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Lady Gamecocks top Bulldogs
Women’s basketball is 1-0 without superstar forward A’ja Wilson.
With the reigning SEC Player of the Year sidelined with an ankle injury, the No. 5 Lady Gamecocks (14-1, 4-0) eked out a 66-63 victory against Georgia (11-7, 2-2).
— GamecockWBB (@GamecockWBB) January 13, 2017
With a road game against a solid LSU team on Sunday, coach Dawn Staley has to be hopeful for good news on Friday when Wilson’s cast is removed.
Javon Kinlaw gets a visit and nixes another
— Javon Kinlaw??FYO™ (@9_thegreat) January 12, 2017
Coach Will Muschamp and DL coach Lance Thompson paid a visit to 2017 JUCO prospect Javon Kinlaw on Thursday afternoon.
A one-time Carolina commit, the 4-star defensive end has remained a major target for the Gamecocks — even as he entertained the idea of playing for the Crimson Tide.
Speaking of the Tide, Kinlaw nixed his planned official visit to Tuscaloosa …
ATTENTION… I will not be visiting Alabama next week✂️✂️✂️
— Javon Kinlaw??FYO™ (@9_thegreat) January 13, 2017
In recent weeks, Kinlaw has maintained that the Gamecocks are in the lead for his services.
Reading between the lines of a #SpursUp tweet and canceled Alabama itinerary, you don’t have to squint too hard to see the Goose Creek native playing at Williams-Brice in the near future.
“It’s just all about communication,” Kinlaw told Phil Kornblut. “That’s what it is; that’s what it is for me.”
Gamecocks offer another 2018 quarterback
The Gamecocks now have offers out for two dynamic, dual-threat quarterbacks from the 2018 class — Dakereon Joyner and, as of this week, Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
“The 6-foot-2, 195-pound recruit, who’s originally from Columbia, S.C., is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018,” writes SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. Michigan, Oregon and UCLA have offered a scholarship to Thompson-Robinson.”
— DTR. (@DoriansTweets) January 11, 2017
More high marks for Birmingham Bowl
ESPN’s Ted Miller had nothing but high praise for the Birmingham Bowl classic from USC and USF …
“South Florida capped an 11-2 season with a win over an SEC team in overtime, as QB Quinton Flowers passed for 261 yards and rushed for 105 yards, accounting for five total touchdowns — including a 25-yard TD in OT. It wasn’t easy, though. The Bulls led 39-24 entering the fourth quarter, but previously offensively challenged South Carolina scored 15 to force overtime.”
The Big Spur with more of Miller’s top bowls.
Quality control notes
The Gamecocks’ quality control assistant has already had a busy offseason and the season just ended two weeks ago.
Gamecock Central looks at grad assistant Matthew Symmes’ advanced analytics observations.
Hayden Hurst leads all qualifiers with a 91% catch rate on anything that touches his hands.
— Matthew Symmes (@Coach_Symmes) January 12, 2017
Gamecocks in the divisional round
Jadeveon Clowney’s one-handed interception and beyond-the-box score impact in Houston’s wild card game have been analyzed to death over the past week. Now, it’s time for the encore.
Clowney is one of four former Gamecocks set to take center stage in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend. Others include TE Jared Cook (Green Bay), FB Pat DiMarco (Atlanta) and CB Jonathan Joseph (Houston).
His teammate has gotten much of the pub this past week, but Joseph is anything but the forgotten man for the Texans, especially for Carolina fans:
“Joseph, who was a key member of South Carolina’s secondary in 2004 and 2005, made 10 tackles against the Raiders,” writes Bobby Balboni from The Daily Gamecock. “This week, Joseph will have the daunting task of going up against New England, owner of the league’s No. 4 passing offense despite missing Tom Brady for the first four games of the season.”
It’s been a roller coaster week for Gamecocks fans — the team from the Upstate wins a title, but men’s hoops is 3-0 in the SEC.
Let’s keep the good vibes going with an oft-forgotten JD Clowney gem …