August 22, 2014

What did BJ McKie says about his son, USC guard Justin McKie, on SportsTalk? (AUDIO)

Justin McKie

Justin McKie

BJ McKie is the all time leading scorer in USC basketball history and an assistant coach at Charleston Southern.  He and head coach Barclay Radebaugh joined us on SportsTalk Wednesday night to talk Bucs basketball.

The conversation also turned to McKie’s son Justin who will be a sophomore at USC this season.

After a stellar high school career, the younger McKie struggled for playing time in his freshman season.  He appeared in just 17 games averaging under 5 minutes an appearance and made just 3 of 17 field goal attempts.

That’s a far cry from what Justin McKie expected when he signed with the Gamecocks.  But his father said he has persevered and learned from last season’s experience and will be a much better player this season because of that.

AUDIO: BJ McKie says his son had to learn to manage things better in college [1:43]

Spurrier says Davis might not be in starting lineup in opener (AUDIO)

Spurrier says Davis may not start in game one

Spurrier says Davis may not start in game one

USC’s star running back Mike Davis missed practice again on Wednesday while resting a bruised hip suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage.  In fact, Davis hasn’t practiced all week and Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier said after practice Wednesday afternoon Davis might not be in with the first unit when they trot onto the field for the first time a week from Thursday.

Spurrier, for the second straight night, was not impressed by his team’s practice due to several dropped passes.  And he said as of Wednesday night he’s undecided about the backup quarterback’s job between Connor Mitch and Perry Orth.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier reflects on Wednesday’s practice [1:33]

AUDIO: Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward on getting acclimated to the heat for next week [2:07]

Charleston Southern is Wednesday’s stop on the Palmetto Pigskin Tour (AUDIO)

Demaris Freeman (L) and Christian Reyes

Demaris Freeman (L) and Christian Reyes

Charleston Southern enjoyed a historic season in 2013 in Jamey Chadwell’s first season winning a school record 10 games.  So, what does the coach and his team have planned for an encore?  Well, how much more of the same.

The Bucs return 11 starters on offense including quarterback Danny Croghan and running back Christian Reyes.  Croghan passed for 1014 yards and 7 touchdowns last season but a shoulder injury has him on the shelf heading into the season.  That has opened the door for UAB transfer Austin Brown to be under center for the opening game.  Reyes rushed for 1254 yards and 9 touchdowns last season and is a pre-season all Big South selection.

Only five starters return on defense which will be led by pre-season all conference pick safety Demaris Freeman.

The Bucs open their season August 28th against Point in the first ever night game at Buccaneer field.  They will also host The Citadel for the first time in history and play money games at Vanderbilt and Georgia.  The Big South opener comes October 18th at home against Presbyterian.

AUDIO: Jamey Chadwell appears on SportsTalk Wednesday night [8:30]

AUDIO: RB Christian Reyes & FS Demaris Freeman preview the season [6:43]

Reports say Southern 500 moving back to Labor Day in 2015

bojangles southern 500The Southern 500 could be headed back to its original Labor Day weekend date.

Media reports say NASCAR will move Darlington’s race to the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend in 2015.

The Southern 500 was held on Labor Day from 1950-2003. The reports say NASCAR will move the Atlanta race currently held on Labor Day weekend to March and Bristol’s spring race would move into Darlington’s old spot in April.

None of this has been confirmed on the record by NASCAR officials but NASCAR chairman Brian France said earlier this season there would be changes in the 2015 slate.

The schedule is due out later this month or in September.

Clemson loses running back Brooks for the season

Dabo Swinney will be without Zac Brooks this season

Dabo Swinney will be without Zac Brooks this season

Clemson junior running back Zac Brooks, Clemson’s top returning rusher from last season,  suffered a foot injury Monday night in practice and will be lost for the season.

“Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “The plan is for Zac to sit out this year due to the injury and come back next year as a red-shirt junior. This is a big loss because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game.  He knows the offense inside and out.”

The native of Jonesboro, Ark,  has played 18 games the last two years and has 74 carries for 365 yards and two touchdowns.  He also has nine receptions for 92 yards and a score. The receiving touchdown came last year against Georgia in the season opener when he caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Tajh Boyd in Clemson’s 38-35 victory.

In 2013, Brooks had 48 carries for 246 yards,  third on the team in rushing yards behind Roderick McDowell and Tajh Boyd. He had a 5.1 average and score two touchdowns in 2013.