By: John Boyette on October 9, 2011 - 2:41pm - Add new comment

Order has been restored in Gamecock Nation. Connor Shaw made a successful start at quarterback and led the Gamecocks to a 54-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

It was a feel-good win for the players, coaches and fans. Hapless Kentucky could muster no offense, and had no answers for a variety of Gamecock weapons. Here's how the Gamecocks graded out:

By: John Boyette on October 2, 2011 - 3:08pm - Add new comment

South Carolina's bubble burst early Saturday against Auburn. After four weeks of living dangerously, the Gamecocks imploded at home in front of the home crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium. There was no magic potion, no Melvin Ingram, to come in and save the day as South Carolina fell to 4-1.

The loss dropped the Gamecocks to No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches' poll. Up next is Kentucky, and kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12).

Here's how the Gamecocks graded out:

By: John Boyette on September 25, 2011 - 3:22pm - Add new comment

South Carolina improved to 4-0 with Saturday night's 21-3 victory over Vanderbilt.  It is the first time in a decade, and the first since Steve Spurrier took over in 2005, that the Gamecocks have started 4-0 and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

The Gamecocks moved up to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, and face defending national champion Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS-Ch. 12) on Saturday. South Carolina should have plenty of motivation after last season's two losses to the Tigers, including a blowout in the SEC Championship game.

By: John Boyette on September 18, 2011 - 1:32pm - Add new comment

South Carolina improved to 3-0 with Saturday night's hard-fought 24-21 victory over Navy. The Gamecocks continued their pattern of falling behind early, then rallying for a victory.

Anyone who thought South Carolina was going to run away with this game was misinformed. Navy plays disciplined, assignment football, and its triple-option attack is good at grinding out yards and touchdowns.

South Carolina moved up to No. 10 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, but dropped two spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 12. I guess the win wasn't impressive enough for some voters.

By: John Boyette on September 11, 2011 - 2:23pm - Add new comment

South Carolina has to feel pretty good about its team after Saturday's wild win at Georgia. At 2-0 and up to No. 11 in the national polls, the Gamecocks are poised to do some big things.

That doesn't mean they are perfect. Far from it, in fact. Coach Steve Spurrier admitted as much after the game, and said "we were fortunate to win." With two defensive scores and a special teams touchdown, the Gamecocks outlasted a decent Georgia team 45-42. Here's how they graded out:

By: John Boyette on September 4, 2011 - 2:23pm - Add new comment

One of the most anticipated seasons in South Carolina football history started Saturday night against East Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

The Gamecocks were plagued by turnovers in the first half and trailed 17-0 at one point, but rallied for a 56-37 victory.

Here's how they graded out:

By: John Boyette on August 8, 2011 - 11:54am - Add new comment

In case you missed it, Adam Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

I understand if you didn't realize Scott was the winner because so much focus was put on his caddie, Steve Williams.

After Scott had secured a four-stroke win and had a brief interview on CBS, the main event started. Williams, who became famous as Tiger Woods' caddie, proceeded to tell the world how this was "the best week of my life.  I've caddied for 33 years, 145 wins now and that's the best win I've ever had."

By: John Boyette on July 1, 2011 - 12:06pm - Add new comment

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I wanted to get some feedback on the nation’s pastime as it is depicted on the silver screen.
Thanks to all of my Facebook friends who responded to my query, “What’s your favorite baseball movie?”
Predictably, opinions were strong and varied.
The Natural and Bull Durham were favorites among the guys. The gals enjoyed A League of Their Own. And Eight Men Out got a few votes.

By: John Boyette on June 29, 2011 - 3:23pm - Add new comment

OK, time to confess.

I didn't think South Carolina could win this year's College World Series.

Another confession: I'm a South Carolina grad, class of '87. Don't draw any deep conclusions.

Before the regionals began, I had a few folks ask me to assess the Gamecocks' chances. My answer: I thought they could make it back to Omaha, but I was worried about the pitching. I thought they'd bow out gracefully with a win, maybe two.

Turns out, I was wrong. Very wrong.

The pitching and defense were great, and the offense did just enough to win.

By: John Boyette on June 28, 2011 - 12:02pm - Add new comment

If you're a fan of the University of South Carolina's baseball team, then you've got to feel destiny is on your side at the College World Series.

How else do you explain the strange series of events that have the Gamecocks on the brink of another national championship?

The evidence, part I:

Virginia's best pitcher mows down the Gamecocks early Friday night, but leaves the game and South Carolina ekes out a win in 13 innings. Never mind how many runners the Cavaliers stranded. A throwing error brings in the winning run.

The evidence, part II:

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