April 28, 2015

Shameik Blackshear’s Attorney opens up on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Shameik Blackshear plans to arrive at USC in June.

Shameik Blackshear plans to arrive at USC in June.

Bluffton defensive lineman Shameik Blackshear was the prize recruit for USC’s 2015 recruiting class.  Things got derailed a bit for the nationally coveted recruit when a torn ACL ended his Senior season in September.

Then, in February, Blackshear was arrested by Bluffton Police and charged with petit larceny.

Earlier today those charges against Blackshear were dropped.

Tonight, his Attorney, Thomas C. Taylor, was kind enough to join us on the program to discuss today’s events and opine on Blackshear’s future as well.

AUDIO: Thomas C. Taylor [9:15]

The State’s Josh Kendall joins SportsTalk to talk Spurrier (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier is 70.

Steve Spurrier is 70.

Tonight we welcomed into the program sports reporter for The State Newspaper, Josh Kendall.

Kendall has been on the USC football beat for many years now, and last Friday he did a wonderful piece featuring Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier’s workout routine.  The Ol’ Ball Coach turned 70 today, and Kendall and The State decided, what better way to feature the HBC turning the clock, than to have Josh follow in his footsteps at the gym.

The article got much reaction, not only for the content, but for the photo op featuring a shirtless Spurrier, as well as a shirtless Kendall.

So, we decided we’d follow up with Kendall now that he’s received positive reviews from his colleagues in the media concerning the piece, and some admitted blowback for the visuals.

AUDIO: Josh Kendall [9:00]

Since Josh got to spend some quality personal time with Spurrier, we also got his perspective on how he perceives Spurrier’s mentality headed into next season after a disappointing 2014, and more.





Newest Clemson signee Shelton Mitchell joins SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Clemson transfer Shelton Mitchell joined SportsTalk Monday night.

Clemson transfer Shelton Mitchell joined SportsTalk Monday night.

The Clemson basketball team has a new signee in 6-2 point guard Shelton Mitchell of Waxaw, North Carolina.

Mitchell, a freshman who is transferring from Vanderbilt, made his official visit to Clemson last Friday and Saturday, and wasted little time pulling the trigger on a commitment to the Tiger program.

Monday night, he was kind enough to join us on SportsTalk to discuss his future in Orange.

Mitchell originally pledged to play at Wake Forest out of high school, but when the staff was fired following the 2013-2014 season, he was granted a release from the NCAA and headed to Vanderbilt.  Tonight, we talked about his winding road to the Upstate and what he hopes to bring to the table once he’s eligible to play in the 2016-17 season.

AUDIO: Shelton Mitchell [8:00]


Clemson’s Jack Leggett previews series with Duke on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Clemon's Jack Leggett joined SportsTalk tonight to preview Duke.

Clemon’s Jack Leggett joined SportsTalk tonight to preview Duke.

The Clemson baseball team has had an up-and-down season thus far in 2015, with some big highs and some stretches of poor play as well.

The Tigers have been on a bit of a hot streak lately, however, winning 4 out of their past 5 contests.  They took 2 of 3 from Boston College in Chestnut Hill last weekend, and have already picked up wins over Western Carolina and Gardner Webb this week.

With the recent uptick in play, the Tigers are now two games above .500 on the year at 20-18, with a 9-9 record in the ACC.

Clemson will look to keep the momentum rolling this weekend, welcoming the Duke Blue Devils to Doug Kingsmore Stadium for a 3-game series.

Game 1 was originally scheduled for Friday night, but has been postponed to Saturday as part of a Double-header.

Thursday night we welcomed in Clemson head baseball coach Jack Leggett to the program to preview the series.

AUDIO: Jack Leggett [9:00]




Newest Gamecock Secondary member Isaiah Johnson joins SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Isaiah Johnson joined SportsTalk Monday night.

Isaiah Johnson joined SportsTalk Monday night.

The USC football team held their Spring Game in Columbia Saturday, and former Kansas safety Isaiah Johnson was in attendance to get a better look at the program.  Johnson has one more year of eligibility remaining, and decided to transfer for his final season.

The following day Johnson decided to choose the Gamecock program over Louisville.

Monday night Johnson joined us on the program from Lawrence to discuss his commitment with us.  He told us why he couldn’t refuse what Columbia had to offer, what he will bring to the table as a player, and more.

Johnson will graduate from Kansas May 17th and he’ll be immediately eligible to join the USC football team and enroll in a graduate program.

AUDIO: Isaiah Johnson [9:10]