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Columbia City Council Makes Initial Approval of Minor League Stadium Contract

The State's Clif LeBlanc reports that Columbia's City Council has tentatively approved a plan to build a publicly funded minor league stadium. The plan was narrowly approved 4-3 against vocal opposition from a council minority as well as many in the public at large. The State reports on the details of the plan, but in short, Columbia would cover roughly 75% of the costs with public funds, while additional funds would come from regional investors. Public funds would come from a tax on restaurant and bar patrons. What do you think of the plan? On the one hand, I'm naturally skeptical of a plan whose defense is "If these deals didn’t make sense, why is everyone else doing it?" On the other hand, while the Gamecocks provide the city of Columbia with quality baseball, college ball ends in June and higher-level minor league ball with a spiffy new stadium does provide a nice summer entertainment option.

Bruce Ellington talks to Corey Miller

Bruce Ellington talks to Corey Miller about being a two-sport athlete, his performance at the NFL Combine, and the factors that played into his decision to make an early declaration for the NFL Draft.

Connor Shaw speaks after basketball halftime appearance

Following his appearance at halftime of the South Carolina basketball game against Florida, Connor Shaw spoke with the media about his continued preparation for USC's Pro Timing Day and the NFL Draft.

Jalen Christian releases top 11, includes South Carolina

Four-star cornerback Jalen Christian of Damascus, Md. released his top 11 schools on Tuesday via his Twitter account. The list includes Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Conspicuously absent is Virginia Tech, which was previously thought to be Christian's favorite. Prior to the announcement, 247Sports Crystal Ball projection had Christina at almost 100 percent to the Hokies. (JC Shurburrtt was the lone dissenter.) Since Christian released his top 11, several predictions have come in for South Carolina. Christian is the No. 127 overall player in the 2015 class according to the 247Sports Composite index.

Jeremiah likes Bruce Ellington as a mid-round slot receiver

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah sees a lot to like in Bruce Ellington. He went on to define "sticky at the top of routes" as the presence of "choppy, wasted steps."

ESPN Bracketology: South Carolina holds on to No. 1 seed

Despite dropping a tough road loss to the Tennessee Volunteers and falling out of the top four in the national polls, Dawn Staley's Gamecocks have retained their grasp on a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, according to ESPN's latest Bracketology. As you will note from the fact that South Carolina is in bold typeface, Charlie Creme is operating under the potentially false assumption that the Gamecocks will win the SEC tournament.

Harris Pastides stormed the court after UK win

The SEC will issue South Carolina a heavy penalty after students rushed the court following the Gamecocks' 72-67 win over Kentucky. But once Harris Pastides realized it was a sunk cost, he joined the storm.

South Carolina beats Kentucky, fans storm the court

Fans were not deterred by the prospect of incurring a hefty fine from the SEC. After the South Carolina basketball team knocked off Kentucky 72-67, they stormed the court.

Harris Pastides throws out the opening pitch for game two

University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides threw out the opening pitch at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. for game two of the Gamecocks' series against Clemson.

Chad Holbrook discusses South Carolina's 9-6 win over Clemson

South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook discusses South Carolina's 9-6 win over Clemson, including Grayson Greiner's heroic performance and the decision to leave Jordan Montgomery in even though his ace lefty was struggling.

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