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Lane: Amazing era is worth staying for

Last year, the student section at South Carolina’s football games started to get a reputation. A bad one. In the home opener against East Carolina, the student section was nearly empty midway through the third quarter.

Up-and-comers eye championship bids

With the 2013-2014 sports seasons right around the corner, South Carolina will be looking to capture conference and national championships. Here are eight athletes to watch as the Gamecocks battle for titles.

Young players look to emerge as standouts

South Carolina will need contributions from household names like Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson, but here are eight players keep an eye on as USC tries to capture the conference title.

After down year, Smith setting high goals

Shelley Smith is used to winning, not rebuilding. As a high school athlete at Mount Anthony Union High School in Vermont, Smith captured state titles in soccer, basketball and softball.

Swanson aiming for bigger, better things in 2013 season

A winning season for a team that had just one winning record in the past decade would probably make most coaches happy. A winning season for a team that competes in a conference that sent five teams to the NCAA tournament last year would probably make even more coaches happy.

Gamecocks fall a game short of Omaha

Chad Holbrook’s first season as head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina ended at the same school where his coaching career began. The Gamecocks fell in the Chapel Hill Super Regional against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Holbrook’s alma mater and the school where he coached for fifteen seasons before coming to Columbia.

USC building 2014 football recruiting class

On the heels of back-to-back 11-win seasons, the Gamecocks are continuing to build for the future. USC has 12 hard commitments for the class of 2014 and head coach Steve Spurrier’s staff will likely add to that haul as the high school football season gets under way.

Tanner settling in for second year as AD

When Ray Tanner left the baseball diamond to take over the South Carolina athletics program in August of 2012, USC’s athletic teams were experiencing one their the most successful streaks in school history. Now, with a year as athletic director under his belt and the Gamecock athletic programs continuing to excel, it’s understandable why Tanner feels like he’s landed the ideal coaching job.

Not Clownin' Around

From start to finish, it took approximately 3.5 seconds. From the moment the ball was snapped off the grass of Raymond James Stadium until the moment that a member of the Big East officiating crew assigned to the 2013 Outback Bowl blew his whistle, Jadeveon Clowney was one of college football’s best players. Once the whistle blew, he was a rockstar.

Gamecocks begin preparing for 2013 season

Fans hoping to see the 2013 Gamecock football team will finally get their chance, starting this week. South Carolina will open fall camp Friday evening as the Gamecocks search for their third consecutive 11-win season.

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