The Daily Feed // 08.26.10

FOOTBALL

Practice report: Coaches ready their options | GoGamecocks
It's looking more and more like Akeem Auguste and C.C. Whitlock are going to miss at least a few games due to suspension. The pair was late once again to practice on Wednesday dealing with the fallout from the Whitney scandal.

And check this out: Spencer Lanning was voted as a team captain. Spurrier noted that this was the first time in his career that a kicker was voted captain. Ladi Ajiboye, he of Whitney fame, was the fourth and final captain elected (Patrick Dimarco and Cliff Mathews are the other two).

Sources: Players received reduced rates | GoGamecocks
Ok, so here's the scoop. Saunders, Paulk, Robertson, Auguste, King, and Ajiboye look like they're going to miss at least a couple of games. Those are the only projected starters embroiled in the scandal. That's all you need to know. Oh, yeah, and Wesley Saunders still has a room at the Whitney. It's almost like he wants to get kicked off the team.

Miles stays in hunt for starting RB job | GoGamecocks
Kenny Miles' hamstring has been steadily improving. The red-shirt sophomore will surely get his share of carries along with Brian Maddox and Marcus Lattimore. Running backs coach Jay Graham seems to think that the Gamecocks can use up to three backs effectively in a game.

"You can play three (in the rotation), but it depends on what their skill set is and what they’re good at. That’s the most important thing," Graham said. "Obviously, once a guy gets into the flow of things, you don’t want to take him out of the game and put someone else in. As you get in the game, every game is different. Whoever is starting to show that they can take the game over, that guy will end up getting the majority of the carries."

Upset In The Making: The Top 5 Teams With A Chance to Knock Off Alabama | Bleacher Report
Shane Powell seems to think that the Gamecocks have the best chance of anyone to beat the Alabama Crimson tide during the regular season. Powell sites USC's coming off of a bye week and 'Bama coming off of a tough stretch of the schedule. However, he's at a loss to describe any tangible advantages the Gamecocks may have for the tide. Still a good read, though.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs USM Golden Eagles 9/2/10: Mark's Free Pick Against the Spread College Football | The Sports Chat Place
The author has questions about the Gamecocks siting our inconsistent QB play from Garcia and "no ground game of note." Mark's pick: Southern Mississippi +14. (Full disclosure: I don't bet. In fact, I'm not entirely sure if his picking USM +14 means he thinks the Golden Eagles are 14 points better or worse than the Gamecocks.)

Georgia lineman picks USC | GoGamecocks
Offensive lineman Quincy McKinney pledged for the Gamecocks on Wednesday. He's 6-4, 295 lbs. and picked USC over Nebraska, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Duke.

Recruit's versatility fits the bill | GoGamecocks
Josh Hoke's inaugural effort for the State. Hoke looks at how 2011 recruit Jordan Montgomery will fit into Ellis Johnson's defense.

BASKETBALL

Horn plays waiting game with Holloway | GoGamecocks
Darrin Horn sits down for an interview with Neil White. Topics of discussion include the arrival of Murphy Holloway, the squad's youth, and last year's win of #1 Kentucky. On Holloway:

"First and foremost, it speaks to a young man trying to do the right thing by his family. To me that’s always impressive," Horn said. "There aren’t a lot of kids that age who would do that. That in itself speaks volumes. The fact he’s making a sacrifice to come because that is so important to him, we can work with a guy like that."

MEDIA

GoGamecocks.com moving to membership model | GoGamecocks
It looks like GoGamecocks.com is moving up in the world. We all know the newspaper is a dieing medium, I always wondered how long it would be before The State started to charge for its most successful business unit. Membership will cost $50 a year or $10 a month (for now). So, yeah, don't expect to see too many GoGamecocks.com articles on here once their plan goes live.

RIFF-RAFF

NCAA asked Saunders about UNC links | GoGamecocks
Breaking news! The NCAA asked Wesley Saunders about his connections to Marvin Austin!

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