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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 as tonight's guests are: Director of Golf Puggy Blackmon to discuss the performances of the men's and women's teams at the SEC Championships over the weekend, Special Asst. to the AD Clyde Wrenn to talk about his efforts to reach out to Gamecock alums and build those relationships, and Aaron Fitt from Baseball America to talk about the South Carolina vs. LSU series coming up this weekend. 

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!  

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 as tonight's guests are: country music songwriter and singer Patrick Davis and Gamecock Club Director Patrick McFarland to discuss the Gamecock Fan Fest scheduled for Saturday in conjunction with the Garnet & Black Spring Game (click here for more information on the event).  Also, senior pitcher Adam Westmoreland from the baseball team will be on to discuss his performance and that of the team at Tennessee this past weekend.

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!  

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 as tonight's guests are: Samie Garcia from the softball team to discuss the opening series in the new stadium; Associate Head Coach Lisa Boyer will join us once the women's basketball team finds out who, when and where they are playing in the NCAA Tournament; and Brainard Cooper will tell us about the life of an Athletic Trainer as he deals with multiple injuries to the baseball team.

Did you know it's National Athletic Training Month? Thank you to all our Athletic Trainers who provide great medical care for our student-athletes.

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!  

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 we'll have Nolan Belcher, senior captain of the baseball team, who currently has an 18-inning scoreless streak on the mound, and former Gamecock and current Atlanta Falcon Travian Robertson to talk about the process of going from late-round draft pick to the NFL Playoffs, and what some of his former teammates need to do to make a similar transition.

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!  

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 we'll have Ray Tanner to discuss last week's Board of Trustees meeting and several facilities projects that advanced in the approval process. We will also have new Sand Volleyball Head Coach Moritz Moritz on to talk about South Carolina's newest intercollegiate sport (and maybe share the story behind his name!) Also joining tonight's line-up is All-American high jumper Jeannelle Scheper to share her journey from the Carribbean to now SEC Champion and school record-holder. 

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!  

"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!  

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jerry Meyers, Kevin Epley

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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 we'll have Associate Head Baseball Coach Jerry Meyers, who coaches pitching, and Head Women's Tennis Coach Kevin Epley discussing the start of his season.

Single game baseball tickets go on sale exclusively to Gamecock Club members tomorrow, February 5, at 10:00 AM. Log in to Account Manager at GamecocksOnline.com/tickets to purchase. Any remaining single game tickets (except the Clemson game) will go on sale to the general public on February 8 at 10:00 AM. 

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!  

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Ray Tanner, Dr. Jeff Guy

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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 we'll have Athletics Director Ray Tanner and team physician Dr. Jeff Guy from USC Sports Medicine.

Reminder that tickets are still available for the Outback Bowl in the Gamecocks' sections. Go to GamecocksOnline.com/tickets or call 800-4SC-FANS to purchase.  Also this week we have a big basketball doubleheader Wednesday night - Men's Basketball vs. App State at 5 p.m. followed by Women's Basketball vs. No. 1-ranked Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Be there!

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!  

*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett

On Monday, Jamie Speroni, associate athletic director of football operations, joined Derek Scott on 107.5 The Game for the weekly edition of "Inside the Roost." Speronis discussed the football team's preparations for the Outback Bowl and how he coordinates the plans for the team traveling to Tampa.

The first step in preparing for the game was Coach Spurrier and Speronis traveling to Tampa last week to sign the contract for the game. The two are familiar with the preparations that go into planning the Outback Bowl after the Gamecocks played in the bowl against Iowa in 2009. When asked if it helps having prepared for the bowl game before, Speronis stated "Absolute'y it does. It's a lot easier."

To be successful in the bowl game, football personnel must pack up everything in Columbia and move their operations to Tampa for about a week. When asked who has the toughest job in this process, Speronis shared, "[Director of Equipment] Chris Matlock must pack up the equipment, computers, medical supplies and strength and conditioning equipment, and move it down there. I believe he has the thankless job of it."

Playing in the Outback Bowl provides a unique opportunity for the players and coaches, as they will get to experience playing in an NFL facility. Speronis believes the players are lucky to play in such an exciting facility, stating "Anytime you are in a National Football League facility its exciting. It's just a real special feel to play where the NFL does."

The Gamecocks will travel to Tampa on Dec. 26 and will resume practice there on the 27th. Despite leaving so close to Christmas, players and coaches will break for the holidays on the 22nd. Speronis shared that players from Florida are allowed to go home and meet the team in Tampa, rather than traveling back to Columbia first.

When in Tampa the team will practice at Jefferson High School, the same place they practiced at in 2009. Speronis shared with 107.5 that the bowl committee has a collection of sites that they allow the universities to choose from.

