August 1, 2014

Check out what Steve Spurrier had to say on SportsTalk tonight (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier dropped in on SportsTalk Wednesday.

Steve Spurrier dropped in on SportsTalk Wednesday.

Steve Spurrier stopped by for a few minutes with us on SportsTalk Wednesday. He was on hand for the Fisher DeBerry South Carolina Coaches for Charity.  We’ve got the interview for you below. We’ve also attached Spurrier’s interview with a group of reporters he did shortly before joining us on the air.

In case you don’t have time to give it all a listen, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights:

  • Spurrier’s charity is for domestic violence prevention.
  • Spurrier stopped short of criticizing the NFL and Ray Rice, but he did mention “the Ravens running back” and reiterated his policy of automatically kicking off any player who hits a female.
  • Spurrier said again that guys like Marcus Lattimore, Stephone Gilimore and DeVonte Holloman deserve credit for changing the culture of Gamecock football.
  • Spurrier said they’ve done a good job recruiting and everything is in place, but they have to keep pushing.
  • Defensive backs Wesley Green and Chris Lammons have both qualified and been accepted in to school. Both will be on campus by Thursday night.
  • Dillion running back Joe Blue, who was thought to be good to go, apparently hit a snag and was not admitted into school.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier SportsTalk interview [5:00]

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier group interview [4:30]

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.

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.

 

 

USC releases full non-conference hoops slate (It’s a tough one) (AUDIO)

The USC basketball team released its non-conference schedule Tuesday morning.  Most of these games have been leaking out over the course of the past several weeks, but now we have a full look at who the Gamecocks will see in their non-SEC slate. As you will see, Frank Martin wasn’t lying when he said he wanted a challenge.

AUDIO: Frank Martin [9:22]

“Once again we have put together a very challenging schedule,” Martin said. “A schedule to prepare us to find success and be prepared in the SEC. We start with very tough home games, followed by a great tournament in Charleston, and a road game at Marshall, which is one of the most difficult facilities and places to play at. We’re extremely excited about the challenges. Hopefully this schedule will harden our basketball team and prepare it for the unbelievable challenge of competing in the SEC.”

Here is the breakdown:

  •  The Gamecocks will open the season at home November 14th against North Florida. That game will be the first time the two teams have met on the hardwood.
  • Four days later, on November 18, Baylor will come to Colonial Life Arena to return the game USC played in Waco early last season.
  • Then it’s down to the Holy City for the Charleston Classic  on November 20-23rd.  Penn State, Southern Cal, Akron and Miami are a few of the teams in that field.
  •  After the tournament in Charleston, the Gamecocks are back home November 26th to face UNC Asheville.
  • The Big South matchup with Asheville is followed by the first true road game of the season, a December 1st matchup at Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia. The Gamecocks beat Marshall in Columbia last year. Former CofC coach Tom Herrion was the coach of the Thundering Herd then, but he was fired after the season.
  • After the trip to play the Thundering Herd, USC has a home game against Oklahoma State as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on December 6th.  The Cowboys ran away with the game when these two team played in Stillwater, Oklahoma a year ago.
  • After a break for exams, USC and Clemson will meet in their annual rivalry game December 19th at Colonial Life Arena. Frank Martin is still looking for his first win against the Tigers.
  • Two days after the Clemson game Coker will be in Columbia for a first ever meeting with the Gamecocks.
  • The final home non-conference game is against North Carolina A &T on December 30th.
  •  USC wraps up it’s non-league slate with a trip to Brooklyn, New York for a neutral site game against Iowa State.

Schedule

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