COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina freshman passer Ryan Hilinksi threw for 206 yards in the Gamecocks' annual Garnet-and-Black game to finish spring practice Saturday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has struggled to build a running game. He's turning to one of Georgia's all-time leading rushers to turn that around.
South Carolina top tackler TJ Brunson to miss spring ball
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina leading tackler T.J. Brunson will miss spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia and damaged knee cartilage.
South Carolina DT Belk giving up football due to injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Highly regarded defensive tackle Josh Belk, who signed with Clemson then transferred to rival South Carolina a few months later, has decided to give up football because of a back injury.
Belk said on social media Wednesday he had fractured a vertebrae and decided "to choose another path in life."
South Carolina adds former Miami coordinator to staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has added former Miami offensive coordinator Thomas Brown as its running backs coach.
The school announced Brown's hire Wednesday.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp says Brown is an accomplished running backs coach who has excelled at Wisconsin, Georgia and Miami.
South Carolina extends contract for Muschamp, assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and three assistants received contract extensions on Tuesday.
Muschamp got a one-year extension that ties him to the school through 2024. Offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon received a two-year extension, while defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner got one-year extensions.
The deals were approved by the school's board of trustees.
Belk Bowl Matchup
Virginia (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. South Carolina (7-5, Southeastern Conference), Dec. 29, noon EST.
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley, 2,953 yards passing, 27 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. WR Deebo Samuel has 11 for the Gamecocks' 32 receiving TDs.
Virginia: QB Bryce Perkins, 2,472 yards and 22 TDs passing; another 842 yards and nine touchdowns rushing. DB Bryce Hall leads the nation with 20 pass breakups.
Bowden, Muschamp renew ties in Akron-South Carolina game
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Terry Bowden was coaching Auburn he saw just what he needed in graduate assistant Will Muschamp 23 years ago. So it's no surprise to when that Muschamp has excelled running a program.
He will get see firsthand how much Muschamp has learned this weekend.
South Carolina bringing championship goals to extra practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is treating its extra week of practice like a championship game rehearsal, even if there won't be any trophy awarded following its regular-season finale against Akron.
South Carolina not looking past Chattanooga this week
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been caught napping by an FCS opponent before — and does not want it to happen again.
The Gamecocks (5-4) take on Chattanooga (6-4) of the Southern Conference on Saturday with plenty to play for, including to further distance themselves from the embarrassing defeat to The Citadel three years ago.
Florida tries to end slump against South Carolina, Muschamp
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Facing former Florida coach Will Muschamp is the least of Dan Mullen's concerns these days.
Mullen and the 19th-ranked Gators have a two-game losing streak in which nobody played well, chaos at quarterback , rumors of a locker room scuffle and speculation that a few upperclassmen are considering shutting it down in preparation for the NFL draft.
South Carolina looks to fix self-inflicted woes in week off
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina hoped to be facing more positive challenges during its off week, not correcting problems the coaching staff believed had been already fixed before the season began.
Muschamp: Gamecocks QB Bentley expected to start vs Aggies
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina got some good news about its quarterback situation with Jake Bentley expected to return as the Gamcocks' starter against No. 22 Texas A&M after missing last week with a left knee injury.
Coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday that Bentley has moved well, looked strong and, unless there's a setback, will play Saturday.
QB Bentley doesn’t start for South Carolina with knee injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley didn't start against Missouri because of a knee injury sustained at Kentucky last weekend.
With Bentley on the sideline, backup Michael Scarnecchia made his first college start.
Bentley left the Kentucky game in the second half. He practiced much of the week and went through pre-game warmups with teammates. Bentley had a brace on his left knee.
South Carolina notches 10th straight win over Vandy 37-14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason talked about needing to be ready for a street fight when his Commodores played South Carolina.
Well, the Gamecocks took that very personally.
Jake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back from their hurricane-forced break, routing Vanderbilt 37-14 Saturday.
South Carolina anxious to play after storm forced week off
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina receiver Bryan Edwards spent the weekend concerned about family in friends in the path of Hurricane Florence — and longing to get back out on the football field after the Gamecocks football game was canceled.
South Carolina called off its matchup with Marshall last Saturday night as the once-powerhouse storm made its way through the Palmetto State.
The Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) play at Vanderbilt (2-1, 0-0) on Saturday.
Florence impacts Clemson, South Carolina football games
After several days of monitoring the approaching storm, the biggest schools in South Carolina had little choice but to alter football games due to Hurricane Florence.
South Carolina Wednesday canceled its game with Marshall that was scheduled for Saturday night. University officials announced the decision just hours after head coach Will Muschamp sounded confident the teams would play.
Gamecocks reinstate suspended defensive back Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina defensive back in Javon Charleston who was suspended nearly three months for his assault and burglary arrest has been reinstated to the team by Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp.
Muschamp said Tuesday he spoke to Charleston about his case Sunday before allowing him to return to the team.
Bentley throws 4 TDs, South Carolina beats Coastal Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina talked all offseason about going faster and displaying a new speed on offense.
It was only one game, against a team that is just more than a year removed from playing its first season in the FBS, but the Gamecocks' 49-15 victory over Coastal Carolina Saturday left no doubt that South Carolina can achieve its goal.