Being student-athletes, the players are currently consumed with finals and looking forward to going home for the holidays, but Speronis was quick to note "If anyone has question that we will be tuned in and focused they should eliminate that." The team will resume practice this Friday and will have some two-a-days between now and breaking for Christmas.

When not concerned with the stress of the game, the team will get the chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful city of Tampa. Having lived in Tampa before, Speronis is excited for the players to enjoy the perks of playing in a bowl game in a great location. Speronis shared, "Its a great location and a new property. These guys will be spoiled rotten by those people."

Despite the hype and distractions of playing in a bowl game, the Gamecocks must stay focused on their goals. As Speronis noted, "At the end of the day its a business trip, and our goal is to get to 11 wins."

"Inside the Roost": Talking Outback Bowl

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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 we'll have Jim McVay, President  & CEO of the Outback Bowl; Frank Beckman, play-by-play voice of the Michigan Wolverines; and Lance Grantham, Assistant AD for Ticket Operations all talking about the Gamecocks' bowl destination in Tampa.

The ticket request deadline for Gamecock Club members and university faculty/staff is TONIGHT at 8 p.m. Log in to Account Manager at GamecocksOnline.com/tickets or call 800-4SC-FANS to submit your requests.  Tickets requested by the deadline will be assigned based on Gamecock Club priority points for members and by years of service for faculty and staff. Any tickets requested after the deadline will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets may go on sale to the public at a later date depending on availability.

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!  






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 are former Gamecock Baseball Pitcher Michael Roth, Women's Basketball Play-by-Play Announcer Brad Muller, Director of Marketing Josh Waters, and LTC John Wright from ROTC.

Muller will be previewing tonight's women's basketball game at Louisiana Tech while Waters and LTC Wright will be talking about Military Appreciation Day at this Saturday's final home football game of the season vs. Wofford. Tickets are still available for the game.

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!  


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 are Athletics Director Ray Tanner, Track & Field head coach Curtis Frye, and Deputy Athletics Director Charles Waddell.

Tanner will talk about the latest in Gamecock Athletics along with Waddell who will be discussing football scheduling. Frye will be on to talk about this weekend's celebration of the 10th anniversary of the women's outdoor track & field National Championship in 2002 and reunion of the team.

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!  

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 are head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and men's golfer Dykes Harbin.

Staley will talk about the upcoming start of the 2012-13 women's basketball season and how practice is going so far. Season tickets are available now for women's basketball online at GamecocksOnline.com

Harbin, a captain of this year's men's golf squad, led the Gamecocks last week with his first career tournament victory in the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Georgia with a career-low score.

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!  

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 is Athletics Director Ray Tanner to talk about all the events this Saturday accompanying the football game vs. Georgia including hosting ESPN College GameDay and the Lowe's Tailgate concert in the former Farmer's Market area featuring Billy Currington.

Scott will also be joined by women's soccer goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo to talk about her experiences with the Canadian national team in the U-20 World Cup and the current season. Audrey Jewell and coach Ruth Sorrell from equestrian will be on in second half hour to talk about their win over Oklahoma State this weekend and their big competition with Auburn this week.

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!  

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 first is Athletics Director Ray Tanner, followed by swimming and diving standout Michael Flach to discuss his experience at the U.S. Olympic Trials and getting back into the pool for the Gamecocks this season. The group will also be joined by Associate Head Coach Jason Memont from swimming and diving.

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!  

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 in the first half hour are Jackie Bradley Jr. and Adam Matthews to discuss their professional baseball experiences and coming back to Carolina to finish up school. Later in the show, Scott will be joined by Doug Gillin, Deputy Athletics Director at Missouri, to talk about Missouri's entry into the SEC and their first visit to the "other" Columbia this weekend. Game time is 3:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are still available! Purchase online, by phone at 800-4SC-FANS or in person at the Colonial Life Arena Ticket Office.

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!  

"Inside the Roost" Returns Tonight at 7 p.m.

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in tonight from 7-8 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for the return of the "Inside the Roost" radio show. Host Derek Scott will be joined by Athletics Director Ray Tanner and head volleyball coach Scott Swanson.

Swanson's team is off to an 11-0 start this season including a big victory over Clemson on Friday night in front of the third-largest crowd in facility history.

If you're not in the 107.5 listening area you can also listen online at 1075thegame.com!

Final "Inside the Roost" of the Season Monday

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m. Monday night for the final Inside the Roost show of the 2011-12 season! Host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman will be joined by Director of Golf Puggy Blackmon discussing the team's new practice facility and the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Hyman will close out the show and the season with discussion of some of the latest happenings in college athletics such as the BCS meetings, being on the NCAA baseball committee, some recent positive news articles about the progress of South Carolina Athletics and more.


