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2014 Season Preview

Will special teams doom Carolina again in 2014?

For the last seven years under Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks have simply failed to put together a credible presence on special teams. How bad has it been? And is there any reason to think it changes in 2014?

Gamecocks' cornerback picture getting any clearer?

Here's what the Gamecocks' defensive coaches had to say after practice on Tuesday night.

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USA Today: Final chapter of Spurrier saga might be longest

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A nice piece from Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports, discussing the amazing fact that Steve Spurrier sits on the cusp of coaching more seasons at South Carolina than he coached at Florida, as he enters his 10th year in Columbia.

Could GameDay return to Columbia in 2014?

If the Gamecocks and Bulldogs can get past a trio of tough early-season foes, College GameDay could return to Columbia, S.C. for the first time since 2012.

Spurrier talks position battles and OOC scheduling

Steve Spurrier held court before the media at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With healthy doses of shade and actual football news, it made a fitting bookend to talking season.

The Final Cockdown: No. 25, Kadetrix Marcus

Senior safety provides proven experience.

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Get ready for the 2014 football season

Watch this video to get yourself in the correct frame of mind for kickoff on Aug. 28. It gives you everything you want from a highlight video -- specifically, highlights (take notes, GamecocksOnline) -- while telling the story of last season and setting you up for the major themes of the upcoming campaign. I got chills. (via Jeff Tyner of GamecockCentral)

The Final Cockdown: No. 28, Mike Davis

Junior tailback projects to be one of nation's best.

The Final Cockdown: No. 28, Jonathan Walton

Sophomore linebacker looks to become an integral part of the defense.

The Final Cockdown: No. 30, Sidney Rhodes

Former walk-on cornerback may get his chance to see meaningful snaps for a highly ranked SEC program.

Fall practice schedule released

You no longer have to breathlessly await the beginning of fall practice without knowing the specific dates and times you're waiting for.

The Final Cockdown: No. 32, Larenz Bryant

Can talented sophomore make it onto the field in 2014?

The final Cockdown: No. 33, David Williams

Highly touted RS frosh back

The Final Cockdown: No. 34, Mason Harris

Harris likely to see most playing time of his career as second-team defensive end.

The Final Cockdown: No. 41, Connor McLaurin

McLaurin slated to start at fullback for Carolina.

Spurrier remains undefeated at Media Day

The Head Ball Coach once again put on the most entertaining performance of the SEC coaches assembled in Hoover for SEC Media Days.

This stream has:

The Head Ball Coach reigns supreme

It's time for Steve Spurrier to do his thing and for Dylan Thompson to carve out his territory as the new Tim Tebow.

IT'S SPURRIER TIME AT SEC MEDIA DAYS

It's time for Steve Spurrier to do his thing and for Dylan Thompson to carve out his territory as the new Tim Tebow.

THE PRESEASON DEPTH CHART IS HERE

South Carolina published its preseason depth chart today. Let's get into it.

Can Devin Washington stay healthy in 2014?

After missing all of 2013 with a lingering head injury, the former high three-star defensive end is trying to stay healthy and work his way into the Gamecocks' defensive end rotation.

Elliott Fry placed on Groza Award watch list

There is arguably no more important time of the year than watch list season.

The Final Cockdown: No. 53, Corey Robinson

Big tackle projects as an All-SEC selection and NFL Draft pick.

The Final Cockdown: No. 54, Clayton Stadnick

Backup center provides experienced, reliable depth.

The Final Cockdown: No. 55, Na'Ty Rodgers

Redshirt freshman right guard pushes for starting spot.

The Final Cockdown: No. 55, David Johnson

RS frosh DE looks to build for the future.

SEC Power Poll: Pre-Season Defensive Line Rankings

Ranking the league's defensive lines.

The Final Cockdown: No. 58, Ryland Culbertson

Culbertson will reprise his role as starting snapper on placekicking units.

THE FINAL COCKDOWN 59 COLEMAN HARLEY YAAAARGGGHHH

YAAAAAARRRRGHHHH BACKUP LONGSNAPPER

The Final Cockdown: No. 65, Brock Stadnick

Highly recruited Carolina OL seeks playing time.

The Final Cockdown: No. 69, D.J. Park

Redshirt freshman OG looks to earn playing time.

Seven Gamecocks poised for a breakout season

It seems like every year one or two players come out of absolutely nowhere to make an impact for the Gamecocks. Who will it be this year? We have some educated guesses.

The Final Cockdown: No. 70, Alan Knott

RS frosh center looks to develop for the future.