April 20, 2014

Durant says it’s time and he’ll make his commitment next week to USC

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Da’Von Durant

LB Da’von Durant of Butler JC. KS has been favoring USC literally for years dating  back to his days as a Shrine Bowler at Greenwood High School.  Tuesday he plans to finally take that next step by committing to the Gamecocks.

“Coach Botkin is coming out to see me,” Durant said of his recruiter and Gamecock linebackers coach.  “I’m ready.  I’m excited to get back  home and make plays.”  Durant and Botkin talked Wednesday night to finalize plans for the coach’s visit next week and Durant said Botkin and USC  “definitely” would accept his commitment.

Durant plays outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment at Butler and knows that USC is planning to use more of a 3-4 look starting this season.  His spring game is May 9th and he says he’s had a very good spring practice thus far.

“I’ve been working on the small stuff like technique and getting off the ball and pass rush,” Durant said.

Durant is on track to graduate in December and will have three years to play two.

Seven chosen for Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Dave Gutshall

Dave Gutshall

The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association has announced the new class of inductees into its Hall of Fame.  The seven honorees will be inducted on July 27th during the annual summer convention in Greenville.

The new inductees are:

Coach David Berry-Blackville-Hilda High School

Coach John Lewis Byrd-Retired, Andrew Jackson High School

Coach David M. Gutshall-Dorman High School

Coach Mike Johnson-Georgetown High School

Coach Mickey Moss-Retired, Blacksburg High School

Coach Tim Whipple-Irmo High School

Coach Willie Wooden-Retired, Riverside High School

Gilmore gets a career landmark victory Thursday afternoon

Gary Gilmore

Gary Gilmore

Coastal Carolina gave its head baseball coach Gary Gilmore a dramatic 4-3 win in 13 innings versus Presbyterian College Thursday afternoon to give the 25-year skipper his 1,000th  career victory.

He is the 50th NCAA Division I coach to reach 1,000 career wins and is one of 16 active coaches to reach the milestone.

Ironically, Gilmore’s first win came versus Presbyterian in 1990 in his first game as a head coach at USC Aiken.

His career record now stands at 1,000-489-2 in his 25th year as a head coach, including a 747-387 mark in 19 years as Coastal’s mentor (1996-present) and a 253-102-2 record in six years (1990-95) at USC Aiken.

Story by Coastal Carolina Sports Information

SC State’s Buddy Pough provides a recap of spring practice (AUDIO)

Coach Pough recapped his spring with SportsTalk Thursday night.

Coach Pough recapped his spring with SportsTalk Thursday night.

We’ve covered every angle of Clemson and USC’s spring practice schedule all the way up to their respective spring games.  Now that the dust has settled in Columbia and the upstate, we decided to turn our attention to the FCS programs across the state to get a feel for how their springs went as well.

Tonight we welcomed into SportsTalk S.C. State head football coach Buddy Pough to discuss the Bulldogs’ progress this spring.

AUDIO: Buddy Pough [9:05]

Pough provided us with how he ran his spring game, and also told us how he believes his team will have to play this year to win some ball games.  He’s looking for his defense to carry the load yet again, and really likes how his running game will be implemented to counterbalance his D.

Pough also went into great detail concerning his signal-caller.  Coach Pough lamented that his program is still searching for a guy to provide the type of production that the Bulldogs got from Malcolm Long, for so long, seasons ago.


USC’s Chad Holbrook discusses latest skid with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Chad Holbrook joined SportsTalk Thursday to talk about USC's losing skid and preview Auburn.

Chad Holbrook joined SportsTalk Thursday to talk about USC’s losing skid and preview Auburn.

Tonight USC head baseball coach Chad Holbrook joined us live on SportsTalk to discuss the Gamecocks latest four game losing streak, and also preview their three-game series with the Auburn Tigers this weekend down in the plains.

AUDIO: Chad Holbrook [9:07]

The Gamecocks lost the final two games of their previous conference series with Florida last weekend, then proceeded to lose two back-to-back intra-week games to in-state foes Charleston Southern and the Citadel, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Now USC looks to right the ship this weekend at Auburn.  Coach Holbrook previewed the challenge that is the Tigers, and also provided us with a detailed report on how his disabled list, that’s been stockpiling significant names recently, is starting to look headed into the weekend.