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South Carolina AD Ray Tanner reportedly has his man to lead the baseball program.

Notes on new baseball coach, plus details on how to assist former Gamecocks in their all-star bids

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Mark Kingston’s town

According to multiple reports on Thursday, including confirmation by SEC Country’s Mike Wilson through his sources, South Carolina will hire South Florida coach Mark Kingston as its new baseball coach.

MORE: New contract for South Carolina baseball coach on board agenda 

Kingston comes to Columbia after posting a 41-19 record and reaching the NCAA Tournament with the Bulls in 2017.

In his three seasons in Tampa, Fla., Kingston took South Florida to two NCAA regionals. His all-time record, between USF and Illinois State, is 253-180-1.

Reactions to Mark Kingston’s hiring

Though Kingston may not be the big name some fans desired, the hire has already earned high marks from college baseball insiders, including D1 Baseball’s Aaron Fitt.

I asked Gamecocks Twitter luminary The Rubber Chickens to give me its two cents on the hire, from a longtime South Carolina fan perspective …

“The hiring of Kingston may very well turn out to be a great one, only time will tell,” TRC said. “The reaction of ‘people in the know’ has been positive, so that’s encouraging.”

For more from the guy at TRC, I highly recommend a follow on Twitter.

Frank Martin welcomes Chuck Martin

South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin introduced his newest assistant coach on Thursday, former Indiana assistant Chuck Martin.

USC pitcher signs

Former South Carolina pitcher Wil Crowe inked his deal with the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

The right-hander was the No. 65 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Crowe leaves Columbia with a career record of 17-12 and a 3.48 ERA.

From Rock Hill to Houston

Though never overlapping in their respective time in Columbia, former Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph have grown to become great friends as teammates with the Houston Texans.

MORE: Former South Carolina stars Jadeveon Clowney, Johnathan Joseph share special bond on Houston Texans

“I just think anytime you’re from the same hometown, got the same dreams, grow up together, me being in the league a little longer, I’m always going to give him the ins and outs and try to guide him the best way I can,” Joseph told The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson of his relationship with Clowney.

Dylan Thompson, reactionary gif

For whatever reason, Apple Music, with its 9.1 MILLION(!) Twitter followers, gave South Carolina alum Darius Rucker a glorious Gamecock-themed shout-out on Thursday …

Cocky all-stars

A number of former South Carolina student-athletes are making waves in their respective professional sports, on the hardwood and the diamond. Be sure to go and vote for all of them!

G Tiffany Mitchell (2012-16)

G Allisha Gray (2016-17)

1B Justin Smoak (2005-08)