Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Athlon Sports rating is the highest yet this preseason for the Tigers, who are expected to crack the top 10 in most preseason polls now coming out.
Football season is months away, but it's never too early to dream, especially in the Palmetto State. The Clemson Tigers are expected to crack the top 10 in most college football preseason polls. On Wednesday, they received their highest preseason ranking of the year so far, coming in at sixth in a ranking by Athlon Sports. Meanwhile, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks are expected to crack Athlon's top-five preseason picks when the remainder of the poll is rolled out between now and May 28. Like the Tigers, USC also is expected to crack the top 10 in all if not most preseason polls. Though dark horses, both teams are being considered as possible BCS title contenders. Athlon credits Clemson's high preseason rank to the return of …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The USC Gamecocks' tight end receives the dubious honor of being the very last player chosen in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Whew! That was close.... Amid the fanfare of DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins being taken in the NFL Draft's first round, USC star running back Marcus Lattimore's being taken by the San Francisco 49er's, not to mention other draftees from state schools, Gamecock's tight end Justice Cunningham earned his own distinguished place in draft history on Saturday. Cunningham earned the dubious honor of being the very last player chosen in the draft — earning the status of "Mr. Irrelevant." Cunningham was the final pick in the final round, being taken 254th by the Indianapolis Colts. Mr. Irrelevant's don't have a great track record for prolonged or outstanding NFL careers, or any careers at all for that matter. However, Cunningham should take solace in …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Upstate native Marcus Lattimore's future in the NFL is uncertain, as draft begins Thursday.
The NFL draft starts tonight and probably the biggest question on the minds of people in the Upstate is, where is Marcus Lattimore going to play? The USC star and Byrnes standout has garnered a huge following, not just among Gamecock nation, but from people who just want to see Lattimore do well. At a recent event in Greer, people waited hours hoping to meet the former Gamecocks running back who may be one of the hardest working athletes out there. Lattimore, who tore the anterior cruciate, lateral collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee Oct. 27 in a game against Tennessee, has cut his recovery time post surgery in half, when many thought he would never play again. But it's that same injury that has left Lattimore's …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
USC officials are investigating after a tiger paw was painted on the Gamecocks football field.
University of South Carolina officials are investigating after a tiger paw was found spray-painted in Williams Brice Stadium. The paw located on the 30-yard-line of the Gamecocks football field was found earlier this week at the school. USC cornerback, Victor Hampton posted the attached photo on his Instagram account Tuesday. USC officials are treating it as a vandalism on their home turf. According to WACH Fox, the words "Go Tigers" also were painted on a caboose outside the stadium. Will there be retaliation? Speak Out! Tell us what you think.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The NFL prospect has a following like no other.
Running out of time to meet the hero with an hour to go in his autograph session, Gamecock Nation stood faithful. The line continued to grow. Snaking through the parking lot twice the length of the building before finally serpentining through the showroom at Bradshaw Automotive. At a table with stacks of photos and several boxes of Sharpies stood Marcus Lattimore. Flashing a smile for every camera. Offering a handshake to stranger after stranger. And finally setting pen to paper, Lattimore signed as many photos as he could in the two hours allotted. And when the last seconds had ticked off the clock, Lattimore stepped outside say "Thank you," to his fans, many of whom would leave without his penned name in hand. He was met with cheers. If …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The former Gamecock and Byrnes High School standout will be signing autographs from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Regardless if you're a fan of the Gamecocks or the Tigers, you'll want to get this guy's autograph. While he's waiting to be snapped up by an NFL team, he's ready to meet some of his biggest fans in the Upstate. NFL draft prospect Marcus Lattimore will be signing autographs from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Bradshaw Automotive Group, 14000 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. Bradshaw Automotive will provide the photos to be signed by Lattimore. According to the dealership, Lattimore will not sign other photos or memorabilia. The former Gamecocks running back may be one of the hardest working athletes out there. Lattimore, who tore the anterior cruciate, lateral collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee Oct. 27 in a game against Tennessee…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Former USC running back, Clemson QB will appear together for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville County fundraiser March 16.
Two former Palmetto State football stars will appear together in mid March to help raise funds for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville County, the organization announced. Former USC running back and Upstate native Marcus Lattimore and Clemson quarterback Woodrow "Woody" Dantzler, a current Mauldin resident, are scheduled to appear jointly at the "True Grit Fundraiser" scheduled for March 16 at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 424 Westfield St., in Greenville. Lattimore will be guest speaker at the event, while Dantzler is billed as special guest. In addition to appearing at the dinner, both athletes will participate in football camps at the Kroc Center that day before the dinner, which starts at 6:…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gamecocks will open season against cross-border rival North Carolina.
The early storyline for college football in the Palmetto State this year will be the renewal of old rivalries. Clemson will open its season against former fierce rival Georgia. Meantime, South Carolina will open its season against the border rival UNC Tarheels in a nationally televised Thursday night contest on ESPN that will kickoff the national 2013 college football season. The Gamecocks will follow that up the following week with a road trip to Georgia, giving the Bulldogs two straight weeks of the best the Palmetto State has to offer on the gridiron. In it's home opener against the Tarheels, the Gamecocks will seek to extend coach Steve Spurrier's impressive 6-0 streak of winning Thursday night openers on ESPN. The Aug. 29 contest will…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Gamecocks fans edge Tigers in a competition to get more people signed up as organ donors in SC.
The Gamecocks not only beat the Tigers on the football field this weekend. While the USC Gamecocks this past Saturday were making history by beating the Clemson Tigers four straight years for only the second time in history, Gamecocks fans had a first by besting Tiger fans in the fourth annual 'Donate Life Duel,' a competition between the two rivals to see who could sign up the most people as life-saving organ donors. Donate Life South Carolina, LifePoint, and The Heather Trew Foundation announced Monday that the 2012 Donate Life Duel signed up more than 1,400 organ, eye, and tissue donors in this year’s competition. Fans of the Gamecocks won the friendly duel against Tiger fans for the first time in the challenge’s four-year history. …
Monday, July 30, 2012
O.J. Murdock, a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans and who also played for USC for two years, was found in his car outside his alma mater, Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla., Monday.
A former Gamecock and Tennessee Titan player has died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to multiple media reports, O.J. Murdock, a reserve wide receiver for the Titans, was found in his car outside his alma mater, Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla. He was transported to an area hospital, but later died, according to an article by CBS Sports. The story said Murdock was excused from practice Sunday for the second day in a row citing personal reasons. The Titans released the following statement on the team website: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning. In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them…