With Skai Moore missing 2016, T.J. Holloman is the anchor in the middle for the South Carolina football team. Larenz Bryant and Jonathan Walton round out the group, plus Bryson Allen-Williams, who should fill several roles.
The South Carolina men’s basketball program and Frank Martin added some size when Australian junior college forward Ran Tut committed. The 6-foot-9 Tut received his offer Wednesday and had said he was choosing between USC and UW-Milwaukee.
South Carolina’s football team is heavy on unproven talent, but cornerback/safety Chris Lammons, defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, defensive end Marquavius Lewis and cornerback Jamarcus King will all have to shoulder heavy loads for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks are short on experience with redshirt sophomore Deebo Samuel, he of five career games, suddenly thrust into the role of likely No. 1 option. Beyond him, early enrollee freshman Bryan Edwards could step in as a key option, Jamari Smith might have found a home in the slot and a slew of freshmen (Kiel Pollard, Korey Banks, et al) will have chances.
Clemson’s basketball team gained a new member in its 2017 class as PF Malik William of Orlando, Fla., announced his commitment to the Tigers Wednesday. He had offers from had offers from Connecticut, Northern Arizona, South Florida, Duquesne and West Virginia.
South Carolina’s new football operations building, budgeted at $50 million, is set to begin construction in January. The new facility will keep USC just under the state’s mandated debt limit of $200 million, but it also keeps the Gamecocks current in the ever-changing arms race.
South Carolina men’s basketball will host Michigan on Nov. 23 according to the Wolverine’s schedule. Michigan finished outside the RPI top-50 in 2016, but the Wolverines have gone to the NCAA tournament five of the past six years, with an Elite Eight and a trip to the title game.
Brandon Streeter, a former Clemson quarterback, has an impact far beyond just working closely with Deshaun Watson. Evolved role, different from the one Chad Morris held under Dabo Swinney, allowed him to boost the Tigers’ recruiting.
At a South Carolina Coaches for Charity event Tuesday night in Greenville, Will Muschamp said the verbal jousting between South Carolina and Clemson coaches, a staple of the Steve Spurrier-Dabo Swinney era, is at an end. But the Gamecock’s coach did get in one Head Ball Coach-style joke.
When Steve Spurrier was the coach at South Carolina he and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had no problem talking trash, but don’t expect the same back-and-forth ribbing between Swinney and new Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp.