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The Feed Pail: September 2, 2014

East bound and down.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TFP:  We got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

Gamecocksonline: It's never too early to start hating - Men's Soccer Hosts 42nd Meeting vs. Clemson tonight.

Charlotte Observer: East Carolina set for big challenge against Gamecocks. "ECU’s last win against a ranked opponent came on Dec. 5, 2009, when it beat No. 18 Houston in the Conference USA championship."

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Bonesville: The real gauntlet begins for Pirates. "This East Carolina team knows it will have its hands full on Saturday night. On the flipside, I think the Gamecocks realize the same thing."

Gamecock Pride: ECU's Ruffin McNeill Talks Gamecocks. Coach McNeill's Weekly Press Conference.  Transcript of Coach McNeill's conference call.

Greenville NC Reflector: Coaches hard on WR Justin Hardy’s pass.  The Pirates' standout SR WR is also a threat to throw downfield - safeties beware!

The Big Spur: Spurrier: 'We have total improvement needed'. John Whittle transcribes the Sunday teleconference with the HBC.

Garnet & Cocky: Mike Davis headlines Gamecocks injury report.  Other than Mike's unresolved issues, it looks like we escaped relatively uninjured from the A&M game.

ESPN SEC Blog: SEC lacks a front-runner after Week 1.  "The South Carolina Gamecocks just didn’t show up."

Scout: SEC Week 1 under the scope. "Given where Carolina’s expectations were heading into the season, it couldn’t have been a worse result."

Saturday Down South: Spurrier says Texas A&M game ‘didn’t go according to plan’, seeks improvement.

Sportstalksc: Highly regarded Conway receiver Edwards to visit USC soon "'USC is telling me they like that I’m a bigger receiver,' Edwards said. 'They said that I could be a big threat in their offense and mentioned that they haven’t had a real big receiver in a while.'"

Get the Picture: The Senator posts his SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 1.

Team Speed Kills: Crunching the power polls from across SB Nation and Beyond  -  SEC Power Poll 2014.

Gamecock Central: GCR Podcast 9/1.

Leftover Hotdog: Gamecocks Football Tailgating: View From a Drone.

CBS: Dennis Dodd writes that  Status of Idaho-Florida game won't be determined until Tuesday at earliest.   Looks like the Gators are holding on to that open-date before the WLOCP like grim death.   Also -  Tom Fornelli says its not just the celebrities - Cell phone images of college coaches hacked.   Funny and you-know-who is the lead victim.

NBC CFT: The good news about the Idaho-Florida rainout?   Suspensions for three Gators washed away with the rain.  I guess they were more suspended for that particular weekend, rather than for an actual game. And there was a kickoff after all (following the opening kick, the game was suspended before there was a single play from scrimmage).

Fox Sports: Agent: Titans agree to one-year contract with K Ryan Succop .