Saturday, March 31, 2012

Goose Creek Native Commits to Gamecocks

Per TheBigSpur Defensive End/Linebacker Gerald Turner committed to South Carolina today following USC's second scrimmage of the Spring. The Goose Creek, SC native also had offers from Clemson and North Carolina.

Turner was recruited to the Gamecocks by Steve Spurrier Jr. The rising lowcountry senior is a three-star prospect according to 247sports.

Turner becomes the third verbal commitment for USC in the 2013 recruiting cycle and is the second defensive commitment for USC following yesterday's verbal commitment of JUCO Defensive End Alfy Hill.

Go Gamecocks!

Friday, March 30, 2012

JUCO Defensive End Commits to South Carolina

According to Phil Kornblut of the South Carolina Radio News Network and TheBigSpur the Gamecocks received a verbal commitment today from JUCO defensive lineman Alfy Hill. Hill currently plays footbal at Los Angeles Valley Community College in California.

The Shallotte, NC native originally signed with the University of Alabama back in 2010 and participated in a couple of preseason football drills before the NCAA Clearinghouse delared Hill ineligible because of an online high school course.

The 6'5" 270-pounder is hoping to graduate in December of 2012 and enroll at South Carolina in January 2013. The defensive lineman will have two years to play two seasons with the Gamecocks upon acceptance into USC. Hill was a four-star recruit his senior year of high school with more than two dozen offers from SEC, ACC and Big East schools.

Hill becomes the second verbal commitment in the Gamecocks 2013 recruiting class joining Dillon High School OL D.J. Park from Dillon, SC. Park committed to USC back in January.

Go Gamecocks!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Final "Horn" Blown for Hoops Coach at USC

According to TheBigSpur USC Athletics Director Eric Hyman has relieved USC Head Basketball Coach Darrin Horn of his duties at South Carolina coming on the heels of a 10-21 record, third straight losing season and fourth one-and-done in the SEC Tournament.

A 1:30 press conference has been called for the official announcement by USC.

In four seasons at South Carolina, Horn compiled a 60-63 overall record and 23-45 SEC Conference record. The Gamecocks were 4-26 in their last 30 SEC Conference games. Under Horn, Carolina was 0-4 in the SEC Basketball Tournament.

Coach Horn is currently under contract through March 2015 roughly $800k per season. Based on his contract figures, Horn is owed $2.4 million from USC but IMHO both sides will agree to an amicable divorce and walk away from this situation with both sides feeling good about the buyout.

The search for a new men's basketball coach will begin immediately and the prevailing name will be Wichita State's Greg Marshall, the former Winthrop University basketball coach. Marshall is a Greenwood, SC native and has made his intentions known his desire to coach at USC.

There will be multiple candidates for this job opening and my IMHO Greg Marshall will be one of the first phone calls if not the very first phone call made by Hyman.

I'll post more news as it beomes available.

Go Gamecocks!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lady Gamecocks to face Eastern Michigan in First Round NCAA Action

Per TheBigSpur South Carolina earned a No. 5 seed and will travel to West Lafayatte, Indiana to face Eastern Michigan University in the first round of the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament. The game is Saturday at 11:05 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. The Lady Gamecocks are playing in the Fresno Regional where Stanford is the #1 seed. If USC wins its first round matchup versus EMU then the Gamecocks would face a potential second round contest versus Purdue University a member of the Big 10 Conference. Purdue is the 4th seed and plays 13th seed South Dakota State University in first round action.

Good luck Dawn Staley and the Lady Gamecocks!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

USC Trades Razorbacks for Aggies?

According to 107.5-FM The Game in Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides announced today that Texas A&M will be USC's new permanent SEC West opponent replacing Arkansas. Since becoming a member of the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the Gamecocks' permanent opponent has always been the Arkansas Razorbacks.