Originally created 09/07/00

South Carolina notebook



A look at the Gamecocks two days before they play host to Georgia (3:30 p.m., ESPN2):

Latest news:

Persistent rain has made it difficult for South Carolina to practice outdoors. The Gamecocks were forced to use their indoor practice facility on Tuesday, but coach Lou Holtz was uncomfortable playing on the shortened field. On Wednesday, Holtz was determined that the Gamecocks would practice outdoors, rain or shine. Also, Holtz said senior defensive tackle Cecil Caldwell is on track to graduate in January.

Injuries:

Free safety Antione Nesmith, who suffered back spasms in the Gamecocks' 31-0 victory over New Mexico State, was expected to practice Wednesday, but his status is uncertain for Saturday. Defensive tackle Anthony Overstreet, who missed the opener after having undergone testicular surgery, is expected to play Saturday.

Key stat:

The last time South Carolina beat a team ranked in the Top 10 was in 1988, when the Gamecocks upset No. 6 Georgia in Columbia, 23-10.

Analysis:

If Nesmith plays, Holtz said, the Gamecocks will be in "as good a physical condition as we've been in for a game."

Quote:

"You make a first down, and the fans automatically think that you're a great football team." -- Holtz, on the expectations of South Carolina fans.

Larry Williams