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South Carolina 70 – Coastal Carolina 10 (Video)

Video highlights of the South Carolina 70-10 win over Coastal Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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South Carolina 19 – Florida 14 (Video)

Video highlights of the South Carolina 19-14 victory over South Carolina Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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SEC Gives Men’s Sportsmanship Award To USC, UT Football Teams

handshake-good-backlitIf you happened to be watching last season’s South Carolina/Tennessee football game, you knew just as soon as Marcus Lattimore was hit that his season was likely finished.  That’s because a Vol defensive back’s helmet crashed into the running back’s knee, knocking it in the wrong direction, leaving Lattimore sprawled out on the turf in pain.  (For the few who claim it was a dirty hit, it wasn’t.  DBs are taught to go low because there’s no way a corner can take down an SEC-sized running back mano y mano.)

What happened after the injury has earned the football teams at South Carolina and Tennessee the SEC’s 2012-13 award for sportsmanship.

With doctors tending to Lattimore, Gamecock players gathered around their fallen star.  Then, one by one, Volunteer players circled around Lattimore, too.  With both squads mingling together around Lattimore, the stadium cheered the injured back and the gesture of sportsmanship.

It was a wonderful moment caused a terrible incident.

Kudos to both squads and the fans on hand at Williams-Brice Stadium for reacting to the gruesome injury as they did.  And now here’s hoping Lattimore overcomes that injury to have a long and successful career in the NFL.

(The University of Tennessee-produced video below removes the actual hit for the sake of the squeamish, but the reaction from all involved is shown.)


THIS IS TENNESSEE (Sportsmanship Award Winners)

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Spurrier Says He’s Not Going Anywhere

Steve Spurrier may turn 67 in April, but he’s not interested in hanging up his visor just yet.  Speaking to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carolina’s football coach said:

“I didn’t hear much about my retirement this year.  It was funny.  There were talking to Tom Coughlin.  We’re about the same age.  They asked him if he was going to hang it up after winning the Super Bowl.  He said I’m having more fun now than I’ve had in a long time, I’ve got plenty of energy and I’ve got several more years in me.  Of course, that’s what I say.  We’ve got the best group of players we’ve ever had at South Carolina since I’ve been here.  It would be hard to quit after you’ve accumulated and assembled a strong team that won 11 games last year.

If the time comes when we start going bad, oh don’t worry, I will be the first to say they need somebody else in here.  It won’t be any big deal or anything like that.  Right now, I’m doing pretty well, physically and mentally.  I feel as good as I did 20 years ago.  I still call the plays.  My mind is OK, I believe.  So I don’t know what else I would do right now except for coaching ball.”

In other words, opposing SEC coaches can stop with the “he’s not gonna be there very long” negative recruiting.  Not that that tack has worked too well in recent years anyway, as evidenced by the major upgrade in talent at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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SEC Headlines – 1/24/12 Part One

1.  Florida hoopster Patric Young says his ankle is improving.

2.  Gator defensive tackle Leon Orr gets deferred prosecution for week arrest.

3.  Georgia will pin its hopes to freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when top-ranked Kentucky comes to town tonight.

4.  Details continue to emerge regarding the “family violence” arrest of Bulldog starting cornerback Sanders Commings.

5.  Kentucky’s John Calipari says coaching stars isn’t as easy as it looks.

6.  And he’s also not feeling good about the Cats’ #1 ranking.

7.  South Carolina is spending nearly $40 million on a new video board and a new tailgating area at Williams-Brice Stadium.

8.  Lorenzo Ward intends to coach the Gamecocks’ defense from the sideline in 2012.

9.  There shouldn’t be too much bad blood between ex-Purdue guys Cuonzo Martin and Kevin Stallings when Tennessee travels to Vanderbilt tonight.

10.  Martin says he’s worried about the Vols’ execution, not “Memorial Magic.”

11.  Vandy’s Stallings is focused on stopping new UT addition Jarnell Stokes inside.

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SEC Headlines – 9/20/11 Part One

1.  Charlie Weis’ likes to script Florida’s first 12 to 24 plays each week… and it just so happens the Gators had their best success against Tennessee in their first two drives.

2.  Recently-arrested linebacker Dee Finley will be back with the team on Saturday, but some injured Gators will not be.

3.  Safety Matt Elam received fines and community service for an underage drinking charge.  Egad!

4.  Georgia is just 1-7 in its last eight games away from Athens.  Ouch.

5.  UGA AD Greg McGarity says he doesn’t know how SEC expansion will play out.

6.  Joker Phillips says he’s just as angry as Kentucky’s fans regarding the Big Blue’s rough start to 2011.

7.  This writer says Phillips needs to channel his inner-Rich Brooks to turn things around.

8.  South Carolina athletes and prospects received $55,000 in improper benefits according to the NCAA.

9.  Meanwhile, USC has gotten a $4.4 million contribution to build walkways around Williams-Brice Stadium.

10.  On the field, Gamecock defensive back Victor Hampton will return from a three-game suspension against Vandy.

11.  Derek Dooley let his team have it after a poor practice yesterday… and then declined to speak with the media for the first time since arriving at Tennessee.

