7:30 PM EST, Mon November 24, 2014
Augusta Chronicle 6 hours ago

South Carolina rises to No. 1 in women's basketball

Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks finally have ascended to the top of the poll. South Carolina took over as the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 on Monday. It’s the first time in school history that the Gamecocks reached the top spot in the poll. Staley is no stranger herself to being ranked No. 1. As a player, she helped Virginia reach No. 1. Staley is only the second person in women’s basketball to play and coach a top-ranked team, joining Baylor’s Kim Mulkey. read more
Augusta Chronicle 19 hours ago

Clemson has lost to South Carolina five years in a row

COLUMBIA — Clemson’s unprecedented five-game losing streak to its most-hated rival is impossible for the No. 23 Tigers to ignore. Coach Dabo Swinney hears about the South Carolina streak at the grocery store, church and even his breakfast table. In every meeting room in the football office at Clemson (8-3), clocks have been counting down to Saturday’s rivalry game before spring practice started; the simple message posted underneath each is “0-5.” read more
Augusta Chronicle 21 hours ago

Bulldogs run past Owls

ATHENS, Ga. — Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and claimed 12 rebounds, both season highs, to lead Georgia to a 74-61 victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday. “Last year, at the start of the year, he did not know what his body would do,” said Georgia coach Mark Fox. “He was out of rhythm. It took him a while to get comfortable. He is confident in his body and confident in his game. He is playing really well.” read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 22, 2014

Gamecocks are bowl eligible with victory

COLUMBIA — South Carolina stumbled and bumbled its way to a win over South Alabama on Saturday. Mostly, it fumbled. The Gamecocks overcame five turnovers – including four fumbles – to defeat the Jaguars, 37-12, in front of 78,201 at Williams-Brice Stadium. “With all the turnovers we had, we gave them a chance,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “But fortunately our defense came to play. We made them kick field goals.” Despite the plethora of turnovers, South Carolina (6-5) became bowl-eligible for the 10th consecutive year. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 22, 2014

Gamecocks' Davis less than stellar in home finale

COLUMBIA — If Saturday’s game was the last time Mike Davis suited up in Columbia, it wasn’t a memorable performance. The junior running back participated in Senior Day festivities because he is likely to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft after the season. But Davis touched the ball three times and fumbled twice, and he was benched by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier in the 37-12 win over South Alabama. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 21, 2014

Steve Spurrier isn't taking South Alabama lightly

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is worried about facing South Alabama and believes his Gamecocks should be, too. On paper, this one between the Southeastern Conference power and the Sun Belt team is a huge mismatch. But with South Carolina’s recent problems, Spurrier is wary of what could happen against the Jaguars (6-4) on Saturday. “We’re not good enough to think we can show up and roll over people,” he said. “We know that we have struggled a lot this year and we’ve got to really play our best if we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win.” read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 20, 2014

Freshman A'ja Wilson helps South Carolina women rout Clemson

COLUMBIA — After heralded freshman A’ja Wilson struggled in her debut for No. 2 South Carolina, coach Dawn Staley decided the country’s top prospect might be better served watching the start of Thursday’s game with Clemson from the bench. The change in perspective was just what Wilson needed as she scored a game-high 18 points to lead South Carolina (2-0) to a 99-41 win over Clemson. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 18, 2014

Spurrier wants to see South Carolina 'finish strong'

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier was happy to see South Carolina again play like he expected when the year began. For the 10th-year coach, the schedule’s been largely a series of disastrous losses and disappointment. The Gamecocks (5-5) turned that around for at least one week with a miraculous finish to defeat Florida 23-20 in overtime last Saturday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 15, 2014

Gamecock women use late run to win opener against Trojans

COLUMBIA — Dawn Staley wanted a difficult test to start No. 2 South Carolina’s season. Southern California gave the Gamecocks one they almost couldn’t handle. South Carolina used a late 12-0 run to rally past the Trojans, 70-61 on Saturday night. Alaina Coates had 18 points and 13 rebounds, reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points and the Gamecocks won their 19th in a row at home. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 15, 2014

South Carolina rewrites script vs. Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This might have been the final game in the Swamp for South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Florida’s Will Muschamp. After Muschamp went conservative again and settled for a field goal to start overtime, Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper to give the Gamecocks a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday. South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) ended a four-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play and knocked Florida (5-4, 4-4) out of contention in the league’s muddled Eastern Division. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 15, 2014

Gamecocks pull off comeback, top Gators in OT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper in overtime, giving South Carolina a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday. The Gamecocks ended a four-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play and knocked the Gators out of contention in the muddled Eastern Division. The loss also could be the end for Gators coach Will Muschamp. The fourth-year coach has been on the hot seat all season, and a three-game losing streak at home could be the final blow in what’s been a mediocre tenure. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 14, 2014

Gamecocks open basketball season with easy win over North Florida

COLUMBIA — Demetrius Henry and Ty Johnson scored 12 points apiece to lead South Carolina past North Florida 81-56 on Friday night in the season-opener for both teams. Coach Frank Martin began his third season with a solid defensive effort, limiting North Florida to 34 percent shooting from the field. Martin, who stresses rebounding above steals and forcing turnovers, saw his team allow a scant six offensive boards on 53 UNF shots. South Carolina played all of its 11 available players and 10 scored. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 14, 2014

Gators look to 'take back the Swamp' starting with game vs. Gamecocks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Will Muschamp and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier spend a few hours together each summer, sharing a flight to Connecticut for a Southeastern Conference media tour. They trade stories and talk football, and it’s made the coaches close friends. It could also create a somewhat awkward situation for the winner Saturday in Gainesville. After all, neither can really afford another loss this season. “I’m pulling for him to make it down there,” Spurrier said. “Of course, I’m pulling for us to beat him down there.” read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 11, 2014

Gamecocks hope to end SEC slide in conference finale vs. Florida

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier and South Carolina have a final chance to shake off the doubts after a Southeastern Conference season gone terribly wrong. The Gamecocks (4-5, 2-5 SEC) were preseason favorites to win the East and play for a league title. Instead, they’ve lost four consecutive conference games in a season for just the second time in Spurrier’s 10 years. The last opportunity to break the streak comes Saturday at Florida (5-3, 4-3), Spurrier’s alma mater and former team that’s turned a corner its past two games. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 11, 2014

South Carolina coach Frank Martin banking on experience, depth this season

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Frank Martin hopes experience and depth finally brings the Gamecocks some wins. Martin and the Gamecocks have struggled his first two years in charge, 28-38 overall and 9-27 in the Southeastern Conference. He believes his program is turning the corner, especially with how the Gamecocks finished a year ago with four victories in their final six games – including a 72-67 win over national runner-up Kentucky. read more