Inside the Roost airs live from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays throughout the sports season. Tune in tonight on 107.5 The Game or you can listen online!  
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!

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: LB Dantzler

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

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

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

"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.   
Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Tune in to Inside the Roost for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics from Eric Hyman and Derek Scott along with weekly guests. ITR airs on 107.5 The Game from 7:00-8:00 p.m. every Monday. You can also listen online. 
1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show on 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m. as Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott discuss the latest news in Gamecock Athletics. They will be joined by two guests on air for this week's edition.


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

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


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


1075 the game logo.jpgSeveral great guests will join host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman on "Inside the Roost" tonight at 7 p.m. From Women's Basketball, head coach and senior guard La'Keisha Sutton will be on to discuss the season and the team making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Following hoops, Jamie Speronis, Associate AD for Football Operations, will be on. Speronis directs the administration and day-to-day operations of the football program and, among numerous other duties, serves as a liaison with NFL personnel including Wednesday's Pro Timing Day here on campus.

Tune in on 107.5 The Game from 7-8 p.m.You can also listen online.

"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).
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.  

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jerry Meyers, Bill McDonald

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to 107.5 The Game Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for "Inside the Roost". Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott will be joined by two guests this week.

Baseball Assistant Head Coach Jerry Meyers will be on to discuss the start of the season and his pitching staff, including pre-season All-Americans Michael Roth and Matt Price.

Men's Golf Head Coach Bill McDonald joins the show as the team prepares for their first tournament of the spring season this weekend at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, NC. 


"Inside the Roost" airs Monday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game with weekly insight into the world of college athletics and Gamecock sports from Eric Hyman and Derek Scott along with weekly guests. You can also listen online.

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Curtis Frye, Joe Connolly

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1075 the game logo.jpgTonight on "Inside the Roost", AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott will be joined by two guests.

Newly promoted Director of Football Strength & Conditioning Joe Connolly will be on to discuss football winter workouts and his new position.

Track & Field Head Coach Curtis Frye will join the show to talk about the indoor season so far, which has seen a new school record in the women's high jump from Jeannelle Scheper and several performances that are among the tops in the nation right now. Several Gamecocks who were coached by Frye and now run track professionally will take aim at the 2012 Olympics this summer.

Tune in to 107.5 The Game from 7:00-8:00 p.m. tonight and every Monday for Inside the Roost and weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics. You can also listen online!
  
Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing


Steve Spurrier Jr. 2011.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and host Derek Scott talked about the process of recruiting and this year's signing class. 

The best thing about this year's Signing Day? No surprises. Spurrier Jr. said it was a "peaceful signing day," in contrast with last year's late signing of Jadeveon Clowney.

"Last year was a little stressed, but if you get the player, it's always worth it," said Spurrier. I'm guessing Gamecock Country would agree that Clowney was worth it.

For the fourth year in a row, the Gamecocks' signing class includes South Carolina's Mr. Football award winner, Shaq Roland (WR, Lexington High School), who follows in the footsteps of Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore, and Jadeveon Clowney.

"All of those players have been huge impact players and we certainly expect Shaq Roland to do the same," noted Spurrier Jr. "You can't say enough about what it means to sign Mr. Football for the 4th year."

Including Roland the Gamecocks welcome five Palmetto State players - Jerell Adams (Pinewood), Kendric Salley (Williston), Kwinton Smith (Hamer) and Mason Zandi (Irmo).

"There are a lot of great players in this state and if we can keep them in this state, and sign them to South Carolina, South Carolina can win championships," said Spurrier Jr.

Spurrier Jr. said that while there is no perfect science to designing a recruiting class, they try to sign five offensive linemen every year and usually four to five defensive linemen. Spurrier Jr. emphasized that "linemen are the biggest difference in the game, especially in this conference; you've got to be strong on both lines to be successful."

South Carolina also found recruiting success in Georgia, adding twelve players from the bordering state. Although Carolina competed with UGA for several recruits, Spurrier Jr. pointed out that Georgia can't sign all of them and the success on the field against them the last two years probably doesn't hurt.

Among this year's signing class is a bit of a rarity; the Gamecocks signed a kicker. Spurrier Jr. said it's rare to offer a scholarship to a kicker right out of high school - usually they're brought in as walk-ons and eventually get placed on scholarship - but he said they felt like Nick St. Germain was "one of the players we could sign to make us a better team."

Even though the next Signing Day is almost a year away, recruiting is a year-round endeavor for college coaching staffs.

"We're a long way away from next year's class, but we are spending a lot of time in the office evaluating guys and deciding who we need to offer early and make sure we are recruiting," said Spurrier Jr. "But a lot can happen between now and Signing Day."

