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Bruce Ellington signs with 49ers

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Bruce Ellington inks a 4-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers today. He also shows off an interesting taste in writing utensils.

Arden Key appears to have set an announcement date

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It's recruiting, so the usual admonitions about taking things for what they're worth and with grains of salt apply -- especially where it concerns the mercurial Arden Key -- but it appears as though the four-star defensive end has set a date to announce his commitment. Key recently published an in-order top five in which the Gamecocks were listed last, but he continues to trend in South Carolina's direction on the 247Sports Crystal Ball

Houston transfer Danuel House still considering South Carolina

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Sports Illustrated is excited about Mike Davis

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"Jadeveon Clowney was South Carolina’s undisputed headliner the past few seasons. He was the subject of draft hype, expectations and virtually incessant scrutiny. His presence may have also overshadowed the fact that the Gamecocks have a budding superstar in the backfield. Davis finished 2013 with 1,183 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 167-yard, three-score showing in a win over UCF in September. Following the departures of Connor Shaw and Bruce Ellington, he’ll be expected to shoulder the load for Steve Spurrier’s offense." - Sports Illustrated Campus Union

Four-star wide receiver Jalen Christian plans to commit on Thursday

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Christian has been considered a heavy Gamecock lean ever since he released a top 11 in March that excluded Virginia Tech. The Hokies were the presumed favorite to land the services of the Damascus, Md. native until that point.

Vote for Alshon Jeffery to be on the cover of Madden 15

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Click here to vote for Alshon Jeffery to be on the cover of Madden 15. (Don't worry. I'm pretty sure that Alshon's blinking is a symptom of inexperience reading prepared lines into a camera, not an undiagnosed medical condition.)

South Carlolina, Missouri football lead the SEC in APR

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South Carolina and Missouri led all SEC football programs in academic progress rate (APR) during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to data released on Wednesday. What is APR, exactly? In addition to being a not-that-great way of measuring academic success, it's the NCAA's metric for determining whether or not schools are putting the "student" in student-athlete. (I feel like I need to take a shower after typing that.)

Should we ignore things defenses can't control when rating them?

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Dan Hanner builds on an e-mail I wrote him discussing whether rating systems should consider 3-point percentage defense or free-throw percentage defense when they rate teams. In my e-mail to Dan, I focused on a specific example - North Dakota State. If you're interested in the details, here's the relevant portion of that e-mail excerpted below: In 2013, NDSU allowed 26.2 free throws per effective (non-turnover) possession, and that number ticked up slightly to 28.7 per 100 in 2014. Yet the difference in "free throw defense" came from the FT% of its opponents, which moved from 69.6% to 75.3%. While in 2013 NDSU gave up about the number of points you would expect from the line given its defensive capabilities, in 2014 it gave up 1.7 more points per 100 possession thanks solely to FT shooting by its opposition, completely out of its control. The same story with 3s, though that requires a belief in Pomeroy's theory on the topic. You'd have expected the opposition to score 11.9 points per 100 effective possessions on 3s against NDSU in 2014, but they scored 13.2. That's another 1.4 points outside their control (rounding). Add it up, and that's a 3.1 point swing in 2014 based on luck, not talent. Take 3.1 points off their defensive rating, and you get to a fair defensive rating of 100.0 points per 100 possessions, which would rate 74th in Pomeroy. If you did the same exercise for 2013 and strip out the Bisons' good fortune, you'll get a fair defensive rating of 70th. Basically the same as their fair rating in 2014.

Bruce Ellington gets the call from San Francisco

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Bruce Ellington was not wearing a shirt when he got the call that the 49ers had drafted him because of course he wasn't.

Jimmy Fallon interviews Jadeveon Clowney on The Tonight Show

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"Are you a millionaire right now?" 'Nah, not yet. I'm still broke."

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