 p.m. - Carolina Calls with Coach Horn at Wild Wing Café in the Vista.
All Day - Swimming and Diving continues in competition at the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga.

Friday
11 a.m. - Softball begins their weekend of play in Orlando, Fla. with a contest against Florida A&M.
3 p.m. - Baseball hosts Opening Day at Carolina Stadium against Duquesne.
3:30 p.m. - Softball takes on UCF in Orlando, Fla.
All Day - Swimming and Diving continues competition at the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga.

Saturday
9 a.m. - Softball starts the day with a morning contest against Villanova.
11 a.m. - Softball continues their weekend tournament with a game against North Florida.
1 p.m. - Equestrian hosts Oklahoma State in Blythewood at One Wood Farm.
1:30 p.m. - Men's Basketball takes on Tennessee at Colonial Life Arena. Firehouse will provide 3-point cards for the first 2,000 fans, and Verizon will be giving away 10,000 fan banners.
3 p.m. - Baseball hosts Duquesne in the second game of the series
All Day - Track hosts the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, SC
All Day - Swimming and Diving wraps up their week of competing in the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga.


Sunday
11 a.m. - Softball finishes up their weekend in Orlando, with a game against Troy.
1 p.m.  -Women's tennis hosts Clemson. Fans will receive free t-shirts.
1:30 p.m. - Baseball closes out the first series of the season against Duquesne at Carolina Stadium.
3 p.m. - Women's basketball travels to Lexington to finish off their series against Kentucky.