July 23, 2014

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.


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USC kicker Elliott Fry tabbed for Lou Groza watch list

South Carolina sophomore placekicker Elliott Fry has been named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced today

In 2013, Fry, a 6-0, 165-pounder from Frisco, Texas, became the first true freshman to kick in a South Carolina season opener since 1996. He ended up leading the team in scoring with 99 points and setting a Gamecocks’ season record with 54 extra points. His four field goals were the difference in a 19-14 win over Florida, while his 40-yarder in the second overtime against Missouri proved to be the game winner.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2013 season and 2014 expectations. All ten FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the American, Big 12, Mountain West, and Pac-12. The ACC, MAC and SEC each placed three kickers, followed by a pair from the Big Ten. Conference USA and the Sun Belt each placed one kicker, along with independent Notre Dame.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.

The 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 9th, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

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Gamecock tight end”Busta” Anderson on the Mackey Award watch list

Rory Anderson was hurt in Saturday's scrimmage (File Photo)

Rory “Busta” Anderson

University of South Carolina senior tight end Rory “Busta” Anderson has been named to the 2014 John Mackey Award preseason watch list, it was announced today.  The annual award is presented to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

Anderson, a 6-5, 227-pounder from Powder Springs, Ga., has played in 38 games over the past three seasons, making 13 starts. He has caught 39 passes for 694 yards, an average of 17.8 yards per catch, with eight touchdowns.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position.  A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

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