The Daily Feed // 12.23.10

FOOTBALL

Atlanta Memories are Sour | GamecockCentral.com
What the heck is the rubber-chicken circuit? Did I not get an invite to TRC's Christmas party this year?

That slap in the face was intensified by a long offseason, made longer every time one of them got wind of coach Steve Spurrier talking about it during the rubber-chicken circuit. Not like he could talk about the Clemson win after the game after that was so disappointing.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl Preview With ACC Rivals: Our Answers to Their Questions | Leftover Hot Dog
The guys from LOHD answer some questions from the guys of ACC Rivals.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl Preview with ACC Rivals: Insight on FSU | Leftover Hot Dog
And vice versa.

Florida State Football: Player To Watch on Offense | Leftover Hot Dog
The short answer: E.J. Manuel.

Who To Fear on the Florida State Defense | Leftover Hot Dog
Short answer: Xavier Rhodes.

Elliott brings stability to Gamecocks' line | ESPN
I'm not sure how a guy in his first year adds "stability" to the unit he's coaching, (after all, he could be poached before National Signing Day just like any other coach), but at least Chris Low is giving Shawn Elliot some well-deserved props.

Ponder or Manuel: USC Has To Stop Both | GamecockCentral.com
Christian Ponder will play. Mark it down. No way he misses the Chick-fil-A Bowl. And that worries me quite a bit.

Gamecocks' Lattimore familiar to Seminoles | 'NOLE CALL
Is Steve Spurrier bigger than The Beatles? Blasphemy!

FSU is looking for its first 10-win season since 2003. South Carolina, meanwhile, is looking for its first 10-win season since 1984. Dawkins remembers when Steve Spurrier arrived in Columbia, S.C., in 2005, and he joked that the Head Ball Coach had a heavenly impact.

"It was like Jesus came down to earth," Dawkins said. "It definitely was. A lot of hype around it. "They did pretty good this year. In the past, they haven't really exceeded expectations.This year they really stepped it up."

Ranking the SEC coaching jobs in 2010 | ESPN
Chris Low gives us the "official" rankings of the head coaches in the SEC. The Gamecocks getting rocked by Auburn in the SECCG is good enough for 3rd. I'm guessing the SEC coaches vote shook out a little differently since a) all the other coaches think Cam Newton should be ineligible, b) everyone who has actually met Bobby Petrino sees him for the snake in the grass that he is, and c) coaches in the SEC are more familiar with the historical trials and tribulations of South Carolina football.

Dabo Makes One Cat Really Happy | The Rubber Chickens
What is going on here?

2010 Year in Review: Dumbest Statements in Sports Edition | The Rubber Chickens

Urban Meyer, January 1, 2010 "I plan on being the coach of the Gators."

A step-by-step look at the project approval process, Farmers Market renovation earns final approval | Spurs Up
Check out the plans for the farmers market. Very cool.

 


RECRUITING

OL Broome signs with Gamecocks | The Post and Courier
Gamecocks sign a 6-6, 320-pound offensive linemen with JUCO experience? I like.

Four-star TE Drew Owens picks South Carolina | ESPN
As reported elsewhere in the comments section by stapleears. /confirmed

Gray Military Academy Becoming Reality | GamecockCentral.com
Methinks this might be more aptly named "Gray-shirt Military Academy." Snark aside, check out the former Gamecocks on the list of football coaches (Phil Petty, Corey Jenkins, and Rob DeBoer). It's a veritable Gamecocks reunion.

 


BASEBALL

Four S.C. teams in preseason Top 40 | The Herald Online
We all know that USC came in with a preseason ranking of 14, but did you know that three other teams from our state can also be found within the preseason top 35? Clemson is ranked 4th in what is surely the most head-scratching of all the rankings, followed by Coastal Carolina (24) and College of Charleston (35). Not too bad.

 


SOFTBALL

Gamecock Softball makes Christmas special for family in need | Spurs Up
A nice holiday story.

 


MEN'S BASKETBALL

Furman Downs South Carolina, 91-75 | Gamecocks Online
Uh-oh! Where did that come from? It just wouldn't be the Darrin Horn era without an embarrassing loss to an in-state mid-major?

Bruce Ellington scored a career-high 31 points, but it wasn't enough as South Carolina (7-3) dropped a 91-75 decision to Furman (8-2) Wednesday night at Timmons Arena in Greenville.

South Carolina Gamecocks Basketball: Reasons Why The Gamecocks Could Win The SEC | Bleacher Report
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this article was penned before the 'Cocks loss to Furman.

 


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Gamecocks Soar Past Bulldogs 67-54 | Gamecocks Online
Hi-oh! Where did that come from?

South Carolina wrapped up its pre-holiday schedule with a 67-54 win over Butler in women's basketball action at Colonial Life Arena. Three Gamecocks (6-5) finished in double figures with sophomore guard Ieasia Walker narrowly missing a double-double with her 17 points and nine rebounds, both team highs. South Carolina used a big run at the start of each half to take command and hit free throws down the stretch to hold off the charging Bulldogs (6-5).

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