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The Feed Pail: Darius English getting better at DE; Frank Martin won't pressure P.J. Dozier to be "savior" of South Carolina basketball

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Getting ready for a trip to Knoxville; plus, basketball season's coming!

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Football

TBS (247Sports)English playing better, DE showing signs of life. For those that have been watching closely, they may have spotted Darius English showing some improvement, which, as JC Shurburtt notes, may be masked by the D's overall deficiencies. Also, more on the offense showing some signs of life with four games to go in the season.

GC (Rivals)GC Radio recaps A&M and talks about the coaching search. Also, Scott Davis doesn't believe in moral victories and says "a loss is a loss"; and a look at the Tennessee/Kentucky game to see how the Gamecocks can prepare ($).

The State: Cloninger gives us his report card from A&M/Carolina. Also, the tale of the tape from Ben Breiner.

Knoxville News's John Adams: Gamecocks should bring back fond memories for UT. The Vols had loads of success with the Gamecocks before the Spurrier era, and with the South Carolina program struggling, Adams thinks that the opportunity presents itself for Tennessee to re-establish their past dominance - if at least for one day. Also, here's Butch Jones' comments on the upcoming game (from The Chattanoogan) and Vols players' takes on the matchup (via WATE in Knoxville).

SEC Country has their two things that Gamecocks fans should know today. Meanwhile, B/R has their full preview of Saturday's tilt at Neyland Stadium. The SEC's second-ranked rushing offense stand to have little trouble running the ball against the Gamecocks on Saturday.

Hoops

TBS (247Sports): Gamecocks not pressuring freshman (P.J.) Dozier to be savior. The Gamecocks are hoping that things finally click for them in year four of the Frank Martin era, and even though Dozier is one of his most heralded recruits, they're doing the right thing and not heaping too many expectations on him. However, Martin conceded that the freshmen, not just Dozier, will be a large part of what the team will do this season. Also, it's a 7pm tip against Norfolk State in the season opener next Saturday. Basketball season's coming, whether you like it or not.

espnW's women's basketball preseason power rankings are out, and the Gamecocks are bringing up the rear behind three-time defending champion UConn. A big part of last year's Women's Final Four is back for Dawn Staley, and in my mind they have a very strong chance to not just be one of the last four teams standing, but the ones holding up the trophy when it's all said and done in Indianapolis on April 5.

The StateGamecock BBM will play Syracuse in Brooklyn in 2016. It looks like Carolina will partake in the extended Jim Boeheim farewell tour; the longtime Orange head coach announced in March that he would retire in three years' time.

Also...

We have to stick this in here. Did you know South Carolina had a club hockey team? Well, they beat Clemson 9-0 the other night, and The State did a write-up on them that you can read here.