12.  The Vol coaching staff is trying to fix UT’s woeful rushing attack.

13.  Vanderbilt is trying to prepare for the noise they’ll endure at South Carolina on Saturday.  (They better cue up this sound effect… for my money, the best in-stadium sound clip in college sports.)

14.  The Dores may be 3-0, but they’re not getting much love from SEC beatwriters.

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USC’s Holloman Arrested For DUI

When you add South Carolina football + alcohol + trouble the answer usually has something to do with quarterback Stephen Garcia.  Not this time around.  This time is was actually a teammate of Garcia’s who got into trouble over the weekend.

The Charleston Post & Courier reports that Gamecock linebacker DeVonte Holloman was arrested early Saturday morning on a DUI charge near Williams-Brice Stadium.  Holloman had a blood alcohol content of .08 when stopped at a late night checkpoint.

Holloman started 10 of Carolina’s 14 games a year ago and was the Cocks’ third-leading tackler.

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SEC Headlines – 6/17/11

1.  The athletic budgets at Ole Miss and Mississippi State have both climbed for 2011-12.

2.  Some of State’s new money will go toward putting a new roof on Humphrey Coliseum.

3.  Here’s a preview of Georgia’s 2011 team from an MSU point of view.

4.  Seth Emerson of The Columbus Ledger opens his mailbag.

5.  Jay Bilas — who rips the NCAA at every turn – tweeted ‘em to the woodshed over the recent John Calipari flap.

6.  Some UK basketball players are eyeing a national title run in 2011-12.

7.  South Carolina got approval for its new video board at Williams-Brice Stadium.

8.  Tennessee has hired a search firm to help find a new athletic director.

9.  James Franklin says Vanderbilt’s players are in better shape now than when he arrived.

10.  ESPN continues to rank each conferences positions… here’s their SEC offensive line rankings…

11.  And their rankings for individual SEC O-linemen.

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Carolina Inching Closer To New Video Board For Williams-Brice Stadium – the Rivals site covering South Carolina athletics — reports today that USC’s board of trustees will be asked on June 17th to give an initial okay to a $6.5 million video board project for Williams-Brice Stadium.  Athletic director Eric Hyman told the site that the project is designed with Cock fans in mind:

“In the time I’ve been here, the video board is something the fans have expressed a lot of desire to have.  This is a way we can give back to them and tell them thank you for their support. …

You never assume anything, but I think the board members are very receptive to going forward with the project.”

A battle over the video board could be brewing however.  Board member Eddie Floyd — whose name is on the Kay and Eddie Floyd Football Building which houses the football offices — is reportedly taking a firm stand with regards to spending on the project.  Could that be because the current video board at Williams-Brice is attached to his building and is considerably smaller than the proposed new board?  Maybe Floyd doesn’t want his own gift to Carolina covered up by an even bigger toy.

The athletic department’s goal is to complete the video board project in time for the 2013 football season. 

Stay tuned.

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Marcus Lattimore Named Freshman of the Year

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South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (21) runs for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Lattimore had a total of 182 yards rushing and two touchdown in their 17-6 win.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore (21) runs for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Lattimore had a total of 182 yards rushing and two touchdown in their 17-6 win.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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The accolades keep pouring in for Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, who can now add a CBS Freshman of the Year Award to his resume. If Lattimore keeps improving his game–and his work ethic suggests he will–he could be well on his way to becoming the most decorated player in Carolina history.

The news isn’t only great for our young star; it’s also good for Carolina football in general. It wasn’t long ago when Lane Kiffin told Alshon Jeffery that Jeffery would end up pumping gas if he went to Carolina. While it’s easy to laugh off what Kiffin said, Kifin had good reason for saying that. You have to believe that talented players have long viewed Carolina as a risky choice because of its history and its inability to produce many individual stars. High school players want to go somewhere where they can make a name for themselves; why go to Carolina when you can go to another school that has produced guys that won numerous awards en route to the NFL? Kiffin was playing to what he viewed as Jeffery’s fears when he made the comment about pumping gas, and I’ll bet that in many cases, that kind of recruiting tactic has worked for our rivals. Luckily, though, Jeffery and other players, Lattimore foremost among them, came to Carolina, and now they’re bringing home some hardware. When you’ve got stars like these making the national headlines and winning major awards, it makes it a lot easier to recruit.

Mr. Clowney, I hope you’re watching. When Lattimore graduates to competing for the Heisman next year, it’ll be your turn to win Freshman of the Year.

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