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Reaction to Wolford’s hire
With new OL coach Eric Wolford’s hiring becoming official on Monday, social media was abuzz with Gamecocks past and present offering their two cents on the return of “Wolfie.”
— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) January 9, 2017
Jaguars guard and former USC star A.J. Cann offered up his ringing endorsement, along with Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy called Wolford a “great hire for South Carolina.”
Looking forward to working with Coach Wolford https://t.co/5RWBSNioMH
— Bobby Bentley (@bobbybentley) January 9, 2017
USC officially announces mid-year enrollees
The Gamecocks formally welcomed four early enrollees on Monday: OL Summie Carlay, DB Jaylin Dickerson, WR OrTre Smith and DL M.J. Webb.
The Gamecocks football program has announced that four true freshmen have enrolled as mid-year signees and began classes Monday at the University of South Carolina. They will participate in winter workouts and will go through the 15 spring practice dates with the returning players, beginning Feb. 25.
Hale McGranahan has a closer look at the newest Gamecocks.
Spurrier embraces the hate
Just when we were all ready for Spurrier to officially hand over his garnet gear, he goes and pulls a Shawn Michaels-in-Montreal …
Don’t ever change, you magnificent
troll Old Ball Coach.
Basketball team’s RPI continues to improve
Coming off an impressive 2-0 week to open conference play, men’s basketball’s RPI continues to climb.
Carolina is now No. 36 in the latest rankings. USC slipped into the 50s after losing three of four (to Seton Hall, Clemson and Memphis) in December while senior Sindarius Thornwell served a six-game suspension.
The Gamecocks’ strong start to SEC play hasn’t gone unnoticed by the AP — USC is sitting just outside the latest Top 25, at No. 27 with seven votes.
More than Thornwell
Obviously, Thornwell’s return to the lineup has been huge for the Gamecocks, but freshman Rakym Felder has taken his game to the next level as of late.
In just 16 minutes (against Texas A&M), Felder scored a team-high 19 points (equaling Duane Notice) on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor — including a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc — and 4 of 4 from the free throw line, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 2 assists as and made 2 steals.
In his last four games, the Brooklyn native has scored a staggering 49 points, including 11 threes.
Felder’s been a force off the bench, but as the Gamecocks enter the meat of their conference schedule (starting Saturday against Ole Miss), the team’s second unit must continue to develop.
In case you missed it
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) January 9, 2017
- Men’s and women’s track and field open their respective seasons in the Top 25, from Gamecocks Online.
- The Big Spur looks at baseball’s two All-American pitchers.
- The Post and Courier details Carolina coach Frank Martin and Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ history before they face off on Wednesday.
- “It didn’t feel like I was ever gone,” Gamecock Central on Thornwell’s POV during his suspension.
The morning after
It happened …
It finally happened …
The Undertaker returned to Monday Night Raw and announced his entrance in the Royal Rumble!
— WWE (@WWE) January 10, 2017
Oh, you thought I was going to mention something else?