Good morning, Gamecocks fans. Mondays are never great to begin with, but flooding across much of South Carolina has made the start of the week inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst for many in the state. We at SECCountry.com hope all remain safe during this time. As for the football team, we’ll jump right into the links as the Gamecocks begin their preparation for Saturday’s game against No. 7 LSU.
- By 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, the aforementioned flooding forced South Carolina’s coaches to evacuate the area around Williams-Brice Stadium and, according to one player, cancel workouts for the day. Coach Steve Spurrier said on teleconference that the weather conditions would not affect practice this week, but you can bet this situation will be closely monitored in the coming days.
- The silver lining following an unfortunate weekend for the Gamecocks: True freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez should be OK to play this week, Spurrier said. Nunez had to leave this past Saturday’s game in the fourth quarter after sustaining a shoulder sprain. The team also gave injury updates on Brandon Wilds (cracked rib) and Connor Mitch (separated shoulder).
South Carolina news from around the Internet
- For struggling Gamecocks, season’s hardest part is yet to come: David Caraviello of The Post and Courier takes a look ahead at South Carolina’s schedule, which still holds four schools currently ranked among the AP Poll’s top 11. That includes this week’s opponent, No. 7 LSU. It’s a brutal stretch for a team still trying to find its footing.
- Foundations not stable for Gamecocks: For the first time since Spurrier took the reins of South Carolina football in 2005, the team has started 0-3 in SEC play. The State’s Josh Kendall examines whether the program has what it takes to rebound from a stagnant start. A bowl game is no certainty at this point.
- Time for Steve Spurrier to hang up the headset at South Carolina: Sydney Hunte over at SB Nation’s Garnet and Black Attack argues that despite the program’s recent heights, including three straight 11-win seasons, the Gamecocks would be better off parting ways with the Head Ball Coach. The likes of Brent Venables, Mark Dantonio (?) and Chip Kelly (??) are brought up as potential replacements.
- Lammons watches while Missouri completes pass after pass: John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com reports that sophomore cornerback Chris Lammons received limited playing time against Missouri — only “10 or 12” snaps, according to defensive coordinator John Hoke — in his first game back from a knee injury.
Best stories from around the SEC
- Official SEC Country Power Rankings released (Week 6)
- The SEC’s Big Picture: Two teams are on the fast track back to Atlanta (Party like it’s 2008)
- Watch the best bone-crushing hits from this weekend’s SEC games (you know you want to)
- Nick Saban “almost got a little emotional” after Alabama’s big win (imagine that)
- Serviceman surprises family at Florida-Ole Miss game (what, no I’m just chopping onions…)
When coach joe cancel workouts…….YOU KNOW THIS STORM IS SERIOUS!
— Cedrick Cooper (@Ced_coop18) October 4, 2015