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Football

Joe Person on Pre-Season Watch Lists. As many of you probably know, Eric Norwood was named to the Lott and Lombardi Awards Pre-Season Watch Lists. Person also lists Darian Stewart, Chris Culliver, Cliff Matthews, Weslye Saunders, Jarriel King, Garrett Anderson, Nathan Pepper, and Spencer Lanning as possible candidates for pre-season All-SEC.

Basketball

Darrin Horn Talks to Xavier. While this is still developing, it officially means it's time to get nervous and wring our hands. Sean Miller assistant Chris Mack is reportedly the favorite for Xavier, but I would have to think that Xavier AD Mike Bobinski would prefer Horn if Bobinski thinks he can get Horn for a reasonable price. The question then becomes: will Eric Hyman pay up for Horn? With lots of revenue coming in from new SEC contracts and with Horn finally filling up with the Colonial Center, Hyman has the necessary funds to compete with Xavier and should be prepared to use them to show his commitment to Horn. Unless Horn really just wants to go to Xavier (and there are some reasons he may want to do so), I think the ball is in Hyman's court on this one. Don't let Gamecock Nation down, Eric.

UPDATE: According to Seth Emerson, Horn would owe USC $1.25 million if he leaves. Worth knowing.

Baseball

Clemson Beats Carolina 7-5. Even a blind tiger finds a nut from time to time. Congrats to Clemson on their first diamond victory against us in...well, I don't remember the last time. But seriously, congrats.