21 Aug Gamecock athletics week in review | Columbia
The countdown to the season opening football game continues. The Gamecocks are two weeks away from kicking off the Shane Beamer Era in Columbia against Eastern Illinois. That’s one of the few games for this season the Gamecocks are projected to win. Las Vegas has placed the over/under on wins at 3.5.
Practices continued this week without starting quarterback Luke Doty who suffered a sprained foot in last Saturday’s scrimmage. On his radio show Thursday night, Beamer said the prognosis for Doty looks promising and he’s hoping to have him back at practice soon and in the staring lineup on September 4.
The Gamecocks were scheduled to have their second major scrimmage of the fall Saturday. The competition at quarterback continues without Doty. Jason Brown, Colten Gauthier and Connor Jordan were joined by former graduate assistant coach Zeb Noland. He played at Iowa State and North Dakota State before coming to Columbia to start his coaching career. But he has a season of eligibility left and Beamer thought he could add to the quarterback room with his physical skills and his experience.
The university reported during the week a record 8370 new season ticket buyers for the upcoming season. The previous record for new buyers was 8323 in 2019. The Gamecocks are approaching 40,000 season tickets sold for the 2021 season.
The non-SEC part of the men’s basketball schedule was announced Thursday. The Gamecocks will play Benedict in an exhibition game at home November 4. Upstate will be the season opening foe at home November 9. The Gamecocks will go to Asheville for a four-team event November 12 and will play Princeton in their first game. Western Kentucky and Minnesota are the other participants.
Next comes a three-game homestand with UAB, Wofford and Rider. UofSC will then head to Coastal Carolina December 1. Georgetown comes to Columbia four days later. On December 12, the Gamecocks will matchup with Florida State in Rock Hill. A game with Allen will be played at Colonial Life Arena December 14 before the Gamecocks travel to Clemson December 18.
The Gamecocks will close out their non-conference schedule with home games against Army December 22nd and SC State December 29.
- Nov. 4, Benedict (exhibition)
- Nov. 9, USC Upstate
- Nov. 12, vs. Princeton (Asheville Championship)
- Nov. 14, vs. Western Kentucky/Minnesota (Asheville Championship)
- Nov. 18, UAB
- Nov. 23, Wofford
- Nov. 28, Rider
- Dec. 1, at Coastal Carolina
- Dec. 5, Georgetown
- Dec. 12, vs. Florida State (Rock Hill, S.C.)
- Dec. 14, Allen
- Dec. 18, at Clemson
- Dec. 22, Army
- Dec. 29, SC State
Women’s coach Dawn Staley and the University reportedly are negotiating a contract extension. Her current contract runs through 2025. She will make $1.8 million for this coming season and will max out at $2.1 million per season by the end of the current contract. According to other news outlets, the new deal would push Staley over the two-million dollar mark per season now.
Staley met with the media during the week to reflect on the recent gold medal she picked up in Tokyo as coach of the USA team. She previously said she would not remain as coach of the national team, but she hedged a bit on that during the press session.
“USA Basketball has always been a big part of my life,” Staley said. “Somebody, shortly after I said that, sort of equated it to when you ask a woman post-giving birth, does she want to have another baby, and her immediate response is no. Then you see how that baby gives you so much joy, and you start thinking about it. I’ve never turned USA Basketball down.”
Staley has been part of six gold medal winning teams at the Olympics as a player, assistant coach and now head coach.
The women’s soccer team, which is ranked 17th nationally, was picked third in the SEC coaches pre-season ranking. The Gamecocks trailed Arkansas and Texas A&M.
1. Texas A&M
3. South Carolina
6. Ole Miss
11. Mississippi State
Their season opener Thursday night at Stone Stadium against The Citadel was postponed due to inclement weather in Columbia. They will try to reschedule the match. The Gamecocks will now open their season at the College of Charleston on Sunday night.
The men’s soccer team defeated Anderson University in an exhibition match Tuesday night in Columbia 4-3. They will play another exhibition at James Madison Saturday before opening the regular season at home Thursday against The College of Charleston.
All-American golfer Pauline Roussin-Bouchard turned pro last week after two seasons with the Gamecocks. She made her first pro start on the Symetra Tour in South Bend, IN where she finished tied for fourth at eight under par. Roussin-Bouchard was the SEC Player of the Year last season in helping lead the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament.
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