Scott joked that Spurrier Jr. must get asked all the time about recruiting from excited fans, mentioning that he was stopped in the lobby on the way to the radio show, but Spurrier Jr. responded that he didn't mind much:

"People love football. People love South Carolina."

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

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Steve Spurrier Jr.

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to "Inside the Roost" tonight (107.5 The Game, 7:00-8:00 p.m.) to talk some football. Host Derek Scott will be joined by wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. to talk about the 2012 signing class that saw the Gamecocks brings in four PARADE All-Americans and the fourth straight South Carolina Mr. Football award winner in Shaq Roland.

The Gamecocks' signing class was ranked among the tops in the country by various journalists and recruiting websites. Last week, 247sports.com named G.A. Mangus and Lorenzo Ward in their Top 50 recruiters in the country list.

Check out all the GamecocksOnline.com Signing Day coverage here and tune in tonight for more from Spurrier Jr.!


"Inside the Roost" airs every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game with host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman giving weekly insight into South Carolina athletics and hot topics around the college athletics landscape. You can also listen online.

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Academics Special

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1075 the game logo.jpgThis week's "Inside the Roost" radio show will be a special edition focused on academics. The Gamecocks have continued to make positive strides in the classroom while simultaneously having more success on the field. 

Last week, the SEC released their Fall Academic Honor Roll and for the sixth straight fall, the University of South Carolina led the conference with the most student-athletes earning the honor (66). Our student-athletes also achieved the highest departmental GPA ever with a 3.202 average during the 2011 fall semester, their 10th consecutive semester posting a grade point average above 3.0.

Tune in tonight at host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman are joined by Associate AD for Academics Raymond Harrison, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Zach Kelehear and several of our student-athletes to talk about the parallels between success in academics and athletics, various factors in the improvements such as the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center, and more.

"Inside the Roost" airs every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with Eric Hyman and Derek Scott joined by weekly guests to give you insight into what's happening with Gamecock Athletics. You can also listen online!

 

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Josh Goffi, Lorenzo Ward

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1075 the game logo.jpgMen's Tennis Head Coach Josh Goffi and Football Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward will join AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show. Inside the Roost airs every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game.

Goffi's men's tennis team is coming off a season-opening doubleheader sweep of Appalachian State and Wofford on Saturday. All five freshman Gamecocks made their singles dual-match debuts, and all of them picked up their first two wins.

Lorenzo Ward is adapting to his new position as the defensive coordinator and rounding out the defensive staff with the addition of Kirk Botkin to coach the linebackers. The football staff is going full speed right now with the February 1st National Signing Day looming.

Tune in tonight to hear from our special guests as well as weekly insight on Gamecock Athletics from Eric Hyman and Derek Scott. You can also listen online here.



1075 the game logo.jpgTune in tonight for "Inside the Roost" on 107.5 The Game from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Each Monday, host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman give you weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics. This week's guest is Swimming & Diving Head Coach McGee Moody. His squad recorded a a sweep of Duke and Queens this weekend and will hit the road to take on SEC foe Georgia on Friday in Athens.

Hyman and Scott will also discuss updates from men's and women's basketball, including the largest crowd of the season so far at the women's team's match-up against Kentucky this past Sunday, new football coaching hires, updates on the new football video board project and the new tennis complex, and an update on NCAA regulations changes.

You can also listen online at 1075thegame.com!
1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to "Inside the Roost" tonight on 107.5 The Game from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Host Derek Scott will be joined by several special guests. South Carolina Associate AD Charles Waddell will be on to discuss the football team's bowl trip to Orlando and help recap the Gamecocks' history-making season of 11 wins and a Top 10 finish for the first time ever.

Women's Basketball is off to their best start in almost a decade with a 14-2 record (3-0 SEC) and an eight-game winning streak. In the AP poll released today, South Carolina is ranked #24, their first national ranking since 2003. Assistant Coach Darius Taylor and senior guard Markeshia Grant will join the show to talk about their start to the season. The team travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Thursday and will return home for a big match-up with #9 Kentucky at home in Colonial Life Arena at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Tune in tonight and every Monday from 7-8 for insight and discussion on South Carolina Athletics and other college sports hot topics. You can also listen online at http://1075thegame.com/
 

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Jeff Grantz, Todd Ellis

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1075 the game logo.jpgTune in to tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show with AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott as they are joined by two Gamecock greats and South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame members, Jeff Grantz and Todd Ellis.

Grantz, former South Carolina quarterback (1973-75) and shortstop/second baseman (1973-76), was the co-captain of the 1975 squad that earned a berth in the Tangerine Bowl, the Gamecocks' lone appearance in the Orlando bowl game now known as the Capital One Bowl. Grantz was a second team AP All-American in '75 and amassed over 5,000 yards of total offense in his career. On the baseball side, he played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1975 squad that advanced to the finals of the College World Series.

