Stephon Gilmore: Could he go as high as # 3 in the Draft?
Palmetto Recruiting: Another Frank Martin target is Cincinnati PG (and former Duquesne signee) Willie Moore - who is working on scheduling an official visit to USC for this week. There was some thought that he might commit to Virgina Tech over the weekend, but he cut short his visit to Blacksburg when the Hokies fired Seth Greenberg while he was there. Awkward! Apparently the Oregon Ducks have also wormed their way into contention.
Post & Courier: Former USC basketball power forward Anthony Gill transferring to Virginia. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone; the article goes onto to have some good analysis of the numbers situation for Coach Frank Martin. There is also a b-ball recruiting overview from Phil Kornblut in today's P&C.
Sportstalkgolive: Phil Kornblut remarks that "even if Darrin Horn had remained the coach at USC, Gill might very well have decided to transfer." Could you imagine the angst that would have caused if Horn was still here? Unpleasant as it is to terminate a decent guy like Darrin Horn - and lose good players like Gill and Harris - there is no doubt we did the right thing for the long-term health of USC hoops.
Athlon: Georgia or South Carolina: The SEC East's Best Team in 2012? Let the wild rumpus begin. Also take a peak over at the other league - Clemson or Florida State: Which Team Wins ACC Atlantic in 2012?
Rivals: South Carolina turning into Cornerback U. Tell us something we didn't already know!
Check out lots more links after The Jump!
Life of a Gamecock: Gamecock Football Recruiting: New Punter For The Gamecocks?
Spur of the Moment Blog: Reportage dim-sum from Darryl Slater - Frank Martin's mother on her reaction to Ozzie Guillen's comments, and lots of other extras from the Martin profile.
Gamecock Central: South Carolina held its annual Gamecock Gala on Monday, recognizing athletes across the university's athletics program. Congratulations to all the honorees. While you're at GC, check out two baseballl reports: Look Back, Look Ahead - Back in the race by Scott Hood and Fish Story by David Cloninger.
Sportstalkgolive: SportsTalk catches up with USC skipper Ray Tanner (AUDIO) - interview by Phil Kornblut.
Leftover Hotdog: 2012 Gamecocks Baseball Field Report: Auburn Edition.
Baseball America: Aaron Fitt had this to say about the Yardcocks:
It certainly seems like South Carolina is gelling once again, doesn't it? Tanner is one of those guys who always seems to push the right buttons and put his players in position to succeed, and I think he's done that again this year. Moving Jordan Montgomery into the rotation was a masterstroke — really like the way that pitching staff sets up now, with Price back anchoring the bullpen where he belongs. South Carolina won't catch Kentucky in the regular-season, but the Gamecocks will be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason, as usual. They are right back in the thick of the national seed discussion.
College Baseball Insider: South Carolina climbs to #6 in the CBI Composite Poll. Six SEC teams are in the Top 25.
Viking Age: Greg Cosell’s Mock Draft Has Vikings Taking Cornerback Stephon Gilmore #3 . Wow.
Bleacher Report - New York Jets: On drafting AJ1 - "nobody else seems to want him and, given Jeffery's talent, it would be highly probable to see him in a Jets uniform." Will the Jets expend a first round pick on him?
CBS Sports: Amid all the positive press surrounding Arkansas' promotion of John L. Smith, Gregg Doyel feels compelled to submit a minority report - Arkansas hire of Smith so bad, a vacation is torn asunder. Hey - anything that gives us an edge against a league opponent is fine with me.
Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Speaking of edges - UT Vols' defense makes progress with new scheme. The best time to play against a new 3-4 defense is in the first year; Sunseri is a legit SEC D Coordinator, but the article is silent on nose tackle play which is the linchpin of this defensive-set. RS Sophomore Gregg Clark (6'2", 315) played in just one game last season after a redshirt year and seems a bit on the smallish side; the Vols' monstrous nose tackle recruit Daniel McCullers (6'6", 380) won't arrive until the summer. I think we may have the advantage in the trenches when we play the Volunteers.
AJC Recruiting: AJC College Sports Recruiting Have you ever seen "The Blind Side" movie? Great movie, but I thought it came off making Hugh Freeze seem like a likeable doofus, so I'm surprised he touts it. Well, any p.r. is good p.r. as they say.
Forbes: Let me take back that last bit of fortune cookie wisdom - University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm. Bad move there, Gators - and UF is big enough and rich enough not to have to be worried about two bits here, or four bits there ... oh, nevermind.
GoUpstate: Former USC star signs with pro team. Awesome news, Kayla! I hear that Iceland is beautiful this time of year!