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Frank Martin led the Gamecocks to their first-ever Final Four

Basketball accolades continue with Martin’s Coach of the Year award

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And the hits keep comin’!

The Gamecocks added another postseason accolade to their trophy case on Tuesday when coach Frank Martin was announced as the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.

RELATED: South Carolina’s Frank Martin wins 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award

Martin joins John Calipari, Dana Altman and Bob Huggins as winners of the prestigious award.

The accomplishments for Martin in 2016-17 speak for themselves…

“South Carolina advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 this March, and posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 1973 in a 93-73 victory over Marquette in the event’s opening round in Greenville, S.C.,” reads the release from Gamecocks Online. “The Gamecocks went on to defeat three of the top four seeds in the East Region – No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 Florida – en route to the East Regional title and the school’s first Final Four.”

With a historic season and surprising run to the Final Four in the books, it comes as no surprise that South Carolina has turned into a media darling.

Martin’s honor goes along with Sindarius Thornwell’s SEC Player of the Year award and the senior’s spot on the CBS All-America team.

Graduate transfer DE visiting early

Minnesota graduate transfer defensive end Gaelin Elmore has moved up his official visit to South Carolina.

RELATED: Movement with several defensive end targets

Originally scheduled to arrive on campus next weekend, the 6-6 defensive end will now be coming to Columbia Sunday through Tuesday, a good sign for the Gamecocks.

Beyond the depth and experience factor, Elwood has an incredible story that could add character and leadership to a young locker room.

Top 10 for North Carolina’s No. 2

Five-star DE K.J. Henry released his latest Top 10 on Wednesday night…

The No. 2 prospect in North Carolina for 2018 was on campus last weekend for the spring game, so to see the Gamecocks maintain Top-10 status is encouraging.

RELATED: South Carolina makes the top 10

The only Crystal Balls logged on 247Sports have Henry picking Clemson, but time will tell if South Carolina is able to improve its standing with the nation’s No. 20 overall prospect.

Gamecocks offer JUCO DE

The Gamecocks are clearly putting a lot of emphasis on the trenches in the 2018 cycle, offering JUCO DE Dorian Gerald on Wednesday.

A Florence, S.C. native, Gerald was clearly excited by the Gamecocks’ offer…

“My home wants me to come back home,” Gerald said. “That’s huge.”

 The 6-3 defensive end has offers from Arizona State, Tennessee, Arizona and Washington State as well.

South Carolina storms

Columbia saw some major, major flooding on Wednesday, particularly right around campus…

This was early afternoon, so I can only imagine how bad it got through the day. Stay safe out there, Gamecocks!

Rucker rocks

The rain didn’t stop country music star and South Carolina superfar Darius Rucker from making good on his promise to hold a free concert for USC fans after the football team made it to a bowl game.

RELATED: South Carolina students jam into Colonial Life Arena for Darius Rucker concert

From the looks of South Carolina Twitter, students made it out to Colonial Life Arena en masse to see the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer perform on his tremendous end zone-inspired stage.

Rucker wasn’t the only one taking the stage on Wednesday night. Frank Martin and Dawn Staley joined in to lead the crowd in a raucous “Gamecocks” chance to kick off the show.

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