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Gamecocks Begin Championship Week

The SEC Eastern Division champion South Carolina Gamecocks (9-3, 5-3 SEC) worked out Monday night in Williams-Brice Stadium as they began preparations for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game against the undefeated Auburn Tigers (12-0, 8-0 SEC).
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Gamecocks Begin Clemson Week

The No. 17/18 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-3, 5-3 SEC) worked out for about an hour Monday night in Williams-Brice Stadium. It was the first time the squad had gotten together since its 69-24 drubbing of Troy last Saturday in the 2010 home finale at Williams-Brice Stadium.The Gamecocks are beginning preparations for the final regular season contest of the year, the annual Palmetto State showdown at Clemson (6-5) on Saturday night. Game time is set for 7:06 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti and Brock Huard will be describing the action.
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GAMEDAY: No. 17 Gamecocks vs. Troy

Twenty Gamecocks will play their final home game at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday when the Troy Trojans visit for a 12:21 p.m. kickoff. Click here for information on Saturday’s game.
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SEC Headlines – 11/15/10 Part Three

1.  Bowl-eligible Kentucky now has a week off to prepare for a Tennessee team that has beaten it 25 years in a row.

2.  The return of tailback Derrick Locke provided a spark for UK’s offense against Vandy.

3.  But it was Randall Cobb who was the real difference-maker.

4.  Marcus Lattimore carried the load for South Carolina on Saturday night.

5.  The Gamecocks returned to Williams-Brice Stadium at about 2am yesterday morning… and they were greeted by 3,000 Carolina fans.

6.  It’s hard to figure out why Carolina’s pass defense has been so spotty when the team set a school record for sacks this season.

7.  A brutal October stretch forced Tennessee’s young team to grow up.

8.  Derek Dooley believes his banged-up secondary is playing “a lot more aggressive.”

9.  Dooley doesn’t want his team to take wins over Memphis and Ole Miss and turn them into complacency.

10.  Vanderbilt will now try to meet one last goal by beating Tennessee.

11.  Tight end Mason Johnston is the latest Commodore to go down with a season-ending injury.

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Photos and Videos From the SEC East Championship Celebration

A few thousand fans showed up at Williams-Brice Stadium in the early morning hours Sunday to celebrate the Gamecocks’ first SEC East Championship as the team arrived home from Gainesville, Fla.
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Final Thoughts on South Carolina at Arkansas: The Upcoming Weeks Should Be Spurrier’s Last Chance

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, right, calls for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. Arkansas won 41-20. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, right, calls for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. Arkansas won 41-20. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

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I usually use my Sunday afternoon posts to discuss strategy, specific performances, and the like. I’m sure there’s still a lot to be said in those regards about the abortion that occurred last night. We could chat all day about how stupid the fake punt call was, whether we should have run the WildCock, or which DB is having the worst year. However, I’m going to forego that issue and get down to brass tacks: we got whipped so badly last night in our house because our team didn’t want this game badly enough. (Notice that I’m not saying that we would have won with better effort; Arkansas is a good team, and what good effort would have equaled would have been a close game that could have gone either way.) Is there really any other way to explain it? There was no focus, no execution, and no fire. And simply put, that’s unacceptable. This team has more talent than perhaps any team in Carolina history, and they’ve shown us that at moments this year. The sky has been the limit for this team, and yet here we are, staring down another late-season collapse. It’s simply baffling that we didn’t get a better performance from the team last night.

The evidence of a lackadaisical performance is everywhere to be found. Our receivers, many of them proven talents, couldn’t catch well-placed balls. We gave Garcia no protection, and we got the usual performance from him when that’s the case. Marcus Lattimore had no room to run. Ever. (Lattimore is one of the few players that get a pass in this regard; as always, he fought for every yard he could get.) Maybe the worst aspect of the performance from an effort standpoint was our tackling. Our DBs looked tentative for most of the game and declined to put big hits on Arkansas’s runningbacks. You can complain all you want about the “dirty” hit laid on Connor Shaw at the end of the game, but one thing’s for sure: Arkansas’s defensive players came to Columbia ready to lay the wood and make plays. Our guys came hoping that our offense would bail them out again. Just an atrocious performance all around.

This kind of game shows you that somewhere, there are serious problems in this program. I’m not sure where to place the blame, but ultimately is has to go on Steve Spurrier. He’s the man at the top. He sets the tone, hires the position coaches, does all the things that should equal better play than what we got last night. And if he can’t get this team in gear to round out the season in a positive manner, we need to cut ties. I don’t say this lightly. Anyone who follows this blog knows that I love Spurrier and think he’s done some nice things for this program. But this is it, folks. This is the year when we have the talent and many of the other teams that usually give us trouble don’t. If Spurrier can’t win some key games now, why should we expect that he ever will?


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GAMEDAY: No. 17 Gamecocks vs. No. 18 Arkansas

Click here for information on Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Kickoff is set for 7:06 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.
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South Carolina vs. Tennessee TV Information

As the Gamecocks get set to host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, fans are encouraged to use the following list to find the SEC Network affiliate in their area.
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