3:02 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Augusta Chronicle 7 hours ago

Tennessee offense is coming around before South Carolina game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s dormant offense finally might be awakening just in time for the stretch run. After failing to score a touchdown in two consecutive Southeastern Conference games, Tennessee gained 383 yards last week in a 34-20 loss to No. 3 Alabama, which was ranked fourth at the time. Tennessee’s 181 yards rushing were the most allowed by Alabama all season. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 28, 2014

South Carolina adjust goals again

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said the Gamecocks have plenty to play for, just not the championship goals they had entering the season. South Carolina (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) was the preseason favorite to win the SEC East, yet saw those dreams slip away the first month of the season with losses to Texas A&M, Missouri and Kentucky. After falling 42-35 at No. 4 Auburn last Saturday night, Spurrier is simply looking to close strong enough to make the postseason. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 26, 2014

South Carolina should have been awarded another play against Auburn, SEC says

AUBURN, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference says South Carolina should have gotten a second chance at a Hail Mary against Auburn. SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap confirmed Sunday that the Tigers should have drawn a 5-yard penalty for having two players with the same number on the field for the final play. That would have given the Gamecocks another chance at a touchdown in Saturday night’s 42-35 loss. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 25, 2014

Auburn survives South Carolina's upset bid

AUBURN, Ala. — During SEC Media Days in July, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier made his thoughts clear about facing Auburn. “I’m 0-5 against Auburn since being at South Carolina,” Spurrier said. “They’ve outplayed us, outcoached us in every way.” That wasn’t the case for the first 45 minutes Saturday. Still, behind 167 rushing yards from senior Cameron Artis-Payne – and a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions by Jonathan Jones – No. 5 Auburn escaped with a 42-35 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 24, 2014

Auburn must beat underdog South Carolina to keep hopes alive

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers want everyone to know they haven’t faded from the scene. The last college football fans saw of the fifth-ranked Tigers, they were limping away from No. 1 Mississippi State two weeks ago following a 15-point loss that left hopes for a repeat Southeastern Conference title and playoff berth diminished but still intact. Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) returns from an open date tonight against South Carolina (4-3, 2-3) hoping for a strong rebound against the 18-point underdogs. Safety Josh Holsey says the Tigers want to come back “with a bang.” read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 23, 2014

South Carolina, Auburn coaches share common bond

COLUMBIA — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hates to finish second-best at anything, yet he’s got no choice but to yield on one thing: his friend and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is the better golfer. “I don’t like that, but he is,” said the humbled Malzahn. “He’s really good.” Spurrier and Malzahn share reputations as college football innovators, a preference for visors and a friendship. The two square off again this weekend when the fifth-ranked Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) play host to the Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3) on Saturday night. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 21, 2014

South Carolina picked to repeat as SEC women's basketball champions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley knows the work it took to reach the top of the Southeastern Conference. She understands it’ll be an even greater challenge for the defending SEC champs to stay there. Gone are the days when everyone would pencil in Tennessee to dominate the SEC, win the league title and easily move on to the Final Four. While the Gamecocks were picked to repeat, Staley expects the defending champions to be challenged by a hungry, talented group of teams looking to finish on top. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 18, 2014

Davis leads Gamecocks past Paladins

COLUMBIA — Mike Davis rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with a 41-10 victory over FCS opponent Furman on Saturday. The Gamecocks (4-3) also got a pair of touchdown passes from Dylan Thompson in putting away the Paladins (2-5), the defending Southern Conference champions who have lost five straight this season. The win moved South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to 51-0 all-time against teams outside the Power 5 of BCS-qualifying conferences. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 17, 2014

South Carolina alters its goals for second half of season

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has been forced to dramtically adjust his goals, now which include including simply finishing the season with a winning record. Many expected the Gamecocks would have just about wrapped that accomplishment up by now after they were picked this summer to win the Southeastern Conference’s East Division . Instead, South Carolina (3-3) hopes to end a two-game losing streak when it faces Furman (2-4) at home Saturday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 14, 2014

Steve Spurrier believes Gamecocks want to finish season strong after disappointing first half

COLUMBIA— Steve Spurrier’s done with the outbursts after two consecutive losses, choosing to concentrate on the work South Carolina’s put in to turn around a struggling season. The Gamecocks (3-3) return to the field Saturday from a week off when they face Football Championship Subdivision opponent Furman (2-4). Spurrier said he won’t bring out the loud, fiery words to get South Carolina out of its funk. The 10th-year coach has seen plenty of evidence through the past 10 days that gives him hope for a strong second half. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 14, 2014

Mark Richt had Dogs ready after loss of star back Todd Gurley

WHO’S HOT Mark Richt. The Bulldogs could’ve gone down in flames at Missouri amid the Todd Gurley controversy, but the Georgia coach – in one of his finest moments at the school – rallied the troops and now has Georgia atop the Southeastern Conference East Division. WHO’S NOT Bryan Allen. The memorabilia dealer is likely done doing business in Georgia after claiming to pay Gurley for autographs. PASSING THE BATON? read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 14, 2014

Charges dropped for ex-USC player

COLUMBIA — An attorney says charges have been dropped against former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles. Attorney Neal Lourie told The State newspaper on Monday that a misdemeanor charge against Miles was dropped earlier this year after a grand jury decision. Miles was accused of providing investigators false information about how he was shot last November. Lourie says the charge was dropped because Miles was incoherent when he made the statements to investigators. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 9, 2014

Gamecocks' Dawn Staley looks to add to success from summer with US team

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is glad to be back at practice and hopes her championship summer with USA Basketball will lead to similar success with the Gamecocks. Staley was part of two U.S. gold-medal winning squads this offseason. She was coach of the Americans who won the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in August before serving as assistant for the national team that captured the FIBA World Cup last weekend in Turkey. Her defending Southeastern Conference regular-season champions are seeking to finish on top, too. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 4, 2014

Kentucky upsets South Carolina

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alvin Dupree’s 6-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass deflection with 2:29 remaining gave Kentucky a wild 45-38 comeback victory over South Carolina on Saturday night. Trailing 38-24 with 11:45 remaining, Jojo Kemp rallied the Wildcats with touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards before Mike Douglas’ game-changing block of Dylan Thompson’s pass. Dupree was right there to grab it out of the air for the easy TD that sent a black-clad crowd of 62,135 into a frenzy. read more
Augusta Chronicle Oct 4, 2014

Kentucky upsets South Carolina

LEXINGTON, Ky. — His job description involves making big plays, and Kentucky senior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree just hoped he didn't have to wait long to make one on the deflected pass. read more