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Throwback Thursday: Kip Bouknight

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

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Kip Bouknight

Throwback Thursday: Sterling Sharpe

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Throwback Thursday - the great Sterling Sharpe! The All-American and 2013 College Football Hall of Fame nominee had 169 catches, 2,497 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns in his Gamecock career. His 1986 season sat atop the Carolina record books for nearly 20 years until Sidney Rice in 2005 and he remains third in program history in career yardage, surpassed only recently by Kenny McKinley and Alshon Jeffery. He went on to seven standout seasons with the Green Bay Packers, his NFL career cut short by injury. He now appears as a TV analyst and has partnered with Coach Spurrier the past several years in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament (even winning the tourney in 2008 and 2009!) Forever To Thee, Sterling Sharpe!


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Sterling Sharpe

Throwback Thursday: Trinity Johnson - Softball

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As we prepare to open the new Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field this weekend hosting #4 Alabama, let's take a look back at one of the all-time Gamecock Softball greats for this edition of Throwback Thursday.

Trinity Johnson was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. Check out some of her impressive accolades from her 1997 senior season below. Johnson helped lead the team to the SEC Championship, SEC Tournament Championship, and a Women's College World Series berth in 1997. The 1997 team went 63-5 overall and 25-1 in the SEC.

- Softball National Player of the Year (Honda Award for softball, first ever winner for South Carolina in any sport)
- US Olympic Committee Softball Player of the Year
- Major League Players Alumni Association Fastpitch Pitcher of the Year
- SEC Female Athlete of the Year
- SEC Player of the Year (unanimous)
- First-team All-SEC
- First-team NFCA All-American (three-time winner)
- SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player


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Throwback Thursday: Terry Dozier

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It's Throwback Thursday! Terry Dozier scored 1,445 points as a Gamecock from 1985-89. Last night Brenton Williams scored a career-high 38 points - the most points in a game since Terry Dozier scored 38 in an 86-85 win over Florida State in
the Metro Conference Tournament 26 years ago to the day on March 6, 1987. Terry's brother, Perry, also played for the Gamecocks, and freshman women's basketball player Asia Dozier is Perry's daughter. It's Great to be a Gamecock!!


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Throwback Thursday - Terry Dozier (1985-89)

*Bonus throwback points- with our brief research (everything on the internet is true, right?) the opponent with the awesome facial expression in the picture is Villanova great Harold Jensen.

Throwback Thursday: Dual-Sport Star Bobby Bryant

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

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


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Throwback Thursday: 1977 Baseball Team

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

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


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Throwback Thursday: #SCOpeningDay 2009

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


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Throwback Thursday: Carolina Coliseum

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Throwback Thursday! Check out this picture of Women's Basketball vs. Tennessee back in the Carolina Coliseum! The Gamecocks will take on LSU tonight at 7:00 in a one-game move to their old home at Carolina Coliseum. Game info and preview: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/011613aaa.html Let us know in the comments if you'll be joining us for the game!


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Throwback Thursday: 2005 Tennessee Win & Sidney Rice

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Throwback Thursday! Today we're going back to October 29, 2005, Coach Spurrier's first season and Gamecock Football's first-ever win in Knoxville. Gamecock great Sidney Rice had 8 catches for 112 yards and two TDs to help lead the way and Josh Brown kicked the game-winning field goal for the 16-15 victory over the Vols. What was your favorite memory from this game?


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Throwback Thursday: Karen Middleton

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We have an especially timely Throwback Thursday feature this week! Gamecock great Karen Middleton is now the head women's basketball coach at Western Carolina and she'll be facing her alma mater this week as the Gamecocks take on the Catamounts on the court this Saturday at 7:00 PM! Come check out the game at Colonial Life Arena!

From Middleton's WCU bio:
"Karen was a four-year letterwinner at Carolina from 1988-1991. She was a team captain, team MVP and a two-time All-Metro Conference selection during her career and finished as the fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,714 points. Middleton is in the books as the best shooter in school history as she still holds school records for career 3FG made (317), career 3FG percentage (44.5), season 3FG made (115) and season 3FG percentage (46.9). Her 115 threes made in 1991 ranks as the sixth-most in NCAA history."


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Throwback Thursday: 2001 Outback Bowl MVP Ryan Brewer

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Throwback Thursday takes us to the 2001 Outback Bowl MVP Ryan Brewer! The sophomore running back had 19 carries for 109 yards, an additional 92 yards receiving, and scored all three of the Gamecocks' touchdowns in a 24-7 dismantling of Ohio State on New Year's Day. Can we get a BRREWWWW!!!! chant going?



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Throwback Thursday: John Abraham

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Time for Throwback Thursday! John Abraham (1996-1999) led the Gamecocks in sacks each of his four years at Carolina and has continued harassing QBs in the NFL. Currently playing for the Atlanta Falcons, he leads all active NFL players with 122 career sacks. What's your favorite memory of the player nicknamed, "The Predator"?

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Throwback Thursday: Jamel Bradley

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It's Throwback Thursday! Today's picture is of Jamel Bradley (1999-2002) who led the Gamecocks in scoring in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons and still holds the Carolina career and single-season records for three-point field goals made and attempted. Check out the Gamecock Throwback feature on Jamel from The Frank Martin Show below:





We're getting in on Throwback Thursday around here and starting off with the 1971 ACC Champion Men's Basketball team photo. This Carolina squad won was the first to ever make the NCAA Tournament. How many of the names do you recognize?


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This year's Gamecocks take on St. John's in New York tonight as part of the SEC vs. BIG EAST Challenge! Tune in at 7:30 PM on ESPNU or Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio. Be sure to come cheer them on at home this Sunday vs. CLEMSON at noon!

Tonight's preview: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/112812aab.html