Ellis, former South Carolina quarterback (1986-89), can still be heard every week as the Gamecock Radio Network's play-by-play caller. A co-captain in 1989, Ellis re-wrote the record books during his career at Carolina and remains the program's all-time leading passer and winningest quarterback. He earned second-team All-America honors in 1986 and was the team MVP three of his four years. Ellis led the 1987 team to a Gator Bowl berth and No.15 ranking. 1987 was also the last season the Gamecocks faced Nebraska, their upcoming opponent in the Capital One Bowl on January 2.

Listen in on 107.5 The Game tonight to hear from Grantz and Ellis as well as discussion on the latest topics in Gamecock Athletics and college sports.

"Inside the Roost" airs every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game. You can also listen online!



 

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: COL. Sheffield, Nikki McCray

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1075 the game logo.jpgOn tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show,  AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott will be joined by Colonel Clayton Sheffield from Fort Jackson, Associate Director of Marketing Josh Waters and Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Nikki McCray.

COL. Sheffield and Waters will discuss the Men's Basketball team's relationship with Fort Jackson, including their training day on base that was the basis of the "Gamecock Confidential: Men's Basketball Back to Basics" show that aired on ABC Columbia this weekend.

They will also discuss the program's upcoming Salute to the Military day at this Saturday's game vs. #2 Ohio State (Noon tip-off, tickets available).

McCray will be on to talk about the Women's Basketball team's start to the season. The Gamecocks are 7-2 with their most recent win Sunday over Furman, 72-33, giving the squad their best record since opening the 2007-08 season with the same mark.

"Inside the Roost" airs on 107.5 The Game in Columbia every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with weekly insights on Gamecock Athletics. You can also listen online.

  
Written by Brittany Lane and student assistant Rebecca Duensing


Capital One Bowl logo2.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by Steve Hogan, CEO of the Capital One Bowl, to discuss the Gamecocks' selection and events surrounding the game.

The Capital One Bowl has a long history dating back to when it was founded as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947, a name it held through 1982. The Gamecocks' lone bowl appearance in Orlando is in the 1975 Tangerine Bowl. In 1983 the game became the Florida Citrus Bowl and has been known as the Capital One Bowl since 2003. Hogan said that picking South Carolina was an easy decision.

"It's a 10 win program and they fought through a lot of injuries and adversity. It is clearly a deserving football team to be in Orlando," said Hogan. "It was an easy decision really and we couldn't be more excited about it."
 
Nebraska has also attended the Capital One Bowl under a different name. The 'Huskers went to the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1991. Hogan thinks that with Carolina having a 10 win season and a Top 10 BCS ranking and Nebraska finishing the season at 9 wins and in the Top 20, the match-up "is lining up to be one of the better games we've had in a while."

As far as activities for fans to participate in while they're in Orlando, Hogan had much to report.

"There's more to do than you could possibly squeeze into this trip," said Hogan.

The official events include a kickoff luncheon with the coaches ("it's going to be a blast, it is something we have a little fun with," said Hogan), a televised parade, a pep rally and Orlando Bowl Week Fan Headquarters at Pointe Orlando. On gameday there's also a large Fan Fest outside of the stadium as well as a special tailgate. You can get more information on all the fan events surrounding the game here. In addition to the bowl's planned events, there is also Disney World and Universal Studios nearby.

Hogan said they're very excited for Gamecock Nation to be traveling to Orlando.

"South Carolina has one of the best fan bases in college football and we've been threatening Orlando for a long time to get them down here, so we're jumping up and down," said Hogan.

"There was overwhelming support and excitement [among Gamecock fans] in going down to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. It's within a relatively easy driving distance and there's so much to do," agreed Hyman. "I think our fans are extremely supportive and really proud of what the football team has accomplished. We look forward to playing the University of Nebraska. It's going to be a challenge, but it's going to be a great game and I think Gamecock Nation is ready for it."

For fans traveling to Orlando, be sure to check the Capital One Bowl website for more information for fans, including things like parking.


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


 

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Let's Talk Bowl!

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1075 the game logo.jpgOn tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show, host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman will be joined by the Gamecocks' Director of Ticket Operations, Lance Grantham, and Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan to discuss South Carolina's trip to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl on January 2.

As Grantham will certainly remind everyone tonight, The South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office is taking requests for the 2012 Capital One Bowl until Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 at 5 pm. We anticipate being able to fill all orders placed with our office, and strongly encourage Gamecock Boosters and Faculty/Staff to order with us. All tickets are priced at $87 each. Any remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at a later date.

All requests taken from Sunday Dec. 4 until Tuesday, Dec. 6 will be filled after any requests submitted by the priority deadline of November 14. 


