October 2, 2014

The M&M boys analyze Clemson/USC on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Former Clemson lineman Will Merritt joins Corey Miller to discuss the Gamecocks and Tigers.

Former Clemson lineman Will Merritt joins Corey Miller to discuss the Gamecocks and Tigers.

Every Wednesday we welcome into the program the M&M boys to the show to break down the upcoming action for the Clemson Tigers and USC Gamecocks on Saturday.

Following a quality first start for freshman quarterback DeShaun Watson last week against UNC, Clemson will welcome NC State to Death Valley Saturday.  Former Clemson offensive lineman Will Merritt reviews the quarterback sensation’s inaugural performance, and breaks down how he believes his Alma Mater will fair with the Wolfpack coming to town.

AUDIO: Corey Miller and Will Merritt [14:39]

Former USC linebacker Corey Miller had the task of deciphering where USC’s defense went wrong late in the 4th quarter last week, blowing a 13 point lead against Mizzou.  He also believes the Gamecocks are in store for another loss as they head to Lexington Saturday to take on the Wildcats of Kentucky.

 

Mick Mixon reviews Panthers/Ravens with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Carolina PanthersEvery Monday we review the Carolina Panthers action on SportsTalk by welcoming into the program the man who calls the action every Sunday for Carolina, Panthers’ voice Mick Mixon.

AUDIO: Mick Mixon [4:50]

The Panthers headed up to Baltimore yesterday and were blasted by the Ravens 38-10.

It was former legendary Panther receiver Steve Smith’s first crack at his former team since Carolina released him in March after an illustrious career in Charlotte, and he held no punches against his former club, catching seven balls for 139 yards and two scores.

The Panthers saw took another blow at the running back position again, as DeAngelo Williams went down with a foot injury.  He’s doubtful to return for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

We discussed Smith’s return, the stocked disabled list and much more with Mick tonight on SportsTalk.

 

Ben Martin joins SportsTalk to discuss Open Championship (AUDIO)

Ben Martin joined SportsTalk Wedneday to talk about the Open.

Ben Martin joined SportsTalk Wedneday to talk about the Open.

Wednesday night we welcomed into the program former Clemson All-American golfer Ben Martin to preview his trip across the Atlantic next week where he’ll be competing for a Major title at the Open Championship.

AUDIO: Ben Martin [9:37]

Martin qualified for the Open Championship when he finished tied for third at Congressional for the “Quicken Loans National” recently.  He explained the PGA’s new system and how it landed him a spot with a chance to win a Major.

Martin, a Greenwood native, also expressed how his home state tournament, the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, was where he saw the level of his play spike, as evidenced by his third place finish.

Martin elaborated more on his eventual trip with us as well, in terms of when he’s making the trek over the ocean, how he’ll get acquainted with Royal Liverpool, who’s making the trip with him, and much more.

College of Charleston’s Monte Lee discusses staying put SportsTalk (AUDIO)

CofC's Monte Lee joined us Wednesday night to talk about his contract extension at his Alma Mater.

CofC’s Monte Lee joined us Wednesday night to talk about his contract extension at his Alma Mater.

College of Charleston head baseball coach Monte Lee helped advance his Cougar program out of the Gainesville regional and into the field of 16 in 2014, good enough for the best run out of all the talent-laden programs in the state of South Carolina this season.

For his efforts, we’ve had coach Lee on the program a lot lately, documenting their incredible run as a four-seed.

The Cougars run also meant that his name was inevitably going to be tossed around for consideration for some high profile jobs.  Arizona State showed serious interest in luring Lee away from the coast of South Carolina, but Lee ultimately stayed put and signed an extension with the “College of Knowledge.”

Tonight we talked with Coach Lee about weighing overtures, and what it means to him to remain at his Alma Mater, coaching the Cougars, and much more.

AUDIO: Monte Lee [9:35]

Furman’s Doug Allison talks Dempsey, World Cup with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Furman's Doug Allison joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the World Cup and his former player Clint Dempsey.

Furman’s Doug Allison joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the World Cup and his former player Clint Dempsey.

Here at SportsTalk we’re admitted novices when it comes to our understanding of soccer as opposed to the “big three” sports we constantly bicker about year round.

But, like many around these parts, we (except for Kornblut) become big time fans of the game and support our country every four years for the World Cup.

It’s also a nice addition for us here in the state that team captain Clint Dempsey attended Furman to play his college ball.

Over the past couple of years Dempsey has become the face of the national team and the most reliable goal scorer, scoring in three World Cups in a row, including goals in both the Ghana game last Tuesday and in Sunday’s thrilling tie against Portugal.

Since many of the nuances of the game are, well, beyond our amateur grasp, we decided we’d reach out to someone who could provide us quality insight into the U.S. late game breakdown against Portugal, and also give us some personal background into the life of America’s biggest soccer star.

Furman soccer coach Doug Allison coached Dempsey in college, and obviously possesses the credentials to analyze Sunday’s match.  We were glad to welcome him into the program Monday night to learn us a little soccer.

AUDIO: Doug Allison [9:12]