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Steve Fink
Assistant AD
Football
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Emily Feeney
Associate Director
Men's Basketball
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Andrew Kitick
Associate Director
Baseball, Football
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Diana Koval
Associate Director
Women's Basketball, Men's Tennis
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Matt Freed
Assistant Director
Women's Tennis
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Justin Holt
Assistant Director
Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, Men's Golf
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Koby Padgett
Assistant Director
Men's Soccer, Softball
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Cory Burkarth
Multimedia Coordinator
Equestrian
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Chelsea Carlson
Assistant
Swimming & Diving
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Megan Hartsell
Assistant
Women's Soccer, Women's Golf
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Josh Mitchell
Assistant
Cross Country, Track & Field
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 Football Media Policies & Information

General
The University of South Carolina understands the importance of assisting the media in providing coverage of the institution, its athletics programs, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. Our goal is to disseminate information as widely, uniformly and fairly as possible using normally accepted media standards. To this end, the best attempt will be made to fill reasonable requests by recognized media outlets. Members of the media are encouraged to work with the South Carolina Athletics Media Relations staff to assist in that endeavor. It is not permissible for media members to contact any athletics department administrator, associate, coach or student-athlete directly without working through the media relations department.

Preseason Media/Photo Day
South Carolina's annual Football Media Day is set for Sunday, August 3. Photos are tentatively scheduled to be taken on the field beginning at 1 p.m. No interviews will be allowed on the field. Head Coach Steve Spurrier will hold a press conference beginning at approximately 1:40 p.m. in the Media Interview Room, located under the west stands at Williams-Brice Stadium. Requested student-athletes and assistant coaches will be available on the second floor of the Crews Building following Coach Spurrier's press conference.

Press Credentials
Working press credentials for the 2014 South Carolina home football games must be requested online through Sports Systems. Credential requests must come from the sports editors and the sports directors only. It is not always possible to accommodate all requests. No one under 18 years of age will be issued a credential without prior approval. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Associate Media Relations Director Diana Koval at 803-777-7977 or by email at dkoval@mailbox.sc.edu. Requests for season passes should be submitted no later than August 4. Requests for single games should be made no later then seven (7) days prior to game day and will be approved the week of the game. Once approved, all credentials must be picked up on game day at Media Will Call, located at Gate 5 on the west side of the stadium by the press elevators. Media Will Call will open three (3) hours prior to kick-off. A photo ID must be presented to receive the press credential.

Note: Credentials will be considered only for those media members on specific assignment for a specific media outlet that meets the criteria below. Credentials are non-transferable and may be revoked at any time.

NEWSPAPERS are eligible to apply for credentials and access to media opportunities. The granting and number of credentials for daily newspapers will based on the newspaper's circulation on a space available basis. Those newspapers publishing more than twice a week, but less than six, will have priority after those in the daily newspaper category.

WEBSITES that meet one of the following criteria will be issued a maximum of three (3) season approved press box credentials, which includes the videographer, and two (2) season field passes to be used for still photography.

  1. Is the official website of the home or visiting school or its conference;
  2. Is the official online service of a national over-the-air or cable television network;
  3. Has a "national affiliate agreement" with or is an official licensed site of a national or local newsgathering organization and has at least one full-time employee dedicated to writing for the site; or
  4. Is a local newsgathering organization that has at least two full-time employees and is owned by a media company with multiple assets.
Websites that are an extension of a non-digital local media outlet (newspaper, radio, television) will not be issued credentials independent of their originating organization. Sport-specific websites with more than two full-time writers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. No credentials will be issued to any website that is not deemed by University of South Carolina Assistant Athletics Director/Media Relations Steve Fink to have adequate editorial oversight. Credentials will not be approved to anyone who writes or posts under an alias.

TELEVISION stations will be issued a maximum of two (2) season approved press box credentials. However, press box seating is not guaranteed for both credentials. Television stations will receive a maximum of two (2) field passes.

Local RADIO stations will be granted one (1) season approved press box credential per daily sports show. In addition, one (1) press box credential will be distributed per station for the sports director. Field passes will not be issued to radio stations. Non-daily local radio sports shows and out-of-market radio stations that have a daily sports show will be granted a maximum one (1) credential on a game-by-game space available basis.

STUDENT MEDIA outlets for the home and visiting schools will be issued credentials in accordance with the policy or their format (newspaper, website, radio, television). To be considered student media, the outlet must be sanctioned as such by the university, have full-time university staff overseeing the training of staff or be governed by a university-appointed board, and receive some portion of its funding from student fees.

PHOTO WIRE SERVICES that distribute nationally and retain all rights for sale and usage of any image taken at the event will be issued one (1) season field pass with an option for a second on a game-by-game, space-available basis. Any wire service that sells/shares its images for non-editorial uses must provide the University of South Carolina Athletics Media Relations department with a statement indicating how it ensures that non-editorial clients use its images within NCAA regulations.

