August 2, 2014

CofC’s Monte Lee talks Texas Tech with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Monte Lee joins SportsTalk to talk about his team's trip to Lubbock Thursday.

Monte Lee joins SportsTalk to talk about his team’s trip to Lubbock Thursday.

The College of Charleston landed in Lubbock, Texas today to prepare for their super-regional bout with Texas Tech this weekend with a trip to the College World Series on the line.

We’ve followed the Cougars program throughout their run through the tournament and tonight we caught up with Cougar head coach Monte Lee again now that his squad has arrived out west and have the Red Raiders in their sights.

AUDIO: Monte Lee [7:00]

Coach Lee gave us his initial rundown on how he’s liking the landmass that is Texas thus far.  This is his first trip to Griffin Park so he’s trying to get acclimated to the surroundings himself, but he gave us the scouting report on what he’s gathered as of now.

Coach also told us how he plans on handling his pitching staff this weekend, what obstacles the sellout, hostile crowd will provide his squad, and how they’ll have to deal with 3-digit temperatures come Saturday.

First pitch of game 1 between The College of Charleston and Texas Tech is at 1:00, Saturday in Lubbock.

 

 

USC’s Lorenzo Ward talks new look defense with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward talks new look D with SportsTalk Thursday night.

USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward talks new look D with SportsTalk Thursday night.

Thursday night USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward joined us live on the program for a summer school style check in on how things are progressing with his unit, with roughly 3 months remaining before the 2014 season gets underway.

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [9:25]

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward pt 2 [4:00]

Ward’s unit will have quite a different feel to it this upcoming season in more ways than one.  The previous three seasons, opposing offenses were forced to know where Jadeveon Clowney was lurking with regularity.  Clowney was the number one overall selection in May’s NFL draft and is not at Ward’s disposal to haunt the SEC anymore.

Furthermore, a lot of the offseason talk has concerned Ward’s desire to implement more snaps from the 3-4 formation.

Coach discussed with us in detail who he plans on stepping up for the USC defense in ’14 to replace the production of one of the greatest players in the program’s history, what the 3-4 set will look like, and how often he plans on using it, and also shed some light on who he would label as starters on his defense if the Gamecocks were to suit up tomorrow.

 

 

USC’s Esposito updates SportsTalk on MLB draft (AUDIO)

Sammy Esposito Joined SportsTalk Wednesday to discuss his roster with the MLB draft approaching.

Sammy Esposito Joined SportsTalk Wednesday to discuss his roster with the MLB draft approaching.

The USC baseball team has built itself into one of the premier powers in college baseball over the past few seasons.  An obvious variable in the Gamecocks’ successes as of late is having a bevy of talent, and the ability to continue to cycle high level talent through the program consistently.

The Major League Baseball draft will get underway Thursday and the USC roster, and it’s commitment list, will get a gander yet again from big league clubs to try to lure kids away from the college game.

Wednesday night we welcomed in USC assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator Sammy Esposito into the program for a last-minute on how depleted he thinks his roster will look following tomorrow’s draft.

AUDIO: Sammy Espisito [9:10]

 

Former USC star Stephon Gilmore joins SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Stephon Gilmore joined SportsTalk to talk football and his return to Columbia.

Stephon Gilmore joined SportsTalk to talk football and his return to Columbia.

Tonight we were pleased to have former USC utility man of the football team from 2009-2011, Stephon Gilmore, on the program to talk some football and discuss his return to the Columbia area this weekend.

AUDIO: Stephon Gilmore [7:35] 

Gilmore updated us on how things are going for him in Buffalo this offseason.  He also talked about the Bills organization in general, and what it’s like having to play alongside former Clemson stars C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins.

He also gave us some insight into what it’s like making the transition from SEC star to professional football player, and how much he’s learned the past two seasons.

He’ll be in Cayce this weekend signing autographs and meeting with fans for the first time since he took his talents to the league.  He provided us with the necessary details concerning the meet and greet to help get the word out as well.

Monte Lee discusses “Supers” with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Monte Lee joined SportsTalk to recapp Gainesville and look ahead to Lubbock.

Monte Lee joined SportsTalk to recap Gainesville and look ahead to Lubbock.

The College of Charleston defeated Long Beach State Monday, 4-2, to win the Gainesville regional and advanced to the Super-Regional round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.

The Cougars managed to navigate the field and weather delays to escape their regional unblemished and will now head to the Lubbock, Texas to face the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.

Monday night Cougar head baseball coach Monte Lee joined us on SportsTalk to break down their regional win, and look ahead to the upcoming trek across America for their matchup with the Red Raiders.

AUDIO: Monte Lee [9:00]