Jake Bentley threw for four touchdowns, Rico Dowdle scored twice and South Carolina had six different players reach the end zone.
Muschamp, Gamecocks look for improved defense
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has seen — and heard — first hand of the Gamecocks improvement on defense.
Bentley chuckled and shook his head when asked about facing coordinator Travaris Robinson's defense this summer in preseason camp.
"It's fun because it makes you better," Bentley said Tuesday. "But some days they get you and T-Rob (Robinson) lets you know about it. That's not fun."
Muschamp takes steps to keep South Carolina moving forward
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp wants to learn from history, not repeat it.
Jake Bentley growing in South Carolina’s offense
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner keeps searching for flaws, shortcomings or things to fix with Gamecocks starter Jake Bentley.
So far, the long-time coach hasn't found anything to complain about — yet.
"There are no negatives," said Werner, in his first year at South Carolina. "He comes to work every day wanting to be a leader, wanting to work hard, just begging for information. He's always the first one there, the last one to leave.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, it's time to prove it all again.
No more does he want to talk about the Gamecocks' turnaround 9-4 season a year ago — their most since going 11-2 in 2013 — or how strong the team looked in rallying past Michigan in the second half to win the Outback Bowl last January.
South Carolina’s Muschamp gets 6-year, $28.2 million deal
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has received a new, six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season.
Muschamp's contract was approved by the school's board of trustees Friday.
Muschamp, who is 15-11 in two seasons at South Carolina, will make $4.2 million next fall. His salary will increase by $200,000 over each year of the agreement until peaking at $5.2 million in 2023.
Marcus Lattimore joins South Carolina football staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced the hirings of Lattimore and the NCAA-approved 10th on-field assistant coach in Kyle Krantz.
Lattimore will also oversee the Gamecocks' Beyond Football program, which exposes players to off-field careers.
Muschamp promotes Gamecocks’ interim offensive coordinator
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has promoted Bryan McClendon to offensive coordinator, filling one of the Gamecocks biggest items on the offseason to-do list.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Friday, saying he talked with McClendon soon after the interim OC had helped the Gamecocks to a 26-19 victory in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
Year 3 questions for South Carolina’s Muschamp
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Now comes the hard part for South Carolina's Will Muschamp.
The Gamecocks second-year coach has proven — at Florida and South Carolina — that he can quickly turn a struggling team into a winning one. He led the Gamecocks from three victories in 2015 to a 9-4 mark after their 26-19 comeback win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Bentley leads South Carolina past Michigan 26-19 in Outback
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Will Muschamp envisions championships in South Carolina's future.
Lots of them.
"We don't have all the trophies and the tradition and history but we have some grit," the coach said after the Gamecocks rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit. to beat Michigan 26-19 in Monday's Outback Bowl.
Michigan, South Carolina eye 9 wins, solid finish in Outback
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Don't try to sell Jim Harbaugh or Will Muschamp on the notion that New Year's Day games that are not part of the College Football Playoff are irrelevant.
The coaches for Michigan (8-4) and South Carolina (8-4) expect to contend for national championships moving forward, but they also feel it's important to finish this season strong in the Outback Bowl.
Michigan, South Carolina seek strong finish in Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl: Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4), at Tampa, Fla., Monday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
South Carolina fires assistant and play caller Roper
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has fired the assistant coach who called its offensive plays.
Coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Wednesday he decided after much deliberation to dismiss co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and go a different direction.
The Gamecocks other co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, will call plays at the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Michigan. Muschamp says he will decide how to replace Roper permanently after that.
SEC FOOTBALL FOCUS: While Georgia and Auburn prepare for a title game, the rest of the conference goes to Waffle House
It’s 3:45 a.m. Monday, and a representative from each of the 12 SEC teams that didn’t make Saturday’s conference championship have gathered for the 25th annual end-of-the-regular-season banquet at a Waffle House in Knoxville, Tennessee. The representatives are usually each team’s head coach, but with the firing of Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and the departure of Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen to become the new man in charge at Florida, some last-minute guests had to be called upon for this important event. The seating arrangement is as follows:
AP source: Mullen fires Shannon, hires Gonzales, Hevesy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen's first official day on the job included numerous staff changes.
Mullen dismissed defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and five other assistants Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
COLUMBIA – Clemson is the (much) better team. We all knew that coming into this game.
The thought was that the Gamecocks could feed off the crowd’s energy, throw a wrinkle or two into the gameplan that could get the Tigers guessing, and make it a close game. In the fourth quarter, perhaps something crazy happens and USC is in position for the winning score.
What you need to know to prepare for No. 3 Clemson at No. 24 South Carolina
The regular season may be winding down, but the journey ahead for College Football Playoff hopefuls still has a few roadblocks.
For current CFP No. 3 Clemson, that journey involves two tough road tests — one against second-ranked Miami in the ACC Championship game, and before that, a highly-anticipated Rivalry Week matchup against South Carolina (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
Clemson not expecting repeat of rivalry rout against much-improved Gamecocks
CLEMSON — Tony Elliott has a sister and an aunt who both graduated from South Carolina and whom the Clemson offensive coordinator expects to hear from Sunday.
