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‘Remain calm; all is well’
No, the Gamecocks weren’t able to exact revenge in Gainesville behalf of their beloved head coach. No, the Gamecocks won’t be taking an improbable trip to Atlanta as the SEC East representative.
Don’t let the outcome of one game put a damper on an otherwise encouraging 2016 campaign — featuring plenty of young playmakers who can only get better over time.
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) November 14, 2016
I’m not going to trot out the tired “Keep Calm and Carry On” message (Note: Can we retire this already?), but I’d implore you to keep things in perspective and look at the reality of the team’s current state.
The Gamecocks sit at .500 (5-5) with two games left to play. With Western Carolina coming to town, the Gamecocks have a very, very realistic shot at bowl eligibility.
Gamecock Central’s Scott Davis put it ever so eloquently:
These are the baby steps forward that we needed to see in Year One of the (Will) Muschamp era. You wanted giant steps? They were never going to happen this year, not with a razor-thin roster loaded with freshmen, sophomores, inexperienced veterans and role players.
Javon Kinlaw de-commits
Just days after reaffirming his commitment to the Gamecocks, JUCO DL Javon Kinlaw de-committed on Monday night.
— Javon Kinlaw (@9_thegreat) November 15, 2016
Kinlaw’s recruitment has had so many twists and turns that this latest development is hardly a shocker.
Word on the street is Alabama’s shown interest in the 6-foot-7 defensive lineman as of late. If it’s the lure of the Crimson Tide that has Kinlaw reconsidering his commitment, it’s hard to be too upset.
Here’s hoping the Goose Creek, S.C., native makes the best decision for himself and his future.
Let’s go bowling
At 5-5, the only thing standing between USC and a bowl game is Western Carolina. At the risk of jinxing our beloved Gamecocks, let’s talk bowl predictions:
- Our own Alec Shirkey predicts a Liberty Bowl clash against Texas for the Gamecocks.
- CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has USC heading to the Texas Bowl to take on TCU.
- Sporting News sees the Belk Bowl in the Gamecocks’ future — in an SEC vs. ACC matchup against Wake Forest.
- Campus Insiders serves up possibly the most intriguing matchup: South Carolina vs. Houston in the Birmingham Bowl. Oh hello, Tom Herman.
The Texas Bowl against TCU could be fun, but I don’t see the Houston-based bowl picking USC to travel halfway across the country. That spot is likely to go to Mississippi State, Ole Miss or Kentucky.
Realistically, I think Carolina vs. Houston in the Birmingham Bowl offers the most excitement. You have offense vs. defense, plus the storyline of Herman turning down Carolina from 2015 adding an extra layer of drama.
In case you missed it
- WR Jamari Smith plans to transfer from the program following his graduation in December.
- Gamecock Central has three observations from South Carolina’s loss to Florida.
- Gamecocks looking to reverse trend of slow starts on the road, from Spurs & Feathers.
- The Post and Courier on the Gamecocks’ senior class’ foundation for Muschamp’s rebuilding efforts at USC.
- The State’s Josh Kendall elaborates on his scorching hot take — ranking Clemson No. 10 in his Top 25 ballot.
— SEC Country SC (@SECCountrySC) November 14, 2016
“Rah Felder played because it’s my decision that he has accepted everything that came his way for his mistake,” coach Frank Martin said, “And Ray Tanner and I have been in direct communication with that … if for the last four years the way I handle discipline doesn’t earn me a little bit of credit when I think a guy deserves to play and doesn’t need to play, then I don’t need to spend a lot of time in this conversation.”
- More from Martin on Felder playing for the Gamecocks on Sunday night.
- A closer look at USC’s massive 81-49 win over Holy Cross.
- Four-star combo guard David Beatty committed to the Gamecocks on Monday night.
- Women’s basketball couldn’t let the men’s team hog the spotlight. Coach Dawn Staley’s team opened the season with a 92-80 win against a top-10 opponent on the road.
— GamecockWBB (@GamecockWBB) November 15, 2016
The nonrev report
— Gamecock M. Soccer (@GamecockMSoccer) November 14, 2016
- South Carolina men’s soccer team earned its second straight bid to the NCAA Tournament.
- Women’s volleyball scored its first Top-25 win since 2006 with a 3-1 victory over No. 21 Mizzou.
- Women’s soccer takes on Colorado on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kendall spitting hot fire on Monday:
To announce that he'll be Lattimore's defensive coordinator? https://t.co/An5lkkWtVK
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 14, 2016
Feverishly knocks on wood.
Boom already has that W over Western Carolina chalked up. pic.twitter.com/sB4KgedDGC
— TRC (@RubrChickens) November 14, 2016
I’m holding judgement until I find out where said pasta salad is from
There's no way the Gamecocks are receiving impermissible benefits if the finest food Sindarius Thornwell has ever tasted is pasta salad.
— Narciso Gonzales (@FeatherdWarrior) November 14, 2016
— Zinny Simpson (@Zin_City) November 15, 2016