November 22, 2014

Joe Moglia named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award

Joe Moglia has led the Chant's to an 11-0 record.

Joe Moglia has led the Chant’s to an 11-0 record.

Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia has been named one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Coach of the Year.

This is the third time in Moglia’s three-year tenure at Coastal Carolina he has been a finalist for the prestigious award.

A win Saturday versus Liberty will give Coastal the out-right league title and secure the program’s third straight automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Also, a win Saturday will give Coastal a perfect 12-0 regular-season record. The Chanticleers set a Big South record last season with 12 wins in a season, going 12-3.

 

Coastal Carolina will host Liberty at 1 pm this Saturday. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.

 

The 2014 Eddie Robinson Award finalists:

  • Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington (Big Sky Conference)
  • Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Clint Conque, Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference)
  • Marty Fine, Bryant (Northeast Conference)
  • Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
  • John Grass, Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Russ Huesman, Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
  • Chris Klieman, North Dakota State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
  • Mike Kramer, Idaho State (Big Sky Conference)
  • Dale Lindsey, San Diego (Pioneer Football League)
  • Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire (CAA Football)
  • Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
  • Tim Murphy, Harvard (Ivy League)
  • Tony Reno, Yale (Ivy League)
  • Mike Sanford, Indiana State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
  • Brock Spack, Illinois State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
  • Mark Speir, Western Carolina (Southern Conference)
  • Joe Susan, Bucknell (Patriot League)
  • Everett Withers, James Madison (CAA Football)

 

 

Dabo Swinney updates Deshaun Watson, addresses Florida rumors (VIDEO)

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

After putting Wednesday’s practice to bed Dabo Swinney was asked if he wanted to put to bed the speculation that he could be high on Florida’s wish list to replace Will Muschamp. Swinney gave the standard “I love my job at Clemson” line and pretty much left it at that. That is standard operating procedure for coaches when they get linked to vacancies at other schools.

Swinney also updated quarterback Deshaun Watson’s injured left knee. According to Dabo, Watson has progressed enough to do some work on a treadmill and running underwater in a pool.

Watch what Dabo had to say below:

 

Here are the SCBCA’s top boys and girls high school basketball teams and players

P.J Dozier and Spring Valley are ranked 2nd in AAAA.

P.J Dozier and Spring Valley are ranked 2nd in AAAA.

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association held a banquet in Columbia Wednesday to announce the top boys and girls high school basketball teams and name the top players in each classification.  This is a deep talent year for high school hoops in the Palmetto State, for sure. We’ve got the SCBA’s  top 10 boys and girls teams and its top five players from each class listed for you below. [Read more…]

Steve Spurrier says he will try not to upset Clemson fans for the next couple of weeks

Steve Spurrier says he has nothing but love for Clemson.

Steve Spurrier says he has nothing but love for Clemson.

For reasons known only to them, some people decided to take a few innocuous comments from Steve Spurrier’s postgame press conference at Florida Saturday and turn them into a craven shot at injured Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.  It was a ridiculous claim and we did our best to clear it up yesterday. Today, Kornbut asked  Steve Spurrier to respond.

Somebody told me about that. I occasionally refer to them as the Upstate team, that’s not, I don’t think that’s  negative, is it?  Well, I didn’t mean to (offend Clemson), put it that way. They’re interpreting too much. I have tremendous respect for Clemson and Dabo. I like him. I like all of those guys. Venables. They’ve done an excellent job. They’ve done a better job that we have this year, that’s for sure. They have the bragging rights as far as the record on us, that’s for sure. They played the same time as we did. I was just asking in fact if they had lost. I knew they were behind, but I didn’t know the final score. I’ll try not to say anything to upset them through the next couple of weeks, anyway.”

Here is the video via GoGamecocks.com

Gamecocks come up short again against Baylor 69-65 (AUDIO)

Johnson led USC with 21 but missed a game tying three pointer

Johnson led USC with 21 but missed a game tying three pointer

For the second straight season USC played Baylor to the final seconds but couldn’t make the plays to produce a victory.  Last year the Gamecocks lost in Waco 66-64.  Tuesday afternoon in Columbia the Bears held on for a 69-65 win.  Baylor is 3-0 in the Colonial Life Arena.

The game turned late in the first half.  USC led 27-24 with just over three minutes to play but the Bears finished with a flourish for a 30-27 lead.

They stretched the lead to 10 with 4:48 left before the Gamecocks made a closing charge.  Ty Johnson had a shot at a three pointer and a tie but was off the mark.  The Bears went back up five on a tipin by Johnathan Motley with :54 to play.

A Michael Carrera dunk with :32 left cut the lead to 66-63 before  Baylor hit one free throw and  Johnson made an uncontested layup for a 67-65 score with three seconds to play.  The Gamecocks fouled on the inbounds and the Bears hit both shots to close out the win.

Johnson led USC wit 21 points and Sindarious Thornwell added 16.  Kenny Chery led the Bears with 20 points.

The Gamecocks play Cornell Thursday night in Charleston.

AUDIO: Frank Martin [10:14]

AUDIO: Ty Johnson and Sindarius Thornwell [4:05]

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