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has a handful of friends playing for the Gamecocks. Spartanburg native Tavien Feaster remembers watching South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore every year from 2010 to 2012.
CLEMSON — There is no doubt, Dabo Swinney says, that he and South Carolina legend Steve Spurrier "had our moments," when the two were coaching in the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry.
First competitors, then friends, when Spurrier is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame next month, Swinney will be among his guests, there for support, then celebration.
Sapakoff: Muschamp, Dabo have done Coach of the Year-worthy work in their conferences
If Gus Malzahn gets Auburn into the College Football Playoff via late-season victories over Georgia, Alabama and Georgia again in the SEC championship game he deserves a new visor. And the SEC Coach of the Year award.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart gets an SEC Coach of the Year party gift if the Bulldogs pull off an SEC championship game upset against Alabama or Auburn.
Miami’s Mark Richt, for finally getting the Hurricanes into an ACC championship game, is the clear favorite for ACC Coach of the Year.
A newcomer asked Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables on Saturday about the difficulty of preparing for South Carolina “on a short Thanksgiving week.”
“It’s not a short week,” Venables shot back. “Never has been.”
Will Muschamp knows.
“Thanksgiving is a meal, not a day,” the Gamecocks head coach said last year.
Rivalry Week waiting is over.
And both teams are going into Saturday night in Columbia (7:30 p.m., ESPN) happy and hot.
COLUMBIA – South Carolina won.
The Gamecocks notched their eighth victory of the season 31-10 over Wofford Saturday in a way unlike most of their others this year, which was a sigh of relief to fans and an invitation to enjoy what’s been an outstanding season. There were no more fingernails chewed and no more brows mopped as USC (8-3) turned two Terrier turnovers into touchdowns and did what it had to do to beat the pesky Southern Conference champs and their triple-option scheme.
Wofford stirs up South Carolina memories of Citadel loss
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp made sure his older players relived perhaps their most embarrassing moment with the Gamecocks — a stunning 23-22 loss to FCS opponent Citadel in 2015.
Sapakoff: Gamecocks’ ‘So what? Now what?’ buy-in tops the SEC East trash heap
COLUMBIA – The SEC portion of South Carolina’s 2017 football season was conveniently abridged in an eight-play sequence against Florida on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium:
- Two Jake Bentley interceptions
- Two lost fumbles (one by each team)
- Two Florida penalties
- Two sacks (one by each team)
A few minutes within a 28-20 victory over two-time defending SEC East champion Florida, the latest pathetic foe on the Gamecocks’ schedule.
S Carolina overcomes errors, beats crumbling Florida 28-20
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a season of one dominant team and a bunch of disappointments in the SEC East, resilient South Carolina figured out another way to win, overcoming four turnovers to beat Florida 28-20 on Saturday and reach heights the Gamecocks have rarely achieved.
South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern) can't win what would have been only been its second SEC East title. But the Gamecocks will finish with only its eighth winning SEC record in 26 seasons in the league.
Pigskin Picks: Sunshine State of mind for Gamecocks, Clemson; split on Georgia vs. Auburn
Most of the experts picked Florida State to win the ACC championship this season. Some people, including master prognosticator Phil Steele, picked Florida to finish first in the SEC East for a third straight season.
No one thought Clemson and South Carolina would be favored by a combined 21 points (give or take) over their Sunshine State rivals on Saturday.
But it’s a Palmetto-lined trend down an orange blossom trail:
South Carolina WR Samuel ruled out for season
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Injured South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel won't be coming back this fall.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Samuel sprained his foot while rehabbing his broken leg. Muschamp said any possible return for the junior was finished with this setback.
Samuel remains the Gamecocks leader with six touchdowns despite not playing since breaking a bone in his leg against Kentucky on Sept. 16. Samuel had hoped that he could come back to the team later in the season.
South Carolina hung with No. 2 Georgia but never quite had enough in 24-10 loss
ATHENS, Ga. – Bryan Edwards burst through the seam with a bead on the end zone, and Jake Bentley knew the game was tied. Just as he released, he was clipped – the throw wobbled to a stop in the arms of Georgia safety J.R. Reed.
That kind of day. South Carolina hung with No. 2 Georgia but never quite had enough to overcome, the Bulldogs clinching the SEC East championship with a 24-10 win.
COLUMBIA — Each coach has to be loving this.
Smash-mouth, old-school SEC football. Run the ball, play defense. Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart played that style as Georgia safeties, and Saturday’s South Carolina-Georgia game should be a throwback to it.
Why wouldn’t it be? It’s what each team is good at.
New-look Gators ready for Missouri under Shannon’s watch
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — In a year when the job security of more than a third of the Southeastern Conference's coaches has been questioned, Florida became the first school to fire its coach last week.
COLUMBIA – It’s not yet game time, so Tuesday and Wednesday could allow a few minutes of catching up.
“I was a senior when he was a freshman,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said of Georgia counterpart Kirby Smart. “He was an outstanding player, very active, I think he was one of Georgia’s interceptions leaders, a guy who would return kicks for them, could run extremely well.”