The Daily Gamecock

Briefing: 4/7/16

"Merle was a pioneer ... a true entertainer ... a legend. There will never be another like him."

— Singer Carrie Underwood tweeted condolences after country icon Merle Haggard died at 79 years old.

"The difference between winning and losing in college basketball is so small. The difference in your feelings is so large."

— Roy Williams, UNC men's basketball head coach, discusses the championship-winning shot by Villanova at the buzzer. 

"Far from protecting anyone from ‘government discrimination’ as the bill claims, it is an attack on the citizens of our state."

— The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi responds to a bill that allows individuals, religious groups and some businesses to decide who uses their services based on their own religious and moral beliefs.

"She had saved my life on so many occasions — I had to make sure that I was there for her when she needed me."

— Cpl. Juan Rodriguez saved his U.S. Marine Corps dog Lucca, who lost her leg in an explosion in 2012 and was recently awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest honor a military animal can receive.