All other credential requests, including weekly newspapers, magazines, specialty publications, etc. will be considered on a game-by-game and case-by-case basis at the discretion of Steve Fink, Assistant AD/Media Relations. All credential policies are subject to change and final approval of all credentials is at the discretion of the Assistant AD/Media Relations.

Non-affiliated bloggers and freelance photographers will not be credentialed. Only working photographers/videographers with professional-grade cameras will be allowed on the field.

Media outlets that cover the visiting school will be considered following consultation with that school's athletics media relations department.

Photographers/Videographers Sideline Policy
The University of South Carolina adheres to the NCAA and SEC guidelines regarding media representatives on the sidelines:

  1. Photo credentials will be issued only to accredited media outlets prior to the game and photo identification must be provided.
  2. Photographers must check in at Media Will Call on the west side of the stadium adjacent to the press elevator. Those photographers who will work on the sidelines will be issued a vest. This vest must be worn at all times to gain access to the sidelines. No other type of photo or media credential will allow an individual access to the sidelines. The vest must be returned to the South Carolina media relations staff following the game.
  3. Working photographers/videographers are permitted to shoot in the designated area (between the two marked dotted lines outside the 25-yard lines). All other media representatives on the field (announcers, reporters, etc.) must stand behind the designated area. This will ensure that photographers/videographers have the appropriate space to do their work. No photographer will be allowed to shoot from either end zone.
  4. Photographers are encouraged to use the photo work room, located on the ground level of Williams-Brice Stadium. Wired and wireless internet is available. While security in this area is provided, the University of South Carolina is not responsible for the loss of any items.
  5. According to NCAA policies, the presence of any type of photographer/videographer in the bench area for all sports is strictly prohibited. According to the NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations Manual (Rule 1, Section 2, Article 4b): "the team area shall be limited to squad members in uniform and a maximum of 60 other individuals directly involved in the game. The 60 individuals not in uniform shall wear special identification." (Rule 1, Section 2, Article 4e): "No media personnel, including journalists, radio and television personnel, or their equipment, shall be in the team area or coaching box, and no media personnel shall communicate in any way with persons in the team area or coaching box." The SEC also prohibits photographers/videographers from stopping and shooting from behind the bench area or into the bench area. The bench area at Williams-Brice Stadium is defined by the area between the 25-yard lines and covered with a white tarp.
  6. Photographers and videographers are considered working members of the media and they are to refrain from cheering or talking to players, coaches or officials.

SEC Internet Real Time Policy
By acceptance and use of an SEC media credential, the holder agrees to the following conditions for any and all athletic events hosted by the SEC and its member institutions:

  1. The SEC and its member institutions grant a media organization a limited license to use certain gathered information on the media organization's own Internet or online site beginning at the start of an athletic event and up to the conclusion of such event, all subject to the following limitations and conditions:
    1. No more than 10 still photographs may be used for news coverage of the game and other editorial purposes during the event.
    2. Videotape may only be shown as part of a single, non-archived, online "simulcast" of a television station's regularly-scheduled news program.
    3. While a game is in progress, the use of statistical information is time-delayed and limited in amount so that an organization's Internet or online game coverage does not undercut the authorized and rights-paying fee organization's rights to play-by-play accounts of the game and/or exclusivity as to such rights.
  2. Any proposed media use on an Internet or online site of the game information that is more detailed and/or more than described above will require separate written authorization by the SEC and/or its member institutions. However, such written authorization will not permit the use of game information in entertainment contexts and will not authorize game coverage that, due to immediacy of detail, constitutes or approaches a play-by-play account of a game.
  3. Should any of these conditions be breached, the SEC and/or its member institutions will issue a written warning for the first violation. If this violation occurs during the last game of the institutions' regularly scheduled season, the media organization may not be credentialed for the SEC Championship. A second violation of this policy will result in revocation of credentials to cover future football games hosted by the SEC and/or its member institutions.

Press Box/Services
South Carolina's press box has seats for 144 members of the media, along with television and radio booths, coaches' booths and public address and stadium operations/security booths. Located just above the press level is the photo deck. All members of the media covering the game are invited to a catered meal, which is served beginning two hours prior to kickoff. Wireless internet is available for use. Wired outlets for photographers and videographers are available in the back of the press box. The photo work room, located on the ground level of Williams-Brice Stadium, also has wired and wireless internet access. Any media outlet that wishes to install its own telephone should contact South Carolina Telephone Communications at (803) 777-1800. The Athletics Media Relations department supplies quarterly play-by-plays and quickie stats, halftime statistics, final team and individual statistics and coaches and players quotes. An inside public address announcer also keeps the media informed of play-by-play, records and game notes. The Carolina press box is for the working media only. In accordance with the Football Writers Association of America, no cheering will be allowed.

In-Game Statistics
Media should utilize StatMonitr live stats for all the latest statistical information during games. The password will be provided on game day.

