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Coach Will Muschamp is 15-11 in two seasons at South Carolina.

South Carolina sets spring football schedule; Gamecocks lose commit

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Back in action

The South Carolina Gamecocks unveiled their spring football practice schedule on Thursday.

South Carolina returns to the field on Feb. 28, with the Garnet & Black spring game set for March 31.

“The team also will practice on March 2, 3, 6 and 8, before spring break,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “They’ll return to action March 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29 and 30. Two more spring practices will be held on April 3 and 5, after the Garnet & Black spring game.”

Coach Will Muschamp will open spring football with a press conference on Feb. 27.

Down a man

Three-star linebacker and 2019 prospect Ahdarrious Gee de-commited from South Carolina on Thursday.

The Cordele, Ga., native visited Georgia Tech last weekend. He also boasts offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and more.

With Gee’s de-commitment, South Carolina’s 2019 Class falls from No. 7 to No. 12 in 247Sports’ composite team rankings.

‘That means a lot’

Four-star defensive end Curtis Fann Jr. has been hearing a lot from Muschamp and the Gamecocks as of late.

“He tells me he needs me there and I can really help and come be a part of the first championship. He’s recruiting me harder than any other head coach,” Fann said of his relationship with Muschamp, via SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut. “That means a lot.”

Fann is rated as the No. 251 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

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Here we go

First-year South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston is ready for the Gamecocks’ season to start.

“I think, obviously, if you care very much about what you’re doing, no matter what it is, as you start to get to opening night, I don’t know that nerves are the right word, but the anticipation is pretty great right now,” Kingston said. “I think, for myself, for our coaching staff, for our players, we’re ready to go, however you want to define that, we’re very anxious and ready to go.”

South Carolina opens the season with a three-game home series against VMI this weekend. First pitch for Game 1 is set for 4 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon.

Toeing the rubber

The Gamecocks will send right-hander Adam Hill to the mound in the season opener on Friday.

Fellow righties Cody Morris and Ridge Chapman will start on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Hill, a junior, earned the Opening Day slot with a 3.04 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 14 starts last season.

Beyond the mound

Chase Goodbread of NFL.com recently profiled former South Carolina tight end and 2018 NFL Draft prospect Hayden Hurst.

Hurst is among the top tight end prospects in the draft, according to many experts.

Prior to coming to South Carolina, the former All-SEC selection spent two years as a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.

Hurst caught 41 passes for 520 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Gamecocks in 2017.

Big win

The No. 8-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team topped No. 20 Georgia 77-65 in Athens, Ga., on Thursday night.

Point guard Tyasha Harris led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 6 assists.

With the win, South Carolina improved to 21-5 overall and 10-3 in the SEC.

The Gamecocks return home to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday afternoon to host the Kentucky Wildcats.

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