The following priority limits will be in place: 
Faculty, Staff, Retiree = 2 
Roost, Century, Roundhouse, Half Scholarship, Full Scholarship = 2 
Silver Spur, Garnet Spur, Lifetime = 4
 Golden Spur, Platinum Spur = 6
 Diamond Spur = 8

Student ticket information will be released by Wednesday, December 7. 



Please note there is a $10 handling fee per order online. All walk-up, mail and phone orders will be charged a $15 order fee. All orders placed are reservations only, and all seat locations will be determined according to Gamecock Club priority.

The Gamecocks seating allotment will be located in sections: 101-107, 201-207, 113-118, 215-218, and 308-310.

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: The Garnet Way

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1075 the game logo.jpgTommy Suggs and Jeff Crane will join host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show to discuss The Garnet Way campaign.

Tune in tonight and every Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game. You can also listen online here

"Inside the Roost" Talking Carolina-Clemson Tonight

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1075 the game logo.jpgTonight on our "Inside the Roost" radio show we'll be talking rivalry week. It's Carolina-Clemson time! Host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman will be joined by a couple longtime Gamecocks, Don Barton and Dr. C. Alden Sweatman, Jr.

Don Barton, class of 1949 Journalism major, is the Gamecocks' former Sports Information Director. One could argue that no one in South Carolina, or the world for that matter, knows more about the Carolina-Clemson gridiron rivalry than he. Dr. Sweatman earned his medical degree from the then Medical College of South Carolina before his residency was interrupted by military service in Vietnam. He has been practicing as a surgeon in South Carolina since 1976 and is a dedicated Gamecock fan.

The group will also discuss what is known to many as simply, "The Prank." In 1961, a group of Sigma Nu fraternity brothers made their way on to the field imitating the Clemson football team. Tune in tonight to hear more on the story from Barton and Sweatman.


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Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing


Bill Byrne.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by one of the SEC's new AD''s, Texas A&M's Bill Byrne. Byrne is now in his 9th year as the Aggies' Athletics Director.

Hyman said when the AD's began discussing Texas A&M as a possible 13th member, he joked that, "you guys just don't understand. I've got a sister who's an Aggie graduate and my son-in-law is an Aggie. They're a whole different kind of people."

Byrne provided some quick facts about the Aggies that prove they'll be bringing "a competitive program to the Southeastern Conference."

"We've had some good success athletically over the last few years. Our football team is struggling this year, but last year we won nine games and were in the Cotton Bowl - lost to LSU, but a lot of people do that. Both basketball teams have been in the NCAA tournament the last seven years in a row, our women won the National Championship last year. Our baseball team was in the College World Series. Our track and field teams have won the National Championship, both men and women, for the last 3 years."

Byrne said that their coaches are attending the SEC coaches meetings as well as the Big 12 meetings this year.

The main thing Aggie fans are asking about in terms of moving to the SEC is a schedule, which Hyman said will be discussed in upcoming SEC meetings now that Missouri is officially joining the conference. Byrne also said that their fans are looking forward to going to different cities and venues. He believes that fans from other schools will enjoy themselves when they come to visit College Station. Byrne assured listeners that the Aggies "treat people right" and pride themselves on their hospitality.

Texas A&M is "really excited to be a member of the SEC" and they're looking forward to competing in the new conference next season.
 
"It's going to be a big transition for us, but we're looking forward to the challenge."


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

 

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne

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1075 the game logo.jpgJoining AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show will be Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne to discuss the Aggies' move to the SEC. South Carolina Athletics' Director of Marketing Eric Nichols will also join the show to talk about the football gameday atmosphere and the start of basketball season.



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Written by South Carolina Athletics student assistant Rebecca Duensing

On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott caught up with Women's Soccer Head Coach Shelley Smith, Baseball Associate Head Coach Chad Holbrook, and Assistant Head Coach Jerry Meyers.
 
Coach Smith was up first to discuss her SEC Championship team and embarking on the NCAA Tournament. The team opens the NCAA Tournament hosting Texas on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at home in Stone Stadium.

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Accepting the SEC Championship trophy


"We couldn't be more excited, especially when there are so many seniors in the program. They really wanted to play again for a home crowd," said Smith. "They definitely got their wish and they earned it."

This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the Gamecocks have made the NCAA Tournament; two years ago they were at home for the first rounds and drew a great crowd compared to other venues across the country. Smith said that the crowd makes a big difference in their play and gave credit to the fans for coming out and cheering them on. She added that fans need to "catch someone like Kayla Grimsley before she graduates. She's been phenomenal, broken records here at Carolina and left her mark."

