August 1, 2014

Clemson releases its non-conference hoops slate; three SEC teams await Tigers

Rod Hall and the Tigers face three SEC teams in the non-conference slate.

Rod Hall and the Tigers face three SEC teams in the non-conference slate.

Eight home games and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam highlight Clemson’s non-conference schedule, announced today.

“I’m excited by our home schedule,” said head coach Brad Brownell. “Every once in a while, you get a season like this where it works in your favor to get a few more home games. Obviously next season when we’re building a new facility, we’ll probably be on the road a little bit more. We have quality opponents and plenty of opportunities for our fans to come out and see us before we start ACC play.”

The home schedule includes high-major opponents Rutgers, Arkansas and Auburn in three consecutive contests. Rutgers comes to Littlejohn Coliseum for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, while Arkansas and Auburn visit on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, respectively.

Also at home, Clemson faces a Robert Morris program that has advanced to postseason play each of the last three seasons, defeating Kentucky in the 2013 NIT and St. John’s in the 2014 event. The Tigers also square off with High Point, a 2014 NIT participant and Big South regular season champion.

The Tigers face Gardner-Webb on Nov. 21 in the opening round of the Paradise Jam, a game announced as a 1:30 p.m. ET tipoff. Clemson faces either Nevada or Seton Hall in the second round, with the loser’s bracket set for Nov. 22 and winner’s bracket Nov. 23. The championship round is slated for Monday, Nov. 24 in St. Thomas.

Season tickets go on sale in early August. Call 1-800-CLEMSON or visit for more information. The ACC regular season schedule will be announced in the next few weeks.

Date Day Opponent Time
Nov. 8 Sat. Anderson (exhibition) 5 p.m.
Nov. 14 Fri. Florida A&M 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 Mon. Winthrop 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Fri. # vs. Gardner-Webb 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 or 23 Sat. or Sun. # vs. Nevada or Seton Hall TBA
Nov. 24 Mon. # vs. TBA TBA
Nov. 28 Fri. High Point 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 Mon. ! Rutgers TBA
Dec. 7 Sun. Arkansas TBA
Dec. 14 Sun. Auburn TBA
Dec. 19 Fri. at South Carolina 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 Mon. Oakland 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Tue. Robert Morris 7 p.m.

Note: # — US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam; ! — ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Mangus ready to see what Thompson can do on full time basis (AUDIO)

Mangus talks quarterbacks

Mangus talks quarterbacks

The USC offense will be in the hands of fifth year senior Dylan Thompson this season.  An unheralded recruit from Boiling Springs, Thompson  played his way into the hearts of Gamecock fans with his quick striking passes and his performance in the win at  Clemson two seasons ago.

He bided his time the past four years first as the #3 quarterback behind Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw, and then as Shaw’s backup the past two seasons.  Now, Steve Spurrier and GA Mangus are giving Thompson the keys to the offense.

Listen to GA Mangus talk about Thompson and the quarterbacks.

AUDIO: GA Mangus previews the quarterbacks for 2014 [4:04]

Thompson passes for 783 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions last season completing 58% of his attempts.  He also rushed for 3 scores.  In his career, Thompson has thrown for 1827 yards and 14 touchdowns with 5 picks.  His career best game was against East Carolina in 2012 when he started for an injured Shaw and passed for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Clemson wideout sidelined after knee surgery

Charone Peake injured his knee this week but is expected back soon.

Charone Peake injured his knee this week but is expected back soon.

Clemson red-shirt junior receiver Charone Peake suffered a minor knee injury during off season workouts on Wednesday.  He had  surgery on the knee on Friday morning and will miss at least the first week of practice, which opens on August 1.

“Charone was having a great summer, but tweaked a knee on Wednesday making a reception,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “The surgery was successful and his ACL is fine.  He will probably miss the first week of practice and then we will go from there.  We expect him to play against Georgia in the season opener.”

Peake started the 2013 season against Georgia and had five catches for 58 yards, helping the Tigers to a 38-35 victory over the fifth-ranked Bulldogs. He then had a touchdown reception and three catches in the second game against South Carolina State.  The following week of practice he suffered a torn ACL in practice and missed the rest of the season.

The native of Moore, S.C. and Dorman High School is one of Clemson’s most experienced receivers with 29 games and 751 snaps of experience heading into this year.  He has 37 career receptions for 327 yards and three touchdowns.

Spurrier hyped about upcoming season (AUDIO)

Spurrier is excited about what season may bring

Spurrier is excited about what season may bring

USC football coach Steve Spurrier expressed excitement about the 2014 season in a session with the media following his annual golf tournament at Cobblestone Park in Blythewood.  Spurrier’s Gamecocks are picked to win the SEC East and while noting the media is usually wrong on their picks, he did cite a variety of strengths about his team starting with new quarterback Dylan Thompson.

The Gamecocks will report for practice July 31st and hold their first workout at 7:15 PM on August 1st.  The first week of practice will be open to the public.

Spurrier said tight end Rory Anderson and running back Shon Carson, both of whom were injured in the spring, should be ready for the start of practice.  Carson was actually at the news conference working as an intern in the SID office and said he’s ready to go.

The Gamecocks open their season five weeks from tonight at home against Texas A&M in the first football broadcast on the new SEC Network.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier previews the season after his media golf tournament [19:47]

USC recruits DB Wesley Green and DB Chris Lammons will receive their new test scores July 29th.  USC’s academic committee meets the next day and, if things go as expected, the pair will report for the start of practice.  However, DB Darrin Smalls has yet to retake the test so he will not report.  If he gets his test score back prior to the start of school, and is accepted, he will grayshirt.  If not, he will go to a prep school for the semester.