ESPN - Phil Steele’s SEC forecast is out, just in time for SEC Media Days. ($) Steele breaks down all 14 teams and predicts who he thinks will be the team on top at the end of the season. Also, if you can’t beat them, join them: Melanie Balcomb, who was terminated from her post as the head women’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt in April, has come on board with the Gamecocks as a “director of analytics”. Balcomb will not take part in on-court coaching; I’m interested to see how long she sticks around and if she’ll take another post if someone else comes calling.
The State - Early Vegas lines not kind to South Carolina. SPOILER: these betting lines are very bad. Another spoiler: they’re the worst of any SEC team. Needless to say, the media - and Vegas - doesn’t see an SEC championship in the Gamecocks’ future at the end of the year. Also: speedy WR Korey Banks in hurry to show off skills at WR. Banks is one of those freshmen that we haven’t heard too much about; when he gets here, we’ll see what role he’ll play at a wideout spot that will feature a few questions. Which leads us to...
TBS - Expect a big year from Deebo Samuel. The sophomore WR showed some promise in limited action last year, and he’s one of those players that could stand have a big impact on the team in 2016 if he stays healthy. Also, 2017 ATH Eric Stokes, a two-way player in Georgia, will camp with the program on Monday. It looks like speed is the name of the game with this kid.
P&C - Auburn players still have a lot of love for Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp - Includes a story about how Muschamp broke his finger breaking a clipboard. Don’t make the man angry.
Greenville News - Auburn players ready to move on without Muschamp and company - A part of the Auburn media availability was focused on the departure of Will Muschamp, Travaris Robinson and Lance Thompson to South Carolina. As you’d expect, the players gave the diplomatic response.
Finally...we can’t forget about this.