ESPN Upstate

September 15, 2016 - 11:32 am
Separation Saturday? No, it’s too early to anoint week 3 anything of the kind but “Shakedown Saturday” might be more accurate. This weekend we’re gonna see what ingredients everybody is made of. Everybody as in the Associated Press’s top-three teams that all hit the road for Norman, Louisville and...
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Mike Venditti
September 12, 2016 - 12:34 pm
It wasn't pretty on Saturday night in Starkville...not pretty at all. The Gamecocks came out flat again and unlike in week one, Mississippi State made them pay. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback and the Gamecocks fell 27-14. Carolina now...
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September 08, 2016 - 12:07 pm
Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Who knew it applied to college football? After the best opening slate of games in the sport’s history, we’re about to slingshot back to the far other end of the spectrum. This Saturday is a...
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Mike Venditti
September 03, 2016 - 11:03 am
The phrase "a win is a win" may be one that most of us use when fending off the negativity spread by rival fans...but this win was much more than just a win. South Carolina's 13-10 victory over Vanderbilt wasn't the kind of win over the Commodores that we may have grown accustomed to in the...
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September 01, 2016 - 7:33 am
Hope. Excitement. Optimism. Pessimism. All ways to describe any college football fan’s feeling toward their team’s as kickoff to the 2016 season draws nigh. Unless you’re a Hawaii or Charleston Southern fan, we’re all sitting pretty and undefeated at 0-0. That’s all about to change with the biggest...
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August 31, 2016 - 5:58 pm
I have pondered the question and my answer several times over the summer and into the early part of fall camp. What would be the biggest shock of the 2016 college football season here in the Palmetto State: Clemson missing out on the College Football Playoff or South Carolina punching its ticket to...
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Mike Venditti
August 30, 2016 - 4:34 pm
Whenever I'm asked about why I decided to become a Gamecocks fan when I moved to South Carolina back in high school, it never takes me long to give an answer. The fans. Not the johnny-come-lately bandwagon fools that have probably already found their orange paw hats buried in their closet. The real...
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Mike Venditti
August 23, 2016 - 4:59 am
After finishing 2015 with an abysmal 3-9 record including a loss to The Citadel, expectations in Columbia are quite low for 2016. I'd have to say that my own personal fan expectations are equally low, but I am starting to feel some optimism. Maybe it's just because football is almost here, maybe it...
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Mike Venditti
August 15, 2016 - 11:20 am
A lot of you aren't going to like what I have to say in this post...but it needs to be said. We don't have a leg to stand on right now. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. Our Gamecocks finished 3-9 in 2015, our legendary coach walked out mid-season (which I'm okay with, but it happened) and we're...
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Mike Venditti
August 12, 2016 - 5:09 am
The Spurrier Era of South Carolina football has officially come to an end. The HBC has taken an ambassador and consultant position at his Alma Mater, the University of Florida. He will no longer dress in garnet and black. He will no longer be seen around campus. He's gone. What isn't gone is the...
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