If the Gamecocks beat Texas in the first round, they would be scheduled to meet the number one overall seed in the tournament, undefeated Stanford (19-0-1). When asked about facing a team like Stanford, Coach Smith said, "We try not to talk about Stanford, but it's going to be a tough road no matter what; you're trying to win a National Championship. That's an opportunity for us to have an upset in the tournament and make history again."

According to Smith, Texas has had a great season and is a tough team. She expects this "to be a tremendous opening round."

Next up on the show, baseball coaches Chad Holbrook and Jerry Meyers stopped by to talk about fall practice and looking forward to next season.

Last year, Carolina's pitching staff had an amazing season and several players were drafted including ace pitcher Michael Roth and the Gamecocks' dominating closer Matt Price, both of whom chose to stay and play at Carolina this year. Derek Scott pointed out that it's rare to have players with that kind of success come back. Jerry Meyers agreed.

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Michael Roth



"It has to be the right situation and we have such a great situation here as a program with our fan base, our stadium, and the commitment from administration," said Meyers. "The guys feel good about coming back, even though they had the option to sign."

The MLB draft and seniors completing their eligibility took much of the infield, leaving first baseman Christian Walker as the only returning starter. Coach Holbrook said that the infield is shaping up with Joey Pankake at short stop, Chase Vergason at second, and LB Dantzler at third.

There are also new faces at the catcher position, freshman Grayson Greiner and junior college redshirt Dante Rosenberg. Holbrook said that they "feel very good about the catching situation." Rosenberg was the Most Improved Defensive Player this fall.

In terms of hardest workers during the fall, Meyers pointed out Colby Holmes, a returning junior, and freshmen pitchers Evan Beal and Joel Seddon, who were both drafted out of high school but chose to come to Carolina. For Holbrook it was outfielders Adam Matthews and Evan Marzilli.

"They had a great fall; they led by example," said Holbrook. "They're the hardest workers in the weight room and they're great leaders for our team."

On Monday ESPNU released their schedule for the Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week. The Gamecocks will be featured twice, first on March 22 for the re-match with CWS foe Florida and again on April 26 when Alabama comes to Columbia. Derek Scott asked if they were surprised that ESPNU "wanted to put Michael Roth on TV a few more times."

"He looks good on TV," agreed Meyers. "He brings a lot to the table and hopefully he can set the tone for those series."

The 2011 National Championship team will be recognized on the field this week at the football game vs. Florida between the first and second quarters.


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


1075 the game logo.jpgTwo head coaches will join host Derek Scott on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show (7:00-8:00 p.m., 107.5 The Game).

Women's Soccer Head Coach Shelley Smith will by then know the team's NCAA Tournament status, as the team is holding a selection show watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine St at 4:30 p.m. The Gamecocks are coming off their first-ever regular season SEC Championship.

Baseball Associate Head Coach Chad Holbrook and Assistant Head Coach Jerry Meyers will be on to discuss fall practice and how things are going for the Gamecocks on the diamond.

Tune in from 7:00-8:00 tonight and every Monday night to 107.5 FM The Game for "Inside the Roost"!

 
1075 the game logo.jpgThe Presidential initiatives announced last week by the NCAA will be the major topic of discussion on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show. University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides will join Athletics Director Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott on the show to discuss the initiatives and their implications. Some of the proposed changes include more stringent academic standards, including a minimum APR score for post-season eligibility, and student-athlete welfare measures, including additional athletics financial aid.

Courtney Newton, Women's Basketball student-athlete and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will also join the discussion to add the student-athlete perspective on the initiatives.

Tune in to "Inside the Roost" from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on 107.5 FM The Game or listen online. "Inside the Roost" airs every Monday.

"Inside the Roost" Tonight: Darrin Horn, Cara Howley

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1075 the game logo.jpgJoining host Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman on tonight's "Inside the Roost" radio show (7:00-8:00 p.m., 107.5 The Game) are men's basketball head coach Darrin Horn and Cara Howley, redshirt freshman outside hitter on the volleyball team.

Men's basketball is in the midst of pre-season practice and will head to SEC Media Day in Birmingham on Thursday. Volleyball is coming off a three-set sweep of Mississippi State last Friday before hitting the road this weekend to take on Kentucky and Tennessee.


Make sure to catch "Inside the Roost" every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics with Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman along with weekly guests.
Written by South Carolina Athletics student assistant Rebecca Duensing.

FB-11 Marcus Lattimore vs. Miss State.jpegOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show Athletics Director Eric Hyman, assistant football coach Jay Graham and host Derek Scott covered a wide variety of topics ranging from Marcus Lattimore, Brandon Wilds, enjoying a bye week, and more.

