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Chuck Eidson retires

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After a European career that spanned over a decade, the former Gamecock by way of Pinewood Prep calls it a career. Eidson played at Carolina from the 1999-2000 season until 2002-03, and stands 7th all-time in assists at USC (428) and 2nd in steals (272).

Jim Clyburn wishes Lady Gamecocks well

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I was hoping for the phrase "national championship," but a Go Gamecocks from the third-highest ranking member of the minority party in the House of Representatives suffices.

Steve Spurrier calls Nick Jones 'Governor Nicky'

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If you've heard Steve Spurrier talk about Nick Jones since the senior wideout came to Columbia in 2010, then you've probably used to hearing him called "Nicky." Well, Steve Spurrier has apparently taken it a step further and begun calling him "Governor Nicky," according to Josh Kendall of The State. You see, Nikki Haley is the governor of South Carolina and Nicky and Nikki are homophones. What additional references might Spurrier still append to the 5'6 receiver's existing nicknames? At this rate, it's not inconceivable that the HBC might end up calling him something like Governor Nicky Sixxpence None The Richard Pryor. Still, this is not the greatest logical leap that Steve Spurrier has taken in assigning a nickname to one of his players.

South Carolina hates the Gamecocks, sorta

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A plurality of the 288 South Carolina internet users polled for this Reddit map hate the Gamecocks more than any other team. Only 266 of the 7,866 total voters hate South Carolina the most, which come to a meager 3 percent of the total votes. Interestingly, 16 percent of the total responses, the most from any one state, came Georgia.Only 71 respondents (one percent) are particularly worried about Clemson. All in all, I'm not totally sure what to make of this.

Elliott Fry's leg may have murdered this windshield

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Shortly after South Carolina's Sunday evening practice session, Gamecock placekicker Elliott Fry tweeted this picture of a broken windshield near the Proving Grounds on Bluff Road where South Carolina holds football practice. The absence of a subject in either of the sentence fragments associated with the tweet prevent us from knowing if it was Fry himself who did the damage or one of his teammates, but the more fun thing to do is assume that it was Fry. This tweet continues a strong run of social media activity this offseason for the Groza Award watch list member. Let's hope this is just a preview of the carnage he intends to rain down upon the SEC during the 2014 season.

USA Today: Final chapter of Spurrier saga might be longest

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A nice piece from Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports, discussing the amazing fact that Steve Spurrier sits on the cusp of coaching more seasons at South Carolina than he coached at Florida, as he enters his 10th year in Columbia.

FO - Sidney Rice: What Could Have Been?

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A nice read on the Gamecock great, and I did fine reading it until the fourth paragraph, where they mentioned Sterling Sharpe and Robert Brooks, and then I just got very sad. On a completely unrelated note, I used to referee rec league basketball in Columbia, and one afternoon got assigned to a girls basketball game coached by Sterling Sharpe, staring his daughter. Two things stand out for me from this game: 1) You forget how huge professional athletes are until you're near them. Sterling Sharpe played WIDE RECEIVER, a position that affords opportunities to some of the smallest men on the football field, and he dwarfed me. And I am not a small man. 2) It was not hard to figure out which of the 10 children on the floor was related to Sterling Sharpe. His daughter was comically larger than the other players.

This out-of-context vine of Steve Spurrier is hilarious and hypnotic

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Following South Carolina's annual media golf event last week, Steve Spurrier took some time to answer questions about the Gamecocks' chances of making a run at an SEC title in 2014. As he often does, the Head Ball Coach spent some time explaining how he'd rather take things one game at time instead of getting fixated on one or two opponents. He recalled his early days in Columbia and how one of his first acts was to rip down the "Beat Clemson" signage in the locker room. Taken out of context, his comments are hilarious and strangely hypnotic. I didn't realize that Spurrier had hired Tobias Funke as a speech writer.

Busta Anderson, Shon Carson on track to play in opening game

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According to the Head Ball Coach, Busta Anderson and Shon Carson should be available week one against Texas A&M. The bigger news here is Anderson, who it was initially feared could miss the 2014 season with a torn triceps. More recent reports suggested his recovery was going well enough that he'd be available at some point in the fall. Now, it would seem Anderson will avoid missing any playing time.

Stephen Garcia is doing a Reddit AMA

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Stephen Garcia is doing an AMA (AMA = internetspeak for "ask me anything") on Reddit. You might be hard-pressed to come up with questions though. After all, he had a pretty unremarkable career and his time at Carolina concluded in a neatly-packaged farewell that offered little in the way of controversy. He's going to start answering questions at 2 p.m. EDT, so you'd better hustle if you want to get yours in.

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