12:41 AM EST, Fri November 28, 2014
Augusta Chronicle 2 hours ago

South Caroilna's win over Clemson in 1984 was one of the classics in the series

A furious comeback. A missed kick. The orange pants. And a symbolic gesture when it was all said and done. The 1984 Clemson-South Carolina football game seemingly had it all. The Gamecocks go for their sixth win in a row over the Tigers on Saturday, but success at Death Valley was anything but a given for South Carolina in the early 1980s. Before the hard-fought 22-21 win in 1984, South Carolina had not won on Clemson’s home field since 1970. In the 30 years since, the Gamecocks have posted a 6-7-1 mark and will go for three in a row Saturday at Death Valley. read more
Augusta Chronicle 3 hours ago

Top-ranked South Carolina routs Wisconsin in Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas — A’ja Wilson scored 11 points and Jatarie White added 10 to help No. 1 South Carolina beat Wisconsin 67-44 on Thursday in the Junkanoo Jam. It was South Carolina’s first game as the No. 1 team. The Gamecocks (4-0) will face No. 22 Syracuse today. After a sluggish start, the Gamecocks got going. They led 15-14 before going on a 16-4 run to close the half. South Carolina scored the first 10 points during the burst that was capped by Tina Roy’s 3-pointer. Michala Johnson scored 13 to lead the Badgers (1-3). read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 26, 2014

Clemson-South Carolina football rivalry dubbed The Palmetto Bowl

From Wire Reports Clemson and South Carolina have officially dubbed their yearly football game as “The Palmetto Bowl.” The schools announced the name Wednesday, three days before the No. 23 Tigers (8-3) play host to the Gamecocks (6-5) in the 112th meeting. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said the name gives the game an identity that highlights the state, which is nicknamed the Palmetto State. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 25, 2014

South Carolina's defense hitting its stride at right time

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s defense and its line of NFL standouts the past five years are big reasons for the unprecedented run of success against rival Clemson. And while defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, safety D.J. Swearinger and cornerback Stephon Gilmore won’t suit up this time, the Gamecocks’ defense is finding that familiar form at precisely the right time to try for a sixth consecutive win over the 23rd-ranked Tigers (8-3) on Saturday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 24, 2014

Clemson's offense looking to find success against South Carolina

CLEMSON — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has had a wild run of success the past four seasons – except against rival South Carolina. The 23rd-ranked Tigers (8-3) have set scoring in two of the previous three seasons since Morris arrived in January 2011 and averaged almost 38 points a game. But Morris’ offense has scored just 13, 17 and 17 points in the past three losses, part of South Carolina’s unprecedented run of five consecutive wins in the rivalry. read more
Augusta Chronicle Nov 24, 2014

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 Nov 23, 2014

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 Nov 23, 2014

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