Post-Game Interviews
The press box elevator will be held at press level midway through the fourth quarter for anyone attending postgame press conferences. South Carolina's postgame press conferences take place in the Media Interview Room, located underneath the stands on the west side of Williams-Brice Stadium. The visitors' locker room and postgame interview room are located under the west stands at the north end. The Gamecock locker room will be closed following the game. Coach Spurrier will be available in the postgame interview room approximately 10 minutes after the game. Selected student-athletes will also be brought to the interview room following the cool-down period. Admittance to postgame interviews is by credential only. The South Carolina press conference will be televised live to the press box. No interviews, other than those conducted by the rightsholders, should be conducted on the field following the game.

Satellite Truck Parking
Limited parking is available for TV station live/satellite trucks, and those vehicles will need to be approved prior to game day. Please contact Diana Koval at least three days prior to the game to schedule live/satellite truck parking.

Media Parking
Media parking is available in the Key Road parking lot, located southeast of Williams-Brice Stadium. Please contact Associate Media Relations Director Diana Koval at 803-777-7977 or by email at dkoval@mailbox.sc.edu for any parking needs. Parking passes will be distributed in advance via the method indicated on the credential application.

Visiting Radio
The visitor's radio network must be designated by the opponent's athletic director. Booth space will be assigned by Steve Fink, Assistant Athletics Director/Media Relations. Any non-designated stations will be admitted on a space-available basis. The Gamecock Sports Network will be handled by IMG College. Stations requesting information regarding the network should contact: Liz McMillan, Executive Director, IMG College, (803) 777-8254.

Television Stations/Broadcast Networks
For information on receiving mid-week press conference videos, post-game press conference videos, and other football related footage, please contact Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Freed at mfreed@mailbox.sc.edu or Multimedia Coordinator Cory Burkarth at burkarth@mailbox.sc.edu. Login information to the department's media FTP site will be provided. Please credit GamecocksOnline when using footage from the FTP site.

Live Broadcasts
It is not permissible for any non-rightsholder to broadcast over the air, stream over the internet (audio or video), or transmit in any other way, any live event without the consent of the University of South Carolina Athletics Department. Live events include varsity contests, press conferences (including but not limited to weekly scheduled and postgame press conferences) and any other group media availability. Exceptions may be made for any major news-breaking event and will be communicated in the media advisory for the event.

Archiving of Event Audio/Video
It is not permissible for any non-rightsholder to archive audio or video Event content that exceeds five (5) minutes in length. Events are defined as varsity contests, press conferences and any other group media availability Archiving may not begin until the conclusion of the entire event. WNKT-FM (107.5) is the only radio station that can carry press conferences live and/or archived in their entirety.

Non-Rightsholder Radio Appearances
USC coaches will be limited to one appearance from one member of a sport's coaching staff per week on any radio station or any radio show that is aired as part of a state-wide, regional or national network in the Columbia market. The length of the interview should be no more than one segment, defined as "commercial-break to commercial-break." The segment shall run no longer than 10 minutes. In addition, the same member of a sport's coaching staff or South Carolina administrator cannot make appearances in consecutive weeks on the same radio station. Media outlets in which the institution or the SEC is contractually affiliated is exempt from this language. Exceptions can be made in the occurrence of a major "breaking news" event. Please work through the team's media relations contact to help coordinate any request.

Game Day Availability
No University of South Carolina Athletics staff member may appear live on a non-rightsholder radio show on the same day as any USC contractual programming, including live game action or coaches' call-in shows, without prior consent of Athletics Media Relations.

Student-Athlete Radio Appearances
South Carolina student-athletes may not participate in any live radio or television show other than during a regularly scheduled newscast and for no longer than four minutes, post-game interview times, conference media days and structured media opportunities during NCAA championships, without the consent of the South Carolina Athletics Media Relations department. This policy is in effect year-round and does not apply to institutional networks. It does apply to internet chat rooms that are sponsored by a media outlet for the sole purpose of conducting Q&A sessions with the viewing public concerning the student-athlete's athletic career.

SEC Weekly Teleconference
The Southeastern Conference hosts a weekly press teleconference each Wednesday from August 27 to November 26. The teleconference features the head coach from each team every week. Each coach issues an opening statement followed by questions from the media for seven minutes. To participate, please contact either the SEC Media Relations office at (205) 458-3010 or the school's Media Relations department for the telephone number, which will be assigned at a later date.

11:00 a.m. ET - Les Miles, LSU
11:10 a.m. ET - Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
11:20 a.m. ET - Will Muschamp, Florida
11:30 a.m. ET - Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
11:40 a.m. ET - Nick Saban, Alabama
11:50 a.m. ET - Butch Jones, Tennessee
12:00 p.m. ET - Bret Bielema, Arkansas
12:10 p.m. ET - Gary Pinkel, Missouri
12:20 p.m. ET - Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
12:30 p.m. ET - Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
12:40 p.m. ET - Mark Stoops, Kentucky
12:50 p.m. ET - Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
1:00 p.m. ET - Mark Richt, Georgia
1:10 p.m. ET - Gus Malzahn, Auburn

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