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Gamecocks in the News
Garnet Report: Darla Moore Becomes Augusta’s First Female Club Member. When the great Bobby Jones founded the Augusta National Club back in 1933 on an old indigo plantation just a stone's throw from the Savannah River, it was natural that there would be a South Carolina connection with the club - one of the most prominent heretofore being Greenwood, South Carolina native, ex-Gamecock football player and banking giant William "Hootie" Johnson, who served as the Club's chairman from 1998 to 2006. TFP is completely disinterested in the politics or cultural significance of the National's decision to admit women - but is extremely proud of the fact that Darla Moore was among the first two chosen. If all you know about Ms. Moore, class of 1975, is that USC's nationally-ranked Moore School of Business is named after her, then you should take a second to read more about her life. She is not simply a internationally-known financier (once called the "toughest" women in business) but the Lake City native is one of the greatest philanthropists in South Carolina's history. Her contributions to the University of South Carolina - both in terms of largesse and service on the Board of Trustees - is unmatched in our lifetimes. Any national recognition she receives from her invitation to join the Augusta National is something which the whole Carolina family can look upon with great pride.
Bob Gillespie: Speaking of Hootie Johnson, class of 1953, The State's sports editor emeritus Bob Gillespie writes Former Augusta National chairman calls admission of Moore and Rice ‘wonderful news.’ Bob takes us on a trip down memory lane to the heady days of 2002 when Johnson publicly battled Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations over the issue of female members at Augusta National. Best line: "Welcome to the future. I suspect Hootie Johnson helped make it happen now." No doubt, Bob. No doubt.
USA Today: And while we're on the subject of "Hooties," in other prominent alumnus news Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker smack talks Clemson. Heh.
Post & Courier: South Carolina’s Carson, Auguste sidelined with injuries.
Chis Low: Our first notice by ESPN's SEC blog in a long stretch - cuz its bad news: Gamecocks' thin secondary suffers a blow. Hey, when do we get a GamecockNation bit, Chris?
Gamecock Anthem: Practice Report: Lattimore ready to go by David Porter.
Bleacher Report: Taking a Look at Devin Taylor for 2012 by Brad Washington and Gamecocks' Secondary Hit Hard with Akeem Auguste Injury by Barrett Sallee. Also, Untested Corners Will Make or Break the 2012 Season by Alex Roberts.
College Football Zealots: 2012 Pre-Season Preview: #8 South Carolina Gamecocks (You've got to scroll down for the analysis). Georgia comes in at # 6.
Gamecocksonline: Gamecocks Practice Monday Night .
Gamecock Anthem: Checking In: Alan Knott by Adam Garrett.
Palmetto Recruiting: USC still looking good with Priester and Bryant planning trip to USC.
Other Gamecock Sports
Sports Talk Radio: Holbrook adds Buscher, Esposito to USC baseball staff (AUDIO).
Spurs Up Blog: This Week in Gamecock Country ... Volleyball swings into action, plus men's and women's soccer home openers.
FITS News: OK - I'm breaking with my standing rule of not linking to FITS - but because no one else will probably touch this story, and you'll want to know it when you're standing at the water cooler - I will hold my nose and give you the scoop: Jessica Dorrell Is Coming To South Carolina. Actually, she's coming with her
husband fiancee, Josh Morgan, who will be the s&c coordinator for our swimmers and divers. I hope Josh enjoys being part of the USC family, and that Gamecock folks will handle this with all the aplomb, discretion and hospitality that South Carolinians are know for the world-over (even if Mr. Folks tries our patience with that concept).
Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Tennessee Volunteers considering kickoff plan.
Mr. SEC: Speaking of the rule changes - LSU’s Miles — Like Other Coaches — Making Plans For New Kickoff Rules.
Lost Lettermen: Signs at Hogs Games Need Pre-Approval. Funny.