When Marcus got rolled up and went down in the fourth quarter vs. Mississippi State, Coach Graham said he knew right away it was going to be bad news. Graham said that injuries like Lattimore's happen when players aren't looking, "if he had been carrying the ball, he would have been able to lift up his leg, but he didn't see it coming."

Even though Marcus can't make a direct impact on the field, that hasn't stopped him from watching film, coming to meetings, and continuing to lead the team. Graham knows Marcus hasn't skipped a beat. He said Marcus' reaction was, "ok, now I'm going to get myself ready for next season." Even though he's been in the business a long time, Hyman said "there aren't many people cut from the same piece of cloth."

Simply put, "he's just special." 

In light of Marcus's injury, true freshman Brandon Wilds is expected to fill the starting role at running back. Graham praised Wilds, saying, "He really runs the ball well and has picked up the offense." He also stressed that the biggest thing for a freshman is picking up the protections and understanding coverage.

Graham tells all of his players, "you've always got to be ready because you never know how many plays you're going to get." Wilds has been impressive on the field ever since fall camp and has been working to adjust to the outstanding defensive lines the Gamecocks face in the SEC.

Fortunately the Gamecocks get a breather this weekend. They find themselves not only on a bye week, but the university's fall break. Hyman thinks the break is "just what the doctor ordered." The level of play is "pretty intense, and sometimes it's good to have a little reprieve to get your batteries recharged and get reinvigorated and get back at it," said Hyman. 
The team has the chance to go home for the weekend to "recharge and get some of momma's meals," said Graham. However, none of "momma's meals" for the coaches who will use the off week to hit the road recruiting.

The Gamecocks have five more games to go, and it's not an easy schedule, but Hyman is confident that "they're teams we can have success against." Scott pointed out that he hasn't seen "too many surprises" in terms of wins and losses across the SEC. Graham agreed and said that the season has "pretty much played out the way we thought it would, wish we could've gotten that Auburn game, but we're still leading in the East. We just have to finish strong."

The Gamecocks return to play next weekend when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers on Saturday, October 29, at 7:15 p.m., airing on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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

1075 the game logo.jpgJoining AD Eric Hyman and host Derek Scott tonight on "Inside the Roost" are assistant football coach Jay Graham and Sabrina D'Angelo, freshman goalkeeper for the Women's Soccer team.

Women's Soccer is coming off another weekend sweep, beating both Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the road to move into a tie for first place in the SEC. They go on the road to take on LSU in Baton Rouge on Thursday and return home for their final regular season home game vs. Arkansas on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Written by South Carolina Athletics student assistant Rebecca Duensing

On Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show Athletics Director Eric Hyman, Women's Basketball Head Coach Dawn Staley and host Derek Scott previewed the upcoming basketball season.

Though the fall has flown by and it might seem a bit early to be talking hoops, with a new rule implemented by the NCAA last year, teams can now start practice forty days before their first game (with 30 total practices allowed). The team began practice last Monday, October 3. Coach Staley said that the change is a welcome one for both the coaches and the players who "were chomping at the bit to get the season started." 

The Time is Now:



The program has added several new faces but still maintains strong senior leadership. Staley believes that the senior leadership allows the younger players a chance to grow off the court and because of that relationship, things "on the court are moving a lot smoother and we're much further along than we've ever been in our program."

Dawn Staley celeb starter.jpegAt the Auburn game, as part of the new "Celebrity Starters" campaign, Staley took the field to lead the "GAME.....COCKS" cheer. Hyman joked about how difficult it was to convince Staley to step out in front of 80,000. Once out there, however, Staley got "so involved and so into it," said Hyman. Her reaction? Staley said it was pretty easy getting the stadium pumped up - "when 80,000 plus are on their feet, clapping, it makes you feel good...it was exhilarating."  So exhilarating that she felt tempted to put shoulder pads and a helmet on! When asked what position she'd play, Staley didn't hesitate to say "safety...because of my aggression."

Not only did Staley take center stage, but the entire Women's Basketball team was recognized during the game and also made an appearance at Gamecock Village prior to kick-off. Scott pointed out that the program is generating more visibility and awareness and Staley agreed that the program has really progressed and they're looking forward to fans coming out. She also said that she believes the program has "all the right pieces in all the right places," and hopes to take the team to the NCAA tournament. 

Hyman, who has attended a few practices, agreed that "we're much better than we've been...we have a lot of potential." Staley encourages fans to stop by any of the team's practices; she feels that the team plays better when people other than the coaches are there. She also said that having fans attend "would bring some energy to our practices."

Women's Basketball faced several obstacles last year, but Staley is proud of her players for not faltering and showing how resilient they are and doesn't think it's going to stop this year. Hyman and Staley both agree that there is "something pretty special going on here at the university," and Staley is ready to "see our girls take off and do something that people aren't expecting."

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